Sunday 13 December 2009 @ 3:14 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Miku fans rejoice, after the first 2 successful ‘live’ concerts by Hatsune Miku there’s, you guessed it, going to be a 3rd one. This time on March 9 of next year and it will be the first solo concert, completely Miku centered. Sadly they are sticking with the giant projector screen format instead of the holographic route. A pity, but I cant see the experience of going to see a computer program sing getting any less real.
Sunday 6 September 2009 @ 11:02 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
It appears the guys at Crypton were holding out on the technology for Miku’s live appearance on Animelo a couple of weeks ago. This time for Miku’s 2nd anniversary concert they pulled out the big guns and we finally got our 12 feet holographic Miku on stage. She even teleports around the stage which beats the hell out of jumping from speaker walls. Now all that’s left is a full motion android Miku and I wouldn’t put that that far off into the future.
Japan keeps pushing the line on what constitutes a live performance but all of the flesh and blood pop stars nowadays are manufactured anyway. If you ask me this just makes the process more efficient!
Monday 24 August 2009 @ 10:05 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Well it turns out the only thing I got right about the ‘live’ appearance of Hatsune Miku on Animelo was the fact that it would be a giant Miku on stage. No holograms, no animatronics, no smoke and mirrors, just a big-ass LED screen and a video of Miku playing to some live musicians, a bit underwhelming if you ask me but then again Miku doesn’t have the budget that maybe Gorillaz had. She sang a couple of songs, both from her own repertoire and from Black Rock Shooter, good stuff but it really lacked more Miku on-screen time, after the middle of the performance you might as well had been watching a video.
Monday 3 August 2009 @ 9:06 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
While the above image of a 15 feet tall Miku on stage might not be true, at least the stage part is. Japan’s Animelo Summer Live, an annual series of concerts dedicated to anime music, has announced that Hatsune Miku will perform live on august 22.
While ‘live’ is a pretty ethereal concept nowadays we’re pretty sure they wont bring her to life in flesh and bone. Holograms perhaps? It worked for Gorillaz a few years back. Maybe motion-tracked 3D on a screen? Who knows but this will certainly be an event to remember, specially if it turns out to be a 15 feet version of Miku.
Thursday 5 March 2009 @ 11:00 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Lawrence Lessig is right, we truly live in the age of remix, sweet and utterly awesome remixes. Like this rendition of Corridors of Time, the theme song for Zeal Kingdom in Chrono Trigger, which is beautifully arranged and sung by Gacktpoid. Gackpoid is by itself a remix of the voice of Gackt. There’s so much remixing here that its not even funny, just awesome.
So again, enjoy some of Yasunori Mitsuda ‘s work, on an electronic arrangement, with vocals added by anonymous, sung by the disembodied voice of a J-rock idol. Is that convoluted enough for you?
Wednesday 22 October 2008 @ 9:25 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
The Japanese will do anything for a laugh, unexplainable as it may be. So I’ve learned to stop asking why and just embrace their weirdness. Such is the case with this replica of Jamiroquai’s famous Virtual Insanity video with Hatsune Miku as the star. Is there a back story behind it? No, but who cares! The video is painstakingly accurate in recreating Jay Kay’s oh-so-smooth moves. There’s even a comparison video which you simply must watch. Its after the jump.
Thursday 28 August 2008 @ 1:39 pm | By Chris 'Taco' Martinkovic
The VOCALOID2 Project and Hatsune Miku are without a doubt one of the most successful examples of Viral Marketing in recent history: Slap a cute anime girl onto an equally cute (and sometimes a little creepy) synthesized voice and let the people with too much free time take over, churning out moreanimecoversthanyoucanshakeastickat. Now, on top of cameo appearances in certain online golf games, it seems the 2D superstar is getting her own PSP game.
Project DIVA is divided into two parts. The first is a rhythm game part in which you will play songs (Whether they’ll be covers or original works is unknown at this point) in the classic match-the-command style. By playing through these you unlock items to put in a room that you design for Miku, which you can then… watch. The room’s music will change depending on the items that you put into it, and Miku will also react and try out every new item that you place. It’s hard to say whether this game is aimed at rhythm game fans or virtual pet buffs, but it’s something you can’t count on seeing here. No date has been given for the release, but Japan will see it some time next year.
Saturday 31 May 2008 @ 4:57 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
You’ll remember earlier this month Pangya (Super Swing Golf) announced a tied event with Vocaloid’s Hatsune Miku. Back then we didn’t know what it was going to be, Miku as a playable character? As a caddy? As a skin? It was all in the air!
Well as it turns out the event ended up being a Miku outfit for Kooh plus a song called ‘A Shiny Day REMIX’ was set as the BGM for the West Wiz and Wiz Wiz courses. The song is the basic background music for those courses but with Miku singing along.
Tuesday 6 May 2008 @ 5:15 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Just recently the Japanese website for Pangya, also known as loligolf or Super Swing Golf, announced a mysterious event tied in with Vocaloid’s star Hatsune Miku. No other details are given but a reveal date of may 22.
Could Miku make an appearance on Pangya as a playable character? A new caddy? Who knows, but I’m as excited as Bob’s silhouette! Too bad this will never see the light of day on Albatross 18, its international counterpart.
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