Hatsune Miku AR App

I’m a huge fan of Hatsune Miku, probably the most well known vocaloid. I don’t profess to know all her tracks but what I’ve heard, I love.

It’s such a shame that she’s a virtual idol and not a real life person. I mean, who wouldn’t want their picture taken with the blue haired superstar? Well thanks to a new app, now you can. The app is on iOS and Android and is called Miku Picture. So now no matter where you go or what you’re doing, you can snap a picture with Miku chan!

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I’d love to see your pics and don’t forget to use the hashtag #Mikuture if you grab a snap!

Source: AFA Channel

Vocaloid IA Celebrates Her Birthday

There are quite a few vocaloids in Japan now and all of them have many fans who like to celebrate them, especially when a momentous occasion rolls around like a birthday. Born in 2012, IA is a female vocaloid3 who draws inspiration from Lia from the visual novel, Air. She’s actually one of the vocaloid’s with the most popularity being the first vocaloid3 to attain 1 million views on video sharing site, NicoNico Dougo.

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The special day in question was January 25 which was celebrated with a “IA 3 Anniversary Thank you Party – Live & Talk ~” event. The show saw joined by special guests Nanahoshi Kangengakudan, Watanabei Be( Hoff Dylan), models/electro duo models/electro duo Jumicchi, Ishifuro, TeddyLoid, PolyphonicBranch and DOMINO88. Here’s a video posted from the event by IAPROJECT.

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For more info, head on over to  http://1stplace.co.jp/works/specialized/ia_3rd/

AKB48 Helps To Promote Super Smash Bros In Japan

A new powerhouse from Japan has jumped into the fray to help promote the 3DS launch of Super Smash Bros. Japanese girl group AKB48 features in the new commercial screening on Japanese TV in a cute Mii style. The ad also serves to show exactly how the Miis can be used in the game and what kind of action you can expect from the game when it releases.

Hatsune Miku Shows Up In New PV

Everyone’s favourite blue haired vocaloid has made an appearance in a new PV recently in Japan.  Hachioji-P is a hugely popular vocaloid producer who posted the clip online for “Twinkle World feat. Hatsune Miku”. The clip is to promote his forthcoming third album while the PV itself was directed by Wakamura-P, a well known vocaloid director.

The album, “Twinkle World”, will feature 14 tracks and is set to launch in Japan on August 27th.

“Twinkle World feat. Hatsune Miku” PV

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Perfume Show Plans For Third World Tour

Easily Japandaman’s favourite trio of J-Pop girls, Perfume have announced plans regarding their upcoming third world tour. Add to that their 20th single release on July 16 called “Cling Cling” and that all adds up to very busy young ladies. Check out the trailer for the third world tour below and below that you can see which cities have been announced so far. Are they coming to your town?

http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/WORLD/

FRI.,Oct.31 Taiwan Taipei International Convention Center
SUN.,Nov.2 Singapore Resorts World TM Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
SUN.,Nov.9 USA HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
WED.,Noc.12 UK EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH
SAT.,Nov.15 USA HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM

SAO II End Theme Previewed

Sword Art Online II is still to release in Japan but we have a preview of the end theme which was recently unleashed onto Japanese television. The theme itself won’t be on sale until August 20th. The track, Startear”, is performed by Luna Haruna.

BABYMETAL Reveal Plans For 2014 World Tour

Those kawaii metal rockers, BABYMETAL, have revealed they’re about to undertake a world tour soon in the coming months. Countries so far announced are Germany, UK and France but we’re hoping some are thrown into the mix very soon.

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In what could be very interesting, the girls will be sharing the UK stage at the Sonisphere Festival with Metallica, Limp Bizkit and Alice In Chains.

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Shred With A Monster Hunter Guitar

So you love Monster Hunter and have a penchant for shredding it up with an axe to some hardcore tunes? Now you can mix it up and cross both these interests with the news that Capcom have authorised ESP Guitars to release a Monster Hunter themed guitar.

Taking inspiration from the Great Sword in the game, the Rathalos Firesword guitar will set you back ¥2,300,000 but check out the serious cred you’ll also be able to claim. It comes with an ESP logo, a gold foil dragon and a hard shell case.

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If you ever wanted to do a rock version of some in-game tunes, this guitar is the one to do it with.

Lego Hatsune Miku

Yep, that’s right and really, it was only a matter of time. Combining his love of Lego and the popular vocaloid, Hatsune Miku, ChaosBrick has managed to painstakingly bring to life a Lego version of Hatsune Miku. Starting back in October last year and only finishing the face in February, he’s managed to make amazing progress and complete it by April 15th.

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He ran into a few snags here and there especially when putting together the top body with the legs which ended up reworking her skirt and signature pig tails but it all came together nicely in the end.

Sony Evangelion Walkman Update

We featured a piece on Sony releasing Evangelion branded walkmans a while back, today we give you an update on this exciting release with more information and specifications.

They release on April 24th and will be available in 3 different from the Android WALKMAN F series “NW-F887 (64GB).

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Here are the 3 different flavours which will be available at launch:

NW-F887/EVA1 – ¥43,000
This version features one of three Rebuild of Evangelion soundtrack albums installed

NW-F887/EVA3 – ¥51,000
All three album are installed

NW-F887/EVA3 with special earphone – ¥87,000
The Hi-Res audio compatible inner ear receiver “XBA-H3” is also included

You can even select the rear image for the walkman to be based on the same one that Shinji uses on his DAT player in the series.

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The players support FLAC, HE-AAC support and, like the E series, plays MP3, WMA, L-PCM, and AAC format audio. There’s also the option to integrate it with Sony’s Music Unlimited service.