Hatsune Miku Retrospective: Lost History

“Hatsune Miku Retrospective” is a series of blogs relating to the like-named panel to be hosted at Anime Los Angeles 14. This blog “Lost History” is the first in the series and chronicles issues encountered in the research phase of the panel.

Preparing for my upcoming panel was quite a nostalgic experience.

I got to reflect on my decade of being a Vocaloid fan and look back at old videos and all of a sudden I am a freshman in college, Bleach had just come out and this viral video with a girl spinning a leek became a hit between my friends. There wasn’t a term for this at the time but I guess I can say ‘lolituma’ and ‘leek spin’ would become one of my first exposures to a “meme”. From this meme would spawn the infamous video by Otomania, Hachune Miku, and my first exposure to Vocaloid.

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Vocamerica at AnimeBanzai Recap

On the weekend of October 20-22 Anime Banzai in Layton Utah hosted special guest EmpathP & her VOCAMERICA concert. Although EmpathP has brought her western Vocaloid-focused concert series all over the eastern U.S. as well as Switzerland, this was the concert’s first venture into the western part of the country. Festivities kicked off early Friday evening with a pair of special panel sessions: The World of Vocaloid & VOCAMERICA Q&A.

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Maika Artist Noririn to Crowdfund Vocaloid Artbook

The character designer and artist for Voctro-Lab’s Vocaloid Maika just launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking to crowdfund the creation of a Vocaloid artbook titled The Art of VOCALOID MAIKA. Backer rewards include the artbook, limited editions, commissions, buttons, stickers, keychains mugs, T-shirts, figures, prints and 3D models.

At the time of publishing the campaign is already fully funded but as Kickstarters go those goals are usually the amount needed minimum viable product and every little bit helps. The campaign is slated to close on December 1st 2017 so you still have time to reserve your artbooks and Maika related goodies until then.

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