To celebrate The NAMM Show 2018 (National Association of Music Merchants) BigFishAudio is having a sitewide sale of 20% off most products with the coupon code “namm18”. This includes the entire lineup of Vocaloid products including Vocaloid from Crypton Future Media and Zero-G Co. Ltd.
Remember to use the coupon code “namm18” for 20% off. This promotion is good until January 29th. Get Miku English for as low as $111.96 just in time the MikuExpo USA & Mexico Song Contest which closes next week.
“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.
From there it was Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪, Po Pi Po, and the heyday of ryo (supercell). I became obsessed and we shared these clips and music videos with my friends at my college’s anime club. Back in the day, however, foreigners were not easily able to browse Nico Nico Douga so we mostly relied on YouTube reprinters to download these videos and re-upload them for western audiences.
Back in the day copyright enforcement was lax and no Vocaloid producer had signed up with any major record labels. With the previous sentence and this blog post’s title, you can guess where the rest of this blog is going. As copyright crackdown, almost every major Nico reprinter lost their channel and trying to get proper view counts for older Vocaloid videos before producers started cross-uploading to YouTube became very hard when researching for the panel.
It wasn’t just the Nico reprinters affected either. When Google implemented YouTube Red they failed to get many non-US record labels on board and many Vocaloid videos whose producers signed with Japanese record labels had their videos blocked abroad. Between Sony Music Entertainment Japan, EXIT TUNES, Inc., UMAAA, and other Japanese music labels many old Vocaloid videos, even official uploads on official artist YouTube channels have been blocked abroad.
Luckily there are ways to bypass these regions restrictions or we were able to get copies of the videos to use in our panel off of Nico Nico Douga but it has shown how the media landscape has changed over the years in the Vocaloid realm. From being ignored, finally accepted, to now rejected, over the last 10 years a lot of early Vocaloid history is lost.
As we now celebrate a decade of Hatsune Miku I think it’s important we reflect on the past and cherish this living history… while we still can.
Who: Engloids.info, UtaForum.net, & TQF Present Where: Anime Los Angeles, LP3 (Room 200C) on 2nd Floor of Convention Center What: Hatsune Miku Retrospective: 10 Years A Virtual Diva When: Saturday 1/27 @ 11:45am-12:45pm Why: Relive a decade of Miku music videos. We will be giving away ribbons to attendees.
For those that missed it Omakase (Japanese for dish of chef’s choice) is Viewster’s defunct mystery box subscription service. After spending a lot on advertising, sponsoring various conventions the service was eventually canceled after experiencing slower than expected growth. Before it closed however it shipped out its final “Omakase” a Hatsune Miku themed Vocaloid Myster Box. With news of its impending closure however many people didn’t want to subscribe to a failing service and missed out on possibly the best box in Omakase’s short lifetime.
Omakase Vocaloid Box Contents
Following the response from fans Viewster decided for one final farewell and are giving fans who missed it another chance at all previous Omakase boxes including the Vocaloid one. Contents of the Vocaloid box include:
Miku & Friends Comic Anthology
Rin/Len Belt & Strap
Hatsune Miku Micro Squishable
HappyMappy Miku T-Shirt (Blue Edition)
Punimelt Miku & Friends Sticker Sheet
Alex Ahad MEIKO Poster
The Rin & Len Belt & Strap look great and are officially licences. Likewise the Blue shirt is also officially licenced, is made by WeLoveFine, and is of WeLoveFine’s always excellent quality.
In a merch campaign promoting the MikuExpo 2016 Tour along with the official Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 E.P. special edition compilation album the organisers have setup a PledgeMusic campaign to help raise additional funds for the tour as well as give fans the chance to bring Miku to their own town.
For those unfamiliar PledgeMusic operates similar to Kickstarter in that it is an all-or-nothing style crowdfunding platform that specifically targets musicians and music fans. The campaign offers a variety of rewards including the MikuExpo 2016 EP, tour t-shirts, multicolor glowsticks, concert credits and more.
The holy grail of prizes however has to be the $1,000,000 tier however, where for the low price of one million dollars one enterprising Vocaloid fans can put his/her money where their mouth is and bring Hatsune Miku to your own town for a concert (unspecified restrictions apply).
The PledgeMusic campaign quickly reached its goal when the unique concert experiences sold out quickly and now the campaign is mostly acting as a hub for merch pre-orders and AccessPass digital download sales.
Click Here if you would like to pledge $1,000,000.
Click Here if you just want to see the merchandise.