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Voice actress Asami Shimoda attended this year’s Kawaii Kon as a guest of honor, holding autograph sessions and Q&A panels on April 8–9 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Affectionately called “Asapon” by her fans, Shimoda has played many roles in anime and games, but she is known mainly for the twins Ami and Mami Futami from the Idolmaster series as well as Vocaloid characters Kagamine Rin and Len. During the autograph sessions, she also talked briefly with fans and had pictures taken together, while the Q&A panels led to her discussing various aspects of her personal life and career, including how she became the voice behind Kagamine Rin/Len and what it was like during the recording process.
Fans gathered at Club Nokia on a hot July 4 afternoon to watch both IA and Wagakki Band perform at the Cool Japan Festival presented by Anime Expo. IA appeared in many different outfits on a transparent projection screen as she sang nine songs, joined by a live band as well as two dancers. Her performance was followed by an energetic show from Wagakki Band as they rocked out to both VOCALOID cover songs (e.g. from Vocalo Zanmai) and their new originals. We’ve compiled a detailed play-by-play of the concert for this live report, and we would like to thank Cool Japan as well as Beautiful Day Media for giving us an opportunity to cover this event.
During Anime Expo 2015, we had the chance to sit down with 1st PLACE‘s CEO Murayama Kumiko and ask her a few questions regarding the VOCALOID sound bank and character IA. During this interview, she explained their approach to marketing IA as well as the possibility for an English version.
Wagakki Band, an eight member group that fuses together traditional Japanese instruments and rock music, performed in Los Angeles last weekend for the first time in America at Anime Expo 2015’s Cool Japan Festival. Their members are Yuko Suzuhana (vocals), Kiyoshi Ibukuro (koto), Daisuke Kaminaga (shakuhachi), Beni Ninagawa (tsugaru shamisen), Kurona (wadaiko), Machiya (guitar), Asa (bass), and Wasabi (drums).
They got their start covering VOCALOID songs on niconico and their cover of Senbonzakura has over 20 million views on YouTube. Recently, they have written original songs for the anime Samurai Warriors as well as the spin-off live-action web drama Attack on Titan: Hangeki no Noroshi. Vocaloidism got a chance to interview them last week.
Event organizers for MIKU EXPO revealed last month that the Shanghai leg of the concert and exhibition series will be held on June 27 and 28 at the Fengyun E-Sports Arena, with a daytime (13:00—15:00) and nighttime (19:00—21:00) concert per day as well as access to an exhibition area for ticket holders. All tickets available through official channels sold out at lightning speed. Organizers also held a press conference on June 11 revealing new merchandise, such as a PlayStation 4 panel engraved with MIKU EXPO artwork. Apparently the final concert will also be streamed for free through video website iQIYI.
Crypton’s upcoming revamp of Megurine Luka, tentatively called Megurine Luka V3, comes not only with newly recorded sound banks, but also several new capabilities. One of the new capabilities is apparently called Enhanced Voice Expression Control (E.V.E.C.), which allows for finer per-note adjustment of the voice synthesis process. A demo of the feature has been uploaded to SoundCloud. While E.V.E.C. is only applicable to Japanese singing, another new capability, this time with respect to Luka’s English, is slated to be revealed late November. Lastly, from the screenshots on the page, it appears that “Whisper”, “Soft”, “Power”, “Cute” and “Closed” will be among the voices available in the upcoming software package.
With the Los Angeles and New York Hatsune Miku Expo fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of the relevant information, and we’ll be adding more and updating as needed. The schedule summarizes the events (NY events in blue and EDT, LA events in pink at PDT), and the following sections contain more detailed information on the events.
Update: Added IA event(s) (in NYC, EDT) due to popular demand.
Every year, Delusion Production House (D.P.H) hosts a Vocaloid panel at Anime Expo called “Mirai no Neiro -Sound of the Future-“. At this panel, Vocaloid-related creators present and talk about their works. Several of the guests came all the way from Japan at their own expense. Despite the first panel starting 9:30am on Sunday July 6th, the last day of Anime Expo, the room was packed.
I recently had the pleasure of attending Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (after some drama involving the resident national sports team necessitating the concert to be rescheduled earlier in the week, but that’s another story).
Recently, it announced via a Tweet that Miku will be opening for Lady Gaga in her US Concerts of the ARTPOP Ball Tour.
Tonight is Miku’s first performance as an opening act, and the show is going on as of this articles release.
Lady Gaga posted a small snippet of her performance on her Instagram page. The song she was performing in that clip was Glass Wall by GuitarHeroPianoZero (Shoutout: Congrats!!). Many VOCALOID fans and producers alike have been commenting on Twitter about her performance.
Personally, I believe that this is great exposure for the VOCALOID community, and I can’t wait to see what more we get as Miku and Lady Gaga travel across the US.