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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.
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.
As a last minute addition to Anime Expo 2013, Crypton Future Media’s US/EU Marketing Director Kanae Muraki held a panel on the afternoon of the last day to talk about Hatsune Miku, including several announcements. Topics covered ranged from an introduction to Hatsune Miku and the collaborative creative phenomenon associated with her to the latest collaborations with clothing stores, anime shops and even the opera. The main highlights of the panel, however, were information regarding the upcoming release of the English version of Hatsune Miku and a call out to fans to gather information on where the next concert outside of Japan should take place. More information on pricing and a detailed release date is expected by the end of July. Furthermore, people who enter information on the Find Me campaign get a chance to win a pair of tickets to Magical Mirai, including roundtrip airfare.
Aniplex USA has finally announced release details for Mikunopolis concert footage in the US. Mikunopolis, held during Anime Expo 2011, was the first large-scale VOCALOID concert held outside of Japan. The video release coming on April 16 will come in a combo package that contains both a Bluray disc and a CD recording of the audio. It will also include a double-sided poster, and the disc will have bonus footage such as the opening act by Danceroid and a making-of video in addition to the concert. The Bluray will be subtitled with both romaji and English translations with the exception of the songs during the 4-song medley, which according to the website is due to “creators’ intentions”. The list price for the entire package is 74.98 USD, with preorders at 59.98 USD starting on February 25.
The well-known VOCALOID panel series at Anime Expo entitled Mirai no Neiro – The Sound of the Future has now announced the first guest for the Anime Expo 2013 panel — t.Komine, otherwise known as UtataP. His Project Diva desu. song was played at the Kanshasai and Mikunopolis concerts, and the recent Paranoia-inspired song Kochira, Koufuku Anshin Iinkai Desu.(“This is the happiness and peace of mind committee”) has become a big hit on niconico, along with its spiritual successor, Eien ni Shiawase ni Naru Houhou, Mitsukemashita. (“I found a way to eternal happinesss”), inspired by the voodoo religion.
At their Anime Expo panel, Aniplex USA showed a trailer of footage from Mikunopolis, indicating their intention to release the product stateside. Previously, it was only available as an import with BD, DVD and CD versions, making it difficult to acquire for fans outside Japan. The official website will eventually contain information for the upcoming release.
UPDATE: An employee at the Aniplex USA booth in the Exhibit Hall clarified that this will indeed be a BluRay release and is scheduled to come out sometime this year.
According to a post on the official Hatsune Miku Facebook page, footage of the MIKUNOPOLIS concert held at Anime Expo in 2011 will be broadcast on NHK World Premium starting at 12:15 AM Japan time on May 20th. NHK World Premium is a Japanese channel that is carried by many operators overseas and therefore can be watched internationally, either via these operators or by directly receiving the feed via satellite. More info is also available from the Facebook post.
UPDATE: A new post states that the airing time is for the Japanese broadcast and airings on international channels would be at different times.
According to a thread on Facebook, a documentary project about Hatsune Miku is looking to interview attendees of Mikunopolis, the VOCALOID concert at Anime Expo last year. People who only watched the stream on Nico Nico are welcome as well. The project, a documentary exploring various aspects of the “Hatsune Miku Experience”, is headed by Tara Knight of the University of California, San Diego. Interested persons are invited to contact her student assistant Ayesha Mazumdar via email (ayeshaucsd at gmail.com). We received an email from Professor Knight herself with more details about the project as well.