This year at Anime Expo Miku will be preforming live for you! Or as live as she can be. Read on for more information.
Update1: Added more information about the concert, including other performers. Ticket information is now available.
Update2: Danny Choo will be the MC.
Update3: Other Vocaloid-related events held the same day and place: Penguins Project and sunzriver‘s performances.
Update4: ZANEED will be present!
Update5: The concert title has been announced, as well as the band line-up.
Update6: Tickets have been sold out. Crypton Guests of Honor have been announced.
Update7: Vocaloid Guest List expands: Onyx Kobayashi, Toshihiro Fukuoka, and DANCEROID.
Update8: AX Schedule released, most Vocaloid event locations and times added.
Update9: New Miku model photos previewed, and possibly more tickets!
As a part of the Miku-Fes 2011 the first event will be a concert held at NOKIA Theatre during Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California (held on July 1st thru 4th, 2011). The concert itself will be held on July 2nd (no time listed as of yet) and is sponsored by USA division of Toyota Motor Sales (who are also sponsoring Miku), with 3D imagining by SEGA, supervised by Crypton Future Media.
The official website states that this concert will be based on the first Miku Thanksgiving concert held in Tokyo on March 9th, 2010 but that “will feature a few improvements over the original event.”
No word yet if the concert will only feature Miku or not. We will continue to keep this post updated as more news becomes available.
TICKET INFORMATION: If you want to purchase a ticket for the concert, you first have to register for the convention; if you want to only go for the concert, be sure to select Saturday, July 2 for your one day ticket. Once you have that setup, you can go to this page and select “Add to your 2011 Registration.” After you sign in you should be able to select tickets for Miku’s concert. They are $15 each. A big thanks to reader Samuel for informing us of this. As of May 27th, 2011, the Mikunopolis concert has been SOLD OUT.
Update 1: Anime Expo has updated their website with information about the concert (though much is ported over from the Miku-Fes site). They announced that Miku will be their first Virtual Guest of Honor. To keep as up-to-date as possible we suggest you follow the convention on Twitter or like them friend on Facebook.
Update 2: Danny Choo has announced on his blog that he will be MC for the concert, as well as other events planned by Miku-Fes. He also stated that Rin, Len, and Luka will also be performing.
Update 3: sunzriver (“Sakasama Rainbow“) and Penguins Project (“Chocolate Train“) will be performing as part of “Mirai no Neiro – The Sound of the Future 2011“, a panel run by DPH (Delusion Production House), a group “working from Japan to introduce Vocaloid culture overseas”. It will take place at the NOKIA Theatre too, on July 2nd, the same day as Miku’s concert. Thanks to deztora for letting us know! You can read Penguins Project’s blog entry about this event.
Update 4: According to masa3939, who runs the VOCALOID panel: ZANEEDS (all 3 members) will also be coming, as well as video creators/illustrators and “secret guests”. Thanks to Hisana for pointing that out!
Update 5: It has been announced the concert title will be “Mikunopolis”. Also, the band-line up will be the same as the 39’s Giving day concert. Check the official site to see the official logo and the staff.
Update 6: It has been announced that Crypton Future Media Inc. CEO Hiroyuki Itoh and Executive Producer Wataru Sasaki will be Guests of Honor alongside Miku. Hiroyuki-san’s latest project, ROUTER.FM, has been distributing over 1,000 indie labels across the world, while Sasaki-san has been continuing to collect voice samples for the newest products yet to be released. They are expected to speak at a yet-to-be-scheduled panel.
Update 7: Anime Expo released a statement introducing three new guests, each of which will be participating in separate panels and meet-and-greets.
Onyx Kobayashi – Artist, composer, videographer, and most importantly, producer of the acclaimed Saihate will be attending. Saihate has hit 2m views on Nico Nico Douga, and he will be conducting interviews, signing autographs, and speaking at a focus panel on his works.
Toshihiro Fukuoka – Chief Executive Editor for ASCII Weekly and Editor for Tokyo Kawaii Magazines. He was the first to publish an article in Tokyo Kawaii about Hatsune Miku. He currently is working with Danny Choo, and will be moderating the Vocaloid-related events at AX.
DANCEROID – The popular net sensation dance group comes to the US. This group of five girls have gathered millions of hits on their videos dancing to Vocaloid music. Only two of the five members, I-Ku-Ra and Kozue will dance at Anime Expo as a part of one of the Vocaloid panels. It is not clear if the others will be present from the wording of the announcement.
Update 8: Scheduled events have been posted. Some are still missing as “secret guests” arrive. As things are scheduled right now:
- Friday, July 1st
- Miku Keynote (2:45 PM – 3:45 PM) [LACC Petree Hall]
- MikuMikuDance Workshop (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM) [LACC 501]
- Miku Conference (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM) [LACC Petree Hall]
- Mikunopolis (8:30 PM – 10:00 PM) [Nokia Theatre]
- The Vocaloid Fan Phenomenon (4:15 PM – 5:15 PM) [LACC 502]
- Mirai No Neiro – The Sound of the Future [LACC Petree Hall]
- Part 1: Introducing Promo Videos (5:45 PM – 7:15 PM)
- Part 2: Introducing Vocaloid Producers (7:15 PM – 8:45 PM)
- Miku Dance Competition with DANCEROID (9:00 PM – 10:00 PM) [LACC 515B]
Saturday, July 2nd
Sunday, July 3rd
Currently it is unknown which guests will be attending which event, and there are many To Be Announced events left on the schedules, particularly for the panel rooms. We will update as we find out more information.
Update 9: The Weekly ASCII.jp discussion featured Mikunopolis, discussing the introduction of Miku to the overseas market, and the difficulties thereof. First order of business is the new model for Miku that will be showcased at the event.
The changes from the original are very minute, but if you look closely you’ll notice her face enables a lot more expression, her sleeves fold, her skirt now drapes closer to her legs, and her leggings equipment is more detailed. We’ll find out in the near future if any other improvements have been made.
There was also mentioned a major difficulty in booking the Nokia Theatre, as Zepp Tokyo does NOT have a balcony, the optimum viewing seating was the 3500 seats on the ground floor. Therefore only 3500 of the 7100 potential tickets were sold for the concert. The technical crew is currently attempting to determine if the balcony section can be used to view the holograms properly, and if so, more tickets may become available. Don’t lose hope! We may have more tickets coming!
On a semi-related topic in the same discussion, a special Tokyo to LA Papercraft Miku has been created by COSPA in correlation with the event in Los Angeles. It will be included in a pamphlet, however it’s not clear if this will be available at the convention. Thanks to Samuel for this article.