Hatsune Miku's Third Year "39" Mikupa Concert was on March 9, 2013 in Wakayama, Japan
UPDATED 2013 MAR 14 Written by Scott
It has been a tradition to hold at least one Hatsune Miku concert on March 9th and this year was no exception. Hatsune Miku's Live Party (Mikupa) concert was held at the Big Whale Sports and Recreation Complex in Wakayama, Japan.
Wakayama is in Japan's Kansai region about two-thirds of the way down towards the southern end of the main island of Japan, about 70 km southwest of Osaka. The arena complex (right) is aptly named, since it was constructed in the shape of a whale, complete with a water spout that occasionally pops up from the roof.
Because this is the third year for the "Mikupa" concert series, the organizers named it "- 39's Spring the 3rd Synthesis -". The concert was jointly sponsored by MAGES and WOWOW, a satellite/pay TV station in Japan.
The concert performance was broadcast live on WOWOW. There was no live stream on the internet. The official Mikupa link: http://5pb.jp/mikupa/ (Japanese language).
Hatsune Miku's February 9 and 10 Mikupa concerts in Sapporo were a big success!
UPDATED 2013 FEB 18 Written by: Scott A few lucky visitor's to this year's Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan had the extra bonus of being able to see Hatsune Miku perform live in concert. Once again organized by MAGES/5pb, the concert was held at the Sapporo Citizen's Hall during the Snow Festival. There were four performances in total over two days. Both Meiko and Kaito returned to perform on stage with Miku. There was no live stream of the event.
The Sapporo Snow Festival has been an annual event since 1950 and now attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. This winter it was held from February 5th to 11th at three locations in Sapporo, including Odori Park where there were spectacular snow and ice sculptures. A more recent annual tradition has been the Snow Miku sculpture which was also on display at the park.
Hatsune Miku's Debut Operatic Performance was on December 1, 2012
UPDATED: 2012 DEC 05 Written By: Scott
Hatsune Miku had her first opera, a performance of "THE END" created by Keiichiro Shibuya and Toshiki Okada. The show's art direction will be by Uni-Yoshida.
There was no live stream of this event. There has also been no mention of whether or not a recording of the event will be released on DVD or bluray. This article will be updated if more information becomes available.
The Official Description of the Show (as posted on the Yamaguchi Centre's website):
Examining possibilities of vocaloid performers in the most cutting-edge opera currently feasible
Musician/artist Keiichiro Shibuya and stage director Toshiki Okada present a new opera work realized during both artists' residency at YCAM. No human singers or orchestra appear in this piece, but aria and recitativo parts are performed by vocaloid engine, is a singing software application, and video characters instead. In a scenario that progresses without any humans on stage, "The End" from Japan shakes up the human-centered conception of the opera format in Europe, while generating and traversing all sorts of underlying dichotomies in art - life/death, natural/synthetic voice, public/private, part/whole, line/layer, etc. - to make this opera a totally new emotional experience for the spectator.
Isao Tomita's Symphony Ihatov in Tokyo Featured Hatsune Miku's First Ever "Live" Synthesizer Performance
UPDATED: 2012 NOV 25 Written by: Scott
Friday's concert at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall of Isao Tomita's Symphony Ihatov was streamed live from the website of the new media organization TOWER RECORDOMMUNE SHIBUYA
Isao Tomita, who is in his eighties, is a music composer who was a pioneer in electronic music and the use of the Moog Synthesizer, which he first started working with in the late 1960s. His music “Billboard Classics presents Symphony Ihatov”, which is a tribute to the work of Kenji Miyazawa, was performed by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and three different choirs: the Wagner Society Male Choir & OB Choir from Keio University, the University of the Sacred Heart GLEE and the Symphony Hills Boys & Girls Chorus. Total: 300 performers and one virtual diva!
Miku was the "soloist" for the night, projected onto a screen mounted on the first balcony at center stage above the choir. The conductor was Naoto Otomo and the synthesizer was played by Motokazu Shinoda.
The LABOPTON team at Crypton Future Media worked on the creation of the show, which saw Miku singing and dancing to Tomita's orchestral music. LABOPTON used the Tda MikuMikuDance version of Hatsune Miku for the show, although she was not portrayed as an "append", but instead dressed in the traditional teal-colored outfit that Miku is famous for.
The Symphony Ihatov made Vocaloid history in one very significant way. Miku's voice was not prerecorded but was instead "played" live on the synthesizer by Shinoda.
There is no online rebroadcast of the original live stream, however the audio recording of the concert (right) has been released on Hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD Hybrid). It can be purchased from CD Japan for 2,800 yen ($31.16 US) at this link: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=COGQ-62
Below: a digest video of the performance.
Mikupa Concerts in October, 2012
UPDATED: 2012 NOV 04
Hatsune Miku's Live Party (MIKUPA) concerts were performed in Hong Kong and Taiwan in October! Here are the details:
Hatsune Miku performed two concerts at the KITEC Star Hall in Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
Below: Miku performing "Love Colored Ward" in Taiwan
Hatsune Miku Made Appearance at Animelo 2012
UPDATED 2012 SEP 26
Hatsune Miku performed on Day 2 (Sunday, August 26) at Animelo Summer 2012 -INFINITY∞-. The annual 2-day summer concert series features dozens of singers or voice actors who specialize in singing for games or anime. There were 19 performers on August 25 and 18 performers on August 26. The concerts were held at the Saitana Super Arena in Saitana City, Saitana, Japan, in front of a crowd of 27,300 people.
The video below tells the story about Miku's appearance at this year's Animelo.
Miku's 2012 Concerts "Miku No Hi Daikanshasai 2012/03/08-09" are Available to Order as a Complete Set!
UPDATED: 2012 NOV 25
This year's Miku Day concerts were everything a Hatsune Miku fan could wish for!
Not only were the two concerts enjoyed by the 40,000 people in the audience at Tokyo Dome City Hall, but they were also simultaneously broadcast to 24 cinemas across Japan and many others in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as being live-streamed to Nico Nico users who bought tickets in advance. The four sold-out concerts, a collaboration of SEGA and MAGES (5pb), treated Miku's ardent fans to the best that Miku and her fellow vocaloids have to offer.
There was no shortage of surprises for fans. In the first two concerts on March 8, fans were delighted to see Kaito on stage for the very first time and that was followed up the next day with Meiko appearing in the next two concerts.
One minor note that caused a number of fans some unnecessary concern - a Reuters story that was picked up and published by a number of news organizations incorrectly reported that this would be Miku's "last" concerts. This came about as a result of a misunderstanding with the promoters, who were only referring only to the second performance which would be the last of the concerts for the 39's band. You can be assured that there will be more of Miku's concerts still to come.
For the first time ever, you can get two concerts plus music CDs plus special features all in one set! The 7-disc set includes:
Hatsune Miku Live Party "MikuPa", (March 8 concert): 1 disc
The final 39's (Thanks)Giving Day, (March 9 concert): 1 disc
Hatsune Miku Live Party "MikuPa" Live Music: 2 CD's
The final 39's (Thanks)Giving Day Live Music: 1 CD
Special features: 1 disc
Total run time: 590 minutes.
You can order on Bluray from Amazon.com at this link.
You can order on DVD from Amazon.com at this link.
MikuPa 2011 Concert CD/DVD/Bluray is Now On Sale
November 16, 2011
The two Hatsune Miku Live Party (MikuPa) concert performances from March 9, 2011 (39's Live in Tokyo) and August 16 (39's Live in Sapporo) were released together in one packaged set on November 16.
As most fans know, there was much dissatisfaction with the March 9 concert in Tokyo due to a series of flaws in the execution of the performance. The biggest complaint for fans was 5pb's decision to use a "projection screen" type arrangement rather than the clear Dilad screen used in previous concerts. There was also criticism of the liberal use of medleys rather than full songs and also the continuous commercials run during the 30 minute intermission. For the Sapporo concert they reverted back to the traditional projection system and made some changes to the format of the show. Likely because of this, 5pb has chosen to market two concerts together for the price of one.
The discs will be available in either standard or limited edition formats.
- Contains both concerts for a total of 180 minutes run time.
Bluray - 2 Discs (order from YesAsia here)
DVD - 2 Discs (order from YesAsia here)
CD - 4 CD pack (order from YesAsia here)
- The Bluray and DVD sets contain both concerts plus one extra disc for a total of 210 minutes run time
- Both the Bluray and DVD sets have extra behind-the-scenes footage
- All sets come in a limited-edition storage case
- The Bluray edition includes a Nendoroid Plus Charm: Hatsune Miku – Colorful Drop Y-ojisan version
- The DVD edition includes a Cheerful Candy Lynn (made by nezuki) cellphone strap
- The CD edition comes with two limited edition MikuPa stickers
Bluray - 3 discs (order from YesAsia here)
DVD - 3 discs (order from YesAsia here)
CD - 4 CD pack (order from YesAsia here)
The MikuPa official website is here (Japanese only).
MIKUNOPOLIS 2011 Concert CD/Bluray/DVD Now On Sale
December 21, 2011
Hatsune Miku’s early July concert at the Anime Expo in California is now available on disc. The concert, which was attended by over 5,000 people, was based on the 2010 “39’s Giving Day” concert, with a few enhancements. The concert also included performances by Kagamine Rin/Len and Megurine Luka.
The video releases, which are a joint collaboration between Sega and Crypton Future Media, also have a few special features – a behind the scenes clip, recordings of the opening act by two members of the Japanese dance group “Danceroid” and the opening by Danny Choo - the MC for the event, as well as a bonus booklet.
The discs are distributed from Japan. Bluray (order from YesAsia here)
DVD (order from YesAsia here)
CD (order from YesAsia here)
Official Photobook (order from YesAsia here)
Hatsune Miku's 2010 39's (Thanks)Giving Day Concert is Available on CD/Bluray/DVD
August 15, 2011
Hatsune Miku's concert Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's (Thanks)Giving Day Project performed live on March 9, 2010 at the Zepp Concert Hall in Odaiba Tokyo is really the concert that started it all! The DVD and Bluray have 31 tracks (39 songs), with all of Hatsune Miku's big hits, including Project Diva Desu, Stargazer, Saihate, Dear Cocoa Girls, From Y to Y, The Secret Garden, Promise, Moon, The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku, SPiCa and the classicWorld is Mine. Includes performances by Kagamine Rin and Len and Megurine Luka.
The discs are distributed from Japan.
Bluray (order from YesAsia here)
DVD (order from YesAsia here)
CD (Order from YesAsia here)
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