Miku Party 2012 – “Our Angel is Cuter Than Ever!”




Hatsune Miku Live Party 2012 (“MikuPa”) marks the latest live performance of “holographic” princess Hatsune Miku and her Vocaloid vassals, and as expected Miku shows off her latest tunes and costumes to much fan delight – although there are now some whispers of discontent at the formulaic nature of her appearances.

From the Nico live broadcast:


From the Dengeki event report:


Apart from some complaints about the balloons interfering with Miku-visibility, the reception from Miku fans is generally positive, with the event evidently maintaining the now stable CG and musical quality associated with her live appearances (not always a given).

However, some veteran fans are becoming concerned about a lack of novelty in Miku’s various live appearances, which whilst now quite polished are not displaying much in the way of variety (as might realistically be expected from repeatedly watching what is essentially a MikuMikuDance cosplay show on a projector at a venue) – a possible danger sign for organisers.

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    Avatar of Demi-Rebel 72
    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    07:26 09/03/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    All Hail Hatsune Miku! Bow down to the Virtual Goddess of Song or DIE!!! Lol XD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 09/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    I guess I'm gonna die then.

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    Comment by Unicorn
    03:57 11/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course you will nonbeliever

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    11:40 09/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Mai waifu in a cheongsam!
    Nothing else could possibly ruin my day :D

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    11:58 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Wha-? I don't see any Hideyoshi dressing up as Miku up there..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Yamamaya
    07:49 09/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Megurine Luka spinning, in a chinese dress, plus Miku with wings again, I'd say it was a worthy show. Wish I could have seen it. Guess I'll watch real-time snapshots from her FB page again tonight.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    09:45 09/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I just blasted gallons of blood from my nose seeing an official twintailed Rin...

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    Comment by McSquid
    07:16 09/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Aren't this and today's (March 9 in Japan) concerts supposed to be the final ones?

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    Comment by Michael
    12:26 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Judging from what I have heard, it is more likely that they are the "final" concerts of their respective tours (for example: the 39s Giving Day tour, featuring The 39s and songs like World Is Mine, Romeo and Juliet, etc., and the Mikupa tour, featuring MKP39 and songs like Nisoku Hokou, Rolling Girl, etc.)

    Hopefully, if SEGA/MAGES/Crypton Future Media know what's good for them, they'll be doing more 39 day concerts for years to come - Miku should be released in English sometime soon, which may bode well for non-Japanese, English-speaking fans...

    But right now, it's hard to say. DISCLAIMER: my opinion doesn't really count, since I don't work for Crypton Future Media ;P

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    09:39 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    From the name of the concert tomorrow it seems so.

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    Comment by Gradius
    08:58 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any link of what are the stuff they use? Projector models, etc?

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    Comment by Michael
    12:33 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did some quick research on this exact topic a few months ago, coming up with a Panasonic projector based on watching the video footage, and KOWA rental company based on the Blu-Ray disc credits.

    Taking all this information into account, I would estimate that the projector models are 10000-lumen Panasonic TH-DW10000 units arranged in stacks of two each (the 2012 concerts used three of them for Mikupa and four for 39s Giving Day).

    KOWA's page on these projectors is here:

    Hope this helps! (Also, keep in mind that the cost of these units is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE and I would not advise a single person to take on the burden of paying for something like this... especially if you're attempting a fan-made concert for a small venue, which may not even need such bright projectors...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow! This concert looks like it was absolutely stunning! I wish i could've gone in person.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I know right. Sooooooo ennnvviiooouussssssssd!

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    Comment by Sazuko Toriyama
    21:16 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It was still kick ass over the nico nico douga stream!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sega! dom dom dom dom dom dom dom dom Miku-Desu dom dom dom dom dom dom dom Miku_desu...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lack of Novelty, maybe it is getting a bit old, but it's still impressive to see. Not sure how much they can spice it up though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those fans must be finicky as all hell if they think Miku's concerts are getting old already.
    Why, AC/DC has been performing the same concert to sold out arenas around the world for >30 years. Miku's had, what, 3 "tours" like this with the screen? Some "fans" you got there Miku...

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    Comment by Michael
    12:36 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might be true, but let's face it - MOST performers don't use the same tour every year. And since the 2009, 2010, and 2011 (Tokyo at least) concerts all had different sets, I'm not ashamed to admit that it was my expectation that the 2012 concert would be different as well.

    There's been speculation that the contract with The 39s has not been re-negotiated, so unfortunately it's unlikely that we'll ever see them performing again (sad, because I personally thought they were much better than MKP39, even though MKP39 has improved quite a bit since the fiasco of 2011 Tokyo).

    Hopefully, though, they'll pull some new songs together in time for next year's 3/9. I've already got three significantly different concerts on Blu-Ray already (2011 Tokyo/Sapporo, 2012 Mikupa and 2012 39s giving day) so if they don't do something radically different, I'm not going to buy any more!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Low-angle/Pantsu would spice it up.
    If they do Tell Your World, nopan, to go with the picture.
    Just saying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did. It's the opener for 9/3/12.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And thanks to you, I now have to go and search for a video...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    awesome lights and shadows on the mikus

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    Comment by Sazuko Toriyama
    21:15 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That was thew March 8th Concert!! The March 9th Concert JUST ended and it was BAD ASS!! NEW SONGS! AND A GREAT FUCKING SHOW!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)




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    Comment by Michael
    12:39 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There were new songs (compared to Tokyo/Sapporo at least) in March 8...

    Though I'll agree, March 9 was much better. But come on, it's The 39s... they'll kick MKP39 butt anytime!

    Unfortunately there weren't THAT many new songs compared to the last 39s performance in Los Angeles. They did have full versions of some of the songs they used to cut short though!

    And I still find it entertaining to watch LamazeP play the harmonica during Po Pi Po - a song that BOTH bands improved greatly upon compared to their prior renditions.

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    Comment by Rei_12
    06:07 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Best. Concert. Ever. I'm happy that I bought tickets and had to wake up @ 3:30 am to watch it.

    Too bad no Tell Your World; hopefully they'll play it tomorrow :).

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    Comment by Senjou
    06:26 09/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ahh, good that you managed to get tickets and watch it.

    I can only afford to be jelly.

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    Comment by Rei_12
    06:54 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe march 16th is when you can watch the concert(s) for free from niconico's archive.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    12:59 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As far as I can tell March 16th is the last day you can view the concert on nico assuming you bought a ticket.

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    Comment by Michael
    12:34 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You must be psychic — they did play Tell Your World in the 2012 3/9 concert! The 39s did an absolutely BEAUTIFUL rendition of this song... it always brings tears to my eyes...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i brrowed friends ticket to watch it

    Comment by Anonymous

    Looking at the screenshots, it looks pretty similar to the Sapporo 2011 concert... did they re-use alot of it?

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    Comment by Nimik
    08:00 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    awesome i bought the march 9th ticket just to support the princess im on a tight budget so i couldn't fork out 40 for both.. but hey at least im supporting what i love!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 09/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    if ya wondering where to get tickets live.niconico.com =)

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    Comment by Unicorn
    03:57 11/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't wait for the blu ray

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This MikuPa was the last one planned for exactly the region in your post. They don't want it to become overly routine and not special.

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    Comment by Uzza
    07:46 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The crowning moment of the entire concert was towards the end, when they played Uta ni Katachi wa nai Keredo.

    The tuning of the song was just out of this world! It was the most amazing, breathtaking, perfect and, well, just about any other superlative you can think of.

    If you only watch one video from the entire concert, it must be that song (It's the song where she wears the outfit in image #61).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone better invent the full 3D hologram and soon. :-P

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree that variety was lacking. Greatly lacking at that. If they don't create new content and have something new out soon, Hastune Miku's hype will quickly fade away. And it would be fun to have the English samples released soon...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Miku's hype isn't fading at all. Miku in English?! No thanks. Hearing Miku without Saki Fujita's voice isn't Miku.

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    Comment by Michael
    12:42 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would imagine that they would record the Miku english samples using the same voice they recorded the Japanese samples.

    Preeety sure this is how they did Megurine Luka's English voicebank, too.

    You're right ... Miku without Saki Fujita isn't Miku. That's why I'm almost certain that Crypton wouldn't release a Miku with a different voice...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    KAITO AND MEIKO. That's just pure win.

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    Comment by demonhaseo
    12:00 16/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Michael
    12:40 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's in the 2012 3/9 concert. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 13/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is absurd, why Sankaku didn't post any review about the 9th March 39's Final Concert?? While it has so many-many much more great improvements than MikuPa?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 10/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get the transparent screen back! Otherwise it is just watching a tv screen!

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    Comment by Michael
    12:40 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did... That was only a 5pb. thing. They've been using the transparent screen ever since Sapporo... though it still bugs me that MKP39 occasionally uses the opaque screen (situated above the transparent screen) during some songs.

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    Comment by Christian Song
    06:35 13/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I paid 40$ for the whole 2 concerts. This one was good, but the 39's giving concert finale was godlike-legendary-superbly and amazingly good!!! Hence, I wonder, Sankaku, you guys did a column for Mikupa, then do a one for 39's!!!!!!

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