Hatsune Miku Features in Pocari Sweat Promotion as Official Ambassador
Otsuka Pharmaceutical released a 30-second video titled “Netsunarero” on their official YouTube channel on May 6 announcing Hatsune Miku and members of Leo/need from the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game as the official ambassadors for the Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat.
The importance of “Netsunare”
The video stresses the importance of netsunare – sweating in order to get used to the heat during summer. Leading the promoting of this message is Hatsune Miku who is followed by Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, and YuNi. The video features the original song Waiting for Clear Weather created by Orangestar for the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game. The popular track has been streamed over 1.9 million times as of April 2021.
The Character Line-Up
Since December 2019, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has appointed Hatsune Miku, MEIKO, Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, YuNi, and other familiar faces as official ambassadors for Pocari Sweat to spread information on how to overcome Japan’s hot summer weather to the world. It is part of the beyond2020 project which Otsuka describes: “With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this cultural program will contribute to the creation of a legacy befitting a maturing society that will make the next generation proud, through Japan’s strength which consists of its local and diverse culture.”
Leo/need from Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku
Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku is a mobile game for iOS/Android. The members of Leo/need include guitarist and vocalist Ichika Hoshino, keyboardist Saki Tenma, drummer Honami Mochizuki, and bassist Shino Hinomori. They will release their first single on June 9, 2021.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical is also holding a Twitter campaign in Japan as part of the promotion where 200 random people can win a box of seven 500ml Pocari Sweat bottles for cooling down in the summer heat.
How to Sign Up
Step 1: Follow Pocari Sweat on Twitter @pocarisweat_jp
Step 2: Retweet or quote any of Pocari Sweat’s posts featuring the hashtag #ネツナレろ (“Netsunarero”)
Running: May 6, 2021 – May 19, 2021 (Japan Only)
Campaign Site: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/netsunarero/
© SEGA / © CP / © CPM / © Mirai Akari Project / © YuNi / © Fuji Aoi
Released: May 6, 2021
Official Website: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/
Crypton Future Media Inc. has released more details about the upcoming online music event HATSUNE MIKU EXPO Rewind, scheduled to take place on June 5, 2022. An online guidebook with a time schedule, musician interviews, and additional information is also available in English and Japanese.
Fans from around the world will be able to tune in to ‘HATSUNE MIKU EXPO Rewind,’ featuring tons of past content from the virtual idol’s trips overseas. This will include foreign language songs unique to the world tour, and admission to the event is free. As the title suggests, the event will compile the best moments from seven years of MIKU EXPO history.
As the event will be available to audiences worldwide, three performances will be held, allowing everyone–regardless of time zone–to enjoy the show.
As with past MIKU EXPO events, fans will be able to participate in workshops, exhibitions, and other unique experiences. One of the sub-events, ‘MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2022 Online,’ will serve as the opening of each performance.
Be sure to mark your calendars for HATSUNE MIKU EXPO Rewind on June 5!
HATSUNE MIKU EXPO Rewind
Streaming Date (All 3 Performances)
1. June 5, 2022 / 10:30-14:00
MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2022 Online (11:25-12:25)
Performers: yanagamiyuki, coralmines
2. June 5, 2022 / 17:30-21:00
MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2022 Online (18:25-19:25)
Performers: FOXSKY, android52
3. June 5, 2022 / 21:30-25:00
MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2022 Online (22:25-23:25)
Performers: snarewaves, KIRA (MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2021 Online)
Official Crypton Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/cfm_official
Crypton on YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwGWV914kBlV4dKRn7AEFA
NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Reveals Main Stage Schedule, More Details
NIJISANJI Fes 2022, the largest NIJISANJI event to date, will be held on October 1 and October 2 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba! More details about the event have emerged, including information about the rescheduled 4th Anniversary concerts, ‘FANTASIA.’ These will now be held on September 30 and October 1.
Lize Helesta / Angie Katrina / Inui Toko
Alice in Wonderland featuring Monobeno Alice and more… (To be announced!)
NIJISANJI B Grade Variety Stage
Hayase Sou, Debidebi Debiru, Mysterious Lady (voiced by Suo Sango), Ibrahim
Tsukino Mito, Hoshikawa Sara, Fuwa Minato & ChroNoir Stage
Tsukino Mito, Hoshikawa Sara, Fuwa Minato, ChroNoir (Kanae, Kuzuha)
More than 100 NIJISANJI VTubers will participate in the festival, including both domestic and overseas members. This year’s event theme is “Cultural Festival,” and fans won’t want to miss out on the live performances and talks, themed food and drinks, and exclusive merchandise!
NIJISANJI Fes 2022
Dates: October 1 – October 2, 2022
*Night Stage on September 30 and October 1, 2022
Venue: Makuhari Messe 1-5 Hall (2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba)
Tickets: General & Fan Club Lottery: July 1 – July 13, 2022
General Ticket Sales / 1st Lottery: July 26 – August 1, 2022
Official Site: https://fes.nijisanji.jp/
4th Anniversary LIVE ‘FANTASIA – NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Night Stage’ (Rescheduled Date)
Day 1: September 30
Inui Toko, Yorumi Rena, Higuchi Kaede, Yukia Shiina, Tsukino Mito, Aiba Uiha, Sasaki Saku, Shirayuki Tomoe
Day 2: October 1
Kenmochi Touya, Kanae, Kagami Hayato, Yumeoi Kakeru, Saegusa Akina, Uzuki Kou, Shellin Burgundy, Yashiro
VTuber Group Hololive Reveals New Unit ‘ORIO,’ Group Releases First Single
The Hololive VTuber collective has revealed a new unit! Kanata Amane and Toyokami Towahave formed the unit ORIO, releasing their first single Over Time on May 2, 2022.
Some of Hololive’s female VTubers are a part of the Hololive IDOL PROJECT, singing and posting videos on YouTube and even holding live concerts. On February 17, 2021, Hololive IDOL PROJECT held its first concert ‘Bloom’ in which the talents performed only original songs. On April 21, 2021, the talents released their first full-length album Bouquet.
Over Time, the first single by ORIO, is now available on streaming services. The pair’s unit name was announced during the recorded session of Hololive Idol Road Radio earlier this month.
The new song was written by Kana Yaginuma and composed and arranged by Kazuki Satou.
Over Time will be used as the ending theme to the May episode of ‘Hololive IDOL PROJECT presents Hololive Idol Project Radio ~Listen to Our Songs!’
An angel from the Celestial Academy. She is now studying how to heal people.
To hide her shyness, she pretends to be cool.
Character Design: Oshioshio (@oshioshio_info)
A young devil who is visiting human society to gain experience and develop her skills. But instead of studying, she became addicted to video games!
After learning about a tool for communicating with humans called “streaming,” she’s trying it out to help with her studies.
Character Design: rurudo (@rurudo_)
Over Time – ORIO
Streaming Links: https://cover.lnk.to/OverTime
VTuber Group NIJISANJI Teams up with Anideal Fragrance for Second Perfume Collaboration
05.May.2022 | FASHION
VΔLZ, an all-male three-member group from the VTuber collective NIJISANJI, is getting collaborative perfume! Fans of Haru Kaita, Genzuki Tojiro, and Nagao Kei will want to order these special items while supplies last. Each perfume is available to order until May 18, and every package will also include a postcard featuring a new illustration made for the collab.
Haru Kaida Eau de Toilette
This fruity and floral fragrance features fresh scents of lemon and apricot at the top, with peonies and roses filling out the middle.
Genzuki Tojiro Eau de Toilette
With top notes of rose and middle notes of jasmine and lily, this elegant scent will make anyone smell like royalty.
Nagao Kei Eau de Toilette
Cassis and pear come through in this perfume, and middle and bottom notes of honeysuckle and sandalwood make this a calming and gentle scent.
The three members decided that these perfumes are scents most people wouldn’t mind smelling each and every day. Each product also comes in a stylish bottle, with oversized packaging and a classy logo.
The front of each package features new illustrations by popular illustrator Essual.
Haru Kaida/Genzuki Tojiro/Nagao Kei Eau de Toilette
Price: ¥5,500 each (Tax Included)
Order Period: April 26 – May 18, 15:00
Estimated Shipping Date: Mid-September 2022
*This applies to first-run orders. Additional orders in excess of the expected quantity will be shipped after November 2022.
Where to Buy: Ueni Trading Official Online Shop
VTuber Shibuya HAL to Perform Ending Theme for The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting Anime Series
VTuber Shibuya HAL has been announced as the ending theme artist for the upcoming The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting anime series.
Shibuya HAL is known for streaming first-person shooters, but he’s also popular for his singing streams and videos, often performing popular tracks and participating in cover song projects.
The opening song for the series, Mirai no Hero Tachi e, will be performed by YouTuber Sho Takeyaki.
Up-and-coming creator ANCHOR produced both the opening and ending themes. The artist has produced music for numerous anime series, video games, and more.
Shibuya HAL’s sweet and gentle voice matches perfectly with the new song, which is sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Comment from Shibuya HAL
I’m Shibuya HAL, and I’ve been put in charge of the ending theme for The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting!
When I received the offer, I freaked out. “The ending theme for an anime? I’m super excited, but I’m way too nervous for such a big role!” But ANCHOR did a wonderful job on the song, and when I heard the finished soundtrack, I thought to myself, “I’m looking forward to this being played!”
I’m much looking forward to the start of the broadcast when we can finally see the characters moving around!
Kaerimichi no Iro
The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting Ending Theme
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement: ANCHOR
Official Site: https://kumichomusume.com
Holostars Male VTuber Group to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary with Fan Event
28.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The male VTuber group Holostars will be celebrating its third anniversary with a special event at harevutai in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 26, 2022. ‘HOLOSTARS 3RISE SUPER FAN MEETING ～FLAGSHIP～’ will feature all members of Holostars: Hanasaki Miyabi, Kanade Izuru, Arurandeisu, Rikka, Astel Leda, Kishido Temma, Yukoku Roberu, Kageyama Shien, and Aragami Oga.
The variety event will celebrate the group’s huge milestone, with the nine Holostars members appearing in 3D.
The event will focus on fan participation, and each guest will receive a set of flags with each ticket purchase. These will be used for games and other activities during the event! Tickets with other bonuses will also be available. If you’ve ever wanted to get to know the Holostars more, this is the event for you!
On-site tickets went on sale on April 24, and streaming tickets are also available on SPWN. Overseas fans can also snag merchandise, so check the link below!
HOLOSTARS 3RISE SUPER FAN MEETING ～FLAGSHIP～
June 26, 2022
Doors Open 16:00 / Stream Starts 16:30 / Show Starts 17:00
Hanasaki Miyabi, Kanade Izuru, Arurandeisu, Rikka, Astel Leda, Kishido Temma, Yukoku Roberu, Kageyama Shien, Aragami Oga
Venue: harevutai (Hareza Ikebukuro 1F / 1-19-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Orders open until May 10 at 23:59
Merchandise Details: https://3rd-aniversary-flagship-holostars.hololivepro.com/goods/
Japan Orders: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/22062601-jpholostars3rise/goods
Overseas Orders: https://shop.geekjack.net/collections/holostars-3rise-super-fan-meeting
NIJISANJI EN to Offer Spring Goods at EN Store and NIJISANJI Store
English VTuber group NIJISANJI EN will appear in a collection of spring goods! The Sakura Bloom Goods & Voice 2022 lineup will be available to purchase at the NIJISANJI EN Official Store on April 22 and at the NIJISANJI Official Store on April 27, 2022.
This collection will see the first items inspired by the male VTuber unit Noctyx. In addition, fans can grab goods featuring new illustrations featuring members of Luxiem and Elira Pendora, Selen Tatsuki, and Nina Kosaka.
Sakura Bloom Goods 2022
Clear Folder (Set of 3)
Sakura Bloom Voice 2022
The new lineup includes a clear file set, acrylic keychains, and pins, all completely made to order.
For Sakura Bloom Voice 2022, 19 NIJISANJI members will participate to bring fans a relaxed spring chat, making it feel as if you were out enjoying the weather with some of your favorite VTubers. Each voice product also includes a special smartphone wallpaper!
Sakura Bloom Voice 2022 Participants
Pomu Rainpuff, Elira Pendora, Finana Ryugu, Selen Tatsuki, Rosemi Lovelock, Petra Gurin, Reimu Endou, Nina Kosaka, Enna Alouette, Ike Eveland, Luca Kaneshiro, Mysta Rias, Shu Yamino, Vox Akuma, Yugo Asuma, Sonny Brisko, Fulgur Ovid, Alban Knox, Uki Violeta
*Sakura Bloom Voice 2022 may be made available again in the future.
Sakura Bloom Goods & Voice 2022
Sales Period: April 22 – May 8, 2022 at 23:59
NIJISANJI EN Official Store
NIJISANJI Official Store
Alba Sera from Sony Music VTuber Project ‘VERSEⁿ’ Celebrates Birthday with New Merch
Sony Music Labels is now accepting orders for Alba Sera birthday goods! The talent from VERSEⁿ, a VTuber project in collaboration with Helixes, is celebrating her special day with tons of new merch. Items will be available until May 8 on the VERSEⁿ official BOOTH shop.
Full Birthday Goods Set (Including Bonus)
A girl who sticks to her beliefs even in loneliness.
She is quite hard on herself and not very good at socializing, but she does care about others and has a lovely side of a little girl. She sings her heart out strongly through her doubts and conflicts.
NIJISANJI Vtuber Unit ROF-MAO to Collaborate with Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro, Nagoya, Tennoji
Animate Cafe locations often collaborate with popular anime and manga series for delectable themed menu items and special merchandise. From April 27 until May 30, fans of ROF-MAO will be able to show their support and enjoy an experience like no other in either Ikebukuro, Nagoya, or Tennoji. ROF-MAO is a unit consisting of the VTubers Kagami Hayato, Kenmochi Toya, Fuwa Minato, and Kaida Haru from NIJISANJI.
The cafe will feature menu items inspired by each of the four talents, as well as limited-edition goods decorated with art made exclusively for the collaboration.
Menu at a Glance
Finally, Another Collaboration! Miracle Survival Meal
You’ll be Hypnotized to Eat this Dish
Kick Down the Door Parfait
Units Available! Kaida Apartment Cake
Marshmallow Delivery Drink
Menu Order Bonus: Coaster (12 varieties, random)
Goods at a Glance
ROF-MAO Jelly Cube (1 Sticker Included)
Glitter Acrylic Keychain
Acrylic Stand Keychain vol. 2 (8 varieties)
Which member is your favorite?
VTubers Takanashi Kiara and IRyS to Perform at Germany’s DoKomi Anime Convention
Hololive English VTubers Takanashi Kiara and IRyS have announced that they will appear at Germany’s largest anime and manga convention DoKomi on June 4 and 5, 2022.
The two will also hold a mini-concert at the event, and selected fans will be able to participate in a chat session with each VTuber. Limited edition merchandise featuring both Kiara and IRyS will be available on-site.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Kiara and IRyS from Hololive English!
An idol whose dream is to become the owner of a fast-food chain. Kiara is a phoenix, not a chicken or turkey. (Very important)
She burns brightly, working herself to the bone since she’ll just be reborn from her ashes anyway.
Character Design: huke (@hukeweb）
IRyS, a half-demon, half-angel also known as a Nephilim, once brought hope to “The Paradise” during the ancient age. Her full name is — Irys. This current era, riddled with despair and desperation, has brought upon her second awakening. She has arrived to deliver hope, with her feelings put into her lyrics and songs, and determination in her voice.
Though she tends to retain her Nephilim form, she is still quite young within her race. With emotion and “other factors,” it is possible that her form may lean to either side. When that occurs, she bears a brief change in her appearance. She does not speak of the events that preceded her second awakening. She faces ever forward, perhaps because she is Hope Incarnate, though no one knows for sure. Or could it be…
“The future is not what helps people; the future is made with our own hands. Salvation is hypocrisy. If people know they are to be saved, they simply will not try. From the depths of despair: a glimmer of light, the warmth of recovery. As long as we are with hope, we live. We stand tall.”
Character Design: redjuice (@shiru)
Dates: June 4 – June 5, 2022
Venue: D-Messe Süd/Congr. Center
Official Site: https://www.dokomi.de/ja
Hololive’s Mori Calliope to Make Major Label Debut with EMI Records
VTuber Mori Calliope, a member of Hololive English, will make her major-label debut under the Universal Music sublabel EMI Records. Cover Corporation announced the exciting news earlier this month. Mori is the first Hololive English talent to make a major-label debut.
Calliope’s first EP, SHINIGAMI NOTE, will be released on July 20, 2022. The artist will also be celebrating her major-label debut with a solo concert the following day, July 21, at Tokyo’s Toyosu PIT. The new EP will include six songs including CapSule, the new track by Calliope and Hololive VTuber Suisei Hoshimachi. The music video for the track is available on YouTube now, and it’s also available to stream.
The first-press limited edition LP-sized version of SHINIGAMI NOTE will also include a DVD containing a 30-minute interview with Calliope, five original LP-sized cover jackets drawn by various artists, and a crest badge to prove that you’re a true Dead Beat.
1st EP SHINIGAMI NOTE
Release Date: July 20, 2022
Mori Calliope Major Debut Concert ‘New Underworld Order’
Venue: Toyosu PIT
Date: July 21, 2022
Official Site: http://cover-corp.com
Virtual Hanami Event MIKU LAND 2022 YOSAKURA Invites Guests to the Metaverse with Hatsune Miku
19.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
MIKU LAND is Hatsune Miku’s official VR amusement park. The locale opens sporadically on the Virtual Cast platform, inviting fans of the virtual singer to interact with the star herself and other music lovers from around the world. From April 28 until May 1, the MIKU LAND 2022 YOSAKURA event will invite Vocaloid lovers to the metaverse to enjoy the cherry blossoms and a number of unique experiences.
Guests can visit Senbonzakura World, Miku’s Detective Agency, Rin & Len Kagamine’s Post Office in the Sky, and even a virtual haunted house during the event. VTubers Megu Shinonome, Tokino Sora, and Mirai Akari have been chosen as the official ambassadors of the event.
Hatsune Miku’s iconic track Senbonzakura, written by Kurousa-P, turns 10 this year. What better way to enjoy it than beneath virtual cherry blossom trees? Even if you can’t visit Japan quite yet, enjoy the Japanese shrine atmosphere as you spend time with friends in this gorgeous virtual space.
Miku’s Detective Agency
This puzzle-solving attraction invites guests to become assistant detectives by passing a test handed out by Detective Hatsune Miku! Those able to complete the challenge will also receive a limited-edition item.
Rin & Len Kagamine’s Post Office in the Sky
This post office in the clouds isn’t just a quiet place to relax. Visitors can take on a few different challenges, from mazes to more physical tasks.
Megu Shinonome Comment
“I’ve been chosen as an ambassador for MIKU LAND! My name is Megu Shinonome, and I’m so excited to work with Miku! MIKU LAND keeps getting bigger and bigger, so I’m wondering what it will look like this spring…I’m looking forward to it! I’ll do my best along with my fellow ambassadors Tokino Sora and Mirai Akari to convey the many charms of MIKU LAND to as many people as possible. We can’t wait to see you!”
Tokino Sora Comment
“I’m so excited to visit MIKU LAND again! I’ll do my best to make this another incredible event, and I’ll be sure to enjoy myself as much as possible!”
Mirai Akari Comment
“I’ve been invited to MIKU LAND to act as the MC for this awesome event! During the SUMMER VACATION event, everyone on Virtual Cast was so kind to me. It was a blast, so I’m really looking forward to this too! I’ll be sure to bring some extra excitement, so don’t miss it!”
Dates: April 28, 19:00 – May 1, 21:00
Location: Virtual Cast
Official Site: https://mikuland.com/