Last month at New York Anime Festival, a panel was held with regards to the future of Crypton’s Vocaloid series. It was there were plans of a possible English version of Hatsune Miku Vocaloid software would be under heavy consideration if there was enough demand for it. Fans would be able to display their interest in the idea by visiting Hatsune Miku’s Facebook page. If her Facebook reaches 39,390 “likes” — the number meaning “miku” and “sankyu (thank you)” — then we’ll soon be hearing the now international virtual idol sensation sing in English. That very goal has been reached today.
Nekomura Iroha now joins Miki, Kaai Yuki, and Hiyama Kiyoteru.
A few days ago, Yamaha’s official twitter announced that a new Vocaloid (not VY1) would be revealed at the Sanrio booth held at Comiket 78. According to this tweet by Tomohide Ogata (AHS) and Hatsune MikuMiku blog, it is a collaboration project with AH-Software.
A 30-day trial version of the 「VOCALOID2 Lily」 software from Internet Co., Ltd is now available on the official website. This is for a contest where users can compose original songs just in time for Lily’s grand debut. Prizes include Lily-related promotional goods, as well as a copy of Internet Co., Ltd’s 「Singer Song Writer 9 Professional」 software — make music like the pros do. Judges include DJ Lily and MOSH (animo.v.e), Masashi Kamibayashi and Kenichiro Yorozu (DTM MAGAZINE), and Hideki Kenmochi (YAMAHA).
With just under a week until its official release, new promotional videos of Sega’s PSP rhythm game sequel, 「Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- 2nd」, have surfaced. They reveal even more featured songs; such as 「Gemini」 by Dixie Flatline, 「from Y to Y」 by JimmyThumbP, and 「Honto wa Wakatteru」 by FunakoshiP. Samples of these may be found after the jump.