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Hatsune Miku

mobius017

Aspiring ∞ Creator
Apr 8, 2018
438
Here's a new song from Pinocchio-P I'd like to share:
内臓ありますか (What's inside):

This year's Snow Miku theme song "Ai" by Deco*27 now has a nice music video too:


Also I've added my newest piece of art in the club creations album too.
Leave it to Pinocchio-P to come up with another one of those profound pieces that resonates with lots of people. "Ai" was really fitting for the 10th anniversary!

That avatar image is awesome! You should be really proud! Did you do it by hand, or use your new tablet?
 

mobius017

Aspiring ∞ Creator
Apr 8, 2018
438
(Note: You don't need to write this much if you post about your Mikuration picks. There's nothing that says you need to post any kind of explanation/notification at all. I just wrote this for fun. It ended up getting a little more involved than I anticipated, but it was interesting. :) )

Mikuration picks for February are up!

I'm not sure how widespread observance of Valentine's Day is, but for fun I decided to make it the theme of my picks for this month. There are lots of songs I could have chosen, but I tried to pick some that I thought weren't ones that would come immediately to mind.

1. "Unfragment" by HSP

You might think this is something of an unusual choice. The song's lyrics, per the most complete translation I could find (Unfragment), are rather confusing. But the best I can put it together, this seems to be a song about Miku falling in love with her producer, and being pained by the fact a variety of things are always going to separate them (the literal fact of a screen between them; the opposing cultural views of the "moralists," whose "lies" she sometimes has to tell in song, even when she disagrees; even maybe the producer's own significant other, or just their real life, if you assume that that is the "first" she's jealous of). The PV (also done by HSP) does offer some reason for hope, though, as she ends up escaping from the system, presumably to try to enter the real world.

2. "Saturation" by fatP

Probably the primary reason I chose this one is because I love how it sounds :). If you look at the lyrics for this one (Saturation), the reason why it was chosen is probably pretty clear. The first verse is very descriptive, but not NSFW.

The really interesting bit of this song, I think, is the mirror. It's a major feature in the song, and it's brought up prominently in the Project Diva PV, too. Depending on how you look at the mirror, the meaning of the song can change a lot. If you more or less ignore it, it's clearly enough a song about two lovers. If you acknowledge it but treat it like it's analogizing one of those people to the other (as though they were so close that they were mirror images?), it's still basically a love song. Alternatively, if you treat it as a literal mirror, then the song could be about someone loving her/himself--looking in the mirror and really understanding the person she/he sees, and realizing that embracing that person is the first and foremost thing she/he is going to do. I'm not entirely sure how likely that last interpretation is (For one thing, it's impossible to get your reflection to trace its lips along your neck. That could be just a case of the producer obfuscating his/her real intended meaning with a more expected interpretation, though.), but there are parts of the song in which that interpretation works really well.

3. "Hatsune Miku Love and the Dissolution of Culture Boundaries" by gmimanga.exepicstudios.com

In terms of the image, I found the one I picked to be cute and well-done. Hope you guys like it! I got the name from the article on the gmimanga site where the picture supposedly came from, but that site apparently isn't working anymore and I had to source the image from Pinterest. There's some further discussion about the sourcing of the image in the description in the gallery, if you're interested.

Edit: I'd planned to mention this earlier, but guess I forgot--next up for Mikuration is @ZAR-PARTY!
 
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hamano

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Great picks there @mobius017 !
I like both of the songs, and "Saturation" is one of my top favourites. For me the lyrics work really well, though I haven't completely established how I interpret them, haha. I also like the sound, and how the song uses Miku's lower voice range too.

Btw, Saturation was also one of the Miku songs I played to a friend of mine, sparking her interest towards Miku. (She's more of a casual listener though, she hasn't become an actual fan (at least not yet)).

That avatar image is awesome! You should be really proud! Did you do it by hand, or use your new tablet?
Thanks, but personally I think it didn't turn out that well :/ And yes, it's digital, my tablet has seen quite a lot of use over the last couple of weeks (although I haven't published much of my works).

EDIT: Feb. 2nd is Twintail Day btw^^
Here's Miku illustrated by wogura to celebrate:
 
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mobius017

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Apr 8, 2018
438
I had a thought awhile back and thought it might be fun/interesting to talk about--does anyone here have any Miku-related traditions? Could be stuff you do for her birthday, or...I don't know, anything you do on a recurring basis that involves her.

For instance, to celebrate Miku's birthday, I pour myself a glass of vegetable juice (A "Popipo" reference. It isn't my favorite drink, but for her sake I'm willing to get it down for a few days.) and listen to "World Is Mine" (which I'm almost positive was my first Miku song).

And it's March! Which means it's @ZAR-PARTY's turn to Mikurate! Also, it's the month of St. Patrick's Day, and if it's been cold for you, maybe the return of some nicer weather, and maybe some green plants. Since I mentioned it already, and in keeping with the green theme, I'll close with the greenest Miku PV I know. :)

 

RabbitWhale39

Devout Mikuist
Apr 25, 2018
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I had a thought awhile back and thought it might be fun/interesting to talk about--does anyone here have any Miku-related traditions? Could be stuff you do for her birthday, or...I don't know, anything you do on a recurring basis that involves her.

For instance, to celebrate Miku's birthday, I pour myself a glass of vegetable juice (A "Popipo" reference. It isn't my favorite drink, but for her sake I'm willing to get it down for a few days.) and listen to "World Is Mine" (which I'm almost positive was my first Miku song).

And it's March! Which means it's @ZAR-PARTY's turn to Mikurate! Also, it's the month of St. Patrick's Day, and if it's been cold for you, maybe the return of some nicer weather, and maybe some green plants. Since I mentioned it already, and in keeping with the green theme, I'll close with the greenest Miku PV I know. :)

If I'm able to take a nap, I like to put on Last Night Good Night or Andante (livetune). There are some nice covers of LSGN on youtube too. It feels quite nice.:miku_lili:
 

Tainted

Multimedia Creative
Apr 14, 2018
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I had a thought awhile back and thought it might be fun/interesting to talk about--does anyone here have any Miku-related traditions? Could be stuff you do for her birthday, or...I don't know, anything you do on a recurring basis that involves her.
Aside from grinding as a work slave to attend a Miku event... hmm...

Every time March 9 approaches, I take a "family picture" of all the Miku figurines and plushies that I own; it serves as a way of my yearly collection check of how much it has grown.



I want to share something serendipitious that happened to me around October last year. I posted this on reddit but forgot to share this here. My intention is not to brag, but to share that sometimes, the biggest surprises in your life may come from sources or things you often ignore. As a goods collector, one would get excited when we find our holy grails; what more when we stumble upon a treasure not passively on our radar!
Probably because I sold some toy figures on the Facebook marketplace (one of them was a Miku), FB's suggested market ads flashed a pretty familiar turquoise phone on the side banner.

As I recalled, Xiaomi released limited editions of their mid-range flagship phone the Mi 6x in China a few months earlier. Of course I kinda yearned for it at that time, but seeing that the 5000 units were lottery exclusives, I had little hope and just brushed it off as something that I can never get (and I was preparing for my Japan Trip to attend Magical Mirai that time too, so expenses galore)

Back to the present, I saw that the seller was selling it pretty close the the 2099 yuan price (in our local currency). I have no budget for the top tier phones like the iPhone XS and seeing my potato but loyal iPhone 5s trying its best not to die 3 hours after I have fully charged it, I decided, eh, why not. I first did some searching with the googles; strangely, I saw no other product listings - I was expecting scalpers on ebay and what not... (unless they are selling it in the Chinese buy and sell sites, with listing in Chinese). The fact that someone was selling it in my country and it was the only one I had seen means it was an excuse for me to update my phone.

After thinking about it for a few days and exchanging info with the seller (like how the unit was been only used for a couple of product reviews before he was able to acquire it, so essentially it is almost mint condition, or the fact that there were many other people who had inquired but because he was way out of the city means some had trouble getting the deal done), I drove about more than an hour to the seller's meetup place, and yep, there she is - out of the 5000 units, unit #706 - from the hands of reviewers to the pocket of a (casual) Vocaloid fan.

I amusingly said "accidentally" because I was on the verge of getting a second hand iPhone 6s or the 7 whose price was bumped down a bit in my locale due to the introduction of the X's. Or I could also have gone and bought a Nintendo Switch and play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee.

Then Facebook's Ad targeting Algorithm kicked in.

TLDR ver: Miku otaku gets limited edition weeb phone after being fed by Facebook ads.

TLDR review: Minus the limited edition-ness, it's a regular Xiaomi 6x mid-flagship phone. Good if you don't have the budget for the big guns like the iPhone XS.
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I struggled at first since it was my first Android phone, but after a few months of usage, I grew to love it and I can say that this is my most treasured Miku item so far. I really feel lucky when I realize that It was hard to find just after a month it was sold, and yet I managed to spot it in a small ad in the corner of my Facebook page three months after it was sold. Yes, I'm actively using it (with great care of course!)
 
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mobius017

Aspiring ∞ Creator
Apr 8, 2018
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I want to share something serendipitious that happened to me around October last year. I posted this on reddit but forgot to share this here. My intention is not to brag, but to share that sometimes, the biggest surprises in your life may come from sources or things you often ignore. As a goods collector, one would get excited when we find our holy grails; what more when we stumble upon a treasure not passively on our radar!

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I struggled at first since it was my first Android phone, but after a few months of usage, I grew to love it and I can say that this is my most treasured Miku item so far. I really feel lucky when I realize that It was hard to find just after a month it was sold, and yet I managed to spot it in a small ad in the corner of my Facebook page three months after it was sold. Yes, I'm actively using it (with great care of course!)
Congrats, that's really sweet! Lucky you! Especially being in basically new condition! (Love the pic, too, that's adorable. :) )
 

hamano

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I had a thought awhile back and thought it might be fun/interesting to talk about--does anyone here have any Miku-related traditions? Could be stuff you do for her birthday, or...I don't know, anything you do on a recurring basis that involves her.
I usually listen at least one Miku song right before going to sleep, usually it's something calming, like Uta ni Katachi wa nai keredo or something like that.

For Miku Day I make sure to listen to her, browse Pixiv and Twitter for all the Miku Day art and have a Project Diva play session. That's about it.

I guess going to Magical Mirai counts as a tradition too, this year will be my 3rd time.

@Tainted That was a lucky find! Congrats!
 

mobius017

Aspiring ∞ Creator
Apr 8, 2018
438
Happy Miku Day folks!
I drew this for the occasion:
You know, I saw this in your status update, and I was asking myself if you'd found it or if it was one of yours. Then I said to myself, "Nah, that's hamano's style." Congrats, man--very well done indeed!

Happy Miku Day, everyone! Here's to all the joy that Miku and all the other vocal synths bring to the world!
 
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