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Anime Expo 2012 Day 1 & Day 2

Anime Expo 2012 Day 1 & Day 2

Despite some initial criticism of this year’s guests, there was fairly muted hype over many of the names that came. The convention had some strange logistical problems that hadn’t been there in the past; one was cordoning off a large section of the second floor that forced people to take a long detour to get […]

Mirai no Neiro Panel Part 2

Mirai no Neiro Panel Part 2

Part 1 of covering this panel took so long that I decided to make this into a two part post. Please forgive for the massive Youtube video dumping! I’ve added the producers’ Twitter and Website links, so don’t hesitate to show them your support, even if you don’t know any Japanese.

Mirai no Neiro Panel Part 1

Mirai no Neiro Panel Part 1

Although I enjoyed last year’s panel, this year’s Mirai no Neiro was an entirely different beast. Three hours long, the entire presentation was divided into roughly two halves: the first introduced never before seen promotion videos and messages from their creators, and the second involved presentations by creators who had come from Japan and Kenmochi […]

Virtual Diva: Hatsune Miku’s Popularity and the Sound of the Future

Virtual Diva: Hatsune Miku's Popularity and the Sound of the Future

What exactly does it mean to be a virtual diva? Before we can truly understand Hatsune Miku’s popularity, it’s perhaps best to identify what exactly she is. Surprisingly though, this is quite tricky: Clearly, in the most simple terms, she’s the character designed as the face of Fujita Saki’s recorded and digitalized voice for a […]

VocaJazz

VocaJazz

It was on /a/ that I first stumbled on a couple of rather charming soft jazz Vocaloid songs arranged (and illustrated) by a Nico Nico denizen named Cocoacigarette-P, which I twittered about a couple of days ago. DKellis from Moe Check! also pointed out just how well they’re arranged, from a technical point of view, […]