quarta-feira, 31 de março de 2010


CHAN×CO (pronounced chan-ko) is an amateur male illustrator. However, he has become very well-known in the Vocaloid world for his very cute and distinctive chibi illustrations.

Some random facts about him is that he likes AMANO Tsukiko’s songs, lives in Chiba prefecture, and uses a Wacom Intuos 3 in a Windows XP environment. Also, despite producing such cute stuff, he is indeed male. He is part of ZANEEDS a Vocaloid music group led by composer ZANIO, as their illustrator.

His chibi style speaks for itself as it is actually instantly recognizable, but his regular, serious attempt drawings are also easily distinguishable. They are characterized by very clean lines, relatively vibrant colours, and kind of an anime-style solid shading and lighting, but with a little less contrast between shades to make it seem smoother.

He rarely draws backgrounds for his pictures, and usually paints on a single colour canvas. To put it shortly, everything abut his style screams clean and sleek. However, he sometimes wanders out of his normal style and puts out some very quality work, such as this popular picture.

Website: http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~insidebox/
Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=35693
Piapro: http://piapro.jp/chan
Twitter: http://twitter.com/chan_co
DeviantArt: http://chanco.deviantart.com/

[Project DIVA 2] ~More Info~

SEGA will be releasing a sequel to the original Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- game and this time round the platform will still be for the PSP. New songs and features will be available for the sequel.

- Arrow buttons will be used as well.
- Holding-down button feature from Project DIVA Arcade
- Multi-character in-game PV (for songs such as magnet)
- Data transfer function from first -Project DIVA- game

- New Modules

Song list:
- magnet (by minato/ryuuseiP)
- Romeo and Cinderella (by doriko)

Following the release of the results of the “2nd SEGAxPiapro Collaboration – Costume Design Contest”, the costumes to be included in the game have been decided and you can see some of them in their 3D forms in here (March 19, 2010 entry).

Official website: http://miku.sega.jp/pjd2/

[Hatsune Miku] Snow Miku Nendoroid Puchi + Vocaloid Season Collection *Snow Songs*

“Snow Miku Nendoroid Puchi” by Good Smile Company, was released as part of “VOCALOID SEASON COLLECTION ~SNOW SONGS~” music CD was officially out on February 3rd, 2010. The price for this CD (bundled with Snow Miku Nendoroid Puchi) is set to be at 2,000 yen each and is limited to 10,000 copies only.

Here’s the list of songs that will be included in the CD:
01. Snow Piece – 19’s Sound Factory feat. Hatsune Miku
02. Winter Alice – doriko feat. Hatsune Miku
03. Hitohirano – NoriP feat. Hatsune Miku
04. Fuyuno Seiza – Captain Mirai (CapmiraP) feat. Kagamine Rin
05. Chillyditty Of February – DARS feat.KAITO
06. soundless voice – HitoShizukuP feat. Kagamine Len
07. White Lights – Hanoura (葉浦P) feat. Hatsune Miku
08. Yukiusagi – OSTER project feat. MEIKO
09. Kimiboshi – 40mP feat. Hatsune Miku
10. Tsunaidate – mikuru396 feat. Hatsune Miku
11. Fuyu no Mahou – Studio IIG feat. Hatsune Miku
12. Fuyu no Sakura. SixteenRemix – AVTechNO! feat. Megurine Luka

terça-feira, 30 de março de 2010

[NicoNicoDouga] ¡¡¡Ten Million!!!

Nico Nico Douga hit 10 million uploads on March 19 night, approximately 3 years and 1 week after the site went live. It’s a major milestone and everyone involved at Niwango should be proud. So who got the magic 10 million?

Nicopedia has a nice article about the milestone. I find it interesting that only 38% of the 1000万 videos have survived.

[Black★Rock Shooter] Nendoroid

With the anime project going strong, Black★Rock Shooter is joining the world of Nendoroids.

The popular Black★Rock Shooter is joining the Nendoroids! She comes complete with her ★Rock Cannon and ★Black Blade, and even comes with the checkered stand that has become a staple for her to stand upon.

Additionally, extra hair parts based on the illustration by CHAN X CO are also included and can be replaced with the standard hair whenever you feel like a change!

Enjoy all the different sides of Black★Rock Shooter, made of PVC and ABS and produced by Masato Abe.

Product Details
Item: Black★Rock Shooter Nendoroid
Height: Around 100mm tall
Maker: Good Smile Company
Retail price: 3,334 yen ($36.06 or 26.70€)
Release date: July 2010

Black rock Shooter (Figma & Nendoroid)

[Black★Rock Shooter] Figma by Max Factory

Product Details
Item: Black★Rock Shooter Figma
Maker: Max Factory
Retail price: 2,800 yen ($30.29 or 22.43€)
Release date: July 2010
Pre-Order: Over at Hobby Search or HobbyLink Japan! Alternatively you can check out CDJapan or Play-Asia!

[Black★Rock Shooter] The Animation

The B★RS animation site announced that the 50-minute anime will be streamed for free June 25th through August 31st. It is unclear at this point if it’ll be Japan-only or not. This is all part of a big promo push during that time that starts with a free DVD extra as part of Hobby Japan magazine.

Also announced was two of the cast members. Playing the role of Kuroi Mato is Kana Hanazawa (Potemayo, Cencoroll, To Love-Ru), and Takanashi Yomi will be voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro (Rozen Maiden, Di Gi Charat, Galaxy Angel, Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei).
Kuroi Mato (黒衣マト) The civilian identity for Black★Rock Shooter

Takanashi Yomi (小鳥遊 ヨミ) The civilian identity for Dead Master

However, more of the cast will be announced at a later date. The Nico Nico Douga video-streaming website will host the Black Rock Shooter production crew on its Toriaezu Namachū program's Okinawa Special Week. Good Smile representative Aki Takanori, illustrator huke, director Shinobu Yoshioka, Ordet studio head Yutaka Yamamoto, and others will appear at the program.

【UPDATE】 Bandai Chogokin ~ Hatsune Miku ~ [Wonder Festival 2010 Winter] 【UPDATE】

Bandai x Max Factory is going to release the Chogokin Hatsune Miku ( 超合金初音ミク ) non-scale action figure from the popular singing synthesizer application “Vocaloid 2″ by YAMAHA. Hobby Japan magazine Vol.5&6 2010 mail-in exclusive.

They didn't solve the screw problem... But there are people who like it.

Product Details
Item: Chogokin Miku Hatsune
Height: Around 170mm tall
Series: Vocaloid 2
Maker: Bandai x Max Factory
Retail price: 8,000 yen ($86.54 or 64.08€)
Release date: October 2010

For those who are interested in getting her, you need to mail in the order from from the Hobby Japan magazine Vol.5 (released on March 25) or Vol.6 (will be released on April 25) to Hobby Japan before May 10.

Hobby Japan magazine Vol.5

[Hiyama Kiyoteru] Fanmade Vocaloids

Hiyami Kiyoteru is a genderbent of Kiyoteru. She wears glasses and teaches like Kiyoteru. Created by ceilingotaku on Youtube.

[Hiyama Kiyoteru] Vocaloid2

Kiyoteru (氷山キヨテル) is a Japanese Vocaloid released in December 4, 2009. He was developed by AH Software. He is meant to be portrayed as a sensei (teacher). His treble range is supposedly smooth, which allows for an easier usage of the higher octaves. He was illustrated by Yuusuke Kozaki. His design is of a young school teacher.

He's a nice teacher usually what you think of a teacher. He does like being nice and hates being angry. If he gets angry, watch out. He will argue to prove his point and will keep arguing until some type of compromise is determined. He loves kids, he has a soft spot for them and lets things slide if they do something bad. With other people, he's more stern and serious, but usually tries to be as loose as possible. He INSISTS on people going to school no matter what their age and usually you'll be dragged to class if you don't. He usually is stressed and hates being mistaken for some type of jerk or business man. His specialty subject is math. He is Kaai Yuki's homeroom teacher. On his days off, he plays in a rock band, "Ice Mountain Teru".

Three demos have been released, named "Seichi Jerusalem", "Wings", and "I'll love you again".

Developer: AH Software
Release date: December 4, 2009
Gender: Male
Optimum tempo: 60-160
Optimum range: C2-G3
Character Item: Undecided


segunda-feira, 29 de março de 2010

[Kaai Yuki] Fanmade Vocaloids

Kaai Tomo (歌愛トモ) is Kaai Yuki's older sister who goes to middle school. Created by anime1423 on Youtube.

Kaai Yuuki (歌愛ユウキ) is one of many of Yuki's genderbents.

Kaai Ryousei (歌愛リョウセイ) is another boy version of Yuki. Ryousei means "boarding student". He is often called Ryo for short. He wears a white short sleeve shirt, a blue vest with golden buttons and a black bow tie. Created by CarrieDenyes on Youtube.

Kaai Yukio (歌愛ユキオ) is another male version for Yuki. Created by Missymgish on Youtube.

Kaai Yukito (歌愛ユキト) is Yuki's older brother. He is 14 years old and likes strawberries, school, his little sister Yuki and the color red. Created by Kiba9119 on Youtube.

[Kaai Yuki] Vocaloid2

Kaai Yuki (歌愛ユキ) is a Japanese Vocaloid released in December 4, 2009. She was developed by AH Software. She is meant to be portrayed as an elementary school student, and her voice is taken from recordings of actual elementary school students. She was illustrated by Yuusuke Kozaki.

She has three demos released, "±", "Vocaloid Grade School Student", and "Try again". The characters of her name, "歌愛", mean "song" and "love" respectively.

Developer: AH Software
Release date: December 4, 2009
Gender: Female
Age: 9
Height: "As tall as 10 big apples"
Weight: "As heavy as 86 apples"
Optimum tempo: 50-150
Optimum range: F2-C4
Character Item: Apple