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Miku Expo 2016 to tour seven cities across North America

Hatsune Miku, the virtual turquoise-pigtail singer from Japan, will be performing in concert as part of Miku Expo which will travel through Canada, the United States and Mexico in 2016.

Miku, a sixteen year-old computer-generated vocal synthesizer created by Crypton Future Media, has generated a massive following not only in her native Japan, but around the world. While she is not “human”, a creative graphical setup allows Miku to be projected in a 3D environment to sing and interact with the crowd wherever she goes. Miku has stood on stage with Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams and even guest-starred on television with David Letterman!

  • Seattle, WA at the WaMu Theater on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA at The Warfield on Saturday, April 30th, 2016
  • Los Angeles, CA at the Microsoft Theater on Friday, May 6th, 2016
  • Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory on Saturday, May 14th, 2016
  • Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 20th, 2016
  • New York City, NY at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, May 28th, 2016
  • Mexico City, DF at the El Plaza Condesa on Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Tickets can be purchased in advance online through the Miku Expo web site.

Len Kagamine Nendoroid

These adorable little figures are fun-sized interpretations of their larger counterparts. Nendoroids are molded in the super-deformed chibi-style: overly large heads and tiny extremities. The Japanese Good Smile Company has released an extensive line of nendoroids: Hatsune MikuSword Art OnlineDeath NoteBlack Rock Shooter, even Sonic the Hedgehog and even the Avengers. I picked up the Vocaloid Len Kagamine at Sakura-Con just a month-and-a-half prior.

Len Kagamine, along with his twin sister Rin, is part of Miku Hatsune’s extended family in the Vocaloid world. Vocaloids are vocal synthesizer software made by Crypton Future Media that has blossomed in popularity over the past few years with their visual representations. I need to invest in Rin now since I don’t want Len to feel all left out.

What’s really neat about nendoroids is that they’re not static — each figure comes with additional faces with varying expressions, accessories and limbs. With Len, he comes with his keytar, three different faces (mouth open, embarrassed, smiling and blank), and bent knees and arms. This way, you can have a unique pose for each day of the week. Speaking of those poses, the figure comes with a clear plastic stand and flexible arm for maximum mobility.

While most nendoroids are limited in production, they can sell out really quickly. Most nendoroids range in price between ¥3,000 JPY and ¥4,000 JPY ($31.00 CAD and $41.00 CAD respectively) according to the Good Smile Company’s web site, but can easily reach higher denominations online and at conventions. Since Len was originally released in November of 2008, I dropped $40.00 USD on him as he’s no longer in production; something I don’t regret.

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