6 October 2012
Mikupa Hong Kong 2012
Miku in Chinese dress. Picture from facebook.
Originally a voice synthesiser mascot, and now a virtual idol, Hatsune Miku performed her concert "Mikupa" in Hong Kong last Tuesday, and I managed to get a ticket to experience the performance myself!
To kill some time, there is a booth of Project Diva f (released in end of August), with a few PS Vitas ready for people to try out the game.
There is also a cosplayer cosplaying as Miku standing next to the Miku stand board
Got the ticket ready!
The venue just before the concert starts, a lot of green lightsticks are held ready in the standing area.
Miku on the stage. Apologies for the poor photo quality.
Kagamine Rin. A number of yellow lightsticks can be seen near the stage to represent Rin's colour. Kagamine Ren also performed a couple of songs too.
Megurine Luka performing on stage, and here purple lightsticks are seen quite clearly among the green ones, including one right in the foreground.
Mikupa stands for "Hatsune Miku Live Party". While it's not my first concert I've been, attending a concert for virtual singer is something of a first time for me. Even though it's virtual idol projected on a screen, the concert is pretty atmospheric! Lightsticks swinging together and change pattern almost in unison whenever the song switches from verse to chorus, or vice versa. While there are no mentions of restrictions in use of camera or recording devices, it's surprising seeing how some people are daring to the extent that they brought their iPads or similar devices to record the entire event from their locations or even at the aisles. ^^;
As for the projection, it looks a little pale or "ghostly" from where I am sitting, which is actually at the furthest row and at the highest point. However, looking at the big screens at the sides show that the projection actually looks pretty solid, which are seen from the ground level, so the pale appearance may actually be related to the position, and that where I was sitting was not so ideal. Apart from singing, Miku also spoke in Mandarin as well as Japanese. She didn't speak Cantonese, which is the main spoken language in Hong Kong, but nevertheless she pleases her fans just as much.
Pictures of vocaloids performing on stage from facebook:
The song list of which they are performed in concert is shown below:
trick and treat
Tell Your World
A couple of souvenirs at the end of the day: A file that comes free as a bonus item for ordering the ticket online, and a towel which was bought at the souvenir shop. Most of the popular items, such as t-shirts and the leek shape light balloons were long sold out by the time I got there.
The Mikupa concert had been a blast to attend. Big thanks to Sega and the music band that helps making this event happening! I do hope that Sega will get Miku to visit Hong Kong again in the near future! ^^