If there’s one phenomenon from Japan that has sparked the creativity of young minds everywhere, it’s none other than Vocaloid. Since the debut of its virtual idol/mascot character, Hatsune Miku, in 2007, Vocaloid has taken over the world with its ability to allow users to create their own songs and video animations with it. On August 30th, 2013, Miku took another step towards global domination as she performed and celebrated her 6th year at her latest concert, “Magical Mirai 2013.” Samurai Beat Radio went to see a tape-delayed broadcast of “Magical Mirai 2013” at New York to see how serious the future can be.
“Magical Mirai 2013” was shown at New York’s Anthology Film Archives. Despite being a small venue, the screening was sold out and a long line of fans waited outside patiently to see their idol on screen. A few people even cosplayed as Miku and other Vocaloid characters as well. Once inside, fans were excited as glow sticks were thrown to them. When the concert was aired, it really felt that we were all at the Yokohama Arena, where the concert was held, alongside the thousands of attendees raising their glow sticks high in the air at the event.
Miku performed in a variety of looks and outfits that drew applause from the theater room audience. The NY crowd got really excited over seeing three of the more popular Vocaloids, KAITO and the Kagamine twins, on stage. Luka Megurine, whose voice actress we interviewed a year ago, made an appearance as well. The first-ever Vocaloid, MEIKO, also graced us with her presence to show the world that she still got it. In almost 2 hours, “Magical Mirai 2013” showed that Miku is an idol that can rival the best of any human music performer out there.
Overall, it is amazing to see how far Vocaloid has come. If Miku is the “first sound of the future”, then that sound has shown how powerful the future of music can be in the hands of the most important people of all, the fans.
May the future be bright and create a serious culture of imaginative fun!
Here is the set-list for “Magical Mirai 2013.” Special thanks to Anime Guardians for the tip!
1. Sweet Devil ~ Hatsune Miku
2. Dream Fever ~ Hatsune Miku
3. Cat Food ~ Hatsune Miku
4. Karakuri Pierrot ~ Hatsune Miku
5. Common World Domination ~ Hatsune Miku
6. Animal Divination ~ Hatsune Miku
7. Deep Sea Girl ~ Hatsune Miku
8. Hello, Worker ~ Luka Megurine
9. Erase or Zero ~ KAITO x Len Kagamine
10. Piano x Forte x Scandal ~ MEIKO
11. Suki Karai ~ Rin Kagamine x Len Kagamine
12. shake it ~ Miku x Rin x Len
13. Weekender Girl ~ Hatsune Miku
14. FREELY TOMORROW ~ Hatsune Miku
15. Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)
16. Leia ~ Luka Megurine
17. Tokyo Teddybear ~ Rin Kagamine
18. Unhappy Refrain ~ Hatsune Miku
19. glow ~ Hatsune Miku
20. Tell Your World ~ Hatsune Miku
21. 39 ~ Hatsune Miku
22. ODDS&ENDS ~ Hatsune Miku
23. 1/6-out of gravity- ~ Hatsune Miku
24. YumeYume ~ Hatsune Miku