Hatsune Miku Version 3 Sings in English

To showcase the English capabilities of the Hatsune Miku Version 3 software, Sapporo-based artist BSC a.k.a. kuni has composed a song called “Coming Together” to express “the wish that everyone is able to connect to each other through music.” The English vocal database has been recorded with the original Miku voice Saki Fujita.

Crypton Future Media debuted the song at Japan Expo and Anime Expo earlier this month, and the full software package will be released at the end of this summer. Available as a retail package and digital download, the Version 3 software will include the vocal editor Piapro Studio, a set of over 200 PreSonus sound files for instruments and the Studio One 2.5 Artist Piapro Edition digital music workstation software.

Coppelion Anime Adaptation Gets Reboot and Will Be Released This Autumn

An anime adaptation of Tomonori Inoue’s post-nuclear meltdown Coppelion manga was announced back in 2010, but production was put on hold after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. Volume 18 of the manga is set to announce that the anime adaptation is being rebooted and will be released this autumn on the BS-11 Japanese channel; however, special previews of the first episode will be shown at Japan Expo in Paris and Anime Expo in Los Angeles this month.

The series is set in 2036, 20 years after a nuclear meltdown devastated Tokyo and turned it into a ghost town. The city may not be as dead as expected, though, when a distress signal is received from the area. Three highschool girls are sent into the city to locate the survivors. These highschool girls were genetically engineered to withstand radiation from birth, and they are part of a special forces unit, codenamed “Coppelion”, in the 3rd Division of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force. 

The main cast includes Haruka Tomatsu (Sword Art Online) as Ibara Naruse, Kana Hanazawa (Haganai) as Aoi Fukasaku and Satomi Akesaka (gdgd Fairies) as Taeko Nomura.

Via IEEE802.11

UK Representatives for World Cosplay Summit will be Decided at Play Expo

The Play Expo game convention in Manchester has teamed up with Hyper Japan to host the World Cosplay Summit UK preliminaries – the winners will go on to compete in next year’s WCS in Japan. Play Expo revealed more details on its website:

2012’s WCS UK representatives Laura Sindall and Alexandra Rutter as Salsa and March from Eternal Sonata

The World Cosplay Summit is coming to Manchester for one time only this October! Play Expo and the HYPER JAPAN cosplay team are working together to give cosplayers in the north of England the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the World Cosplay Summit 2014!

The World Cosplay Summit (also known as WCS) is a gathering of cosplayers from 23 different countries and 5 continents which takes place every year in Nagoya, Japan. At Play Expo, we’ll be choosing one team to represent the UK at next year’s WCS and sending them on an expenses paid trip to Japan! This is your chance to meet amazing cosplayers from all over the world and enjoy a week of fun activities in the country where cosplay began.

Throughout the week of WCS, representatives from each country have a chance to take part in cosplay parades, concerts, parties, photo shoots and of course – perform alongside world class cosplayers at the WCS Championship!

Play Expo will take place at Manchester’s EventCity venue on 12 and 13 October. To enter the competition, registration will take place online from 23 August – 5 October. Rules, application forms and further information are all available on Play Expo’s website.

This month’s Hyper Japan Festival is also an event of note and is hosting the UK preliminaries of the European Cosplay Gathering; registration closes on 16 July, and the festival will take place from 26 – 28 July. One group and one individual will be chosen, and sent to the final at the Japan Expo convention in Paris next July.