We have something very exciting to share with you today! This is something I’ve been thinking about for some time following MIKU EXPO Europe’s reveal, but haven’t fully nailed the details until now. We present to you…
a project called #39mikustaff!
Great! …what does the name mean?
In Japanese, numbers 3 and 9 can be read as ‘san’ and ‘kyu’. When put together, they sound like ‘Thank You’! This has also been very prominent in Vocaloid over the years, as it can also be read as ‘mi’ and ‘ku’! The number has appeared constantly within Vocaloid works, some examples being ‘39‘ by sasakure.UK & DECO*27, as well as the 39’s Giving Day Concerts.
So the name reads as ‘Thank You Miku Staff’ – which brings me onto the project itself!
So what is the project?
This project has been created to thank the hardworking MIKU EXPO and Crypton staff, as well as anyone involved in the concert. Of course, we’re all attending the concert to see our beloved virtual idols dance onstage – but as with all Vocaloid content, it’s the people behind the magic that are important!
Which is why we want to thank the staff. MIKU EXPO touring Europe seemed like an impossible dream, but here we are, about 3 weeks away from it!
I just want to add that this project is also mostly aimed at MIKU EXPO in London. However, fans from overseas can join in, which I’ll go into more detail about below!
The project is split into three ‘parts’, which you can all get involved in!Sounds great, but can you go into more detail?
Of course! Let’s take a closer look at each of these parts of the project.
We all love the cute ‘u’ MIKU EXPO mascot, right? This charming officially painted ‘O-Miku’ figure has become the face of the tours, showing up in all kinds of random places. We wanted to honour this mascot with our own standee! Drawn by myself, it depicts ‘u’ Miku holding a United Kingdom flag.
This standee will be with me at the concert – whilst we don’t know the exact logistics of the queuing system etc, my hope is to wander around the queue, allowing you guys to take photos with her! Stand next to her or hold her, whatever you prefer – just take some cute photos and enjoy!
The plan is to gift this standee to the staff if possible – ‘u’ Miku needs a big sister after all!
Whilst there could be a Piapro wall at the event (no confirmation on that), we wanted to have our own spin on it. As well as bringing round the standee, I’ll also be bringing some boards! On them, write your heartfelt messages about the concert, Vocaloid, or how much you love Miku. Doodle your favourite Crypton Vocaloid, whatever you fancy! Again, we hope to give these boards to the staff, as a personal way of thanking them.
This is the main part for you to get involved with – overseas fans can also join in with this!
I think it’d be fantastic to gather together various fan works supporting the European tour, and compile them into a folder to give to the staff!
In the image above I mentioned fanart – but it could also be a letter, a photo of your favourite nendoroid, a photo of your cosplay, whatever you fancy!
If it’s fanart, it can be traditional, digital, whatever you prefer! The only specifications for this folder are…
– A4 maximum
– Crypton Vocaloids only (Miku, Rin, Len, Luka, Kaito and Meiko)
– Nothing above PG
There are a number of ways you can submit your art for this folder…
– Email me at email@example.com
– Message me on Twitter @cakey39
– Bring it to me at the concert
If you send it to me online, I’ll take care of all the printing! Of course, if you submitted art to the MIKU EXPO Fan Forge contest, you’re also welcome to use that for the folder too.
As for meeting at the concert, I can prepare a meetup time if possible – otherwise, just look for the giant ‘u’ Miku!
That’s about it for now – we hope you’ll consider getting involved with this fan project!
Please contact me if you have any questions at all! Please consider sharing this project with your friends, as we want to get as many people aware and involved as we can! Below is an image version of this project, summarising all the details you’ll need.
I am also considering the possibility of handing out badges or stickers out to people I meet at the concert…we’ll see what happens!
Thanks for reading!