Figma – Mirai Suenaga

Well, as I work with resin figure models, I felt that I just had to support Danny Choo and his Culture Japan site.

One of the wonderful things that Danny does is promote Japanese anime, and he even went so far as to create his own character, Mirai Suenaga. And, Mirai became so popular that they were able to create a figma character for her!


Well, I had to order this. The notion of an anime character that you can set up in your own pose is intriguing to me. And, when I saw what they did with this Itachari bicycle, well, I was hooked! So, I am anxiously awaiting this character to arrive. What follows are a few related pictures.





I even found a kit for the bicycle! I’ve ordered this, too, from a company in Hong Kong. If it arrives I am going to paint and assemble it to have my very own Itachari Bicycle, too!


Miku Miku Dance Software

This is a placeholder for a posting on MMD – Miku Miku Dance – the software used to make the Vocaloid animations. I will expand on this as I gain more understanding.

If you want to know who Hatsune Miku is and what Miku Miku Dance software and Vocaloid software is all about, watch this video.

Much of the information related to the Miku Miku Dance tool can be found on the VPVP Wiki. The untranslated original site is here.

The Miku Miku Dance software can be downloaded from the Vocaloid Promotion Video Project.

I have posted the YouTube tutorial video links here for convienience.

This is a video of the 3D rendering of Miku from Tripshots. What is interesting is that he has released a 3D Studio download of his model.

Animation Vocaloids

VOCALOID is a singing synthesizer application developed by the Yamaha Corporation. Song writers can generate authentic-sounding singing on their PCs by simply typing in the lyrics and music notes of their compositions. The software synthesizes the sound from “vocal libraries” of recordings of actual singers, retaining the vocal qualities of the original singing voices to reproduce real-sounding vocals. VOCALOID software is bundled with VOCALOID libraries from soundware companies under licence from Yamaha. Currently, VOCALOID can generate singing in Japanese and English.

According to Yamaha, VOCALOID itself consists of a score editor, which does the scale, song-word, and expression processing; the Vocal Sound Generator, the engine that synthesizes the vocals; and libraries (each comprised of a pronunciation database and a timbre database) for each vocal. New vocal libraries can be created by recording real voices pronouncing basic vocabulary and reproducing variation effects (such as vibrato) according to templates.

To synthesize vocal parts, the system retrieves data consisting of voice snippets, applies pitch conversion, and splices and shapes them to form the words of a song as input by the user. As this processing is done at the frequency-domain level, pitch can be easily changed according to the specified melody, and the voice snippets can be spliced in a way that reproduces smooth-flowing words.