On 1 – 3 September 2017, Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2017 was held at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Halls 1, 2, and 3. At Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai, which is now in its fifth year, one can enjoy the creative culture surrounding Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, the virtual singer boundlessly spreading towards the future.
On top of that, this year is the 10th anniversary of Hatsune Miku’s birth! There were a lot of events and exhibitions hosted to celebrate her birth, and many of her fans visited them. Let me report on Miku’s Magical Mirai 2017 concert held on the first day!
The concert started in the early evening. The venue was filled with fans who waited eagerly for the opening in a flurry of cheers. They were shouting ‘Miku!’
When the time came, an opening video started on the large monitor on stage. The screen showed a book with ‘Magical Mirai’ written on the cover, and the pages were flipped to show footage from the past concerts. Then letters saying ’10th Anniversary’ emerged, followed by Hatsune Miku in the spotlight.
The concert started with her first hit song, ‘Minna Miku Miku Ni Shite Ageru’. It was a perfect song to celebrate her 10th anniversary, and the audience got rapidly cranked up! Despite the fact that it was only the first song, people were already heated up, swinging their green glow sticks and cheering wildly.
After singing ‘Streaming Heart’ and ‘Alien Alien’, Miku greeted her fans, ‘Everyone at the venue! Good evening!’ She continued with her cute smile and said ‘You haven’t seen anything yet!’ She once said a few words when she was a new-born, but now she talks so fluently that somehow made me have a parental feeling, like I was watching over my child’s growth. It’s enjoyable hearing her but also enjoyable watching her as she changes her costumes one after another. A white dress on ‘Patchwork Staccato’, a school uniform on ‘Saihate’, a black dress on ‘Kimagure Mercy’. She makes various switches from cool to cute to sweet and attracts us all.
At the concert, other virtual singers joined in: Meiko, Kaito, Kagamine Rin and Len, and Megurine Luka! Meiko sang ‘Boukyaku Shinju’, Kaito ‘Doctor=Funk Beat’, Kagamine Rin ‘Sweet Magic’ and ‘Melancolic’, Kagamine Len ‘Dappou Rock’ and ‘Butterfly on your Right Shoulder’, and Megurine Luka ‘dreamin chuchu’ and ‘Doublelariat’. They also collaborated on various songs such as ‘remote controller’ by Kagamine Rin and Len, ‘Doubleganger’ by Miku and Rin, ‘Shake it!’ by Miku, Kagamine Rin and Len trio. The audience let out huge shouts of joy.
The last song of the main set was her super-popular Vocaloid original ‘Melt’ that sold a million copies. Fans followed Miku singing ‘lalala’ in the chorus. With silver tape thrown to the audience, the epic ending of the concert made us all so happy and satisfied.
After our calls for an encore, she appeared in the costume of Magical Mirai 2017, and performed ‘Dune’, the theme song of this year’s event. She continued on with other theme songs from the past events, ’39music!’ and ‘Hand in Hand’. Then Meiko, Kaito, Kagamine Rin and Len, Megurine Luka, and Miku all gathered on stage and closed it with ‘DECORATOR’. Many fans were crying with joy, seeing all the virtual singers getting together to dance and sing.
Hatsune gave us another encore performance with ‘Hajimete No Oto’. One fan was hiding their face while crying hard, another was staring at the stage with tears flooding their eyes. ‘I cannot say words. So I sing’, Miku said and started singing. The whole venue was enveloped in a warm feeling.
Finally, she said, ‘Thank you for coming today! Did you have a good time?’ People replied back to her, shouting ‘It was great!’ and ‘Miku!’. She replied with a sweet smile.
Hatsune Miku shined bright on her 10th anniversary. With this concert, I can confirm that she will definitely continue to shine even brighter into the future.
1 Minna Miku Miku Ni Shite Ageru
2 Streaming Heart
3 Alien Alien
6 Patchwork Staccato
7 Sweet Magic
8 Dappou Rock
9 Doctor=Funk Beat
10 Boukyaku Shinju
11 dreaming chuchu
15 Butterfly on your Right Shoulder
16 remote controller
18 Kimagure Mercy
19 TODAY THE FUTURE
20 Narisumashi Gengar
21 shake it！
25 Hand in Hand
27 Hajimete No Oto