March 14, 2012

Miku 39 Concert 2012 Review

Overall, it was an exceptional concert. Great songs, great musicians accompanying the Vocaloids: Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito and Meiko, and great graphics.

Personally I prefer day 1, the audience seemed to be more energetic in Day 1, and I may also be biased because Kaito sung on day 1 too. But Day 2 songs were much "better", in the sense that they were more catchy and famous songs.

Kaito singing Pane Dhriria.
I totally screamed when Kaito came out! I also fangirled when Rin and then Len sang respectively Daughter of Evil and Servant of Evil. Even more so when Len sang [email protected] Miku wore this really pretty white princess dress when she sang Melt. It certainly made my heart melt, she looked so cute in it.
They gave Miku six pure white wings when she sang Hatsune Miku no Gekishou - a perfect angel.

Luka's performance was terrific. I loved her songs: Double Lariat, Luka Luka Night Fever - especially her dance, and RIP=Release.
When Rin came on stage with Kokoro and Iroha Uta I had a big smile over my face, I really fell in love with her outfit.

Miku singing Hatsune Miku no Gekishou.
Day 2 opened with livetunez's Tell Your World. I thought that was very well planned and appropriate considering all the promotion with MikuXGoogle lately.
Poppipo (English ver) was sung on Day 2, and Miku wore an American style cheerleader outfit. It wasn't my favourite outfit, more so that it just wasn't "Miku".
But then straight after was Romeo and Cinderella, and her outfit was amazing! I loved it! I want to have an exact same dress. It made Miku look so mature. Her dance steps for R&C was very sexy and seductive.
The jazz version of UraOmote Lovers was awesome. I love Wowaka's songs.
I preferred the original version of Moon rather than the jazz style which was played at the concert.

One thing that made me disappointed was that whenever Miku sang really high notes (like in World is mine, Moon) they dampened and dimmed her voice, so it was more like a whisper of a high note, rather than an impactful sound.
The choreograph for The disappearance of Hatsune Miku was very beautiful. Especially at the end when Miku "disappears", she literally shatters in pieces of red fragments.

I'm not a real fan of Meiko and I think that her character animation at the concert could've been better. She just seemed too stiff when she was dancing. I guess same could be said about Kaito. But it's the first time that these two characters appeared at a Vocaloid live.
Our princess Miku singing Melt.

I loved Len's outfit for Butterfly on Right Shoulder. His jacket looked so cool. But then I'm a shouta-con, so I'd fall in love with him easily.
Luka's Day 2 outfit was pretty sexy - leather jacket, leather mini skirt, black stockings and black military style boots.
Jazzed version of Magnet? Yes pur-lease!! I want a recording of this version! The only thing I found strange were the shoes that Luka and Miku were wearing. I didn't think it fitted with the Japanese style dress they had on.
Then followed Wowaka's World End Dancehall. I was very happy that another Wowaka song made it into the concert. This song was full of hip shaking from Miku and Luka ;), and very cute outfits.

The pianist/keyboardist - Jun Abe was really professional. Also, on Day 1 OSTER came up and played with Miku, LamazeP also played his harmonica when Miku sang Poppipo. It was very exciting to see the faces of the people who created some of my favourite songs.

Finally, I wish I was at the concert live. Hopefully one day the Japan music industry will ship some bands/vocaloids over here to Australia and have a concert. Because then, no matter what the price I will definitely go!

My Bubbletea Time Expands

Hey guys!

It's been a couple of months since I started this personal blog. Since then, I have tried to post more than once every day continuously. This is not easy since I do have other commitments to attend to and it is not always easy finding good information to talk about. Anyhow, I've asked a couple of friends to help me with my blog. They will be posting more specific topics in regard to their field of interest. So, I would like to introduce to you the 'My Bubbletea Time' team members.

MegaBubbletea - Founder/Administrator
That's me. I am the founder of the website and main administrator. I cover everything mentioned in the topics menu.

Rhycen - Editor
Rhycen is my main editor on my blog. Even though he hasn't posted anything, his presence is made known by the lack of mistakes and typos on each post. Rhycen mainly covers 'Games' and 'Technology' topics of the blog.

pumpkin_so77 - Author
A newcomer to the team, pumpkin_so77 is dedicated in providing you the latest news covering 'Anime' and 'Vocaloid' topics of the blog.

So that's the 'My Bubbletea Time' team! We are looking forward to produce more content and more topics in the future. Stay tuned!

First Look: Ice Cream Sandwich

Hey guys! I'm all happy today because I just installed an Android 4.0 (ICS) custom ROM to my phone! Yay. Android 4.0 a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest update to the Android operating system. It has been totally redesigned to look even sleeker and perform faster than ever before. Here are some nice features that I like.

Refined, evolved UI
Focused on bringing the power of Android to the surface, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets you navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting. An entirely new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface.

New lock screen actions
The lock screens now let you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
Android 4.0 makes managing notifications, recent apps, and browser tabs even easier. You can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the Recent Apps list, and browser tabs with a simple swipe of a finger.

Control over network data
Mobile devices can make extensive use of network data for streaming content, synchronizing data, downloading apps, and more. To meet the needs of you with tiered or metered data plans, Android 4.0 adds new controls for managing network data usage.

In the Settings app, colorful charts show the total data usage on each network type (mobile or Wi-Fi), as well as amount of data used by each running application. Based on your data plan, you can optionally set warning levels or hard limits on data usage or disable mobile data altogether. You can also manage the background data used by individual applications as needed.

Sharing with screenshots
You can now share what's on your screens more easily by taking screenshots. Hardware buttons let them snap a screenshot and store it locally. Afterward, you can view, edit, and share the screen shot in Gallery or a similar app.
Face Unlock
Android 4.0 introduces a completely new approach to securing a device, making each person's device even more personal — Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your face. It takes advantage of the device front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your device in front of your face to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern.

I will be looking forward in using Ice Cream Sandwich and finding more new features as we go!

Final Fantasy III for Android

Final Fantasy III was considered one of the best iterations in the series and it recent port to the Nintendo 3DS back in 2006 took a while. It then was ported to iOS in 2011 and now, Square Enix has released Final Fantasy III on the Android platform. However, it is only available in Japan.

For now, the Final Fantasy III port on Android is limited to Japan. It is pretty disappointed for gamers worldwide that just want some Square Enix action on their Android devices. I for one am truly disappointed. It is well known that most Square Enix games have been officially translated into English and sold worldwide, so why not the same for Android games? Is it too much to ask from a multimillion dollar company?

Right at this moment, there is no workaround to get it working on your Android device. If all else fails, emulators are your last resort. You can grab a NES emulator in the Play Store and find the ROM online. I hope Square Enix will venture out from its comfort zone and provide these high quality games to fans worldwide.