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hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora Goes On Hiatus Due to Vocal Cord Issues

Hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora announced on Twitter last Saturday that she is going on a 1-2 month hiatus due to being afflicted with vocal cord nodules. She added that she will be posting more frequently on Twitter, and asked her fans to keep in touch with her there. 兎田ぺこら、声帯結節につき明日から【1~2ヶ月ほどお休み】します💦寂しい思いさせちゃうと思うけど絶対完治させて戻ってくるぺこ!みんな忘れないでねええええええええ‼️ pic.twitter.com/OfA7fsWZDE— 兎田ぺこら👯‍♀️ホロラ...
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hololive VTubers Coming to Valkyrie Connect Smartphone Game on May 17

Ninomae Inanis, Takanashi Kiara, Usada Pekora, La+ Darknesss are free event reward characters ― The Valkyrie Connect smartphone RPG's English Twitter account announced on Tuesday that the hololive Virtual YouTubers Ninomae Inanis, Takanashi Kiara, Usada Pekora, and La+ Darknesss will be added to the English server as playable characters in an event starting on May 17. The four characters can be obtai...
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hololive Meet Project Will Expand Talents' International Convention Appearances

VTubers will appear at Anime Central, Anime Boston, Dokomi, SMASH! ― The Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced plans on Tuesday to expand the talents' international convention appearances with the "hololive Meet" project. The project's ambassadors are Tokino Sora from hololive, Ayunda Risu from hololive Indonesia, and Gawr Gura from hololive English. Tokino Sora illustrator Ordan created a key v...
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hololive's Houshou Marine Sets Sail In Animated Music Video

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter director Kenta Onishi directs, storyboards video at Frontier One ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Houshou Marine debuted a lavishly animated music video on Wednesday for her original song "Marine Shukkō!!" (Marine Sets Sail!!). The video depicts the pirate-themed VTuber's seafaring adventurers, and includes cameos by Shiranui Flare, Shirogane Noel, Usada Pekora, Uruha R...
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hololive VTubers Pose For Upcoming Doctor Strange Film Poster

hololive YouTube channel will host special promotional program on May 3 ― The hololive Virtual YouTubers La+ Darknesss (also written as Laplus Darkness), Shirakami Fubuki, Aki Rosenthal, Oozora Subaru, Sakura Miko, Inugami Korone, Takane Lui, and Sakamata Chloe have teamed up for a visual replicating the poster for the Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film. In addition, the...
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hololive English -Council- VTubers Reveal Their Top 10 Anime

Have you got any favorite anime in common with Mumei, Fauna, Baelz, Kronii, or Sana? ― The members of the hololive English -Council- group revealed their top 10 anime last week in a series of interviews with Crunchyroll. Their choices are listed as follows: Nanashi Mumei Neon Genesis Evangelion Hunter x Hunter Steins;Gate Gurren Lagann Bokurano Clannad After Story Soul Eater Fullmetal Alchemist: Brot...
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hololive Virtual YouTubers Reveal Their Favorite Springtime Manga For Shuiesha's Spring 2022 Manga Festival

Find out which manga your favorite VTuber is reading! ― In a special collaboration between hololive and Shueisha, a total of 35 Virtual YouTubers from hololive, hololive English, hololive Indonesia, and holostars were invited to recommend three manga titles for spring reading as part of "Haruman!! 2022," Shueisha's upcoming annual Spring Manga Festival. A quick tally of the recommendations reveals th...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Amane Kanata Announces Return From Hiatus With Adorable Illustration

Kanata announced that she will return from her streaming hiatus on April 16 ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Amane Kanata is ready to stream again after recovering from COVID-19, and she announced her return with a heartwarming illustration of her being pampered by her ever-supportive friend and roommate. 【復帰の報告❗️❗️】お医者さんとマネージャーさんと相談の結果、4/16(土)21:00になりました!!!2ヶ月ぶり…やっとだあああああ😭😭長すぎた。。。詳細は続きに。( ; ; ) pic.twitt...
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hololive's Mori Calliope To Make Major Label Debut, Hold Solo Concert

Cover Corporation announced on Twitter on Monday that hololive Virtual YouTuber Mori Calliope will make her major-label debut under the Universal Music sublabel EMI Records with the release of her first EP "SHINIGAMI NOTE" on July 20. Furthermore, a day after the release on July 21, Calliope will hold a live solo concert titled "New Underworld Order - Mori Calliope Major Debut Concert" at Tokyo's ...
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Cover Corp Announces Debut of hololive Indonesia 3rd Generation, new holostars unit "UPROAR!!"

The VTuber unit is based on the "Everyday Hero" theme and consists of three new talents: Vestia Zeta, Kaela Kovalskia, and Kobo Kanaeru. ― Cover Corp announced the debut of the third generation of hololive Indonesia talents last Thursday. The Virtual YouTuber (VTuber) unit is based on the "Everyday Hero" theme and consists of three new talents: Vestia Zeta, Kaela Kovalskia, and Kobo Kanaeru. The firs...
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Italian Air Force Launches Its Own VTuber

The video is part of a new monthly series titled "CuriosiAMo con Azzurra" (or "looking around with Azzura"). ― Seemingly capitalizing on the popularity of Virtual YouTubers, the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) posted a video on its official YouTube channel last Friday introducing "Azzura", a self-described "avatar of the Aeronautica Militare." Azzura's first video is a brief introduction of ...
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Former hololive VTuber Uruha Rushia's YouTube Channel Shuts Down On March 31

Talent's contract was terminated last month ― Cover Corporation announced on Friday that former hololive talent Uruha Rushia's YouTube channel will shut down on March 31, 11:59 pm JST. Accordingly, all videos hosted on the channel will be "closed to the public," and channel memberships will be terminated. [Information]Uruha Rushia's YouTube account will be closed at 11:59 PM, March 31st (JST).All vid...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber La+ Darknesss Interviews The Batman Film Leads

Robert Pattinson & Zoë Kravitz are fascinated with the VTuber's crow ― The hololive Virtual Youtuber La+ Darknesss (also written as Laplus Darkness) scored the interview of a lifetime with The Batman film leads Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. The 7-minute video interview, which premiered on Thursday, shows the VTuber asking the actors about their favorite scenes, whether they think she would look g...
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Love Live! Reference Makes It Into WWE 2K22 Game

Marcellus Black's "Nico Nico Knee" move went viral in 2016 ― A reference to the "Nico Nico Nii" catchphrase from Love Live! has snuck its way into the WWE 2K22 wrestling game in the form of one of the game's pre-set crowd signs, which reads "NICO NICO KNEE!!!" The sign is a nod to the signature move of the amateur wrestler Marcellus Black (real name Brennan Williams), who is an outspoken anime fan an...
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Former hololive VTuber Uruha Rushia's Online Alter Ego Racks Up 900,000 Yen in Superchats

Unarchived test livestream on Sunday addressed the performer's feelings on her termination ― An online personality believed to be the alter ego of the former hololive Virtual YouTuber Uruha Rushia earned over 900,000 yen (approximately US$7,800) in an unarchived test livestream on Sunday, according to Playboard's data on YouTube's Superchat statistics. Entertainment news outlet J-Cast reported that i...
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hololive English Opens 1st Auditions for Male Virtual YouTubers

Newest round of auditions for female characters launched on December 28; no deadline stated ― Cover Corp announced on Friday that it has opened auditions for the first wave of male Virtual YouTubers under the hololive English group. According to the English press release, applicants must have livestreaming experience, be able to perform as a male character (actual gender is irrelevant), be able to sp...
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NIJISANJI EN Launches 4th Virtual YouTuber Auditions

Deadline for English-speaking applicants of any gender is March 31 ― ANYCOLOR, Inc. launched its fourth wave of auditions on Friday for its NIJISANJI EN Virtual YouTuber project. The agency is looking for English-speaking talents who can perform in-character. The deadline is March 31, 23:59 JST / 07:59 PDT. According to the online application form, applicants must be able to speak fluent English, be ...
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NIJISANJI VTuber Lauren Iroas Apologizes For Owning Illegally Downloaded Pornography

While not mentioning pornography directly, he explained that on February 27 and 28, an image of his desktop screen was shown in a livestream ― The NIJISANJI Virtual YouTuber Lauren Iroas issued a formal apology on Wednesday for owning illegally downloaded pornography. While not mentioning pornography directly, he explained that on February 27 and 28, an image of his desktop screen was shown in a live...
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NIJISANJI EN's 5th Virtual YouTuber Group "Noctyx" Debuts

Agency's 2nd group of English-speaking male performers held debut streams last weekend ― NIJISANJI English announced its fifth Virtual YouTuber group "Noctyx" last Tuesday. It is the agency's second English-speaking group of male performers. The performers held their debut streams on Saturday. NIJISANJI EN performers Reimu Endou and Ike Eveland hosted a special stream introducing the new talents, and...
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Cover Corp. Announces Termination of VTuber Uruha Rushia's Contract

Agency: Rushia leaked business matters, distributed false information ― Cover Corporation announced on Thursday that it is terminating its agreement with the hololive group's Virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Uruha Rushia due to contract violations. The company claimed that the talent distributed "false information to third parties and has been leaking information, including communications regarding business...
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VTuber Uruha Rushia Withdraws from Garibenger Event Due to Poor Health

Cover Corp addressed recent harassment of Rushia in a statement on Monday. ― Cover Corp announced on Tuesday that hololive VTuber Uruha Rushia will not appear at the 3rd Anniversary GARIBENGER V Super Thanksgiving event on February 20. The agency wrote that Rushia has declined to appear due to poor health. Cover Corp addressed recent harassment of Rushia in a statement on Monday. The company announce...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Amane Kanata Tests Positive For Covid-19

Kanata has also been posting daily "survival reports" on Twitter about her condition and she reassured fans that, aside from her throat, she is already feeling better. ― Cover Corp announced on Twitter yesterday that one of their hololive talents, Virtual YouTuber Amane Kanata, has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the tweet, Kanata's condition is currently stable and she will be receiving m...
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Cover Corp Addresses Harassment of hololive Virtual YouTuber Uruha Rushia

Company will take action against slander, defamation amid speculations of talent's relationship status ― Cover Corp released English and Japanese-language statements on Monday addressing the recent harassment of the hololive Virtual YouTuber Uruha Rushia. The company announced that it will take action against "slander and defamation" that has been directed towards Rushia within the past few days, sta...
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To Love Ru's Kentaro Yabuki Draws Hololive's Shirogane Noel For Young Jump

This most recent issue features a collaboration with Hololive titled "Young Jump Winter Holo Festival," and comes with a special booklet containing illustrations by seven popular manga artists. ― Manga artist Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru -Trouble-, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Black Cat, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) contributed a Valentine-themed illustration of Hololive Virtual YouTuber Shirogane Noel to th...
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hololive's Mori Calliope, Gawr Gura Get Rebellious New Animated Music Video

Vocaloid composer DECO*27 composes track, writes lyrics ― hololive Virtual YouTubers Mori Calliope and Gawr Gura debuted an animated music video for their new original song "Q" on Friday. The song features a rebellious theme, as the two VTubers duke it out in a gang war. Vocaloid composer DECO*27 composed the track and collaborated with Mori Calliope on the lyrics. The music video was animated by Mas...
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Waifu Watching: What I've Learned from Joining a VTuber's Pack

You'd be surprised at the kinds of people you'd meet in these kinds of circles. In my time, I've met electricians, veterans, geologists, musicians. There are also people old enough to have watched Max Headroom back when it was new. ― Losing a friend doesn't just mean losing a beloved companion. It can also mean having to deal with the plain old minutiae of their absence. In my case, the loss of a clo...
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New Light Novel Heroine Is Just As Cute As hololive's Gawr Gura

Umidori Tо̄ketsu no "Detarame" na Jijо̄ light novel features character designs by Gawr Gura designer Amashiro Natsuki ― hololive English's Gawr Gura is currently the world's most popular Virtual YouTuber, sitting pretty with over 3.75 million subscribers. A new light novel published by MF Bunko J, titled Umidori Tо̄ketsu no "Detarame" na Jijо̄ ("Tо̄ketsu Umidori's 'Untruthful' Circumstances"), featur...
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NIJISANJI VTubers Kuzuha, Kanae Crash Into Animated Gaming Community Ad

YOASOBI composer Ayase provides music for Vaultroom ad ― The popular male NIJISANJI Virtual YouTubers Kuzuha and Kanae crash into an animated ad for the Japanese gaming community Vaultroom. The 45-second sequence features a stylish cyberpunk aesthetic and music by YOASOBI composer Ayase. Pixel art creator Sо̄ Ōtsuki directed the ad. Kōhei Tokuoka (Josee, The Tiger and the Fish animation director) des...
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hololive's Tsunomaki Watame Gets "Movie-Quality" Anime Music Video

Takashi Ishida directs "My Song" music video at Qzil.la ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Tsunomaki Watame debuted an animated music video for her 12th original song "My song" on her channel on Thursday. Takashi Ishida directed the music video at Qzil.la and is also credited for CG and compositing. Kamata drew the storyboards and character designs. Yutaka Araki and Kosuke Iwanaga were the animation directo...
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NIJISANJI EN Announces Its 1st Male Virtual YouTuber Group

NIJISANJI's 4th English-speaking VTuber group "Luxiem" debuts on Monday ― NIJISANJI English announced its fourth Virtual YouTuber group "Luxiem" on Wednesday. It is the agency's first English-speaking group of male performers. Its members are Ike Eveland, Mysta Rias, Vox Akuma, Luca Kaneshiro, and Shu Yamino. Their social media accounts and YouTube channels launched on the same day. Further informati...
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hololive Debuts 6th Generation Talent "Secret Society holoX"

La+Darknesss, Takane Lui, Hakui Koyori, Sakamata Chloe, Kazama Iroha debuted from Friday ― Cover Corp announced the debut of its 6th generation talents under the "Secret Society holoX" group last Friday. The Virtual YouTuber unit consists of five new talents: La+Darknesss, Takane Lui, Hakui Koyori, Sakamata Chloe, and Kazama Iroha. The first to make their streaming debut was La+ Darknesss on Friday, ...
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hololive's Momosuzu Nene Makes Surprise Voice Appearance in The World's Finest Assassin Anime—Except in Mainland China

Virtual YouTuber played Kerry in episodes 6-8 ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Momosuzu Nene made a surprise voice actor debut in episode 6 of The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat anime, playing the side character of Kerry. The episode debuted on November 10. Nene's role was not announced beforehand, with the VTuber only commenting on it for her viewers after...
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Sony Launches VTuber Project Backed By Kaguya-sama Manga Creator, K-ON! Character Designer

Multimedia project will center on "VTubers with a past" ― Sony Music Labels launched its Virtual YouTuber project "VERSEⁿ" on Monday. K-ON! and 22/7 character designer Yukiko Horiguchi will be involved in the project as an animation director and character designer. Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga creator Aka Akasaka will also be involved. The VERSEⁿ project will center on "VTubers with a past" and dep...
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Magic Knight Rayearth Voice Actress Hekiru Shiina Reincarnates Into Another World as a VTuber

VTuber Hekiru debuted on King Amusement Creative's YouTube channel on Saturday ― The voice actress Hekiru Shiina is arguably best known for playing the lead Hikaru Shidō in Magic Knight Rayearth, the classic anime tale of girls being spirited away to a world of swords and sorcery. Now she is being reincarnated into another world to play a new role as a Virtual YouTuber. Her debut as a VTuber was post...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Inugami Korone Becomes Evil God in Indie Horror Game

Evil God Korone collaboration game with Tsugunohi releases on Steam on November 8 ― The hololive Virtual YouTuber Inugami Korone has become an Evil God. At least, that's the story of the indie horror game Evil God Korone, a spinoff title of Vaka Game Magazine and ImCyan's Tsugunohi horror game series. The developers have teamed up with Korone to portray her as an evil goddess who has taken over the w...
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hololive VTubers Pose For Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Game

Oozora Subaru, Shirakami Fubuki, Inugami Korone will stream game releasing on October 26 ― The hololive Virtual YouTubers Oozora Subaru, Shirakami Fubuki, and Inugami Korone have teamed up with Square Enix to promote the Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy video game. The talents will stream the game on their respective YouTube channels on October 26, 27, and 29 respectively. They also posed for an imag...
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UserLocal Data Ranking: There Are Now Over 16,000 Virtual YouTubers

hololive English's Gawr Gura is the most popular VTuber with 3.49 million subscribers ― Data analysis firm UserLocal revealed on Tuesday that there are now over 16,000 Virtual YouTubers being tracked by the service. The service outlines the number of VTubers over time as follows: March 19, 2018: 1,000 April 27, 2018: 2,000 May 28, 2018: 3,000 July 10, 2018: 4,000 September 12, 2018: 5,000 December 19...
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Crunchyroll-Hime Launches Virtual YouTuber Channel

Crunchyroll mascot will stream on Tuesdays, Thursdays ― Crunchyroll mascot Crunchyroll-Hime launched a YouTube channel and previewed her Live2D VTuber avatar on Saturday. She held her debut livestream on Tuesday, and will stream every Tuesday and Thursday. The channel will focus topics such as anime and video games. She will also hold monthly "AniMarathons," where she will host a curated block of ani...
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Sanrio's First "Real Employee" Virtual YouTuber Debuts

Merenge hints at the possibility of a comedy show that features other Sanrio characters. ― Natsume Renge, who is described as "Sanrio's Real Employee VTuber", made his debut on YouTube this Monday with a short video introducing himself. The Virtual YouTuber's nickname is Merenge, and he is an employee of the Virtual Section of Sanrio's Marketing Division. His charm point is the three-tiered pancake o...
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hololive Performer Makes Weekly Playboy's List of Next Gen Beautiful Women

Momosuzu Nene makes Weekly Playboy's list while Hoshimachi Suisei's 1st album claims top of Oricon's weekly digital album ranking ― hololive's performers have been achieving new milestones in recent months as their mainstream recognition in Japan grows. Japan's Weekly Playboy magazine gave a nod to Momosuzu Nene in its most recent issue's list of "The Next Generation of Beautiful Women." The Virtual ...
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NIJISANJI EN Announces 3rd Virtual YouTuber Group "Ethyria"

Enna Alouette, Nina Kosaka, Reimu Endou, Millie Parfait to debut on Friday ― NIJISANJI English announced its third Virtual YouTuber group "Ethyria" on Wednesday. Their social media accounts and YouTube channels launched on the same day. Its members are Enna Alouette, Nina Kosaka, Reimu Endou and Millie Parfait. Further information about each debuting talent is as follows: Enna Alouette is "a blue bir...
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hololive, Evangelion Special Project Cancelled Due to Unforeseen Circumstances

hololive talent were originally planned to feature in promotional program in July ― In July, the Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced that it was collaborating with the Evangelion series on a "special project." hololive talents were originally planned to feature in a program where they would discuss their favorite scenes from the Rebuild of Evangelion films in detail. The program was originally...
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Chiba Police Removes VTuber Traffic PSA Video Following 'Feminist' Backlash

Alliance of Feminist Representatives wrote public letter criticizing VTuber's 'objectifying' design, but denies involvement in video's removal ― Chiba prefectural police removed a traffic PSA video featuring the Virtual YouTuber Tojou Linka on September 10, following a letter of complaint from the Alliance of Feminist Representatives (AFER). The letter, which is publicly available on the AFER website...
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Former act-age Manga Artist Designs Independent Virtual YouTuber Mayuri

Manga artist and illustrator Shiro Usazaki has been expanding into the world of Virtual YouTubers lately. ― Manga artist and illustrator Shiro Usazaki has been expanding into the world of Virtual YouTubers lately. She is credited for the design of the independent Virtual singer and YouTuber Mayuri, who debuted her Live2D-animated avatar last month. Usazaki has also been drawing end card illustrations...
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Asahi Shimbun Apologizes for "Discriminatory" Reporting Against Anime, VTuber Hobbyists

Article about murder suspects removes reference in headline to the couple's hobbies ― Asahi Shimbun has offered an apology and correction to a September 1 article published on the web media outlet Aera Dot. The article, which profiled the suspects of the murder of a high school girl, was strongly criticized for highlighting the suspects' anime and Virtual YouTuber hobbies in the headline. On Thursday...
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Appli-style Launches Magazine Dedicated To Virtual YouTubers

Appli-style recently announced the publication of VTuber Style, the first magazine specially dedicated to coverage of Virtual YouTubers (or VTubers). The cover of the VTuber Style's first issue will feature hololive's four fifth-generation VTubers: Momosuzu Nene, Omaru Polka, Yukihana Lamy, and Shishiro Botan, also collectively known as NePoRaBo. 【情報解禁!】VTuber専門情報誌「VTuberスタイル」8月31日創刊!記念すべきVol.1の表紙...
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U.S. Virtual YouTuber Agency VShojo Opens Worldwide Auditions

Deadline is September 30 ― U.S.-based Virtual YouTuber talent agency VShojo opened worldwide auditions for new performers last Saturday. Auditions will be open until September 30. To apply, fill out the submission form. The Japanese press release states that Japanese speakers are accepted alongside English speakers. Independent VTubers who have already debuted under a different identity are welcome t...
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hololiveERROR Horror Project Launches With Cheerful Lunchtime Scene

Project's tagline is "We'll be friends forever, won't we?" ― The hololiveERROR horror project launched its first video in the series on Sunday. The seemingly cheerful lunchtime scene features 3D models of the hololive Virtual YouTubers Natsuiro Matsuri and Shirakami Fubuki. A teaser video for the project launched earlier this month. The tagline for the project is "We'll be friends forever, won't we?"...
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hololive English Announces Next Generation Talent

hololive English -Council- to launch debut streams from August 22 ― Cover Corp announced the launch of a "new era of hololive English" on Tuesday with the "hololive English -Council-" group. Five new talents launched their Twitter accounts on Tuesday, and they will begin streaming activities on August 22. Their names are Tsukumo Sana, Ceres Fauna, Ouro Kronii, Nanashi Mumei, and Hakos Baelz. In antic...
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hololive Stops Accepting Presents Due to Misuse of SmartTags to Track Talents

Fan letters, message cards/boards will still be accepted ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced on its Japanese Twitter account on Monday that it will no longer accept presents addressed to the talents after the end of August. The tweet explained that there were privacy issues around objects such as SmartTag or AirTag tracking devices. SmartTags or AirTags are small electronic devices that send...
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hololive Announces "hololiveERROR" Horror Project

Project's tagline is "We'll be friends forever, won't we?" ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive launched a website and teaser video for its "hololiveERROR" horror project on Sunday. The live-action teaser video evokes classic Japanese horror tropes, depicting first-person footage of an empty school while VTuber Tokino Sora mysteriously appears and disappears. The tagline for the project is "We'll be fr...
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hololive Indonesia's Airani Iofifteen Tests Positive for COVID-19

Although she has not exhibited severe symptoms, she will take break until she recovers ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced on its official English Twitter account on Thursday that the hololive Indonesia talent Airani Iofifteen (known by the nickname of "Iofi") tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. Although she has not exhibited severe symptoms, she is currently self-isolating at home and ...
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Light Novel About Russian Girl's Romantic Miscommunication Teases VTuber Debut

Russophile voice actress Sumire Uesaka plays Alya on Kadokawa's July 29 livestream ― Kadokawa teased on Thursday that the title character in SansanSun and Momoko's Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Alya-san (My Seatmate Alya Sometimes Becomes Really Lovey-Dovey While Talking in Russian) novel series will make her debut as a Virtual YouTuber. The novel's story centers on Masachika Kuze an...
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hololive English to Feature at 5 Fan Expo Events This Fall

VTubers will tour Megacon Orlando, Fan Expo Boston, Calgary Expo, Fan Expo Dallas, Fan Expo Canada ― The hololive English Virtual YouTuber group will feature at the following Fan Expo events this fall: Megacon Orlando, Fan Expo Boston, Calgary Expo, Fan Expo Dallas, and Fan Expo Canada. The tour dates and the appearing talent are as follows: MEGACON Orlando: August 12-15Watson Amelia, Takanashi Kiara...
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Sony Music Entertainment Opens Virtual YouTuber Auditions

People of any nationality can apply, but they must be living in Japan ― Sony Music Entertainment launched auditions for its upcoming Virtual YouTuber project "VEE" on Tuesday. The company is looking for over 50 VTubers who can not only stream and create videos, but can also create music and be active as voice actors. According to the project's audition page, people of any nationality over the age of ...
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NIJISANJI EN Announces 2nd Virtual YouTuber Group "Obysydia"

Selen Tatsuki, Rosemi Lovelock, Petra Gurin to debut on Saturday ― NIJISANJI English announced its second Virtual YouTuber group "Obysydia." Its members are Rosemi Lovelock, Selen Tatsuki, and Petra Gurin. Their social media accounts and YouTube channels launched on Wednesday. Further information about each debuting talent is as follows: Selen Tatsuki is "a sky dragon descended from the moon. She has...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Minato Aqua Gets a Horse Race Named After Her

Kawasaki Racecourse hosted a sponsored horse race titled "Minato Aqua Cup" on July 5. ― Kawasaki Racecourse hosted a sponsored horse race titled "Minato Aqua Cup" on July 5 to commemorate the upcoming Yokosuka Sea Anime Carnival event, of which hololive Virtual Youtuber Minato Aqua is an ambassador. Aqua tweeted her excitement at the news, and streamed a live coverage of the race on her YouTube chann...
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hololive English Announces VSinger IRyS

Debut stream takes place on July 11 ― Cover Corp announced on Wednesday that the VSinger IRyS will be making her debut as part of the hololive English Virtual YouTuber group. She will belong to a new branch, titled “Project: HOPE." Her debut stream will take place on her YouTube channel on Sunday, July 11, 2021, from 10 AM (JST). hololive English released an animated teaser video for the performer: I...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021 Announces NIJISANJI VTuber Panel Event

Online event will be held on July 3-4 ― The Anime Expo Lite 2021 event will host a live panel featuring the NIJISANJI EN Virtual YouTubers Elira Pendora, Pomu Rainpuff, and Finana Ryugu. Further information about each talent is as follows: Elira Pendora is "a sky dragon who came from the heavens closest to the sun. She has the kindness and receptiveness that makes the light of a sunny day fall equall...
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NIJISANJI VTuber Lulu Suzuhara Announces Retirement at End of June

NIJISANJI Virtual YouTuber Lulu Suzuhara announced on her Twitter account and YouTube channel on Thursday that she will graduate and retire from the group at the end of the month. She thanked her fans for their support and said that she will stream over the weekend and on June 30. She said that she will talk more about the details behind her departure on her June 30 stream. She expressed her regre...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Becomes a Virtual YouTuber

Franchise commemorates its 30th anniversary ― The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary by turning the iconic blue hedgehog into a Virtual YouTuber. The official Japanese Twitter account posted a short video featuring a Live2D model of the character on Thursday. He is voiced by long-time Sonic voice actor Jun-ichi Kanemaru. #ソニステ 30周年バースデースペシャルいかがでしたか?  一緒にお祝いしてくれたみなさま、ありがと...
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VTuber Agency NIJISANJI EN Opens New Round of Auditions

The English-speaking branch of the NIJISANJI VTuber agency opened auditions for both female and male character VTubers on Thursday. ― The English-speaking branch of the NIJISANJI VTuber agency opened auditions for both female and male character VTubers on Thursday. Applications for female characters must be completed before July 11 23:59 JST/07:59 PDT. Applications for male characters are due by Augu...
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hololive Virtual YouTubers Akai Haato, Murasaki Shion Announce Hiatus

Haato says she will attend Kiryu Coco's graduation stream on July 1 ― hololive Virtual YouTubers Akai Haato and Murasaki Shion announced last weekend that they will be taking a hiatus from streaming activities. On her Saturday livestream, Haato announced an indefinite hiatus but said that she could not disclose the reasons behind it. On Twitter, she apologized and expressed her hope to meet with her ...
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hololive Virtual Youtubers Shirakami Fubuki, Natsuiro Matsuri To Appear in The Detective Is Already Dead anime

It seems that hololive's Virtual YouTubers (Vtubers) are becoming an increasingly significant part of the upcoming summer anime season. ― It seems that hololive's Virtual YouTubers (Vtubers) are becoming an increasingly significant part of the upcoming summer anime season. Not only will Minato Aqua, Oozora Subaru, and Momosuzu Nene sing the ending theme song for The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! a...
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hololive Alternative Project Debuts Twitter Manga by Goblin Slayer Manga Artist

HOLONOMETRIA explainer website also launched ― The hololive Alternative project by Virtual YouTuber agency hololive launched a manga on Twitter on Friday, titled Holoearth Chronicles Side:E ~Yamato Phantasia~. The original story is based on the project's world, and is available in both English and Japanese. The English version is embedded below: Holoearth Chronicles Side:E ~Yamato Phantasia~ Chapter ...
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NIJISANJI EN Announces “LazuLight” Virtual YouTuber Group

Elira Pendora, Pomu Rainpuff, Finana Ryugu to reveal debut single on May 16 ― Ichikara Inc. announced the launch of its first NIJISANJI English Virtual YouTuber group on Wednesday, titled “LazuLight.” The members of the group are Elira Pendora, Pomu Rainpuff, and Finana Ryugu. Each member debuted their social media accounts and YouTube channels on Wednesday. Further information about each debuting ta...
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VTuber Group Nijisanji's Snack Time! Anime Shorts Stream on YouTube With English Subtitles

Comedy anime shorts detail "daily lives" of Nijisanji VTubers ― The NIJISANJI VTuber group began streaming the first episode in a series of animated shorts titled Snack Time! (Chokosanji) on YouTube on Thursday. The anime features "snippets of the daily lives and shenanigans of your favorite NIJISANJI VTubers." The second episode is also available now. The NIJISANJI VTubers feature individuals known ...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Production Committee Apologizes for Usada Pekora Lookalike Character

Background character who appeared in episode 2 will be replaced in rebroadcasts ― The How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω official Twitter account posted a message from the production committee on Wednesday apologizing for episode 2's unauthorized use of a background character strongly resembling the hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora. After consulting the matter with hololive parent company Cover C...
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Netflix Launches Virtual YouTuber Ambassador

Bilingual employee N-ko Mei Kurono will share information about Netflix anime in weekly show debuting on April 30 ― The Netflix Anime YouTube account debuted its official Virtual YouTuber ambassador on Monday. In her introduction video, the VTuber N-ko Mei Kurono described herself as a "sheep-human lifeform born in California" who is a bilingual employee at Netflix. Her weekly show, titled the "The N...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime Includes Usada Pekora Reference

Watch out for the rabbit VTuber in the second episode ― The second episode of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω includes a cheeky reference to the hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora. A background character with a strong resemblance to the VTuber is briefly shown at roughly the 2:43 mark of the episode. For comparison's sake, an image of Pekora is shown below: How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord is set ...
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NIJISANJI's India Branch Announces "Temporary Suspension" from April 30

Virtual YouTubers Aadya, Noor, Vihaan to retire on same day ― NIJISANJI IN, the India branch of the Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI, announced on its official Twitter account on Tuesday that the group will be suspended from April 30 onwards. In addition, the VTubers Aadya, Noor, and Vihaan will graduate (i.e. retire their activities) on the same day. The NIJISANJI IN group was first announced on No...
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Virtual YouTuber Feet Pics Go Viral on Twitter

Ever wondered what your favorite VTuber looks like down there? ― You don't get to see a Virtual YouTuber's feet every day. After all, most VTuber videos utilizing Live2D animation show only the top half of the performer's avatar. On the other hand, VTubers tend to be obliging people. Even if you didn't ask for those feet pics, ye shall receive. Whatever the case, the hashtag #Vtuberの靴が見たい (I want to ...
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AirAsia Airline Opens Auditions for English-Speaking Virtual YouTuber

Deadline is March 28 ― Malaysian airline service AirAsia opened auditions on Wednesday for an English-speaking Virtual YouTuber. Applicants must be female, aged 18 years or above, able to serve a one-year contract streaming a minimum of three days a week. The deadline is March 28. The initiative is part of AirAsia's Project Kavvaii, which is a platform to showcase talents in Southeast Asia's VTuber c...
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Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive Announces 2nd Round of Auditions for hololive English

hololive EN debuted in September ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced on Friday that it has opened its second round of auditions for the hololive English group. Applicants must be English speakers (ability to speak Japanese is a plus). Although the debut members of hololive English are female, people of any gender are encouraged to apply. The deadline is March 26. Interested persons can apply...
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Kizuna Ai Insists Her Voice Actor Was Never Changed in Recent Video

'Even an AI experiences one or two changes, sometimes 10. What's wrong with that?' ― In 2019, the Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI became the subject of backlash due to the Multiple A.I. project, which introduced multiple versions of the character, each with their own voice actress. Fans at the time speculated that her original voice actress, Nozomi Kasuga, was being phased out. A recent video by Kizuna AI...
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Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive Opens Recruitment for New Online Service, Game

Virtual YouTuber agency hololive CEO Motoaki “Yagoo” Tanigo announced that the company is recruiting staff for a new online service involving the hololive performers and fan community. To that end, hololive is looking for people who can fulfill the following roles: Virtual Live Event, Game, Community App, etc. Managing Director Online Game Production Engineer (Works directly under the Chief Techni...
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hololive's Usada Pekora Cracks Top 5 Most-Viewed Female Streamers of 2020

The Virtual YouTuber racked up 14.6 million views last year ― Dexerto reported on the top five most-viewed female streamers of 2020, citing data analytics by Stream Hatchet. Although Valkyrae was the top-viewed streamer, racking in 23.6 million views across her videos throughout last year, the data also revealed the surprising success of a Japanese Virtual YouTuber: hololive's Usada Pekora's channel ...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Shirogane Noel Promotes Mystery Beef Bowl

hololive Virtual Youtuber Shirogane Noel's favorite food is gyudon (or "beef bowl"), a popular Japanese comfort food consisting of rice topped with beef and onions. Ever since she expressed her love for the dish in her debut , gyudon has become a prominent aspect of her character: one of her intro videos sees her gorging down endless bowls of gyudon, and she built a giant floating gyudon in Minecr...
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Virtual YouTuber Views Grew to Over 1.5 Billion Views Per Month by October 2020

47% of YouTube viewers are open to watching content from creators or characters who are fictional or virtual ― According to YouTube's Culture & Trends Report for 2020, Virtual YouTuber (or "VTuber") views on the platform grew to over 1.5 billion views per month by October 2020. Did you know that VTuber views grew this much in 2020? Check out YouTube's 2020 Trends Report to learn more about your fello...
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hololive's Usada Pekora Comes Out as a Virtual YouTuber to Her Mother

Pekora fulfills her promise after reaching 1 million subscribers on YouTube ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora promised that if she got a million subscribers she would reveal to her mother what she does for a living. Finally, the time has come. In a livestream on Sunday, Pekora revealed to her mother that she is a Virtual YouTuber, who reacted in a bemused but supportive way. You can watch high...
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School Days Heroine Kotonoha Is Becoming a Virtual YouTuber

Kotonoha will debut on Christmas Eve, the same day as streaming service AbemaTV's annual School Days anime marathon. ― Kotonoha, the heroine of the infamous erotic visual novel School Days, is set to debut as a Virtual YouTuber on Christmas Eve, according to the Twitter account of the adult game brand 0verflow. The official website and Twitter account will reveal more information at a later date. 12月...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora Gets Special Label for Her Favored Liquor

Hidamari Sketch's Ume Aoki draws illustration for Hyakunen Umeshu sweet plum wine ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora has praised the Hyakunen Umeshu variety of umeshu (sweet plum wine) on her livestreams before, and now she's getting her own special Hyakunen Umeshu label. Hidamari Sketch creator and Puella Magi Madoka Magica character designer Ume Aoki drew the art. According to liquor company ...
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Bilibili to Host China's First Concert with Fully Virtual Entertainers

Sixteen Chinese and fourteen Japanese virtual entertainers will participate, including the popular Japanese VTuber Kizuna Ai. ― The Chinese video streaming platform Bilibili will host its 11th Bilibili Macro Link (BML) event in Shanghai on December 19. Known as “Bilibili Macro Link-Virtual Release 2020,” simply “BML-VR” for short, the anime, comics and games-oriented concert will be China's first con...
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hololive's Kagami Kira to Graduate Due to Health Reasons

Male VTuber belonging to Holostars spinoff group will leave after November 30 ― The Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced on its English Twitter account on Tuesday that the VTuber Kagami Kira will "graduate" (that is, retire) from the group after November 30 due to health reasons. According to the press release, Kira has always faced problems from his weak constitution. Although the company has ...
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Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive Announces 'Graduation' of China Talent

The hololive Virtual YouTuber (VTuber) agency's head company Cover Corp announced that its China-based talent would "graduate" from the company over the next seven weeks. The hololive CN VTubers Civia, Artia, Yogiri, Doris, and Rosalyn will begin exiting the company on November 18. Cover Corp did not elaborate on cause of the graduation. Previously, VTubers Civia and Artia announced on a Twitch li...
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Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive to Disband hololive CN Group (Updated)

Update: Artia states information from stream and Twitlonger is no longer valid ― Update (10/29) Artia stated on Twitter that the earlier information from the Twitch stream and Twitlonger is no longer valid. To clarify, the twist longer and our stream meeting isn't valid anymore are due to we had a meeting with our company, and a lot of thing is going to reverse in the future.I am sad enough to mock m...
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NIJISANJI VTuber Agency Releases Details Regarding Termination of Kingyozaka Meiro's Contract

VTuber requested to retire on two separate occasions, leaked confidential information twice ― Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI released an official statement on Wednesday detailing the circumstances behind the termination of Virtual YouTuber Kingyozaka Meiro's contract. According to the statement, Kingyozaka Meiro requested to retire and the company has complied with that request. Since then, the VT...
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Crossdressing Pandemic Manga Gets Voiced Preview with NIJISANJI Virtual YouTubers

Yuki Chihiro, Rindou Mikoto, Suzuki Masaru participate ― Mikuzu Shinagawa's Crossdressing Pandemic (Josō Pandemic) manga is collaborating with the Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI to produce voiced videos of the opening chapters. The VTuber voice cast is as follows: Yuki Chihiro as Nanaki Koga Rindou Mikoto as Ryou Sonogami Suzuki Masaru as Hikaru Watakashi In addition, voice actress Yuka Hiyamizu p...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Yukihana Lamy Goes on Hiatus Due to Health Reasons

5th generation VTuber talent debuted in August ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Yukihana Lamy announced on Twitter on Sunday that she will be taking a hiatus from streaming activities due to health reasons. She apologized for the suddenness of the announcement, as well as for worrying her fans, and promised to return as soon as she is feeling better. Yukihana Lamy is a 5th generation VTuber talent who deb...
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hololive Virtual YouTubers Akai Haato, Kiryu Coco Suspended For 3 Weeks Due to 'Inappropriate Remarks'

Cover Corp issues formal apology after VTubers imply Taiwan is separate country from China ― Cover Corp, the company which runs the Virtual YouTuber agency hololive, issued formal statements in English, Japanese, and simplified Chinese on Sunday regarding the talents Akai Haato and Kiryu Coco. Due to "inappropriate remarks" they made on stream, they will be suspended for three weeks from livestreamin...
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Cover Corp Announces hololive English Virtual YouTuber Group

5 talents to debut on September 12-13 as Cover addresses anti-harassment measures ― Cover Corp announced the launch of its hololive English Virtual YouTuber group on Wednesday, which will deliver English-language interactions with fans on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter. Five new talents launched their Twitter accounts on Wednesday, and they will begin streaming activities on September 12-13. T...
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hololive Virtual YouTubers Sakura Miko, Ookami Mio Return to Streaming After Hiatus

Hiatuses were due to health, copyright issues respectively ― hololive Virtual YouTubers Sakura Miko and Ookami Mio returned to streaming over the weekend after their respective hiatuses. Sakura Miko initially announced a 1-2 month break due to health issues, while Ookami Mio took a 1-month break due to copyright issues with video game livestreams. On Saturday, Ookami Mio streamed a video of herself e...
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Bushiroad and NIJISANJI Are Taking Online Harassment Seriously

Ichikara Inc. is establishing an "Aggressive Acts and Slander Countermeasure Team," which will offer counselling to harassment victims and take legal measures against perpetrators. ― Voice actor and Virtual YouTuber talent agencies in Japan are progressively taking the threat of online harassment seriously. Two companies which have recently made public attempts at fighting harassment are the voice ac...
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Meet Cover Corp CEO Motoaki “Yagoo” Tanigo, The Man Behind Hololive's Virtual YouTubers

Cover Corp just introduced its fifth generation of VTuber talent, now meet the man behind Hololive! ― I was honored to interview the beloved Cover Corp CEO Motoaki Tanigo also colloquially known as “Yagoo” by the Hololive Community. Cover Corp is the parent company that runs the all-female Virtual Youtuber idol group known as Hololive, and the all-male Virtual Youtuber, or ‘VTuber’ idol group known a...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Mano Aloe Retires 2 Weeks After Debut

Aloe was 'not physically or mentally prepared to continue with her activities' after original 2-week suspension for leaking Live2D model ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive's official English account released a statement from Cover Corp CEO Tanigo Motoaki that the YouTuber Mano Aloe will "graduate" (that is, retire) from hololive as of Monday, August 31. The notice stated that Aloe is "not physically ...
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How Fan Translators Made Virtual YouTubers a Global Phenomenon

By this point in 2020, a mere four years after Kizuna AI's debut, there's just so much VTuber content out there that it gets a little overwhelming figuring out where to begin watching. ― Lately, I've been watching a Virtual YouTuber called “Usada Pekora.” She has a resting smug face and a quirky laugh, and she says “peko” every second word. She streams herself playing video games, often taking on way...

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