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Shar Aznabull



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:10 pm Reply with quote
I think I've finally become Principal Skinner because no matter how hard I try I can't wrap my head around this trend.
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Top Gun



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:25 pm Reply with quote
Ditto.
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kotomikun



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:21 pm Reply with quote
There's not really anything complicated about it; it's basically Let's Play meets moe anime characters. Although, I can't claim to understand the appeal of the awful-sounding voice modulation that most of them use. To my knowledge, Kizuna Ai is the only one with a human voice actor.
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KabaKabaFruit



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:29 pm Reply with quote
Where's John Connor when you need him?
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Fenrin



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:02 am Reply with quote
kotomikun wrote:
To my knowledge, Kizuna Ai is the only one with a human voice actor.

Kaguya Luna and Kemomimi VR too (but he's a little different lol)
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omegaproxy



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:18 am Reply with quote
I love Kizuna Ai & Kaguya Luna, others I don't care about.
Kizuna Ai & Kaguya Luna are legit funny and entertaining to watch,
once you understand their personalities.
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ICO44



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:23 am Reply with quote
I like to see Kizuna Ai to play new God of War once it comes out. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:22 am Reply with quote
Shar Aznabull wrote:
I think I've finally become Principal Skinner because no matter how hard I try I can't wrap my head around this trend.


It's pretty simple. Otaku have taken one big step towards their dream of a world where they never have to interact with a woman again.
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tootbrush



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:38 am Reply with quote
I don't know, looks like some of the people/companies involved don't really get this virtual YouTuber thing either. Like, doesn't signing with an agency, going on television etc. defeat the entire point of being a YouTuber (virtual or otherwise), i.e. not being shackled by traditional media?
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BodaciousSpacePirate
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:33 am Reply with quote
tootbrush wrote:
I don't know, looks like some of the people/companies involved don't really get this virtual YouTuber thing either. Like, doesn't signing with an agency, going on television etc. defeat the entire point of being a YouTuber (virtual or otherwise), i.e. not being shackled by traditional media?


The idea that YouTube is unshackled by traditional media is sure a cute marketing strategy, but in Japan even the voice actresses in some fan-made projects are still handled through agencies. Business is business.
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Cardcaptor Takato



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:06 pm Reply with quote
I'm not big into Virtual YouTuber but it basically sounds like an extension of the Hatsune Miku craze which most fans don't seem to have a problem accepting anymore.
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Crext



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:05 pm Reply with quote
I subbed to Kizuna AI when there was only 60 000 subs. My how she has grown. Kuguya Luna and Akari Mirai are also both really good. Luna also managed to pull off Kizuna's voice pretty well when they swapped and Akari is by far the best gamer of the bunch (did you see her have a go at "getting over it"? She was a monster)!
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omegaproxy



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:01 pm Reply with quote
Crext wrote:
I subbed to Kizuna AI when there was only 60 000 subs. My how she has grown. Kuguya Luna and Akari Mirai are also both really good. Luna also managed to pull off Kizuna's voice pretty well when they swapped and Akari is by far the best gamer of the bunch (did you see her have a go at "getting over it"? She was a monster)!


I really really want to see Kizuna Ai & Kaguya Luna side by side collaboration...
Their conversation, interaction with each other will be hysterical.
They are so different yet in a same wavelength. Mirai Akari was no match for
Kaguya Luna's eccentric but random personality.. Kizuna Ai could definitely keep
up with Luna, and probably make her feel uncomfortable with her occasional
yuri behavior.
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