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NEWS: VTuber Kizuna Ai Goes on Indefinite Hiatus Next February


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Blazaking



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:06 pm Reply with quote
End of an era...
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karyuudo0127



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:44 pm Reply with quote
It's funny that I am reading this. I just downloaded the game on the Oculus quest 2 this morning and was most impressed. After I hit up the YouTube channel for some of the high-def versions of her music videos. It was quite something to see. Hopefully they will bring her character back once they figure out how to further develop her.
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sourpatchthekid
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:21 pm Reply with quote
Was a big of her videos from early in her career. I stopped really following after the voice actress changed tho
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MagicPolly



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:13 pm Reply with quote
Apparently "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" includes pushing NFTs
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tsog



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:56 pm Reply with quote
Not sure what more they can do.

hololive has become the de facto leader in VTubers, and other smaller agencies have slowly carved out niches for themselves. Shutting down your most popular (re: most profitable) VTuber for an indefinite amount of time to reposition her feels like a desperate move.
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ThatMoonGuy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:58 pm Reply with quote
MagicPolly wrote:
Apparently "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" includes pushing NFTs


Jesus Christ, this NFT stuff really ought to stop. I still can't fathom how people fall for such a thing.
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NormanS



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 6:33 pm Reply with quote
sourpatchthekid wrote:
Was a big of her videos from early in her career. I stopped really following after the voice actress changed tho


Her voice actress never changed though. The original actress still voices the original Kizunai AI. Its the clones that had different voice actresses.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:35 pm Reply with quote
This sounds to me like they want to take a step back to figure out how to grow the brand more, since subscriptions on her main channel have leveled off & she has been overtaken in subs by a VTuber 4 years her junior in Gawr Gura (and Gura's sub count keeps growing, while Ai's main channel can't seem to hit that 3M mark herself)... perhaps her actress or others at Kizuna Ai Inc feel stagnant and need to take some time away to 'freshen up' Ai...

I admit I haven't been watching her stuff since I discovered Hololive, but whatever the reason, after Feb, 26, 2022, I will respectfully wait the return of the Godmother of all VTubers.I just hope they don't change her characterization/appearance too much, I think she's fine as-is (and hope we don't lose Ai Black when she returns Smile ).

BTW, I love that Ai's tweet about this not only got a reply from the Queen of Hololive, Tokino Sora, but that Ai responded to Sora-chan...just beautiful to see VTuber royalty acknowledging each other.
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FinalVentCard
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:03 pm Reply with quote
ThatMoonGuy wrote:
MagicPolly wrote:
Apparently "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" includes pushing NFTs


Jesus Christ, this NFT stuff really ought to stop. I still can't fathom how people fall for such a thing.


Wouldn't be the first time, they also apparently had Kizuna Ai as the ambassador for some crypto-coin or other a while back. Ai has bad taste in projects, it seems.

Regardless: tough to think of a world without Kizuna Ai. She was a real trailblazer, and I hope that she comes back with lots of fun stuff for everyone. Preferably that aren't cryptocurrency scams.
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XerneasYveltal



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 1:30 am Reply with quote
Despite having jumped into the VTuber rabbit hole last year with the debuts of everyone in hololive English, I have actually known about Kizuna AI four years earlier.

I'll be looking forward to her return even if the wait ends up lasting for a year or more.
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nDroae



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 1:53 am Reply with quote
She was probably the only VTuber a lot of people were aware of for quite a while, myself included.

Two years and two weeks ago, I remember seeing someone in Azur Lane in-game chat asking "What is Hololive?" regarding the then-upcoming collab event; Hololive at the time weren't well known in the west. The reply they got was, "A bunch of Kizuna Ai clones."
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 7:41 am Reply with quote
Kizuna Ai's face expressions and body moves are the most energetic. She also interviewed the Hollywood actors in Japan for the live-action Alita: Battle Angel - with Christoph Waltz hitting on her



Though some of the funnier uses of her CG set was with a Filipino comedian group's "Everybody" by The Backstreet Boys, and her "Hej Monika" duet with PewDiePie Laughing

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omegafinal



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:17 am Reply with quote
Not exactly graduating/quitting, but still sad nonetheless. Hope she makes a grand return. She was my first VTuber, and I think she also had subbed most of her videos from the start, helping drive her reach as wide as possible.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:47 pm Reply with quote
FinalVentCard wrote:
ThatMoonGuy wrote:
MagicPolly wrote:
Apparently "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" includes pushing NFTs


Jesus Christ, this NFT stuff really ought to stop. I still can't fathom how people fall for such a thing.


Wouldn't be the first time, they also apparently had Kizuna Ai as the ambassador for some crypto-coin or other a while back. Ai has bad taste in projects, it seems.

Regardless: tough to think of a world without Kizuna Ai. She was a real trailblazer, and I hope that she comes back with lots of fun stuff for everyone. Preferably that aren't cryptocurrency scams.

I'm guessing it's the company getting desperate and not her own idea, not that she didn't sign off on it. I know some of the other VTuber agencies that used to be popular but have fallen in popularity since have done the same thing.

nDroae wrote:
She was probably the only VTuber a lot of people were aware of for quite a while, myself included.

Two years and two weeks ago, I remember seeing someone in Azur Lane in-game chat asking "What is Hololive?" regarding the then-upcoming collab event; Hololive at the time weren't well known in the west. The reply they got was, "A bunch of Kizuna Ai clones."

Not to get off topic, but I think hololive was more inspired by Love Live.
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Greed1914



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2021 2:43 pm Reply with quote
It's sad to see, but also not unexpected. It's risky to not have Ai out there indefinitely since it's pretty easy to get lost in the shuffle without consistent content. But then again, they probably recognized that was already happening to some extent with large agencies, large individual vtubers, and the sheer number of vtubers out there in general.
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