Virtual Singer YuNi Announces Release of Major Debut Album ‘eternal journey’

24.April.2021 | MUSIC

Virtual singer YuNi has announced that her major debut album eternal journey will release on June 16, 2021, almost two years after the release of her previous album. She has also announced a solo concert this summer and released some new visuals to go alongside it. Details on the concert are TBA.


YuNi is a virtual singer produced by Activ8, a company that produces XR content and virtual talent.

eternal journey First Press Limited Edition | CD+DVD+2 Bonus Tracks | Release Date: June 16, 2021

eternal journey RegularEdition | CD-Pnly | Release Date: June 16, 2021

kirai Now On Sale (Digital Release)

YuNi claims herself to be a pioneer of the virtual singing world. Her song Kokoro Knock was used as an ending theme for the anime series Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! last year. Her major debut album will bring the singer to new heights. Its title, eternal journey, was previously used as the title of her VR live concert held in October last year. The record will be released with First Press Limited Edition and Regular Edition copies with a track list that collaborates with a variety of Vocaloid producers, music artists, and more. The Limited Edition version includes a music video and two bonus tracks. Both editions’ CD covers were designed by Sakuragi Ren. The album also sees YuNi writing her own lyrics for the first time.


YuNi’s song kirai from the album was released digitally on April 16. Produced by DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING a.k.a Yuyo Yuppe, the electro pop number is an upbeat and positive trip with YuNi as bright and energetic as ever.4




  • Hatsune Miku Features in Pocari Sweat Promotion as Official Ambassador

    12.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Otsuka Pharmaceutical released a 30-second video titled “Netsunarero” on their official YouTube channel on May 6 announcing Hatsune Miku and members of Leo/need from the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game as the official ambassadors for the Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat.


    The importance of “Netsunare”

    The video stresses the importance of netsunare – sweating in order to get used to the heat during summer. Leading the promoting of this message is Hatsune Miku who is followed by Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, and YuNi. The video features the original song Waiting for Clear Weather created by Orangestar for the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game. The popular track has been streamed over 1.9 million times as of April 2021.


    The Character Line-Up

    Since December 2019, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has appointed Hatsune Miku, MEIKO, Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, YuNi, and other familiar faces as official ambassadors for Pocari Sweat to spread information on how to overcome Japan’s hot summer weather to the world. It is part of the beyond2020 project which Otsuka describes: “With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this cultural program will contribute to the creation of a legacy befitting a maturing society that will make the next generation proud, through Japan’s strength which consists of its local and diverse culture.”


    Leo/need from Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku

    Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku is a mobile game for iOS/Android. The members of Leo/need include guitarist and vocalist Ichika Hoshino, keyboardist Saki Tenma, drummer Honami Mochizuki, and bassist Shino Hinomori. They will release their first single on June 9, 2021.


    Twitter Campaign

    Otsuka Pharmaceutical is also holding a Twitter campaign in Japan as part of the promotion where 200 random people can win a box of seven 500ml Pocari Sweat bottles for cooling down in the summer heat.


    How to Sign Up

    Step 1: Follow Pocari Sweat on Twitter @pocarisweat_jp

    Step 2: Retweet or quote any of Pocari Sweat’s posts featuring the hashtag #ネツナレろ (“Netsunarero”)

    Running: May 6, 2021 – May 19, 2021 (Japan Only)

    Campaign Site:


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  • Japanese YouTuber Saaya Releases Oil Rich Tint Lipsticks From Her Brand Lillua

    25.February.2021 | FASHION

    The Japanese cosmetics brand Lillua launched a new collection of four “Oil Rich Tint” lipsticks on Monday (February 22). The brand is produced by Direct Tech in collaboration with the popular beauty YouTuber Saaya.

    Saaya is a popular beauty guru and influencer from Japan. She has over 2.14 million followers across her social media pages including 1.23 million subscribers on YouTube (as of February 22, 2021). On her main YouTube channel, she posts how-to videos on hair and makeup as well as content related to fashion, videos with her siblings, and more.


    Saaya launched Lillua to support people to become the person they want to be – someone who they love even more than they did yesterday. The brand released its teaser site on February 19 which blew up amongst her fans on social media. Now, the site has fully launched with its first collection of products.


    Lillua’s “Oil Rich Tint” is a line-up of glossy lipsticks with a tint effect. The products take into account the reality of wearing face masks everyday by being super easy to apply. They are made using an oil gel which spreads across the lips effortlessly and leaves them feeling soft. They also contain squalane, olive oil, and jojoba oil to moisturise the lips, making them look plump and soft. The collection features four types: 01 Mellow Pink, 02 Gala Deep Red, 03 Lut Terracotta, and 04 Peach Pig.


    Oil Rich Tint | ¥1,450 (Before Tax)


    01 Melon Pink

    Not just simply cute and sweet – but a romantic pink with a faint dullness to it.


    02 Gala Deep Red

    Peak with the ever-popular deep red which captivates and captures a gaze in an instant.


    03 Lut Terracotta

    The nuanced colour of the orange-brown terracotta gives your lips a refined look.


    04 Peach Pig

    A beautifully joyous natural coral colour you’ll find yourself wanting to use everyday.


    Every purchase via Lillua’s official website will gift members a free original postcard. Additionally, the first 1,500 people to order two or more items will receive an original Lillua pouch.

  • Virtual Singer YuNi To Release ‘Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!’ Ending Song Digitally

    13.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Virtual singer YuNi first hit YouTube in June 2018, proclaiming herself to be the world’s first virtual singer. YuNi is now set to release her new song Kokoro Knock on digital music services from August 14, 2020. The song has also been appointed as the ending theme song to the anime Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! for the episodes airing from July 10, 2020.

    This bright and cheery song will fill you with the image of a kawaii yet slightly shy girl teasing you with her freestyle dancing. The beautiful strings melodies and feel-good rhythm are brought together with Yuni’s pure and gentle voice. The song lyrics, music and editing were done by music producer YUC’e, who works overseas and in Japan.

    It has been two years since YuNi started singing on YouTube and fans have been showering YuNi in love on social media.  Make sure to check out her channel for anime ending songs and further announcements.


    YuNi is going full steam ahead. She is also set for a solo live performance in autumn and fans are more excited than ever.

  • Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI Collaborates with Animate Cafe in Shinjuku

    13.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Animate Cafe is known for collaborating with many anime series and game franchises. This time, they’re teaming up with internet’s biggest virtual YouTuber, Kizuna AI.


    Kizuna AI is the world’s first virtual YouTuber and claims to be artificial intelligence. Her YouTube Channel A.I.Channel went online on December 1, 2016. Since then, she’s posted pretty much every day on a variety of topics and raked in 1 million subscribers in less than a year. As of May 2018, she currently has over 1.8 million subscribers. She has gained rapid attention not only in Japan but overseas too.


    Maid Cafe Kizuna AI Angel Omurice-Style Crepe

    Price: ¥750


    [Guilty] Kizuna AI Trial Minestrone [Not Guilty]

    Price: ¥600
    *There are two types available: Guilty and InnocentGuilty is spicy and packs a punch!


    All of the items on the menu at the cafe are references to videos on Kizuna AI‘s YouTube Channel. They will sell the legendary Soda Bath drink as seen in her video, as well as a minestrone based on her trials, an omurice-style crepe, and more. All of the items are references to videos on Kizuna AI‘s YouTube channel.



    A.I.Channel Soda Bath

    Price: ¥600
    *All prices listed include tax.


    For every item you order from the menu, you will receive one coaster randomly selected from a possible six. There’ll be plenty of Kizuna AI merchandise on sale at the Animate Cafe too that you can’t get anywhere else.

    Full details regarding the merchandise will be announced at a later date, so look forward to updates!



    A.I.Channel×Animate Cafe

    Location: Animate Cafe Shop Shinjuku
    Running: May 29, 2018―June 26, 2018
    Entry: First-come, first-served each day.

    Animate Cafe Homepage:

    *For details on how to attend please check the Animate Cafe homepage.
    *The opening times and dates as well as entry methods may be subject to change.

    Click here to go to Kizuna AI’s official YouTube channel.