VTuber Group kawaii Holding Audition for Second-Generation Members
kawaii Productions, which premiered its first-generation of VTubers this April, is looking for new talent to join for the groups second-generation. Auditions are open until August 31, and the company is looking to hire five successful candidates.
According to the official audition page, kawaii is looking for those who want to be a VTuber, have English language skills, and who love singing, games, and chatting. They also mention that it’s a great way to gain popularity.
Production kawaii is a newly launched VTuber production company aiming to spread the idea of ‘kawaii’ around the globe.
Comment from kawaii management staff:
“Production kawaii is now recruiting aspiring Vtubers who will work with both the management team and first-generation members to spread ‘kawaii’ around the world. Currently, we use YouTube as a platform to share Japanese ‘kawaii’ culture with English-speaking countries. If you want to use your talents and chase your dreams, now’s your chance! Don’t miss this chance to challenge yourself!’
Do you think you have what it takes to be a kawaii VTuber?
Kawaii Second Gen Audition
Application Period: August 1-August 31, 2021 (at 23:59)
Interview to be held online (Showing face not necessary)
Interview period: Beginning to Middle of September
Successful Applicants to be announced at end of September
Official Site: https://production-kawaii.com/en/home-2/
A Sneak Peek at Sebastian Masuda’s ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
The Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda will open his ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ exhibition at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine on December 4, 2021. A number of Masuda’s representative works will be on display at the historical site, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Kanda Myojin Shrine
Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- has been shown in New York, Milan, and Amsterdam over the past few years, and will now make an appearance as part of this exhibition. Given the magnificence of the venue, the work will be presented in a unique way–in the basement of the shrine. In addition, a part of the research on Kawaii culture conducted in collaboration with Kyoto University of Arts Ultra Factory will be on display as well. Guests will be invited to ponder the nature of Kawaii, and what makes it so beloved by audiences worldwide.
Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Time After Time Capsule Art Project
Kawaii Archival Research
Near the entrance to the shrine, the Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK will be on display. Clad in the cutest colors imaginable, it has become a symbol of Harajuku around the world. The Hello Kitty-shaped time capsule, which was on display for five months in New York City in 2015, will also be shown on the temple grounds. The participatory art project has made it to 12 cities around the world so far.
Kawaii culture will blend with traditional Japanese culture during this exhibition, so keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
What is ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art?’
Sebastian Masuda has been at the helm of the global Kawaii movement for decades.
In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Sebastian Masuda Exhibition ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Dates: December 4 – December 12, 2021
Hours: 12:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30)
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free (¥500 for Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-)
For more details on the event, follow Sebastian Masuda’s Twitter:
VTuber Project #VERSEⁿ to Hold First Collaboration Stream on December 3
01.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
VERSEⁿ, the new VTuber project from Sony Music Entertainment, is picking up steam on YouTube. Each of the five new streamers recently debuted, and on December 3, the first collaborative stream between them will be held at 20:00 JST. Choose your favorite and watch on their YouTube channel!
The project’s story was also revealed by Sony recently. The mystery surrounding the reasons behind why these five girls became VTubers in the real world and their stories will be revealed and explained in various types of media in the future.
There will also be an announcement during the stream, so don’t miss it!
A Free-Spirited Girl who Loves her Friends
While shy around strangers, she loves her close friends and likes to do things at her own pace. With a unique worldview, her friends sometimes can’t keep up. Despite her laid-back persona, she’s very intelligent in many different areas, especially in languages.
Character Design: Aka Akasaka (https://twitter.com/akasaka_aka)
A Reliable and Caring Girl
Serious and hardworking, she’s the caretaker of the group. Growing up in a strict household made her a little stubborn, but she’s also curious about everything and has the guts to take on any challenge.
Character Design: raemz (https://twitter.com/weee_desu)
The Moodmaker of the Group
Happy, innocent, and open-minded, she has a tendency to get involved in other people’s problems. Thankfully, she’s always sensitive and enjoys helping anyone she can. She plays by her own rules.
Character Design: Shugao (https://twitter.com/haru_sugar02)
A Girl That Sings Passionately Even in Tough Times
One of the group’s singers, she sings even in lonely and sad times, using her music to channel her deep emotions. Strict with herself and bad at socializing, she also has a sweet and caring side that loves others.
Character Design: Kane (https://twitter.com/Kaneblob)
A Girl Putting Everyone’s Unspoken Feelings into Song
The other singer on the project, she gives off the air of being carefree and uninvolved, but she’s actually extremely thoughtful. She grew up rather spoiled, but she questions the world around her and her own knowledge.
Character Design: popman3580 (https://twitter.com/popman3580)
VERSEⁿ First Collaboration Stream
Date: December 3, 2021 20:00 JST
Maru Nanamona: https://youtu.be/eRWOffeIAXk
Hitoshiro Itsuki: https://youtu.be/lQlbhOpXS2w
Kagase Uno: https://youtu.be/L1NIx-WOr7w
Alba Sera: https://youtu.be/GkrSepCRSO4
Kashi Otoha: https://youtu.be/X4LXy9cy-tI
Official Site: https://verse-n.com/
All-Male NIJISANJI Unit ROF-MAO Releases First Original Song
ROF-MAO, a new unit featuring male members of the VTuber group NIJISANJI, has released their first original track titled New street, New world. The group is made up of Kagami Hayato, Kenmochi Toya, Fuwa Minato, and Kaida Haru. Despite debuting earlier this month, the boys are already hard at work making music and running their own variety show each Thursday.
New street, New world – ROF-MAO (YouTube Edit)
The new song also serves as the ending theme of the group’s variety show, ‘Thursday at 10! ROF-MAO Cram School.’ The show airs each week on the group’s YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out!
#AppearanceYokohama Concert to Feature Real Artists Beside VTubers
Net label Appearance will hold a special live event on November 28, 2021, featuring popular VTubers and music artists at Yokohama Bronth at the Miratomirai waterfront area in Yokohama.
The #AppearanceYokohama event will feature Mashiro Ayano, a singer popular for performing tracks for popular anime series such as Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and Darwin’s Game. VTuber sifar is popular throughout Japan for her rock tracks, while cosplay girls band mimiQ_Lyric aims to deliver Japanese pop culture to the world.
Those interested will be able to purchase streaming tickets through Z-aN, and anyone in Japan can also buy tickets at the venue. The live stream will feature HD multi-angle footage so viewers can enjoy the full range of the show. Performing VTubers will utilize Monolis, a system allowing them to go anywhere and interact with people in their life-sized forms. This is in cooperation with the Wasabi Music School.
Who are you excited to see perform?
Date: November 28, 2021
Doors Open at 15:30
Address: Yokohama Bronth 2F (5-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Official Event Site: https://appearance.site
Streaming Tickets: https://www.zan-live.com/live/detail/10123
Venue Tickets: https://t.livepocket.jp/e/7hjlj
Sebastian Masuda Kawaii Exhibition to be Held at 1,300-Year-Old Kanda Myojin Shrine
Sebastian Masuda, the Godfather of Kawaii, is bringing his ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition to Tokyo. If that isn’t cool enough, the event will be held from December 4 until December 12, 2021, at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Kanda Myojin, the Tokyo Venue
Work at ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Venue in Osaka
Related Event, 6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show
Originally scheduled to arrive in Tokyo in September, the exhibition was postponed due to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kanda Myojin is known as the site of the Kanda Festival, one of the three major Shinto festivals in Tokyo started by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. The shrine is very close to Akihabara, and has become a place for technophiles to pray for their electronics!
Sebastian Masuda is known as the Godfather of Kawaii, and his colorful and crazy art is known around the world. In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Osaka’s City of Art Kitakagaya has hosted Masuda’s exhibition since October 30, with his works spread out across three different venues. These will be open until November 30, 2021.
Additionally, on November 13, a street fashion show by Masuda’s popular Harajuku fashion brand 6%DOKIDOKI will be held at the third venue. The brand turns 26 this year.
Yes, Kawaii is Art
Sebastian Masuda’s “Yes, Kawaii is Art” Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running: December 3 – December 12, 2021
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
*Details to be announced at a later date.
Venue 1: ¥500 (Weekdays) ¥1,000 (Weekends/Holidays)
Both Venue 1 + Venue 2: ¥1,500 (Viewing) ¥2,000 (Experience)
Venue 3: Free
Access: Close to Kita-Kagaya Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line, Exit 4
Venue 1: kagoo
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Running: October 30 – November 21, 2021
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, November 17
Address: 5-4-19 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 2: Oto Building
Main Work: ‘Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II’
Running: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Hours: Shows at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 *Only at 17:00 on November 14
Address: 5-5-1 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 3: Chidori Bunka
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Running: November 12 – November 21, 2021
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Address: 5-2-28 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show ‘Colorful Riot’
Date: November 14, 2021
Address: Venue 1 (Free Admission)
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com/
Hololive VTuber Tokino Sora’s Solo Concert to be Streamed in Theaters and Online
Tokino Sora, known as the first member of the popular VTuber collective Hololive, will hold her first live show for the first time in three years! RolePlay will be available to watch online, and will also be streaming at two movie theaters in Tokyo and Osaka.
On-Site Ticket Bonus: Role:Play Original Mask Set
The singer remains one of the most popular VTuber idols, having now appeared on television shows and in magazines. She will celebrate her fifth anniversary in September 2022. The RolePlay concert will have both a daytime and night showing and the singer’s third album will be released on November 24, so be sure to support her activities in the coming months!
Tokino Sora Theatrical Cover Live ‘Role:Play’
Date: January 22, 2022
Daytime Show: Open at 13:30 / Show Starts 14:00
Night Show: Open at 17:30 / Show Starts 18:00
Location: Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas / 109 Cinemas Osaka Expocity
Event Details: https://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/tokinosora/5th/
On-site Ticket Sales: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/22012201-rlroleplay
General Admission Presale Tickets
Available until November 19, 2021 at 23:59
Tickets with Bonuses: ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Ticket Bonuses: Role:Play Original Mask Set, Ticket for Aftershow Talk Event (at Theater)
On-site Ticket: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Available until January 22, 2021 at 23:59
Online Ticket Shop: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/22012202-lvroleplay
Tickets with Bonuses: ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Ticket Bonuses: Role:Play Original Mask Set, Ticket for Aftershow Talk Event (Online)
Tokino Sora 3rd Album ‘Re:Play’
Release Date: November 24, 2021
VTuber Group NIJISANJI to Celebrate Four Years with 2-Day FANTASIA Event
The massive VTuber collective NIJISANJI will be holding a special 2-day event to celebrate four successful years! The NIJISANJI FANTASIA Event will be held at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on January 22 and January 23, 2022. Female streamers will perform on Day 1, and male streamers will take the stage on Day 2. Presale tickets are now available by lottery for certain Fanclub members.
As of October 2021, there are 107 Japanese NIJISANJI members, and a total of 156 members including the company’s English, Indonesian, Korean and Chinese members. The group has over 30 million subscribers on YouTube across all members. The group has held a live event each year to celebrate these massive milestones. This year’s event will be held in full-scale 3D collaborative costumes for the first time, and sixteen talents will be taking the stage total.
Who is your favorite member of NIJISANJI?
NIJISANJI 4th Anniversary LIVE ‘FANTASIA’
DAY 1: Mito Tsukino, Kaede Higuchi, Saku Sasaki, Yukia Shiina, Uiha Aiba, Rena Yorumi, Inui Toko, Tomoe Shirayuki
DAY 2: Touya Kenmochi, Kanae, Hayato Kagami, Kakeru Yumeoi, Akina Saegusa, Kou Uzuki, Shellin Burgundy, Kizuki Yashiro
DAY 1: January 22, 2022 / Doors Open at 16:00, Show Starts at 17:00
DAY 2: January 23, 2022 / Doors Open at 16:00, Show Starts at 17:00
Location: Pia Arena MM (https://pia-arena-mm.jp/)
Official Site: https://event.nijisanji.app/4thanniv_fantasia
Individual Member Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
NIJISANJI Fan Club (Kaede Higuchi, Saku Sasaki, Yukia Shiina, Kakeru Yumeoi) Presale Lottery Registration
Open: October 31, 2021 20:00 – November 7, 2021 23:59
Fan Club Site: https://fanclub.nijisanji.jp/
NIJISANJI Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Presale Lottery Registration
Open: October 31, 2021 20:00 – November 14, 2021 23:59
‘Reflexion’ Serial Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Open: November 24, 2021 12:00 – December 5, 2021 23:59
*Must purchase NIJISANJI Cover Song Album ‘Reflexion’
VTuber Group NIJISANJI Announces New Unit ROF-MAO, New Regular Program
Popular VTuber group NIJISANJI has announced a new unit ROF-MAO, featuring four extremely popular male talents! These include Kagami Hayato, Kenmochi Toya, Fuwa Minato, and Kaida Haru. The boys will also star in a new regular series titled ‘Thursday at 10! ROF-MAO Cram School.’ The four VTubers combined have over 1 million subscribers on YouTube.
The new unit was created with the goal of being popular with both men and women alike. To celebrate its formation, merchandise featuring the four characters will go on sale starting November 27 at the NIJISANJI Official Store and animate stores nationwide. Preorders begin November 1. Details will be announced on social media in the coming weeks.
New Program ‘Thursday at 10! ROF-MAO Cram School’ Begins October 21, 2021
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ROF-MAO
Merch Preorders Begin: November 1, 2021
NIJISANJI Official Store: https://shop.nijisanji.jp/s/niji/
Official Site: http://www.rof-mao.com
Male VTuber Group Holostars to Hold First Live Event
The talented members of Holostars will hold their first live event on December 26, 2021 at J:COM Hall Hachioji in Tokyo! The Vtubers taking part are Hanasaki Miyabi, Kanade Izuru, Arurandeisu, Rikka, Astel Leda, Kishida Temma, Yukoku Roberu, Kageyama Shien, and Aragami Oga.
Tickets for the virtual event are now on sale on SPWN. Those wanting to attend the physical event can also enter the lottery for on-site tickets. Exclusive merchandise will also be available to celebrate the group’s first-ever live show!
HOLOSTARS 1st ACT 「JOURNEY to FIND STARS!!」Supported By Bushiroad
Date: December 26, 2021
Broadcast begins at 17:30, show begins at 18:00
Address: J:COM Hall Hachioji (Southern Sky Tower Hachioji 4F, 4-7-1 Koyasumachi, Hachioji, Tokyo)
Directly connected to the south exit of JR Hachioji Station
7-minute walk from Keio-Hachioji Station
On-site Ticket: ¥8,000 (Tax Included, all seats reserved)
Official Site: https://1stact.hololivepro.com/
1st Advance Tickets (Lawson Ticket) / Lottery
Available to Enter until October 31 at 23:59 (https://l-tike.com/st1/holostars)
*Limited to 2 tickets per person.
Announcement of Winners/Payment Period: November 4 – November 7, 2021, at 23:00
2nd Advance Tickets / Lottery
Available from November 13 at 12:00 until November 21 at 23:59 (https://l-tike.com/st1/holostars)
*These pre-order tickets are by lottery only.
Confirmation/Payment Period: November 25 at 15:00 – November 28 at 23:00
Reservation Period: December 4 at 12:00 – Day of Performance (https://l-tike.com/st1/holostars)
Streaming Tickets are available until December 31, 2021
Streaming Tickets + Special Bonus Coupon available until December 31, 2021
*The archived stream will be available immediately after the live performance and can be viewed as many times as you like until January 26, 2022, at 23:59.
Purchase Streaming Tickets: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/21122601-jpholostarslive
Available until November 7 at 23:59
Merchandise Details: https://1stact.hololivepro.com/goods
Purchase Goods (from Japan): https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/21122601-jpholostarslive/goods
Purchase Goods (from Overseas): https://shop.geekjack.net/collections/holostars-1st-act
Concert Hashtag: #ホロスタ1stACT (#Holostars1stACT)
King of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda Opens Exhibition in Osaka
Artist Sebastian Masuda is a leading figure in Japan’s culture of KAWAII. The creator of the popular Harajuku brand 6%DOKIDOKI, the creator has worked with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and a number of other kawaii personalities in the past. Now, his exhibition titled ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ is coming to Osaka from October 30 to November 21, 2021. The event will take place in Kitakagaya, an art district located in an old factory area, with three distinct venues opening each week. Each will exhibit a different work.
Fantastic Voyage Digest Video
Presale tickets for Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II, a performance taking place at the second venue, went on sale on October 21. The prototype was created as a device for ‘imagining the isolated future,’ and shows a transparent capsule traveling through space. The thirty-minute performance will surround viewers with sounds and images and is sure to dig deep into the psyche.
An exclusive VIP plan will be available on October 30 and 31 and is reserved for only two groups per day. Those who can afford the ¥80,000 per person ticket price can enjoy a luxurious Halloween buffet at the Conrad Osaka hotel. Each scrumptious sweet was designed by Masuda himself, and VIP guests can also tour rooms where his works are displayed. Masuda will accompany visitors to directly explain his works, so the cost might be worth it!
Yes, Kawaii Is Art
1st Showing – kagoo (General reception and ticket office)
Featuring ‘Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare– and more
Running: October 30 – November 21, 2021 (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and November 17)
Address: 5-4-19 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
2nd Showing – Oto Building
Featuring ‘Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II’
Open: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 13:00, 15:00, and 17:00 (Only 17:00 on November 14)
Address: 5-5-1 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
3rd Showing: Chidori Bunka
Featuring ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK– and more
Open: November 12 – 21, 2021 (Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Address: 5-2-28 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show ‘Colorful Riot’
Date: November 14, 2021 from 15:00-16:00
Address: At 1st Showing location’s Free Area
“Yes, Kawaii is Art” VIP Plan
Yes, Kawaii is Art VIP Plan Including Conrad Osaka Halloween Buffet
Price: ¥80,000 per person (Tax Included, limited to two groups per day)
Dates: October 30 & 31, 2021
Private Art Tour Plan for Groups and Businesses
Price: ¥200,000 (Tax Included)
Dates: November 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
Hours: Morning Group 10:00-12:00 / Evening Group 18:30-20:30
VIP Plan Details/ Reservations: https://forms.gle/BMjMHb9jr6RMZg1G7
Holostars VTuber Kanade Izuru to Unveil 3D Model in Upcoming Stream
VTuber Kanade Izuru, a member of Hololive Production’s all-male VTuber group Holostars, will unveil his new 3D model during a special stream on October 30, 2021. The stream will begin at 20:00 JST.
Kanade Izuru notoriously loves to sing and will perform live during the 3D stream, so fans will definitely want to tune in to show their support!
Just a dude trying to live his life with very little money. Since he has nothing to do, he treats housework as a hobby. Despite being cynical, he has a good heart, and even though he has a cool demeanor, he never forgets to show gratitude. He loves to sing and takes good care of his guitar.
Character Design: TCB (@tcb0)
3D Model Reveal Stream: October 30, 2021, 20:00
Official Site: https://www.holostars.tv/
VTuber Group Hololive Announces Don Quijote Limited Illustrated Goods and In-Store Broadcast
Hololive Production’s female VTuber unit Hololive has announced a new project with discount store Don Quijote, starting on October 23 until November 21.
Mochidol (31 Types): ¥2,980 Each (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (4 Types): ¥1,480 Each (Tax Incl.)
Can Badge 4-piece Set: ¥1,480 (Tax Incl.)
A special photo spot with life-sized panels has also been set up at Don Quijote Akihabara, where Hololive’s Yozora Mel and Shirogane Noel have been appointed as Donki Girls’.
The pair will be joined by Murasaki Shion and Houshou Marine in stores nationwide, which will each be stocking the Big Acrylic Stand (4 Types), Can Badge 4-piece Set, along with the Mochidol plushie series which has over 31 variations to choose from. .
It has also been announced that between October 23 and November 21, members Yozora Mel, Shirogane Noel, Murasaki Shion, and Houshou Marine will be featured in an original in-store broadcast.
If you’re a Hololive fan then don’t miss out on this special collaboration!