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/
NIJISANJI and Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe to Open for a Limited Time
The NIJISANJI and Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe will open in Harajuku and Yokohama on August 18 and in Osaka on September 2!
Three units from the popular NIJISANJI VTuber collective will be featured at the cafe, with each talent teaming up with a particular Sanrio character, from Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, and Kuromi to Tuxedo Sam and Hangyodon.
Food Menu Purchase Bonus: Original A3-size Lunch Mat
Drink Menu Purchase Bonus: Original Postcard (3 varieties)
Drink Menu Purchase Bonus: Original Straw Tag (13 varieties)
[Kojirase Harassment] Zenryoku Boomerang Sandwich
[Sereine Girl’s School] Lunch Plate
[Eden-gumi] Curry from Eden
[Kojirase Harassment] The Cutest Idol Parfait
[Sereine Girl’s School] Drama Club Fruit Pancakes
[Eden-gumi] Eden Sweets Plate
[Sereine Girl’s School]
[Eden-gumi] Member Drink
The food, dessert, and drink menus were each inspired by these three unique units. Fans of Kojirase Harassment won’t want to miss the tasty Zenryoku Boomerang Sandwich based on the hit song, and anyone who loves the adorable members of Serine Girl’s School can grab some tasty fruit pancakes. The Eden-gumi menu consists of delectable curry and a sweets plate sure to fill you up. 13 unique drinks will also be available, each inspired by the member colors of the participating V-Tubers.
Come spend a relaxing time with your favorite characters this summer!
©ANYCOLOR, Inc. © ’22 SANRIO Ⓛ
NIJISANJI x Sanrio Character Collaboration Cafe
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August 18 – September 24, 2022
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August 18 – September 24, 2022
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September 2 – September 24, 2022
Reservations / Cafe Details: https://nijisanjisanrio3-cafe.jp
NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Reveals 118 Participating VTubers, New Illustrations
10.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME
NIJISANJI Fes 2022, the largest NIJISANJI event to date, will be held on October 1 and October 2 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Ahead of the festival, ANYCOLOR has announced the 118 VTubers that will be participating, along with new illustrations showing some popular personalities wearing class T-shirts which will be available at the venue.
NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Special Announcement Video
The image song for NIJISANJI Fes 2022, Hurrah!!, is now available to stream. The music video for the track will feature fan art which will also be displayed at the venue, so get your entries in by August 28!
Illustrations Highlighting Class T-Shirts
NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Image Song, Hurrah!!
Music: Mito Tsukino, Sasaki Saku, Kuzuha, Lize Helesta, Sara Hoshikawa, Minato Fuwa, Axia Krone
Lyrics / Composition / Arrangement: Jin
On the special website, newly-drawn illustrations of the 118 participating VTubers are featured. Each member is a part of a different class, and these class T-shirts will be handed out at random to those with tickets to the event as a bonus. They will also be available for purchase, so don’t worry if you don’t get the one you want!
Manami Aizono, Uiha Aiba, Youko Akabane, Axia Krone, Akane Asahina, Hina Asuka, Momo Azuchi, Kokoro Amamiya, Sayo Amemori, Almal Ars, Katrina Ange, Mugi Ienaga, Inui Toko, Ibrahim, Ichigo Ushimi, Muyu Amagase, Vox Akuma
Kou Uzuki, Albio Ex, Emma★August, Eli Conifer, Elu, Haruka Onomachi, Oliver Evans, Haru Kaida, Hayato Kagami, Kanae, Shoichi Kanda, Hisui Kitakoji, Gilzaren III, Gwelu Os Gar, Kuzuha, Yotsuba Umise, Aza
Natsume Kurusu, Kuroi Shiba, Mirei Gundou, Tojiro Genzuki, Touya Kenmochi, Akina Saegusa, Ritsuki Sakura, Sasaki Saku, Yuika Shiina, Shellin Burgundy, Rin Shizuka, SisterClaire, Hajime Shibuya, Joe Rikiichi, Tomoe Shirayuki, Akira Shikinagi, Eine
Sango Suo, Kana Sukoya, Utako Suzuka, Masaru Suzuki, Aki Suzuya, Miyako Seto, Kirame Sorahoshi, Rion Takamiya, Mito Tsukino, Debidebi Debiru, Kohaku Todo, Dola, Kyoko Todoroki, Kei Nagao, Naraka, Kanato Fura, Elira Pendora
Naru Naruse, Chigusa Nishizono, Sociere Nui, Fuyuki Hakase, Hanabatake Chaika, Sou Hayase, Marin Hayama, Air Harusaki, Kaede Higuchi, Gaku Fushimi, Tamaki Fumino, Furen E. Lustario, Fuwa Minato, Belmond Pandelas, Nei Ponto, Pomu Rainpuff
Sara Hoshikawa, Himawari Honma, Keisuke Maimoto, Ririmu Makaino, Meme Mashiro, Chima Machita, Mao Matsukai, Moira, Alice Mononobe, Kazaki Morinaka, Rine Yaguruma, Kizuki Yashiro, Karuta Yamagami, Chihiro Yuki, Seraph Dazzlegarden, Mysta Rias
Riri Yuhi, Mahiro Yukishiro, Roa Yuzuki, Kakeru Yumeoi, Ratna Petit, Lize Helesta, Ryushen, Mikoto Rindou, Lain Paterson, Luis Cammy, Levi Elipha, Vincent Leos, Lauren Iroas, Hibari Watarai, Finana Ryugu, Hyakumantenbara Salome
Hololive VTubers Announce Hololive Summer Event and Comiket Appearance
21.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The Hololive Summer event, first held in the summer of 2019, will return this year!
A ton of new content and special panels will be shown at the 2022 event, so check the official Hololive Production Twitter account often for more information!
Hololive will also have a booth at this year’s Comiket on August 13 and 14! A number of exclusive commemorative Hololive Summer 2022 goods will be on sale.
The back cover of the Comiket 100 catalog, on sale July 16, shows the official Hololive Summer 2022 key visual. Be sure to keep an eye out for more details!
NIJISANJI Debuts New 4-Member VTuber Group VOLTACTION
15.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
VTuber Group NIJISANJI has debuted four members as part of the new group VOLTACTION. Twitter accounts for each new VTuber were launched on July 13, and the member’s first broadcasts will take place in a relay format on July 16, 2022 on each VTubers channel. On the official NIJISANJI YouTube channel, the members will take part in a special broadcast on July 16 at 21:00 with Green Rouge, comprised of Joe Rikiichi and Hanabatake Chaika.
VOLTACTION’s debut song, Inlaid, premiered on July 13.
To celebrate the new group, station advertisements will appear in two locations at Shibuya Station from July 11 until July 17, 2022.
Be sure to keep an eye on VOLTACTION!
The four new members–who all attended boarding school together–are Fura Kanato, Watarai Hibari, Shikinagi Akira, and Seraph Dazzlegarden. While working undercover to hone their special abilities, they spend each day trying to make people happy.
The son of a Mafia family.
He has a gentle disposition and doubts about the family business, but they say his talents as a leader is unmatched.
He currently operates as a young businessman, operating cafes and restaurants.
Birthday: March 25
First Stream: July 16, 19:00~
Last member of a family of phantom thieves.
He longs to be a Robin Hood kind of character, a thief of justice that charisma that captivates others.
Since he doesn’t actually steal for money, he works part-time at a cafe.
Birthday: September 23
First Stream: July 16, 19:30~
A young man born into a long line of intelligence officers, following in their footsteps as the latest in the generation.
He decides to leave his organization, and move into a small office taking odd jobs from exterminating beehives, to taking care of thugs.
Birthday: December 12
First Stream: July 16, 20:00~
The youngest in a long line of assassins, having been refined in the craft at a young age.
Little is known about Seraph if that’s even his real name among his many aliases.
He quit being an assassin and now takes on jobs as a freelance agent.
Birthday: May 12
First Stream: July 16, 20:30~
The First Trial of your Debut?! #VOLTACTION vs. Green Rouge
Display Period: July 11 – July 17, 2022
Shibuya Station, Dogenzaka Happy Board B
Tokyu Denentoshi Line, Shibuya Station (Near Exit A0 and A1 on Floor B1)
Official Site: https://www.anycolor.co.jp
Popular VTuber Leona Shishigami Performs Reborn Anime Opening for CrosSing Cover Project
01.July.2022 | MUSIC
In March 2022, the cover song project CrosSing was launched. Amassing instant popularity, tracks featured as part of the project have pulled in millions of views. The project has featured popular voice actors Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, and Akari Kito.
On June 29, the second song of the second season was released. Popular VTuber Leona Shishigami took to the booth to sing last cross, the opening theme from the anime series Reborn! Shishigami has over 280,000 YouTube subscribers and has earned high praise for her excellent singing skills. The VTuber chose the song as one of her most memorable, noting that Reborn was one of the first anime series she ever watched in the human world. Her powerful voice and impressive singing ability are on full display, and a lyric video has also been released!
last cross – Leona Shishigami Cover
The illustrations used for the jacket and in the lyric video were drawn exclusively for this release. On mora, viewers can enjoy interviews as well.
A special chat with Leona Shishigami will be released on July 1 at 20:00.
CrosSing has also announced two new campaigns. The first is a follow and retweet campaign, and two lucky winners will receive autographs by performers on CrosSing. To enter, just follow CrosSing on Twitter and TikTok and retweet the selected tweets.
A LINE MUSIC Playback campaign is also underway, and those playing the song over 300 times in the first two weeks will receive a special autographed image. More details will be posted to Twitter, so keep an eye out!
CrosSing – Leona Shishigami / Reborn!
Streaming Date: June 29, 2022
last cross – Leona Shishigami Streaming Links: https://crossing.lnk.to/ShishigamiLeona_lastcross
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrosSing_info
Three Popular NIJISANJI VTubers Inspire New Apparel Collection
Fashion brand RAGEBLUE has opened orders for a new collaboration collection with three popular VTubers from NIJISANJI! These items will be available at the .st web store and ZOZOTOWN until July 15, 2022.
The lineup includes 11 items inspired by three NIJISANJI talents: Kaede Higuchi, Gaku Fushimi, and Akina Saegusa. Customers will receive an original sticker as a gift for buying something from the collection!
Which of these talents is your favorite?
RAGEBLUE × NIJISANJI
Order Period: June 28 – July 15 at 11:59
*Products will be delivered in late October.
Where to Buy:
*These items cannot be purchased in stores.
VTuber Group NIJISANJI Releases 10th Round of Themed T-Shirts
Popular VTuber group NIJISANJI has started selling some new T-shirts as part of the NIJI-Tee project. These shirts were designed by three of the members and are available to order from the NIJISANJI official store.
Three members–Kokoro Amamiya, SisterClaire, and Kizuku Yashiro–designed these shirts themselves. Which one will you be ordering?
NIJI-Tee (10th Round)
Sales begin June 24, 18:00~
Where to Buy: NIJISANJI Official Store
*These products will also be available at Kotobukiya.
Expected Delivery: Late July 2022
Felissimo’s KAWAII COMPANY to Sell Colorful Miwa Soumen Noodles for a Limited Time
27.June.2022 | FOOD
In late 2020, Felissimo teamed up with the ‘King of Kawaii’ Sebastian Masuda to create KAWAII COMPANY, a project selling adorable original items. The company is now teaming up with Ikeri, a long-running Miwa Soumen shop in Nara, to create some colorful noodles to enjoy this summer. Five colors will be available, and these noodles can be purchased online until September 30, 2022.
The Kawaii Soumen box includes five scents and flavors of noodle–purple sweet potato, plum, Kabosu, Blue Beefsteak Plant, and plain. The adorable box is also reusable!
Ikeri has been selling soumen in Nara for over 170 years. This new collaboration aims to introduce more ‘kawaii’ into traditional pieces of Japanese culture. Ikeri’s thin soumen noodles are made by hand one by one and shine like jewels when boiled.
Customers are welcome to try different arrangements with these gorgeous noodles. These are the perfect summer gift for adults who love tasty food, tradition, and appearance! The wooden box is handmade by craftsmen in Nara Prefecture.
How would you like to not only eat these tasty noodles but post them all over social media?
KAWAII LAB. Report #1: IDOLATER Welcomes Two New Members
KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. The idol group IDOLATER was born from this idea, and in April, the girls welcomed two new members, transforming it into a fresh new 5-member group. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the lineup consisting of Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.
A typical idol group is peppy and filled with energy, but IDOLATER is doing things a little differently. What is their appeal? How do they want to shake things up?
A Group Formed by Finalists from ASOBISYSTEM’s First National Audition
IDOLATER debuted in April 2019. In the spring of 2018, ASOBISYSTEM, the management company behind Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and a number of other popular talents, announced its first large-scale nationwide audition, ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018. IDOLATER’s history began with five audition finalists–Fushiki, Okuda, Tsukishiro, and two others. The catchphrase for the audition was fitting for the group: “Seeking the next generation of talents to shape Japanese pop culture and share it with the world.”
IDOLATER Welcomes Solo Singer Ririka Satsuki & Model Fuuka Oishi
Following the departure of two members and intense restrictions imposed on the group’s activities due to the pandemic, IDOLATER continued to operate with only three members. Although they didn’t manage to get a ton of media coverage or appeal in large-scale events, the group continued to pull in new fans and gain recognition in the idol community. After a while, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the group, giving a much-needed boost to IDOLATER’s activities and energy.
Ririka Satsuki is a solo artist based in Fukuoka with an incredible husky voice. Fuuka Oishi has previously worked as a model and is popular with creators for her sweet yet listless atmosphere. Despite their incredible confidence, this is the first time either has worked as an idol!
IDOLATER and the Concept of ‘Idols’
The word ‘idol’ can conjure plenty of images to mind, but what does the word mean to the members of IDOLATER?
The group’s music blends together elements of city pop, future funk, and house, while still keeping true to traditional J-pop roots. The familiarity of their music makes it easy to approach, and Yukino Fushiki’s powerful voice alongside Ririka Satsuki’s melodies shower fans with some of the best vocals in the idol world.
The group’s choreography is provided by YU-KA, formerly of TEMPURA KIDZ. Her experience as both a dancer and an idol makes her an asset, and her refreshing moves are a highlight of each IDOLATER show.
A former pattern maker for a Japanese fashion brand designed the group’s costumes.
If this sounds like the idol group for you, come and check out an IDOLATER event to see the girl’s incredible appeal for yourself.
On June 19, IDOLATER will hold their second regular performance, ‘Camel,’ at Ebisu CreATO. (The title of the show was chosen because it sounded fun, not for any other specific reason.)
Stay tuned for the next report, where we’ll delve a little deeper into the life of each member of IDOLATER!
NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Full Stage Schedule Revealed, Participating VTubers Announced
VTuber group NIJISANJI has revealed complete information on each stage event to take place at NIJISANJI Fes 2022, the largest festival for the collective to date. More information about participating talents and presale merchandise has also been released. The event is scheduled to take place on September 30, October 1, and October 2, 2022.
Most talents from the popular VTuber collective will appear on stage. A total of six stage performances will take place over the course of the event, ranging from concerts and chats to gaming and skits.
This year’s event theme is “Cultural Festival,” and fans won’t want to miss out on the talent’s live performances and talks. Most of these events can only be experienced at the venue, including a mystery-solving event involving guests, a haunted house, a planetarium, and plenty more!
*The number of performers for each project will vary from day to day. Advanced lottery entry is required for some events. Details about the lottery will be revealed at a later date.
The Open Stage will continuously stream a variety of content to those watching from home.
The first NIJISANJI Fes 2022 goods are now on sale at the official NIJISANJI store! Be sure to get your hands on some before they’re gone.
NIJISANJI Fes 2022
Dates: September 30, October 1, October 2 / 9:00-18:00
Venue: Makuhari Messe 1-6 Halls
Access: 5-minute walk from Kaihimmakuhari Station on JR Keiyo Line
Official Site: https://fes.nijisanji.jp/
From Harajuku to the world! Chasing the bright future of a rising star, FRUITS ZIPPER
FRUITS ZIPPER is a group quickly rising to stardom, debuted from “KAWAII LAB.” KAWAII LAB is a new project to introduce Japanese idol culture from “Harajuku”, a fashion town where various cultures and personalities gather, to the world. Members of the group include Amane Tsukihashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Runa Nakagawa, Manaka Mana, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
Even before their debut, the group garnered attention for their breathtaking visuals. Their performances are so powerful, you would never expect such refined skill from such an adorable aesthetic, which is known to captivate the hearts of their fans. The group is produced by Misa Kimura, a model and TV personality who is also the general producer of “KAWAII LAB. She will utilize her experience and creativity as the leader of the idol group “Musubizm” to introduce idol culture to the world.
Expressing FRUITS ZIPPER’s world through collaborations with creators
Furthermore, even before their debut, the group drew a lot of attention because of their collaborations with many different renowned creators. Among the collaborations includes the artist photos created by video director/art director/3DCG artist YUKARI. She uses a cutting-edge trend of CG-moving techniques, in addition to still-images. The mysterious colors of bright light that embraces the girls are definitely eye-catching.
Catchy and cute choreography of FRUITS ZIPPER
Followed by the debut song “Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete,” a song with a positive message for the future, “Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro,” with its cute choreography and lyrics, won the hearts of people and was selected as one of the “TikTok Hot Songs in Japan” and charted on the Billboard. More than 13,000 videos using ”Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro” have been posted on TikTok with the hashtag “#わたしの一番かわいいところ (Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro).” The long-awaited third single “Kanpeki Syugide☆”, which was released on May 20, is an energetic tune created by music producer Manaka Suzuki.
Performances that reach into people’s hearts and minds
A pop-culture event presented by Asobisystem “ASOBE!!,” was held at Spotify O-EAST on May 26th. In addition to FRUITS ZIPPER, fellow Asobisystem members Atarashii Gakko! and IDOLATER, who is also a member of “KAWAII LAB.”, performed at the event. Many other remarkable idol groups also took part in the event, enlivening the venue.
Alongside their regular performances, they are scheduled to participate in a number of events, including the “LEADING PALETTE! and “HYPE IDOL! vol. 20” at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall both June 12th. Make sure to come and see their live performance, it’s sure to steal your heart!
Additionally, KAWAII LAB. will be serialized on “Moshi Moshi Nippon,” a website that provides the latest news of Japan to the world. The articles will be published in hopes of sharing the charm of IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER with people not only in Japan, but also around the world. Details will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more from KAWAII LAB.!
VTuber Group NIJISANJI Announces Tower Records Collaboration, Special Visuals Inspired by Music Genres
From June 9 until July 18, fans of the VTuber group NIJISANJI will want to head to Tower Records locations or the online store! A number of one-of-a-kind collaboration goods will be on sale, and Tower Records Cafe will also be holding a special cafe with dishes inspired by the NIJISANJI members.
NIJISANJI is one of the most prolific Vtuber projects to date, with over 150 members pulling in millions of views on YouTube. The company has held a number of large-scale events and sells unique merchandise for every talent on the roster. Many of these talents also have music careers.
For this musical collaboration, six of the most popular NIJISANJI talents are representing six popular genres of music. Participating VTubers include ROF-MAO’s Kagami Hayato, Touya Kenmochi, Minato Fuwa, Haru Kaida, Kanae, and Kuzuha.
The visuals made for the collaboration include those inspired by K-Pop, hardcore, rock, enka, hip-hop, and Visual kei. Fans can grab tons of new merchandise including pins and acrylic stands at 69 Tower Records and Towermini stores. The items will also be available at all Tower Records Cafe locations and Tower Records online.
Part 1 Food / Part 1 Sweets
Kanae Birthday Dessert
A collaboration cafe will also take place during the event period, serving up dishes inspired by the six NIJISANJI ambassadors. Fans shouldn’t miss Kanae’s birthday dessert, only available for a limited time! (His birthday is July 7, if you were wondering.)
Certain stores will also have life-size panels and other displays, so come take a snapshot with your favorite character!