Hololive VTuber Tokino Sora to Release Cover Album in November
Tokino Sora, the founding member of popular VTuber collective Hololive, will release her third album, ‘Re:Play,’ in November! Celebrating her 4th anniversary on September 7, the virtual idol announced that the album would be filled with unique cover tracks to commemorate her streaming milestone.
Karaoke covers are incredibly popular on YouTube in Japan, and Tokino Sora commented that this upcoming album was partly inspired by her desire to take on a similar challenge. Though the idol has released a number of original tracks in the past, this album is said to contain a number of different genres unfamiliar to the singer. ‘Re:Play‘ is set to release in November, though an exact date has not been announced. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Starting on September 8, five unreleased songs are now available to stream as a 4th anniversary gift to fans. Four tracks are acoustic versions: Kotobakaze, Wonderland, Suki, Naichaisouda and Step and Go!! Originally the secret track in the first edition of Tokino Sora’s album Dreaming!, Seesaw Game is also available.
Which of these tracks is your favorite?
Ⓒ 2016 COVER Corp.
3rd Album ‘Re:Play’
Releasing November, 2021
*More details to be announced at a later date.
Official Site: https://hololive.hololivepro.com/
5 unreleased tracks are now available for download!
Kotobakaze – Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Kotobakaze
Wonderland – Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Wonderland
Step and Go!! Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Step_and_Go
Suki, Naichaisouda Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Suki_Naichaisoda
Seesaw Game: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Seesaw_Game
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!
Four New Members of NIJISANJI EN Debut, Group Called ‘Ethyria’
VTuber project NIJISANJI EN announced four new personalities joining the group on October 6, 2021. Called ‘Ethyria,’ the new members include Enna Alouette, Nina Kosaka, Reimu Endou, and Millie Parfait. A new song featuring the new personalities has also been released, along with member details.
Ethyria Debut Teaser
Ethyria Debut Special
Ethyria Debut MV
To celebrate the debut of the four new members, a special program titled TRANSFER STUDENTS?! NIJISANJI EN Ethyria VTuber Debut Program hosted by OBSYDIA was broadcast on the official NIJISANJI EN YouTube channel on October 9. During the show, the three members of OBSYDIA acted as MCs, and the Ethyria members had the chance to see their debut music video for the first time. Be sure to check out the song God Sees All, streaming now!
Category: Bird of Heaven
Description: A blue bird fluttering in the heavens. She sings a love song for all souls of the living.
Category: Fox of Heaven
Description: A nine-tailed fox that presides over the heavens. She wishes for all souls to be joyous on their long journey.
Category: Ghost of Darkness
Description: A ghost wandering in hell. The more she thinks of her beloved, the more sad and haunted she becomes.
Category: Cat of Darkness
Description: A monster cat creeping through hell. She’s a little aggressive, but she really just needs some attention.
NIJISANJI EN ‘Ethyria’
Debut Date: October 6, 2021
Official Site: https://nijisanji.ichikara.co.jp/
MAN WITH A MISSION Announces Two Consecutive New Albums
11.October.2021 | MUSIC
After three and half years, rock band MAN WITH A MISSION is back! The group’s new album, Break and Cross the Walls I, is set to release on November 24, 2021.
This will be the band’s sixth original album and is the first album since Chasing the Horizon was released on June 6, 2018. Fans have been anticipating a new drop from the group, and this ambitious work, conceived originally as a two-disc set, won’t disappoint. Instead of waiting until all tracks were complete, MAN WITH A MISSION has decided to release two consecutive albums instead. In an interview, the band stated that with people still suffering the effects of the pandemic, it was vital to provide fans with new music to raise their spirits as soon as possible. The second album, Break and Cross the Walls II, is scheduled to release next spring.
Break and Cross the Walls I will include 14 songs, including the popular track Merry-Go-Round which serves as the theme song for the anime series My Hero Academia. Fans will also recognize INTO THE DEEP, the theme for the Japanese release of the film Godzilla vs.Kong. Those buying the new album at specific stores will receive special bonus goods while supplies last.
MAN WITH A MISSION Presents Merry-Go-Round Tour 2021, the band’s first arena tour in two years, will start on November 30. The first day of the two-day event is titled ‘Day 1: Songs of Innocence,’ and will feature songs released between 2010 and 2013. The second day, ‘Day 2: Songs of Experience,’ will cover songs post-2013. A guest artist will also be performing an opening act, so be sure to stay up-to-date with more tour news to come!
MAN WITH A MISSION
Break and Cross the Walls I
Release Date: November 24, 2021
Official Site: https://www.mwamjapan.info/
Hololive Third Generation Members to Hold First Live Event at Tokyo Dome City Hall
The third-generation members of the globally popular VTuber group Hololive will hold their first-ever live event on November 25, 2021, at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Members Usada Pekora, Houshou Marine, Shiranui Flare, Shirogane Noel, and Uruha Rushia will take to the stage at the show, titled Fan Fun Island!
Tickets for those streaming the event online can now purchase tickets on either SPWN and Nico Nico Douga, and advanced tickets for those going to the venue are also on sale now. A number of exclusive goods will also be on sale, and those living outside of Japan will also be able to buy limited-edition merch on the English event site!
Hololive Fantasy 1st Live – Fan Fun Island
Date: November 25, 2021
Venue Opens at 17:00 / Stream Starts at 17:30 / Show Begins at 18:00
Location: Tokyo Dome City Hall
Official Site: https://fanfunisland.hololivepro.com/
Available: September 20, 2021 – December 25, 2021
Purchase from SPWN: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/21112501-jpfantasy
Nico Nico Douga Pay-per-View Tickets:
Available: September 20, 2021 – December 25, 2021
*An archived video of the performance will be immediately available after the show. Those purchasing a ticket can watch as many times as they wish until December 25, 2021 at 23:59.
VTuber Group Hololive Debuts New Ocean-Themed Unit #UMISEA
#UMISEA is here! Comprised of two members from Hololive and two members from Hololive English, the new group is bringing together members with ocean-themed characters, and on September 19, #UMISEA released their first original song titled Domination! All the World is an Ocean. The digital release can now be streamed on Spotify and other music platforms.
The group is comprised of Japanese members Minato Aqua and Houshou Marine, as well as Hololive English members Ninomae Ina’nis and Gawr Gura. The lyrics, composition, and arrangement for the group’s first song were provided by rising artist Camellia, and a short music video is now available to watch on Hololive’s official YouTube channel. Original UMISEA merchandise will also be available soon!
Character Design: Akasa Ai (@AkasaAi)
Character Design: Kuroboshi Kouhaku (@kuroboshi)
Character Design: Nachoneko (@amsrntk3)
We’re looking forward to seeing what UMISEA does in the future, and we can’t wait for more catchy tracks!
VTuber Group Hololive English Celebrates First Anniversary with Art Battle
26.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The popular VTuber group Hololive English is celebrating their first year of activities with a new contest! The hololive English Art Battle is now open on the art-sharing site pixiv, and entries from around the world are welcome. There will be five different stages in the illustration battle, one for each member of the first generation of hololiveEN talents. Those wanting to enter should submit their artwork using the appropriate contest tag, #hololiveENArt.
1st Stage: Mori Calliope
2ndStage: Takanashi Kiara
3rd Stage: Ninomae Ina’nis
4th Stage: Gawr Gura
5th Stage: Watson Amelia
Each day, the total number of artwork views will be tallied, and that number will ‘deal damage’ to each of the five bosses. When the HP of each stage hits zero, that stage will be counted as clear, and the next stage will begin! The reward for clearing all stages will be the release of the ‘hololive English x pixiv FAN ARTBOOK,’ a digital release that will be available to everyone. The ten best pieces submitted to each round will be posted on the official pixiv Twitter (@pixiv), so check them out!
In addition to the ten MVP awards per round, a special acrylic block featuring each member’s signature is also up for grabs! The members of hololiveEN will be choosing the winner, so give it your all.
Even if you aren’t an artist, be sure to check out the submitted illustrations to help whittle down the boss’s HP!
Enka Superstar Aki Yashiro Celebrating 50 Years in Showbiz at Shibuya PARCO
Shibuya PARCO is about to be hijacked by Enka singer Aki Yashiro! Celebrating 50 years since her major debut, the singer will transform Union Records Shibuya into Yashiro Records, and the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 will be sold exclusively at this location. The takeover begins September 25, the exact date of her debut.
Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 album jacket
Poster on the reverse side of booklet & Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 bonus: Original Bromide (2L-size)
Limited-edition 2G T-shirt: ¥7,500 (M/L sizes available)
Aki Kannon Deco-Truck
Aki Yashiro Best Hits 50
Aki Yashiro’s Best Hits – New Recordings and New Singles
The jackets for the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 and the 50th-anniversary Greatest Hits album were created by artist Keiichi Tanaami and photographer team TOKI, with art direction provided by Naohiro Ukawa. A number of limited-edition products featuring the new art will be sold at 2G on the second floor of Shibuya PARCO.
Aki Kannon, one of the more famous deco-trucks, will be parked on the first floor Park Avenue side of Shibuya PARCO for a limited time, from September 24-26.
Running: September 25 – October 3, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO B1F (Union Records Shibuya)
Official Site: https://shibuya.parco.jp/event/detail/?id=4143
Virtual Talent Kizuna Ai to Hold Global Online Fireworks Event
From her debut in 2016 until 2021, Kizuna Ai was the most subscribed VTuber on YouTube, and the one responsible for the term ‘Virtual YouTuber.’ Now, this legendary star will be holding a concert available to fans of Japanese culture around the world, while also showing off the beauty of a Japanese fireworks festival. The event will take place on Facebook’s Oculus, on the Venues app, on September 25, 2021 in Japan. Anyone who has an Oculus Quest can view the concert for free.
Oculus Venues is a VR video platform, allowing users to enjoy a variety of concerts, sporting events, and comedy shows from the front row. There’s no need to worry about grabbing expensive tickets or dealing with crowds when you can enjoy your favorite events from the comfort of your own home!
In January 2021, Kizuna Ai announced a contract with UTA (United Talent Agency), one of the four major agencies in the United States. In April and May, she went on her first virtual US tour. Under the theme of connecting with everyone in the world, Kizuna Ai is attempting this new challenge using Oculus to get closer to fans than ever before. As a guest artist, world-renowned performers HANABI will perform, blending traditional Japanese culture with cutting-edge technological art in this one-of-a-kind DJ-directed space.
Will you be tuning in to Kizuna Ai’s fireworks concert?
Kizuna Ai Virtual Fireworks Concert
Date: September 25, 2021, 12:00 (September 24, 20:00 PDT)
Where: Oculus Venues
Restream: To be streamed on YouTube (Date to be announced.)
Official Site: https://www.oculus.com/
TV Anime ‘SHOW BY ROCK!!’ Announces First Best-Of Album
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, band and music themed project ‘SHOW BY ROCK!!,’ which started in 2012, has announced that for the third part of the ‘Road to 2020!! Aim for 10 Years!! SHOW BY ROCK!! 5 Huge Projects!!’ campaign, a best-of album titled ‘SHOW BY ROCK!! BEST Selection!!’ featuring 69 songs from the anime will be released in 2022. The number was chosen because it sounds like the word “Rock” in Japanese.
In order to liven up the 10th anniversary, the fans have been asked to vote on which songs should appear on the upcoming album. The voting method and available song details have been released on the official SHOW BY ROCK!! YouTube channel on September 8.
The details will be announced in the ‘”SHOW BY ROCK!! Fes A Live” Official Live Broadcast 1.5th Anniversary Special Broadcast!’ so keep an eye out! Applicable songs include not just the theme and insert songs, but also the blue-ray bonus tracks and special bonus songs too!
“SHOW BY ROCK!! Fes A Live” Official Live Broadcast 1.5th Anniversary Special Broadcast!
The “A New Song♪ Make a Music Video with a Rocker!” project, which is one out of five major new projects, has lead to the production of Mashumairesh!!’ new song ‘TRIGGER LOCK,’ which will be released on CD on September 15 2021.
The First Edition copy includes the live-action music video for ‘TRIGGER LOCK,’ which was created with help from the fans through crowdfunding. Be sure to check it out! The coupling track “Introduction” was written by Mashumairesh!!’s Tono Hikaru (Howan), Natsuyoshi Yuko (Mashima Himeko), Watada Misaki (Delmin), and Yamane Aya (Ruhuyu), who challenged songwriting for the very first time.
For the second project, the fourth instalment of the ‘SHOW BY ROCK!!’ live musical, titled “SHOW BY ROCK!! -DO-KONJIFINGER” was performed at the Tennozu Galaxy Theatre between August 19 and 29. The show was hugely successful and closed with a curtain call. A Blu-ray edition has been announced, planned to include footage of the energetic cast along with the Chiakiraku Digest, the curtain call, backstage recordings, and a selection of footage from the YouTube show ‘Shobamyu Doko Kitahousoubu.’
You won’t want to miss out on all of this new and exciting content from ‘SHOW BY ROCK!!’ as it heads into its 10th anniversary.
©2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD. SHOWBYROCK!!製作委員会M
Road to 2020!! Aim for 10 Years!! SHOW BY ROCK!! 5 Huge Projects!!
Third Installment: ‘TV Anime “SHOW BY ROCK!!” BEST Selection!!’
Scheduled for release in Winter 2021.
Official site: http://showbyrock.com/
VTuber Agency Hololive Releasing Third Round of Merchandise on Gashapon Online
31.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hololive Productions, now a household name worldwide, has just released a new collection of rubber mascots based on some of its most popular VTuber talents. These are available on Bandai’s Gashapon Online, with sales beginning on August 24.
This third collection of adorable rubber mascot keyrings features Nekomata Okayu, Hoshimachi Suisei, Akai Haato, Nakiri Ayame, Shiranui Flare, Tsunomaki Watame, and Shishiro Botan.
Each mascot measures 7cm, one of the larger capsule products, and features an original illustration created exclusively for this release.
Prior to the release of these items in retail Gashapon machines scheduled for December, these Vtuber items are currently being sold at Gashapon Online. Items will be shipped in December.
Which member are you trying to get?
Hololive Rubber Mascot Series #3
Price: ¥500 per turn of the Gashapon
Launch Date: August 24, 2021
Gashapon Online: https://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000162993/
*Items will be shipped in December 2021.
5 New Members Debut Under EN VTuber Group Hololive English
22.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hololive Production has announced five new members to debut under the new English-speaking VTuber group Hololive English -Council- on August 17 2021.
Announcement PV #1
Announcement PV #2
The five new members are Tsukumo Sana, Ceres Fauna, Ouro Kronii, Nanashi Mumei, and Hakos Baelz. This special video was released to promote Hololive English -Council- on August 1.
The members’ Twitter accounts and YouTube channels have been opened, with activities starting soon. The first YouTube stream is scheduled to start on August 22 JST in a relay format.
A special preview video has been released to coincide with the announcement, shown in a story-based narrative for viewers to enjoy while they wait for the members’ debut streams.
The five members will be collaborating after their debut, so don’t miss it!
Tsukumo Sana （九十九佐命）
A member of the Council and the Speaker of “Space,” the first concept as created by the Gods.
After materializing on earth, Sana began searching for answers within astrology only to discover the Forbidden Truth, becoming an apostle of the Ancient Ones.
“Space” doesn’t just refer to the universe, but all dimensions and matter to exist. It is an endless concept, one that continues to expand eternally. Because of this, many of her actions cannot be explained by humans. However, to this she replies “Humanity just isn’t ready to understand,” contrasting her childli…. youthful appearance.
Character Design: pako (@pakosun)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 02:00 ~ 03:00 JST
Ceres Fauna （セレス・ファウナ）
A member of the Council and the Keeper of “Nature,” the second concept as created by the Gods.
She has manifested on earth as a Druid in order to save nature.
Fauna has Kirin blood flowing through her veins and horns. However, those horns are not those of a deer, instead made from the branches of a certain tree.
“Nature” refers to all organic matter on the planet excluding mankind.
It is told that her whispers, as Mother Nature, are filled with healing properties. Whether or not that is true is something only those who have heard them can tell.
While she is usually friendly, calm, and a little mischievous, those who oppose her will feel the wrath of nature.
Character Design: Tōsaka Asagi (@asagi_0398)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 03:30 ~ 04:30 JST
Ouro Kronii （オーロ・クロニー）
A member of the Council and the Warden of “Time,” the concept as created by the Gods.
To humans, this is the most distorted concept. It was by chance that she picked up the blade, but she found herself enjoying it. Humans cannot escape “Time” and very few humans even wish to be released from her prison.
Originally, the role of “Time” was to act as a cog between the other concepts. However, eventually, humans gave “Time” its own meanings with the sunrise and sunset, becoming trapped and empowering her.
While her quiet and cool personality is unchanged, she has since become prideful and sadistic over her prisoners.
Character Design: Wasa Aruk (@tsubuanfes)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 05:00 ~ 06:00 JST
Nanashi Mumei （七詩ムメイ）
A member of the Council and the Guardian of “Civilization,” a concept created by humanity.
She is a wise and skilled traveller who has seen, heard, and experienced so much that she wound up forgetting even her own name.
She was born from human will, separating her from the council members and other life forms.
“Civilization” is a man-made lifeform that demands wisdom. As Mumei was not created by the Gods, she was free to choose her own form, basing her appearance on the owl, an animal humans feel represents knowledge.
She is kind, wise, and hardworking, although her aura is said to be mysterious and somewhat pitiful. She claims to have felt lonely throughout her many years of travelling, making herself a friend out of the material that drove the development of civilization and mankind – paper.
“It may fade and tear, but a friend is always a friend…”
Character Design: Azure (@azure_0608_sub)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 06:30 ~ 07:30 (JST)
A member of the Council and the Guardian of “Chaos,” a concept created by the world.
She is the chairperson of the Council as commanded by the Gods, based on liberalism. However, both Baelz and the other members are truly convinced of her position, only obeying the Gods’ will. You mustn’t underestimate her mouse-like appearance, as mice are in fact known as harbingers of “Chaos.”
“Chaos” can be wild, fortunus, or even represent freedom.
With her dazzling grin, Baelz is never one to sit still, instead running around freely. She disagrees that rules are everything, descending upon the world with the intention of breaking them all.
She takes greatest pleasure in watching the aftermath of her destruction, often choosing to observe from the outside.
Character Design: Mika Pikazo (@MikaPikaZo)
Hololive English -議会-
YouTube Debut: August 22 2021, 08:00~
~ 09:00 JST
Official Site: https://www.hololive.tv/
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/