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/
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!
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/
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 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/
New Characters Debuting In VTuber Group Aogiri High School
18.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Aogiri High School started in October 2018 when Minazuki Natauki and Otodama Tamako began their VTuber activities on Youtube, gaining over 150,000 subscribers. The members challenge a variety of genres, including singing, ASMR, drawing, and more.
New members have joined since the formation of Aogiri Gigh School, with Ishikari Akari joining in April 2019, Oshiro Mashiro in May 2020 and Yamaguro Nekuro in April 2021.
Now, Chiyoura Chiyomi and Kurikoma Komaru are the latest to make their debut at Aogiri High School.
Chiyoura Chiyomi (千代浦蝶美)
A first year student at Aogiri High School
She claims to have plenty of life experience, having been an announcer in her previous life.
She absolutely loves entertaining people and is known for her high energy.
Chiyoura dreams of performing on a big stage in front of a packed audience.
She joined Aogiri High School to achieve her dreams of becoming the greatest idol and sharing her funniness with the world.
Her first livestream will be held on her YouTube channel at 20:30 on August 12th at 21:00, with regular uploads due to start in mid-August.
YouTube: ちよみch. 千代浦蝶美 /あおぎり高校https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyY6YeINiwQoA-FnmdQCkug
Kurikoma Komaru (栗駒こまる)
A first year student at Aogiri High School.
She is devoted to bringing smiles and healing to her viewers through her creative daily activities.
She puts all of her energy into even the most last-minute of plans, with the motto “nothing beats hard work!”
Kurikoma joined Aogiri High School to follow her dream of animating her own original work.
Her first livestream will be held on her YouTube channel at 20:30 on August 14th at 20:30, with regular uploads due to start in mid-August.
・YouTube: こまるCh. – Komaru Kurikoma -/あおぎり高校
The group has also announced a new VTuber audition. As Aogiri High School’s motto says, “if it’s interesting then anything goes,” meaning all kinds of people can apply.
Make sure to keep an eye on Aogiri High School as the member list and momentum continues to grow!
Aogiri High School
Official YouTube Channel:
Audition Details: http://aogiri-hs.com/audition.html
Official Site: http://aogiri-hs.com/
VTuber Group NIJISANJI and Sanrio Characters Get Second Wave of Goods
ANYCOLOR, the management company behind the popular–and hectic– Vtuber group NIJISANJI, has begun sales of the second round of NIJISANJI x Sanrio Characters goods! Check out this adorable collection–which pieces are you hoping to get your hands on?
Rubber Straps, 5 Designs (Tsukino Mito/Shizuka Rin/Higuchi Kaede Set, Kanae/Kuzuha/Honma Himawari Set, Kenmochi Toya/Saegusa Akina/Fushimi Gaku Set, Sister Cleaire/Joe Rikiichi/Debidebi Debiru Set, Izumo Kasumi/Uzuki Kou/Suzuki Masaru Set): ¥2,000 each (Tax Included)
Slide-out Pill Case, 5 Designs (Tsukino Mito/Shizuka Rin/Higuchi Kaede Set, Kanae/Kuzuha/Honma Himawari Set, Kenmochi Toya/Saegusa Akina/Fushimi Gaku Set, Sister Cleaire/Joe Rikiichi/Debidebi Debiru Set, Izumo Kasumi/Uzuki Kou/Suzuki Masaru Set): ¥1,200 each (Tax Included)
Lunch Tote, 5 Designs (Tsukino Mito/Shizuka Rin/Higuchi Kaede Set, Kanae/Kuzuha/Honma Himawari Set, Kenmochi Toya/Saegusa Akina/Fushimi Gaku Set, Sister Cleaire/Joe Rikiichi/Debidebi Debiru Set, Izumo Kasumi/Uzuki Kou/Suzuki Masaru Set): ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Die Cut Cushion, 15 Designs (Tsukino Mito, Shizuka Rin, Higuchi Kaede, Kanae, Kuzuha, Honma Himawari, Kenmochi Toya, Saegusa Akina, Fushimi Gaku, Sister Cleaire, Joe Rikiichi, Debidebi Debiru, Izumo Kasumi, Uzuki Kou, Suzuki Masaru): ¥3,200 each (Tax Included)
Random Can Badge, 15 Designs (Tsukino Mito, Shizuka Rin, Higuchi Kaede, Kanae, Kuzuha, Honma Himawari, Kenmochi Toya, Saegusa Akina, Fushimi Gaku, Sister Cleaire, Joe Rikiichi, Debidebi Debiru, Izumo Kasumi, Uzuki Kou, Suzuki Masaru): ¥1,00 each (Tax Included)
These five pieces of merch make up the new collection, and cover a wide range of the many members of the NIJISANJI family! From Cinnamoroll to Keroppi, these must-have goods are going fast. Who would have thought that blending our favorite Sanrio characters with Vtubers would be such a perfect match?
NIJISANJI x Sanrio Characters Second Collab
Date Available: July 30, 2021
Ship Date: Late August 2021
NIJISANJI EN Debuts New Virtual YouTuber Group OBSYDIA
NIJISANJI EN announced the debut of the new three-member VTuber group OBSYDIA on their YouTube channel last week along with the group’s concept, profiles, and more.
The video reveals Rosemi Lovelock, SelenTatsuki, and Petra Gurin as the members of OBSYDIA. But what is each member about?
Category: Rose Maiden
Profile: A rose maiden raised in a beautiful garden. Pretty as a rose in a vase, but a little sharp to the touch.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rosemi_Lovelock
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4WvIIAo89_AzGUh1AZ6Dkg
Category: Lunar Sky Dragon
Profile: A sky dragon descended from the moon. She has a gentle heart hidden underneath her mischievous nature, like the glow of the moon on a cloudy night.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Selen_Tatsuki
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV1xUwfM2v2oBtT3JNvic3w
Category: Frost Penguin
Profile: A penguin who spent much time alone in the frosty sea. Like the waves during a storm, she is the bearer of both complexity and charm.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Petra_Gurin
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA2jKRkqpY_8eysPUs8sjw
A special program streamed via NIJISANJI EN’s official YouTube channel on Sunday to promote the debut of OBSYDIA. The group also released a music video for their debut track Black Out. Check both videos out below.
Breaking News! NIJISANJI EN「OBSYDIA」VTuber Debut Special Program | Hosted by LazuLight
OBSYDIA – Black Out (Official Music Video)
Official Website: https://www.nijisanji.jp/en
Hololive x Atre Akihabara Merchandise Collection Revealed
Virtual YouTuber talent agency Hololive Production is set to release a new exclusive collection at Atre Akihabara in Tokyo on August 1.
Acrylic Panel / B2 Tapestries / Acrylic Chibi Figures
Big Silhouette T-Shirts / Holostars T-Shirt / Key Visual Graphic T-Shirt
Key Visual Acrylic Panel
Chibi Character Illustration Acrylic Figures
hololy Photo Contest
Hololive fans can get their hands on merchandise of all their favourite VTubers with this collection that will be sold exclusively at Atre Akihabara. To promote the collection, giant poster will be plastered up outside and around Atre Akihabara, with a giant one at the north entrance 3D illustrations at the south entrance. And for every ¥500 spent in a single transaction on the items, fans will receive a free character card.
Hololive Summer Festival x Atre Akihabara
Running: August 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Locations: Atre Akihabara 1 (1-17-6 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) / Atre Akihabara 2 (1-9 Kanda Hanaokucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Book Slot: http://hololive-summerfes.com/
Hololive’s Virtual YouTubers Minato Aqua and Shishiro Botan to Participate in Red Bull 5G
20.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME
For this year’s Red Bull 5G, Hololive Vtubers Minato Aqua and Shishiro Botan will participate as official Red Bull Virtual Ambassadors, a position they received last month. To promote the event, Lawson are running a campaign from July 20 to August 9 where you can get your hands on exclusive items, win an invitation to Red Bull 5G, and more.
The Prize List
Prize: Red Bull 5G Content Experience & Special Invitation to Attend | Conditions: Buy 6 Cans | Amount: 20 People
Prize: Red Bull 5G Original Hyper X Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset | Conditions: Buy 4 Cans | Amount: 100 People
Prizes: In-Game Items (See List Below) | Conditions: Buy 2 Cans | Amount: 2,150 People
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2021 SEASON UPDATE eFootball Original Tote Bag (Amount: 50 People)
Gran Turismo SPORT PlayStation®4 Red Bull X2019 Competition In-Game Download Voucher Code (Amount: 1,000 People)
Tekken 7 Original Arcade Controller Leather Balls & Buttons (Amount: 50 People)
Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® 2 Original Bead Cushion (Amount: 50 People)
Mahjong Soul Web & Android Original In-Game Item (Amount: 1,000 People)
While the prizes listed so far are limited to a certain amount of people, those who buy two cans in Japan after signing up are guaranteed to win exclusive wallpapers (pictured above) and voice notifications of inato Aqua and Shishiro Botan.
Red Bull 5G Lawson Campaign
Running: July 20, 2021 – August 9, 2021
Participating Stores: Lawson (exclusive Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100)
Applicable Products: Red Bull Energy Drink (250ml / 355ml), Red Bull Sugar Free (20ml), Red Bull Energy Drink White Edition (250ml), Red Bull Energy Drink Purple Edition (250ml), Red Bull Energy Drink Aluminium Bottle (330ml)
*Website available July 20 – November 30