Virtual Unit Tacitly to Participate in YouTube Music Weekend Vol.4
Virtual duo Tacitly from NTT Docomo’s ‘Live Animation Heart X Algorhythm’ will be one of twelve participating VTubers appearing at YouTube Music Weekend Vol.4! This online event will take place from December 3 until December 5, and will feature a number of live performances to enjoy. The duo will also perform their new song Yume wo Mitte Ikiteiru for the first time on YouTube. Tacitly will appear on December 4 from 26:30 to 27:00 JST, so don’t miss it!
“My name is Atsu Mizuno, and I wrote the lyrics and composed the arrangement for Tacitly’s new song! I wanted to match the powerful yet delicate voices of the two members of the group and the incredible video by POPREQ. This time, I wrote about my own struggles with a weak heart and the wonderful friends that helped me become stronger. People can’t achieve anything when they are alone, and this song made me want to treasure my friends who believe in me so much. The last part is my favorite, so be sure to check it out. Thank you so much!”
“I’m POPREQ from Hurray! I directed the new music video.
When I heard Atsu Mizuno’s song, I envisioned the story she was telling and placed the members of Tacitly within it. It’s the story of two people living on the edge of a crowded city thinking that no one will ever understand them, until one day, they meet.
If we could only understand each other’s loneliness, beliefs, and way of life…
That’s what I was thinking about when I worked on this video.
I hope you enjoy it!”
Tacitly (Lilia & Ciel)
YouTube Music Weekend Vol.4
Dates: December 3 – December 5, 2021
Where to Watch: Participating artist’s YouTube Channels, YouTube Japan Official YouTube Channel:
YouTube Music Weekend Playlist
YouTube Music Weekend Midnight Playlist
Official Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjysNG2a2UgCBIpJxBqn3w
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/algorhythm_jp
Official Site: https://project-algorhythm.com/
Attack on Titan Anime Creators Discuss the Series in New YouTube Interview
07.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME
In a new interview posted to YouTube, Yuichiro Hayashi, the director of Attack on Titan The Final Season, and Yusuke Tannawa, the CG Producer and Screen Designer for the show, are discussing the series’ incredible success. Both creators also chat about the struggles they’ve faced during production, their relationship with the original manga creator Hajime Isayama, and much more.
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 – Yuichiro Hayashi (Director) × Yusuke Tannawa (CG Producer, Screen Design) Special Interview
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 is currently airing on NHK General each Sunday at 24:05. It is also available to stream on dTV, d Anime Store, GYAO!, Netflix, TELASA, Hikari TV, and Amazon Prime Video.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2
Airing on NHK General Sundays at 24:05
Streaming on dTV, d Anime Store, GYAO!, Netflix, TELASA, Hikari TV, and Amazon Prime Video
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Cover Song Project ‘CrosSing’ Launched Featuring Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, Akari Kito
05.March.2022 | MUSIC
The new cover song project ‘CrosSing- Music & Voice’ is live!
CrosSing brings together voice actors, anime song artists, VTubers, 2.5D actors, and other artists through music. The cast of the first season is featured in the channel teaser.
In addition to popular voice actors Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, and Akari Kito, the project also includes towana, vocalist of popular ani-song unit fhána. Toshiki Tateishi, active mainly in 2.5D stage plays and musicals, and VTuber Hal Shibuya will also be participating!
All of the songs featured in the project are tracks that personally mean something to the cast. The music will be available on YouTube and on streaming services, and those interested are asked to follow the project on Twitter and TikTok!
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAtnYTUVSA7eOUOwr-W6Z9A
Hello Kitty Releases Collaboration Video with YouTube’s Most-Watched Cat Mochimaru
On February 22, Hello Kitty released her first collaboration video with the popular YouTube channel Mochimaru Diary, which currently has over 1.6 million subscribers!
Mochimaru Diary follows the uneventful life of Mochimaru, a Scottish Fold, whose life is documented by his owner. The collaboration was planned as a celebration of Cat Day, which takes place in Japan on February 22.
In the video, Hello Kitty talks passionately about the 10 most adorable things about Mochimaru. Be sure to give it a watch!
Hello Kitty is a Mega-fan?! Video Highlights and Screencaps
Comment from Hello Kitty
I’ve been such a big fan of Mochimaru for so long, I can’t believe we finally get to collab~
We had a super happy day talking about all the things Mochi likes!
I’m a little embarrassed to be THIS excited, but I’m just so happy to bring everyone this video for Cat Day!
Give it a watch for me! ♡
©’22 SANRIO S/F・G 著作（株）サンリオ
Hello Kitty’s Official YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCyof-1Ko_jy2sOtivyTpc4Q
Eve to Hold Christmas Eve Live Stream on YouTube
23.December.2021 | MUSIC
Eve will hold a special live streaming event on YouTube on–you guessed it–Christmas Eve! The stream will run from 19:00 until 20:00 on December 24, 2021.
The stream is being held to celebrate over 3 million subscribers to Eve’s YouTube channel. During the event, he’ll go behind the scenes of the Yadorigi music video, as well as show the Live Film version of Inochi no Tabekata. There may also be a big announcement during the stream, so don’t miss it!
There will be no VOD for this event, so remember the date and time.
Eve on Christmas Eve – Live on YouTube
Date: December 24, 19:00-20:00
Streaming URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfQIqplyT7U
Details Revealed for World’s Largest Metaverse VR Event Virtual Market 2021
HIKKY has announced new information regarding those participating in Virtual Market 2021, a massive event taking place in the Metaverse starting this week. The first batch of exhibitors has been uploaded to the official website, including Lawson, SMBC Nikko Securities, and TV Asahi. Each company will offer unique virtual experiences that utilize the power of the Metaverse. Virtual Market 2021 has been formally recognized by Guinness World Records for ‘Most Booths at a Virtual Reality Market Event.’
When it rains in the real world, it also rains in the virtual city.
A ‘spatial timeline’ shows micro-information about both the real and virtual cities.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Metaverse City.’ Visitors will feel as if they have really traveled to Shibuya and Akihabara, with weather that mirrors the real world. Buildings will even grow as the number of visitors increases!
Virtual Market 2021
Dates: December 4 – December 19, 2021
Venue: Parareal Shibuya / Parareal Akihabara
Official Site: https://winter2021.vket.com/
Saki Ashizawa to Perform at SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland Event
29.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Saki Ashizawa, a member of the virtual music production company RIOT MUSIC, will perform at Sanrio’s first-ever event in the metaverse ‘SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland.’ The music and entertainment festival will take place on December 11 and 12, with Ashizawa taking the stage on December 12.
Chosen as the second artist to perform on the 12th, Ashizawa will appear during the B3: FUTURE STAGE, which will blend both kawaii and futuristic space elements. Fans can also look forward to the Saki Ashizawa x Badtz-Maru collaboration figures for sale at the event’s digital store.
With a sharp and aggressive voice filled with passion, Ashizawa’s performances are one-of-a-kind. Singing since before she can remember, she’s said that singing is now the only way she knows how to live. Initially singing for fun, after meeting her current producer, she realized that even if she wasn’t perfect she could still connect with people through her music. In 2020, she decided to go pro and joined RIOT MUSIC. She continues to perform to connect with the audience’s heart.
©‘21 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
Sanrio Puroland to Hold First Virtual Music Festival
Get ready for your trip to Virtual Sanrio Puroland! For the first time ever, Sanrio is teaming up with U.S. company VRChat for an entirely virtual music festival, SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland on December 11 and December 12, 2021. Guests will be able to enjoy the event using a VR Headset, a PC, or a smartphone.
The concert space will feature both live and virtual artists (VTubers), as well as popular Sanrio characters in a massive five-story underground space beneath Virtual Sanrio Puroland. Participants will also be able to transform their avatar into the Sanrio character of their choice during the event! High-fiving other concert-goers will result in an explosion of Hello Kitty bows, and there will be plenty of surprises during the music performances, so don’t miss it!
The lineup for the event includes Kizuna AI, Hatsune Miku+PinocchioP, AKB48(Team8), CHiCO with HoneyWorks, Haneru Inaba, Kaede Higuchi, KMNZ, VALSHE, Hakushi Hasegawa, YuNi, Pasocom Music Club, Mom, Megu Shinonome, AMOKA, Yukichi Kasaku/men, LAUSBUB, and Kinu. Plenty of Sanrio characters will also make appearances, including Hello Kitty, Cinnomoroll, Kuromi, Cogimyun, and Hapidanbui.
Who are you looking forward to seeing perform in this adorable virtual space?
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©AKB48 ©Kizuna AI ©BANDAI NAMCO Arts Inc. ©ANYCOLOR, Inc. Art by KEI ©Crypton Future Media, INC.
SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland
Dates: December 11 & 12, 2021
Stream Open at 15:00, Show airs from 17:00-22:00
Location: Virtual Sanrio Puroland
Official Site: https://v-Fes.sanrio.co.jp
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/
Popular YouTubers Uchira 3 Shimai Appear in New Visual for SPINNS 2021
03.September.2021 | FASHION
Apparel brand SPINNS has teamed up with popular YouTuber trio Uchira 3 Shimai for some new key visuals. The creators–Koma, Yura, and Toua– currently have over 490,000 followers, and have been taking Japan by storm with their genre-less and extremely original videos.
The inspiration for the visuals is self-love and acceptance. “It’s okay to like the real you. It’s also okay to want to be a little taller. What’s important is that you keep challenging yourself.” SPINNS 2021 brand slogan is ‘If you can change, you’re invincible.’
How do you like these new visuals? Do they inspire your individuality?
SPINNS 2021 Key Visual – Uchira 3 Shimai
Special Page: https://www.spinns.jp/feature/202108_uchira3shimai/?2
Uchira 3 Shimai YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRSThRrMDfxaXMVfpGODdww
Official Site: https://www.spinns.com/
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/
New YouTube Video Highlights Famous Evangelion Scenes in 11 Languages
On August 13, 2021, the fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time, was made available on Amazon Prime Video exclusively for Prime members. The service has also released Evangelion: 1.0 You are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
To commemorate the newest film’s worldwide streaming release, a new YouTube video is highlighting some of the most popular scenes from the Rebuild of Evangelion film series. Check out how the characters sound in 11 different languages! Be warned, it contains spoilers for the final film!
(The languages featured are: English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and the original Japanese.)
From hearing Shinji’s famed line ‘I mustn’t run away, I mustn’t run away’ in Japanese to hearing Kaworu utter “I’m looking forward to seeing you, Shinji Ikari,” in German, the trailer is full of memorable moments in its brief two minute and 35 second runtime, with classic lines delivered in ways audiences may have not heard them before. Fans of the series may be able to quickly discern which line is which, even hearing them spoken in a foreign language!
The final line is spoken by Shinji’s original English voice actor, Spike Spencer, bidding farewell to ‘all Evangelions.”
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time has made over ¥10.22 billion ($92.7 million) at the Japanese box office since it was released on March 8, 2021, making it the highest-grossing film in the series.
*Translations and video availability may vary by country.
Evangelion: 3.0 1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video (released August 13, 2021)
BEAMS Announces Virtual Sento Bath Experience at Virtual Market 6
BEAMS is set to have its own booth at Virtual Market 6 (Vket6) which will be hosted by HIKKY from August 14-28. At the BEAMS booth, they will be showcasing must-visit sento bathhouses. Vket is one of the biggest virtual events in the world, and uses Web to VR technology so you don’t need a VR headset, meaning people can access it simply by connecting via mobile, PC, or other smart device. This will be BEAMS’ second attendance at the event, and shop staff will appear inside as avatars.
Inside BEAMS ‘Recommended Sento 2021’ Booth at Vket 6
Inside BEAMS ‘Recommended Sento 2021’ Booth at Vket 6
Vket-chan wearing the free towel you get at the BEAMS booth
BEAMS is taking their ongoing ‘Recommended Sento 2021’ project, which is running at Kotobukiyu in Ueno, Tokyo, until September, to the virtual realm in a collaboration with COW BRAND SOAP. As well as collaboration merch, players can use Vket-chan’s 3D avatar and combine it with the free towel to bathe in the bath as her.
The virtual space is decorated with sento pictures illustrated by manga artist and calligrapher Mari Yamazaki. Users can also launch fireworks, and there are various Japanese summer-themed attractions.
The official Vket merchandise will be available on the Merch by Amazon service and can be shipped to Japan, the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Running: August 14, 2021 – August 28, 2021
Official Website: https://vket6.v-market.work/