Kizuna Ai Opens Applications for Final Concert Performers Prior to Hiatus

07.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

On December 4, 2021, Kizuna Ai announced that she would be going on indefinite hiatus. Prior to her ‘sleep,’  the VTuber will hold her final online live event, ‘Kizuna AI The Last Live “hello, world 2022” on February 26, 2022. For those wanting to participate in the show, applications are now open!

 

Ai would like the performance to be held with as many people as possible–not only those who are active as VTubers, but also those who are interested in being active in the virtual space. And, of course, those who have supported her over the past five years!


Be sure to tune in to this final performance filled with virtual talent!

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    18.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The NIJISANJI FANTASIA Day 2 event will be held at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on January 23, 2022, and will feature many of the company’s most popular male VTubers. Ahead of the concert, the eight participating members have released comments regarding their matching costumes for the event. General ticket and online ticket information have also been announced!

     

    While many members of NIJISANJI have performed on stage before, this is the first time that all 16 male and female performers will be dressed in matching costumes. Although the costumes are all the same, each performer will be wearing something personalized to make them stand out and to keep their uniqueness and individuality.

     


    Check out the member’s motifs and comments below! 

     

    Merchandise

    S-seat Bonus: Acrylic Panel with Autographs / PlayPic Card with Voice Messages from the Performers

     

    Performer Comments on Matching Costumes

     

    Touya Kenmochi

     

    Individual Motif: A dagger at his hip


    Comment
    “I’ve finally got a real sword! I’m not the same person I was yesterday. Please enjoy the show!”

     

    Kanae

    Individual Motif:  An angel wing hair decoration

     

    Comment
    “When I first saw these matching costumes, everything felt real. I thought they were so gorgeous!
    For my individual motif, I chose a stylish angel wing hair decoration. 
    I made sure that my dancing looked cool and that the audience could really see my legs, so enjoy the show!”

     

    Hayato Kagami

    Individual Motif: Lapel Pins on his chest

     

    Comment
    “Thank you so much for this incredible outfit! Being true to my usual self, I’m ready to venture onstage with my usual lapel pins. (I took off my earrings in the key visual because I was afraid they’d get caught, but I promise I’ll be brave enough to wear them in the show!”)

     

    Kakeru Yumeoi

    Individual Motif: Bodypaint print on his left arm 


    Comment
    “I chose the bodypaint motif as a sign of love and peace, and a symbol of our passion for the songs we sing at our concerts. I hope you enjoy the costumes, and I hope you enjoy the show!”

     

    Akina Saegusa

    Individual Motif: An everyday accessory around his shoulders

     

    Comment
    “I really love this costume because it’s sparkly and glamourous, but it also has elements of what I usually wear!!!”

     

    Kou Uzuki

    Individual Motif: A crown

     

    Comment
    “I imagined myself as a king who would soon be standing on a massive stage. I’ve participated in the VTuber King Ranking in the past, but now I’m ready to go for the gold in this contest of music!”

     

    Shellin Burgundy

    Individual Motif: A rose on his chest


    Comment
    “This is my first time singing on stage, and I hope to be as gorgeous and mesmerizing as the rose upon my chest! Let’s raise our voices!!”
     

     

    Kizuku Yashiro

    Individual Motif: A gold nameplate on his chest


    Comment
    “This gold nameplate signifies that I’m operating at a higher state of combat power than usual.”

  • VTuber Group Hololive to Hold Second Collaboration with Joypolis for Lovely Party Event

    12.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    VTuber group Hololive is holding a limited-time collaboration event with Tokyo Joypolis, an indoor theme park in Daiba, from January 7 until February 27, 2022. The Lovely Party event is the second collaboration between the two. 

     

    Collaboration Ticket with Bonus

     

    Collaboration Goods

     

    ※The acrylic stands and tapestries will go on sale on different dates. 

     

    Collaboration Menu

     

     

    The first collaboration between Hololive and Joypolis took place in January 2021 and was met with huge success. For 2022, Roboco-san and the group’s second generation will take part in the festivities!

     

    Collaboration merchandise will also be available to order at the Marui Anime Online Shop after the event concludes.

     

    In addition to attraction collaborations and event-only goods with newly-drawn designs, the Frame Cafe will offer a special menu inspired by these select Hololive members. Those ordering drinks will receive clear coasters featuring their favorite VTubers! A birthday project will be held for Yuzuki Choco, who is celebrating her special day on February 14. 

     

    Tickets bought during the event period will include a bonus case. These are available in eight different designs.

  • VTuber Group NIJISANJII Announces Apparel Collaboration with E-zakka mania Stores

    10.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    VTuber Group NIJISANJI is collaborating with women’s apparel site E-zakka mania for a new collection of merchandise! The collection is now available.

     

    Flower Pattern Pants

    Flower Pattern Tote Bag

    Casual T-shirt

    Uniform T-shirt

     Message Towel

    Soccer Field Towel

    Member Towel

    3-piece Outfit Set



    A variety of merchandise featuring six NIJISANJI members (Saegusa Akina, Mayuzumi Kai, Minato Fuwa, Shellin Burgundy, Ibrahim, Kanda Shouichi) will be available!

  • NIJISANJI EN Announces Luxiem Male VTuber Group, New Song

    24.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    VTuber collective NIJISANJI EN has announced five new male talents debuting under the group name ‘Luxiem.’ The members began making their debuts on December 17, 2022.

     

    Luxiem Debut Teaser Trailer

     

    Members include Ike Eveland, Mysta Rias, Vox Akuma, Luca Kaneshiro, and Shu Yamino. Each talent’s social media outlets and YouTube channels were launched sequentially, and to celebrate their debut, their song Hope in the Dark is now streaming. The track was produced by ChibaNyan, and a music video is available on the Official NIJISANJI English YouTube channel.

     

    Luxiem Members

     

     Ike Eveland

    Category: Novelist
    Profile:
    A cool novelist who becomes a totally different person when an idea for his next work pops into his head.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ike_Eveland 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4yNIKGvy-YUrwYupVdLDXA 

     

    Mysta Rias

    Category: Detective
    Profile:
    Known for his eccentric nature, this detective has keen deduction skills that make him a natural-born genius.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mysta_Rias 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIM92Ok_spNKLVB5TsgwseQ 

     

    Vox Akuma

    Category: Demon
    Profile:
    A deep-voiced demon with great power, Vox is confident with his superhuman abilities. He also loves his loyal followers.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vox_Akuma 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCckdfYDGrjojJM28n5SHYrA 

     


    Luca Kaneshiro

    Category: Mafia
    Profile:
    A mafia boss who has a slight temper, Luca is always ready to fight, whether to show his strength or defend the weak.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Luca_Kaneshiro 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Gb7Uawe20QyFibhLl1lzA 


    Shu Yamino

    Category: Sorcerer
    Profile:
    A kind-hearted sorcerer with mysterious abilities, Shu is a force not to be messed with or underestimated.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shu_Yamino 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0rzBZV_QMP4MtWg6IjhEA 

     

  • Hololive Debuts Sixth Generation of VTuber Talent, Secret Society holoX

    09.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The sixth generation of Hololive VTubers have officially debuted! ‘Secret Society holoX’ features five new members: La+Darkness, Takane Lui, Haiku Koyori, Sakamata Chloe, and Kazama Iroha. 

     

     

    [The Founder] La+Darkness

    The one who established Secret Society holoX. Originally known for her vast power and intelligence, most of that is now sealed away. She is vaguely aware of the debilitating nature of her shackles but doesn’t remember how they got there. 

     

    Character Designer: Kurone Mishima (@mishima_kurone)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCENwRMx5Yh42zWpzURebzTw

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaplusDarknesss

     

    [The Manager] Takane Lui

    The executive officer of the group. As holoX’s point of contact and the one in charge of external affairs, she acts as more of the leader of the group and handles things that La+Darkness cannot. While she seems standoffish at first glance, she’s very compassionate and cares for her subordinates. 

    Character Designer: kakage (@kakage0904)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs9_O1tRPMQTHQ-N_L6FU2g

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/takanelui

     

    [The Researcher] Haiku Koyori

    In charge of research and development, she studies human behavior and tends to meddle in the other members’ affairs. She loves helping people and has a thirst for knowledge. Sometimes, she messes with people on purpose just to see how they react. 

     

    Character Designer: momoco (@momoco_haru)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6eWCld0KwmyHFbAqK3V-Rw

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hakuikoyori

     

    [The Cleaner] Sakamata Chloe

    An intern who acts as a fixer and cleaner. Calm and composed, she carries out her orders without question. She loves music, and though she denies it, she occasionally lets people catch a glimpse of her real thoughts beneath her tough facade. 

     

    Character Designer: Parsley (@Parsley_F)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIBY1ollUsauvVi4hW4cumw

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sakamatachloe

     

    [The Bodyguard] Kazama Iroha

    The protector of the group, she comes from a remote mountainous area and left her home behind on a journey to see the outside world. She keeps the other members safe from threats and is proud of the holoX’s insurance policy. 

     

    Character Designer: Umibouzu (@bouzumi_)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_vMYWcDjmfdpH6r4TTn1MQ

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kazamairohach

     

  • 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!

     

    Maru Nanamona


    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)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOg01LJmZF9UnwFbly73CVw

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanamona_mr

     

    Hitoshiro Itsuki

    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)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi3aT9cC6YyC0BnOpm2XBEw

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsuki_htsr

     

     

    Kagase Uno

    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)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLfAsY3iMUAF2vvDxvIjymQ

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/uno_kgs

     

     

    Alba Sera

    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)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvXsXmpMKthJuX8XHbsnOjQ

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sera_alb


     

     

    Kashi Otoha


    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)

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYcnLc0n1ryBDZeGWQTVJ_g

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/otoha_ks

     

     

  • All-Male NIJISANJI Unit ROF-MAO Releases First Original Song

    24.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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

    18.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC / SPOT

    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. 

     

    Performers

     

    Kyo Hanabasami

     

    Mashiro Ayano

     

    Muon Otonashi

     

    Sifar  

     

    mimiQ_Lyric 

     

    DJ TAMU

     

    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?

  • Hololive VTuber Tokino Sora’s Solo Concert to be Streamed in Theaters and Online

    10.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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

    Merchandise

     

    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!

  • VTuber Group NIJISANJI to Celebrate Four Years with 2-Day FANTASIA Event

    09.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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?

  • Sanrio Puroland to Hold First Virtual Music Festival

    08.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FES / MUSIC

    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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  • VTuber Group NIJISANJI Announces New Unit ROF-MAO, New Regular Program

    01.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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. 

     

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