VTuber Group Hololive Reveals New Unit ‘ORIO,’ Group Releases First Single
11.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
The Hololive VTuber collective has revealed a new unit! Kanata Amane and Toyokami Towahave formed the unit ORIO, releasing their first single Over Time on May 2, 2022.
Some of Hololive’s female VTubers are a part of the Hololive IDOL PROJECT, singing and posting videos on YouTube and even holding live concerts. On February 17, 2021, Hololive IDOL PROJECT held its first concert ‘Bloom’ in which the talents performed only original songs. On April 21, 2021, the talents released their first full-length album Bouquet.
Over Time, the first single by ORIO, is now available on streaming services. The pair’s unit name was announced during the recorded session of Hololive Idol Road Radio earlier this month.
The new song was written by Kana Yaginuma and composed and arranged by Kazuki Satou.
Over Time will be used as the ending theme to the May episode of ‘Hololive IDOL PROJECT presents Hololive Idol Project Radio ~Listen to Our Songs!’
An angel from the Celestial Academy. She is now studying how to heal people.
To hide her shyness, she pretends to be cool.
Character Design: Oshioshio (@oshioshio_info)
A young devil who is visiting human society to gain experience and develop her skills. But instead of studying, she became addicted to video games!
After learning about a tool for communicating with humans called “streaming,” she’s trying it out to help with her studies.
Character Design: rurudo (@rurudo_)
Over Time – ORIO
Streaming Links: https://cover.lnk.to/OverTime
VTuber Group ester eight Debuts 5th Pre-Debut Single ‘BUZZ,’ Member Comments Released
26.February.2023 | Uncategorized
The rookie vocal VTuber group ester eight released their fifth pre-release single BUZZ on all major streaming services on February 22.
Written, composed, and arranged by Hi-ra, the track is a highly danceable song blending J-pop and EDM, revealing a new side of the up-and-coming group.
ester eight will soon make its major label debut. The song is a means to increase their buzz before moving on to the next stage of their careers.
Original goods will be released to commemorate the new track, and a YouTube Live will be held on February 25.
Check out new comments from the members below!
“I’m just so incredibly happy. At the same time, I know that our responsibilities and expectations will only continue to increase day by day. BUZZ has a bit of a hip-hop feel, which is super refreshing. Each member really shows off their personality and role, so we hope you can feel ester eight’s potential. Listen to it a ton, please!”
“ester eight’s fifth single is called BUZZ!! It’s a low-pitched, groovy song that really shows off how sexy the members can be. Listen to it as much as you can and make sure you generate some BUZZ for us!”
“Our fifth original song is finally here! Another complete change from the previous songs– just how much potential does ester eight have?! Please listen and have a ton of fun with it! Buzz it buzz it…buzz it buzz it…!!!”
“BUZZ is ester eight’s fifth original song. It’s a sexy song with a little bit of a dark vibe, so please be sure to check it out!”
“Our fifth original song is BUZZ. It has a totally different atmosphere from the previous four songs we’ve released and it really highlights the cool and dark side of our group. Be sure to listen!”
“BUZZ, our fifth original song, has been released! This is your chance to see an entirely different side of us, so be sure to listen to this super cool track!”
Our fifth pre-debut song, BUZZ, is here!! It’s a drastic change from our past songs, and I think you’ll finally see how cool we can really be! This track really pushes the limit, so I hope everyone will give it a listen!”
“Our fifth single BUZZ is a fast and furious gung-ho, boom-boom, flashy track that you won’t want to stop listening to! By the way, I performed the sexy, cute, and cool role again this time. Huh? You don’t know what I mean? Listen and you’ll find out!”
Kashi Otoha from VTuber Project VERSEⁿ to Release New Single ‘Signal’
13.February.2023 | MUSIC
VERSEⁿ is a VTuber project that travels through various stories. Through cross-media content such as live streaming, anime, music, illustrations, novels, and manga, the project aims to weave a story of the past, present, and future of the VERSEⁿ world together for fans.
Late last year, VTuber Kashi Otoha announced during a live broadcast that a new song was in production to commemorate her 100,000th subscriber.
Otoha’s new single Signal will be released digitally on February 15. The track was composed and written by Uztama, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and composer.
An iTunes download campaign is also underway to commemorate the song’s release. Those who preorder Signal on iTunes between February 8 and February 14 will receive an original standby screen image with a comment from Kashi Otoha herself.
Signal – Kashi Otoha
Digital Release: February 15, 2023
Submission Period: February 8 – February 14, 23:59
Submission Eligibility: Those who preorder Signal on iTunes within the above time period are eligible.
How to Enter: Fill out the application form and attach a screenshot showing the purchase screen.
Submission form: https://www.sonymusic.co.jp/event/103084
*The gift will be sent out after the campaign ends.
VTuber Hoshimachi Suisei Releases Long-Awaited 2nd Album ‘Specter’
01.February.2023 | MUSIC
Hoshimachi Suisei, a popular member of the Hololive VTuber group, released her long-awaited second album Specter on January 25, 2023. The album is available for purchase on CD and digitally.
On January 20, Suisei performed her song Stellar Stellar on the YouTube channel THE FIRST TAKE, making her the first VTuber to do so. The video trended worldwide, pulling in over 160,000 views during its premiere and over 5 million views within three days.
Suisei’s first album, Still Still Stellar, was released in September 2021. It reached the top spot on numerous charts including the Oricon Weekly Digital Album Ranking and the Billboard JAPAN Downloaded Albums Ranking.
This second album contains 11 songs written by several incredible creators including Ayase, Jin, Tomoya Tabuchi, Nanahoshi Orchestra, and more!
A forever 18 VTuber who deeply loves singing and idols. Her dream is to one day hold a live concert at Nippon Budokan.
With 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube and over 1.1 million followers on Twitter, she’s a true star on the rise.
VTuber Group NIJISANJI EN to Hold First Live Event in April 2023
31.January.2023 | MUSIC
In May 2021, the NIJISANJI EN project appeared as a part of the overall umbrella of NIJISANJI VTubers. This April, these English-speaking talents will hold their first live event titled COLORS. A total of 19 performers will appear on April 8 and 9, with the Pastel Stage being held on the 8th and the Vivid Stage being held on the 9th. Don’t miss these fully 3D AR performances!
Online tickets are on sale now, and fans can buy tickets for either a single day or the full two days. The performances can be watched as many times as you like during the viewing period, and the first part of the event will be broadcast for free on YouTube and Nico Nico Live.
COLORS (NIJISANJI EN AR LIVE) – Pastel Stage & Vivid Stage
April 8, 2023 at 12:00JST (Pastel Stage)
April 9, 2023 at 12:00JST (Vivid Stage)
Performer Details and Ticket Info: https://event.nijisanji.app/EN_COLORS
Hololive and DECO*27 Music Project holo*27 to Release Albums, Music Video for Lip-Sync Unveiled
24.December.2022 | MUSIC
holo*27, a new music project collaboration between Hololive and DECO*27, has announced two upcoming albums! VIA/TOY’S FACTORY will release holo*27 Originals Vol. 1 and holo*27 Covers Vol. 1 on March 15, 2023.
Lip-Sync / Murasaki Shion x La+ Darkness Music Video
The music video for Lip-Sync featuring VTubers Murasaki Shion and La+ Darkness was also released on December 20, 2022. The hard-hitting drum ‘n bass track features incredible lyrics by DECO*27 and rap portions from both La+ and Shion.
holo*27 Originals Vol.1 features ten new tracks by DECO*27, while holo*27 Covers Vol.1 features ten covers of classic DECO*27 tracks by Hololive VTubers. The limited edition release will come with an exclusive shoulder bag only available with this product.
In addition, holo*27 Vol.1 Special Edition will also be released including both albums, a special art booklet, and exclusive goods.
The jacket artwork for the original album was provided by Miyoshi Yoshimi, while the art for the cover album was created by Omutatsu.
The Hololive talents participating in this album include Tokino Sora, Sakura Miko, Hoshimachi Suisei, Yozora Mel, Murasaki Shion, Nakiri Ayame, Yuzuki Choco, Ookami Mio, Nekomata Okayu, Usada Pekora, Shiranui Flare, Kanata Amane, Himemori Luna, Yukihana Lamy, La+ Darkness, Takane Lui, Hakui Koyori, Sakamata Chloe, Kazama Iroha, Moona Hoshinova, Airani Iofifteen, Kureiji Ollie, Takanashi Kiara, Mori Calliope, Gawr Gura, Nanashi Mumei, and Hakos Baelz.
holo*27 Originals Vol.1 / holo*27 Covers Vol.1
Release Date: March 15, 2023
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/holo27_info
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holo27_info/
Yukihana Lamy from VTuber Group Hololive Releases Sake in Collaboration with Meiri Shurui
19.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
A special version of the Daiginjo Yuki Yatsuki, a tasty sake, is coming soon. The beverage is being developed as part of Lamy’s Sake Making Project by Yukihana Lamy, a VTuber belonging to the Hololive, along with Meiri Shurui, a sake brewery in Ibaraki Prefecture. The sake will go on sale at Meiri Shurui’s website starting December 16 at 17:00.
This special version of the sake was made to celebrate the company’s Bronze Medal at the IWC 2022. The rice used is Yamada Nishiki and Miyasaka with a polish ratio of 48%, and the M310 yeast helps express a light and easy-drinking flavor while maintaining a fruity aroma.
The IWC (International Wine Challenge) is the world’s largest and most prestigious wine and sake competition, taking place each year in London.
Yuki Yatsuki Season 3 Celebration Model
The label features a new design by Abaraheiki, who Lamy loves. The illustration shows the VTuber wearing a crimson dress ready to attend the award ceremony. The box is also decorated with a bronze medal, which only IWC award winners are allowed to wear.
Enjoy this special beverage with your friends and family this holiday season!
Hololive’s 5th Generation’s blue rep, Yukihana Lamy!
The daughter of a noble family from a distant, snowy land. She decided to leave her home, along with her companion Daifuku, after Hololive’s streams full of fun and color touched her heart. Her serious personality belies her naive, sheltered nature.
Yuki Yatsuki Season 3 Celebration Model
Release Date: December 16, 2022 at 17:00
■Available from Meiri Shurui’s website
Hololive’s Secret Society holoX Celebrates First Anniversary with Streaming Event
23.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The female VTuber group holoX, part of Hololive, is celebrating its first anniversary with a special stream relay!
A new key visual celebrating the group’s huge milestone has also been released, created by Rei Hiroe, the artist of Black Lagoon. The members will also take part in a stream relay over the course of five days, and fans can look forward to information about new merchandise!
Each stream will highlight the individual member’s personality and talents and the girls will be showing off their idol costumes for the first time.
1st Anniversary Streaming Relay
Date: November 26, 2022
Streaming Channel: Laplus ch. -holoX-
Date: November 27, 2022
Streaming Channel: Lui ch. -holoX-
Date: November 28, 2022
Streaming Channel: Koyori ch. -holoX-
Date: November 29, 2022
Streaming Channel: Chloe ch. -holoX-
Date: November 30, 2022
Streaming Channel: Iroha ch. -holoX-
On December 4, a stream featuring all five members will be streamed on the official Hololive YouTube channel. The holoX girls will perform a mini-concert dressed in their new idol costumes and more merch info will be announced, so be sure not to miss it!
Secret Society holoX Group Stream
Date: December 4, 2022
Where to Watch: Hololive on YouTube
Official Site: https://hololive.hololivepro.com/
VTuber Idol Group UNI Mello Releases Digital Single ‘YOUTOPIA’
27.October.2022 | MUSIC
The virtual idol group UNI MELLO released its first original song, Find out SHANGRI-LA, in September. On October 26, the members released a second digital single titled YOUTUPIA on all major streaming services.
UNI Mello consists of seven members: Kaede, Sekai, You, Amane, Tomoka, Shirafuji, and Shun. Each has a unique hobby and skillset, and the members have continued to grow over the past six months. On the UNI Mello YouTube channel, the members have continuously posted singing videos, as well as daily streams.
YOUTOPIA tells the story of a normal day that becomes special when you’re with the one you love. It’s a love song filled with gratitude and joy, perfect for when your day needs a pick-me-up. The First Fan Meeting event will be held on November 27, so fans of UNI Mello will want to keep an eye out for more details.
Be sure to keep an eye on what UNI Mello does next by following the group on social media and on YouTube!
YOUTOPIA (Digital Single)
Release Date: October 26, 2022
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/YOUTOPIA
Official Site: https://unimello.com/
Hololive VTuber Shirakami Fubuki Appointed “Lifesaving Supporter” by the Japan AED Foundation
12.October.2022 | BUSINESS
Shirakami Fubuki, a popular member of the VTuber group Hololive, has been appointed as a Lifesaving Supporter in the Japan AED Foundation’s team ASUKA.
The collaboration aims to stress the importance of AEDs, which can be used to stop sudden cardiac arrest. A newly-drawn illustration of Fubuki is being used to promote this important crossover, which will be found in leaflets, gacha machines, and online training course certificates, as well as on the official website and social media. More details about the collab will be announced in a video scheduled to be released on October 14.
Shirakami Fubuki’s Lifesaving Supporter Tenure
Term Period: October 14, 2022 – March 31, 2023
Japan AED Foundation Website: https://aed-zaidan.jp/project/index.html
Hololive VTubers to Collaborate with RED° TOKYO TOWER for Collaboration Event
06.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
From November 3 until November 27, fans of Hololive will want to visit Tokyo Tower! The iconic location will host a collaboration with several popular VTubers at RED° TOKYO TOWER, the largest esports park in Japan. Usada Pekora, Shirogane Noel, Shishiro Botan, and Sakamata Chloe will take part in the collab, and during the event, a special video will be shown on a giant 15-meter LED monitor inside the complex. A special food and drink menu will also offer up goodies based on the girls themselves, and fans will find original merchandise showing the talents in casino costumes and bathrobes.
Visitors can play poker with special collaboration chips, and visitors to the RED° E-SAUNA UENO, which will be running concurrently, can snag original sauna hats and towels before relaxing in a private sauna room with life-size panels of the Hololive members. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so don’t miss out!
Hololive x RED° TOKYO TOWER Collaboration
Venue: RED° TOKYO TOWER
Running: November 3 – November 27, 2022
Address: Tokyo Tower FOOT TOWN, 3F-5F (4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://tokyotower.red-brand.jp/
VTuber Shibuya HAL Releases Music Video for The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting Ending Theme
01.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
VTuber Shibuya HAL has released the music video for Kaerimichi no Iro, the ending theme for the anime series The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting. The final episode of the series aired on September 22, 2022. This is Shibuya HAL’s first single to be used for an anime tie-in!
The music video is incredibly peaceful, with the visuals drenched by the orange glow of a setting sun. It features a new illustration of the VTuber by Tsukiya, the original author of The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting. Fans will recognize live-action street scenes from Shibuya, and an incredible amount of detail in this new release!
Music Video: https://youtu.be/ZvOqFiiIPCI
The anime series The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting has become incredibly popular with audiences around the world, and all 12 episodes are currently available to stream. Be sure to check out the manga series in Comic ELMO!
Kaerimichi no Iro
Release Date: August 31, 2022
VTuber Collective Hololive Collaborates with Popular Game Among Us for a Limited Time
27.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Popular VTubers from Hololive Productions are collaborating with the multiplayer online game Among Us for a limited time! The collab began on September 21, 2022.
30 special collaboration skins featuring Hololive personalities are now available in the game. Along with these, players can snag hats and visors! These can be purchased in-game and unlocked through gameplay. The Collaboration Cosmicubes will be available for purchase for three months, so get yours while you can!
The company is also planning on selling real-life collaborative goods to commemorate the event, so keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
Hololive Production x Among Us Limited Time Collaboration
Start Date: September 21, 2022
Hololive Production Official Site: https://www.hololive.tv/