Hololive VTubers Announce Hololive Summer Event and Comiket Appearance

21.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME

The Hololive Summer event, first held in the summer of 2019, will return this year! 


A ton of new content and special panels will be shown at the 2022 event, so check the official Hololive Production Twitter account often for more information!

 

Hololive will also have a booth at this year’s Comiket on August 13 and 14! A number of exclusive commemorative Hololive Summer 2022 goods will be on sale.

 

The back cover of the Comiket 100 catalog, on sale July 16, shows the official Hololive Summer 2022 key visual. Be sure to keep an eye out for more details!

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    Space Soda

    Melon Milk

    Space Crane Game Cider / Grape Juice

    Hot Tea / Hot Milk

     

     

    Goods

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    VOLTACTION

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    Age: 20
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    Age: 21
    Height: 174cm

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    Age: 20
    Height: 186cm

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    Pin (9 varieties, random)

     

    Purchase Bonus – Shopping Bag

     

     

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    Kokoro Amamiya

     

    SisterClaire

     

    Kizuku Yashiro

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    Photo Spot Transforms Rainy Weather into Sunny Weather

     

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    Running: June 13 – July 4, 2022

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    The exhibition will feature over 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs from both museums, spanning from German Romanticism to the art of the twentieth century, ranging from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. 


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