Move over, Kizuna Ai, because there’s a new virtual YouTuber on the block. She’s got stars in her eyes, an amazing work ethic, and a character design worthy of Hyperdimension Neptunia. Her name is Ileheart… and she’s just doing her best not to get fired.
The Virtual YouTuber Boom
The accessibility of Live2D and face-rig technology means the virtual YouTuber community is growing. While we may only focus on one or two, there are actually thousands. How big is it? Nicopedia is running a contest to help document them all!
Perky gamer Kizuna Ai leads the pack, of course. She’s got her own merchandise, including a new Nendoroid. And she’s a tourism ambassador, as well as making her voice acting debut in this season’s Magical Girl Site.
There are still more gaining a following, though. Mirai Akari and Kaguya Luna are doing well for themselves, with more popping up all the time. Major companies are even creating their own virtual hosts to promote themselves.