Sunday, March 06


Frequently Asked Vtuber Question

You keep mentioning and linking this Hololive and related stuff. I'm out of the loop. What is that, and what's the background on it?
Some background from my personal perspective might help. I spend long hours alone at home at my desk, sometimes late at night, and I find that having something playing on the second monitor can help prevent me from getting even more distracted and wasting time on Twitter or wherever.

For a few years I was a dedicated listener to a long list of podcasts, including networks like This Week in Tech and The Incomparable. But as we moved into 2020 a lot of the stuff I was listening to on ostensibly tech or geek culture topics was becoming unpleasantly political, and by "unpleasantly political" I mean batshit crazy communism. The same stuff that had wrecked Twitter by 2018.

But around that time, this surfaced in my recommendations on YouTube, the only time Google has gotten anything right since about 2013.

It's only a 20 second clip but it was enough to make me sayWhat the heck?and take a closer look. And then I found there's no escaping the rabbit hole.

This is Hololive:

Yes, there's a lot of them. (That's seven videos edited together by a fan, which explains why some of the transitions aren't perfect.)

Basically Hololive is a 24/7 international all-girl improv comedy channel. Unwoke, unpolitically correct, irreverent and chaotic. They even have their own Bugs Bunny character - you see her for a couple of seconds in that video, her name is Usada Pekora and she has 1.8 million YouTube subscribers.

They sing, they dance - they have live concerts using full motion tracking and 3D models, they draw - at least two are successful commercial artists, they play an awful lot of Minecraft, and they don't take any shit from anyone.

Hololive's own background is also interesting. Parent company Cover Corp was working on a new AR device, that replaced expensive motion tracking with a regular iPhone and clever software, but they weren't having a lot of success breaking into the market.

Then in 2017 two Japanese girls fresh out of high school approached them and said what they needed was their own virtual spokeswoman. One of them is now Tokino Sora with 900,000 subscribers, and the other is referred to as A-chan, and is a senior manager overseeing activity across the entire company.

The pivot was spectacularly successful, and Hololive is basically a money factory. Their smallest channel - and they have dozens - has close to 300,000 subscribers, and the largest is approaching 4 million.

I think a lot of people are sick of hypocritical woke crap and are looking for entertainers who will simply tell it like it is. The 2D characters they use and the stage names (and a very strict corporate policy protecting their privacy) give them enough distance that they don't need to maintain a pretense in their opinions.

They don't get explicitly political but in this benighted age that itself is a profound political statement.

And beyond the official content - and there's so much of that that it's impossible to watch it all - there's an absolute avalanche of fan content, from cute video clips:

To entire virtual worlds:

So forget Hollywood, forget Netflix, forget podcasts, I really don't care anymore. I'll be over here in the corner juggling hedgehogs.

Also, Hololive is the main reason I bothered to get back on Twitter. They post their stream announcements there.

This is Gawr Gura of Hololive EN, the most successful virtual YouTube of all time:

Okay, yeah, she's a bit of a ditz on some things. But she can maintain both sides of a conversation for four hours at a time, every day, without ever repeating herself, and for the most part while doing three other things at the same time, and that's a rare talent.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 06:36 PM | Comments (17) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
Post contains 654 words, total size 4 kb.

1 Thank you for this explanation; this is exactly what I was looking for.  It makes a lot more sense now!

Posted by: Caiwyn at Monday, March 07 2022 06:42 AM (+dHQK)

2 <a href="">Order THC vape carts australia</a>

Posted by: abia at Friday, June 23 2023 11:55 PM (s1vHw)

3 Hey, this day is too much good for me, since this time I am reading this enormous informative article here at my home. Thanks a lot for massive hard work.slot server jepang

Posted by: aaaa at Saturday, July 15 2023 12:05 AM (yBuni)

4 Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I must say i enjoyed reading. Will surely going to fairly share this URL with my friends.laptop repair

Posted by: Q at Monday, July 17 2023 10:09 PM (5jKf4)

5 Hello I am so delighted I located your blog, I really located you by mistake, while I was watching on google for something else, Anyways I am here now and could just like to say thank for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining website. Please do keep up the great work.CapCut APK

Posted by: SDSDGF at Saturday, August 12 2023 08:57 PM (zz5sG)

6 Efficiently written information. It will be profitable to anybody who utilizes it, counting me. Keep up the good work. For certain I will review out more posts day in and day out.FLORIDA FAKE ID

Posted by: pomol at Wednesday, August 16 2023 09:31 PM (hwsPK)

7 This content is written very well. Your use of formatting when making your points makes your observations very clear and easy to understand. Thank

Posted by: pomol at Saturday, August 19 2023 03:43 PM (EAqEW)

8 When your website or blog goes live for the first time, it is exciting. That is until you realize no one but you and your.www tiger711

Posted by: aaaa at Thursday, August 24 2023 09:08 PM (ogCRO)

9 I went to this website, and I believe that you have a plenty of excellent information, I have saved your site to my bookmarks.Great Hair Highlights and Lowlights Ideas

Posted by: pomol at Thursday, August 24 2023 09:56 PM (+AXsX)

10 Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. I'm happy I found this blog. Thank you for sharing with us,I too always learn something new from your post.Car seat and Stroller

Posted by: pomol at Sunday, August 27 2023 06:09 PM (27Up+)

11 howdy, your websites are really good. I appreciate your work.SZA dating Bill Nye

Posted by: pomol at Sunday, August 27 2023 10:59 PM (27Up+)

12 This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post.!m88 alternatif

Posted by: pomol at Tuesday, August 29 2023 09:23 PM (7a/jV)

13 Attractive, post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have liked browsing your blog posts. After all, I will surely subscribe to your feed, and I hope you will write again soon!ITS Discount Codes

Posted by: aaaa at Friday, September 01 2023 01:10 AM (A976Z)

14 I was reading your article and wondered if you had considered creating an ebook on this subject. Your writing would sell it fast. You have a lot of writing talent.hdpbet

Posted by: pomol at Saturday, September 02 2023 08:11 PM (KrKah)

15 Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.Blooket play

Posted by: SDSDGF at Sunday, September 10 2023 08:35 PM (fmMjk)

16 This is very interesting content! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your points and have come to the conclusion that you are right about many of them. You are great.osuk

Posted by: aaaa at Saturday, September 16 2023 08:25 PM (eQyJ8)

17 Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanksblog comment

Posted by: Hunain Hunainkhan at Sunday, September 17 2023 09:13 PM (5Ypkz)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

58kb generated in CPU 0.0147, elapsed 0.0989 seconds.
58 queries taking 0.0883 seconds, 349 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.