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  • The Year is 2035. Social distancing is still in effect; not out of necessity, but out of

  • choice. An entire generation of teenagers has seen more anime faces than human ones.

  • The new president has declared the USA a protectorate of Atlantis, a talking dog is the Japanese

  • Prime minister, climate change has been fixed and there are no more wars, obviously. 99%

  • of the world's GDP goes to superchats. And all in all everyone's pretty happy with

  • how things are going. Or else they get eaten by sharks.

  • So it's exactly as voluntary as what we have now.

  • Speaking of, 2020 is when now actually is; and the beautiful future I just painted in

  • your mind is but one possibility of many laid out before us. Its potential cause? The precipitous

  • rise to prominence of VTubers. Which I predicted in my Kizuna Ai video 3 years ago, hence why

  • you should believe in everything I just said without question.

  • Though honestly, I never could have guessed how far this whole thing would come, especially

  • over this last year. Kizuna's just another face in the crowd nowalbeit a pretty

  • big one that's on a lot of billboards and televisions. But her charming outbursts of

  • English profanity have been superceded in our collective culture by EEKUM BOKUM and

  • A. There are plenty of VTube Streamers who rivaland even surpassher viewership

  • now, and more and more viewers every day are falling past her into the bottomless abyss

  • of Hololives, Nijisanjis, smaller agencies, and the endlessly swelling horde of indies.

  • Virtual Youtubers are the new apex predator of the streaming ecosystem, andpretty

  • much everyone I know is eager to welcome our new anime overlords. I know I am. But I don't

  • fully know why I am, so today, I'm gonna take a crack at figuring out what's so special

  • about this whole thing, especially the Hololive girls, since they're who I'm most familiar

  • with

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  • and winter vacation, a lot of us have a lot of free time on the horizon, and that's

  • time that can be well spent paying artistic tribute to these virtual idols. And whether

  • you wanna immortalize your favourite VTubers in fanart, cut together a compilation of their

  • funniest moments, animate one of those moments for extra hilarity, or remix their songs into

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  • wondering where to start it, Skillshare has a class for you, taught by experts. And they're

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  • perhaps I'm getting a little ahead of myself. After all, some of you are probably here wondering

  • what the big deal with vtubers even isand why your fealty to them is necessary and good

  • in the first place. Why are they so popular all of sudden? Wellthat much isn't hard

  • to figure out. VTubers have been around for years now, and

  • it's no coincidence that 2020 was the year of their ascendance. You know, on account

  • of the thing. A lot of people have been stuck inside, seeing less and less of their family

  • and friendsespecially the far off ones they only see at cons - and more and more

  • of their TVs and computer screens, and while, believe me, I've tried, man cannot live

  • on video games and anime alone. We need human contact, or at least, an anime facsimile thereof,

  • playing video games. As Yazy said in our last podcast, being in

  • the chat of a big VTuber feelsoddly similar to the sense of anonymous inclusion you get

  • wandering around a con, or sitting in on a panel. For folks with social anxiety especially,

  • there's something reallycozy about being in a crowd like that, where you can exist,

  • express yourself, and participate in something without being reallynoticed, you know?

  • Of course, in theory, any kind of streamer could fill that void, but VTubers have a particular

  • appeal that sets them apart: they're anime. And anime is inherently cooler than real life!

  • Also less real, which can help a lot with the anxiety. Where your typical twitch affiliate

  • seeks to create a vibe akin to hanging with your gaming buddies, VTube Streamsespecially

  • collabsbetter resemble the slice of life atmosphere of a Moe after school club.

  • Which can be easy to misconstrue, just like moe club shows. From the outside looking in,

  • it can look a lot like nerds simply simping for their 2D crushes. And that's definitely

  • a factor, especially when it comes to superchats and character merch. But we don't *just*

  • watch Moe slice of life stuff to see cute blobs jiggle. For most people, the true appeal

  • of these showsand these streamerslies in watching fun, larger than life personalities

  • have fun doing fun things. It's escapism at its simplest and most joyous, here made

  • interactive and immediate. Which isn't easy. If you're not already

  • into VTube, it's important to understand that these live2D avatars aren't just filters

  • over standard facecam. They're digital puppets, controlled by the streamer's expressions

  • and a few hotkeys - and the top hololive VTubers, Gura and Korone, are both REALLY

  • good at exaggerating those expressions and their movements to make those puppets feel

  • alive. Successful VTubers also give their all to the vocal side of the performance,

  • to imbue their characters with morecharacter. It takes a lot of talentand a keen sense

  • of comic timingto do this job well. Have confidence. No confidence

  • These exaggerated, animated personalities give each VTuber and their community a distinct

  • vibe; and with the wide variety of characters out there, it's all but guaranteed that

  • any potential viewer will find at least one channel they can vibe with. A lot of folks

  • enjoy the chaotic, shitposty Bart Simpson energy of Gura's streams, some prefer the

  • laid-back, soothing atmosphere of Ina's drawing sessions, and others deeply appreciate

  • Amelia's patented blend of real gamer skill and real gamer toxicity.

  • It looks like they're gonna try to go for the hunt and not for the kill because

  • what's the point they already won the game OH! looks like they are gonna go for the plant

  • even though it's pretty much in the bag for them no plant even needed THAT'S RIGHT

  • gonna take out the Sova what a surprise…” “My brain is mellllllltiiiing…”

  • Personally, I just appreciate no longer being the worst anime chess streamer.

  • Also she's definitely got the best taste in anime and manga out of the Holomyth squad.

  • Like, Mob Psycho, Made in Abyss, The Promised Neverland,*Deca-Dence.* Between Bubba and

  • Pipe that's some good taste in dogs too. Kiara's probably got her beat in JRPG taste,

  • and her open, positive personality mixes well with everyone she collabs with, and makes

  • it a lot of fun to watch her fail and learn in games on her own. Callie, uh, does a lot

  • of that too, with her own upbeat attitude. Though I think most people appreciate her

  • attitude and beats in a different context. “Trapped in a stasis- I hate this, I haven't

  • taken a life in like ages, okay. This is Heinous, but wait, look at me now! Try'na get souls

  • and I just found out how! Put up a shroud, Stream for the crowd, Play up the game and

  • the viewers could bow!” There's something forpretty much everyone

  • between the five of them. And DEFINITELY everyone when you add in the dozens upon hundreds of

  • Japanese and foreign streamers under the hololive banner and beyond.

  • If you wanna revel in the simple Joy of gaming, it's hard to resist Korone's enthusiasm.

  • If you like clowning aroundor whole-damn circussing aroundthen Polka's zany

  • gaming streams will delight you. It's especially fun watching her play Among Us because she

  • justconstantly seems like she's up to something. On the other hand, Pekora IS constantly

  • up to something. And everyone knows it, which you'd think would undermine her mischief.

  • But she knows how to turn that suspicion to her advantage. She's a master of psychological

  • warfare. “So where are you?”

  • huuh, well, if I tell you, you might get even more anxious, maybe

  • Where are you?” “The foot of the snowy mountain. PEKO PEKO

  • PEKO PEKO Why don't you try your best and catch up? I'm looking forward to your VR

  • horror stream Peko peko peko” “Shut up! Damnit this is the worst!”

  • It's hard not to get attached to a favourite or two if you spend any amount of time watching

  • these girls stream. Though it's worth noting that there are a lot of fun, underappreciated

  • personalities on the maleholostarsside as well. Roberu the bartender has a pure,

  • direct charm that makes his English among us streams a lot of fun, and I deeply, DEEPLY

  • relate to his undying thirst for Pyra in xenoblade 2.

  • Subarashi! *parched noises*” On that note, there's a practical benefit

  • to the wide range of VTubers, beyond appealing to a broad audienceit makes it easy to

  • avoid whatever aspects of the larger community *don't* appeal to you.

  • Most VTubers sit in a comfortable PG middle ground between all-ages and adult-oriented

  • content, where they can traffick in innuendo and double entendre for the sake of humor,

  • without doing anything suggestive enough to make anyone who's not *here for that* feel

  • uncomfortable. Of course, these are anime girls on the internet; some people are absolutely

  • here for that. And some of those people might be inclined to push that, through thirst chatting,

  • on viewers and streamers who aren't. Which is where more, uh, overt creators like Hololive's

  • Marine come in. “Senchou!!”

  • Ahoy!” “Ahoy!”

  • How are ya?” “I'm HORNYYY!”

  • “A.” They give the viewers who areWoah, actually

  • horny?” a place to congregate, express themselves, sharefanart, and mingle with their own

  • kind. An outlet, if you will. And when these streamers collaborate, they can serve as the

  • butt of the others' “go to jail for horny crimesjokes, subtly setting boundaries

  • for anyone who finds a new favourite through the collab.

  • It helpsquite a bitthat respecting these boundaries seems to be more or less

  • the norm among VTube viewers, when the opposite is so often the case in the world of streaming

  • and parasocial relationships at large. It's all too common for fans of online personalities

  • to become over-familiar with their faves, and expect really unfair things of them, but

  • VTube avatars serve as an additional barrier between creator and audience, and in general,

  • fans discourage each other from trying to break through that. Even if the true identity

  • of a vtuber's “soulis an open secret, it's generally taboo to bring it up.

  • I don't know if that's motivated by respect on every fan's part, per se. I think it's

  • more likely that some of them just don't want others breaking theillusionof

  • the character for them. But the result is positive either way; obsessive, possessive,

  • intrusive fans are pushed to the fringes of the community, whereusuallythey

  • do less harm. And because everyone's already invested in playing along with the character,

  • they're a little more inclined to play along with other rules too.

  • That's not to say the VTube community's free of toxicity and disrespect. Ha. Ha. It

  • is to laugh. But in general, the atmosphere is more positive and inviting thanmost

  • online spaces I've been in. At least when it comes to big, “officially sanctioned

  • streamers. It can be rough for independent creators who don't have a big audience or

  • an agency to back them up, but even then, the community is keen to welcome new voices,

  • and push back against the small but vocal minority of gatekeeping assholes at its periphery.

  • Be they Chumbuds or Deadbeats, most VTube fans are united by a drive to protecc and

  • support. By its very nature this new interactive medium

  • widens the gap between performer and persona, without making the audience feel *detached*

  • from either. And I find that layer of accepted unreality makes certain enduringly popular

  • game commentarygenres” a little more enjoyable, at least for me.

  • Take horror games; it is just plain fun to watch people wander nervously down dark hallways

  • and get jump scared, but most of these games leverage tropes and follow patterns that get

  • old after a while. You become desensitized to these kinds of scares. And when real, 3D

  • streamers make them their bread and butter, it gradually becomes harder and harder to

  • believe their reactions are completely genuine. They know you're here to watch them panic

  • and make loud noises, and of course they're gonna give the people what they want.

  • In my eyes those performative overreactions justfit larger than life *characters*

  • like Okayu, Pekora, and Gura a lot better; you're already primed to expect them to

  • perform. Screams that would sound obnoxious coming from a real human beingstill sound

  • pretty obnoxious, honestly, but they feel like something an anime girl would naturally

  • do. And thanks to the collaborative nature of these streams, you do also get some

  • very genuine reactions when they drag their less brave friends into a multiplayer spookemup.

  • But it's another age-old youtube gaming stapleMinecraft Roleplaythat benefits

  • most from the suspension of disbelief that VTubers encourage. I have NEVER been able

  • to get into this kind of content beforeas someone who waxes poetic about anime on the

  • internet I'm in no position to call anythingcringey,” butin characterMinecraft

  • gameplay just doesn't sit right with meunless it involves vtubers.

  • There's a powerful appeal in seeing all of these characters I enjoy inhabit a persistent,

  • shared space. It's a solid compromise between my craving for continuity and my desire to

  • switch my brain off with truly pointless entertainment. And because I've already bought into their

  • *performance,* I'm not put off when they break into skits, or play along withPranks

  • that likely wouldn't make sense if I thought too hard about them.

  • I know that's not a problem for everyonewe are talking about one of the most popular

  • youtube content formats ever hereBut for me, as someone whose interest in Minecraft

  • has only ever extended to crazy redstone builds, it's exciting to have that barrier broken

  • down. And it's not just the newto mestuff

  • that's more exciting when VTubers do it. Their crazy personalities make among us collabs

  • endlessly fun. And even games I've played and seen played a million times over, like

  • Super Mario Bros. and Banjo Kazooie somehow feel fresh and fun again in the hands of Korone

  • andwell, mostly Korone. I dunno man, there's just something about her simple, universal

  • expressions of delight, exhilaration, and frustration that justbrings me right back

  • to discovering these games for the first time. She justgets video games, you know?

  • AHH, WOW!” “CHAINSAW WOW!”

  • CHAINSAW! CHAINSAW! CHAINSAW! CHAAAAAINSAW!” “WowWOW!”

  • Her enthusiasm is infectious, and clearly authentic, even if it is being channeled through

  • a convincing performance as an aggressively excitable cartoon dog. Actually that might

  • be part of the nostalgia trip too. I can't be the only one who gets, like, soft scooby

  • doo vibes from Korone, can I? Can't you just see her goingreeheeheeheehee?”

  • Which I guess would make OkayuShaggy? Pekora's gotta be Fred. Y'know. Traps

  • and all that. Hachaama's scrappy, obviously. That's about as far as I've thought this

  • out, but maybe someone out there will do something amazing with that scrap of an idea. It's

  • not out of the question for the VTube Community. New and wonderful cartoons, compilations,

  • remixes, and illustrations inspired by these characters pop up all over the internet every

  • single day. These girls are inspiring creatorsof every stripe to express themselves, and the

  • quality and quantity of fun, beautiful, hilarious original and remixed content coming out of

  • this fan base is nothing short of inspiring. I mean, shoot, just look at all the reinterpretations

  • of that one Eekum Bokum cartoon. It's so cool seeing a whole community of artists bouncing

  • off each other like this. It feels like a more internationally accessible

  • version of the vocaloid communityand there are even some miku miku dance animators

  • putting their considerable talents to use in the space.

  • Of course, I can't talk about fan creators without acknowledging the IMMENSE contributions

  • that Fan-subbers have made to VTube as an international community. Before Hololive English

  • was a thing, these guys made it possiblealmost singlehandedlyfor the rest of us to be

  • VTube Fans at all. And even as the international market has grown and become more accessible,

  • their creative editing and subtitling choices have ensured that their compilations and clips

  • remain distinctly enjoyable in their own right, even if you're tuning into streams daily.

  • Y'know, it's one thing to watch Pekora deceive and betray her friends live. It's

  • another to enjoy the highlights, with the correct combo inputs for her laugh annotated

  • on screen. “Ha ^ Ha v Ha > Ha < Ha ^ Ha.”

  • I don't think the community would be anywhere near this vibrant if VTubers weren't so

  • enthusiastic about encouraging their fans to create. All of them share fanart, edits

  • and animations on twitter, and some do entire streams focused on fan creationsCalliope's

  • Remix Party,” where she spotlighted the ten best remixes of her debut single, provided

  • a substantial buff to our driving playlist, and even taught me a thing or two about music

  • production. That's the other thingmany of the Hololive