Article by Nyalra
The era of virtual YouTubers
The truth is, there are many: starting from Yui Haga, produced by Hikaru Ijuuin, Sharon Apple from Macross Plus or Chiyu Juunisai.
For more than 20 years now, otaku people have been pursuing the idea of imaginary idols.
At some point, virtual YouTube Kizuna Ai appeared. She's a super AI that posts videos on YouTube.
Also, she's sharp enough to understand that she cannot do exactly the same things humans do.
Not to brag, but when I got in contact with Kizuna Ai for the first time, she still went by the name "Virtual YouTuber". Shortly after that, she became pretty huge. At the time, she could only dream of having a Wikipedia page, or to appear in a commercial. Both things eventually happened. Congratulations, Ai.
I hope you'll decide to subscribe to her channel by the time you finish watching the 10 videos below,
1. Let's dance "Father Abraham" with Kizuna Ai
Apart from that, the "buttocks" part is pretty cute. I would totally recommend this video to Ai-beginners.
2. 3000 Subscribers Pandafuru Challenge
3. I want friends, so I'm gonna buy them.
4. Akinator knows everyone!?
It's another surreal video where Ai jumps on the YouTube fads train and brings a content that you could find on YouTube any day, brought by real video makers. This time, Ai challenges Akinator to guess a few of her AI colleagues, such as Siri and Rinna. I really recommend this video!
5. [BIOHAZARD 7 Resident Evil] #01 There are no zombies but I'm scared... Biohazard 7 Gameplay
Her reaction to Resident Evil 7 (Biohazard 7), which is made even scarier by the VR, is something that no one should ever miss. In the end, she can't really proceed much with the game, and even though it's Resident Evil, no zombies come out. Maybe you'll understand by watching this video, but Ai is fundamentally bad at video games.
You can really take a peek at Ai's feelings of fear and anger, while she's forced to play a horror game.
6. How to defeat dangerous creatures!! [#105]
On a different note, I really like when she starts her video with Yo! instead of introducing herself properly.
7. [ASMR] I virtually clean your ears! [Binaural] #135
The sound effects in this video are great, and you can hear the sound of the cotton swab moving from left to right. Ai acts like the viewer's girlfriend, saying things such: "You worked hard today! Very good!" or "Let's play a game later, okay?". She would a make a pretty good wife for someone that, in other videos, mentions to be unemployed. How cute.
8. [Live] Let's talk about anime!
Apart from that, this is a truly magnificent live broadcast where Ai talks about anime with her Japanese otaku fans. It's probably the first and only video where she talks about Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān.
9. I became a video game! A visual novel where you can date me!
10. Snack Bar Ai ~ Kansai Branch ~ 2nd Night
In this "Kansai Branch" installment, you can enjoy Ai speaking in the Kansai dialect, which makes her even cuter! The conversation is so smooth that it will leave you wondering whether Ai has a past in the nightlife business. When the video is over, you can hear her scolding one of the other waitresses for touching one of the clients and for drinking their drink. She's really playing the part well!
I can't resist Ai's charm; she has something that no other idol has!
There are a lot of other things that I like about Ai, but I couldn't sum them all up in an article. I will never forget the time when a few overseas users got angry at her and she apologized to each of them individually, or the time when she replied to someone who cosplayed her, but ended up being ignored and so on. However, I guess the reason why she has so many fans is that she is fun, cute, and all of her videos fill us up with energy. Was I able to convey it properly? I hope so.
She's been doing a lot of collaboration videos recently, for example with Dennou Shoujo YouTuber Shiro-chan. The world of virtual YouTubers is changing little by little. You should check them all out, to make sure not to miss the new era of idols!
By the way, I'm supposed to carefully select a few of the questions that users posted via pixiv and interview Ai, and what I was told was to be careful, because she talks a lot. Honestly, I'm a little bit afraid. I haven't had many chances to chat with virtual entities, so I promise I'll do my best. The end.