Aqua is a bumbling airhead who somehow manages to become the victim of every joke she gets involved in. She is also childish and prone to throwing tantrums, smashing her keyboard, and hyperventilating when things don't go as planned (which is most of the time). She enjoys playing pranks and causing mischief, but it almost always backfires due to a combination of poor planning and bad luck. To make matters worse, Aqua makes no attempt to avoid embarrassing situations, to the point that many wonder if she might actually be masochistic. She has asked other hololive members, including Uruha Rushia, to bully her on several occasions.
However, while Aqua appears to be an incompetent crybaby, she is deceptively skilled at highly technical video games like Sekiro, Dark Souls, Apex Legends (Diamond rank) and League of Legends (Diamond rank). She is also a prolific streamer, with a record of five streams in a single day.
According to other hololive members, Aqua is kind and responsible but extremely introverted while off-camera, and only opens up while streaming.
She is a virtual maid who wears a marine-themed maid uniform and a white mob cap decorated with an anchor, though it has also been described as a "tissue box". Despite her name and appearance, she has nothing to do with water. She has purple hair (resembling a red onion), with twin spiral ponytails decorated with navy-blue ribbons. She also has a few streaks of light-blue hair in her bangs and along the inner edge of her ponytails, and a light blue ahoge.
Her Twitter account and YouTube channel was created on 1 August 2018 although she did not start her activities on YouTube until her self-introduction which was uploaded on 8 August.
On 22 March, she announced that she would receive a 3D model in April. It was later announced, alongside a sneak peek of her model, that she would debut her 3D model on 8 April with it being slightly delayed from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. More sneak peeks were posted on 7 April before the debut was finally live on the next day.
On 25 March, she did a live-stream where she covers some songs but she accidentally played a song from an anime with vocals before abruptly ending the stream and deleting the video. She later tweeted about the incident on Twitter.
On 2 January she debuted her 2D new year kimono costume during a stream being her second 2D costume overall.
On 24 January along with the other hololive girls up to the third generation, she debuted her 3D idol outfit at hololive's 1st fest Nonstop Story.
During a livestream she started talking about retirement-related topics after singing the song 未練レコード (a sad song about the lingering feelings after breaking-up). After posting links to her livestream on Twitter, hololive immediately retweeted it and commented saying "Thank you, we will never forget you Aqua-chan."
Aqua was so shocked that she was quiet for almost a minute before making a "retirement speech" and turning the screen black and whispering to her audience telling them to say "we love Aqua the most, don't go", before returning unwillingly to sing 桜ノ雨. She then started imitating other hololive members saying their farewell to her, but later continued singing as if nothing happened, remembering viewers of Sasaki Saku who retired for some months after singing that song.
This has become a running joke and whenever she sings touching songs or sometimes while ending her stream people would type おめでとう which means congratulations and is used in this case as if she is graduating for being a virtual youtuber.
During a Minecraft stream on 2 February 2019 she did another retirement speech, bringing her audience to take a look at hololive's server, before creating a model of herself and blowing it up with TNT. which were supposed to be the fireworks celebrating her retirement.
- On 4 April 2019, she made an appearance in hololive's collaboration with Dawn of the Breakers as one of the characters alongisde Roboco, Aki Rosenthal, Natsuiro Matsuri, Shirakami Fubuki, Yuzuki Choco, Oozora Subaru, and Ookami Mio.
- On 8 April 2019, it was announced that she would collaborate with Square Enix's new mobile game titled LAST IDEA (ラストイデア) which was broadcasted live on the next day at 9:00 PM. The collaboration event began in the game on 23 July 2019.
- In response to this collab, she expressed that she was nervous as this was her first time.
- On 27 November 2019, she made an appearance in hololive's collaboration with Azur Lane as one of the characters, alongside, Shirakami Fubuki, Nakiri Ayame, Ookami Mio, Natsuiro Matsuri, Murasaki Shion and Tokino Sora, she was available from 27 November to 10 December.
- On 28 January 2020, it was announced on Dengekionline that she would made an appearance in the game Neptunia Virtual Stars as one of the VTuber guest characters alongside Tokino Sora, Roboco, Sakura Miko, Shirakami Fubuki, Yuzuki Choco, Inugami Korone, Shirogane Noel and Houshou Marine.
Fans and Nicknames
- Her fanbase is officially called Aqua Crew (あくあクルー) while the fans call her Dai Tenshi Aqua (大天使あくあ), meaning "Great Angel Aqua". She uses this name as her ID in some games.
- One variation of this name is A.M.T. (Aqua Maji Tenshi), which is mainly used by Chinese fans.
- "Aqua Crew" is a homonym of "あくあ狂う", which means "Berserking Aqua". This name is often used when Aqua gets frustrated and starts crying and smashing her keyboard.
- Chinese fans call themselves "fur seal".
- Because she often play games alone, some fans nicknamed her Sololive.
- Aqua saved herself multiple times using water in Minecraft, so some fans gave her the nickname Aquaman.
- Another nickname derived from Minecraft is Poseidon, given to her after getting two tridents in seven minutes in a livestream and 4 in total after a seven hour stream.
- Whenever she puts all focus on gameplay, she often makes unintelligible battle cries such as "nya", "rua", and "wryy".
- She spent half a month grinding PvP in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after it was released in 7 December 2018, hoping to get to VIP ranking. She mainly plays as Cloud, Joker, and Lucina.
- Her favorite animes are Yosuga no Sora and Lovelive!, but she doesn't know the song 届かない恋 from White Album.
- She is a fan of the comic artist Tsukudani Norio 佃煮のりお, as well as Inuyama Tamaki who was designed (and voiced) by her.
- She likes reading light novels, but could barely read them due to most of the texts not annotated with furigana; and instead spends most of her time reading manga (with annotated furigana).
- She uses a lot of exclamation marks in her tweets (！！！) this behavior has spread to other virtual YouTubers.
- Aqua has been noted by other members of hololive as being particularly slight, short and petite in terms of stature. During Aqua's Wii Fit stream in addition to revealing her height to be 4 feet and 10 inches (148 cm) she accidentally revealed her weight to be a mere 95 pounds (43 kg). When Aqua first met Murasaki Shion in-person, Shion (who is already comparatively short) apparently remarked at how "small" Aqua was and condescendingly patted her on the head, much to Aqua's dismay. Aqua's short and light build is something other hololive members frequently lightly tease her over, but simultaneously something they cite as a part of what makes her cute. Aqua's height of 4' 10" is coincidentally the typical length of a mop-handle, which has resulted in a ongoing meme among her fans where fan-art depicts her as mop; sometimes with a red onion and a tissue box on top of the handle.
- She is really close to Kagura Mea, with rumors spreading the two knowing each other even before they become VTubers, while others speculated that they were high-school classmates. Both have done a lot of collaborations with each other, with their pairing being know as 稱めあくあ (meaqua). She has also gone to Mea's house on multiple occasions to do streams with her going as far as to call her girlfriend on a tweet from 8 March 2019.
- She made a group called the hololive Resistance army Iron Aqua Group. She is the leader and creator of the group in Minecraft, with a large underground base full with TNT. According to her, she is ready to rebel at any moment. She showed the place to Matsuri, and she became a member of hololive Resistence too. Unfortunately for Aqua, Matsuri betrayed her during Tokino Sora's visit. Aqua's morale remained high while facing Sora until she called her an enemy, which caused her to stop speaking properly.
- Her "group" was latter referenced when she appeared on Dawn of the Breakers where her unit name is called hololive Resistance.
- She likes to say お前、弱い、あたし、強い（You are weak, I am strong）whenever she faces a boss when playing games like Dark Souls 3 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. She often gets fixed up even before she could finish the whole sentence.
- Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ - YouTube channel
- Minato Aqua's corporate profile on hololive.tv (EN)
- Minato Aqua's corporate profile on hololive.tv (JP)
- @minatoaqua - Minato Aqua's official Twitter account
- 湊-阿库娅Official - Minato Aqua's official bilibili channel
- 湊あくあ - Nicovideo Encyclopedia
- 湊あくあ - Pixiv Encyclopedia
- 湊あくあ - unofficial hololive Seesaawiki
- 湊あくあ - Moegirl Encyclopedia
- Minato Aqua - Azur Lane Wiki
- ↑ Cover Corporation. (2019, April 5). ホロライブ所属VTuber「湊あくあ」 4月8日20時の配信で3Dモデルを公開！ [Press release]. Retrieved from https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000049.000030268.html
- ↑ Height chart (as of 31 May 2019)
- ↑ Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2018, August 8) 【自己紹介】はじめまして、湊あくあです！[Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3CAGeeMRvo
- ↑ Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2019, March 22) 【重大発表】待ちに待ったこの瞬間がついに！ [Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/8vcqNJTwn3w
- ↑ hololivetv (2019, April 5) ホロライブ所属VTuber「湊あくあ」 4月8日20時の配信で3Dモデルを公開！ https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000049.000030268.html @PRTIMES_JPさんから [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1114061982640959488
- ↑ minatoaqua (2019, April 7) ゴメンなさい〜💦
てことで作業頑張るぞ💪( ˙꒳˙💪 ) [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1114799140666396672
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 minatoaqua (2019, April 7) 【4/8月曜日22時〜】
※配信時間22時からに変更されました [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1114696819869507584
- ↑ hololivetv (2019, April 7) 明日夜の湊あくあ3Dお披露目配信ですが、当初20時開始とお知らせしておりましたところを、22時開始に変更しております。お楽しみに！
#湊あくあ #ホロライブ [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1114846848001249282
- ↑ Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2019, April 8) 【祝3D化】湊あくあ3Dお披露目生放送【#湊あくあ3D】 [Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/BacoqH2e86U
- ↑ Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ]. (2019, March 25) 【Vtuber】春だし歌うよみらくる🌸【歌枠】 [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/heLoqHt8oVM (Video removed)
- ↑ minatoaqua. (2019, March 25). 完全に放送事故わろたｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗｗ [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1110160253352460289
- ↑ Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2020, January 2) 【新衣装初公開】私は…あなたの特別になれますか…？【湊あくあ/#ホロライブ正月衣装】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/0ZqdUJUyAt8?t=1333
- ↑ hololive_En (2020, January 24) [Songs Performed!] 🎵 Dream☆Story (Sora, Roboco, Miko, AZKi, Suisei) 🎵 Yumemiru Sora e (1st Gen) 🎵 Go-toubun no Kimochi (2nd Gen) #とまらないホロライブ Photo By Ayo Kajino [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/hololive_En/status/1220676990061010946
- ↑ Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2019, February 2) 【反省】ホロライブ鯖へ、今までありがとう・・・【Minecraft】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-CbtYkvrjA?t=5847
- ↑ Official Dawn of the Breakers Website - Roboco san x Dawn of the Breakers
- ↑ Cover Corporation. (2019, April 8). ホロライブ所属VTuber「湊あくあ」スクウェア・エニックス最新作『ラストイデア』公式コラボ決定のお知らせ [Press release]. Retrieved from https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000051.000030268.html
- ↑ スクウェア・エニックス BRIDGE - ゲーム・コミュニティ- SQUARE ENIX BRIDGE
- ↑ minatoaqua. (2019, April 8). そしてなんと！✨✨
スクウェア・エニックスさんより 最新作『ラストイデア』の先行配信を 湊あくあ、させて頂けることになりました！！！！！！！！！！
YouTubeではじめてやる案件✨ 緊張しまくりやばい！！！ どうしよう！！！ みんな応援しにきてほしいな😭💦 [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1115192605585760257
- ↑ AzurLane_EN (2019 November 26) Event Period [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/AzurLane_EN/status/1199372247120498688/photo/2
- ↑ ブイブイブイテューヌ
- ↑ [白玉ちゃんねる] (2019, May 10) Wii Fit中に体重バレし、発狂する湊あくあ [Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/W3oKqA-M0_Y
- ↑ Inaba , H. [Haneru Channel / 因幡はねる 【あにまーれ】] (2019, December 6) 【#Vのから騒ぎ】クリスマスを一緒に過ごしたいV編 / 樋口楓/湊あくあ/神楽めあ/周防パトラ【因幡はねる / あにまーれ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Sm__TavdiqY?t=499
- ↑ Tokino, S. [SoraCh. ときのそらチャンネル] (2019, January 31) 【1/31 20:00~】マイクラのホロライブサーバーを見学します！【...闇？】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/cpDbKdsxQYQ?t=1921
- ↑ [lyger VTuber translations] Tokino Sora & co. – Sora vs. The Resistance (Holo Server part 3) [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKuurb6c16g