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Minato Aqua (湊あくあ) is a female Japanese Virtual YouTuber associated with hololive, as part of its second generation of VTubers alongside Murasaki Shion, Nakiri Ayame, Yuzuki Choco, and Oozora Subaru.

Introduction Video

🍣【自己紹介】はじめまして、湊あくあです!

🍣【自己紹介】はじめまして、湊あくあです!

  Aqua's introduction.

Personality

Aqua is a bumbling airhead who somehow manages to become the victim of every joke in which she gets involved. 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 because of a combination of poor planning and bad luck. To make matters worse, Aqua makes no attempt to avoid embarrassing situations to the point at which 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, only opening up while streaming.

Appearance

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 the inner edge of her ponytails and a light blue ahoge.

On 26 September, Aqua debuted with a new 2D Live costume. She now wears two large braids, with the two small braids on each side of her bangs from her original design, decorated with a light navy blue headband. Her white top resembles a sailor fuku, with a pastel navy blue ribbon bow, and a row of little buttons going down the center. She wears a high-waisted corset pleat skirt that extends to directly beneath her bust, styled with two thinner ribbon bows. She now wears plain white leggings and black loafers instead of leaving her legs bare and wearing kitten heels. Aqua‘s new costume comes with a removable white coat, a gray stuffed cat which she can carry or attach to her headband, detachable cat ears and a tail, and pink-tinted heart sunglasses. She also has the option to wear this outfit with her old head model.

History

Background

Her Twitter account and YouTube channel were created on 1 August 2018 although she did not start her activities on YouTube until her self-introduction, which was uploaded on 8 August.[5]

2019

On 22 March, she announced that she would receive a 3D model in April.[6] It, alongside a sneak peek of her model, was later announced that she would debut her 3D model on 8 April[7], with it being slightly delayed from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.[8][9] More sneak peeks were posted on 7 April[9][10] before the debut was finally live on the next day.[11]

On 25 March, she did a live-stream on which she covered some songs, but she accidentally played a song from an anime with vocals before abruptly ending the stream and deleting the video.[12] She later tweeted about the incident on Twitter.[13]

On 30 April, she starred in the music video and the album cover for AZKi's 7th original song, Fake.Fake.Fake.

2020

On 2 January, she debuted her 2D new year kimono costume during a stream, being her second 2D costume overall.[14]

On 24 January, along with the other hololive girls up to the third generation, she debuted her 3D idol outfit at hololive's 1st fes. Nonstop Story.[15]

On 7 July, hololive's Twitter account announced that Aqua would have her own solo concert to commemorate the second anniversary since her debut.[16][17]

On 21 August, she held her solo concert "Minato Aqua Anniversary Live 2020 AQUA IRO SUPER☆DREAM" on Niconico and bilibili streams during said event she debuted a new 3D costume matching the promotional artwork. she also debuted her first original song, "Aqua Color Palette."[18][19]

On 24 September, hololive's Twitter account announced that Aqua would get her third 2D costume.[20] On 26 September, she debuted this costume using casual clothes while still inspired in a marine motif with a white and blue color palette. [21]

Events

  • On 4 April 2019, she made an appearance in hololive's collaboration with Dawn of the Breakers as one of the characters alongside Roboco, Aki Rosenthal, Natsuiro Matsuri, Shirakami Fubuki, Yuzuki Choco, Oozora Subaru, and Ookami Mio.[22]
  • 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.[23] The collaboration event began in the game on 23 July 2019.[24]
    • In response to this collab, she expressed that she was nervous as this was her first time.[25]
  • 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[26].
  • On 28 January 2020, it was announced on Dengekionline that she would make 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 KoroneShirogane Noel, and Houshou Marine.[27]

Fans

  • Her fanbase is officially called Aqua Crew (あくあクルー).

Trivia

  • 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 on 7 December 2018, hoping to get to VIP ranking. She mainly played 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.
  • The nickname "Sololive" comes from the fact that she tends to play games alone.
  • She is a fan of the comic artist Tsukudani Norio as well as Inuyama Tamaki, who was designed (and voiced) by her.
  • She likes reading light novels, but can barely read them because of most of the texts being 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 is known for faking retirements on multiple occasions, singing sad songs and ending her streams with a black screen. During a Minecraft stream on 2 February 2019, she performed another retirement speech during a stream on hololive's Minecraft server, on which she created a model of herself and blew it up with TNTs, which were supposed to be the fireworks celebrating her retirement.[28]
  • 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).[29] 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.[30] 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 an ongoing meme in which fan-art depicts her as a mop among her fans, sometimes as a red onion and a tissue box on top of the handle.
  • She is really close to Kagura Mea, having done a lot of collaborations with Aqua, with their pairing being known as "Meaqua" (稱めあくあ). 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 of TNT. According to her, she is ready to rebel at any moment. She showed the place to Matsuri, and Matsuri became a member of hololive Resistence too. Unfortunately for her, Matsuri betrayed her during Tokino Sora's visit. Aqua's morale remained high while Aqua facing Sora until she called her an enemy, which caused her to stop speaking properly.[31][32]
  • Her "group" was latter referenced when she appeared on Dawn of the Breakers, on which her unit name is called hololive Resistance.
  • She likes to say "You are weak; I am strong" (お前、弱い、あたし、強い) 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 can finish the whole sentence.

External Links

Media

Twitter hashtags

Further readings

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Talents
3D talents Tokino Sora (🐻) (A-chan and Ankimo)Roboco (🤖)・Sakura Miko (🌸)
2D talent Hoshimachi Suisei (☄️)
1st generation Yozora Mel (🌟)・Aki Rosenthal (🍎)・Natsuiro Matsuri (🏮)・
Shirakami Fubuki (🌽)・Akai Haato (❣️)
2nd generation Minato Aqua (⚓️)・Murasaki Shion (🌙)・Nakiri Ayame (👿)・
Yuzuki Choco (🍫💋)・Oozora Subaru (🚑)
hololive GAMERS Shirakami Fubuki (🌽)・Ookami Mio (🌲)・
Nekomata Okayu (🍙)・Inugami Korone (🥐)
INoNaKa MUSIC AZKi (⚒)
3rd generation
(hololive Fantasy)
Usada Pekora (👯)・Uruha Rushia (🦋)・Shiranui Flare (🔥)・
Shirogane Noel (⚔️)・Houshou Marine (🏴‍☠️)
4th generation Tsunomaki Watame (🐏)・Tokoyami Towa (👾)・Kiryu Coco (🐉)・
Amane Kanata (💫)・Himemori Luna (🍬)
5th generation
(holofive)
Yukihana Lamy (☃️)・Momosuzu Nene (🥟)・Shishiro Botan (♌)・
Omaru Polka (🎪)
hololive China Yogiri (🍼🎸)・Civia (🌙🦄)・Spade Echo (🍑)
Artia (❄️)・Rosalyn (📖)・Doris (🐟)
hololive Indonesia Airani Iofifteen (🎨)・Moona Hoshinova (🔮)・Ayunda Risu (🐿)
hololive English
(holomyth)
Ninomae Ina'nis (🐙)・Takanashi Kiara (🐔)・Watson Amelia (🔎)・
Mori Calliope (💀)・Gawr Gura (🔱)
Retired Hitomi Chris (🌰)・Mano Aloe (👅)
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Talents
1st generation Hanasaki Miyabi (🌺)・Kanade Izuru (🎸)・Arurandeisu (🍕)・Rikka (⚙️)
2nd generation
(Sun Tempo)
Astel Leda (🎭)・Kishido Temma (🦔💨)・Yukoku Roberu (🍷)
3rd generation
(MaFia)
Kageyama Shien (🟣)・Aragami Oga (🐃)
Retired Yakushiji Suzaku (💊)・Tsukishita Kaoru (💅)・Kagami Kira (💙)

References

  1. 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
  2. tou_ilie (2020, September 26) ホロライブ2期生、湊あくあさん(@ minatoaqua)の新衣装のLive2Dモデリングを担当させて頂きました!(イラストレーター:がおう先生(@ umaiyo_puyoman) ベースモデル:rariemonn先生(@ rariemonn765)色んなあくあさんを見ていただけると嬉しいです!https://youtu.be/HUWyLcPf1vo #湊あくあ新衣装 [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/tou_ilie/status/1309851795221405698
  3. schwarz_blk (2020, August 21) 湊あくあちゃん(@minatoaqua)のライブドレス3Dモデルを担当しました! どうぞよろしくおねがいします!#湊あくあソロライブ2020 [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/schwarz_blk/status/1296781578564067328
  4. Height chart (as of 31 May 2019)
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. minatoaqua (2019, April 7) ゴメンなさい〜💦
    ちょっと諸諸々タスクなど溜まりすぎちゃったので、19時からの配信はおやすみにします🙇‍♂️💦
    3D配信のために○○なども準備しているので、みんな明日をお楽しみに🌸
    てことで作業頑張るぞ💪( ˙꒳​˙💪 ) [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1114799140666396672
  9. 9.0 9.1 minatoaqua (2019, April 7) 【4/8月曜日22時〜】
    湊あくあ待望の3D配信まで
    あと1日🐰💕
    ※配信時間22時からに変更されました [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1114696819869507584
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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)
  13. minatoaqua. (2019, March 25). 完全に放送事故わろたwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1110160253352460289
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. hololivetv (2020, July 6) 【🎉お知らせ🎉】 「湊あくあ」初のソロライブ「湊あくあ アニバーサリーライブ 2020 『あくあ色すーぱー☆どり~む♪』」を、2020年8月21日(金)にオンライン上で開催決定‼️ 🔽詳細はこちら🔽 https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000274.000030268.html #湊あくあ #湊あくあソロライブ2020 [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/hololivetv/status/1280336525385842689
  17. Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2020, July 6) Press Release [Comunity Section] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/post/UgzCr5rLjOQYwAqqnMp4AaABCQ
  18. minatoaqua (2020, August 21) みんなへ。 いっぱいいっぱいありがとう! さいっっっこうにたのしかった!!💕 #湊あくあソロライブ2020 [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/minatoaqua/status/1296798009154572288
  19. minatoaqua (2020, August 21) 【湊あくあ⚓初のオリジナル曲】 1st Original Song ☘️ 『あくあ色ぱれっと』 iTunes様にて先行配信決定っ👏✨✨ 暇な時間、通勤中、通学中、 お風呂、寝る前、起きたあとっ🍀🍀 毎日いつでも❗️どんな時でも❗️ 私の歌を聞けええええええぇ💓💞 【▼URL】 https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%82%E3%81%8F%E3%81%82%E8%89%B2%E3%81%B1%E3%82%8C%E3%81%A3%E3%81%A8-single/1528261914?l=ja&ls=1&app=itunes [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/minatoaqua/status/1296824483332775936
  20. hololivetv (2020, September 24) 【🎉お知らせ🎉】 「ホロライブ」所属VTuber「湊あくあ」につきまして、9月26日(土)に新衣装公開と記念配信を実施いたします‼ 🔽詳細はコチラ🔽 https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000301.000030268.html #湊あくあ [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/hololivetv/status/1309129847252422656
  21. Minato, A. [Aqua Ch. 湊あくあ] (2020, September 26) 【#湊あくあ新衣装】ついに新衣装☆お披露目だああ!【ホロライブ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/HUWyLcPf1vo?t=1420
  22. Official Dawn of the Breakers Website - Roboco san x Dawn of the Breakers
  23. 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
  24. スクウェア・エニックス BRIDGE - ゲーム・コミュニティ- SQUARE ENIX BRIDGE
  25. 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!!!!!!!!!!
    9日23時よりYouTubeで生放送!🌟
    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
  26. AzurLane_EN (2019 November 26) Event Period [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/AzurLane_EN/status/1199372247120498688/photo/2
  27. ブイブイブイテューヌ
  28. 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
  29. [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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. [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
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