Nakiri Ayame (百鬼あやめ) is a female Japanese Virtual YouTuber associated with hololive, as part of its second generation of VTubers alongside Minato Aqua, Murasaki Shion, Yuzuki Choco, and Oozora Subaru.
Ayame is an oni who seems to talk to humans as if they are below her. However in spite of this, she is very friendly, playful and treats her audience equally to herself. Even sometimes looking up to humans she respects such as Houshou Marine to where she had difficulties approaching her.
Ayame is infamous for her approachability and her rather sensitive funny bone, as it's very easy to make her let loose a cute little giggle from the slightest amusement. She will laugh when she's up to no good, chuckle at her observations on things, giggle at her mistakes and burst at her chat's cheap jokes. Bad Japanese puns are especially her weakness as she starts giggling and laughing to where she can't contain herself anymore, bashing her table uncontrollably and needing to stop whatever she's doing just to let it loose.
She can be very analytical of new people in a social context, oftenly taking 5 separate encounters before she collects enough "data" to know how to approach someone, which can sometimes cause analytical meltdowns when around people who prefer to know someone ASAP (like Marine). Additionally, typical of an oni, she can also have a really violent temper if pushed too far as she got into a physical fight with her father and kicked a hole in the wall when someone deleted all of her cable recordings...again. But when streaming she always keeps herself in a fantastic enough mood to avoid showing her anger in front of her fans, save for cute toothless outbursts.
She greets her fans with "Konnakiri!"
"Greetings, humans! Nakiri Ayame has arrived!"
A kimono-clad Oni girl from the Demonic-Realm Academy. As she loves to prank people, she always uses will-o’-the-wisp on them just to have fun. Many may not realize it, but she is actually the president of the student council.
Her Twitter account was opened on 1 August 2018 while her YouTube channel was created on 12 August although she did not start her activities on her channel until her introduction stream which was live on 3 September.
On 9 August, she debuted her 3D swimsuit costume.
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.
On 28 July, she announced on her Twitter account that her original 2D model would be updated to the 2.0 version, later on 31 July she debuted her updated model during a stream. Her updated model features more facial expression, her mouth for example has much more movement while talking and smiling, her hair bangs now have natural movement and she can turn freely in more directions, in line with the model capabilities of hololive members from the GAMERS unit onwards.
On 21 December, she reached 600,000 YouTube subscribers.
- On 12 September 2019, she made an appearance in hololive's collaboration with Dawn of the Breakers as one of the characters alongisde Akai Haato, Natsuiro Matsuri, Shirakami Fubuki, Oozora Subaru, Sakura Miko, and Ookami Mio.
- On 27 November 2019, she made an appearance in hololive's collaboration with Azur Lane as one of the characters, alongside Shirakami Fubuki, Ookami Mio, Natsuiro Matsuri, Murasaki Shion, Minato Aqua and Tokino Sora, she was available from 27 November to 10 December.
- Her fanbase is officially called "Nakiri-gumi" (百鬼組).
- She has a bad sense of direction, often going the wrong way. This has lead to the birth of the "Docchi Docchi" MAD (Songs made out of clips set to music), and she is sometimes teased with it by other members.
- Before becoming a VTuber, she revealed she used to be a loner and had trouble interacting with others. Since joining hololive, she was progressively able to make bonds with the other members, open up and rely on them, and gain self-confidence.
- She admitted to wearing glasses. In fact, her eyesight is typically very terrible.
- She's a fan of FPS games and frequently plays them on stream, possessing lightning quick reflexes rivaling Minato Aqua as can be seen when she plays shooters like Apex Legends.
- She's bad at horror games and is easily scared.
- She shares her character designer Kagura Nana with Spade Echo of hololive China.
- Yukihana Lamy is a big fan of Ayame.
- She owns a pet cat named Jirusuke.
- She always carries twin katanas on her back. The black-handled oodachi is the cursed sword Rakshasa (Japanese:
妖刀「 羅刹」, youtou "Rasetsu"), and its blade is haunted by dark mist. The red-handled dachi is the demon blade Asura (Japanese: 鬼人刀「 阿修羅」, kijinto Asura) and has a red blade. Both appear on her original design sheet, while their English names are attested in Ayame's appearance in Azur Lane.
- The original character board describes Rakshasa as an oodachi, or extra-long sword. While this term is often used to describe a sword longer than a normal katana, Ayame's sword appears to be of normal length, although it is slightly longer than Asura, which is described merely as a dachi, or sword. This combination of a katana and shorter sword (wakizashi) commonly appears in depictions of samurai, as popularized by Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings and other works.
- Rakshasa is referred to as "youtou", meaning a cursed, magical, or demon blade. The first kanji "you" appears in "youkai", a Japanese term for spirits or monsters of folklore.
- Asura is referred to as "kijinto" or "kijin katana", with "kijin" referring to a type of supernatural creature such as a demon, god, or rakshasa. The first kanji of kijin is the kanji for "oni", which also appears in the name Nakiri.
- Both rakshasa and asura are named after types of supernatural beings of Hindu myth. The rakshasa is a demon-like creature created from the breath of Brahma, and later popularized via in Dungeons & Dragons as having a tiger-like appearance. The asura is a type of being who wars against the devas or gods.
- She is a fan of Pretty Cure. Her favorite series is Smile Pretty Cure, and her favorite characters are Cure Happy, Cure Peace, and Cure Beauty. However, she denies being an otaku. This is because, domestically, Otaku is used to describe a person who is overly knowledgeable about a particular subject, similar to a mega nerd, as opposed to the western adopted meaning flanderized as "Anime fan".
- Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ - YouTube channel
- Nakiri Ayame's corporate profile on hololive.tv (EN)
- Nakiri Ayame's corporate profile on hololive.tv (JP)
- @nakiriayame - Twitter account
- 百鬼绫目Official - bilibili channel
- 百鬼あやめ - Nicovideo Encyclopedia
- 百鬼あやめ - Pixiv Encyclopedia
- 百鬼あやめ - unofficial hololive Seesaawiki
- 百鬼绫目 - Moegirl Encyclopedia
- Nakiri Ayame - Azur Lane Wiki
- Height chart (as of 31 May 2019)
- [Profile on hololive.tv] Retrieved from https://en.hololive.tv/portfolio/items/433583
- Nakiri, A. [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ] (2018, September 3) 【初配信】新人バーチャル鬼神 百鬼あやめです！[Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A_okHps4aY
- Nakiri, A. [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ]. (2019, May 14) 【重大発表】 どきどきの重大発表【#百鬼あやめ/ホロライブ】 [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1Q7eJhfAkyo/
- Nakiri, A. [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ]. (2019, May 17) 【#百鬼あやめ3D】百鬼あやめ3Dお披露目生放送【3D生放送】 [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/FKL9yOFZCqw/
- Nakiri, A. [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ] (2019, August 9) 【3D放送】鬼神の水着見せちゃうぞ♡【#ホロライブサマー / 百鬼あやめ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNHkF2xVghg
- nakiriayame. (2019 November 20) 配信見てくれた人間様たちありがとう！重大発表は 新衣装お披露目決定でした〜！ 11月23日 22:00 時間を空けてくれたら嬉しいぞ お楽しみに〜〜〜〜！！[Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nakiriayame/status/1197156922207555584
- Nakiri, A [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ] (2019 November 23) 新衣装お披露目会だって余【#百鬼あやめ新衣装/ ホロライブ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ETWoW8D-o
- nakiriayame (2020, January 1) 放送告知 1月1日 16:00～START お正月新衣装お披露目！！！ #ホロライブ正月衣装 でツイートしてくれ～！ とってもかわよいからお楽しみに 待機所https://youtu.be/zNk8TZXvXDU [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nakiriayame/status/1212259934588456960
- Nakiri, A. [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ] (2020, January 1) 【新衣装お披露目】新年あけましておめでとう！！！！！【#ホロライブ正月衣装/百鬼あやめ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/zNk8TZXvXDU?t=926
- 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/photo/2
- nakiriayame (2020, July 28) ⚠️お知らせ⚠️ ✨7月31日 22:00～ ✨ 😈新live2dお披露目😈 がありますぞぉぉおおおおお！ 皆にお披露目するのがとっても楽しみ！！是非見に来てほしい！ドキドキだ〜⊙﹏⊙ [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nakiriayame/status/1288322636225720322
- Nakiri, A. [Nakiri Ayame Ch. 百鬼あやめ] (2020, July 31) 【 #百鬼新2D 】百鬼アップデート ver2.0！！！進化した余を見てて… [Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/H4gO1FhRIjc?t=1428
- Official Dawn of the Breakers Website - hololive Crossover: Resurgance
- AzurLane_EN (2019 November 26) Event Period [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/AzurLane_EN/status/1199372247120498688/photo/2
- [Vtuber's daily moments] (2021, January 11) Ayame stubbornly denies being an "Otaku"【ENG sub】【Nakiri Ayame / Hololive】 [Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/wL_IUbki_50