Nekomata Okayu (猫又おかゆ) is a female Japanese Virtual YouTuber associated with hololive, as part of a group of VTubers inside called as hololive Gamers (ホロライブゲーマーズ) alongside Shirakami Fubuki, Ookami Mio, and Inugami Korone.
Okayu is typically very relaxed, free-spirited, and also somewhat of a playboy. She sometimes flirts openly with other hololive members just to see their reactions and is also known for impulsively swiping food. She never denies her wrongdoings and was handed a guilty verdict in several "Okayu Court" cases, after which she obediently served her sentence.
Despite her laid-back personality, Okayu can get very emotional when playing games to the point that she can break down into tears during emotional moments in the story. This happened most notably when she finished: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, where she cried on stream after beating the game for a few minutes and needed a moment to compose herself.
She greets her viewers with "Mogu! Mogu!"
She was first announced on 22 March 2019 in Shirakami Fubuki's 3D model reveal. Fubuki announced that she alongside Inugami Korone would join hololive Gamers in April. This was followed up by an announcement on hololive's Twitter account on 25 March. She was officially introduced on 1 April.
Her Twitter account was opened on 24 March 2019 while her YouTube channel was created on 25 March although she first started her activity there with an introductory stream on 6 April.
On 29 September, she announced on her Twitter account that she would get her 3D model.
On 4 October, she debuted her 3D model during a stream.
On 1 January, she announced on Twitter that she would get her second 2D costume, a maid inspired kimono to celebrate the new year, this costume was later revealed during a stream the next day on 2 January.
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 11 June, hololive's Twitter account announced that Okayu would get a new 2D costume.
On 12 June, she debuted her third 2D costume, a sailor fuku inspired design during a stream.
- Her fanbase is officially called "Onigiryaa" (おにぎりゃー).
- Okayu is very close to Korone, having been good friends with Korone before joining hololive.
- "Okayu" translates to "rice porridge", a common dish in Japan It is also known simply as "kayu".
- Okayu's last name "Nekomata" is the name of a type of cat yaoguai/yōkai that appears in both Chinese and Japanese folklore.
- Okayu owns a cat; a small female American Shorthair named Temari (the name coming from the Temari Balls of traditional Japanese handcraft culture). The novel oddity of a cat-girl owning a pet cat is not lost on Okayu's fans.
- Okayu has demonstrated on stream that she is able to move her cat-ears at will. In several episodes of holo no graffiti they're also seen to sometimes wiggle involuntarily.
- In one of her streams with Korone, it is revealed that the ears are tied to her eyebrow movement; this can technically work with other VTubers of the same type of animal-ear model, as Korone in the same stream has also managed to do so with her own eyebrow movement. Though model-movements may vary from model to model as shown with others.
- She is a big fan of Dragon Ball and of Broly. During a stream, she mentioned that she watched the new Broly movie from Dragon Ball Super numerous times and really loved his character.
- Her three most favorite characters are Broly, Bardock, and Raditz.
- Sometimes her grandmother can be heard snoring in the background during her streams.
- When her grandmother's health deteriorated she spent some time living with Korone and her family.
- One of her fondest memories with Korone is when she treated Okayu like a little sister.
- Okayu Ch. 猫又おかゆ - YouTube channel
- Nekomata Okayu's corporate profile on hololive.tv (EN)
- Nekomata Okayu's corporate profile on hololive.tv (JP)
- @nekomataokayu - Nekomata Okayu's official Twitter account
- 猫又小粥Official - Nekomata Okayu's official bilibili channel
- @nekomataokayu - Nekomata Okayu's Marshmallow account
- 猫又おかゆ - Nicovideo Encylopedia
- 猫又おかゆ - Pixiv Encyclopedia
- 猫又おかゆ - unofficial hololive Seesaawiki
- 猫又小粥 - Moegirl Encyclopedia
- Nekomata Okayu - Hololive Fan Wiki
- せらみっく (2020, January 15) おかゆちゃんの新衣装かわいい！！ 実は猫又おかゆちゃんの新衣装デザインを担当しました かわいいから見てね [Pixiv] Retrieved from https://www.pixiv.net/artworks/78916650
- ceramic06 (2020, June 12) 今回もおかゆちゃんの新衣装の担当させてもらいましたー！！！ とってもかわいいよおかゆちゃん～～～☺️ みんなの新衣装ファンアートも待ってます！！[Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/ceramic06/status/1271433415640768512
- Height chart (as of 31 May 2019)
- Shirakami, F.[フブキCh。白上フブキ]. (2019, March 22) 【#白上フブキ新３D】お披露目＆重大告知発表 [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/grwVFD5GNuE?t=43m41s
- hololivetv. (2019, March 25). 【ホロライブゲーマーズ】新メンバー加入決定！
#ホロライブ [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1110076954621861888
- Cover Corporation. (2019, April 1). 新人VTuber「猫又おかゆ」「戌神ころね」がホロライブゲーマーズよりデビュー決定！ [Press release]. Retrieved from https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000047.000030268.html
- Nekomata, O. [Okayu Ch. 猫又おかゆ] (2019, April 6) 【#猫又おかゆ初放送】はじめまして！ぼく猫又おかゆ！【新人Vtuber】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/NvxP_GB-x5c
- nekomataokayu (2019, September 29) 重大発表会お疲れ様でした どきどきしたけどみんな喜んで くれてハッピーハッピー( ^)o(^ ) 3Dお披露目は10/4 21:00から みんな楽しみにしててね～～！！ #生おかゆ [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nekomataokayu/status/1178296746067103744
- Nekomata, O. [Okayu Ch. 猫又おかゆ] (2019, October 4) 【#猫又おかゆ3D】猫又おかゆのすーぱー3Dお披露目配信【3D生放送】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/xtBdcAOxd7I
- nekomataokayu (2020, January 1) 1月2日 14:00から(もうすぐ！) 正月衣装リレー2日目(っ˘꒳˘ｃ) トップバッターはこの僕 あまりの可愛さに震えること 間違い無しだ〜〜〜！！！！！ ▶【#ホロライブ正月衣装】ドキドキ新衣装お披露目！【ホロライブ/猫又おかゆ】 https://youtu.be/-Nzbv6Qd9e0 [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nekomataokayu/status/1212588255566188544
- Nekomata, O. [Okayu Ch. 猫又おかゆ] (2020, January 2) 【#ホロライブ正月衣装】ドキドキ新衣装お披露目！【ホロライブ/猫又おかゆ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/-Nzbv6Qd9e0?t=1123
- hololive_En (2020, January 24) [Songs Performed!] 🎵 New Treasure Island (Gamers) 🎵 CONNECTING (3rd Gen) 🎵 Whimsical Mercy (Sora, Fubuki, Aqua) #とまらないホロライブ Photo By Ayo Kajino [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/hololive_En/status/1220683937808183297/photo/1
- hololivetv (2020, June 11) 【🎉お知らせ🎉】 「#ホロライブ」所属VTuber「#猫又おかゆ」の新衣装お披露目配信が、6月12日（金）に配信決定✨ ■配信日 ：2020年6月12日（金） ■配信時間：21時より開始予定 🔽詳細はこちら🔽 [Tweet] Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nekomataokayu/status/1271025825748406273
- Nekomata, O. [Okayu Ch. 猫又おかゆ] (2020, June 12) 【新衣装お披露目】新しいお洋服ですイエイ【ホロライブ/猫又おかゆ】[Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/cCFNz5bxTos?t=981