Nijisanji (にじさんじ) is a group of mostly 2D-only Virtual YouTubers who are also known as "Virtual Livers" (バーチャルライバー Baacharu Raibaa) when posting on sites outside of YouTube, such as NicoNico Douga and Bilibili. The term Liver, coined by mixing Japanese and English, is a heteronym for calling Nijisanji's streamers.
Managed by Ichikara Inc., the group started in Japan in early 2018 and has since expanded to other countries as an international project. As of August 2020, there are currently 104 active Japanese Nijisanji members, 32 active VirtuaReal members, 4 VirtuaReal Star members, 12 VirtuaReal Link members, 16 active NIJISANJI ID members, 3 active NIJISANJI IN members, and 14 active NIJISANJI KR members.
There are a large number of Nijisanji Livers in the Top 100 Virtual YouTubers; Tsukino Mito has the highest number of subscribers within the company, with Kuzuha and Honma Himawari following close behind.
For the list of original songs released by Nijisanji members and musical units, refer to the following Wiki page: List of Nijisanji Songs.
- 1 Technology
- 2 History
- 3 Members
- 3.1 First Wave
- 3.2 Second Wave
- 3.3 Gamers (former members; now part of the main Nijisanji group)
- 3.4 SEEDs (former members; now part of the main Nijisanji group)
- 3.5 VOIZ
- 3.6 2019 Wave
- 3.7 2020 Wave
- 3.8 Nijisanji NetWORK (former members; program terminated)
- 3.9 NIJISANJI ID (Indonesia)
- 3.10 NIJISANJI IN (Temporarily NIJISANJI EN - English)
- 3.11 NIJISANJI KR (South Korea)
- 3.12 VirtuaReal (China)
- 3.13 VirtuaReal Star (China)
- 3.14 VirtuaReal Link (China)
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Video Clips
- 7 External Links
- 8 References
Nijisanji Livers usually stream with iPhoneX facial motion capture technology, Live2D models, and the Nijisanji app (commercially unavailable). Although this method is technically simpler and much less expensive than full-body 3D motion tracking equipment, the resulting motion is mostly limited to facial features and has been noted to suffer from stuttering and accuracy issues.
In addition to Live2D and conventional full-body 3D motion capture, Nijisanji also supports "Niji 3D" (にじ3D), which allows Livers to stream using their 3D models without a studio. But the range of motion for Niji 3D is limited to the upper body and hand tracking.
On 17 July, Nijisanji announced Chinese and Taiwanese Vtubers as an expansion into those markets. However, they are no longer active within Nijisanji and on April 2019, were transferred to another virtual group called "VEgo" which only lasted for a month before retiring from Youtube entirely.
In April 2019, a new branch of the Nijisanji Project in China called "VirtuaReal" officially began their activities.
On 10 May, they announced the commencement of their Nijisanji NetWORK (にじさんじネットワーク Nijisanji NETTOWAAKU) partnership program which is aimed towards giving support to other virtual talents. The first VTubers to participate in the program were Tenkai Tukasa and Fairys Chan. It was first hinted at on 8 May. Since 31 December 2019, it is no longer operational.
On 19 July, Nijisanji's parent company Ichikara Inc. announced a new branch of the Nijisanji Project in Indonesia called "NIJISANJI ID." Auditions for four initial virtual YouTuber positions were open from 19 July until 4 August, and the selected candidates officially began their activities in September 2019.
On 18 November, Ichikara Inc. announced a new branch of the Nijisanji Project in India called "NIJISANJI IN." Auditions for three initial virtual YouTuber positions were open from 18 November until 2 December, and the selected candidates officially began their activities in January 2020.
On 17 December, Ichikara Inc. announced a new branch of the Nijisanji Project in South Korea called "NIJISANJI KR." Auditions for five virtual YouTuber positions were open from 20 December until 6 January 2020, and the selected candidates officially began their activities in late January 2020.
A 6-show national music concert tour called "Nijisanji JAPAN TOUR 2020 Shout in the Rainbow!" took place between 9 February and 5 April. A total of 29 Nijisanji members performed across 5 Zepp venues (Sapporo, Fukuoka, Namba, Nagoya, and DiverCity Tokyo). Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zepp DiverCity Tokyo show was entirely cancelled and the second Zepp Namba show was exclusively streamed online.
On 27 November, it was announced that Aadya, Noor, and Vihaan would continue streaming as "NIJISANJI IN" once again.
On 30 November, they announced that they were launching the first wave auditions for English speaking countries. The auditions are open until 15 December.
On December 25, they announced that the previously unofficial Nijisanji subreddit, r/Nijisanji, would become officially run by Ichikara Inc. Many of Nijisanji's Livers joined as moderators for the subreddit as well.
The current members endorsed by Nijisanji include:
|Tsukino Mito||Yuki Chihiro||Elu||Higuchi Kaede||Shizuka Rin||Shibuya Hajime||Suzuya Aki||Moira|
|Mononobe Alice||Fushimi Gaku||Ienaga Mugi||Morinaka Kazaki||Suzuka Utako||Ushimi Ichigo||Yuhi Riri||Kenmochi Toya||Gilzaren III||Fumino Tamaki|
Gamers (former members; now part of the main Nijisanji group)
The Nijisanji Gamers group was later dissolved and merged into the main Nijisanji group in December 2018.
|Kanae||Akabane Youko||Sasaki Saku||Yamiyono Moruru (retired)||Honma Himawari||Makaino Ririmu||Kuzuha||Setsuna (retired)||Shiina Yuika|
SEEDs (former members; now part of the main Nijisanji group)
The Nijisanji SEEDS group was later dissolved and merged into the main Nijisanji group in December 2018.
|Dola||Hanabatake Chaika||Hassaku Yuzu (retired)||Izumo Kasumi (retired)||Azuchi Momo||Nakao Azuma (retired)||Naruto Kogane (retired)||Ryushen||Sister Cleaire||Suzuki Masaru|
|Todoroki Kyoko||Umiyashano Kami (retired)||Uzuki Kou||Yashiro Kizuku||Kanda Shoichi||Amemori Sayo||Takamiya Rion||Asuka Hina||Maimoto Keisuke||Debidebi Debiru|
|Rindou Mikoto||Joe Rikiichi||Machita Chima||Tsukimi Shizuku (retired)||Sakura Ritsuki||Achikita Chinami (retired)||Belmond Banderas||Yaguruma Rine||Yumeoi Kakeru||Kuroi Shiba|
Originally a four Virtual Liver ensemble that was part of Nijisanji SEEDs. Only two members of the VOIZ group are continuing with their activities:
|Harusaki Air||Naruse Naru|
(as of August 2020)
|Furen E Lustario||Melissa Kinrenka||Ibrahim||Nagao Kei||Genzuki Tojiro||Kaida Haru||Kingyozaka Meiro (suspended)||Sorahoshi Kirame|
|Asahina Akane||Suo Sango||Todo Kohaku||Kitakoji Hisui||Nishizono Chigusa|
Nijisanji NetWORK (former members; program terminated)
These two are still active VTubers but they are no longer officially affiliated with Nijisanji. Refer to Category:Nijisanji Network for more information on this program.
NIJISANJI ID (Indonesia)
Also known as 3SetBBQ.
|Hana Macchia||ZEA Cornelia||Taka Radjiman|
Also known as Clover McOver.
|Rai Galilei||Riksa Dhirendra||Amicia Michella||Miyu Ottavia|
Also known as LAN_NEE3S.
|Azura Cecillia||Layla Alstroemeria||Nara Haramaung|
Also known as 3FicLite.
|Etna Crimson||Bonnivier Pranaja||Siska Leontyne|
Also known as 53Renade.
|Nagisa Arcinia||Derem Kado||Reza Avanluna|
NIJISANJI IN (Temporarily NIJISANJI EN - English)
NIJISANJI KR (South Korea)
|Wiffy (retired)||Yu Ruri (retired)||Shin Yuya||Min Suha|
These members were formerly part of an agency named 541 E&C, which merged with Nijisanji KR on 25 January, 2020.
|Moarin (retired)||Gaon||Kaen (retired)||Lorou (retired)||Han Chiho||Hakuren (retired)|
|Lee Siu||So Nagi||Chae Ara|
|Akira Ray||Lee Roha||Nun Bora|
|Oh Jiyu||Shin Kiru||Yang Nari||Ryu Hari|
VirtuaReal is a branch of Nijisanji that was created in partnership with the Chinese media site, BiliBili. Apart from their VTubers/VUP's (what VTubers are called in Chinese), VirtuaReal has a producer named Tokimori Seisa, whose BiliBili page can be found here.
|Nanami||Ichigo (retired)||Kouichi (Guangyi)|
|Samael||Karu||Mimoi (retired)||Shiki||Pax (retired)|
VirtuaReal Star (China)
Members of VirtuaReal Star are the VTuber identities of popular, pre-established Chinese content creators and celebrities on Bilibili.
|Ling Yuan Yousa||Sakura Haruka||Nanako||Zuya Naxi||Hanser|
Ling Yuan Yousa,
singer and Vocaloid producer
MC and vlogger
VirtuaReal Link (China)
VirtuaReal Link is similar to the former Nijisanji NetWORK partnership program such that independent VTubers are given technical support from Ichikara Inc. "Super Virtual High School" (SVHS) is the unit name for four members.
|Andou Inari||KINGSK科科||Mitsusa||Lynn (SVHS)||Eli (SVHS)||Muse (SVHS)||Seven (SVHS)||Sumire Hina||Suzukaze Suzuka (disbanded)|
|Mama Mara||Prime Star||Karon||Isabella|
- Nijisanji can be represented as the number 2434, so this is sometimes seen in their material. Also during live-streams, fans sometimes donate 2434 yen (~$21 USD).
- Nijisanji is run by a man named Iwanaga, whose Twitter is here. He sometimes does live-streams as a female-looking VTuber named Iwanaga-chan.
- Ichikara Inc. itself is run by Tazumi Riku, the CEO of the company. He has made appearances on the Nijisanji YouTube channel and is even the inpiration behind some of the membership emojis. He has his own Twitter and YouTube channel.
- Nijisanji's app has a mascot called Yugamin. Livers can stream as Yugamin instead of their usual forms, as Yugamin has a Live2D model. Yugamin was designed by ほーじろ, who also designed Shibuya Hajime, Kenmochi Toya, Fushimi Gaku, Sister Cleaire, Amemori Sayo, Todoroki Kyoko, and Yumeoi Kakeru.
- Virtual to LIVE - NIJISANJI 1st Anniversary Song
- PUCHISANJI (ぷちさんじ, PetitSanji) - Daily short illustrated videos of moments clipped from Nijisanji Liver streams. English translations are in the Closed Captions. As of July 2020, PUCHISANJI clips with English hardsub translations are simulcasted on the official Nijisanji English YouTube channel.
- into reality - NIJISANJI ID 1st Anniversary Song
- Nijisanji's Official Company Website on ichikara.co.jp (Japanese)
- Nijisanji Official Store
- にじさんじ公式 nijisanji.booth.pm - Official Booth store
- NIJISANJI ID nijisanji-id.booth.pm - Nijisanji ID's official Booth store
- nijisanji-kr nijisanji-kr.booth.pm - Nijisanji KR's official Booth store
- にじさんじ - Main channel (Japanese)
- NIJISANJI English Official - Official English channel (English)
- にじさんじ [公式サブch] - Sub channel (Japanese)
- にじさんじ公式切り抜きチャンネル【NIJISANJI Official Best Moments】 - Official Clip channel (Japanese)
- NIJISANJI ID Official - Official Indonesian channel (Indonesian)
- VirtuaReal - Official VirtuaReal channel on bilibili (Chinese)
Official Twitter accounts
- @nijisanji_app - Main Nijisanji account (Japanese)
- @NIJISANJI_World - International Nijisanji (English)
- @NIJISANJI_IN - Nijisanji IN (formerly Nijisanji EN with former Twitter handle @NIJISANJI_EN) (English)
- @NIJISANJI_ID - Nijisanji ID (Indonesian)
- @NIJISANJI_KR - Nijisanji KR (Korean)
- @NIJISANJI_staff- Nijisanji staff contact account (English)
- @Virtua_Real - VirtuaReal (Chinese)
Official Facebook pages
- r/Nijisanji - Official Nijisanji Subreddit
- NIJISANJI Project excerpt on the official Ichikara Inc. website (English)
- Overseas NIJISANJI VTuber Project excerpt on the official Ichikara Inc. website (English)
- Complete member roster on the official Nijisanji website
- Ichikara Corporation. (2019, May 10). VTuberコミュニティサービス「にじさんじネットワーク」始動！VTuberを「流行り」から「文化」へ。 [Press release]. Retrieved from https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000063.000030865.html
- nijisanji_app. (2019, May 8). 【重大告知 近日公開】 [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1126049107942858752
- Ichikara Corporation. (2019, July 19). いちから、インドネシアへ本格進出！「NIJISANJI id」始動！ [Press release]. Retrieved from https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000076.000030865.html
- NIJISANJI_EN (formerly Nijisanji_India). (2019, November 18). Nijisanji IN Audition Announcement. [Tweet].Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_EN/status/1196375269168140288
- NIJISANJI-KR. (2019, December 17). Nijisanji KR Audition Announcement. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_KR/status/1207146745966104577
- Nijisanji JAPAN TOUR 2020 Shout in Rainbow! Website
- NIJISANJI_EN. (2020, June 22). Announcement of NIJISANJI ID Rename. [Tweet0. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_EN/status/1274932165436796928
- NIJISANJI_World. (2020, June 22). Announcement of New English YouTube Channel. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_World/status/1274916991950819328
- NIJISANJI_IN. (2020, November 27) Anouncement of return to NIJISANJI IN. Tweet Retrieved from:https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_IN/status/1332187398109847552
- NIJISANJI_WORLD. (2020, November 30). Nijisanji English Speaking Countries Audition. Tweet. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_World/status/1333621846881628169
- NIJISANJI_EN. (2020, December 25). Announcement of Official Subreddit. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_World/status/1342334257784643584
- nijisanji_app (2018, December 13) 【にじさんじが1つのグループに！】 今月末をメドに、「にじさんじ」「にじさんじゲーマーズ」「にじさんじSEEDs」が『にじさんじ』へと順次統合致します。 詳細はこちら！▷https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000038.000030865.html [Tweet] Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/nijisanji_app/status/1073081999701684224
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