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 Bācharu Raibā) 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 ANYCOLOR Inc. (formerly known as Ichikara Inc. until May 16, 2021), the group started in Japan in early 2018 and has since expanded to other countries as an international project. As of July 2021, there are 190 members in Nijisanji for all of its branches: 107 active Japanese Nijisanji members, 19 active NIJISANJI ID members, 16 active NIJISANJI KR members, 6 active NIJISANJI EN members and 42 active VirtuaReal members. There are also 5 VirtuaReal Star members and 22 VirtuaReal Link members who are independent VTubers, not considered part of Nijisanji per se and are only in a network partner system.
As of 2021, the group has 30 million subscribers on YouTube for all of the 148 members (JP/ID/KR/EN) who have it as their main platform. VirtuaReal members aren't included as they have bilibili as its main platform.
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 2021 Wave
- 3.9 Nijisanji NetWORK (former members; program terminated)
- 3.10 NIJISANJI ID (Indonesia)
- 3.11 NIJISANJI KR (South Korea)
- 3.12 NIJISANJI EN (English)
- 3.13 NIJISANJI IN (India) (Dissolved Branch)
- 3.14 VirtuaReal (China)
- 3.15 VirtuaReal Star (China)
- 3.16 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). This method is technically simpler and much less expensive than full-body 3D motion tracking equipment but the resulting motion is mostly limited to facial features, rotation of the head, and limited movement of the upper body. These models suffered from many stuttering and accuracy issues in the early days of Nijisanji but less of these issues are seen today as their technology has improved.
After debuting, Livers are able to receive 2.0 and 3.0 brushups that allow them to expand their range of movement and make more facial expressions. 2.0 and 3.0 brushups are announced through Twitter and are distributed in batches at random times. Those with 3D models are also eligible to receive 3D brushups, which are also announced through Twitter. Updates of any kind are tagged with #にじあぷで on Twitter.
As of May 2021, 95 Livers from Nijisanji's main branch have received 2.0 brushups and 3 have received 3.0 brushups. 3 Livers from Nijisanji ID have received 2.0 brushups and are the only Livers from foreign branches to have received brushups.
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. The range of motion for Niji 3D is limited to the upper body and hand tracking.
As of May 2021, 62 Livers from Nijisanji's main branch have received 3D models (including Livers who have used their models in events but haven't had their YouTube debut yet) and 4 have received 3D brushups. 8 Livers from VirtuaReal have received 3D models as well and are the only foreign branch to have received 3D models (not including members from VirtuaReal Link or Star).
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, Ichikara Inc. announced that they were launching the first wave auditions for English speaking countries. The auditions were open until 15 December.
On December 25, Ichikara Inc. 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.
On 28 February, it was announced at the Nijisanji annversary fesitval that 3.0 brushups would be implemented, which allow for Live2D models to have more movement and facial expressions. JK Gumi (Tsukino Mito, Higuchi Kaede, Shizuka Rin) will be the first to receive 3.0 brushups in April 2021. Nijisanji ID's first wave, Hana Macchia, ZEA Cornelia, and Taka Radjiman received 2.0 brushups during the festival as well, making them the first members of any foreign branch to receive 2.0 brush ups.
On 13 April, it was announced on Twitter that Nijisanji IN would be temporarily suspended at 30 April 2021, 23:59 JST, as well as the coming graduation of the branch's livers, Aadya, Noor, and Vihaan.
On 30 April, all members of NIJISANJI IN graduated and the branch was suspended.
On 12 May, Nijisanji EN's first wave, Lazulight was revealed. Their debuts happened on 16 May (according to JST) and were accompanied by a separate debut program hosted by Nijisanji ID livers Hana Macchia and Bonnivier Pranaja.
On 12 May, the English version of Nijisanji's Official website was released.
On 13 May, it was announced that an official Nijisanji TikTok account had been started.
In 18 June, Anycolor announced new auditions for Nijisanji EN. Unlike the first audition, this audition has a separation between male and female vtubers, with the male ending the audition in August and the female one in July.
In July 14, Anycolor announced Nijisanji EN's second wave called Obsydia. This second wave was part of the first audition done by the company, instead of the second audition opened. The wave shares themes and ideas with Lazulight, being a "darker" version of the group.
In July 19, it was announced that a new wave was coming for the japanese branch with 5 new members after almost one year without any debuts in the branch. All of them would debut in the same day on July 22.
|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||Yuuhi 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)|
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|
|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|
|Axia Krone||Lauren Iroas||Leos Vincent||Oliver Evans||Lain Paterson|
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 CloverMcOver.
|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|
|Hyona Elatiora||Xia Ekavira||Mika Melatika|
NIJISANJI KR (South Korea)
|Wiffy (retired)||Yu Ruri (retired)||Shin Yuya (retired)||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|
|Seffyna||Ban Hada||Song Mia|
NIJISANJI EN (English)
Also known as LazuLight.
|Elira Pendora||Pomu Rainpuff||Finana Ryugu|
Also known as OBSYDIA.
|Selen Tatsuki||Rosemi Lovelock||Petra Gurin|
NIJISANJI IN (India) (Dissolved Branch)
|Aadya (retired)||Noor (retired)||Vihaan (retired)|
VirtuaReal is a branch of Nijisanji that was created in partnership with the Chinese media site BiliBili as a joint venture between the two companies. 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 and Twitter can be found here.
|Samael (retired)||Karu||Mimoi (retired)||Shiki (retired)||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
|Identity: Singer||Identity: |
Utaite, voice provider for
Liliko (voicebank for Muta synthesizer)
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. JRM Project is another unit composed of three members that joined VirtuaReal Link.
|Andou Inari||KINGSK科科 (retired)||Mitsusa||Lynn (SVHS)||Eli (SVHS)||Muse (SVHS)||Seven (SVHS)||Sumire Hina||Suzukaze Suzuka (disbanded)|
|Mama Mara||Prime Star (retired)||Karon||Isabella||Azusa||Kero||Jinxy (JRM)||Ruruna (JRM)||Mori (JRM)|
- Nijisanji can be represented as the number 2434, so this is sometimes seen in their material. During live-streams, fans sometimes donate 2434 yen (~$21 USD).
- NIjisanji is often represented using the rainbow emoji (niji) and 3 o'clock emoji (sanji). Livers use this to represent their affiliation with Nijisanji while fans use it to show that they are fans of Nijisanji.
- ANYCOLOR Inc. is run by Tazumi Riku, the CEO of the company. He has made appearances on the Nijisanji YouTube channel and is even the inspiration behind some of the membership emojis. He has his own Twitter and YouTube channel.
- Nijisanji is run by Tazumi Riku, the CEO of ANYCOLOR Inc., after Iwanaga Taiki stepped down due to his cancer treatment.
- Nijisanji used to be run the by Iwanaga Taiki, the former COO of ANYCOLOR Inc. He switched to running SLEE, an idol group that used to be under ANYCOLOR, after he started undergoing treatment for cancer. He has now gone into remission and has left ANYCOLOR to become the president of Yokaze Inc, where he will continue to run SLEE. His Twitter is here. He sometimes does live-streams as a female-looking VTuber named Iwanaga-chan whose Twitter is here.
- 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.
- Whenever someone who isn't a Liver appears in a 3D stream, their avatar is that of a kuroko (黒衣, black-clad), a stagehand in traditional Japanese theater wearing black clothes that cover the entire body. The kuroko are usually ANYCOLOR staff.
- Virtual to LIVE - NIJISANJI 1st Anniversary Song
- into reality - NIJISANJI ID 1st Anniversary Song
- Wonder NeverLand - NIJISANJI 3rd Anniversary Song
- 虹色の Puddle - NIJISANJI 3rd Anniversary Song
- Diamond City Lights - NIJISANJI EN Debut Song
- PUCHISANJI (ぷちさんじ, PetitSanji) - Short illustrated videos of moments clipped from Nijisanji Liver streams. Some English translations can be found in the Closed Captions. As of July 2020, PUCHISANJI clips with English hardsub translations are simulcasted on the official Nijisanji English YouTube channel. Chinese hard-subbed versions are uploaded to the official Bilibili channel.
- CHOKOSANJI (ちょこさんじ, Snack Time!) - Short stories that are presented using 3D animations. English hard-subbed versions are posted simutaniously onto the official English channel with Indonesian subtitles accessable in the closed captions. Chinese hard-subbed versions are uploaded to the official Bilibili channel.
- The official Nijisanji TikTok reposts short clips from the official clip channel on YouTube.
- 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)
- にじさんじオフィシャル ニコニコチャンネル - Official Niconico channel (Japanese)
- 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)
- NIJISANJI KR Official - Official South Korean channel (South Korean)
- VirtuaReal - Official VirtuaReal channel on bilibili (Chinese)
- NIJISANJI English Official - Official English channel (English)
- NIJISANJI_EN - Official English Twitch channel (English)
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)
- @kirinuki_2434 - Nijisanji clip channel account (Japanese)
Official Facebook pages
Other official accounts
- r/Nijisanji - Official Nijisanji Subreddit (English)
- @nijisanji_official - Official Nijisanji TikTok account (Japanese)
- @nijisanji_en - Official Instagram account (English)
|1st Generation||Eine (🗝🎩) · Ruki|
|2nd Generation||Nanami (🦈) · Kouichi|
|3rd Generation||Muri (🌙)|
|4th Generation||Plus (🍭) · Nyatsuki (💦) · Waku (🐉)|
|5th Generation||Miki (🐋) · Hoshimi (⛱) · Mahiru (👿)|
|6th Generation||Aza (🐱) · Yagi · Tabibito · Roi (💎✨)|
|7th Generation||Seiya · Saya (💫) · Yukie|
|8th Generation||Karu (👒)|
|Retired||Shiki · Samael · Mimoi · Pax|
|9th Generation||Chiharu · Chaos · Kiyora|
|10th Generation||Reve · Sirius · Yua · Shaun (🦷)|
|11th Generation||Tanoshiba · Mari · Chiyuu · Imi|
|12th Generation||Mayumi · Kendou (🦴) · Tsukumo · Remi (⚓)|
|13th Generation||Tocci · Kiti · Qilou|
|Ling Yuan Yousa · Sakura Haruka · Nanako · Zuya Naxi · Hanser|
|Andou Inari (🦊) · Mitsusa (🥕) · Lynn · Eli · Muse · Seven · Sumire Hina (🥟) · Mama Mara · Karon (🥐) · Isabella · Azusa · Kero · Jinxy · Ruruna · Mori · Miyazono Rin · Syo · Susam · Noi · Nox (⭐) · Joi (🍊)|
|Retired||Suzukaze Suzuka (🍩) · KINGSK · Prime Star|
|3SetBBQ||Hana Macchia (☕) · ZEA Cornelia (🔶) · Taka Radjiman (🍖)|
|Clover McOver||Rai Galilei (🚨) · Riksa Dhirendra (💥) · Amicia Michella (🐧) · Miyu Ottavia (🦦)|
|LAN_NEE3S||Azura Cecillia (👽) · Layla Alstroemeria (🕰️🌺) · Nara Haramaung (🐯)|
|3FicLite||Etna Crimson (🌋🍔) · Bonnivier Pranaja (🎣) · Siska Leontyne (🔦🦁)|
|53Renade||Nagisa Arcinia (🐥🍭) · Derem Kado (🎁) · Reza Avanluna (🌒🎸☁)|
|Retired||Aadya (🌸) · Noor (💎♦️) · Vihaan|
|1st Generation||Min Suha (🌊)|
|Retired||Yu Ruri (🎀🧸) · Wiffy (📶) · Shin Yuya (🌛🌱)|
|541 E&C||Gaon (👔) · Han Chiho (🦋)|
|Retired||Moarin (💕) · Kaen (🦴🔔) · Lorou (🎵) · Hakuren (☁️)|
|2nd Generation||So Nagi (🌧) · Chae Ara (🌹💛) · Lee Siu (🐾)|
|3rd Generation||Nun Bora (❄️💜) · Akira Ray (😸) · Lee Roha (🔰)|
|4th Generation||Yang Nari (📌) · Ryu Hari (👁🗨) · Shin Kiru (🌫) · Oh Jiyu (⚜️)|
|5th Generation||Seffyna (💗🌕) · Ban Hada (🏴☠️) · Song Mia (🍡)|
|LazuLight||Elira Pendora (🌤️) · Pomu Rainpuff (🧚🍂) · Finana Ryugu (🐠)|
|OBSYDIA||Selen Tatsuki (🏆) · Rosemi Lovelock (🌹) · Petra Gurin (🐧❄️)|
- 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 IN Rename. [Tweet]. 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_IN. (2021, April 13) Announcement of NIJISANJI IN's temporary suspension and liver graduation. [Tweet]. Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_IN/status/1381864733482029058
- nijisanji_app. (2021, May 12). Announcement of English version of official website. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nijisanji_app/status/1392374117895127042
- nijisanji_app. (2021, May 13) Announcement of official TikTok account. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/nijisanji_app/status/1392721326704676868
- 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