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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.[1]

Managed by Ichikara Inc., the group started in Japan in early 2018 and has since expanded to other countries as an international project.[2] As of August 2020, there are currently 106 active Japanese Nijisanji members, 29 active VirtuaReal members, 13 active NIJISANJI ID members, 3 active NIJISANJI EN members, and 11 active NIJISANJI KR members.[3]

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 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.

Technology

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.

History

2018

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 However, they are no longer active within Nijisanji and on April 2019, were transferred to another virtual group called "VEgo" which only lasted for a month before retiring from Youtube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.[4]

2019

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.[5] It was first hinted at on 8 May.[6] Since 31 December 2019, it is no longer operational.[7]

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[8], 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[9], 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[10], and the selected candidates officially began their activities in late January 2020.

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.[11]

On 22 June, NIJISANJI IN rebranded and changed the name of their branch to "NIJISANJI EN."[12] Additionally, Nijisanji launched their official English YouTube channel on this day too.[13]

Members

Nijisanji Lineup August 2020

Nijisanji's entire roster of Japanese Virtual Livers as of August 2020. For the list of names in order, click "More Info" on the image.

The current members endorsed by Nijisanji include:

First Wave

Tsukino Mito Yuki Chihiro Elu Higuchi Kaede Shizuka Rin Shibuya Hajime Suzuya Aki Moira
Tsukino Mito Headshot
Yuuki Chihiro Headshot
Elu Headshot
Higuchi Kaede Headshot
Shizuka Rin Headshot
Shibuya Hajime Headshot
Suzuya Aki Headshot
Moira Headshot

Second Wave

Mononobe Alice Fushimi Gaku Ienaga Mugi Morinaka Kazaki Suzuka Utako Ushimi Ichigo Yuhi Riri Kenmochi Toya Gilzaren III Fumino Tamaki
Mononobe Alice Headshot
Fushimi Gaku Headshot
Ienaga Mugi Headshot
Morinaka Kazaki Headshot Both Ages
Suzuka Utako Headshot
Ushimi Ichigo Headshot
Yuuhi Riri Headshot
Kenmochi Toya Headshot
Gilzaren III Headshot
Fumino Tamaki Headshot

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.[14]

Kanae Akabane Youko Sasaki Saku Yamiyono Moruru (retired) Honma Himawari Makaino Ririmu Kuzuha Setsuna (retired) Shiina Yuika
Kanae Headshot
Akabane Youko Headshot
Sasaki Saku Headshot
Yamiyono Moruru Headshot
Honma Himawari Headshot
Makaino Ririmu - Portrait
Kuzuha Headshot
Setsuna Headshot
Shiina Yuika Headshot

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.[14]

Dola Hanabatake Chaika Hassaku Yuzu (retired) Izumo Kasumi Azuchi Momo Nakao Azuma (retired) Naruto Kogane (retired) Ryushen Sister Cleaire Suzuki Masaru
Dola Headshot
Hanabatake Chaika Headshot
Hassaku Yuzu Headshot
Izumo Kasumi Headshot
Azuchi Momo Headshot
Nakao Azuma Headshot
Naruto Kogane Headshot
Ryushen Headshot
Sister Cleaire - Portrait
Suzuki Masaru Headshot
Todoroki Kyoko Umiyashano Kami (retired) Uzuki Kou Yashiro Kizuku Kanda Shoichi Amemori Sayo Takamiya Rion Asuka Hina Maimoto Keisuke Debidebi Debiru
Todoroki Kyoko Headshot
Umiyashano Kami Headshot
Uzuki Kou Headshot
YashikizuHeadshot
Kanda Shoichi Headshot
Amemori Sayo Headshot
Takamiya Rion Headshot
Asuka Hina Headshot
Maimoto Keisuke - Portrait
Debidebi Debiru Headshot
Rindou Mikoto Joe Rikiichi Machita Chima Tsukimi Shizuku (retired) Sakura Ritsuki Achikita Chinami (retired) Belmond Banderas Yaguruma Rine Yumeoi Kakeru Kuroi Shiba
Rindou Mikoto Headshot
Rikiichi Joe Headshot
Machita Chima Headshot
Tsukimi Shizuku Headshot
Sakura Ritsuki Headshot
Achikita Chinami Headshot
Belmond Banderas Headshot
Yaguruma Rine Headshot
Yumeoi Kakeru Headshot
Kuroi Shiba Headshot

VOIZ

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
Harusaki Air Headshot
Naruse Naru Headshot

2019 Wave

Warabeda Meiji Kudo Chitose (retired) Gundo Mirei Yuzuki Roa Onomachi Haruka Kataribe Tsumugu Seto Miyako Shindo Raito (suspended) Otogibara Era
Warabeda Meiji Headshot
Kudo Chitose - Portrait
Gundo Mirei Headshot
Yuzuki Roa - Portrait
Onomachi Haruka Headshot
Kataribe Tsumugu Headshot
Seto Miyako Headshot
Shindo Raito Portrait
Otogibara Era - Portrait
Inui Toko Ange Katrina Lize Helesta Saegusa Akina Aizono Manami Suzuhara Lulu Yukishiro Mahiro Ex Albio Levi Elipha
Inui Toko
Ange Katrina Headshot
Lize Helesta - Portrait
Saegusa Akina Headshot
Aizono Manami Headshot
Suzuhara Lulu - Portrait
Yukishiro Mahiro Headshot
Ex Albio Headshot
Levi Elipha Headshot
Hayama Marin Nui Sociere Hakase Fuyuki Kagami Hayato Yorumi Rena Mayuzumi Kai Ars Almal Aiba Uiha Amamiya Kokoro
Hayama Marin Headshot
Nui Sociere Headshot
Hakase Fuyuki Headshot
Kagami Hayato Headshot
Yorumi Rena Headshot
Mayuzumi Kai Headshot
Ars face
Aiba Uiha Headshot
Amamiya Kokoro Headshot
Eli Conifer Ratna Petit Hayase Sou Sukoya Kana Shellin Burgundy Fumi Hoshikawa Sara Yamagami Karuta Matsukai Mao
Eli Conifer Headshot
Ratna Petit 2020 Headshot
Hayase Sou Headshot
Sukoya Kana Headshot
Shellin Burgundy Headshot
Fumi Headshot
Hoshikawa Sara Headshot
Yamagami Karuta Headshot
Matsukai Mao Headshot
Emma ★ August Luis Cammy Fuwa Minato Shirayuki Tomoe Gwelu Os Gar Mashiro Naraka Kurusu Natsume
Emma★August Headshot
Luis Cammy Headshot
Fuwa Minato Headshot
Shirayuki Tomoe Headshot
Gwelu Os Gar Headshot
Mashiro Headshot
Naraka Headshot
Kurusu Natsume Headshot

2020 Wave

(as of August 2020)

Furen E Lustario Melissa Kinrenka Ibrahim Nagao Kei Genzuki Tojiro Kaida Haru Kingyozaka Meiro Sorahoshi Kirame
Furen E Lustario Headshot
Melissa Kinrenka Headshot
Ibrahim Headshot
Nagao Kei Headshot
Genzuki Tojiro Headshot
Kaida Haru Headshot
Kingyozaka Meiro Headshot
Sorahoshi Kirame Headshot
Asahina Akane Suo Sango Todo Kohaku Kitakoji Hisui Nishizono Chigusa
Asahina Akane Headshot
Suo Sango Headshot
Todo Kohaku Headshot
Kitakoji Hisui Headshot
Nishizono Chigusa Headshot

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.

Tenkai Tukasa Fairys-chan
TenkaiTukasa
Fairys Chan

NIJISANJI ID (Indonesia)

First Wave

Also known as 3SetBBQ.

Hana Macchia ZEA Cornelia Taka Radjiman
Hana Macchia Headshot
ZEA Cornelia Headshot
Taka Radjiman Headshot

Second Wave

Also known as Clover McOver.

Rai Galilei Riksa Dhirendra Amicia Michella Miyu Ottavia
Rai Galilei Headshot
Riksa Dhirendra Headshot
Amicia Michella Headshot
Miyu Ottavia Headshot

Third Wave

Also known as LAN_NEE3S.

Azura Cecillia Layla Alstroemeria Nara Haramaung
Azura Cecillia Headshot
Layla Alstroemeria Headshot
Nara Haramaung Headshot

Fourth Wave

Also known as 3FicLite.

Etna Crimson Bonnivier Pranaja Siska Leontyne
Etna Crimson Headshot
Bonnivier Pranaja Headshot
Siska Leontyne Headshot

NIJISANJI EN (formerly NIJISANJI IN - India)

Aadya Noor Vihaan
Aadya Headshot
Noor Headshot
Vihaan Headshot

NIJISANJI KR (South Korea)

First Wave

Wiffy Yu Ruri (retired) Shin Yuya Min Suha
Wiffy Headshot
Yu Ruri Headshot
Shin Yuya Headshot
Min Suha Headshot

1.5 Wave

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)
Moarin Headshot
Gaon Headshot
Kaen Headshot
Lorou Headshot
Han Chiho
Hakuren Headshot

Second Wave

Lee Siu So Nagi Chae Ara
Lee Siu Headshot
So Nagi Headshot
Chae Ara Headshot

Third Wave

Akira Ray Lee Roha Nun Bora
Akira Ray Headshot
Lee Roha Headshot
Nun Bora Headshot

VirtuaReal (China)

Eine Ruki Nanami Ichigo Kouichi (Guangyi) Muri Hanon (retired) Plus Nyatsuki Waku
Eine Headshot
Ruki Headshot
Nanami Headshot
Ichigo Headshot
Kouichi Headshot
Muri Headshot
Hanon Headshot
Plus Headshot
Nyatsuki Headshot
Waku Headshot
Miki Mahiru Hoshimi Aza Yagi Tabibito Roi Seiya Saya Yuki
Miki Headshot
Mahiru Headshot
Hoshimi Headshot
Aza Headshot
Yagi Headshot
Tabibito Headshot
Roi Headshot
Seiya Headshot
Saya Headshot
Yukie Headshot
Samael Karu Mimoi (retired) Shiki Pax (retired) Chaos Kiyora Chiharu Reve Sirius
Samael Headshot
Karu Headshot
Mimoi Headshot
Shiki Headshot
Pax Headshot
Chaos Headshot
Kiyora Headshot
Chiharu Headshot
Reve Headshot
Sirius Headshot
Yua Shaun
Yua Headshot
Shaun Headshot

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
Lin Yuan Yousa Headshot
Sakura Haruka Headshot
Nanako Headshot
Identity:
Ling Yuan Yousa,

singer and Vocaloid producer

Identity:
Ruanruanbing,

MC and vlogger

Identity:
Cai Ming,

actress

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) Sumira Hina Suzukaze Suzuka (retired)
Andou Inari Headshot
KINGSK科科 Headshot
Mitsusa Headshot
Lynn Headshot
Eli Headshot
Muse Headshot
Seven Headshot
Sumira Hina Headshot
Suzukaze Suzuka Headshot
Mama Mara Su Xing
Mara Headshot
Su Xing Headshot

Trivia

  • 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).
  • The company is run by a man named Iwanaga, whose Twitter is here. He sometimes does live-streams as a female-looking VTuber named Iwanaga-chan.

Gallery

Video Clips

External Links

References

  1. NIJISANJI Project excerpt on the official Ichikara Inc. website (English)
  2. Overseas NIJISANJI VTuber Project excerpt on the official Ichikara Inc. website (English)
  3. Complete member roster on the official Nijisanji website
  4. https://vtuber-post.com/news/news-other/6131
  5. 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
  6. nijisanji_app. (2019, May 8). 【重大告知 近日公開】 [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/statuses/1126049107942858752
  7. https://twitter.com/tenkaitukasa/status/1210394878921723904
  8. 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
  9. NIJISANJI_EN (formerly Nijisanji_India). (2019, November 18). Nijisanji IN Audition Announcement. [Tweet].Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_EN/status/1196375269168140288
  10. NIJISANJI-KR. (2019, December 17). Nijisanji KR Audition Announcement. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_KR/status/1207146745966104577
  11. Nijisanji JAPAN TOUR 2020 Shout in Rainbow! Website
  12. NIJISANJI_EN. (2020, June 22). Announcement of NIJISANJI ID Rename. [Tweet0. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_EN/status/1274932165436796928
  13. NIJISANJI_World. (2020, June 22). Announcement of New English YouTube Channel. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_World/status/1274916991950819328
  14. 14.0 14.1 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
Nijisanji logo (V T E)
First wave
Tsukino Mito (🐰) · 
Yuki Chihiro (🎀💙) · 
Elu (🗼) · 
Higuchi Kaede (🍁) · 
Shizuka Rin (💜) · 
Shibuya Hajime (🌱) · 
Suzuya Aki (🐈) · 
Moira (😇)
Second wave
Mononobe Alice (♥️♠️♦️♣️) · 
Fushimi Gaku (✌) · 
Ienaga Mugi (🌷) · 
Morinaka Kazaki (🐻) · 
Suzuka Utako (🎶) · 
Ushimi Ichigo (🍓) · 
Yuuhi Riri (🌇) · 
Kenmochi Toya (⚔️) · 
Gilzaren III (🏰🌕) · 
Gamers(1)
Kanae (🔫) · 
Akabane Youko (💀) · 
Sasaki Saku (🎋) · 
Honma Himawari (🌻) · 
Makaino Ririmu (🍼) · 
Kuzuha (🎲) · 
Retired
Yamiyono Moruru (🍜) · 
Setsuna (❄️)
SEEDs(1)
Dola (🔥) · 
Hanabatake Chaika (🌵) · 
Izumo Kasumi (🦑) · 
Azuchi Momo (🍑) · 
Ryushen (🐼) · 
Sister Cleaire (🔔) · 
Suzuki Masaru (☪) · 
Todoroki Kyoko (🐐) · 
Uzuki Kou (🌙) · 
Yashiro Kizuku (🖥) · 
Kanda Shoichi (🔪) · 
Amemori Sayo (☔️) · 
Takamiya Rion (🦅) · 
Asuka Hina (🐤) · 
Maimoto Keisuke (👨‍🌾) · 
Debidebi Debiru (🚪👿) · 
Rindou Mikoto (🍶⚜️) · 
Joe Rikiichi (🤡🎈) · 
Machita Chima (🐹) · 
Sakura Ritsuki (🌸🌙) · 
Belmond Banderas (🥃) · 
Yaguruma Rine (🌽) · 
Yumeoi Kakeru (🎤) · 
Kuroi Shiba (🐕🐾)
Retired
Hassaku Yuzu (🍊) · 
Nakao Azuma (☀️) · 
Umiyashano Kami (⛩) · 
Tsukimi Shizuku (🎑💊) · 
VOIZ
Harusaki Air (🎙) · 
Naruse Naru (🍭) · 
Kaminari Poaro (retired) · 
Kuroha Kurousagi (retired)
2019 wave
Warabeda Meiji (🐺🍎) · 
Gundo Mirei (🐽) · 
Yuzuki Roa (🌖) · 
Onomachi Haruka (♨️) · 
Kataribe Tsumugu (📘🧂) · 
Seto Miyako (📷💚) · 
Otogibara Era (🏰🕛) · 
Inui Toko (🍹) · 
Ange Katrina (⚖) · 
Lize Helesta (👑) · 
Saegusa Akina (🌶) · 
Aizono Manami (🦀💕) · 
Suzuhara Lulu (🎨) · 
Yukishiro Mahiro (🌐✨) · 
Ex Albio (🛡) · 
Levi Elipha (🔲) · 
Hayama Marin (🍃🗻) · 
Nui Sociere (🎃) · 
Hakase Fuyuki (⚗) · 
Kagami Hayato (🏢) · 
Yorumi Rena (🎩🐤) · 
Mayuzumi Kai (💻💙) · 
Ars Almal (📕) · 
Aiba Uiha (🍮💎) · 
Amamiya Kokoro (🎐) · 
Eli Conifer (🌲) · 
Ratna Petit (🐻💎) · 
Hayase Sou (🏃‍♀️💨) · 
Sukoya Kana (💉💘) · 
Shellin Burgundy (🧐) · 
Fumi (🔖) · 
Hoshikawa Sara (🌟) · 
Yamagami Karuta (🎴) · 
Matsukai Mao (💥) · 
Emma★August (★) · 
Luis Cammy (❤️🦋) · 
Fuwa Minato (🥂✨) · 
Shirayuki Tomoe (👠⛓️) · 
Gwelu Os Gar (😎) · 
Mashiro (🧷) · 
Naraka (✖🍳) · 
Kurusu Natsume (🐏🎵)
Retired
Kudou Chitose (🧠) · 
Raito Shindo (terminated)
2020 wave
Furen E Lustario (🎠) · 
Melissa Kinrenka (🐝) · 
Ibrahim (💧) · 
Nagao Kei (☯️) · 
Genzuki Tojiro (🎻🛵) · 
Kaida Haru (🌞) · 
Kingyozaka Meiro (🩰) · 
Sorahoshi Kirame (🌌) · 
Asahina Akane (🦖🎖) · 
Suo Sango (💞🦩) · 
Todo Kohaku (🍯) · 
Kitakoji Hisui (✳) · 
NETWORK(2)
Tenkai Tukasa (🎲) · 
Intl. branches

(1) Programs merged with main Nijisanji group.
(2) Program terminated; members are active but are no longer affiliated with Nijisanji.

Nijisanji ID (V T E)
3SetBBQ
Hana Macchia (☕) · 
ZEA Cornelia (🔶) · 
Clover McOver
Rai Galilei (🚨) · 
Riksa Dhirendra (💥) · 
Amicia Michella (🐧) · 
LAN_NEE3S
Azura Cecillia (👽) · 
Layla Alstroemeria (🕰️🌺) · 
3FicLite
Etna Crimson (🌋🍔) · 
Bonnivier Pranaja (🎣) · 
Siska Leontyne (🔦🦁)
Nijisanji EN (V T E)
Aadya (🌸) ・ Noor (💎♦️) ・ Vihaan
Nijisanji KR (V T E)
1st wave
Shin Yuya · 
Wiffy · 
Retired
541 E&C
Retired
Lorou · 
Moarin · 
Kaen · 
2nd wave
Lee Siu · 
So Nagi · 
3rd wave
Akira Ray · 
Lee Roha · 
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