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VShojo is a US-based VTuber agency based in San Francisco.

Unlike Japan-based VTuber agencies, VShojo primarily uses Twitch for livestreaming, with YouTube reserved primarily for highlight clips and edited content.

The company was founded in 2020 by former Twitch employee Justin “theGunrun” Ignacio and Youtuber Phillip “Mowtendoo” Fortunat, with the vision of creating an agency where the talent have complete freedom. Its goals are to provide members with in-house tech, legal, PR, sponsors, upgrades, opportunities, social media expansion and a positive environment. As of May 2021, the agency has more than 2 million followers on Twitch and 1.200 million subscribers on YouTube.

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VShojo is a talent-first VTuber company, dedicated to the growth and success of its members.

"Founded by fans of VTuber culture, we aim to create and foster content that pushes the boundaries of VTubing and talent freedom, while maintaining deep respect for the people and companies that helped paved the way."[1]

History

Origin

VShojo was founded by Gunrun, who worked at Twitch from 2011 to 2018, and Mowtendoo, a popular YouTuber, as well as a video game developer with expertise in 3d motion graphics, video production, and professional music production. The project had been in the works since at least as far back as August 2020, with the web domain vshojo.com registered on August 9, and the Twitter account @VShojoOfficial created that same month.

2020

On 24 November, Nyatasha Nyanners, Zentreya, Ironmouse, Silvervale and Projekt Melody made their official redebut. All five were existing popular VTubers streaming on Twitch. A debut video announced these five members and an additional two: Froot, the VTuber formerly known as Apricot; and newcomer Hime Hajime.[2] Froot's debut was scheduled for 27 November.[3] Hime's debut was delayed to an unspecified future date.

Lewdcast, a weekly variety VTuber podcast hosted by Melody, Ironmouse and Silvervale also became affiliated with VShojo upon the company's announcement, having been previously run independently by the three.

2021

On 31 January 2021 (Japan time), Hime finally made her debut on Twitch. This makes the first VShojo member to make her initial appearance after the group's creation.

On 9 April, Veibae was announced as a new addition to VShojo.

On 13 April, VShojo members Ironmouse, Froot, Silvervale, Veibae and Nyatasha Nyanners played with prominent japanese VTubers Kizuna Ai, Higuchi Kaede and Dennou Shojo Siro in a collab called #VAmongEarth.[4] The original plan was to include Inaba Haneru in place of Silvervale, but she had to cancel at the last minute due to illness.

On 22 May, VShojo members Ironmouse, Silvervale, Veibae, and Nyatasha Nyanners attended the DigiKomi convention, where they played a game called "Otaku Exposed!".[5]

On 16 June, VShojo made their first collaboration with hololive, between Nyanners and Takanashi Kiara. The event was streamed on both YouTube and Twitch,[6] and attracted a peak total of around 40,000 viewers across both sites.

On 19 June, another hololive EN collaboration between Ironmouse and Mori Calliope was streamed on Twitch and attracted nearly 25,000 viewers at its peak.[7]

Members

VShojo Members from left to right Zentreya, Silvervale,Ironmouse, Projekt Melody, Nyatasha Nyanners, Froot, and Hime Hajime


Nyatasha Nyanners Projekt Melody Apricot (Froot) Zentreya
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Silvervale Ironmouse Hime Hajime Veibae
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Hime Official Vshojo Portrait.jpg
Veibae Official Vshojo Portrait.png

Trivia

  • The name VShojo is a pun on either the Japanese word “bishoujo” or “shoujo (they also could’ve used the word “Shojo” meaning “virgin.”) meaning "pretty girl", and, “girl”, with the "V" representing "virtual".
  • VShojo does not use "generations". All current and future talents are considered part of the same "generation".[8]
  • VShojo operates closer to a cooperative, where all talents are free to upgrade or replace their models and outfits as they see fit, leading to a number of "styles" across 2D and 3D.


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