The NHK Virtual Nodo Jiman (NHKバーチャルのど自慢 Lit. NHK Virtual Throat Pride but meaning "Proud of my voice") is a version of the NHK's Nodo Jiman amateur singing contest show that aired on 2 January 2019, featuring many famous VTubers. The Virtual Nodo Jiman was possible thanks to a partnership of NHK enterprises with DWANGO Co. (through their then recently founded studio Lide, Inc.)
It was broadcast on the NHK General TV channel as part of their programming block Anime World (アニメワールド) with a companion stream (with other fellow VTubers providing extra commentary) on NicoNico Douga.
The contest featured as participants the following VTubers:
- Peanuts-kun and Ponpoko
- Kenmochi Toya
- Tanaka Hime and Suzuki Hina
- Tsukino Mito, Higuchi Kaede and Shizuka Rin
- Dennou Shojo Siro
- Tokino Sora
- Domyoji Cocoa
- Fuji Aoi
- Mirai Akari
- The comedy duo America Zarigani (アメリカザリガニ) who debuted as VTubers for this special show.
Additionally Kizuna AI and Enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi (as her Vtuber incarnation Virtual Grandmother Sachiko Kobayashi) were invited as guests and judges, and the show was presented by a virtual avatar of the original Nodo Jiman host, Sen Odagiri.
Following the premise of the original Nodo Jiman, the contestants are allowed to participate alone, in a duet or a group of three (or more). After a brief introduction (in this case, Odagiri giving a brief description of the VTubers), the contestants then state the number that was assigned to them and the song they are going to perform.
After they perform the song they choose for a minute, a tubular bell is rung. The number of bells being rung rate the performance of the contestant(s). If one or two bells are rung, it means the contestant has sung poorly and is eliminated, while a melody of eleven bells means the contestant sings well enough and has passed to the next phase.
Among the winners of the first phase, it is chosen the champion of the week (今週のチャンピオン konshū no chanpion), but in this case the title is changed to "MVP" (モースト・バーチャル・プレイヤー Mosuto Baacharu Pureyaa Lit. Most Virtual Player, meaning "Best Virtual Performer")
The guests who judge the performances of the contestants, also interact with them by giving them advice and feedback. After all the contestants' performances are over, each one of the guests perform a song.
The following table shows the order of the participants and the song each one of them performed. In light green it is shown if the participant passed to the second phase, in red if the participant was eliminated and in golden, the MVP.
|1||Mirai Akari||GaKuen TengoKu (学園天国) by Finger 5 (フィンガー5)|
|2||Kenmochi Toya||HOT LIMIT by T.M. Revolution|
|3||Baacharu||Otoko To Onna No Love Game (男と女のラブゲーム) by Mika Hino (日野美歌) and Sho Aoi (葵司朗)|
|4||Tsukino Mito, Higuchi Kaede and Shizuka Rin||Cutie Honey (キューティーハニー) by Yoko Maekawa (前川陽子)|
|5||Domyoji Cocoa||Ai wo Komete Hanataba Wo (愛をこめて花束を) by Superfly|
|6||America Zarigani||Yuki Tsubaki (雪椿) by Sachiko Kobayashi (小林幸子)|
|7||Fuji Aoi||Love is Over (ラヴ・イズ・オーヴァー) by Fei Fei Ouyang (欧陽菲菲)|
|8||Dennou Shojo Siro||Let it Go by Idina Menzel|
|9||Tokino Sora||Sorairo Days (空色デイズ) by Shoko Nakagawa (中川翔子)|
|10||Peanuts-kun and Ponpoko||Odoru Pompokolin (おどるポンポコリン) by B.B.Queens (B.B.クイーンズ)|
|11||Virtual Gorilla||Nagori Yuki (なごり雪) by Iruka (イルカ)|
|12||YuNi||Precious by Yuna Ito (伊藤由奈)|
|13||Tanaka Hime and Suzuki Hina||Lion (ライオン) by May'n and Megumi Nakajima (中島愛)|
Additionally, Kizuna AI performed a rendition of the song "Omoide Sake" (おもいで酒) by Sachiko Kobayashi, while Kobayashi herself performed her classic "Senbonzakura" (千本桜).
- Albeit having already a 3D model, Virtual Gorilla appeared with his 2D avatar on the NHK contest. He appeared later on the Nico stream with his updated 3D model
- The event became rapidly a World Trending Topic on Twitter with more than one hundred eighty thousand tweets. In this way, the NHK Virtual Nodo Jiman joined a myriad of events related with VTubers that were able to do the same feat like the Virtual Werewolf game on Niconico Douga.