During the last few years, the term of VTuber it has become more and more popular, especially in Japan. Unlike traditional YouTubers, these are virtual characters with an anime style. Although there is still a real person behind the camera, the focus is on these animated beings, who usually tell their own story. Now, this market has moved in a direction that not many believed possible, since a VTuber has been featured in Playboy magazine in Japan.
Unlike the western magazine, in Japan there is a weekly edition of Playboy. Thus, in last week’s post, Momosuzu Nene, VTuber of the fifth generation of hololive, appeared in the list of “The next generation of beautiful women”. It is important to mention that this place was assigned to the Momosuzu Nene character, not the actual person behind the camera. This is what Playboy mentioned about it:
“She is a girl who came from another world to pursue her idol dream. He likes to sing, dance and draw. Train hard every day to win the hearts of more people. “
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本 日 10 月 4 日 （月） 発 売 の 『週刊 プ レ イ ボ ー イ』 の
特集 で 組 ま れ て い る 「次世代 美 少女 55 + 1」 に 、
弊 社 所属 VTuber 「# 桃 鈴 ね ね」が ラ ン ク イ ン し ま し た ✨
– ホ ロ ラ イ ブ プ ロ ダ ク シ ョ ン 【公式】 (@hololivetv) October 4, 2021
Nishizawa 5mm was commissioned to create the illustration for Momosuzu Nene, and the one used in Playboy. The list “The Next Generation of Beautiful Women” includes artists and influencers from Japan. Without a doubt, something that not many expected when they opened their magazine.
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Rather than causing a culture shock, this shows just how important VTuber has become to the Japanese. Hololive is an organization that is not only in charge of managing the image of these characters, but also treats them as idols, and not simply an anime. Although in America this concept is not so common yet, there are already several communities. Perhaps in a few years the posters of Maribel Guardia will be replaced by those of Kizuna Ai.
Via: Anime News Network.