When YouTube launched in 2005, no one really knew just how big of a platform it would become.
It went from hosting random videos that people filmed of themselves at home, to now becoming a top-tier streaming platform and being a place where people actually earn their entire livelihood.
YouTube is a mega-verse that you could spiral down for hours, nay, days, and never want to surface.
An interesting trend on YouTube that’s caught the attention of many people over the past few years is the rise of VTubers. You may have come across those animated videos before that have a surreal likeliness to actual people.
But for those uninitiated, who or what exactly are VTubers?
What is a VTuber?
VTuber is short for ‘Virtual YouTuber’, and it describes internet personalities that are performed by actual people, whereby they’re superimposed on the character using motion-capture technology and live 3D modeling.
Basically, they’re online entertainment characters who walk and walk like real humans.
The first VTuber in history was Kizuna AI, introduced to the world via YouTube in 2016.
Since then, the rise in demand and popularity of VTubers has risen exponentially, and some VTuber characters have, alone, elevated their companies to new heights!
VTubers essentially provide entertainment by playing games, chatting to viewers, and participating in live streams like a real person. Some boast millions of subscribers around the world, and even collaborate with other Vtubers – just like a regular YouTuber!
They were initially Japan-focused, but since interest has grown massively overseas, there are many English-speaking VTubers out there now.
The 10 Best Vtubers To Follow
Let’s have a look at the 10 most popular VTubers you should follow.
1. Kizuna AI
Kizuna AI is the most famous and popular VTuber in Japan, boasting a whopping 2 million subscribers to her channel.
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“Vertical-scroll and full color manga are becoming the global standard,” according to Tokyo a publishing executive, while the merits of the different style of Japanese manga are not being conveyed to the world.
Rio Terada, for JAPAN Forward
More and more Japanese people are reading manga from South Korea.
Unlike monochrome Japanese comics, South Korean ones are full color, and readers can view the content easily by scrolling up and down on their smartphones.
Some experts believe that vertical-scroll manga will become the global standard. Certain Japanese publishers are also moving into this new market.
Will traditional Japanese manga – a proud part of the country’s culture – be left behind?
“We appeal not just to people who like manga, but also to those who enjoy viewing content on their smartphones. We have succeeded in creating a way of enjoying manga that can be habitual,” reveals a press officer at Piccoma, a manga subscription service.
Piccoma was developed and released by Kakao Japan, a subsidiary of the South Korean company Kakao.
Kakao’s vertical-scroll manga “Solo Leveling,” which was localized for the Japanese market, surpassed a monthly sales figure of ￥200 million JPY ($1.7 million USD) in May 2020 – gaining attention in the publishing world.