About this Article
When I led Anime Corner's VTuber Section, I onboarded Monty as one of the new writers. Here's how I introduced Monty to the Anime Corner audience:
For his first feature story for the VTuber Section, let us welcome fairy scholar Monty Seelana. As a Virtual YouTuber, Monty streams Apex Legends, Final Fantasy XIV, and casual games.
He and notable VTuber Lua Lucky had a collaboration as well. What you are about to read is an improved version of his story pitch when he applied to be part of the VTuber Section. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did.
Little did I know at that time that he'd be a manager for Kawa, thus becoming an instrument for the development of NewsDrop. With that in mind, let's read Monty's first piece.
- Jay, NewsDrop Editor
Virtual entertainers, big and small
VTubers—streamers that use virtual avatars—are a phenomenon that is rapidly gaining traction worldwide. Originally starting in Japan five years ago with the rise of Kizuna Ai, VTubers are now a burgeoning industry with a strong grip on mainstays like YouTube and Twitch.
But what of the smaller VTubers? Personalities who took inspiration from industry giants like Kiryu Coco, Ironmouse, and Gawr Gura? The indie VTuber scene is complex in depth, it’s warm and welcoming, and it’s accepting newcomers every day.
There are many people that have joined the indie VTuber scene for confidence, community, and a creative outlet. Join me in talking to three such indies about the journeys they had, and the lessons they learned.