Weekly NewsDrop #17—January 21, 2023

Another week of VTuber news has passed—here's what you need to know on this edition.

Hololive's stellar songstress Hoshimachi Suisei makes history as she performs Stellar Stellar on The First Take, the first VTuber to do so. The music video has reached 3 million views as of this moment—and even capturing fans of Japanese music in general.

In other news, the lyric video for Production Kawaii Idol Project's Forever Bloom was released just before the 3D debut relay stream started. You should listen to it. As for the 3D debut relay, we will give some time to watch everything in one go.

Before we proceed to this week's newsletter, we would like to formally announce that Andrew "Ducky" Amos joins NewsDrop as one of our writers.

Most of you know Ducky through his pieces for Dexerto, and we thank him for sharing his time with us. Watch out for stories from Ducky soon.

The Latest on NewsDrop

  • We're still talking about AI Art, as we report on the Class Action Lawsuit filed against DeviantArt, Stability AI and Midjourney.
  • The latest NecroNews is full of new information such as Valve's biggest game leak in its history.
  • VTuber Music Recap will have a new name soon—for now, you can read the latest issue.
If you happen to read this while at Ikkicon in Texas, you should've seen Kawa Entertainment's huge presence—from VTuber merch, to meet-and-greets, and the panels. Could you do us a favor and say hi to them for us?

Brave Group to Transfer Aogiri High School IP to ViviON

Brave Group has announced that it has entered a business partnership with entertainment and content creation company viviON to transfer the intellectual property (IP) of one of its VTuber units Aogiri High School to the new company.

Brave Group to Transfer Aogiri High School IP to ViviON
The IP transfer, according to official press releases, will take effect on April 1 this year.

Hoshimachi Suisei Sings on "The First Take"

Suisei is set to perform her hit song Stellar Stellar with a special acoustic arrangement. The First Take on Twitter said that for the first time in its history, a VTuber will attempt to perform in one take for the channel.

Hoshimachi Suisei Sings on “The First Take”
Suichan is the first VTuber to be featured in the popular music YouTube channel

Shylily’s Twitch Milestone Marked With Ad Campaign on Times Square

Shylily’s ad comes after she announced a partnership with energy drink brand Gamer Supps with the launch of an exclusive flavor called Blo’Hole Blast. As part of the collaboration, limited branded mouse mats are also available.

Shylily’s Twitch Milestone Marked With Ad Campaign on Times Square
Shylily is the latest VTuber to appear on an ad campaign on New York’s Times Square, following her recent one million follower milestone on Twitch. However, it was unclear who initiated the said campaign. I was on a billboard today in the New York Time Squares! This was so

Nijisanji Debuts New Talents

Popular VTuber agency Nijisanji has announced the debut of seven new talents under its Japanese branch. Several of its talents come from the agency’s talent training project Virtual Talent Academy (VTA).

Nijisanji Unveils Seven New Talents Under Japanese Branch
This marks Nijisanji’s latest major update in its Japanese side, as the agency has been focused on debuting numerous units in its English department.

Finally, a VTuber Anime We Can Relate To...

Nana Nanato's light novel "VTuber Legend: How I Went Viral after Forgetting to Turn Off My Stream" brings real VTuber situations (as well as the chat room) into the spotlight. The story's so funny, we don't wonder why it will receive an anime adaptation.

“VTuber Legend” Anime Adaptation Announced
Is this the VTuber anime we are waiting for?—Anime adaptation of light novel green-lit

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel One Year After Launch

We take a deeper look at Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel one year after its launch through the experiences of its players.

Don't miss this story featuring Ironmouse, Nova Aokami, Mistress Doom and other VTubers plus content creators.

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel: 1 Year of DUELS!
As the game celebrates its first-year anniversary since its debut, we asked several players what their thoughts about the card game.

In Other News...


Milestones and Birthdays

  • Amane Kanata (1.3 million YouTube subscribers)
  • Reimu Endou (400,000 YouTube subscribers)
  • Silvervale (400,000 followers on Twitch and Twitter)
  • Mika Melatika (300,000 YouTube subscribers)
  • Kitsui Akira (15 years as a content creator)
  • WagashiTrash (3,000 Twitch followers)
  • Kochou Cocoa (Birthday, January 18)
  • Ayunda Risu (Birthday, January 18)
  • Mysta Rias (Birthday, January 20)
  • Lunaris Urufi (Birthday, January 20)
  • Lucid Multimedia's Origins class (Re-debut, February 4)

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