Entertainment planning firm Isaribi Inc. on Friday unveiled the first promotional video, key visual, cast and main characters, story introduction and staff for Kizuna no allelethe next anime project for virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Ai Kizuna.
(The video below has English subtitles that can be turned on.)
Isaribi Inc. describes the story:
It’s a story about bonding between girls.
Ai Kizuna appeared like a comet in the virtual world, becoming massively popular in the blink of an eye.
After five straight years of honoring the Rabbit Doll – the Virtual Grid Awards’ highest honor – she’s gone as fast as she came.
Several months have passed since…
ADEN Academy is a school specializing in the training of new talents who will make their debut in the virtual world.
There the students, each with their own hopes and dreams, work hard every day.
“I want to be a virtual artist like AI!”
A young girl named Miracle enrolls in ADEN Academy with this belief in her heart.
There she will meet all kinds of people and create wonderful new memories with them as they each pursue their dreams.
Are you ready? ――
Ayumi Hinohara as Miracle
She admires Ai Kizuna and she hopes to become a virtual artist like Ai. She has never learned to dance and sing before and has just started learning. She has worked hard and is aiming to win “Rabbit Doll”, which is the first award category as a virtual artist.
Rina Kawaguchi like quan
She stood out for her looks but she hates being judged by her looks rather than who she really is on the inside. In addition, she is rather shy by nature and therefore hesitates to take her first steps as a virtual artist.
Hikari Kodama as Chris
She searched for who she really is. As she works as a virtual artist, she searches for a way to change “the feeling of dissatisfaction” in her heart. She is interested in Miracle because she finds Miracle has something special compared to others.
Yuka Nukui as Noelle
Since Noelle grew up in an elite family, she has always sought perfection for herself. She is very strict with herself and with others. But she can also be kind and helpful to others.
Arisa Hanawa as Rice
She is very intelligent and always prepares research and analysis. When it comes to competition, she gets too competitive and she has to win. She is good at self-production and has a desire to change the world on her own.
Ai Kizuna like herself
She is the legendary virtual artist who won “Rabbit Doll”, which is the highest ranking as a virtual artist, 5 times in a row. She suddenly disappeared from the virtual world and no one knows where she went.
Kenichiro Komaya directs the anime to With studio and Signal.MDand Deko Akao writes the scripts. Shiori Asaka and Niina Morita are the character designers, and both are also the chief animation directors alongside Mizuki Takahashi. Come on Sakabe compose the music.
Other staff include:
The TV anime will air in 2023.
The Ai Kizuna Youtube the channel “AIChannel” was first launched in 2016. Since then, she has become the most iconic virtual YouTuber in the world and was on Newsweek Japan list of “Worldly Respected Japanese”. Its main channel has over 3 million subscribers and its “AIGames” channel has over 1.51 million subscribers. Since then, she has appeared in television programs and commercials, and performed as a musical artist.
In April 2020, Nozomi Kasuga acted as an advisor to Ai Kizuna Co., Ltd. – thus officially confirming that she is the voice actress behind the character. The company was created from Activ8, the talent agency that managed Ai Kizuna and other virtual YouTuber talents.
Ai Kizuna voiced cameo roles in the Hall and Magical Girl Site anime, and she also performed the theme song in the Casual film.
Ai Kizunathe staff charged the “Ai Kizuna The Last Live “hello, world 2022” concert on February 26 as her last concert before she went on an indefinite hiatus. Staff cited an update of “future activities with the aim of further developing Ai Kizuna“as the reason for the hiatus. The concert also unveiled Kizuna (#KZN), an original singing CeVIO AI. #KZN “serves as a hub to connect with everyone and [support] Ai Kizuna and creators while she sleeps.” (CeVIO is a software suite that includes text-to-speech.) Ai Kizunathe original character creator In Morikura designed the AI with character concept art by Keigo Inoue.
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Source: press release
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