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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Virtual YouTubers, they’re essentially YouTubers that take on the form of a digital character. They’ve become very popular over this past year, so much so that they’ve gained an audience worldwide.
In this Q&A, we’ll be talking to one of the members of NIJISANJI EN, an English focused section of NIJISANJI. NIJISANJI is one of the largest VTuber groups there is currently. NIJISANJI does a better job explaining exactly what they do, so please enjoy this explanation taken from their site.
“NIJISANJI project is a VTuber group featuring a variety of talented influencers who create exciting content. The objective of this project is to accelerate the beginning of the next generation of entertainment through various activities and services such as events, goods and digital content, original music, etc. Currently, over a hundred VTubers are active, regularly creating unique content on various video streaming platforms, such as YouTube.”
Now that introductions are out of the way, we can move onto the real reason we’re here. Today we’ll be going through some answers to questions given to NIJISANJI EN’s Finana Ryugu. Finana Ryugu is a fairly new VTuber who debuted May 2021. Finana Ryugu is one of the members of LazuLight, the brand new NIJISANJI EN group which also debuted last month.
Questions and Answers
We wanted to ask each individual member some questions, and find out more about them. This Q&A will focus specifically on Finana Ryugu, but if you’d like to read the full Q&A with all three members of LazuLight, you can find it here. A huge thank you to the NIJISANJI team for giving us the opportunity to do so and send some questions across. Please enjoy the answers we got from Finana Ryugu below.
Question: What made you want to become a member of NIJISANJI EN and LazuLight?
“I was mostly drawn by NIJISANJI’s culture and diversity! NIJISANJI has a large group of Livers of various genders, languages, personalities, talents and so forth. Because of that, I wanted to become a part of NIJISANJI EN and experience being a professional VTuber while doing things I’ve never gotten to do before! I actually didn’t know I was going to be part of an organized team (called “LazuLight”) until after being accepted into NIJISANJI. We came up with the name “LazuLight” together while it still had a filler name at the time!”
Question: What excites you the most about being a member of LazuLight?
“The most exciting part about being in LazuLight are the fun side projects we get to work on together! This includes LazuLight’s debut song “Diamond City Lights” and announcement of our animation project, “NIJIScenario.” I felt that our friendship grew stronger while spending time working on these together!”
Question: What do you bring to NIJISANJI that helps you stand out?
“From what my fans have said, they often praise my gaming skills and meme lord personality! Despite being a pure and shy mermaid, when I connect closely with my viewers, I feel more open and creative with my real emotions and thoughts. And because of that, a lot of people seem to like the idea that I’m both cute and out of pocket at the same time, haha!”
Question: What is your favourite video game or video game franchise?
“My favourite video game franchise is Final Fantasy! I never got to play or finish any of the single player games, but I have always been around for the characters and unique lore that it brings, especially crossovers.”
Question: If you had to live in a video game world, which one would you choose?
“If there was a video game world I had to live in, I would love to live in Final Fantasy XIV! I think MMORPG games are a good choice to live in because they focus a lot on open world design based on their lore and embracing customizable character designs. The game mechanics are perfect for potential roleplay and basic lifestyle mechanics such as crafting, cooking, housing, social, etc. I would like to live casually as much as possible!”
Question: What games do you look forward to playing on stream?
“I’m looking forward to trying a lot of single player games! I’ve saved a bunch of games aside because I was hoping to stream them! A few examples are Telltale games, DOOM Eternal and Japanese RPG Horror games. I’ve been wanting to train myself for horror games as of recently!”
Question: Do you have any games you’d like to play with your audience?
“I definitely want to play a lot of story-based games where I can make choices! Those types of games have a lot of opportunities for me to connect with my viewers about what kinds of choices I should make and how it impacts the gameplay. I’m thinking the TellTale series would be perfect for this!”
Question: Are there any other vtubers, either inside or outside of NIJISANJI, that you’d like to collaborate with?
“I’d like to collaborate with all kinds of VTubers! I’m hoping to expand within NIJISANJI branches and also reach out to other VTuber companies, including indie VTubers as well! I don’t have any particular names yet, but so far I’ve gotten a decent mutual following from other known VTubers! I can’t wait to meet them all.”
Question: What are your current goals with streaming?
“My goal list is quite long, but my top 3 goals are releasing original music, improving my Japanese and collaborating with other VTubers! I plan to implement these somewhere in my future VTuber activities with NIJISANJI!”
Question: Do you have any advice for those that might want to get into streaming?
“Do lots of research and work very hard! Start small on your own and then once you’ve gotten the gist of it and want to go even bigger, then you can prepare for that! There’s a lot of things to take note of such as streaming technicals, personal skills, character development, etc. And even if you’re nervous and shy, sometimes those are charming things to have! Don’t let others scare or bring you down from doing what you want, as long as you have good intentions!”
A huge thank you to Finana and to the NIJISANJI team for taking the time to talk with us and answer those questions. If you’d like to read more about LazuLight and their debut, you can check out our news piece here. We also posted the Q&As with Elira Pendora and Pomu Rainpuff, so be sure to check them out here.
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