A new kind of YouTube channel
“A.I. Channel” has recently become popular among people on the Internet. Kizuna Ai, the host of that channel, is said to be the new generation of YouTubers which are digitally rendered characters that create YouTube content.
But who is Kizuna Ai? How was she made? How did this YouTuber rise to stardom? If you’ve been here before you might have noticed that I’ve updated this article to fit in the current state of her YouTube Channel.
When did she start?
She started on December 1, 2016. Her first video is titled “【自己紹介】はじめまして！キズナアイですლ(´ڡ`ლ” (【My introduction】, I’m Kizuna AI. Nice to meet you ლ(´ڡ`ლ )
Her cute demeanor and quirky reactions quickly gained interest in the gaming and anime world. Initially, she was thought to be a real AI but turns out she is not. She’s like Hatsume Miku they render and rig an MMD model for animation.
The video above is one of the most popular among the first videos she uploaded. She played “Inside”, a puzzle-platformer adventure game developed and published by Playdead. Her reactions made her feel like an authentic person, except for the fact that she’s a virtual YouTuber.
People Like Her For The Vocaloid and Anime Vibes
Hatsume Miku is among the first virtual superstars popularized in Japan and around the world. I guess the people behind Kizuna Ai thought that it was a perfect time to create an online personality based on Vocaloid. 2016 was a time when YouTubers are sky rocketing. The demand for online video content is flourishing and it was the perfect time for her to appear and ride the trend.
She has also done “Fan Service” which is common in Japan. This is also one of the reasons why people in Japan liked her. Let’s not forget that originally most of her content was in Japanese and she was not targeted globally.
But that did not stop English speaking fans to caption and translate her videos. This helped her immensely in gaining an appeal to fans outside Japan.
She’s not a stranger to the internet. Kizuna Ai will sometimes collaborate and interact with other YouTubers. Here’s a recent clip showing her thank you message to PewDiePie.
According to online sources, her height is 156cm, weight 46kg and her three measurements are 85 59 83 and no one knows yet who her voice actress is or who made her.
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Her popularity among fans is starting to go viral now. Her YouTube channel has a total of 251,529 subscribers (As of March 2017) UPDATE 546,972 (As of June 2017).
She is at the peak of her YouTube career right now, and there is no sign of depreciation among the content she makes. If you like her work and I’m sure you do, don’t forget to subscribe to her channel.
If you want to know more about AI-chan, her website is http://kizunaai.com/, this links to all social media sites she has. Her website also allows you to download her model on the downloads page.
Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena