The First Kizuna AI Has Been Revealed—And She's Back to Advise the VTuber's New Company
Kizuna AI Inc. launches in May to oversee the digital star's many activities
Ever since her digital debut, virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI has been going places—from entertainment and gaming channels to live performances, anime cameos, and even run-ins with our own Hime-chan!
A new company is being established to handle AI's ever-growing popularity, as the project and its related talent break off from their former company, Activ8. Long-time fans of the VTuber will be happy to know that the original actress behind AI will have a hand in the proceedings. That actress is, as fans have believed for quite some time, Nozomi Kasuga.
Kasuga's role as Kizuna AI, officially kept secret, was confirmed today both in the company's press release and on Kasuga's own Twitter account. The announcement marks her first involvement in the project since leaving the role, in the wake of multiple actresses being onboarded (including an official Chinese actress) to handle the character's various activities. Kasuga will serve as advisor to Representative Director Eriko Matsumoto.
Kizuna AI Inc. will continue with the character's mission statement of "connecting with you." To start, the company will be taking over production of videos for the A.I.Channel and A.I.Games YouTube channels, as well as production and distribution of music. Going forward, the company will look to new venues and media for distribution of Kizuna AI's activities.
The company is scheduled to open for business on May 11. In the meantime, you can keep up with Kasuga on her new YouTube channel, where she's sharing Animal Crossing gameplay and videos of her many adorable cats.
Source: PR Times