VTuber Houshou Marine (affiliation: hololive) Reached 3.01 Million Subscribers to her Official YouTube Channel as of January 10, 2024 at 5:58 (PST). This is the First Time in History of Japanese VTuber Talent to Surpass the Number of Subscribers of Kizuna AI (Indefinite Hiatus / Kizuna AI Inc.).
The first talent to surpass Kizuna AI’s number of subscribers was Gawr Gura (hololive-EN) on June 30, 2021, but this is the first time a talent from Japan has surpassed it.
|Kizuna AI Inc.
Osaka Takeshi of Activ8 Inc. who used to run Kizuna AI predicted in February 2019 that the “X-Day” would come in “5 years”, as “Eventually, virtual talents will be seen in the same way as human talents and influencers“, and finally this year,This year, the “X-Day” has arrived, and at the same time, the talent with the largest number of registered users from Japan has been replaced, approximately 7 years and 6 months after her debut (June 30, 2016).
The fact that Houshou Marine has surpassed Kizuna AI in the subscribers this time is by no means an indication of superiority or inferiority between the two. Rather, it means that VTuber talents are now accepted in the same way as human talents and influencers, and will be recorded and remembered in history as a historical moment that indicates the arrival of the aforementioned “X-Day”.
Good luck to both talents, We wish all VTuber talents and VTuber industry the best of luck.