(Updated: 12/13/18)

A rising virtual star

Virtual YouTuber and singer YuNi, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing earlier this year, has seen her channel steadily climbing the ranks, now in 8th place for video views at over 23.1 million plays and in 13th place for popularity with over 185,000 fans at time of writing. In addition to her nearly weekly updates of cover songs, she has collaborated with other VTubers, made appearances on Japanese television and even made her first virtual performance abroad at C3AFA in Singapore earlier this week.

With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren Sakuragi

With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren Sakuragi

Check out her playlist of cover songs here:

Moreover, following in the footsteps of Kizuna AI and Kaguya Luna, she has branched out as an original artist, launching her private label yunion.wave in late October, and releasing her first single, "Toumei Seisai" 透明声彩 (“Transparent Voice”), written and composed by YUC'e, which reached #3 on iTunes, and #1 on the iTunes Electronic charts (see below).

YuNi 1st VR LIVE! 〜VeRy Merry X'mas〜

Another milestone for Virtual YouTubers with singing talent, first achieved by Kaguya Luna in August this year, is putting on a live VR concert, and YuNi is planning her own this Christmas Eve, December 24th (Japan time).

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Owners of an Oculus Go headset will be able to attend the concert through VARK, a new VR live performance application available for Oculus Go. Attendees will appear as avatars in the virtual space and will be able to swing light sticks just as in a real concert. However, there will be numerous features which will make the concert an experience unlike anything possible in the real world. Not only will attendees have options for cheering and expressing their individuality with special in-app items but YuNi will also come and sing right next to them during the concert.

grape Japan will be attending as press among the audience, so look out for our avatar!

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Here's a preview of the concert, which drops a big hint about what songs we can expect to hear, since we see YuNi performing her debut single "Transparent Voice." She's also already announced another song on her set list, Seikan Hikou 星間飛行 by Megumi Nakajima from Macross Frontier, and will be announcing more songs from her set list on her Twitter account in the days to come.

Sold out in minutes

At 8pm on Saturday, December 8th, Japan time, tickets for YuNi 1st VR LIVE! 〜VeRy Merry X'mas〜 went on sale within the VARK application. As a testament to her growing popularity, many of YuNi's fans, like the one below, bought an Oculus Go VR headset just for a chance to attend:

"I really bought an Oculus Go just to attend YuNi's concert but I'm glad I bought it!! Good luck on the day of the concert!!"

Once tickets went on sale, they sold out in a mere seven minutes

Clearly, the anticipation for the event is very strong. Please look forward to our full report after the event!

Transparent Voice

Enjoy the music video for YuNi's first single, Transparent Voice:

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Purchase on iTunes and Spotify

About YuNi

Upcoming Appearances

  • Dec. 31st: New Year VR Singing Battle Count0
  • Dec. 29th to 31st: Comic Market 95 (Project upd8)
  • Jan. 2nd, 23:35 to 24:20: NHK, Anime NHK Nodojiman アニメ「NHKバーチャルのど自慢」(Anime: NHK Virtual Singing Contest)

By - Ben K.