A.I.Channel / Ai Kizuna

A.I.Channel / Ai Kizuna

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About

A.I. Channel is a YouTube channel hosted by the animated character Ai Kizuna, a Japanese "virtual YouTuber"[14] who is best known for uploading various Let's Play and vlogging videos. Her character model was created by Project A.I., Morikura Yen (森倉円), Tomitake (トミタケ) and Tda[4].

Online History

On November 29, 2016, the first video was posted on the A.I.Channel YouTube page, in which the host Ai Kizuna announces the creation of a Twitter account (shown below).[3]




Around the same time, the website KizunaAI.com[2] was launched, featuring news, videos and a downloadable character model.[8] As of early April 2017, the AI Channel YouTube page has over 300,000 subscribers and the @AiChan Twitter account has more than 42,000 followers.


Screengrab of A I Channel AI Kizuna website

Reception

On February 21st, 2017, the IGON Facebook[10] page shared a video of Ai Kizuna playing the adventure platformer game Inside, which gathered upwards of 74,000 views and 2,800 reactions over the next several months (shown below).



On February 23rd, Redditor AuahDark submitted a post asking about Ai Kizuna to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[9] where Redditor Kinsonlee speculated that the character was being animated using the freeware program Miku Miku Dance (MMD) and a Kinect-style motion capture camera. On March 1st, a thread about the character was created on the /jp/ (otaku culture) board on 4chan, which received upwards of 340 replies prior to being archived.[13]


Kizuna Ai Thread Anonymous 03/01/17(Wed)20:06:20 No. 16652021 ▶ 16664007 >16669543 >16679221 new Al-chan thread new vids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSoFtbrPS7w&t=11s Embed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ZYVX1tjuY&t-37s Embed ombupnce Anonymous 03/01/17(Wed)20:12:43 No. 16652055、216653366 16652021 (OP so how is she anymore different than kyoko date? Anonymous 03/01/17(Wed)20:12:52 No. 16652056、216660459 1487951887896 ipg (106 KB, 1049x950) File: Very genius Ai Anonymous 03/01/17(Wed)20:25:30 No. 16652139 File: 1ipg (38 KB, 188x326) >2166522092216653929 >>16673171 >>16691937 post them memes I wonder? neybe Tye got omething down

On March 20th, Kotaku[12] published an article about the YouTube channel, which also noted that Ai Kizuna was likely made using MMD. In the coming weeks, other news sites published articles about the channel, including Tubefilter,[5] The Verge[6] and GoBoiano.[7]

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