The Council has decided its wardrobe. Hololive Council, the second-generation Hololive English VTuber group, received a new set of outfits to commemorate the new year. In keeping with the Japanese practice of donning traditional wear to New Year’s celebrations, the new outfits took the form of the Japanese kimono. Ceres Fauna, Nanasi Mumei, Hakos Baelz, Tsukumo Sana, and Ouro Kronii, revealed their new kimono looks to Hololive Council fans live on January 15, 2022. Their seniors in Holomyth showed off theirs on January 9, 2022.
The artists and animators responsible for the new Hololive Council kimono outfits also promoted their work going live, with Tweets and material shared from each performer’s stream under the hashtag #HoloENKimonoRelay (the “relay” referring to a collaborative stream with other Hololive English members). The new kimono avatars, animated with Live2D technology and sporting new features, were patterned after “furisode” (“swinging sleeves”), a style of kimono with long, draping sleeves, a style worn by young women.
Artist @tou_ilie rigged (adapted for Live2D animation) Tsukumo Sana’s kimono, based on a design by Sana’s character designer pako. Her planet-themed hair ornaments moved lower onto braids, with new planet ornaments on the sash. Integrated into the patterns of the clothing are stars, bunnies, and crabs, in theme with Sana’s astrological motif.
I made the kimono live2d rig for Tsukumo Sana!
— 入江燈???? (@tou_ilie) January 15, 2022
Nanashi Mumei’s New Year’s kimono was rigged by artist Felucca, with the base model created by modeler rariemonn and designed by illustrator Azure. The new design features a new, shorter hairstyle and a beret with a feather. The kimono itself is more understated, featuring subtle patterns of flowers and feathers, topped by a red shawl. She carries a basket with a pet owl inside.
I rigged the kimono Live2D for Nanashi Mumei, who belongs to HololiveEN!
— FELUCCA (@FELUCCACHAN) January 15, 2022
Hololive Council chairman Hakos Baelz wore a more stylized kimono designed by Mika Pikazo and rigged by Jujube. The outfit features a complex layered pattern, lets Baelz’s hair down, and adds a special mask and temari ball as accessories.
I've rigged the Kimono Live2D of Baelz Hakos, HololiveEN Council!
Art : Mika Pikazo (@ MikaPikaZo)
ホロライブEN、ハコス・ベールズさんのお正月衣装Live2Dを担当させていただきました！#HoloENKimonoRelay #enterbaelz https://t.co/vmy9u9so4x pic.twitter.com/2i1gcy0XC4
— Jujube (@MegaJujube) January 15, 2022
Artists Tohsaka Asagi and Soy designed Ceres Fauna’s flowery kimono. Fauna’s hair features twin braids, as well as woven flowers and an apron.
Hololive EN Ceres Fauna's (@ceresfauna) New Year's outfit
— Soy @ Iron Vertex (@sei_soy) January 15, 2022
Ouro Kronii sported another design from Arco “Wadarco” Wada, character designer for Fate/Extra. Artist Keffiy returned to rig her kimono as well. The outfit features Kronii’s hair done up in a bun, as well as clockwork gears and flowers. A large white snake named Ouroboros features as a prominent design element on the sleeves and hem. She also holds a stylized clockwork fan.
I rigged Live2D model of Kronii's furisode costume.
— けっふぃー@Live2Dデザイナー (@keffiy) January 15, 2022
The Hololive Council also convened to play Pictionary in their new kimono avatars.
— Ceres Fauna????holoEN (@ceresfauna) January 15, 2022
The Hololive Council streams from their respective YouTube channels. A Hololive Alternative “metaverse” project is in development.