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Latter-stage elderly VTuber meta-grandmother “Hiroko (85)” was selected as Weekly Asahi’s “100 main characters who bounced this year”!
In 2023, we will continue to prove that it is never too late to take on challenges at any age.
OTAGROUP Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture; Representative Director: Ryuji Shimonishi) announced that late-stage elderly VTuber meta-grandmother “Hiroko (85)” will be released on Weekly Asahi January 20, 2023 (released on January 10). ) has been selected as one of the 100 main characters who bounce this year. (English below)
Happy Hiroko (85)
What are the 100 main characters who “bounce” this year?
The year of the rabbit is a “year of leap”, featuring people who are likely to be very active in 2023! (Quoted from Asahi Shimbun Press Release) Mr. Taro Kono, Mr. Yusaku Maezawa, Mr. Munetaka Murakami, Mr. Hayao Miyazaki, Mr. Keisuke Honda, etc. have been selected, and seasonal people have also been selected. .
Weekly Asahi January 20, 2023 issue
Release date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
List price: 440 yen (main unit 400 yen + tax 10%)
Comment video of meta grandma Hiroko (85)
[Video 3: https://prtimes.jp/api/movieim.php?url=www.youtube.com/watch?v=snqJ_1jUIC4] I honestly don’t know what it is, but I think it’s amazing that my grandchildren and family are happy. It makes me happy to see my family happy. Thanks to YouTube subscribers and Twitter followers. Thank you as always. Was it chosen because Hiroko is cute? If you see the real thing, you will be surprised. Don’t loose your back. My 85-year-old grandmother is also trying new things, so everyone should do their best. Life can change with little things. I don’t know what’s going on.
What is the “Meta Grandma” Project?
[Video 4: https://prtimes.jp/api/movieim.php?url=www.youtube.com/watch?v=psAqpNsAxTI]
This is a project to raise unique grannies who are full of energy into popular idols in the world of the Metaverse. 85-year-old Hiroko from Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture debuted as a 0th generation student. The YouTube channel surpassed 30,000 subscribers 10 days after its debut.
* Meta Grandma is a registered trademark of OTAGROUP Co., Ltd. “Meta Grandma” new member audition
■ Recruitment requirements
・People over 75 years old
・Those living in Japan
*Those diagnosed with dementia are not eligible to apply.
■ Welcome requirements
・Those who are good at singing
・Those who have a gleaming trick
・Those whose families can support the activities
*It will be a simple task, such as helping with recording, and no VR equipment is required.
Until Sunday, January 22, 2023
(Due to popular demand, the period has been extended.)
■ How to apply
Please apply from the application form at the following URL by yourself, your family or friends.
Project planning cooperation
This project was planned and promoted under the theme of “EverWonder,” led by members of the 5th generation who attend Mirai Juku, a cram school for creative producers run by the Watanabe Memorial Foundation. .
■ Watanabe Memorial Foundation
The Watanabe Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established in September 2017 by Mayumi Watanabe (Representative Director of TopCoat Co., Ltd.) for the purpose of promoting and nurturing young people.
In order to create the future of the performing arts in response to the new values and social changes that have emerged with the corona crisis, we are providing incentives and training projects for creative producers, and conducting research groups to think about the future of the performing arts. increase.
Currently, 20 students have graduated from Mirai Juku, a program to encourage and nurture young people, which was launched in 2018. From May 2022, the 5th term of “Mirai Juku” will be held.
■What is EverWonder?
Ignite the fuse of a stopped heart ~From reaction to action~ This is a project from the Watanabe Memorial Foundation, which aims to create a society (world) like the one below.
・A society where each person can feel a sense of self-affirmation ・A society where you can challenge the possibility of realizing your dreams ・I want to change a reactive society into a proactive one
(From EverWonder Concept Association)
■ Recruiting and selecting Mirai Juku 6th trainees
Mirai Juku is a place for stimulating talent that only students of the Watanabe Memorial Foundation can participate in.
At Mirai Juku, you can experience first-class creation and production through dialogue with top leaders representing Japan not only in the entertainment industry but also in various industries through a six-month program.
In addition, in the second half of the program, students will engage in independent creative activities according to the theme. There is a possibility that you will have an opportunity to appeal your plan to other people and receive support for commercialization.
The program content, theme, and guests will be decided at any time. Please download the application form from the foundation’s website (http://watanabe-mf.or.jp/entry01/), attach 1. and 2. below as a PDF, and send an application email to the email address below.
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Late elderly VTuber Meta Grandma “Hiroko (85)” was selected as one of the “100 Leading Role Who Will “Bounce” This Year” by Weekly Asahi! We prove that “it’s never too late to take on a challenge, no matter how old you are!” in 2023, too.
OTAGROUP Inc. (Head office: Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture; President: Ryuji Shimonishi) announces that Late elderly VTuber Meta Grandma “Hiroko (85)” was selected as one of the “100 Leading Role Who Will “Bounce” This Year” by Weekly Asahi.
I honestly don’t know, but I think it’s great because my grandchild and family are happy.It’s nice to see my family happy, thanks to my YouTube subscribers and Twitter followers.Thank you for everything.Am I chosen because I am cute? You’ll be surprised when you see the real thing. Don’t be cowed…an 85 year old grandmother is trying new things, so you should all do your best. Life can change with the slightest thing. you can find
What is the “Meta Grandma” Project?
The “Meta Grandma” Project is a project to foster unique grandmothers who have a surplus of energy into becoming popular idols in the world of the Metaverse.
Audition for new members of “Metagrandma” Requirements
・Must be 75 years old or older.
・Female applicants must reside in Japan.
*People diagnosed with dementia are not eligible to apply.
・Those who can sing well.
・Those who have a special talent that shines through.
・Those who have family members who can support the activities. ・Those who can support the activity with their family members. ※You don’t need to have a VR headset or special equipment for this.It is just a simple task like recording grandma’s voice by smartphone. Deadline
Wednesday, January 22, 2023
How to apply
You, your family or friends are requested to apply using the application form in the URL below. Please talk to your grandmother when you go back to your parents’ home.
Project Planning and Cooperation
This project is planned and promoted under the theme of “EverWonder” by the 5th year students of Mirai-Juku, a school for learning the qualities of creative producers conducted by the Watanabe Memorial Foundation.
The Watanabe Memorial Foundation for Inclusion
The Watanabe Memorial Nurturing Foundation is a non-profit
organization established in September 2017 by its president, Mayumi Watanabe (President of TopCoat Inc. / President of Watanabe
Productions Inc.), for the purpose of encouragement and nursing projects.
In order to respond to new values and social changes born with the Corona disaster and to create the future of the performing arts, the organization provides incentives and fostering projects for creative producers, and conducts study groups to consider the future of the performing arts.
Mirai Juku, an incentive and training program launched in 2018, currently has 20 graduates, and the fifth term of Mirai Juku began in May 2022.
What is EverWonder?
Lighting the fuse of the heart that has stopped – from reaction to action EverWonder is a project of the Watanabe Memorial Foundation that aims to create the following kind of society (world).
・A society in which each individual can feel a sense of affirmation. ・A society where people can challenge the possibility of realizing their dreams. ・A society where people can challenge their own potential to realize their dreams.
(From the EverWonder Conceptual Society)
Recruitment 6th term students of Mirai Juku
Mirai Juku is a place for stimulating talent, open only to encouraged students of the Watanabe Memorial Foundation.
Mirai Juku is a six-month program that allows students to experience first-class creation and production through dialogues with top Japanese leaders not only in the entertainment industry but also in a variety of other industries. required to engage in independent creative activities based on a theme, and the encouraged students who develop an outstanding project will be awarded the Watanabe Memorial Foundation Prize.
Program content, themes, and guests will be determined at any time. http://watanabe-mf.or.jp/entry01/
We produce entertainment from an otaku’s perspective with the mission of “Otaku Can Save the World”.
For inquiries regarding this release, please contact the following e-mail address
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