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hololive is a Virtual YouTuber group founded by Cover Corporation. Although marketed as a team of idols, the group is also known for its Let's Play livestreams and hand-animated 3D shorts on its main channel. The group initially only encompassed musical talent from Cover Corp.'s Inonaka Music label — namely, one Tokino Sora — but eventually grew to two dozen idols and counting, not including their international talent.
hololive provides examples of:
- all lowercase letters: The group's name is officially "hololive", although English forum threads often feature alternate capitalization (Hololive/HoloLive).
- Contractual Purity: Perhaps as a side effect of their idol culture marketing, hololive's members are rarely (if ever) shown collaborating with male Virtual YouTubers, whether from holostars or others outside the group.
- Crossover: With Azur Lane. A select few hololive members show up in-game, redesigned as shipgirls, and the hololive event's campaign makes various references to the livestreaming shenanigans said characters were having at the time of the event's release (mainly their antics on their private Minecraft server).
- Digital Avatar: The earlier idols use a 3D one for their videos. Nowadays, newer talent is represented by 2D artwork animated via Live2D, although the more popular idols may eventually get a 3D model.
- Distaff Counterpart: One of hololive's sub-divisions, holostars, is comprised solely of male talent.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: hololive's earlier cast of characters are relatively normal as far as idols go. However, their 3rd generation (explicitly named Hololive Fantasy) and 4th generation of idols runs the gamut from knights and pirates to dark elves, animal girls of various species, and angels.
- Idol Singer: Much of the content that hololive's individual members put out is hours-long Let's Play livestreams, but they're all undeniably talented vocalists. A small sampling of the songs they performed at their first live concert, "Nonstop Story", can be found here.
- Slice of Life: The 3D animated shorts on hololive's main channel often have this kind of plot, although they also usually have some sort of Surreal Humor aspect to them.
Not fair, where's MY name?! -An angry Rachel
It's actually the names used in cryptography, my past self.
Ciao Alberto is a 2021 animated Short Film follow-up to Luca, directed by McKenna Harris. It premiered as part of Disney+ Day 2021 to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Creator/Disney+ streaming service.
Set after the events of the movie, the short follows the adventures of Alberto as he settles into his new life in Portorosso and attempts to strengthen his bonding with Massismo.
Ciao Alberto contains examples of:
- Continuity Nod: This short shows what happened with Massimo and Alberto after Luca and Giulia head off to school in Genova.
- Parental Substitute - Massimo, of course. Much of the trailer consists of scenes where he and Alberto are doing things together.
- Stuff Blowing Up - Alberto somehow causes an explosion in the kitchen that covers Massimo and the wall behind him with tomato sauce.
- Tail Slap - The trailer shows Alberto intercepting a soccer ball by jumping into the fountain, changing into his sea monster form and using his tail to slap the ball back.
- Voiceover Letter - The trailer opens with Alberto reading a letter from Luca about his school adventures. Much of the voiceover in the trailer reads as Alberto writing his own letter back.