The “Dwango Anime Kaigi (Working Title)” event has announced that a new television anime titled Virtual-san wa Miteiru (Virtualsan Looking) will premiere on Japanese television on January 10, 2019. The series features over 30 virtual YouTubers or VTubers — characters popularized via videos on streaming services and user-generated content sites.
The virtual stars of the series include Mirai Akari, Dennō Shōjo Siro, Tsukino Mito, Tanaka Hime, Suzuki Hina, and Nekomiya Hinata. These six characters form a special unit called “Virtual Real” to perform for the series. Also starring is enka singer and more recently, “virtual grandmother” star Sachiko Kobayashi.
Daigo Abe is directing the anime at Rido. Daisuke Yokosawa is serving as “unifying producer,” and Shinnosuke Suzuki is the production director. Anime director Hideaki Anno contributed ideas to the project; the Virtual Real group members wear the uniforms from Evangelion.
Yasutaka Nakata , a producer for such musical acts as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume, is composing the background music and the two theme songs. Kizuna Ai sings the theme song for the first six episodes, and the “Virtual Real” group sings the theme song for the last six episodes.
The series will have 12 24-minute episodes. Each episode will be an omnibus of segments, each highlighting different VTubers.