Virtual YouTubers have been appearing at an unprecedented rate on the Japanese Internet, and though few come close to the popularity of Kizuna Ai, some newcomers seem to have the potential to topple the queen.
One such anime girl personality is Flavie. She might be late to the virtual YouTuber party, but this elegant blue-eyed girl has something that many of her peers lack: an extremely high-quality first video.
With a cute protagonist, smooth animation, an idyllic environment, and background music, one might even mistake it for a CGI trailer of an epic role-playing game.
▼ Take a look and see for yourself.
The video starts off with Flavie narrating about herself living in an ultimate utopia, where even the concept of time does not exist. A mysterious bunny-like creature with a ribbon then appears and chastens her for slacking off.
▼ “Please do your job. If you don’t, this world will disappear.”
It seems Flavie is tasked with gleaning information from other worlds in order to maintain this paradise, a job that she constantly shies away from.
▼ “I don’t want to work!”
After a heated exchange, the bunny sends Flavie off to Osaka’s Namba Station. There, she stumbles into a bar and attempts to order the longest Starbucks order possible: Venti double shot hazelnut vanilla almond caramel chocolate chip cream frappuccino with caramel and mocha sauce and extra whipped cream.
▼ Except that the bar wasn’t Starbucks of course.
Although the video ends shortly after that, Japanese netizens were floored by Flavie’s first video:
“An awesome virtual YouTuber has appeared again!”
“The quality is so high and her voice is beautiful.”
“What’s with this quality? It’s terrific! Is she really from another world?”
“Wow! I’ll be rooting for her.”
“Fantastic! I thought I was watching a movie.”
Virtual YouTuber videos tend to be a one-man effort, and if that’s the case for Flavie, it truly is an impressive feat. Between top quality episodes from her and cute virtual idols able to speak fluent English, fans of such personalities have a lot to choose from.
Now, another drumming prodigy by the name of Yoyoka Soma has taken the Internet by storm with a flurry of high-velocity poundings. What’s astounding is that she’s an eight-year-old elementary student who’s already done full covers of Led Zeppelin rock songs while other children are still learning basic mathematics.
▼ Watch Yoyoka’s perfect cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times”.
▼ Her face lighting up is the best thing we’ve seen all week.
At the age of two, when children were playing with toys, Yoyoka was already rocking the drums, eventually forming a family band with her parents who were musicians too. With close to a hundred live performances at events under her belt, not to mention a third CD released in May, the future is looking bright for the little drummer.
▼ She also played Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” at seven years old.
Hoping to let the world watch her grow, her parents submitted a video of Yoyoka playing “Good Times Bad Times” to women-only percussion contest Hit Like A Girl, and though she only won a weekly award, the young drummer won over the hearts of countless viewers on Vimeo.
▼ We can’t help but smile along with her.
Her unbridled joy and solid chops caught the attention of music magazine Rolling Stone, BBC, and American entertainment magazine Billboard. So viral was her audition video that it even reached Chad Smith, the drummer of rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
▼ That’s a personal stamp of approval if we ever saw one.
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Although there are already a few young drummers out there, it’s Yoyoka’s sunshine smile that makes her truly unique, as watching her happily go at it is such a joy in itself. At the rate she’s going, there’s no telling just how far she can go. Watch out Yoshiki, this little drummer’s hot on your heels!
When Japanese stationery company Showa Note introduced its line of wearable cardboard costumes, their cool-looking samurai armor promised endless fun for kids and adults alike.
But ever since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the epic space opera’s 40th anniversary, the company has received numerous requests from fans to expand the existing cardboard series. And with Solo: A Star Wars Story releasing soon in Japan on June 29, Showa Note responded by adding the jet black armor of Darth Vader to its cardboard costume lineup.
▼ Make your very own Jedi villain costume and wield the Force with impunity.
Like all wearable cardboard costume kits created by the company, the Darth Vader getup can be easily assembled straight out of the box without the need for extra tools.
Whether it’s the easy-to-pop-out perforated cardboard parts or the imprinted numbers indicating which things go where, everything about the kit is child-friendly. Even the wave-like edges of the parts cushion impact against skin, reducing the likelihood of children cutting themselves.
Since the Darth Vader costume comes pre-painted, aspiring Jedi Masters can direct all their attention on creating their garb instead of cleaning up messy paint spills. Made from more than 90 percent recycled corrugated cardboard, the armor is both light and easy to handle.
▼ Eco-friendly Darth Vader, ready to go.
Although a Chewbacca cardboard costume seems unlikely for now, C-3PO and his trusty buddy R2-D2 would make awesome additions, not to mention feared bounty hunter Boba Fett.
The Darth Vader cardboard getup costs 3,980 yen (US$36.12) and is scheduled to be released in fall this year, making it a great gift for kids or a fantastic cosplay option when Halloween comes around.
Now the YouTuber is back with two new surprising blades, and he’s adding them to a scale of sharpness to show just how great the finished result can be. So let’s get right to it and take a look at how these incredible blades are made, starting first with his knife made from jelly.
The first step in the process here is to melt the small pieces of jelly in a pan on the stove.
After adding a bit of food colouring and gelatin during the heating process, it’s then simmered for three hours, before being poured out onto a flat tray and cooled in the refrigerator overnight. Then it’s time to cut a piece out, using a traced-out image of an ordinary knife, from which point on it starts to resemble the end product.
The jelly hardens after being left to dry overnight, and then the whetstones are brought out to give the jelly a razor-sharp edge. The jelly blade then becomes so sharp that it cuts through paper and easily slices through cucumber.
Attoteki Fushinsha no Kiwami then gets the mad idea to melt his handiwork all over again, reversing the process by pouring the jelly into their original small packs, before setting them in the refrigerator and then serving them up on a plate, proving that the blade is entirely edible!
And the result? It turns out that the jelly knife is surprisingly sharp, ranking in at number three on the craftsman’s list of non-metallic creations.
Now let’s take a look at the making of the plain white rice blade.
In the video, we can see how the craftsman begins by grinding a small cup of uncooked polished rice until it becomes a fine white powder. After adding the powdered rice and a couple of aluminium oxide balls to a glass jar, he creates a homemade mill using a metal frame and two rollers, and then sets about rolling the jar with his hands…for a whopping 40 minutes.
As his hands tire after the long process, Attoteki Fushinsha no Kiwami shows his ingenuity by setting up a drill so that it rolls the jar for him.
▼ The no-hands rolling then continues for an impressive 12 hours.
The next step in the process is to add water and knead it into the powder until it forms a dough-like ball. After that, it’s rolled out and placed into a zip-lock bag which has the shape of a knife drawn onto it, and then it’s cut out and rolled again so that it begins to resemble a knife.
It’s then heated, first with boiling water and then a couple of minutes in the microwave, before being left to dry for two days. Then it’s finally time to sharpen the knife using a series of whetstones until it’s sharp enough to cut through a cucumber and pierce a plastic water bottle.
▼ Transparent, but with a razor edge.
So where does this one rate in terms of sharpness in the non-metallic blade collection? As it turns out, it’s actually the winner out of the two blades we’ve seen today, slightly edging out the competition and pushing the jelly blade into fourth place by taking the third-place spot, just behind the pasta knife, at number two, and the sharpest of them all, the carbon fibre blade, in first place.
So there you have it – not only can you make a knife from rice, but you can make one out of jelly too. All it takes is some simple ingredients, a huge serving of elbow-grease and a bucketful of determination. But once you’ve made your one-of-a-kind knife, nothing is sure to be more satisfying than using it to create a snake cucumber. Watch how it moves!