Popular Japanese YouTube channel Ham Ham Exploration Party specializes in videos of hamsters, some of which have been featured in TV programs. The channel’s owner has kept the cute rodents as pets for 24 years, but some netizens have called him out on pet abuse.
▼ Here, he offers one of them ice cream.
A balanced diet is key to maintaining healthy hamsters, mostly consisting of dried grains, vegetables, and fruits. In this YouTube channel however, the owner often feeds his pets stuff unfit for hamster consumption, such as ice cream, soda, miso soup ingredients, dead yeast from Japanese sake, and even raw meat.
These foods are extremely high in sugar or sodium, and frequent consumption by small animals can easily lead to obesity or weakened immune systems. It’s like eating a block of sugar or salt the size of your head every day.
What’s more, he has recorded an astonishing video of him burying a hamster under a pile of snow, with the poor animal trying desperately to escape being entombed in an icy prison.
▼ Warning! The following video may be disturbing for some viewers.
Japanese netizens have launched an online petition to arrest the owner of Ham Ham Exploration Party on the grounds of pet abuse. Started roughly a year ago, the movement has garnered support from over 9,000 people and is steadily gaining momentum.
It’s a shame some pets end up in the hands of extremely careless owners, and we hope netizen voices reach Ham Ham Exploration Party in some way.
Before getting a hamster, or any pet for that matter, it’s a great idea to check the Internet beforehand to equip ourselves with crucial information about diet and health. Take care of them well, and they’ll reward you with their adorable cuteness.
Design stunning characters and show them off to the world. Best of all, it’s absolutely free!
Ever wanted to make your own unique 3D anime character but stopped because it’d take countless hours to create one that resembles a virtual YouTuber? Such was the case in the past, but times have changed.
Pixiv Inc., the company behind Japanese artist community Pixiv, has just announced their free streamlined modeling software called VRoid Studio, allowing both aspiring artists and veterans alike to swiftly design characters as they see fit.
▼ Creating your original 3D anime character has never been so easy.
VRoid Studio is packed with features to take the hassle out of character creation, so let’s take a closer look at some of them.
With the “Procedural Hair Design” feature, artists can use the stylus to create 3D objects like hair and tweak a ton of customization options via slider bars to adjust thickness, direction, or even the way hair tips curve.
▼ Draw a few strokes, modifying each lock of hair…
▼ …and tailor your character’s look effortlessly.
VRoid Studio also comes with “Texture Painting”, a powerful tool offering users the ability to directly paint onto 3D objects in the program. Conventional texture mapping techniques require pre-made textures to be wrapped around 3D models, a monumental task for those who aren’t tech-savvy. But VRoid Studio streamlines the experience and lets artists fully concentrate on drawing instead of grappling with 3D modeling concepts they aren’t familiar with.
Brush pressure sensitivity is a must for software like these, and VRoid Studio is no different, allowing artists to express their creativity with bold and light strokes of the stylus.
▼ Not satisfied with the stock eyes? Add as much detail as you want.
▼ A real-time preview on the side helps users focus on their work.
There’s a wealth of customization options for hair and eyes, but Pixiv Inc. hopes to push the boundaries and provide more tools for other body parts to give artists a true sense of drawing on a 3D model.
The recent rise in virtual YouTubers, virtual reality, and augmented reality-based communication has in turn resulted in a steady demand for quality 3D character models. However, existing software are often complicated to operate and require a huge time investment to learn their techniques. Pixiv Inc. hopes to fill this void with the easily accessible VRoid Studio.
▼ This Twitter user went for a
warrior look on his character
Available to Windows and Mac users, VRoid Studio will undergo closed beta testing starting late July, and signing up is as easy as heading to the official website here and plugging in your e-mail address.
Development of a platform called VR Project is also underway, which lets people use their created anime characters as avatars to communicate in an online world, all done using virtual reality or augmented reality. That doesn’t mean its use is limited to only social purposes though, as utilizing it for 3D animation or game development is just as feasible too.
As a company that encourages and supports artists, Pixiv Inc. envisions both VRoid Studio and VR Project to pave the way for even greater 3D content. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, why not give the program a whirl? It’s good to be prepared for when you can enjoy a date at a cafe with your virtual crush!