Anyone who has played Kizuna AI: Touch the Beat on the Oculus will get a different type of experience with VARK Incorporated’s virtual concert series, Cinderella Switch.
This show brings Himemori Luna and Natsuiro Matsuri to many virtual headsets for fans to listen along to. This show takes place Saturday March 27th, 2021 at 9AM CET/4AM EDT/5PM JST. Of course, keeping track it in other time zones is tough unless one has an alarm and reminders in place–but for what’s offered in volume four is going to be a fun time. You’re getting J-pop as its meant–with a 3D laser light show and it’s all digital!
The cost of the ticket is $43/€35 for a single concert part, with both pieces of the experience being offered when bought together for $80/€66.
Viewers can switch back and forth between the two VTubers. As Himemori Luna takes the stage, Natsuiro Matsuri will cheer on from the crowd alongside the viewer, with the duo switching spots midway through the show. The software allows for a bit of movement from changing seat positions and deciding how close you want to be with your host–the only interaction available is with waving a baton or clapping. There’s no touching here!
These songs are atypical for this genre of idol girls. The digital performers are enthusiastic and the songs, even if you can’t understand all the words, are mood enhancers. All this series needs are subtitles so foreigners can get more out of watching these shows.
Although the past concerts available via archive in my preview weren’t offered on the VR platform to watch, I can only imagine the experience is no different than seeing a 3D movie on VR headsets.
For the curious, this venture is a welcome take on getting a live concert experience until the pandemic is over. To truly be on stage with the performer will never happen, but if we can get a program to simulate viewers as drone cameras–to be anywhere on a digital stage instead of watching from fixed camera angles–then the technology has the potential to be a game changer!