Japanese vloggers are no stranger to hiding their identities from fans. For years it was common to keep faces off-camera and to alter one’s voice. So it’s not surprising to see an increase of virtual Youtubers thanks to inexpensive motion-sensing software that can instantly convert body movement into an avatar.
Most virtual Youtubers are cute anime girls, with Kizuna Ai and Kaguya Luna being the most popular examples. Who doesn’t love a wacky and mentally unstable waifu?
One of the newest virtual Youtubers is Nora Cat, who debuted last December. Her gothic dress, cat ears, and soft-spoken voice are aimed at otaku who love watching cute anime girls chat about video games. In fact, she’s gained over 55 thousand followers so far!
Nora Cat once famously proclaimed, “If you want to fall in love with a virtual character, then you should. I won’t betray those feeling. If everyone feels attracted to me, I will continue to be attractive, so it’s ok.”
One of Nora Cat’s gimmicks are live streams; most of her competitors are pre-recorded. However, a brief technical glitch during a stream revealed Nora Cat’s true identity:
— から傘 (@karakasa893) February 4, 2018
A middle-aged guy is disguised as an otaku waifu!
Even more shocking is that the unintentional masking has led to an increase in followers! New and old fans have expressed more interesting in watching Nora Cat’s videos in a “kabuki theater” type fashion. Commentors are pleasantly surprised that a middle-aged man is able to convincingly play the role of a cute anime girl.
Others say that the reveal doesn’t kill their fantasy and it’s no different from a male artist drawing cute girls in manga. The digital filters are more than enough to mask any connection between the creator and Nora Cat.
Also, some people just don’t care that it’s a guy playing Nora Cat.
— SG キチ@小説だんご (@segukiti2147) February 4, 2018
Fans have also been flooding Twitter with new fan art based on Nora Cat, signaling that an otaku guy is fine too.
— はち (@worship_shiro) February 5, 2018
— めだまる (@mega_00_key) February 5, 2018
— やきへび (@YakiSnake) February 5, 2018
— 天日干らむね (@02255ramune) February 5, 2018
— くろいうさぎ (@snowdrop1010) February 5, 2018
— ▷ᴍᴀғᴜʏᴜ (@mdxu) February 5, 2018
You can stay up to date with Nora Cat’s antics on Youtube.