Japanese serial entrepreneurs secure $13M to launch Izumo VTuber project


Singapore-based AnotherBall announced that it has secured 1.9 billion yen (about $13 million US) in a seed round to promote its VTuber project targeting the English-speaking market called Izumo.

The latest round was led by ANRI with participation from Hashed, Global Brain, Globis Capital Partners (GCP), Sfermion, HashKey Capital, Everyrealm, Ethereal Ventures, Emoote, Crunchyroll founder Kun Gao, and other angel investors. This follows an angel round in May of 2023 and brought their funding sum up to 2.2 billion yen (about $15 million US).

The company was founded in May of 2022 by CEO Shunsuke Oyu and CTO Tatsuro Shimada, both of whom are known for having founded businesses like VTuber agency Prism Project as well as mom-focused Q&A app Mamari (acquired by KDDI’s Syn. Holdings back in 2016). Izumo is said to aim to create a sustainable platform that enables everyone to live their lives in their own way.

The platform has been working on initiatives that incorporate cutting-edge technologies and is using these experiences to allow individual creators to gain fans and monetize their work. It is scheduled to be launched in 2024. Oyu proposes a future in which people are becoming avatars, which in turn expands human potential where VTubers are the future of this.

via PR Times