In February 2018, when the new phenomenon called “v-tubers” exploded in popularity, an agency assembling those virtual personalities called Nijisanji started its activities. Among the first batch of performers revealed by the agency was HER. A relatively realistic, no-frills design. Black long hair and a navy school uniform with pink details. And inside of that attractive 2D package – a pretty voice, an autoironic personality and plenty of nerdy interests. News of her reached me from a trusted source – there’s an exceptional entertainer, different from the horde of other youtubers hiding behind pretty, drawn avatars who deserves my attention. And so, shortly after her career’s start, I gave Tsukino Mito a chance and watched some of her vids. I became a fan and… here I am – it’s late 2021 and I’m still watching her streams and wishing her even greater success. May you live long, Mito-sama!
She streams, she sings, appears in live events… What can’t she do? Not long ago, in March 2021, a book written by Tsukino Mito herself came out. It’s called Tsukino-san no Note (月ノさんのノート). What kind of book, you ask? It’s an essay collection, containing writings on events from her daily life, thoughts on her activity as a streamer, and assorted memories. It’s certainly not the first publication of this sort. If you watch Mito, you’ve definitely heard about it – she’s talked about being closed in a hotel room to ensure this book is actually finished.
I finally got my hands on a copy recently. Of course I did. What kind of fan would I be otherwise? At a glance, it’s rather unimpressive – around 100 pages of sparsely printed text and thick paper. They used every possible trick to make this brochure seem thicker and more substantial than it is in actuality. That won’t stop me, though – you are getting a little report from my adventure with it. There are 16 texts inside (including the foreword and afterword) and below I’ll write something about the most interesting ones.
Kawaii Moji: Mito turned her handwriting into a font, in which this bit is written with. How does that work? I’ll need to google it later. There’s a very limited number of kanji in that font though, forcing her to frequently write stuff in hiragana. Thankfully only this one essay uses it, the rest’s normal. I’d been a little worried: what if this book turns out to actually be ghostwritten? The preface suggests that a little – it’s too polite. But here, Mito shows off her style, impossible to take for anyone else’s. There’s net slang, an occasional dirty joke, and Mitoisms like saying “かわヨ”. It sure is her.
Suimin Dounyuu Daihon: On Mito’s problems with falling asleep, attempts at doing something about those, and living a nocturnal life – I’m guessing it’s a phenomenon known to all nerds. And her fear of death – a topic you might remember from one of her streams.
Manager wa Miru na: The story of how this book came to be. It was Kadokawa that approached Mito with the proposal of putting out a book. Initially the plan was: the book would be divided into several parts and Mito would have a month to finish each. Though initially enthusiastic, Mito quickly turned out to be unable to keep those deadlines. So, she got “canned”: she was driven to a mountain resort where she was supposed to write the whole thing in one sitting. And she did, but not without problems. Even locking her in a hotel far from civilization didn’t help her much in her fight against herself – the procrastination and attention issues.
Shoujou ga Deta na: Mito has some sort of mental problem: for as long as she can remember, she’s been losing things and forgetting important stuff all the time. Once, her manager advised her to go to a psychiatrist, since the symptoms she was showing seemed familiar. The diagnosis was: ADHD. Mito got a prescription for a medication called Concerta – it’s something similar to Ritalin. According to the essay, it isn’t doing much.
Tsukino Mito wa Hako no Naka: In June 2018, not that long after Mito’s debut, she appeared in a live offline event. It was not only the first such experience for her, but also a pioneering attempt at a bigger public performance for Nijisanji. It was hardly advertised so not that many people showed up. At the venue, it turned out there is only one entrance/exit to the building, no backdoor for the organizers, including Mito. So, to ensure she doesn’t get mobbed by fans, Mito was… put in a cardboard box and rolled out of the place on a trolley. Hence the title of this text.
Moto Ikkisei ni Tsuite: If Mito is to be believed, Nijisanji was initially supposed to be something entirely different than what it ultimately came to be. The plan was for Nijisanji to be an app for the iPhone, commonly available for anyone to use. One could say “anyone could be Tsukino Mito” that way. The talent employed by the company was originally intended to only advertise the virtual avatars, be their “canonical” selves, or something. The management had only a vague idea of what direction their company was heading. Seems like external circumstances, like the v-tuber boom started by Kizuna Ai and the ascendent competition in form of Hololive decided on Nijisanji’s current form.
This should be enough to give you an idea of what Tsukino-san no Note is. It a collection of random writings, a trifle for the fans of Tsukino Mito to enjoy, and a modest way for them to support the v-tuber the like. Though it’s so minor, I’m glad I own it. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to get a copy. It’ll be enough if, instead, you just watch Tsukino Mito.