Nanashi Mumei

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Nanashi Mumei
Nanashi Mumei - Portrait 01.png
Illustrator: Azure[1]
Live2D Modeling: rariemonn[2]
English NameNanashi Mumei
Japanese Name七詩ムメイ
Debut DateAugust 23, 2021
Member ofhololive English -Council-
Fan NameHoomans
Emoji /
Oshi Mark
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Official Media
YouTubeNanashi Mumei Ch. hololive-EN
Websitehololive official website (EN)
hololive official website (JP) (EN) (JP)
BirthdayAugust 4
Stream Talk#watchMEI
  • Meimei

Introduction Video[edit | edit source]

Official Bio[edit | edit source]

A member of the Council and the Guardian of "Civilization," a concept crafted by mankind.

As a living embodiment of the sum of mankind's efforts—the mark that humans have left on the world—she is far removed from her fellow members, as well as other lifeforms. Due to not being created by the Gods, she was free to choose her own appearance, and decided to make herself owl-like, after the bird that symbolizes wisdom.

She is gentle, wise, and an unbelievably hard worker. As a well-traveled vagabond, she is blessed with a wealth of knowledge of the world. She has seen, heard, and experienced so many things that she has forgotten most of them, one of them being her own name.

For some reason, she seems to project a rather pitiable aura. Perhaps this is in part thanks to the loneliness she has often felt in her perennial travels. That is what gave her the idea of making her own friend out of a material that was indispensable to the development of human civilization: paper.

"It may fade and rip, but once a friend, forever a friend."

Overview[edit | edit source]

Nanashi Mumei (七詩ムメイ), born on August 4th, is an owl VTuber who debuted as part of hololive English -Council- representing “Civilization.” As an all-seeing guardian of mankind, she protects all who she looks upon and hopes everyone can be their best version of themselves.[3]

Mumei’s streams are generally characterised by a relatively low energy, relaxing and comfortable tone (which she takes pride in[4][5]) with Hoomans drawn in by her gentle talking and singing voice, her upbeat and persevering demeanour, and the various noises she makes during streams which fans overwhelmingly find cute and adorable. Mumei is also a fan of puns and frequently uses owl or bird-related wordplay in her Tweets and streams, and this is further evidenced by her choice of fan name and Twitter hashtags.

As an owl, she is stereotypically both forgetful and birdbrained with her not only forgetting her age and previous names over the millennia, but more recently has had many cases of forgetting when her scheduled streams were due to start - in one case almost starting a stream a day early.[6] In addition, on one day in which she was quickly reheating some food before a stream that was about to start, she had found her herself randomly in the process of cleaning a stove.[7] This level of forgetfulness was what led her to refer to her mascot only as “Friend,” as she wouldn’t be able to forgive herself were she to forget its name.[8]

Mumei’s love of knowledge, drawing and singing come across strongly from her streams: with her frequently asking chat (or collab partners) if she can search online for answers to something she forgot or is unsure of;[9][10][11][12] her frequent drawing-themed streams and knowledge of techniques demonstrated by painter Bob Ross;[13][14] and her regularly singing parts of songs from artists across a wide range of genres – from Kelly Clarkson[15] and My Chemical Romance,[16] to The Story So Far[17] and Backstreet Boys,[18] to various songs from Disney movies[19][20][21] and those from the musical adaptation of Les Misérables[22][23] (which is also her favourite musical[24]).

In terms of larger-scale forays into singing she previewed an incomplete original song (which is currently in development) during her debut stream,[25] sang a full cover of Silhouette by Kana-Boon (an OP for the anime Naruto: Shippuden),[26] and held her first (unarchived) karaoke stream on 28th September 2021.

Her representative fan emoji is a feather because her physical form is of an owl.

Personality[edit | edit source]

As a cheerful, caring and sweet (yet introverted[4]) barn owl,[27][28] Nanashi Mumei (normally referred to as Mumei, but also affectionally nicknamed “Meimei” by fellow Council members) takes her job seriously as a guardian protector of mankind. On the other hand, however, it is Hoomans who believe that the one that must be protected is Mumei herself. This desire to protect her is compounded by multiple aspects about her: such as her forgetfulness and the ease with which she becomes embarrassed and overwhelmed. These bouts of forgetfulness are frequent enough to make Hoomans joke that she “forgor” and “rembers” whenever she forgets about something and (sometimes) remembers it again during her streams. This forgetful nature, combined with regular spells of being scatterbrained or overwhelmed results in her panicking and as a result, doing or saying things she doesn't mean to[29] such as inadvertently responding that she “forgot” in some cases where she didn’t actually forget due to sheer force of habit.[30]

A notable instance of Mumei getting overwhelmed was her first Super Chat celebration stream, where she chose not to read chat at the beginning because she knew that she would (and eventually did) get startled by the fast rate of donations sent to her.[31] However, this same stream also highlighted the care and appreciation she holds for her fans, with her stating numerous times throughout the stream that she sees the precious time people set aside to watch her streams “genuinely as valuable [as money].”[32][33][34] Similar sentiments were also shared during Mumei's membership opening stream; in which she said that she didn't mind if Hoomans didn't become members as she was "so appreciative of (...) anybody who comes and watches,"[35] and also was understanding of viewers who wanted to wait until she was feeling better before purchasing membership because she was feeling notably unwell at the time of this stream (with this choice making "a lot of sense").[36]

Outside of these celebration streams, her appreciation can further be seen in frequent Tweets expressing her gratefulness to those who watch and convey their enjoyment of her streams (particularly when the stream does not go as planned),[37][38] her responses to those expressing gratitude for her content during streams,[39][40][41][42] and her general interactions with chat. Such interactions include her pleading with tired fans staying up late for her stream to go get some sleep,[43][44][45] as well as her expressing the happiness she felt knowing Hoomans were inspired to draw because of her, and were also using her #watchMEI Twitter hashtag to draw alongside her during her first drawing stream.[46]

For Hoomans who send in Super Chats, Mumei wishes for them to be responsible in how they use their money. An example of this is her stating during a stream that viewers do not need to send donations toward upgrading her equipment (such as for a new microphone) or similar purposes as she will be able to cover all relevant costs herself.[47] Unfortunately for her this statement ended up having the opposite effect, with viewers sending a torrent of "fund" donations[48] to a point where she said she would be (unenforceably) "banning" such donations[49] not only because of the sheer number she received,[50] but also because of the absurdity of what some Hoomans said their donations were supposed to be funding.[51][52] She has also stated that viewers do not need to donate blue Super Chats whenever she takes a streaming break to go to "an idol meeting" (the bathroom) as she doesn't "see it making sense" - this is despite it being a normalised "tradition" within the VTuber community.[53]

Although she has moments of high energy and excitability (especially while under the effects of caffeine), Mumei regards herself as a “low energy” individual with the social aspect of streaming being surprisingly tiring at times. However, she thinks that it’s okay and normal for people to become tired while doing something they enjoy so she doesn’t mind it.[4] This introverted disposition becomes most apparent when she starts finding it difficult to know what to say; with her often resorting to impromptu singing or noises to fill the silence if streaming by herself,[22][54][55] or at times struggling to find an appropriate greeting or response while in the presence of others[56][57] (though this can result in entertaining but nonsensical conversations with other hololive members such as Gawr Gura[58][59]). These bouts of random sounds and responses may also be partially attributed to her birdbrained nature, with Mumei herself admitting that she has a very short attention span and finds it difficult to multitask.[60][61] These traits are particularly evident during her Minecraft streams where a theme of her getting sidetracked from her set goals is so common,[62][63] that at the start of one stream she had to ask chat to tell her if she was deviating too far from her declared plans.[64]

History[edit | edit source]

2021[edit | edit source]

  • June 29 Twitter account created.[65]
  • July 26 YouTube channel created.[66]
  • Aug. 23 Officially debuted on YouTube.[67]
  • Aug. 23 Achieved a 200,000 YouTube subscriber milestone.[68]
  • Sep. 05 Achieved a 250,000 YouTube subscriber milestone.[69]
  • Sep. 22 Achieved a 300,000 YouTube subscriber milestone.[70]
  • Sep. 25 Membership feature opened.[71]

Streaming Information[edit | edit source]

Stream Rules[edit | edit source]

For the main page, see Stream Rules.

Mumei has the following streaming rules in her streams' descriptions:

How to maintain a civilization:
Follow the Rules! Please!

  • 1. Be civilized!
  • 2. If you do see spam or trolling, don’t respond. Block report and ignore.
  • 3. Talk in relation to stream content. Please don’t bring up unrelated topics or have personal conversations.
  • 4. Don’t bring up other streamers/streams unless I do first.
  • 5. Further, don’t talk about me or my stream in another streamer’s chat.
  • 6. Enjoy yourself! All languages are welcome!

Fans[edit | edit source]

Mumei's fans are called Hoomans: a portmanteau of "humans" and "hoo" (the sound an owl makes).

Streamer Side
Scene Lines Romaji Meaning / Notes
Greetings Hello!
Farewell Bye-bye!
See Mu-meiter! Play-on-words on "See you later," coined by Ouro Kronii at the end of the first Council collaboration stream.[72]
Viewer Side
Scene Lines Romaji Meaning / Notes
Waiting YouTube Buffering.pngYouTube Buffering.pngYouTube Buffering.png Used because of the buffering animation seen on Mumei's waiting screen ("Processing...").
YouTube Membership Perks
Badges and Emoji Perk Levels
Nanashi Mumei - Membership Perks.png
Owl Pal
  • Members-only live chats
  • Members-only live streams
  • Photos and status updates
  • Includes access to perks from previous level
  • All members receive the same perks! Thank you!

Other Media[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nanashi (名無し) and Mumei (無名) are both Japanese words which signify namelessness, which is apt considering she has forgotten her previous names.[73]
  • Mumei's birthday falls on August 4th, which is also International Owl Awareness Day.
  • She is able to take the form of any owl species, but has most recently taken the form of a barn owl because it matched her "current state of mind."[27][28]
    • Another owl form she has taken in the past is that of the eagle-owl.[74]
  • She has given express permission for Hoomans to use the artwork she has herself drawn (such as those from her Passpartout streams), for use as a personal avatar or other similar use cases.[75]
  • Inugami Korone was the first hololive member that Mumei was interested in.[76]
  • At debut, she used a keyboard with blue ("tactile") mechanical switches but soon ordered a new keyboard with red ("linear") mechanical switches to replace it.[78] This is because she personally would not want to hear the loud "clickity-clackity" (noise of blue mechanical switches) if she herself were watching someone else's stream.[79] The first stream in which she used her new, quieter keyboard was her first Minecraft stream on September 7th, 2021 (two weeks after debut).[80]
  • After she posted her first Tweet, Mumei's Twitter account was flooded with new followers. This led to Twitter temporarily restricting her account due to excessive activity.[81]
  • She is one of the hololive production VTubers with a verified YouTube channel. Other verified members can be found here.

  • Befitting her role as Guardian of "Civilization," Mumei dislikes (but is prone to) forgetting things and likes to obtain new knowledge as well as remember things she has forgotten.[82]
    • Other things she likes include vegetable broth soup,[83] berries,[84] drawing and singing; while she dislikes mud, printers and mosquitoes.[82]
  • Her favourite ice cream flavours are pistachio, vanilla and chocolate (with her also liking a combination of the latter two).[85]
  • Goals she has for her time in hololive include: having an original song be used in a rhythm game; learning new skills (and improving upon current ones, such as Japanese); writing a song for guitar; and being in a 3D Live (as well as general) collaboration stream with her senpai and other Council members.[86]
  • Mumei was "banned" from having caffeine by Hakos Baelz due to it affecting her for an unusually long time ("nearby 15 hours"),[87][88] but frequently has caffeinated drinks anyway because it helps her deal with nervousness.[89]
  • She doesn't normally feel hungry in mornings and afternoons, and tends not to eat before streaming as she feels it makes her tired during the stream.[90][91] However, her stomach will still rumble as if she were hungry and there have been times where it has done so while she streamed.[92][93][94] It is because of this that she sometimes has a snack on hand nearby before she starts streaming.[95]
  • She has a pet that she refers to as "Animal" (named as such for the same reason she calls her mascot "Friend"[96]) who frequently intrudes upon her streams.[97][98][99] She concedes that Animal is spoiled not only in general,[100] but also by Hoomans who are very loving toward Animal as a whole - with some going as far as sending Super Chats for it.[101][102]
  • She heavily suspects that she has aphantasia, which is an inability to voluntarily create a mental image in one's own mind (for example, of an apple).[103] This suspicion is supported by her normally needing to search for reference images of things that she merely wants to doodle.[104]

Media[edit | edit source]

Image Gallery[edit | edit source]

Music[edit | edit source]

BGM[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of background music Mumei has used in her streams and videos.

Title 今日はお散歩日和。 Usage Waiting screen BGM ("Processing...")
Made by のる Link/s
Title ひなたぼっこ Usage Stream BGM
Made by ゆうきわたる Link/s

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