English language Hololive virtual YouTuber Amelia Watson surpassed 1 million subscribers today, making her the third member of the EN branch and the ninth member overall to do so. She was followed just days prior by Haachama/Akai Haato, whose growth has increased rapidly in the previous year due to more outlandish content.
By contrast, Amelia Watson (or ‘Ame,’ as she is known by fans) is relatively tame. She can be described as a variety streamer, given that she plays lots of different types of games, but enjoys first-person shooters in particular. Nevertheless, she’s also quite notorious for her gamer rage, often going into ‘gremlin mode’ whenever she does something mischievous or spiteful. There’s also various headcanons surrounding the insinuation that she is a time traveler and/or dabbles with mysterious drugs.
In fact, Ame hit the milestone while livestreaming The Elder Scroll IV: Oblivion, which is what fellow genmates Gawr Gura and Mori Calliope were also playing when they achieved the same feat back in October 2020 and January 2021. Coincidence? I think not.
Looking at her profile on Social Blade, we can see that Amelia Watson’s road to 1 million has been similar to that of others in her generation. While her weekly growth has remained consistent at around 3000 per day, her overall growth per month has actually fallen since debuting: going from 217,000 in October 2020 to 128,000 last month. Nearly all the English language Hololive VTubers have seen a significant drop in monthly gained subscribers since their debut: this speaks to the fact that a lot of people were interested in seeing how the project would first work out, but haven’t stuck around since then.
In fact, Mori Calliope is the only channel to see an increase since then, going from a net gain of 138,000 subscribers in December 2020 to 159,000 subscribers in January 2021!
Does this really matter in the long run? Not really. Amelia Watson’s 1 million subscriber milestone still means that over half of the Hololive EN VTubers have achieved this feat, which isn’t anything to be sniffed at. With this in mind, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the company started auditions for the second generation sometime soon.