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Live2D is the technique of generating 2D animations, usually anime-style characters, using layered, continuous parts based on an illustration, without the need of frame-by-frame animation or a 3D model.[1] Live2D is also the name of the eponymous animation software series employing the technique, created by Japanese programmer Tetsuya Nakajo.[2]

Live2D characters consist of layered parts, such as eyes, mouths, and arms, that are rigged to a skeleton to form a whole animated character. Live2D can be used with motion capture to track movements and perform lip syncing for real-time applications such as vtubing.

Live2D has been used in a wide variety of video games, visual novels, virtual YouTuber channels, and other media. Well-known examples of Live2D media and software include FaceRig,[3][4] Nekopara,[5] Azur Lane,[6] and virtual YouTubers (as popularized by Nijisanji [ja][7] and Hololive).


Live2D Ltd.[edit]

Live2D logo.svg
Developer(s)Tetsuya Nakajo
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, macOS Edit this on Wikidata

Software developer Tetsuya Nakashiro had been independently developing Live2D software, and founded the company Cyber Noise (てサイバーノイズ) in 2006 with support from the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project of the Japanese Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA). Because of its novelty and lack of uptake, Cyber Noise was unsuccessful.

In 2011, Live2D software received attention after its use in the PSP game Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Portable. It subsequently received interest as a library for Android and iOS. Following this success, in 2014 Cyber Noise subsequently renamed itself to Live2D Ltd.[8]

Live2D Ltd. provides its software and SDKs under both commercial licenses and as freeware.

Live2D Ltd. Software[edit]

  • Live2D Cubism
  • Live2D Euclid


Some software programs are able to create animated avatars by combining the Live2D system with real-time motion capture and computer-generated imagery, including:

Works using Live2D[edit]

Visual novels[edit]

Mobile games[edit]

Console games[edit]

PC games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What is Live2D?". Live2D. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  2. ^ "Profile | Live2D". Archived from the original on 2019-06-28. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. ^ "FaceRig Live2D Module on Steam". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. ^ "FaceRig + Live2D Module | Live2D". Live2D. Archived from the original on 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  5. ^ "Meet The Catgirls Of Sekai Project's Visual Novel NEKOPARA Vol. 1 - Siliconera". Siliconera. 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  6. ^ Siegal, Jacob (2018-08-25). "The 8 best free iPhone games of the week". BGR. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  7. ^ "バーチャルYouTuber「月ノ美兎」サブカル女子高生委員長が人気急上昇中 | Mogura VR". MoguraVR (in Japanese). 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
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  9. ^ "(日本語) バンドリ! ガールズバンドパーティ! | Live2D". Live2D. Archived from the original on 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  10. ^ "MAGIA RECORD | Live2D". Live2D. Archived from the original on 2019-06-28. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  11. ^ "Despite the Censored Petting Mini-Game, Fire Emblem Fates Still Uses Live2D Assets". 2016-02-05.
  12. ^ zozi. "Studio Sleipnir PSvitaのソフト 「艦これ改」が発売になりました。". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  13. ^ "system|なむあみだ仏っ!-蓮台 UTENA- 公式サイト". なむあみだ仏っ!-蓮台 UTENA- 公式サイト (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-06-22.

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