The internet’s favourite work and study companion, ‘Lofi Girl’ has been joined by another character: Lofi Boy.
The ‘lofi hip hop radio — beats to relax/study to’ YouTube stream has become a staple for students and remote workers over the past two years.
On April Fools Day, Lofi girl sent users into a tizzy when she disappeared from her usual place on the screen. The only other time she had disappeared was when YouTube briefly ended the stream over a false copyright claim.
Earlier this week, she returned to her desk with a cryptic message, apparently teasing a new character in the artwork.
‘I’ve always wondered what’s behind that blue window… What do you think?’ she asked viewers on social media.
The blue window refers to a flashing blue light from an apartment window in the distance. This was later revealed on Lofi girl’s official Twitter as Morse code redirecting users to a new website titled lofiworld.com.
On Tuesday, creators of the 24/7 YouTube stream and online community revealed a new character in the Lofi universe, Lofi boy, who would bring the genre of synthwave beats to chill or game to.
‘Get ready to fully immerse yourselves in the new realm of retro-futuristic sounds and join us as we embark on a journey through time and space, exploring the wonders of synthwave and unravelling the mysteries of the Lofi universe!’ read an accompanying announcement on Twitter.
‘I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for being the most amazing detectives and participating in the lead-up to this exciting launch and we hope you enjoy tuning into the new livestream! Your infinite support means the world’
A look at Lofi boy’s screen reveals a glimmer of Lofi girl’s window in the distance. He is also joined a sleepy dog, similar to Lofi girl’s cat.
It’s unclear if more characters are on the way but fans have been delighted with the subtle reveal.
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