Emily (born: August 27, 1995), better known online as Emirichu, is a South Korean-American YouTuber storytime animator, illustrator, comedian, and voice actor. Her art is characterised by her anime illustrations and animations.
Emirichu was born in New York to parents of South Korean descent. She is a second-generation immigrant; their parents were born in South Korea who moved to the United States in the 80s. She described her parents as ‘super religious’; her dad is a pastor, and the family attended church together. She is the youngest of three siblings; her two older brothers are named John (nicknamed ‘Sim’), who is 11 years her senior, and Josh. John later moved to South Korea and married, and has two children. Her parents also later moved back to the country.
The family later moved to California when she was 15 and attended high school there. Throughout her childhood, she struggled with her Korean identity. She developed an interest in anime and drew manga during this time period. This may have inspired her anime-like illustrations. She later attended college to pursue teaching and worked part-time as a youth development teacher during this time, as well as a camp counsellor for summer.
Emirichu started her channel in 2011—however, no publicly available videos have been uploaded until 2016. Her first publicly available animated video was in 2017. Since then, her animation videos largely resemble Japanese anime. In contrast to YouTubers like JaidenAnimations, her animated videos are largely composed of stills, with little fluid movement. Her cartoon persona wears a black-and-white horizontally striped top with a black skirt.
Emirichu has collaborated with other storytime animators such as: TimTom, Wolfychu, Tabbes, ChillyPanda, TheAMaazing and is good friends with CDawgVA. A tour with illymation, GingerPale and Life Noggin had been announced but was later cancelled due to COVID. She is also an animator and voice actor for MOONSHINE ANIMATIONS.
Emirichu is not religious, in contrast to her parents' beliefs. She has had conflicts with her personal beliefs and those of Christianity; for example, she was appalled that a leader at a seminar retreat believed that gay people can only go to heaven if 'they didn't act on their sinful desires'.
Emirichu currently resides in California. She has conversational knowledge in Korean.