Can a Japanese company take on Amazon and their extremely popular Alexa personal assistant? We think so. Meet “Hikari”, a new virtual personal assistant which will not only help you wake you up in the morning, fill you in on your day’s activities, remind you of things to remember, and even welcome you back when you return home from work, but actually has a visual component that makes it just that much easier to identify with.

Hikari looks like a young blue-haired anime woman (this is coming from Japan, after all) although that its appearance can be changed through the settings pane. While we alluded to some of the functionality Hikari can offer at the moment, its creators are promising even more at the time of release.

Speaking of release dates, there isn’t one just yet. Even still, pre-orders are open and Gatebox is guaranteed to work in the US — but only if you speak Japanese. At least for now.

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