>>62129>Isn't that what a lot of vtuber fans do though?
That's more akin to making illustrations and fan fiction of celebrities. They're all fan content of 3D people who're represented by an avatar. It's always inevitable that a fan community will distort and caricature certain features — both remarkable and unremarkable ones — of the characters they fawn over, though the crucial point remains that on the one side there is fawning over a fictional character, and on the other there is fawning over actual 3D person, if even a somewhat idealized version of their complex human self, which is another thing that tends to happen in 3D social relationships. When a BPD succ falls in love with her own delusional idealization of another person, no rational person could ever possibly say that that isn't a form of 3D worship. If celebrities suddenly start donning custom anime avatars that represent them, that suddenly doesn't make fawning over them 2D fawning.
It's all just like when, e.g., redditors, twitterers, and tumblrerers worship celebrities and produce fan content of them. It's still 3D worship, with this case the cute anime avatars being representations of vtubers, i.e., actual 3D people not fundamentally different from actors. If a waifufag fawns over the seiyuu of his waifu he's at that moment engaging in 3D worship.
It'd actually be okay if, hypothetically, some schizoid were to, in his imagination, completely separate a cute anime avatar like that Gawr one (which I do admit is extremely cute) from all its vtuber context and turn it into the physical appearance of their private fictional character. The thing is, that would be a completely solitary act. When that avatar is posted its meaning is that of the 3D vtuber, and not the schizoid's private fictional character, which could never gain any traction given its original, much more popular meaning. So it's not automatically 3D worship to merely admire a nice illustration of a vtuber's avatar, but when you start admiring the actual vtuber herself, e.g., how funny or cute the things she says and does are, then that's 3D worship. (To be honest, I still feel averse to context-free illustrations, e.g., hentai, of them because of their association with the 3D vtuber donning the avatar as a representation of herself.)