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Old 21st June 2011, 07:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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AKB 48 newest member Aimi Eguchi is a 'virtual idol'

AKB 48 newest member Aimi Eguchi is a 'virtual idol'
Posted: 20 June 2011 2028 hrs


TOKYO: Japanese confectionery company Ezaki Glico confirmed on Sunday that Aimi Eguchi, one of the latest additions to Japanese female idol group AKB 48, is actually a 'virtual idol', reported Japanese media.


Aimi Eguchi's profile photo on the AKB 48 official site. -photo from www.akb48.co.jp

Eguchi has received a lot of publicity because of her flawless looks and her uncanny resemblance to other AKB 48 members.

Now, the truth is out.

Glico recently launched a television commercial featuring Eguchi and a few other AKB 48 members to promote their new candy.

They also posted a video Sunday, on a website to promote the candy, showing how the commercial was made.

This step-by-step video revealed that Eguchi is really a computer-generated composite of the best features of AKB 48 members Atsuko Maeda (eyes), Tomomi Itano(nose), Mariko Shinoda (mouth), Yuko Oshima (hair/ body), Minami Takahashi (outline) and Mayu Watanabe (eyebrows).

AKB 48 member Yukari Sasaki provided the voice of the 'virtual idol'.

The video shocked fans of Eguchi, who were convinced that her features were more the result of good genes than the skilful use of computer graphics.

Indeed, it would have been hard to tell - AKB 48's management had gone to great lengths to maintain the illusion, even creating a fake profile page for Eguchi that claimed she was a 16-year-old girl from Saitama.

In addition, Eguchi had also been featured in a magazine, complete with faked photos and biodata.

Although Eguchi is not a real person, some observers say she possesses the purest essence of what an idol is – a completely artificial persona created by putting together the traits that fans love the most.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...136166/1/.html

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Old 24th June 2011, 01:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: AKB 48 newest member Aimi Eguchi is a 'virtual idol'

one word:lame.

I'm struggling to think of a reason why anyone would like this kind of thrashy pop group in the first place.

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one word:lame.

I'm struggling to think of a reason why anyone would like this kind of thrashy pop group in the first place.
To each their own. Something you find dumb/weird/lame/hard to imagine may appeal to another person and vice versa. So don't be a douche.

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To each their own. Something you find dumb/weird/lame/hard to imagine may appeal to another person and vice versa. So don't be a douche.
I accept that other people may have their own preferences and like this group but this doesn't change my stand on this latest virtual idol joke. Next thing you know we're going to have a legion of fanboys worshipping a bunch of pixels without even knowing.

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Originally Posted by jarlaxle1771 View Post
I accept that other people may have their own preferences and like this group but this doesn't change my stand on this latest virtual idol joke. Next thing you know we're going to have a legion of fanboys worshipping a bunch of pixels without even knowing.
Oh. I thought you meant the whole group .

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"Although Eguchi is not a real person, some observers say she possesses the purest essence of what an idol is – a completely artificial persona created by putting together the traits that fans love the most."

I totally agree with that O.o

Celebrities put on such elaborate facades to please their fans, it's not terribly different from this virtual idol...

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How Japanese music producers fooled thousands of fans with computerised singer

The not-so-perfect pop princess: How Japanese music producers fooled thousands of fans with computerised singer

By RICK DEWSBURY
Last updated at 2:02 AM on 24th June 2011


To her thousands of fans she was the perfect pop star.

But scratch beneath the coiffed hair and delicate features of Japanese singing sensation Aimi Eguchi and all was not well.

The sickly-sweet pop idol had actually been computer generated from composite pictures of six of the most attractive members of the band AKB48. Her high-pitched voice merely an auto-tuned actor's.

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Computer generated: Aimi Eguchi smiles and waves in the Japanese candy advert she starred in that first started to arouse suspicions among fans


Real people: Two members of the pop group AKB48 whose features were used to create Aimi

Fans who followed the supposedly 16-year-old star in the Japanese girl group have been shocked by the revaluation.

Earlier this year Aimi joined the musical group AKB48 which has become a musical sensation in Japan.

The 61 group members make daily performances at a theater in Tokyo while thousands of teenage girls compete to become new members. They also star in a hit TV show.

Aimi’s AKB 48 profile said that she was 16,competed in track and field, and that she was from Saitama, a prefecture on the island of Honshu. It also said Aimi had debuted in a photoshoot for Shueisha’s Weekly Playboy magazine.


Manufactured pop: A video released online shows how features were taken from the real singer on the right and merged into Aimi's face on the left


Open wide: The pop star on the right had the perfect mouth for producers' vision of Aimi

But dedicated followers of the group became suspicious when Aimi was initiated as a lowly trainee but within a short time had starred in a candy advert alongside the group's most established members.

Eagle-eyed fans even realised that her birthday on February 11 was the same date that the candy company she was advertising, Ezaki Glico, was founded.

The company’s slogan 'Hitotsubu 300 meter' also sounded like Aimi's favourite track and field sport, the 300 metres.

AKB48’s management company tried to defend Eguchi’s. 'She’s real. She didn’t take the 12th generation auditions, so we had to quickly accept her (into generation 12.5),' they said in a statement.


Eye say! The resemblance between the real singer on the right and Aimi is clear


Facial: The shape of the the head and jaw line are almost identical


We can see it clearly now: Aimi's eyes were digitally transplanted from another singer in the girl group

But the hoax was finally unveiled when a website released a video showing how the show's producers had composed her features.

'A lot of work was invested in creating Aimi Eguchi,' according to the Singularity Hub site.

'Are we on the verge of creating CG performers that appeal to fans just as much as their flesh-and-blood competition?'

The video shows how graphics experts studied the features of six of the most attractive group members who initially performed in the candy advert.


Hoax: Produced use detailed imaging to highlight the points on another girl's face which are then merged with other features


Graphics: Aimi's new digital face is tinkered with on a computer screen

They took computer images of each girl's eyes, nose, mouth, hair and body, face outline and eyebrows. Each feature was then digitally merged to create the 'perfect' group member.

Commentators have suggested that Aimi was a publicity stunt but others have questioned how long the hoax would have continued if fans had not became suspicious.

Japan has a growing trend of using fictional pop stars that have been crated using computer graphics.

The fictional all female band Ho-kago Tea Time featured in the anime series 'K-On! and released an album in 2009 which entered the weekly charts an No.1.

'The video shocked fans of Eguchi who were convinced that her features were more the result of good genes than the skillful use of computer graphics,' according to ChannelNews Asia.


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...and-AKB48.html

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http://www.icenomi.com/oshimen/index.html

You can make ur own using on this site using the face features of different members.
Mine(I'm not a fan but i do know the names of some members)
http://www.icenomi.com/oshimen/index.html?id=1201462

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Re: AKB 48 newest member Aimi Eguchi is a 'virtual idol'

Interesting! Japanese are innovative as well!

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