New Japanese Pop Idol Shocks Fans With News–She’s Not Real

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    Jun 22, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    Bringing new meaning to manufactured pop star

    http://singularityhub.com/2011/06/22/new-japanese-pop-idol-shocks-fans-with-news%E2%80%93shes-not-real-video/

    Only 15 seconds in the limelight and she’d already created an overnight buzz. She was the newest member of the very popular all-girl Japanese idol group AKB 48. Upon seeing the new face appear on a candy commercial, the band’s faithful took to the message boards: Who is Aimi Eguchi?

    This past Sunday, Ezaki Glico, the candy company which aired the commercial, confirmed what many of AKB 48’s fans had come to suspect: Aimi Eguchi wasn’t real. The new group member, it turns out, was a computer-generated composite of the real band members. Her pretty face was actually made up of the “best features” of six other members: her eyes, nose, mouth, hair/body, face outline and eyebrows were not flesh-and-blood, but cut-and-paste.

    Not everyone was so quick to catch on, however, and Aimi had already formed a fan base of her own. “The video shocked fans of Eguchi,” reports ChannelNews Asia, “who were convinced that her features were more the result of good genes than the skillful use of computer graphics.” Watch this video and see if you can tell which ones are human, and which one is Aimi.


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    Jun 22, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    Her ears are crazy screwed up!
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    Jun 22, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    This was the plot of an Al Pacino movie a few years ago called S1m0ne (get it?). The movie wasn't that great, but I love the writer/director who previously made Gattaca and wrote The Truman Show.
  • Spiritreaver

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    Jun 22, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    Isn't one of Japan's top artists completely CG? Or maybe it was Korea...

    Either way, that country's culture boggles my mind.
  • Vaughn

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    Jun 22, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    God is dead, art is dead, pop is dead. What next?
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    Jun 22, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    Vaughn saidGod is dead, art is dead, pop is dead. What next?
    Nuclear holocaust.
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    Jun 22, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    Max Headroom is her grandfather...

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    Jun 22, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    ^ OMG I was waiting for a Max Headroom reference.

    But... if Japan has this technology... what would a composite of the hottest RJ men look like?
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    Jun 22, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said^ OMG I was waiting for a Max Headroom reference.

    But... if Japan has this technology... what would a composite of the hottest RJ men look like?


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  • xKorix

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    Jun 22, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    Hmm sounds like Macross Plus O_0
  • BlackRussian1...

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    Jun 22, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    That is totally Macross Plus' Sharon Apple (yes I am a geek for knowing that). Hah!
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 22, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    Haha OMG! Leave it to Japan, I miss that freaking place
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    Jun 22, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    I thought, "Awesome! Weird... but cool!".
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    Jun 22, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    machine generated artist.

    well more are like that. not completely (taylor swift)

    and now the fully CG artist have come up

    the world really is ending soon huh?


    to bad singers cant change the outcome of the world
    -macross plus-
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    Jun 22, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said^ OMG I was waiting for a Max Headroom reference.

    But... if Japan has this technology... what would a composite of the hottest RJ men look like?


    that would be kind of weird.
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    Jun 22, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said^ OMG I was waiting for a Max Headroom reference.

    But... if Japan has this technology... what would a composite of the hottest RJ men look like?
    What? Wait is this a sealth MShea jab again?

    I kid. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    Vaughn saidGod is dead, art is dead, pop is dead. What next?


    We are fragments of our own imagination.
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    I hate the freaking group as it is, but that technology is amazing to create something so life like. but of course only digitally.

    What I would give to be back in Japan....hope my family is doing okay.
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    kimkyok said
    What I would give to be back in Japan....hope my family is doing okay.


    phone call?
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    CHIdude said
    Vaughn saidGod is dead, art is dead, pop is dead. What next?


    We are fragments of our own imagination.


    We are the Borg. You will be assimilated.
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    Jun 30, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    rf_dal said
    kimkyok said
    What I would give to be back in Japan....hope my family is doing okay.


    phone call?


    True, a call would work, but they are from Namie, Fukushima, I don't even know where they are now. icon_sad.gif

    At least they are safe now.
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    Jun 30, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    Gotta love Japan
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:29 PM GMT

    I wish bangs would make a comeback here. (sigh)
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    um DOES ANYBODY ELSE REALIZE there was an episode of Arthur that was just like this?!?!?!
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    Jul 01, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    Supermann saidum DOES ANYBODY ELSE REALIZE there was an episode of Arthur that was just like this?!?!?!


    The...the aardvark?!