Japanese Scientists Build Pop Star; Fans Devastated:

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So basically, the lead singer of a popular Japanese act has been revealed to be an animated computer composite of five actual human girls. Fans are reportedly horrified by their idol's apparent nonexistence.


The world apparently took a large step toward Cyber Punk while I wasn't looking. Not sure whether I should be impressed or unnerved.

Eguchi Aimi is your typical Japanese pop star: perfect skin, high-pitched girlish voice, lithe figure, and a team of computer designers, photographers, and other pop stars artificially constructing her every movement.

You read that correctly. Aimi does not exist — at least not in the traditional sense. But this drawback has not stopped the girl, who was announced as the newest member of all-girl supergroup AKB 48 earlier this month, has already graced the cover of Japan's Weekly Playboy, and is part of a prestigious campaign for Ice no Mi — an ice cream product made by confectionary company Glico. But Aimi has not only infiltrated the uppermost echelons of superstardom in her brief lifetime, she also convinced much of a nation that she was a real girl for several weeks.

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Eventually her true origins were revealed; Glico announced on June 19 that their newest spokesperson was created by a computer. But her technological background does not mean that Aimi is lacking in human components: in fact, every part of her — from her legs to her voice to her eyebrows — is borrowed from another member of AKB 48. She is simply composed of many photographs blended together to create a single composite pop star.

When Aimi was first introduced in a media blitz, her producer Akimoto Yasushi heralded her as "the heroine of the new age," and said that the reason he created the AKB family may have been in order to meet her. Aimi was hyped up to the Japanese public even more when her producer's accolades were outdone by the computer-generated beauty's magazine shoot whose captions read: "Ultimate Beautiful Girl, Ultimate Talented Girl, Ultimate Great Attack, Ultimate Fairy Tale Story."

But there were some who could not believe that Aimi's perfection could be born of nature. In fact, the CGI super-girl had her doubters from the start. Tokyo Hive reported that superfans of the pop group recognized some of her facial features and her voice from other girls, and that certain parts of her biography bore a striking resemblance to Gliko's own history.

There has been no formal announcement about whether Aimi will continue to be part of the pop group after the Gliko promotion has concluded. But, for fans of the concept of a make-your-own starlet, Ice no Mi's website allows users to create their fantasy superstar with the images of other AKB 48 members.

EDIT: Forgot video and link.

edited 24th Jun '11 7:26:32 PM by Pentadragon

Always Right
She looks...pretty nice. She's a bit old though. If they can make her look like anything they wanted...shouldn't they have made her look younger?

When I read the title, I thought it was going to be about Hatsune Miku.

[down] already exists.

edited 24th Jun '11 7:27:16 PM by Signed

"Every opinion that isn't mine is subjected to Your Mileage May Vary."
I for one am looking forward to a future of Anime Pop Star Idols.
They have weekly Playboy??

5 TuefelHundenIV24th Jun 2011 07:27:36 PM from Wandering , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Those wacky Japanese.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
Oh My

edited 24th Jun '11 7:57:07 PM by Aondeug

If someone wants to accuse us of eating coconut shells, then that's their business. We know what we're doing. - Achaan Chah
Her next released song will be "trollololol~"
Pro-Freedom Fanatic
And the chorus is: "I did it for the lulz" with a japanese accent.
You exist because we allow it and you will end because we demand it.
9 Servbot24th Jun 2011 09:19:15 PM , Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Hmm... guess the description text of Virtual Celebrity regarding how none have been passed off as real yet should be amended a bit.

edited 24th Jun '11 9:19:46 PM by Servbot

10 Deboss24th Jun 2011 09:41:11 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Heh, this is quite interesting. But when we look at the video with the benefit of hindsight, her movements do look unnaturally stiff. Highly unlikely I'd have spotted it without knowing first though.

And I, too, thought this would be about Miku at first.
12 Barkey24th Jun 2011 10:53:09 PM from Bunker 051 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
@Signed: What do you mean too old? She's a child.
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
13 Kinkajou24th Jun 2011 11:12:24 PM from you're not your
One Man Army
This reminds me of that Al Pacino film S1m0ne.

edited 24th Jun '11 11:12:47 PM by Kinkajou

"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
14 MilosStefanovic24th Jun 2011 11:16:01 PM from White City, Ruritania
Stuff like this makes me think that the Japanese have completely lost contact with nature, and that technology is starting to rule them.
The sin of silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Always Right
There's much younger looking ones out there.(that are surprisingly old, which takes surprising amounts of dedication to keep up)

This feat makes me wonder........can you do it with humans AND animals at the same time?!

Like...like...like....................what's a popular animal people like to anthromorphize?

Something with antennas...

edited 24th Jun '11 11:25:16 PM by Signed

"Every opinion that isn't mine is subjected to Your Mileage May Vary."
16 Kinkajou24th Jun 2011 11:38:39 PM from you're not your
One Man Army
[up][up] WI the JSDF employed cyborgs as soldiers and Virtual Celebrities as their entertainers? Awesome. wink
"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
Wasn't this the plotline in an "Arthur" episode?
18 Deboss25th Jun 2011 02:43:41 AM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
@ 14, I know Japan is so cool.
19 CaissasDeathAngel25th Jun 2011 03:55:56 AM from Dumfries, SW Scotland , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
House Lewis: Sanity is Relative
As has been said, this really does remind me of S1m0ne.
My name is Addy. Please call me that instead of my username.
seriously what the fuck is wrong with Japan jesus christ
"Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste."
She looks...pretty nice. She's a bit old though. If they can make her look like anything they wanted...shouldn't they have made her look younger?

Well damn, how young do you want her? Embryonic?
22 BlueNinja025th Jun 2011 06:56:42 AM from Lost in a desert oasis , Relationship Status: In my bunk
Chronically Sleep Deprived
And the chorus is: "I did it for the lulz" with a japanese accent. - Savage Heathen
So, it'll be "I did it for the rurz"? cool

how young do you want her? Embryonic? - Talby
That would be ... a bizarre mix of awesome and Nightmare Fuel for me.
TBH, his ego doesn't need more stroking. Nor does any other part of him. - M84
23 Edmania26th Jun 2011 08:37:17 AM from under a pile of erasers
o hai
I actually think this is kind of cool
If people learned from their mistakes, there wouldn't be this thing called bad habits.
^ Seconded.

Also: I'm not sure why people are "what the hell"ing about this. They saw a pop star and bought into it. Then it was revealed to be a sham. I'm not sure what part of this is the problem.
vigilantly taxonomish
Well, I can understand feeling cheated by it. But I agree, it's cool. I think it's much cooler this way. I mean, there are lots of pop singers. Stunts like this do not happen every day.

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