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Anime Avatars Are Going Mainstream on Twitch

“I will never have to work out again!” Twitch streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys said on her stream Sunday. She zoomed the camera out to show her full form: waved brown hair, enormous teak eyes, and a cropped purple top showing a flat tummy. Anime as hell, all of it. In lieu of her face, Anys had commissioned a 3D anime model of herself that tracked her words and movements, enacting them live. Anys was scrolling through Reddit and chatting with viewers, as usual, when one asked what in God’s name was going on. “Usually I stream with a cam,” said Anys matter-of-factly. “Sometimes if I don’t want to use a cam, maybe I’ll just use this! Nyah!” Her 3D model’s eyes closed, looking like a complacent cat’s. Anys was debuting “Vtuber Pokimane,” adopting a form popularized by the Vtuber communities of YouTube, Twitch, and other video-based platforms. Technologically adept operators use face- and voice-tracking systems to dance, sing, chat, play games, and emote like any other online personality—only through these 2D or 3D anime avatars. Their mouths move as they talk; their eyes widen with curiosity and narrow with anger. (Anys tested her hand-tracking tech by successfully giving the middle finger.) Often the operators are anonymous, their voices modulated onto kawaii frequencies. “Vtubing gives you a whole bunch of freedom that normal streams don’t.” Bunny_Gif, Vtuber To get started, Vtubers commission virtual, interactive models with a variety of animations and facial expressions. Then they map their facial expressions and mouth…Continue readingAnime Avatars Are Going Mainstream on Twitch

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Engadget

Funimation partners with VIZ Media to expand its streaming anime catalog

Two of the biggest anime distributors in the US are teaming up. On Wednesday, Funimation announced that it’s working with VIZ Media to bring the publisher’s catalog of anime titles to its streaming service. Some of the more notable shows making their way to Funimation with the deal include 2018 sci-fi boxing anime Megalo Box and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. The latter was penned by Psycho-Pass and Madoka Magica creator Gen Urobuchi. They’ll join existing titles from the VIZ Media catalog, such as Hunter x Hunter, on September 22nd, with more to come at a later date.   The move is likely to affect Crunchyroll, Funimation’s main competitor in the anime streaming space. One of the things to come out of Sony acquiring a majority stake in Funimation back in 2017 was Crunchyroll losing access to Funimation’s back catalog. Source linkContinue readingFunimation partners with VIZ Media to expand its streaming anime catalog

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Mashable

The internet’s roasting Eric Trump for not understanding that people Google anime

Eric Trump seemingly alleged a vast leftwing conspiracy from Google to censor images of protests.  “Google is once again trying to manipulate Americans,” the president’s son tweeted. Type ‘mob’ or ‘mobs’ into google and watch what comes up. Do the same on any other search engine.”  Trump’s tweet featured images of apparent search results from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. Only Google showed still images from a cartoon while the other images appeared to be of protests.  “#NothingToSeeHere,” Trump ended his post.  But what Trump discovered, in fact, was not some wild conspiracy, but rather the anime TV show Mob Psycho 100. People perhaps just like to Google a popular show. The results might also show that Google is, in fact, a really good search engine that discerned that most people are probably looking for a TV show and not random pictures of mobs of people.  As people online often do, they mocked Trump. They also responded with fancams, clips from the show, or panels from the manga that inspired the show.  IMFNFJFJF FUCKING PEEING ERIC TRUMP SAID GOOGLE WAS TRYING TO CENSOR WHAT A “mob” LOOKS LIKE BUT ITS JUST SHIGEO “Mob” KAGEYAMA FROM MOB PSYCHO 100 pic.twitter.com/LcBVKtMzcI — Nina (@bnina_15) September 8, 2020 Google is, of course, the dominant force in search. The New York Times reported last week that the Justice Department may soon pursue an anti-trust case against Google. The paper also reported that some lawyers working on the inquiry worried Attorney General Bill Barr was…Continue readingThe internet’s roasting Eric Trump for not understanding that people Google anime

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Engadget

A 13-episode ‘Shenmue’ anime series is on the way

After years of waiting, Shenmue fans crowdfunded a new game last year, and now the story of Ryo Hazuki will be told through a new anime series. Announced during the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, the show will be a co-production between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, with Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki executive producing. They’re promising more info on the show tomorrow during an industry panel session at noon ET (perhaps including a teaser trailer?), but for viewers in the US, you’ll be able to see the show when it airs on Adult Swim. It will also stream everywhere outside of Japan and mainland China via Crunchyroll. Source linkContinue readingA 13-episode ‘Shenmue’ anime series is on the way

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Sega Dreamcast darling Shenmue is becoming an anime series

I’ve often heard that Shenmue set the standard for a living, breathing open world in video games when it was released on Sega Dreamcast in 1999. It was followed by some of the most highly anticipated video game sequels ever made, and Shenmue III set a record for the most-funded Kickstarter game in 2015. Now, AT&T’s Crunchyroll has announced that Shenmue is getting its own anime series. According to Deadline, it’ll air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the United States, not just on Crunchyroll itself, and will follow game protagonist Ryo Hazuki in his quest to become a martial artist and avenge his father’s murder. Other than that rough outline, the image above, and the fact that Crunchyroll has ordered 13 episodes, we don’t have much more to share. Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki will have an executive producer credit, and it’ll be directed by Chikara Sakurai whose IMDB profile you can browse here. Shenmue III wound up being something of a disappointment since the game’s 20-year-old reputation for innovation couldn’t carry forward to the modern day, but perhaps the story will carry itself as a focused anime series. Personally, I’m a huge fan of what have often been dubbed Shenmue’s spiritual successors: the Yakuza games. Source linkContinue readingSega Dreamcast darling Shenmue is becoming an anime series

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Mashable

This anime superfan went from working for his idol to running his own studio — Supporting Players

Arthell Isom took his love of watching “Ghost In the Shell” to working for the show’s art director in Japan. Read more… More about Mashable Video, Animation, Anime, Ghost In The Shell, and Supporting Players Source linkContinue readingThis anime superfan went from working for his idol to running his own studio — Supporting Players