Japan’s newest popstar outed as CGI creation

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Aimi Eguchi, the latest star of the popular girl band AKB 48, told fans on her website that she was a normal 16-year-old from Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo who enjoyed track and field sports. Her cute features made her a fan favorite and quickly created a buzz. She soon took center stage in this candy commercial.

Miss Eguchi blogged that her goal is “to become a new idol like never before by taking the best parts of my AKB big sisters”. This was true, but in a creepy-Frankenstein kind of way.

Turns out that Aimi Eguchi is in fact a composite CGI creation using the body parts of the other 7 band members.


“Her less than organic origins were exposed when fans of the band became suspicious about the appearance of its newest member, remarking that she bore a striking similarity to some of her band-mates. While it is not unusual for new faces to join AKB – the band has 48 members with older girls often being replaced by newcomers when they “graduate” onto modelling and acting – something was obviously amiss.

And there were other clues. Her birthday – February 11 – is the date of the founding in 1922 of confectioner Ezaki Glico and rearranging the letters of her name in Japanese spells out the company’s name.

Soon, Ezaki Glico was forced to come clean and admit that the nation’s newest pop sensation was a fake. It turned out that Miss Eguchi had been born from a computer programme and piece together from the best features of six of the band members. In fact, she had borrowed the the eyes of Atsuko Maeda, the mouth of Mariko Shinoda and the nose of Tomomi Itano. Her singing voice came straight from the vocal chords of Yukari Sasaki.”
The Telegraph

Was this all a clever marketing ploy? Probably. The real shocker here is how this star was synthetically created. Here’s a video describing the “making-of” Eguchi.

Is this the future of pop?

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Disney produced an original movie released on cable television called "Pixel Perfect" and it exemplifies what has happened here. The concept is not new.

this makes me think of the Disney movie "Pixel Perfect" about a "Holographic Rockstar"

7/7/2013

The video's been removed

Family Guy made a joke about Miley Cyrus being a Disney-created robot, so I had no idea people are actually doing this in reality! can you say creepy?

I watched that episode too. Kinda creepy.

The Japanese are so damn brainy.

it's cool & it's freaky!

haha dudes it's japan, they are far more advanced than us but anyway….i love the akb and the ckick they made (if they made her) is beautiful

Wow!! i actually think this is kinda cool!!!

People don't seem to think bad things can happen in todays world. They think Hitler and Stalin and all the world wide evil we've had over the years was just a one of. As my old English teacher told me 'Nazi Germany could have happened in any country at any time and CAN happen in any country at any time'. By that he meant that an evil can sweep a country and a people at any point in history with ease. People think those days are long dead. This stuff has all been done before: experimenting on children, murdering people, propoganda, editing history books…EVERYTHING has been done before. Evil doesn't vanish, it mutates and it can afford to be savvy and shadowy in todays complicated world. People work all day long. Go to school all day long. Commute all day long, but STILL in most cases are barely making ends… Read more »

That was probably one of the most insightful posts I've read. I couldn't agree more.

what if this was the reason Michael Jackson never showed his face in public?

well, now we're in the brink of what roboticians call "the uncanny valley"

Meagook, I"m assuming that you mean the attack wasn't a terrorist attack. You're not denying that attack itself,I hope.y I was there and, let me tell you that sucked on a level that only a Palestinian would understand.

hello vigilant citizen. ive been reading your site for quite a while now, although this is actually my first time to comment. im an avid follower of the asian (especially japanese) entertainment industry that's why im also very familiar with AKB48. im really glad you chose to report about this issue. for those who don't know (and are too lazy to google :p) AKB48 is a massive group in Japan. and when i say massive its actually both literally and figuratively. well its because they're a 48 member group as the article says, and, they are probably the biggest entertainment commodity in Japan right now (in some ranking for music sales throughout the world, they've already managed to outsell Lady Gaga and some of their million-selling songs stay on number one for weeks). they also have sister groups which have 48 members as well. their fanbase is mostly composed of… Read more »
it becomes more obvious every day that our own God given human genetics will not suffice. real faces, not good enough. real voices. not good enough. real bodies. not good enough. real minds. not good enough. if it is not blended with rigorously refined detail substitution, it will not sell. smart women with pleasing qualities look bland and washed out next to these processed, factory produced "women" and lead men to stray from solid homes, falsely led to believe they need to test their potential mates by superficial standards. the destruction of the home is the destruction of the nation, isnt it. great job, media. why doncha just slay us and make some sexy clones. we dont need expansive genetic diversity. we need collogen injections, botox, implants, chemical treatments, a snip here, a tuck there. i'm 21 years old, 145 lbs and 5'8". when i watch too much television and… Read more »
They've already constructed the 'fake woman' and men have naturally gone along with it because it is sexually appealing. Women have become hairless, bleached, perfumed, made up and in many cases pumpd up with plastic surgery to create the ideal, perfect woman, which as you say, no REAL woman can compete with. I agree, a real beautiful woman looks washed up when up against fake hair, fake tan, heavy make up and all the rest. There is no comparison. Men for the most part wont say anything against this because naturally and probably against themselves, they are attracted to this. Distort and destroy the image of 'woman' – make her plastic and false, – men have then accepted the idea of a plastic, fake, unreal woman. Women then must accept this too to stand a chance in the dating and reproductive world. You destroy the woman through the invasive, critical,… Read more »

The catwalk model I was talking about is nothing like a stepford wife though. She didn't even chase that career, it was a twist of fate. On the contrary, she is adorable, sensible, balanced, independent, always has time for relatives, friends and anyone in need. Magda you even share the same name.

Screw them and most importantly don't deform yourself with invasive surgery, botox and nip and tucks. Stay healthy with the combination of good nutrition-exercise and ignore the manufactured "beauties". They all look the same with their pixie noses, frozen faces, inflated lips and bosoms. One of the famous catwalk models from the late 1980s-1990s who used to work for YSL-Schiaparelli-Paco Rabanne was profoundly plain without the facial cosmetics. Tall and trim -she was living on carrot juice for weeks, nothing else- with common facial features. You wouldn't give her a second glance if you bumped into her. She was very trim through unhealthy starvation but she still had so many flaws. For starters her waist was disproportionate to the rest of her body and her legs were too short compared to the rest of her. She was naturally photogenic and with all the war paint applied to her face and… Read more »

I can see why it was outed. It doesn't look completely real to me. It's frightening though what they can do, and what they almost did here. Though to me it's all fake anyway…

search 'Project Blue Beam' on the web….. the next step on from this?

(if this has been mentioned already i apologise but i cant be bothered to trawl through all the comments to check)

Ever read Idoru by William Gibson? This is pretty much that book come to life. Like most of his books it's strangely prophetic. We live in an information age, everything is connected, and everything can be manufactured and manipulated. It's pretty inevitable that we are getting closer and closer to a crazy cyber punk world. Depending on how it turns out, It's not necessarily a bad thing though, just different, could be rad…although if half of what this site says is true than I suppose it's a very very very bad thing haha.

Neat use of new technology and 4th wall breaking meta entertainment, or crass marketing tailor suited to appeal to the broadest spectrum, or a horrible glimse into a manufactured future?

Eh, can't be worse than what we already got.

Eh, I'll stick with

Ignore that eh I'll stick with. TYPO D:

There's a disney movie about this exact thing… 'Pixel Perfect' I think? I remember watching it years ago as a kid, who would've thought they were actually preparing us for this crap?

Does anyone remember that episode of Arthur when all the children were fans of this fake band called Binky

PHWAH. My Birthday is Feb 11. xD

Y? They dont need us no more???

not so much scary as kind of cool actually. come on, ya gotta appreciate some form of technology, however in the explanation video, they cover their eyes and do the 'shh' sign

Personally, I don't think this is "cool". I think it's sad that now our technology has gotten to this point where we can exploit it to create artificial personalities like this. Meanwhile, as people drink and think things are going along pretty plainly in our world we have militaries forming new "super weapons" and scientist with more robotic and computer knowledge than social skills trying to figure out how to make android girlfriends. This is NOT cool. It's a step toward changing the world and our communication unlike anything we've ever seen before, a point where it might be really difficult to distinguish robots from humans. This wasn't just an idea. They've been developing this for a while and soon might have stuff that makes this seem crude. They're studying human psychology to figure out what makes a person recognize a person as one of them and applying it to… Read more »

Almost forgot to mention that "Graduate" concept and influx of youth, and I'm surprised Vigilant didn't say anything about this advanced fame industry they've apparently got in Japan, but I'm sure that'll be more global soon though it's somewhat already here.

Isn't it interesting? Take a regular person, put some glitzy pictures of them out for the world to see, call them "star" and soon other regular people see them as "superior" for some reason and envy their lives.

actually you are right, maybe this is how they will get us to believe this faked 2012 alien invasion

I'm a huge fan of these girls, AKB48 work all day long, no wonder they're androids

It looks a lot more obvious it isn't real on a higher quality video.

well I think it's pretty cool that they can do that and it's pretty cool that people still notice it. Most people are no fools really, they just don't care that they are being tricked because people only care about if there will be food on the table tonight. People in this world have to work too hard to give a damn.

"People in this world have to work too hard to give a damn"

Probably not a coincidence.

Two words: Jessica Alba.

Reminds me of the movie Simone, lol

I say this is the making of the image of the beast.

Remember Max Headroom?

Yep. Got the complete series on DVD. Good show.

I also have the Porsche Lynn movie "Maxine". Unfortunately, the movie is ruined by a horrible heavy-metal track played over all the good scenes.

Huh wait, you lost me here ! Like are you serious ? This is just strange, like scratching my head with a stupid look on my face strange ! It crossed my mind a few days ago and I don't know why, that this is how Beyonce would perform for the BET awards. Her performance will be skyped or what ever it is called from Europe. We knows she "so call" puts on big shows, and I thought a skyped performance was a downgrade for her & the network & they should have just counted her out ! I asked myself how was she going to make it a killer performance and something like this is what came to mind ! On another note You mean in the NEAR future a pop star will be able to sit at home on his/her couch while his/her hologram performs a million miles… Read more »

Sorry guys, still confused ! Can't veiw the video so I don't know if it was a computer generated, made for television performances or hologram on the stage performances or capable of both ?,

She is computer generated using parts from the real girls to make up her face. I guess you can say she is real in the frankenstien sense like VC said 🙂

I heard of this already because I am a big AKB48 fan as well as the sister groups AGC38 and NGC48.

I also heard that one of the girls had actually told the public that she was fake long before they were supposed to and she suddenly "graduated" and her blog was erased with the information.

The girl groups like this and also ones with a lot of girls (Morning Musume being one) always make the older members "graduate" so they can hold auditions for more younger looking girls. AKB48 actually just finished their new member auditions recently if I'm not mistaken and so did Morning Musume.

I feel so bad for these girls because they get too old and then they kick them out of the group.

Wow, this really takes the cake.

Imagine the Japs are smitten by her only to know she is not real.

this is just creepy. they actually CREATED a cute girl using the facial features of the other band members and presented her as a TRUE PERSON with a real life.

it's one of the most disgusting things i've ever heard. she was actually something like a puppet who did and said whatever her handlers/creators wanted her to say and do.

but the creepiest thing is that those people BEHIND this wanted everyone to believe she was real.

it's just EXTREMELY awful and scary. as vigilant citizen said, "this was true, but in a creepy-Frankenstein kind of way."

VERY SCARY. i saw a movie in HD on Blue Ray for the first time..FREAKY! ITS LIKE THE CHARACTERS ARE GOING TO WALK OFF THE SCREEN. and it seems like they are trying to get our eyes prepared for something…(fake invasion) with all this 3D stuff out. To God be the glory, forever and ever.

To those who are confused, this is just a 3d model that is displayed on TV.

And as a matter of fact, this type of technology has been available for quite some time, one could even make a realistic person from home if you got the software.

Aaah, creepy! And, I have to admit, kind of cool. Just a little.

Vocaloids have already bin part of japans culture for long. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM3vOcolvAw&fe… Mostley they where animee figures that made dubs of known songs,yet there are also vocaloids with there own songs.I cant remember the name but middle 90 s there was already a known vocaloid who sold albums like a normal popstar.Since short they are given a more human face rather then a cartoony look. As mentioned before its about transhumanisme. Do take note that to japanese ppl al things have souls including machines.(in that regards ghost in the shell is a example of a a.i asking for political asylum)So it should be no surprise that whitin japanes culture there is a hunger to give birth to these things.As many short series show babylon,cyberhumans,revolting a.i ,human cloningand so on as main story components. To those saying freaks , i think thats wrong. Japan is a a country that in a way… Read more »

"If there is one area where i fully admit to japanese being offcourse its the sexuall department but thats a different story."

What do you mean? I can't understand some of the things you said. However, for the most part, I got the general idea and you're right.

in future, tv company don't need a real presenter. its all CGI. and human will get more confused. slander are anywhere. and in the end people will go and pick up a bible and look for god.

Wait so was she able to walk, talk and interact like a normal human?

This reminds me of the German band Tokio Hotel. Like 2 years ago I they had a couple "concerts" that were just holograms of them. They weren't really there but everything looked real.

i'm a huge fan of TH and i have NEVER heard this before!

proof plase? 🙂

@Proof

i'm shocked right now. i had NO idea that Tokio Hotel had actually done this!

but still, i don't think that what they did is as bad as the fake japanese singer! i mean, she was presented as a real person, which was AWFUL.

ok, personally i didn't really like the idea of the holograms in the TH tour because i prefer watching someone live. it seemed quite fake to me (although the holograms were pretty well-made).plus, it freaks me out a bit xD

i truly hope they won't do it again!

but thanks A LOT for bringing this up!

Proof with a video of the performance.

http://www.eyeliner3d.com/tokio_hotel_holographic

I'm kind of creeped out how realistic that looks…

Take it from a guy who's got a mark of a crescent moon indented on his face.

This world is fkn impossible…………..

omg my birthday is february 11

2 words: f—ing weirdos

Speaking of that, this is just freaky

Wow that's crazy its just like that hologram popstar from japan but they took it to the next level

Wow that's crazy its just like that hologram popstar from japan but they took it to the nxt level

Oh, another thing that stuck out, her skin tone was very odd also.

After they did the mouth it didn't look very real. But very great article. I can honestly say the only part about her face that oddly stuck out was her mouth, it just looked oddly shaped. Very nice.

Wait… So she's a ROBOT? I'm so confused!!

No(t yet).

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