Dwango Turns Tweening and Cleanup AIs into Cute Anime Characters

Learn about new animation techniques from the Tokigaharas


Dwango Media Village is reaching out to teach fans about new advances in animation, thanks to the newly-created Tokigahara Siblings.


The studio, which worked on FLCL Progressive and CalorieMate-sponsored short Susume, Karolina, is exploring AI-aided programs that make the tweening and clean-up process quicker and easier. While the programs have not become standard, they have been used experimentally in portions of both of the previously-mentioned projects.



To help spread the word about the new processes, Dwango have created the Tokigahara Siblings: a pair of anime characters who will serve as mascots for the processes being discussed.


Umeru will be teaching fans about AI-assisted in-betweening:


And Utsusu will be in charge of tracing and clean-up:


So far their Twitter only shows their character settings, but apparently we can look forward to more from them as time goes on.


>> Tokigahara Siblings Twitter

Source: Anime! Anime!




Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos. Her latest work can be seen in the charity anthology The Hybrid, which is currently available for preorder.

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