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.
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.