Late Creator of Astro Boy to Release New Manga with Help from AI
Osamu Tezuka is among the most prolific creators in the world of manga, and is usually credited with being the “god” who created manga as we know it. With creations such as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Phoenix, and Black Jack,Tezuka’s impact remains left to this day. It has been 30 years since his passing, but it seems like Tezuka is going to be coming back for a new project because of the work of Japanese tech firm, Kioxia. With the aim of honing in on the main elements of Tezuka’s style, Kioxia wants to craft an entire new work that is inspired by the prolific creator.
According to Anime News Network, Kioxia was formerly known as Toshiba Memory, an organization which “specializes in high-speed, high-capacity data storage.” Analyzing Tezuma’s various works, Kioxia wants to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to find out what kind of new manga Tezuka would draw today.
Kioxia hopes to debut the new manga in February 2020 but it is currently unclear whether the company is crafting a full manga or is aiming to generate images based on Tezuka’s work. However, the experiment is the first in a new initiative in order to show the kinds of advances from this memory technology. There have not been any details as to whether this will factor in Tezuka’s more racy artworks, or his writing as well. New details will be shown next year.
There are quite a few ethical and philosophical questions that arise from something like this, particularly if it means technology could someday continue a mangaka’s work long after their passing, but Tezuka might be one of the few creators that could be used for a new project like this. With a variety of stories and art to draw from, this experiment is an interesting one if the final product could resemble any of his older works.