The voice actor for My Hero Academia’s Shoto Todoroki and Attack on Titan’s Eren Yaeger, Yuki Kaji, has expressed his disappointment in how AI is being used to take away human efforts in the anime industry. and more.
In an interview with NHK, Kaji described his discomfort with the AI synthesizer, which can imitate a person’s voice. After listening to a practiced example of his voice, he found it quite okay but added, “I think it’s scary, or rather, it’s scary that something I don’t sing talked about and spread around the world as if it had really happened.” happened.” Kaji was given examples of adoring fans who were deceived by his voice and mentioned people making such false clips. He said: “For me to actually cover it requires many steps and many hurdles. “I think the appeal of AI lies in its ability to easily achieve ‘dream collaboration’, overcoming all these difficulties. I understand that,” he said but refused to accept.
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“Of course, there are voice actors, but there are also many people who create those characters. Thinking about that, I feel somewhat uneasy, like the feelings of the people who created those characters and works are being lightly dismissed. Doing so, turning them into so-called ‘toys’, risks damaging those people’s self-esteem. In terms of love and respect for the work, it is extremely disappointing and inconsiderate. I feel like that”.
Kaji accepts that fear of the unknown can hinder the good development of AI. However, he noted that his generation needs to think very carefully about the use of AI, focusing less on the pros and cons and more on ethics. AI trained on hard-to-achieve human abilities is an increasingly polarizing topic, affecting creatives around the world. Jujutsu Kaisen voice actor Kaiji Tang, who plays Gojo Satoru, said he cannot support the SAG-AFTRA deal because it lacks protections against AI. The CBR feature raises the case for AI violating consent, and actors have spoken out in recent months about how their likenesses have been used forever.
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Consent continues to be an important consideration for creators, but fans increasingly find themselves unable to distinguish AI from real art, arguably removing the ability to decide everything for them. Slayers manga artist Rui Araizumi went viral earlier this year when he had to defend himself against multiple accusations of AI art in a book he was selling. Namco Bandai was recently accused of using AI voices in the new Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections game, hurting a lot of fans and the original voice actors in the process.
Some have chosen to stay ahead of AI by incorporating it. This year, MANGA Plus announced Comic Copilot, an AI tool that will help generate ideas, name names, and shorten dialogue. However, any use is divisive — Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame called AI “an insult to life itself.” Kaji decided to start the Soyogi Fractal project, a voice synthesis platform that ensures transparency of voice ownership through Blockchain technology. He hopes that his voice can continue to be used even after he retires.