Japanese anime and manga artists are standing up against AI.
According to an article from Anime Dork, 30 illustrators have requested legal protection to prevent AI from using their work without permission. The team was formed in response to the general growth of AI in their industry in recent years, but more specifically the development of the AI service “MIMIC”, released in beta form by developers RADIUS5 in 2022. This technology allows users to upload artwork and receive similar AI-generated works of style, which has opened the door for anyone to copy someone else’s work. artists without asking or informing them. Japanese officials have stated that they plan to regulate the use of AI in the near future, but clearly, the process is not happening fast enough for artists who are facing livelihoods at risk. from services like MIMIC.
One notable case of AI theft in recent months has been Cyberpunk: Peach John, the first comic book to be drawn entirely by AI. While anonymous author Rootport claims that AI technology does not threaten the work of human artists, Peach John’s art style clearly copies the style of Tokyo Ghoul author Sui Ishida. Further evidence against Rootport’s claims can be found in the Chinese art industry, where illustrators at major game studios find themselves completely displaced by AI and excluded from editing work. being small no longer gives them a means of making a living. Given the recent headlines, it’s no surprise that Japanese art is taking action to protect themselves and their works before they become indispensable.
Anime fans are also against AI
Meanwhile, not only artists complained about AI but also audiences, as the backlash against its development was far greater than any call for support. Take the case of Netflix’s animated short The Dog & The Boy, for example, which used visualizing technologies for much of its animation, angering fans and calling it “a slap in the face.” in the face of blood, sweat and tears worth a lifetime.” anime artists dedicated to honing their craft.” Overall, fans have rallied against artificial-looking technologies and art styles, such as Working for God in a Godless World’s weird 3D models or recent use of CGI by Working for God in a Godless World. Demon Slayer, showing that they prefer art that feels more human. These cases can be a source of encouragement for Japanese artists in the fight against AI, as the majority of the audience consuming the work is on their side.
For those curious about AI and how it differs from human art, The Dog & The Boy is available to stream on Netflix, while Shinchosa publishes Cyberpunk: Peach John.
Source: Anime Dork