Warning: SPOILERS for Chapter #184 (#182) of One-Punch Man Latest Chapter of One-Punch Man uses the fan-favorite character Tatsumaki to give a big push to AI-generated content, through a new sequence not featured in the original webcomic.
In chapter #184 of One-Punch Man (#182 according to Viz Media and Shonen Jump Plus’ numbering), the Hero Association is trying to restore its approval rating after recent disasters have shaken faith. of people into their heroes. The association also needed more personnel, so they asked Tatsumaki, aka Tornado of Terror, to star in an advertisement to recruit new heroes. Tatsumaki reluctantly accepted, but just because she wanted to let applicants know about the hardships of the job and the level of power it takes to be a hero, she filmed a very scary commercial. . However, this is later turned by the AI into a cute spot that takes full advantage of Tatsumaki’s beauty and childishness.
One-Punch Man adds new Tatsumaki sequence to attack AI-generated content
Recently, the issue of AI-generated content has emerged and it is one of the most discussed by creators, artists and in many other industries. Existing AIs can create artwork (including comics), write stories, and can even be used to create fake videos using a person’s likeness, taken from another photo or video, a Scary and dangerous method known as “deepfake”. The fact that this Tatsumaki sequence is not included in the One-Punch Man webcomic shows that the authors of the digital manga are well aware of the recent AI problem and they want to address it.
One-Punch Man artist Yusuke Murata is well versed in the digital technology applied to his work. Working on One-Punch Man allowed Murata to push the boundaries of the medium, given its nature as a digital manga, while experimenting with color and even animation, much to the delight of fans. However, AI is a different story, and many artists worry that their work will be in jeopardy when their hard-honed skills become irrelevant. Therefore, it is interesting to see two famous creators like ONE and Murata introduce such a contemporary issue in their comics, even if it is in the context of comedy.
Another interesting aspect of this scene is that Tatsumaki decided to only do the commercial after remembering Saitama’s words. The battle between Tatsumaki and Saitama was a fundamental learning experience for Tornado of Terror, and her decision to follow the Hero Association’s request is proof of her maturity. In a nutshell, ONE and Yusuke Murata have added a new original sequence to their roster. One-Punch Man digital manga, which serves both to show Tatsumaki’s progress as a character and also to examine the very relevant issue of AI-generated content.
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