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Japanese Researchers Working on Automatic Coloring for Anime

Japanese Researchers Working on Automatic Coloring for AnimeWe hear it a lot around here: the number of anime series goes up every year, but the actual number of animators doesn’t (no small wonder, with the money they get paid). That means production delays, wonky animation and sometimes flat-out cancelations.

One group of researchers is working on a novel solution: automatic coloring.

With their process, which is expected to be commercially available by 2020, animators draw the same frames they always have, but coloring of those frames is then done automatically, using “a deep learning-based image segmentation algorithm.”

The project, which is being developed jointly by Imagica Group, OLM Digital and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, will be presented this week at Siggraph Asia 2018 in Tokyo.

Source: Brightsurf via Goboiano

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.