Japan's latest pop stars: androids and animations

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Eguchi Aimi

A new member recently joined the Japanese band AKB48. Pop blogs and a magazine cover story introduced Eguchi Aimi as a sweet 16-year-old from a Tokyo suburb. But there was something strange about this new girl.

After a few weeks, AKB48 admitted that Aimi was computer-generated. They took the nose, eyebrows, hair, and lips of six band mates and digitally stitched them into a new singer.

This avatar may be the first computerized starlet to temporarily pass as a human. The first video shows Aimi in action and the second explains how they created "her."

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