What’s Manga Generator?

Manga Generator is a live manga generating system that allows players to act out various manga scenarios as the protagonists of the stories. Using Kinect, a motion tracking device, Manga Generator records players’ images and prints out a page of manga containing the captured images at the end of the experience, giving the players a sense that their own stories are being published.

What’s Tottori?

Tottori prefecture is a place in the Chugoku region of Japan which is located on the westernmost region of Honshu. This prefecture is known for its sand dunes and producing many famous manga artists in Japan. Some of these manga artists include: Mizuki Shigeru known for GeGeGe no Kitaro, Jiro Taniguchi known for Aruku Hito, and Gosho Aoyama for Detective Conan. Right now Tottori prefecture is forming its personality and attraction using its rich manga culture.


Manga Generator lets you step inside a Japanese manga comic


Kanagawa Institute of Technology

Manga Generator, under development by the Shirai Lab. at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, lets you create your own personalized manga comic.

“For a story created in advance, you take up your desired pose. Then, the shader runs in real time, converting the image to manga style. The biggest feature of this system is, it observes a person’s posture, chooses a background to match, and synthesizes the two.”

“When you complete the experience, you get a print-out like this, to create an original manga. There’s an advertisement on the back, and because people aren’t likely to throw away a manga with themselves in it, this is considered a very effective means of advertising.”

“For example, manga-style smartphone pictures are very popular right now. But the main feature of this system is, you can put yourself into a manga story by moving your whole body freely.”

“The real-time manga shader still has room for improvement, so we’re working to enhance the image quality. Then, there’s the issue of layout. We’ve made great progress on layout with text in the right places, and interactive stories. Some aspects of this research can be applied to e-books and interactive e-books.”

“As an industrial application, a customized version is on show at Manga Kingdom Tottori. That’s being experienced by hundreds of people every day. So, commercial applications have also advanced quite a lot.”
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