Two editors from Shōnen Jump+ decided to co-create a tool that uses AI to generate ideas, name, and shorten dialogue.
Kodoani.com – As reported by Anime News Network, Yūta Momiyama, Weekly Shōnen Jump’s Shōnen Jump and Manga Plus manager, and Shuhei Hosono, editor-in-chief of Shōnen Jump+, have co-developed an AI engine called Comic CoPilot with the representative director of technology company alu, involved in AI and NFT projects, Kensuu. Comic CoPilot using Chat GPT, allowing users to chat like humans with chatbot and Japanese interface. In order to help shorten the time that the author has to spend writing, Comic CoPilot can cut the dialogue to fit the dialogue box, which takes up the most time because the writer often goes through many rounds of editing to Make sure it’s concise and conveys their intent.
Comic CoPilot has additional functions. Besides helping with “time-consuming tasks”, the AI tool can act as a consultant, evaluating work and providing feedback from virtual readers. Comic CoPilot can also help with brainstorming ideas, including suggesting titles and names for characters and special moves, and helping authors come up with a theme together. On the website, Kensuu notes that he’s heard of authors’ fears that AI could steal jobs, but he believes AI can actually expand creativity. Hosono writes that he thinks the benefit of AI is that it aids human thinking, which would be useful in manga creation.
Users are responsible for ensuring they do not infringe copyrights
Besides AI stealing work from human creators, making them obsolete, another concern is AI stealing work from the authors themselves. Regarding this, the FAQ on the Comic CoPilot website has frankly stated that the tool generates content that can be pulled from any existing manga. Therefore, it is the user’s responsibility to check whether the AI-generated content infringes intellectual property rights.
Cyberpunk: Peach John became the first AI-drawn manga, with many fans noticing that it looked uncanny like Tokyo Ghoul mangaka Sui Ishida. Rootport, the anonymous name behind the piece, used Midjourney and Google Imagen to create the artwork after entering a text prompt to display an image of who he imagined his protagonist would look like. how. Rootport said it took him just six weeks to complete the 100-plus-page manga, which normally takes a year to complete. He thinks people should consider Cyberpunk: Peach John a “work of art” because his use of AI is on par with other artists who have spent decades honing their skills. because he also uses available resources to create it.
In a survey by the Japan Art Workers Association, about 94% of Japanese creators expressed concern that ” AI could cause harmful effects.” This includes AI stealing artwork and redistributing them to outsiders, AI altering published templates and reselling them as altered templates. Popular horror mangaka Junji Ito has expressed his worries about how the AI can create better artwork than him despite its lack of originality and creativity. Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki denounced the AI, commenting it was “an insult to life itself.”