Slam Dunk: This is what your characters would look like in real life according to this brutal artificial intelligence


The love for manga and anime series that were born in the 80s and 90s, such as slam dunkis still more alive than ever on social networks, the web and of course, among the scientific community.

It’s not hard to imagine it, all these children and adolescents who grew up watching Dragon Ball, sailor MoonSaint Seiya and other legendary classics in those days we are now productive adults (some) with careers in very specialized areas.

Yes, out there in the world there are engineers, athletes, chemists, and robotics experts who spent entire childhood afternoons binge-watching Macross and Ranma 1/2.

Some of these subjects scattered around the world have specialized in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

And why not? they have harnessed their knowledge to bring to life a fantasy that was considered inconceivable decades ago: determining what certain characters would look like in real life.

Always with results to blow our heads.

This is what the characters of Slam Dunk look like in real life according to this AI

A trend that gained special strength in Japan and other Asian countries during the pandemic was the viralization of videos where Artificial Intelligence systems analyzed the faces of retro manga and anime characters to generate hyper-realistic images showing how they would look in the real world.

Each portrait has the virtue of taking the 2D lines of these characters to adapt them to tangible forms for the human physiognomy, achieving impressive results.

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For some reason, during the last few months the results of these videos have begun to become popular on this side of the planet, so that at this point there is a wide catalog of results.

Such is the case of a video published by the YouTube channel AIみかん several months ago, where we see the characters of Slam Dunk through the filter of this AI platform that turns them into apparent flesh and blood people:

Curiously, this was the inaugural video of this YouTube channel, and as we can see, the main reference is the illustrations of Takehiko Inoue’s manga.

His illustrations are distinguished by being realistic, proportionate and with firm lines, so their analysis and transfer by an AI platform would not be as complex as in the case of Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z.

At the time of writing this note, the shocking video of Slam Dunk already has more than 2 million views (many of them recent from this side of the planet).

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