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NEWS: Eva's Misato Hosts Realtime News Show on PS3s in Japan




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Renaisance Otaku



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:30 am Reply with quote
This is both odd and somewhat awesome. Shame they'll never put it on the US systems.
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edzieba



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:50 am Reply with quote
Definitely needs a video to judge the speech synthesis and phoneme mapping/facial expressions. Using a deliberately stylised psuedo-2d avatar should avoid the usual uncanny valley problems, but also needs far more exaggeration to movements and expressions to convey the same non-verbal information.
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Zin5ki



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:09 am Reply with quote
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The software then uses the voice synthesis engine from Cellius to have Misato read the news blurbs in realtime as if she was the newscaster for a television program called Nerv News 24.

As much as I'd love a rolling news channel presented entirely digitally, I don't think I'd quite appreciate Misato being given the Vocaloid treatment.

Rei would perhaps be a better choice, for reasons which should be obvious.
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irishninja



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:53 am Reply with quote
Renaisance Otaku wrote:
This is both odd and somewhat awesome. Shame they'll never put it on the US systems.


I agree with your every sentiment here. Once again I shall pout at the awesomely weird but fun things our Japanese comrades get to enjoy.
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ryogasasaki



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:09 am Reply with quote
wtf?
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Tratious



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:47 am Reply with quote
hope its free on the japanese psn so i can download it
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toru



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:57 am Reply with quote
Yahoo Japan is streaming Evangelion2.0 OST recording in London and Yahoo Japan special version trailer.
http://event.yahoo.co.jp/eva2009/message/index.html
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Josh7289



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:56 pm Reply with quote
No.

Voice synthesis is garbage.
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taster of pork



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:08 pm Reply with quote
This sounds pretty cool. Why can't the American PSN do something like this? The Japanese get all the cool stuff for their PS3's.
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Hexon.Arq



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:00 pm Reply with quote
Does the vox at least sound like Kotono Mitsuishi? 'Cause if ain't Kotono Mitsuishi I don't give a rat's ass.
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Ramune



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:03 pm Reply with quote
You can acquire this too if it's free. Look up creating a Japanese PSN account, it's pretty easy with a guide. Then you can access the Japanese PSN and all the benefits like the Japanese only "Ad-Hoc" Pary program for allowing you to play local multiplayer PSP games online with others. Or Mainichi Issho (Everyday Together), a talk-show program with Sony Japan's mascot Toro delivering daily news along with his black colored counterpart Kuro, to name a few.

This Misato program looks like a fun little diversion between games and movies.

Hexon.Arq wrote:
Does the vox at least sound like Kotono Mitsuishi? 'Cause if ain't Kotono Mitsuishi I don't give a rat's ass.


My only concern.
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stormcrow22



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:44 pm Reply with quote
if stuff like this was readily available without having to jump through hoops, i would consider buying a ps3. i seem to have a thing for funky stuff like this...
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jdnation



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 10:48 am Reply with quote
Is this what was being advertised on the blu-ray? I thought it was some PS3 game for Eva... Embarassed
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LagannImpact



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:20 pm Reply with quote
This has to be the most bizarrely awesome news story I've read so far today. Just think how awesome it would be if you could hack into your local 5:00 news program and mess around with their hair and facial features! Fox 6 PUNK NEWS at 5! Rock On!!! Razz
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nagato316



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 4:11 pm Reply with quote
Hexon.Arq wrote:
Does the vox at least sound like Kotono Mitsuishi? 'Cause if ain't Kotono Mitsuishi I don't give a rat's ass.


No argument there. Without Katsuragi's seiyuu providing the voice, you might as well get Miku Hatsune to recap the news for you.

But I can't help but think...provided this "news service" stays active and viable long enough, wouldn't the news feed encounter increased disruptions (in the form of black screens with either the Nerv or Seele logo, and "Technical Difficulties...Please Stand By" along the bottom of the screen--BTW no video OR audio) towards the year 2015?

*shrug* Hey, someone had to ask.
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