'Chat' with The Irregular at Magic High School Characters via AI

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Last August, Sony Music Entertainment and the Institute of Language Understanding unveiled their "Project Samantha" AI program, which lets users communicate with the character Motoko from mebae's Batō Shōjo (Abusive Girl) manga. On Sunday, the program unveiled the next characters it will bring to life: Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba from The irregular at magic high school.

The service will open on the official The irregular at magic high school anime website on June 9 at 12:00 p.m. JST and last until the end of the day on June 25. Unlike the Batō Shōjo chat program, it will be a group chat with both Tatsuya and Miyuki. The anime's voice actors Yūichi Nakamura and Saori Hayami are again lending their voices for their respective characters in the chat.

In the chat screenshot below, the user congratulates the characters on the upcoming The irregular at magic high school film. Tatsuya says, "Thank you, but it's not really my accomplishment," and Miyuki disagrees, saying that it is all thanks to him.

Project Samantha uses K-laei artificial intelligence, a combination of the latest natural language understanding system (NLU) and machine learning (NLP). It also has access to the GAIA and URANUS knowledge databases and the Semantic Substance Sampler that allows it to infer intention and emotion from users' input and continue to learn.

Tsutomu Satou began writing the novel series with character designs and illustrations by Kana Ishida (Aquarion Evol character design) in 2008 under the Dengeki Bunko label. Yen Press licensed the original light novel series and the spinoff manga The Honor Student at Magic High School. The 26-episode anime adaptation debuted in April 2014 from director Manabu Ono at Madhouse. The anime film will open in Japan on June 17.

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