Lain's Yoshitoshi ABe Demos iPad Finger-Painting App (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Creator posts 4-minute blog video of drawing with Apple's new device

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: Yoshitoshi ABe, the character designer of the Serial Experiments Lain anime and the creator of the Haibane Renmei anime, posted a Monday blog video in which he draws a sketch using just his finger and an app on the new Apple iPad device.

ABe said that he actually received two Wi-Fi-enabled iPads — a 64-gigabyte version for himself, and a 32-gigabyte version for fellow artist Yukaly Sasaki — on April 9 after waiting impatiently for customs to process them. However, he is considering buying the upcoming Wi-Fi/3G version for the GPS location-pinpointing feature. While he praised the intuitiveness and multiple uses of the iPad, he acknowledged that not everyone needs to have one just yet, compared to more essential items such as a television, a refrigerator, and a mobile phone.

ABe had self-published a dōjinshi manga titled I am an Alien, I have a Question on Amazon's Kindle e-book store. ABe tested this dōjinshi on the iPad, and opined that manga, photographs, and similar images look better on the iPad than on Amazon's own Kindle devices. He also remarked on how simple it was to buy and read off Marvel Comics' e-comic app. Besides I am an Alien, I have a Question, ABe had previously uploaded a 53-page dōjinshi called Pochiyama at the Pharmacy in 2008 for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in 20 countries, including the United States and Canada. He has since released an iPad version of his 2007 easy drawings dōjinshi.

[Via Japanator]

Image © Yoshitoshi ABe

Update 2: The Gigazine website notes that the character in the sketch is Ein, the heroine from ABe's new Despera visual novel series in Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine.

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