DeNA's Hacka Doll News App Ends Service
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official blog of DeNA's Hacka Doll app announced on Wednesday that it will end service on August 15, with a final version update scheduled for later this month.
The app delivers a customized feed of news for each user. The user answers some simple questions when launching the app for the first time, and then the app will filter the news that caters to the user's personal interests — boys love (BL), cosplay, anime, manga, games, light novels, voice cast members, and more. With daily use, the app automatically analyzes and learns which news articles the user reads and recommends to further personalize the feed.
The app inspired a television anime titled Hacka Doll the Animation in 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Studio Trigger also previously animated a two-minute promotional video for the app in 2014.
The anime personifies the app's customization engine as three "Hacka Dolls" — the personal entertainment AI and main navigator Hacka Doll #1 (played by Miyu Takagi), the anime expert Hacka Doll #2 (Kaya Okuno), and the knowledgeable otaku Hacka Doll #3 (Nanami Yamashita).