ohAstolfo, the charismatic character from the famous “Fate/Apocrypha” franchise, has taken a surprising artistic turn thanks to the advancement of artificial intelligence.! In a one-of-a-kind exhibit, a variety of AI-powered illustrations show Astolfo as if he were a real person, with amazing results!
The process behind these captivating images begins with the use of a state-of-the-art neural network, trained on vast amounts of data about Astolfo, including his physical features, gestures, and expressions. This neural network uses advanced image generation techniques, such as GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), to produce illustrations that resemble photographic portraits of a real individual.
What’s fascinating about these illustrations is how the AI is able to capture the ambiguity of Astolfo, who is one of the most popular characters in the franchise due to his feminine appearance, often misleading those who don’t know him thoroughly. The anime community in Japan defines it as “otokonoko,” a term that describes a boy with a feminine appearance who is comfortable wearing feminine clothing. In Latin America, this term has become “trapito”, derived from the term “trap” in English.
The phenomenon of “otokonoko” or “rags” characters has gained increasing popularity among anime fans., and Astolfo from “Fate/Apocrypha” has become an icon within this subgenre. This is due to several factors:
charismatic personality: Astolfo possesses a charming and fun personality, which makes him liked and loved by many fans. His playful and kind character has allowed him to connect with a wide audience.
attractive design: Her character design is visually appealing, with delicate features and a charming appearance that blends feminine and masculine in a balanced way.
gender identity expression: The portrayal of “otokonoko” and “rags” characters has resonated with those who identify with a more fluid and non-traditional gender expression, giving them a sense of inclusion and representation in anime culture without the need to “shout it from the rooftops”.
stereotype challenge: These characters defy gender stereotypes and question established social and cultural norms, which can be refreshing and appealing to those looking for a different and more diverse narrative. All in all, the display of Astolfo’s AI-created illustrations represents a fascinating combination of technology and art that highlights the growth of this type of character in the anime community. Through his captivating appearance and personality, Astolfo from “Fate/Apocrypha” has captured the hearts of fans and left a significant mark on the world of Japanese entertainment.. A demonstration that artificial intelligence can bring imagination to life and unleash new ways of appreciating and enjoying the art of anime! ©東出祐一郎・TYPE-MOON / FAPC