AKB48's 'newest member' turns out to be computer-generated image

TOKYO — A debate that has been raging among AKB48 fans since last week was finally settled on Monday when the band’s “newest member” was revealed to be a computer-generated image.

Aimi Eguchi suddenly became the face of a new confectionery line from Glico and appeared on the cover of a magazine on June 13. Immediately following the revelation, Eguchi became a hot topic of discussion among fans online, many of whom believed her to have the slightly unreal air of a “photoshopped” character.

A mini documentary titled “The Birth of Eguchi Aimi” was unveiled on the Glico homepage on Monday and confirmed that AKB48’s “newest member” was indeed a composite image formed from the faces of six existing members.

Eguchi consists of 19-year-old Atsuko Maeda’s eyes, 22-year-old Yuko Oshima’s hair, 20-year-old Takahashi Minami’s facial outline, 25-year-old Mariko Shinoda’s mouth, 19-year-old Tomomi Itano’s nose, and 17-year-old Mayu Watanabe’s eyebrows. Eguchi is voiced by new member Yukari Sasaki, 15.

Source: Japan Today

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