Reimu & Chibimari’s Desktop Dancing


A pint-sized Hakurei Reimu dances fantastically on an otaku destktop whilst chibi Marisa, or “Chibimari,” charmingly does a little ditty in these excellent MADs, made with MikuMiku Dance (a free tool for choreographing CG animated anime characters) and ARToolKit (a free tool for making Augmented Reality virtual figurines).

Such impressively fluid animation manages to make traditionally animated scenes of motion look embarrassingly backward (or at least the majority of cheap ones), and the ability of these characters to inhabit the real world opens even more possibilities.

The fact that both tools and models are freely available and rapidly improving in quality may indeed have some interesting implications in years to come.

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