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AI redraws Japan's labor-intensive anime industry

Machine learning enables 8K image processing and fast manga translation

The coronavirus has put additional pressure on the stretched-thin Japanese anime industry, which is attracting high-tech startups looking to ease production overhead.

TOKYO -- Stuck at home with no place to go as the new coronavirus lingers, many people remain glued to streaming services for a way to while away the time. The perfect window for mainstream anime and manga to pick up their game and pump out more hits, one would think.

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