Rootport’s Cyberpunk Momotarō was created with the art software Midjourney AI
Kodoani.com – AI art can be controversial in the art world, having been banned on prominent platforms like Skeb, but a comic publisher is interested in exploring its potential. Manga Cyberpunk Momotarō is one such example; it was created using Midjourney AI art software. Shinchosha’s Bunch Comics publisher will publish the manga in color on March 9.
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— Rootport???????????? (@rootport) August 10, 2022
The author of the Rootport manga used AI software to edit and assemble the output into a cohesive sci-fi story. The story is an adaptation of the legend of Momotaro, called “Peach John” in the manga. An elderly couple who run a strip club in Neo Okayama discover an unconscious boy on their doorstep. The boy has amnesia but has locked the data from “KBY” on his hip. Peach John’s destiny is to fight against formidable enemies.
Rootport began posting the manga on Twitter on August 10, where it quickly became a viral internet craze and was covered by mainstream news programs such as NHK News Ohyō Nippon and Nippon Television’s News Zero.
The compiled volume will feature a revised version of the manga, the original behind-the-scenes stories, and information on how to use the AI.