Japanese Pop Star Outed As Computer-Generated Amalgamation

From Kotaku:

For years, gamers have developed feelings for characters that don't exist in the traditionally tangible world. They might look real, but the characters are a composition of art and reality. They are virtual.

But what if a virtual person was passed off as real? Or what if a real person was thought to be virtual? That's exactly what is happening in Japan.

AKB48 is Japan’s most popular female pop group. With give-or-take 48 members, its latest member is Aimi Eguchi, who has rocketed from obscurity to become the poster girl for a Japanese ice candy, Ice no Mi. Now revealed as a computer composite of other girls in the group, she appears 4 seconds in...