Shō Akiyama - Animator in Tokyo

Shō Akiyama

I'm an animator in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I'm Sho. I mostly go with my pen name Akiyama Sho but my real name is Carlo Virtucio (Sho was derived from my legal last name). I work as a software engineer in an AI company in Daikanyama as my day job, but outside of work I create my own animations and research how to improve the efficiency of Japanese frame by frame animation using both AI and non-AI technologies.

My long-term goal is creating an animation company in Japan that focuses on efficiency rather than traditional methods whilst still keeping the traditional feel of Japanese anime.

My Creations

  1. Brighter the Animation

    14 October 2018

    This is a draft short film/fan-made music video based on the American band Paramore's song Brighter, under fair use policy.

    The movements were based on rough 3d models created in Blender that were moved using keyframes from videos of myself acting out the characters. Lines were then drawn frame by... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  2. AI-painted BG + Traditional Character Animation

    This is a proof of concept I made to test using AI for animation. The aim for this is to create a clip that uses a deep learning model but preserves a consistent background, character motion, and Japanese anime art style.

    This shows promise... continue reading (1, 0 images)

  3. This is a Darker than Black fanart animation I made yesterday.

    Video contains everything including the timelapse process. I run a script that takes a screenshot of my screen every minute for metrics whenever I work to easily track my metrics. This one took 295 minutes from scratch!

  4. Corporate Animation

    2 December 2018

    A summary clip of a short animation I made to explain the importance of website UI/UX for a corporate presentation. Areas containing confidential info removed.

  5. I'm creating a very very short film to be finished on mid-January to add to my portfolio for sending to universities and studios!

    This was supposed to be a cute love story with a boy and a girl main character, but since I don't have any female 声優 (voice actress)... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. Reverse-engineering Anime

    2 January 15:10

    Just a simple video I wanted to share on how I study and reverse-engineer anime!