This week, Eguchi Aimi, the newest member of the all-girl Japanese pop group AKB48, was revealed to be a fake human. She was perfectly cute, but Eguchi was nothing more than a computer composite of her six band mates; she existed only in a virtual world. The bizarre, and clever, publicity stunt was unveiled in the above video, which shows exactly how the virtual beauty was created.

Fans of the newest band member are understandably disappointed. But it's not hard to see how many were fooled during Eguchi's short run as a pop star. Watch the video above and see if you can pick out the fake girl before she's revealed. I couldn't. And even when I knew who was fake, she still didn't look fake to me.

Also, the group has released an application on their site where you can create the perfectly fake pop star of your dreams.

Commentarium (31 Comments)

Jun 23 11 - 2:50pm
Harry

Weird, like so much Japanese culture. Now I'm going to go cry into my body pillow.

Jun 23 11 - 3:13pm
anon

so weird. so awesome.

Jun 23 11 - 5:07pm
completely

This is hilarious! Not sure if it intended to be satire of modern pop music, but it definitely plays out that way.

Jun 23 11 - 8:09pm
kittycutebubblegirl

Pretty good but it will never match the real and perfect greatness of Yatta!

Jun 24 11 - 12:39am
Stef

Having watched it - the fake girl's eye movements don't match her mouth and her upper cheeks don't move, which is weird. Very clever tech though.

Jun 24 11 - 4:24am
JayWalker

Errr, they all looks the same to me.

Jun 24 11 - 6:07am
Random

Yay for racist ignorant comment!

Jun 24 11 - 8:40am
Moy

I know that in large girl groups, it's hard to tell the difference between the girls but in this video, you can obviously tell them apart by their hair styles. (Oshima Yuko, Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko, Tomomi Itano, Shinoda Mariko and Watanabe Mayu.)

Jun 27 11 - 1:44pm
thinkywritey

I'm a white girl, and all young white girls look alike to me, too. So there's that.

Jun 24 11 - 5:22am
dan abrams

Creepy and weird and strangely sexy, as we've come to expect from Japan.

Jun 24 11 - 7:13am
Dagny T

William Gibson predicted this 20 years ago in Idoru.

Jun 27 11 - 7:10am
Xiaowei1

William Gibson knew there would be an all-girl group by the name AKB4 with a fake digitised singer going by the name of Eguchi Aimi? That is just too freaky!

Jun 28 11 - 1:12pm
notaskirt

OF COURSE HE DID, DUH!

Jun 24 11 - 8:02am
Bob

Creepy. But my god I'll never understand Japan's fascination with "idols"

Jun 24 11 - 9:23am
hendra

wow, fantastic !!!
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Jun 24 11 - 9:34am
seth

Aren't all pop stars virtual to a point?

Jun 24 11 - 11:54am
pberto

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Jun 24 11 - 1:27pm
Forest

Almost exactly the plot of the movie S1m0ne with Al Pacino.

Jun 24 11 - 4:02pm
Leopold Stotch

I remember watching something like this on Arthur!

Jun 24 11 - 7:49pm
Scrat

They all look the same. Slanty eyes and black hair.

Jul 03 11 - 11:45pm
lol

ur eyes must be slanted if their eyes looked slanted to u O:

Jun 24 11 - 10:40pm
Kouske

The CGI chick is hotter than the rest of the group. I wonder what them tittles look like.

Jun 25 11 - 12:53am
John

Sadly... this will be our future.

Jun 25 11 - 1:16pm
yes

i'd still bang all of them..including the CG one

Jun 27 11 - 4:47pm
no

and depending on where you live, that could be a crime

Jun 27 11 - 5:28pm
maybe

he couldn't care less

Jun 27 11 - 9:09pm
AWE

AWESOME!!

Jun 28 11 - 12:25pm
Metz

Called it. It was a clever composite, but the movement of the features didn't exactly match when put together.

Jul 06 11 - 5:16am
Anonamous flower

I think this is amazing. The Japanese are well known for their advances in technology and I think this is pretty cool. Perhaps this could be turned into a way to re-create a face in plastic surgery for people with like burns and stuff

Jul 12 11 - 9:26pm
that guy

wow.

Aug 06 11 - 2:56am
like burns

Fans of the newest band member are understandably disappointed. But it's not hard to see how many were fooled during Eguchi's short run as a pop star. Watch the video above and see if you can pick out the fake girl before she's revealed. I couldn't. And even when I knew who was fake, she still didn't look fake to me
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