Meet Saya: The Ultra-realistic Computer-generated Japanese Schoolgirl

Although her looks indicate otherwise, Saya is not your typical Japanese schoolgirl. Her parents, Teruyuki and Yuki Ishikawa, have big dreams for their beautiful daughter. They want her to play a character in a movie they are self-producing. Where will she find the time with all her schoolwork? Not to worry. Saya is only as real as the pixels on your screen. Her soft cheeks, lush, black hair and hazel-brown eyes are all computer-generated imagery.

Meet Saya: the ultra realistic computer generated Japanese schoolgirl

Saya 2015: the Incredibly Realistic Computer-Generated Japanese Schoolgirl

Her creators, the Ishikawas, are a husband-and-wife duo who, together, are Tokyo-based freelance 3D CG artists. Saya was gently brought to life in their spare time as they attempted to balance commercial work and personal projects. According to the artists, the hardest part was achieving the moist, soft and translucent skin of girls this age. The hair, they add, is not up to their expectations.

A counterpart to Saya is also in development and both of them will be put to motion in the duo’s self-produced film. So we have that to look forward to.

Saya 2016: The New and Improved Computer-Generated Japanese Schoolgirl

Just when you thought the uncanny valley couldn’t get much uncannier, Saya’s parents released a new photo of our favorite not-so-typical Japanese schoolgirl.

We first met Saya one year ago when husband-and-wife digital artists Teruyuki and Yuki Ishikawa released a photo of their beautiful daughter.

Indeed, Saya is only as real as the pixels on your screen and was gently brought to life by the tokyo-based freelance 3D CG artists.

Over the last year Saya has matured, meaning that Telyuka, as the duo are called, made slight improvements to her based on feedback from the public, working in their spare time as they attempted to balance commercial work and personal projects.

Meet Saya: the ultra realistic computer generated Japanese schoolgirl
Saya 2016 version.

Saya is now so human-like it leads to an important question: have we safely made it across the uncanny valley?

Now, Saya’s appearance isn’t the only thing that’s changed.

As the duo indicated on Twitter, she’s also become fully animated, and will make an appearance at an exhibition in the Fall.

Details have yet to be revealed but, as we wrote last year, Telyuka noted that they were working on a self-produced film for which Saya would star in.

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