Japan takes karaoke and adds anime

Taking karaoke to a new level, a machine soon to be out in Japan will let people impersonate animation characters, turning them into superheroes — or mischievous smart alecs — for the night.

Namco Bandai Games Inc. unveiled the prototype machine as the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 opened Thursday for the media and business.

It aims to launch the machine in Japan around mid-2008 at karaoke parlours, said Shohei Nakanowatari, a consumer software official with the company.

“You are unbuttoned at karaoke places where you drink with friends,” he said. “The freer you are from your usual persona, the more fun you can have. You can also easily change your sex.”

A quiet person can be a courageous hero while a straight-laced businessman can turn into a delicate young girl, Nakanowatari said. (link)

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