Every anime fan has had the dream of creating their own anime, and with the evolving rate of technology, fans have even begun having the dream of being in an anime via VR/AR programs. Well established entertainment company Avex and virtual reality company XVI Inc have partnered up to create Anicast lab a company with a focused on innovating VR anime and thus have announced their Anicast software which will enable anyone to create their own VR Anime. Anicast Labs was first announced back in September of 2018 debuting a 6-minute-long video showing staff explain what exactly their plans for the software are and why they chose to focus on the realm of VR. Anicast Labs sees their software being used as a tool for creators to venture into the VR space be it people wanting to make simple games or for Virtual Youtubers who rely on VR models to serve as a replacement for real people. With an emphasis on the creators this software is meant to alleviate the costs of producing anime related content enabling smaller companies or even individuals with limited budgets to compete with much larger companies to create quality anime VR content. Anicast Labs is creating its software with the aid of Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch VR headsets; thus, it is safe to say they will be compatible with the final release but currently, there is no confirmation of other VR headsets like the HTC Vive being compatible.
Recently after a year of development updates provided via their website, Twitter, and YouTube pages Anicast Lab has released a 2-minute PV of their software. The PV trailer goes on to show the creators of the software speak about how they created it for the sake of enabling creativity to be unlimited by factors like manpower or budget. The trailer depicts individuals dawning on the Oculus headset and being created with a User Interface mimicking that of a character creator screen from various games like Monster Hunter and other RPGs. The software seems to have a library of tools that will enable users to create their own Anime projects out of thin air almost as if they were painting a blank canvas with unlimited options of paints. Users will also be able to use motion capture technology enabling 3DCG- animated characters via their own movements. The software will also enable the operation of a camera allowing characters to be filmed in the same way real-life actors are, placeable items and intractable backgrounds are features that will complement the filming process immensely. Despite no official release dates set for the software, it is evident via the promotional material that Anicast Labs is a group of passionate individuals set out on changing the Anime VR world as we know it by allowing anyone from the comfort of their home to be content creators.