Rui Araizumi, the iconic illustrator known for doing art for the Slayers manga, has been accused of selling AI artwork at this year’s Comiket expo.
Following the accusations this year, the accomplished artist provided proof that he did not make use of the growing technology.
It is said the accusations surfaced due to Araizumi making use of a different style than usual for his artwork.
Here’s a sample of Rui Araizumi’s work for the Slayers manga:
Here’s the cover of Rui Araizumi’s Comiket doujinshi that had many convinced was made through AI, due to the drastic change in style:
Araizumi even uploaded proof for the artwork used on his merchandise, which were also available at Comiket.
This art was also being bombarded with similar accusations, and Araizumi even pasted a link for the pattern used on the character’s clothing:
Those who hurled these accusations towards Araizumi have since either apologized or allegedly deleted their comments.
Such instances of artists being accused of utilizing AI for easy money will likely become a more frequent occurrence as the technology further expands to become more and more convincing.