With all the things that are going on in the world, sometimes we wish that we could be anime characters. Well, now you can: you simply upload a selfie to the Selfie 2 Waifu website and it turns you into a “waifu.” In case you don’t know what a waifu is, it’s a word used in Japanese otaku culture that means “wife.” If someone’s your waifu, they’re your crush.

Bored Panda spoke with Japan-based programmer Creke who created the Selfie 2 Waifu website. According to them, they're anime movies and comics fan, as well as an otaku who works as an engineer during the day developing high-throughput distributed systems and computer vision engineering.

“I happened to know there is an algorithm called UGATIT which is good at making selfies into cartoon characters, or waifu if you like, whose authors I want to thank for their beautiful algorithm. So I combined the algorithm and my engineering skills and made it into an easy-to-use website so that everyone can get access to this fascinating magic,” Creke told us. Scroll down for the rest of our interview with them about the character design upgrades they're working on, as well as privacy concerns.

More info: Waifu.Lofiu.com | Facebook

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JessG
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1 year ago

Looks like it couldn't read the shadows

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David Wong
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1 year ago

In traditional Chinese stage dramas , the actors as corrupted politicians have their face painted with a white patch just like this person photo.

Sandra Luz
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1 year ago

Interesting.

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year ago

Mouth too small, hands too big.

Chris DiFonso
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1 year ago

Which is uglier, which is scarier? Hard to tell....

Tom Hardeveld
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1 year ago

that's quite an improvement

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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1 year ago

Accurate - it's what he soul looks like.... Lord Voldemort

LemonyLickit
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1 year ago

Covfefe

Mais Khabbaz [Student]
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2 months ago

I mean an orange is an orange no matter what you do-

pansexualandproud
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8 months ago

nothing could make him look remotely good in any way

Diana Dodd
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1 year ago

Mouth open!!!

Teak_the_FoxWing
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1 year ago

I am permamnently scard.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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1 year ago

That seems completely accurate to me ~ Is the white space the void where his brain should be?

Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

but.. it's the same photograph?

Sharon Vaughn
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1 year ago

LOL. Perfect.

SirPatTheCat
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1 year ago

Lmaooo the middle of his face and the outer edges are such different colors the ai thought it was hair ahahahaha

OkieDonut
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1 year ago

His nose is just gone lol

Pusfarm
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1 year ago

As is his mind.

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Rae Black
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1 year ago

So no difference

-zawarudo-
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1 year ago

Oml as soon as I laid my eyes on this picture I fell out of my chair-

Animal lover❤
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1 year ago

Hahahahah

TeeCeeBee
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1 year ago

Accurate

JessG
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1 year ago

Eyes are all wrong

Chris DiFonso
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1 year ago

In the picture or the anime?

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Jackson Red
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7 months ago

pretty accurate

Gwen Jhelaine
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7 months ago

How

queenbre〜610
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7 months ago

Oh no no no no no no, someone please get the preacher.

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ember avery
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1 year ago (edited)

this ones cute, her eyes are also different colors

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Creke told us that they've been busy these past few weeks improving Selfie 2 Waifu after work. “I divided the optimization work into 3 parts: refactoring architecture, improving computing performance, and reducing server error rate,” they said.

The programmer went into detail about their process: “In the first version, I put everything into one module just to make it simply work. As users increased, the error rate was increasing, too. Then I split the web frontend and computing backend as independent modules and made a distributed architecture. Then we could do the ‘more users, more machines’ trick.”

They continued: “Soon I realized that GPU servers are far too expensive, my credit card bills were flying like a rocket. So I gotta dive deep into the computing principle level, in order to save some money. As a result, a pre-fork multi-worker pipeline was built where GPU concentrates in model inferencing and CPU does the image decoding and resizing job.”

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

Finally! One has worked very well for a guy!

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Couldn't be closer.

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JessG
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1 year ago

This one is actually not too bad

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However, Creke admitted that they didn’t save money by doing this because every time the server performance got optimized, they got more visitors coming to their website, wanting to turn themselves into anime heroes. “But I'm glad I managed to host 3 or 4 times the audience by adding 1.5-2 times [the number] of machines, and the servers are running at a low error rate. Well most important of all, I'm so happy that you guys are enjoying it, that's all that matters.”

We also spoke to the programmer about privacy concerns. Here’s what they had to say: “For the algorithm, I am just using the pre-train model of UGATIT. The dataset of the official model is trained using 3,400 photos and 3,400 anime drawings from public dataset. Indeed, I want to finetune the model, 'cause now shadow makes some bad cases. But since I cannot collect any users' selfies from the site without their permission which results in short training data, the original model is still being used. So I have to optimize the post-process procedure of these cartoon drawings as much as I can.”

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Luca Giordano
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1 year ago

she already looked like a cartoon...

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Emperor Kitten
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1 year ago

Eww

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Tabitha L
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1 year ago

Sooo cute. Seems to capture her perfectly.

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Creke said that they've set up a “basic but important principle about data and privacy” for their website. “We will not save any selfie without permission, all privacy-related actions will be clearly notified. Also, Google reCAPTCHA is used to protect and verify users' actions, which enhances security, and therefore Google's privacy policy applies.”

For the best results, it’s advised that you submit a passport-style photo with a plain background. While the website can turn anyone into an anime character, it works best with female selfies, just like the name of the website suggests. Keep in mind that you can get slightly different results if you upload the same photo twice, so if you decide to become a waifu, try it out a few times.

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JessG
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1 year ago

So, cut your bangs...right?

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Person2638
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1 year ago

Same thing happened to me, it white-washed literally all the selfies I tried.

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Lisa loves cats
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1 year ago

Hey, this one went ok!

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The online waifu tool is based on a 2019 paper by South Korea’s Clova AI Research, gaming company NCSOFT, and the Boeing Korea Engineering and Technology Center, titled "Unsupervised Generative Attentional Networks with Adaptive Layer-Instance Normalization for Image-to-Image Translation." If it sounds complicated, it really is.

Some people also had fun by posting pictures of celebrities and pop culture characters instead of their own photos to see how the Selfie 2 Waifu tool responds. Some of the results are absolutely hilarious.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

The nature of the app.

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Aria Whitaker
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1 year ago

Hahaha, this is so off as to be hilarious!

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Felipe StillChill
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1 year ago

What in the name that is holy is that

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JessG
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1 year ago

Nah, those eyes look too innocent

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Lavender Brown
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1 year ago

It looks great!

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Cra-Z cat lady
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1 year ago

Hey, isn't this guy on here too? Or is my brain glitching again?

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 year ago

Ah, yes. He has been enlightened, and his 3rd eye awakened. Welcome, brother.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

It's kept the same resting 'ahem' face!

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I ❤️ 🍫
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1 year ago

Those eyes!!

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Animal lover❤
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1 year ago

Not bad

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JessG
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1 year ago

Welp, it made her look like 10 years younger....so, win?

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Nelson Sandvig
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1 year ago

i agree

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Omag
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1 year ago

Spock?!

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JessG
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1 year ago

It's shadow though, not bangs

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1 year ago

that's hot lmao

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JessG
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1 year ago

Too much filter so it can't see the details

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JessG
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1 year ago

No it not

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Animal lover❤
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1 year ago

She confused it

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