December 24, 2019

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Manga/Comics Translation Helper Tool

repo name KUR-creative/SickZil-Machine
repo link
language Python
size (curr.) 65508 kB
stars (curr.) 683
created 2019-02-17
license GNU Affero General Public License v3.0


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szmc-0.1.0 (source: manga109, © Kanno Hiroshi, © Okuda Momoko, © Kato Masaki)

SickZil-Machine automates texts removal during manga/comics translation(Scanlation) process.



AkkeraKanjinchou_031 All of the above images were edited automatically without human intervention.
(source: manga109, © Shimazaki Yuzuru, © Akamatsu Ken, © Kobayashi Yuki)

How it works??



SickZil-Machine finds out the texts in manga/comics and erases it naturally to match the background.
Both processes are completely automatic, without any additional human intervention.
Of course, if you want, you can also specify text area you want to erase.

By the way, SickZil is korean word 식질, slang of 식자(작업). 식자 means editing manga/comics according to the translation(from translator).

We applied U-net for SegNet and Deepfill v2 for ComplNet.

Data set

SickZil-Machine consists of two deep learning models, SegNet and ComplNet.

To learn SegNet, we need original manga images and
text component masks that cover all text area corresponding to the original images.

To learn ComplNet, we need manga images with text removed (ie output).
(I’m researching how an images with a small amount of text affects performance.
 manga images with no text at all are the ideal data.)

Version 0.1.1 was trained using 285 image-mask pairs and 31,497 manga images.
(11,464 of 31,497 manga images are images with text.)

If you’d like to contribute a dataset to SickZil-Machine, please send your data to email .
The dataset will only be used for research purposes.


We released 0.1.1 pre-release version!
You can download SZMC here.
Tutorials and Tips here.

SickZil-Machine is not a perfect program. We need your help.
If you find a bug or have a suggestion, please open a Github issue or send us an email.

Run the code(for developers)

You need NVIDIA driver 410.x, CUDA 10.0, CUDNN (>= 7.4.1). (tensorflow 1.13.0 requirements)

  1. git clone; cd SickZil-Machine
  2. Download one of release zip files from here.
  3. Unzip the release file and copy SickZil-Machine-0.1.1-pre0-win64-cpu-eng/resource/cnet and SickZil-Machine-0.1.1-pre0-win64-cpu-eng/resource/snet directories to SickZil-Machine/resource.
  4. pip install -r requirements.txt
  5. cd src; python

Future works

  • Increase text segmentation performance
  • Open manga text segmentation mask dataset
  • Automate typesetting(calligraphy style learning)
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