A miracle is made to come to life when virtual meets reality. Likewise, Lee Soo Man announced Aespa will combine both humans and digital avatars with K-Pop’s first ever, digihuman vocaloid X Aespa.
SM Entertainment and Lee Soo Man had received at the 2020 WCIF (World Cultural Industry Forum), where Lee Soo Man revealed SM Entertainment’s newest plan for the “aespa Universe”, which would combine real-life members (such as Winter and Karina) with digital world members.
Lee Soo Man first introduced the idea of a digital avatar. He was initially hesitant about the idea and thought it wouldn’t work. But he decided to take a risk and combined both into Aespa X Vocaloid. This turned out to be a new and revolutionary idea.
These digital avatars are not computer generated graphics. They are able to interact and communicate as they possess AI brains.
Lee Soo Man said, “They are able to talk to each other and help each other, become friends and share info. They will also eventually be able to enter each others’ worlds, and interact with each other by hosting live sessions on social media, all of which hasn’t existed up until now.”
SM Entertainment also teased by posting some visuals on social media. Karina and Winter, Ningning and Aeri’s teasers have been posted online and they are similar to NCT. The human members will perform on real stages, the virtual members will perform on social media portals.