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Method for Real Time Text Extraction of Digital Manga Comic
Kohei Arai, Herman Tolle
Pages - 669 - 676     |    Revised - 31-01-2011     |    Published - 08-02-2011
Volume - 4   Issue - 6    |    Publication Date - January / February  Table of Contents
E-comic, Manga, Image Analysis, Text Extraction, Text Recognition
Manga is one of popular item in Japan and also in the rest of the world. Hundreds of manga book is printed everyday in Japan, and some of printed manga book is digitized into web content for reading comic through the internet. People then make translation of Japanese language in manga into other language to share enjoy of reading manga for non Japanese reader. However, people make translation of the text on printed comic book (they call it scanlation) in manually because there is no automatic method for translate comic text image into any other language. The challenge in extracting Japanese character in manga is how to detect comic balloon and extract text in vertical direction as Japanese classic writing direction is top down and right to left. Several research projects [1-4] proposed method for text extraction from images but not specific for extraction from comic image. There are two base methods for text extraction, using region based method and texture based method. In [5], propose the concept of automatic mobile content conversion using semantic image analysis that include comic text extraction, but this paper did not explain the details for text extraction. Also, Yamada [6] proposed method for comic image decomposition for reading comic on mobile phone that including comic text extraction but not details on comic text extraction. The conventional method assuming extraction process in offline way and using scanned comic image. In the internet and mobility era, we need advance method for extraction text in online way and automatically
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Mr. Kohei Arai
- Japan
Mr. Herman Tolle
Saga University - Japan

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