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January 30, 2024

Midjourney Launches “Niji V6”: Next Level AI-Generated Anime Images

Generate high-quality anime images with Niji V6.

Jim Clyde Monge
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Jim Clyde Monge

Great news for otakus and AI enthusiasts alike — Midjourney has dropped the latest version of its anime fine-tuned image model called Niji V6.

Niji is an anime-specific AI model with extensive knowledge of anime, styles, and aesthetics. It’s especially adept at creating dynamic and action-packed shots with an excellent focus on characters and composition.

What’s New in Niji V6?

While there’s not much information shared on the Discord and X announcement of the new Niji V6 model, here are some of the key improvements noted from the devlog:

  • Niji V6 advances in comprehending diverse anime-style subjects from detailed prompts.
  • Encourages long, descriptive prompts for enhanced visual outputs.
  • Translate complex, non-traditional descriptions into anime visuals effectively.
  • Introduces “Style Raw” for exploring unrefined, creative anime-style expressions.

Additionally, I noticed that Niji V6 can now render text directly on images — a huge upgrade in my opinion. Checkout some examples on the Text Rendering section of this article.

How to enable Niji V6

If you’re a paying Midjourney user, you can generate images privately. Head over to the Midjourney chatbot and type the keyword “/settings” to pull up the settings menu.

In the image model menu, select “Niji Model V6 [ALPHA]”.

“Niji Model V6 [ALPHA]”.
Image by Jim Clyde Monge

Close the menu and leave the rest of the settings as default. You can now start creating your anime images.

Here are some of the example images under the niji-showcase channel on Discord.

Prompt: cute plush little mushroom IP image front pure sky

cute plush little mushroom IP image front pure sky
Image by Insomnomnomnia

Prompt: fantasy mammal behemoth full body

fantasy mammal behemoth full body
Image by Marwany85

Text Rendering

One of the coolest new features in V6 is text rendering. Similar to the base model V6, you need to enclose the text you want to render in quotes.

Check out this examples with texts:

Image by Gompasta (left) and 田中義弘 | taziku CEO / AI × Creative (right)

Animating Your Niji V6 Images

You can take your Niji V6 images to the next level by animating them with RunwayML. Here’s an example posted on X.

Okay, that’s about it. What do you think of the new Niji V6 model?

Final Thoughts

Overall, it’s fascinating to be living at this moment where generating super cool anime images is now possible in seconds.

The technology behind AI image generation tools like Niji is incredible, but the implications for human artists, especially manga and anime artists, are concerning. Tools like Niji could potentially overtake many of their jobs, and the art of hand-drawing such images becomes less valued.

However, I hope these tools are used thoughtfully as assistants to human creators rather than replacing them entirely. There is still irreplaceable value in human creativity, imagination, and skill. As with any new technology, it’s up to us to use AI responsibly and ethically for the benefit of all.