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China’s reputation for originality and respect for copyright is once again cemented with the news that a Chinese company, working in partnership with a state propaganda department, has plagiarised wholesale Makoto Shinkai’s popular and visually striking anime movie “5 Centimeters Per Second.”

You can see much more of it below (the Chinese version is on top):

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Soul’s Window” (心灵之窗) is ironically enough billed as a “moral anime,” a genre which dominates China’s heavily censored animation industry. Exciting themes of selfless dedication to party and state promised, and the heroic actions of the People’s Liberation Army play a central role.

The hatred of viewers toward just this kind of tedious preaching in anime is cited as one of the problems faced by the industry, coupled with a complete lack of artistic freedom, and the inability to export such naked propaganda.

Even more notable is that fact that the anime is apparently co-produced by the local Communist Party propaganda department, showing just how deeply the Chinese government cares about such matters.

State censors have approved its “healthy ideological content” for nationwide release on TV and at cinemas, with 52 episodes planned.

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Rarely has anime plagiarism been so bold.

The original work made heavy use of photographic reference, but of course these were taken in Japan by the original studio, so it is curious to see them crop up in a Chinese production.

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Voices have been raised in China calling for the development of a domestic anime industry, and the removal of pernicious Japanese anime from China; it appears one response will be to simply copy parts of Japanese anime and call it domestically produced…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well they don't have a damn shame those bastards! No like japanese animes? They copy them at 100% and claim it's them who did it! Yeah right! CHINA QUALITY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Chinese anime should take Endless Eight and make spin-off of it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They've already done that for years. It's called "Re-education" propaganda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All of these comments are fucken hilarious when you read them with a chinese accent...

    No A faka U! China Quality! 2 dolla! no MORE!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Made in China"

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you, China.

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    Comment by KonW
    18:46 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    Acturally,we have waited too much time and given them most sufficient chances.Yes,perhaps i really know nothing about politics and being out of control somehow.Just don't mention that,= =|||
    In fact,we Chinese never lack creativity,some anime works(as well as some other things) made by some anime university graduantes are all directed by themselves and very special in virtuosities.
    This is also a kind of bad side-effect by the copy scandal,I mean,making foreign friends take our lacks of creativity for granted.

    别给我扯什么"已经有创造力",就算你有创造力没有基本功等于0,牛顿不学基本代数能弄出3定律么,,,
    现在的中国还是老老实实的copy吧,山寨才是王道

    Newton would never invent/discover his theories before mastering basic maths, so just get the creativity shit out here,,for now, and do the copy diligently,,,

    btw im chinese from mainland,囧

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    where's my posts posted in the mainpage,
    must i have to post here to make it shown?,lol

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by KonW
    20:28 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope,,,im serious like hell
    tho i know it's illegal

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    Comment by KonW
    19:33 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    What the fuck is up this thinking of yours, china anon guy?The british burned the white house in 1812?So what?Cultural artifacts get destroyed all the time throughout history.What about when Gengis Khan conquered china?Why don't you go destroy mongolia right now?You don't understand the basic concepts of copyright at all and talk about shit from the past when copyright never existed in the first place.This dumbass mentality is why I am embarrassed so acknowledge my chinese heritage sometimes.

    dont go embarrased just because of one single guy, (tho i cant find who are you talking to and no idea what you're talking about),,
    otherwise you'll die from shamefullness `cause china has the largest population and lowest edu rate.囧

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "lowest edu rate"??? Oh my, aren't you a fine example ???

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this only shows how much better the original is

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese quality is better too...
    ah well, i'll still watch it anyway

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    Comment by GodOfSpeed
    16:27 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    China....sigh them again -.-

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    Comment by xaeroak15
    18:12 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Die..die your sister!
    It's the critical that the limition between the copy and copycat

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOW THE FUCK IS THAT NOT A RIP OFF OMGWTFBBQ

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have no shames do they.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lots of ignorant blatant racism here.
    fuck communism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oke. more intelligence here.
    Come on. Burn baby burn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    having fun yet ?
    come on more comments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    CHINA IS PIRACY!!!!!1

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    Comment by Zophier
    22:24 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    smooth china real smooth

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck smoothies.
    best comment ever.
    more burning please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Smart comment from a guy ? with a IQ of 2000 ?
    Does it make you feel good ?
    Do you feel superior than others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    EVERYTHING existed in their own originality.

    The copy cat of it are ALL made in CHINA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    China for the win. NO FUCKING ORIGINALITY.

    Fuck UP!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    địt mẹ bọn tàu khựa hãm lồn

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    With all dual respect,please don't spit your shit here and disgrace our people, my dear countryman. If you wanna say something please use English.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:38 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get a live and a girlfriend.
    Grow up and throw away your toys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck soul window
    fuck communism
    fuck racism
    fuck ignorant white/black/yellow racist
    fuck trolls
    fuck me

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    china. they are born for copy and paste.... becos they havent brain in their skull.... just some shyt >"<

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    14:15 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Mandarin facewall*

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:41 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trolls live under bridge.
    Trolls live in blogs
    Trolls = Everybody
    Age < 10

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please turn on the hate.
    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
    We will all be toothless and blind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    shut the fuck up

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Mao
    Fuck Hirohito
    Fuck Stalin
    Fuck Hitler
    Fuck Joseph McCarthy
    Fuck George W Bush
    Fuck Bernard L Madoff
    Lots of fucks.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    12:45 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Ishihara

    This list is now complete.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Communication is a art.
    Those who ask others to shut up.
    Are not able to communicate

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/chairman_mao_would_not_be_amused.large.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck china
    fuck CCTV
    fuck Mao chairman
    fuck Soul’s Window

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    Comment by KonW
    13:58 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

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    well what a party,,,
    lol,
    long time no see, SCcommoners,,

    guys calling to burn down the governer, just calm down, you know nothing about politics so just shut the fuck up,
    copy/pirate/mimic/plagiarize(whetever you call it) is the best thing to do before you're capable of creating things your own,,this is true for any learning progress,

    so the copy in today is just the mother for tomorrow's creativity
    so just calm the fuck down before fire your fuck out,and watch with anticipation

    lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Acturally,we have waited too much time and given them most sufficient chances.Yes,perhaps i really know nothing about politics and being out of control somehow.Just don't mention that,= =|||
    In fact,we Chinese never lack creativity,some anime works(as well as some other things) made by some anime university graduantes are all directed by themselves and very special in virtuosities.
    This is also a kind of bad side-effect by the copy scandal,I mean,making foreign friends take our lacks of creativity for granted.

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    Comment by KonW
    18:44 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    别给我扯什么"已经有创造力",就算你有创造力没有基本功等于0,牛顿不学基本代数能弄出3定律么,,,
    现在的中国还是老老实实的copy吧,山寨才是王道

    Newton would never invent/discover his theories before mastering basic maths, so just get the creativity shit out here,,for now, and do the copy diligently,,,

    btw im chinese from mainland,囧

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you come from the mainland eh? Guess the government there make a nice work with your head so no wonder why it's full of shit.

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    Comment by KonW
    00:43 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that must be a nice work since
    looking at you just made me feel mercifully blessed and relieved that i came from the mainland,not your place

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "you know nothing about politics so just shut the fuck up"

    Ad hominem does not make a convincing argument for your point.

    IMITATION is all good and well, however, imitation never accounts for more than 50% of another work, when it does it's called "COPYING". When the creator does not admit to his "inspiration" is called "PLAGIARISM". When the creator makes money off his plagiarism it's called "PIRACY". Can you not see the difference? or are you just unwilling to?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its the ignorance and less sense of justice off the chinese ppl. They cant get that piracy is morally wrong and that its disrespectful to copy art. No wonder is the web for example ebay full off copied merchandise which is presented or even named as geniune.
    Its also wrong to generalise but thats why ppl dont like the Chineses or be careful with them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't like how these comments have ended up.

    Yes, this is very shameless and to many artists insulting plagiarism. But please avoid blanket terms for the chinese people or China in general. There are probably 2 or 3 half brained execs who ordered this disgrace and are responsible for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you think that the people who just sit on their asses and do nothing when they know shit happen in their homeland are innocent ??? I wonder it's ok if their tax be paid for things like this, eh ???

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    Comment by Persona
    08:00 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    From what I could tell. In the Chinese discussion board regarding to this matter turned into the predictable "They invaded us back in the days, so this is okay." circle jerking. *yawn

    No actually most people there feel ashamed of what the Chinese animators are doing. I understand Chinese so I know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with both, because I have seen both.

    Right now the majority of the people there are feeling ashamed because this anime hasn't accumulated any fans. Otherwise, there would have been idiots who say "They invaded us back in the days, so this is okay", "The company did a great job putting all this wonderful art into one show", "Makoto Shinkai isn't famous at all", "Makoto Shinkai should be grateful that the Chinese company decided to use his drawings."

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One thing for sure, the smart ones and clear-minded ones know this is so wrong. But seriously CCTV, being a State television station, you are practically insulting people's intelligence.












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