The summer 2012 anime season is off to a less promising start than might be hoped – one of the most anticipated upcoming series, “Muv-Luv Total Eclipse,” is already facing tracing accusations after it emerged some of its sexy pinup art looks to have been blatantly plagiarised from not one but two different sources in the same picture…
The purported similarities were discovered by 2ch’s plagiarism task force of otaku with far too much time on their hands – as usual, how they discovered these similarities is almost as pressing a question as why some illustrators still think they can get away with it.
And on the left an obscure Ikki Tousen artwork:
A limit break is promised to anyone able to identify the third girl as unoriginal, as unfortunately seems less than improbable.
An alternative, more generous explanation has also been put forward – “perhaps they all copied their girls from a collection of poses?” – although this is none too reassuring either.