Sou Miyata, the artist recently busted for tracing no less than three pictures in his official Total Eclipse pin-up, has been sacked – and delving into his past works reveals this was far from his first brush with plagiarism, and not the first time he was caught at it either.

Evidence of plagiarism of the most egregious sort was progressively uncovered after the initial discovery of his “Total Eclipse” montage:


More of his works – it is unclear just how many were the result of plagiarism.

The artist’s employers “age” offered official notice of his sacking only days after his antics were uncovered, through a missive so terse it even omitted the customary grovelling set-piece announcement of a “most regrettable” incident:

We would like to announce that on the 10th of June, our company’s illustrator “Sou Miyata” was dismissed.

Additionally, please be aware that from here on the activities of “Sou Miyata” have no connection with those of our company.

There is as yet no comment from the artist himself, although the usual practice in such cases is for the artist to quietly retire for a period as a gesture of contrition after a suitably grovelling statement of regret.

2ch’s role as judge, jury and executioner in these cases suggests the final verdict lies with them:

“Incredibly cold announcement!”

“Sounds like something written by the yakuza…”

“If they wrote anything more they would just end up creating more and more problems.”

“I think there are loads of these guys out there who just haven’t been caught yet. Especially with more realistic art styles.”

“Aren’t there pose collections on sale in book shops for these artists to use legitimately? He should have just used one of those.”

“This guy couldn’t even copy a pose. He traced existing illustrations completely.”

“I bet this wasn’t just a case of him tracing, but the fact that he could only trace and couldn’t actually draw at all.”

“How did this guy think he could become an illustrator? How did they employ him?”

“If creating works of art was so much of a hassle you’d rather trace, why become an illustrator!”

“I can’t help but think this company is trying to escape responsibility by sacking him so rapidly.”

“You think they really didn’t know? They might have known and just let the situation lie.”

“This is not something you normally get fired for. I pity him.”

“It looks like he had been caught at it before so they had no choice.”

“He got busted for tracing the dakimakura, but there were doubts and he was let off. He got busted tracing an eroge – he apologised in a video with the CEO, vowing never to do it again. He traced those pin-ups – instant dismissal.”

“Three strikes and he’s out, seems reasonable.”

“Honestly, after that video of him apologising it would be unthinkable for them not to sack him, he obviously showed no remorse.”

“He didn’t learn from his mistakes at all. Good riddance.”

“He’s getting off lightly. He could have been subject to disciplinary dismissal, forced to pay restitution, and then banished from the industry.”

“This sort of thing might not really be an issue with grey zones like Pixiv, but with commercial works it is absolutely unacceptable!”

“How do you guys even find all these traces! It’s amazing!”

“For this to happen just before your anime airs, it’s the worst, it really is!”

Thinking it is possible to get away with such plagiarism in the face of 2ch’s ability to uncover it increasingly seems more foolish than the actual act…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 14/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    and this is why you should always buy RL stock photos of poses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Or just take them yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mikumikudance + 3D custom girl + some mods + some 3D custom girl's body proportion alteration program = Sheapiest way.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    03:40 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    fixed: "Sheepiest way" baaaaaar~

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fixing:"Cheapiest way"

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    23:25 13/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    What a shame..
    I don't even dare to revise someone's work, he is really desperate on doing those..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or laziness is such the work was done by the team and the result was mediocre, and only signed below.
    As already remarked one of the most anticipated is another clone.
    It was not just poses but overall characters are very similar.
    After still complains of Chinese bad clones, what a shame!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...Nothing you've said makes any fucking sense.

    Did you even read the article?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes!!! the artist works in manga series and artworks in Tech Gian magazine and a series of well-known visual novel game Mu luv and will be turned into anime.(What is expected soon)

    His drawing style and very similar to its competitors.
    too similar(seems coincidental?)

    Several Japanese artists complaining of shoddy Chinese copies of their work and now a Japanese is accused of do the same.

    If more than explained in this way then you are not understood then who does not FUCKING SENSE are you!!

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    Comment by Cabulb
    01:40 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    At least base your illustration on more than one tracing...
    Obvious fail is obvious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 13/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    "I bet this wasn’t just a case of him tracing, but the fact that he could only trace and couldn’t actually draw at all"

    this....all this!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    LOL looks like there's a loser with a tracing fetish that has multiple accounts. how sad...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Ha the Sharingan isn't so useful after all.

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    Comment by Gogetters
    23:44 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Copying poses is worse than copying a character apparently...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Same pose and out right copying are two different things.

    The girls even have similar facial expressions. If he had put a brush in that one girl's hand, given the on lying on her stomach a book or something, kick a leg up or just moved on hand he would have been fine.

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    Comment by Sazuko Toriyama
    06:30 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think we should Give him Proper credit :D
    He's not JUST a plagiarist!!!
    He's also a Photoshop Master!!!

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    03:42 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    if photoshop master actually meant anything, half of 2ch /4ch would be employed

    Comment by Anonymous

    I have to wonder.. how many ways can you draw two girls with there faces together that would no considered to be plagiarizing? The human body only has so many varying poses.. So guess you better not be an animator in this day and age because the pose has already been done by someone else after the hundreds of years of animation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you are a true artists you don't have to worry about such stupid things as saying there is a limited amount of poses to draw/

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    03:46 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    bewtween the number of different viewpoints (infinite), character designs (infinite), and poses (nearly infinite), limiting yourself in anyone of these categories will ensure a short career as a mangaka/ illustrator/ animator.

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    Comment by GodMan

    So true there is no such thing as infinite potential eventually there is an overlap between two faces, hair, pose, ect.

    Frankly I could never see it; You'll have to be REAL hardcore otakus to pull out to similar poses :P

    Comment by Anonymous

    GodMan said
    So true there is no such thing as infinite potential eventually there is an overlap between two faces, hair, pose, ect.

    too true, if you are a mediocre artist, because if you are not, that argument is pure bullshit.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    09:03 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Or you could just run some program looking through some databases.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Indeed. How many different (nice) character designs can you make until it overlaps with another and is considered plagiarizing?

    With that said, considering the whole body is 100% identical almost even to the shading, it was overboard.

    Still, it looks nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    A: "OMG that cat just traced his face!"

    B: "No, he traced the cat's face."

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    Comment by Dr.Zhang
    17:09 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was shocked !!!

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    Comment by cpc65
    07:53 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay. That .gif animation is giving me seizures!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn it, he copied POSES!
    So what? You don't mean poses are intellectual property now?
    When I take a photo of myself in a pose of an anime character that's a crime???

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He didn't just copy poses, he traced most parts of the images exactly. There's a big difference between using a pose for reference, and copying and pasting someone else's artwork.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    what you call, tracing other character, is no different to copying poses. Big deal. He used his own characters

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe there are people here who actually don't think this is a trace. Are you fucking blind? The comparison pictures literally look exactly the same. He didn't even bother changing the bathing suit on the girl on the right.

    Also, if you think this "isn't a big deal" then you are just plain wrong. This isn't just two poses being similar. This is STEALING. This is like copypasting from the internet for your college paper. If you think this is okay, then you are on the same level of those DeviantArt-tier scum artists that trace from other, more talented people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm totally okay with cloning. Without cloning there would never be LibreOffice, Linux, FreeBSD, Media Player Classic, Gnash, etc.

    BTW, his cloned versions with different character designs are way sexier than shit he has "traced".

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    Comment by Roberta
    22:00 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Repetitive movements of the R-18 is laughing

    Comment by Anonymous

    your mother is a fucking toy

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That guy would come again with new alias name.
    Photoshop WIN !!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That guy should just go to China. I'm sure he would fit right in there.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    03:49 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can't believe no one has said this yet...

    TRACE ON!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure the company was behind it as far as they could get away with it, then ditched him to save face. Illustrators over there are normally paid crap anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a matter of principle. Copying someone's work (perspective, line flow, proportions, lighting/tone) all of that add into the pose.

    Even if two artist are drawing the "same" pose, you're going to get varying proportions, different perspective, on top of different line quality and lighting choices.

    That's not even taking into account the different artist's style that you have to adapt to and try to emulate. Using the above as an example, if you pasted the One Piece girls faces on them, the proportions of the body still wouldn't be true to that style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inb4 Chen-04 stating all of those being mere coincidences.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    09:10 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    They probably are, unless someone proves the opposite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lawl... They did prove the opposite. What do you think all the overlapping images are for? If you can't see that most of the lines match up exactly, you must have some problem with your vision. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Chen-04 03:38

    So he is standing over the body with a bloody knife and the wounds match the knife's blade.

    Circumstantial evidence!

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    Comment by Chen-04
    17:59 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    "So he is standing over the body with a bloody knife and the wounds match the knife's blade."
    Yes, doesn't prove anything. He could have picked the knife up seconds after the culprit left it there.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:38 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Doesn't prove anything. So the lines do overlap. Circumstantial evidence isn't real evidence. We don't even know if he ever looked at those pictures that he allegedly traced. And even if he did it wouldn't matter much. Still no real prove.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Who cares as long as it is fapable!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Good Riddance
    I'm glad he got sacked...We don't need plagiarizing pieces of shit like him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    I know, seriously. There's shitty copiers like him all over deviantart. I used to draw also, but when I learned that the majority of the artistic community out there are made up of a bunch of dirty tracers, I lost interest in art altogether. I hope this piece of shit starves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reiq and cutepet do that. i have seen pieces from reiq that resemble works i have seen years before from artists in HF, and Cutepet copies quite often from webcomics i saw between 2000=2005

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're talking to active deviantart members there, go figure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    too true, what is worse, some so called legitimate art studios do it too.
    just a bunch of pirates there too.

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    Comment by Chen-04

    Other peoples behaviour made you lose interest in art? Then you probably never had any interest in art to begin with..

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    Comment by Mere
    01:30 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artists care.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    09:06 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True artists don't care. Only people that failed to become artists whine. Mostly because they failed. I mean... if the traced version gains more popularity you really have to wonder what your original did wrong.

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