Norn Saber Online: Legendary Taiwanese Plagiarism

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Taiwanese anime fans have uncovered plagiarism of truly staggering proportions in the Chinese language MMORPG “女神ONLINE ~NORN SABER ONLINE~”, by “developer” Chinese Gamer International. It looks as though just about every single element of the game, from CG to sprites, and even TV commercials, is tainted with plagiarism.

Sadly, it seems the uniquely Chinese approach to copyright we have come to be familiar with is not restricted to the mainland…

In terms of the breadth and brazenness of its plagiarism, Norn Saber Online is undoubtedly in a class of its own:

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  • Anonymous commented on November 29, 2011 00:20

    Hey, Taiwan might consider having their own Anime Industry with that kind of art, not bad.... More

  • Anonymous commented on April 3, 2011 17:18

    From what I've gathered, it's common for this kind of thing to occur; the plagiarism I mean. You see, so long as the "image" is different, you're somehow able to "bypass" copyright laws. Obviously as... More


“YouTube is Comiket” – Kadokawa Embraces MADs

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Major anime and manga publisher Kadokawa claims revenues of 10 million yen monthly from YouTube advertising revenue sharing on its YouTube-based Kadokawa Anime Channel, both from episode and MAD viewing, and reports 50 million views from September to November of 2008; they now promise to recognise fan-made videos they like, and naturally to receive their due.

This is, they would have us believe, proof that a new business model based on online distribution and liberal usage rights is commercially viable.

Much of this success is said to be due to the effect of Haruhi, Lucky Star, and Strike Witches.

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  • Caffe commented on July 13, 2009 16:21

    Youtube Rulez!... More

  • Anonymous commented on May 13, 2009 03:44

    Almost all of the videos I've favorited on youtube have been MADs and AMVs and almost all of them have been deleted. Most of them were really good and the creators must have put... More


Adult Master Cancelled: Namco’s Power Overwhelming?

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The recently announced Idol Master cosplay parody AV “Adult Master”, produced by the infamous TMA and due for release in January, has been mysteriously cancelled without explanation.

The immediate suspicion is that Namco has exerted pressure over TMA to halt distribution of the offending title.

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  • Anonymous commented on January 5, 2011 21:04

    I have to understand. NAMCO is a wholesome company.... More

  • Anonymous commented on May 25, 2010 03:13

    fuck! I laughed like crazy to your comment! XD... More


Yakuza Threaten Touhou Merchandiser?

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A maker of Touhou goods reports a criminal shakedown attempt by a company fraudulently claiming to administer the copyright to the Touhou franchise; the company aggressively demanded compensation for violating their supposed “contract”, and threatened legal action if these funds were not forthcoming.

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  • Tommy commented on December 21, 2008 22:28

    No doubt about that... More

  • metatron commented on December 21, 2008 15:10

    indeed... More


Kannagi Censored: S**y A Dirty Word?

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Crazy shrine maiden anime Kannagi has been censored for what lagged (but extremely high quality) satellite broadcaster BS-J deems unacceptable utterances, with the words replaced by a bleep in classic fashion.

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  • Anonymous commented on November 29, 2009 15:23

    "It's a Sony!" Haha, it cracks me up every time.... More

  • Anonymous commented on January 6, 2009 11:50

    "It's a Sony!" XD... More


TV Talent Traces To Love-Ru Manga

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The above image compares a scene from volume one of the To Love-Ru manga with an illustration aired recently on TBS late night enertainment program ランク王国 / Rank Kingdom; the illustration, or copy thereof, is apparently by Hiropyon (Hiroko Kamata), a minor tarento (presenter) working on the show.

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  • Anonymous commented on June 19, 2010 07:33

    damn. smaller boob isn't right. The traced drawing doesn't have much sex appeal to me.... More

  • Anon commented on July 18, 2009 21:34

    indeed... More


Touhou Creator ZUN to Masses: No Touhou for You

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Creator of the Touhou doujin shooting game series and notorious hat fetishist ZUN has expressed his discontent at the possibility of Touhou transcending the doujin sphere and becoming a fully developed commercial franchise; he expressly enjoins doujin publishers to restrict the availability of their works and not to promote them to the general public (apparently defined as people who don’t play his games).

In fact, in laying down a long and detailed set of regulations he has issued what many interpret as strong criticism of the much anticipated unofficial anime, due at C75.

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  • Anonymous commented on September 19, 2011 06:41

    But many fans just want a high quality TOUHOU anime, even if non-canon. It can be a totally new Touhou that has no canon relations to the current Windows games much like how the current... More

  • Jürgen commented on July 25, 2011 04:46

    Although I only kind of skimmed the article so feel free to troll away but I feel it's his creation so he should be able to do whatever he feels like.... More


TV Sharer Arrested Over Share Use

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A man who shared a variety of TV programs using the popular Japanese anonymous P2P software Share has been arrest for copyright infringement, we hear.

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  • Anonymous commented on March 4, 2010 11:26

    _Or_ the guy just next door. The randomness is part of what truly puts them off. That, and good cryptography.... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 4, 2010 11:23

    The value of the commercial time slots are defined by spectator number statistics. Downloading shows is much more convenient than watching them when they air: you do it when you want to and you get to... More


Dattebayo Quits Naruto Fansubs

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Long time Naruto fansubbing group Dattebayo, whose torrent releases are downloaded hundreds of thousands of times each week, has announced that it will cease fansubbing Naruto come January.

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  • Anonymous commented on October 24, 2009 15:42

    They have stopped subbing it. And I'm sad to say that I'm a huge Naruto fan. The last two releases that they've done have been "hello kitty" fakesubs. And they have released... More

  • recklesss commented on August 18, 2009 21:15

    fuck offf... More


Studios Sue Singapore Anime Downloaders

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Hated Singapore anime licensor Odex continues its crusade against torrent using anime downloaders in Singapore, with its most recent move being to enlist the help of a number of Japanese studios to take legal action against a few downloaders who declined to roll over and pay a settlement.

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  • 5p. commented on November 22, 2008 01:29

    The scuttlebutt is that the Japanese companies are concerned about fansub torrents because Japanese otaku are downloading them - apparently fansubs download faster than the raws, because of the sheer mass of international downloaders all... More

  • Adan commented on November 21, 2008 03:07

    Didn't agree, you are thinking about yourself. Think more about the product's maker. They make stuff, they deserved to get money. What would you do if someone stole your product (software / program) that you make... More


MikuMiku Eroge Sighted

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Observers can’t help but notice this character from ふわりコンプレックス / Fuwari Girls Complex, a new Mahjong eroge, named Tenka Musou, bears an uncanny resemblance to none other than Vocaloid virtual idol Hatsune Miku.

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  • Azure Xuchilbara commented on March 3, 2010 11:44

    Damn, she looks like Miku's younger sister... They even have similar wakis...... More

  • Anon commented on July 28, 2009 04:03

    ill just pretend its miku when i play it... More


Buckstar, Pizza Huh, McDnoald’s Open

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Even Chinese net users are having difficulty stomaching these photographs, which seem to take the unique Chinese approach to respecting intellectual property to new heights (or depths):

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  • Anonymous commented on October 6, 2011 21:33

    Guess they can't get away with it in real life like they can in anime.... More

  • Anonymous commented on October 6, 2011 07:46

    LOL Pizza HUH... More


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