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OtomeDomain-UI-Comparison-2

The recently aired 3rd episode of Himouto Umaru-chan‘s 2nd season has attracted the attention of visual novel developer Palette Qualia (known for creating “Otome Domain”) due to it apparently “stealing” their eroge’s UI, with the concept of parody apparently being lost on the aggravated developer.

The UI from Otome Domain:

OtomeDomain-UI-Comparison-1

OtomeDomain-UI-Comparison-2

The visual novel scene from Himouto Umaru-chan’s 2nd season:

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HimoutoUmaruchanR-VisualNovel-Scene-2

The official Twitter account for Palette Qualia released a tweet on the matter:

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“A game UI screen has recently made an appearance in a currently airing anime work and we have received an inquiry that the game UI of our work “Otome Domain” bears an extreme resemblance to the one in the anime; currently, we are trying to verify the situation with the associated company and the matter is currently under investigation.”

Despite the grim circumstances, many are suspecting nothing to happen considering the series has been making numerous parodies ever since its first season…

Those online are naturally on both sides of the fence:

“Ehh, I see where they’re coming from, but I don’t think they’re in the right here. Pretty sure this is in the clear.”

“Its clearly a parody, I doubt they can do much about it since I would assume parodying something is legal in Japan.”

“The material is far too similar for this to be parody.”

“It seems Umaru is ruined now huh?”

“It’s a parody.”

“I thought I saw this somewhere before. As expected, this is plagiarism.”

“The person who stole this is evil!”

“It really does look similar.”

“It looks similar, or should I say, they’re identical!”

“Umaru-chan ripped it off. How sad.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    So has Araki sued them for showing King Crimson in teh first episode yet?

    No?

    I fucking wonder why?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did?! I have to see that.

    *Googles it up* oh yeah they did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does parody exist as a defense to copyright infringement in Japan? In my research as a patent lawyer fair use seems to be a very American concept that other countries have not developed. Remember each country has completely separate copyright laws!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    On a side note, if they actually release the VN from the anime with that art and all, I'd totally buy it.

    Sorry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 27/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember when you put Overflow's eroge in oreimo and they got upset at minors playing it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wouldn't this just be a free ad? Like hello? We're watching a closeted anime otaku in japan, why wouldn't there be similar popular things in it???

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:44 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well the dude can eat a rat dick, no one cares about his visual porn for yellow nerds

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    still fake 'n' lame

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 25/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    good luck, japan has no likeness copyright law

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 25/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, are parodies really illegal in Japan or are copyright holders just annoying about them?
    Is that why Gintama characters are always fearing a process?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Japan you can use the characters, the designs, etc and they really cannot do shit. But, you cannot use the copyrighted names without risk of being sued. Thus why you can have tons of stories with similar characters, but the branded products used in those shows always have the names changed. ROSE=BOSE, PONY=SONY, etc

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see.
    And as for the last part (brand names), isn't it the same in the US? xD

    Also logos. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I thought that LN was a parody of Girl Friend Beta due to the title (which I forgot what it was lol). lol

    It could be a parody in name only, like OreOmo, which is obviously a parody of OreImo but doesn't seem to have anything else to do with it besides name (it seems a bit similar to Outbreak Company from what I do know about that series, but I never watched it).

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    OreHomo

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think therefore Ore

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 25/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really safe same thing happened with Komono Friends...

    Tho that leaves question why FPs games are okey when 99% are Wolf 3D Rip-offs

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 25/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doubt anything will happened. Developer probably just want some free advertisement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering Umaru does parody the genre, why would you care... It'd be different if it was another game that did it but when it's anime that might as well have the character play your game in it and "advertise" it that way...why care?

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    Comment by Manuel
    01:37 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I honestly hope there is no problems for UIs in the future. 90% of them are very cute and well done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 26/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And looks nearly the same.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I sure hope the VN developers win, that shit imouto anime needs to get axed along with all the characters in it.



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