Anime's Dance Sequence Looks Similar To A YouTuber's Choreography

Stars Align premiered on October 10.
Stars Align premiered on October 10.
Screenshot: TBS
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Melochin has been uploading his dances to YouTube for years. Recently, he noticed that the ending sequence for this season’s anime Stars Align looks like a routine he uploaded back in 2016.

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Judge for yourself in this comparison Melochin made to see how the anime’s sequence compares to his work.

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Here is his original upload.

What do you think? Are the dances at the end of Stars Align too similar to Melochin’s moves?

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Without knowledge of dance routines of jpop, kpop, idol groups and general dance referenced in anime and made by anime fans, I’d say it’s a straight rip off.

But with the little knowledge I have of those, the entire dance routine is very very similar to the dance routine of a whole ton of those anyways. The anime was cut to match his routine, but the moves themselves, if you take them one by one, they probably appear on the dance routines of a whole bunch of groups already. Some of them probably even have names and are pretty estabilished.

So then it becomes far more difficult to tell. I guess one could say the animators seems to have referenced his video specifically, which is very much not unheard of... but as to what rights the guy would have, that I dunno.

On topic though, I just wish some anime referenced to Attack on Titan interpretive dance. That’s all I ask for. Pay the guy and do it.