Scenes From Hit Anime Your Name Look Very Familiar

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Your Name is one of the most successful anime movies ever released in Japan. Not only has it made a bunch of cash, but it’s also a great film. However, a new YouTube clip alleges that Your Name lifted several sequences from other anime movies.

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In the comparison below, via Yaraon!, the Your Name scenes are on the right with the “2016.” On the left are scenes from Rainbow Fireflies, released in 2012, and Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, released in 2006. 

I don’t know if I would call these scenes rip-offs, but rather, homages? Which you see all the time in anime, video games, films, books, movies, comics, TV shows—you name it. Both Rainbow Fireflies and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time are clear influences on Your Name, which is fine, but Your Name isn’t a redeaux version of either. 

[Thanks, ponitaponita!]


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

DISCUSSION

cheesebeagle
cheesebeagle

I wouldn’t even say homages - subconscious influences at most.

Look, I think Japanese animation is mostly abysmal gutter trash, but there’s only so many ways you can film a sequence in a way that looks good and fits the story.

If they went further back, they’d probably find those exact same scenes in early shows/movies. And if they diversified their tastes, they’d probably find it appeared in a live action movie first.

This is one of my pet peeves with nerddom. Nerds always assume something’s a rip-off because it bares a resemblance to something and thinking they’re smart for catching it. Usually with added hilarity because they totally miss the actual influences (and that’d be all they are - influences) due to insular interests. It drives me up the wall like you wouldn’t believe.

Finally the modern TV and film industry has been going for quite a long time now and it’s really really difficult to operate in a bubble. Not that you’d want to, since it’d be incredibly stupid to ignore a centuries worth of film making techniques and start from scratch.

You look at a group of movies and TV shows from a decade and you’ll begin to spot similarities in direction. Look at at them over 50 years and you’ll see some get dropped and others refined.

End rant.