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.

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. 

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.