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China hopes for anime buzz as 'B.E.E' takes flight in Japanese

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The series was adapted from the manga “School Shock,” whose writer, Heng Sun, has cited Japan’s “Mobile Suit Gundam” and “Evangelion” as influences.

I have not read the manga or watch the anime of this Chinese made comic. However, with the horrible track record of copyright infringement among Chinese made anime or manga, 'influences' can mean a whole lot of different things.

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This is a type of product China will struggle mightily to sell to the rest of the world if its government continues to project its intolerant bully persona. People simply are not gravitated to entertainment coming from censorship central.

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Just watched the trailer online. As usual with most things made in China, a big freakin' rip-off. Sigh...

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as with the movie industry in china the goal is to bring the world's cinema to heel with China's thinking of world history.

Hollywood is now moving to China's tune, very much aware of not only potential audience- but more so of the movie making might of china once they get enough directors to combat western film

Anime would be next, for there they can see a way to directly influence Japan's youth and early adults as well as the rest of the world.

but right now they have mostly :in -betweener's and not the true artists.

i am more concerned they signed the voice talent and music artistry

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Watch how long it takes for China to start claiming that they "invented" anime. In the 1990s there was a big effort by China to try and convince the West that "sushi" was a Chinese invention. Fortunately by then there were enough knowledgeable people globally who quashed that nonsense, citing the southeast Asian origins. I suspect the same would happen with anime if it came to it.

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OssanAmerica: "Watch how long it takes for China to start claiming that they "invented" anime."

Your hatred, as usual, is not at all needed and merely borderline paranoia. The article, and the creators of B.E.E. have clearly stated the influences of the show and given more than a hats off to Japan as the "anime kingdom". Only you and a few others seem intent on turning this into typical political, vapid hatred towards a group that is clearly trying to spread culture at the grassroots level, and in homage to the nation they adore for it.

yoshisan888: "However, with the horrible track record of copyright infringement among Chinese made anime or manga, 'influences' can mean a whole lot of different things."

You guys really should be careful when you balk about China copying Japanese anime or manga content. Lest we forget, a large group of manga artists are against copyright extensions and new rules being applied in Japan because it would render many of their works illegal due to copying.

I truly believe that Japan is, with some exceptions here and from overseas, the leader in most animation, and have created many amazing and timeless pieces. But to suggest they are always original while other nations only copy would be a mistake.

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@Yoshisan888: "I have not read the manga or watch the anime of this Chinese made comic." You realize how ignorant this sounds right? Or racist. I've not seen it either, so I agree a healthy bit of skepticism is important...but why not read a few pages or watch a trailer or two?

It's kind of the like the kid that refuses to try some new vegetable because..of..reasons?

@G.MAL.O.Q: I watched a quick trailer and google-image-view'd BEE and not really sure I follow you I've watched a pretty good amount of anime and I'm not really seeing what it is they ripping off. The designs are pretty standard issue anime fare as in Eva or, maybe Ghost in the Shell...could you share what it is they're ripping off? Unless you're talking about "Japanese art style"?

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You guys really should be careful when you balk about China copying Japanese anime or manga content. Lest we forget, a large group of manga artists are against copyright extensions and new rules being applied in Japan because it would render many of their works illegal due to copying.

I often see you writing this kind of comment. You are very confused about this matter, that is related to doujinshi, not to official manga. Doujinshi are parodies about popular manga series, made by beginners and fans. If new rules about copyright implied in TPP were applied, also these parodies would become illegal, while currently they are not considered plagiarism. Indeed, doujinshi and fanarts are not the same like official manga. If an official manga copied another official manga, well that would be plagiarism. Please, you shouldn't confuse doujinshi ( = fanarts) with official works. The new rules would make also sites like Deviantart and Pixiv illegal. Probably also fanfictions would become illegal.

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Alex80: "I often see you writing this kind of comment. You are very confused about this matter, that is related to doujinshi, not to official manga. Doujinshi are parodies about popular manga series, made by beginners and fans. If new rules about copyright implied in TPP were applied, also these parodies would become illegal, while currently they are not considered plagiarism."

It's still copying, Alex, in case you missed it. And there is, anyway, plenty of copying done by Japan when it comes to ideas, so again, don't pretend everything here is original while anything produced outside of here is not.

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I'm not pretending anything, smith, only correcting your mistakes. Fanarts isn't plagiarism. This means also a little kid couldn't draw a picture of Pikachu. If you don't know the matter, you shouldn't speak random.

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You realize how ignorant this sounds right? Or racist. I've not seen it either, so I agree a healthy bit of skepticism is important...but why not read a few pages or watch a trailer or two?

No need to get so worked up and start calling people 'ignorant' or 'racist', mate. I am merely being a skeptic.

It's kind of the like the kid that refuses to try some new vegetable because..of..reasons?

The kid refuses to try some new vegetable because from his previous encounters with vegetables he finds all of them tastes terrible so he don't want himself have such terrible experience again. Good enough?

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