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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Kubo Caper

The schoolwork’s been piling up this week so I haven’t gotten around to much. For the most part, I’m slogging through Blood+ at an incrementally slow pace as I find it hard to stomach more than one or two episodes worth of staggeringly conventional action bloodbaths. The show itself is fine and functional; it’s just that it’s also obnoxiously bland and formulaic.

Aside from that, I’ve been going back through Haibane Renmei, which was been a pleasant experience to say the least. More on that to come one I wrap up the re-watch presumably next week.

No, this week, I wanted to comment on the whole Bleach plagiarizing debacle. I omitted the word “alleged” but there’s honestly not an iota of ambiguity present in this particular case. Nick Simmons (aka Gene Simmons’ son) blatantly and shamelessly ripped off Bleach, as well as other popular manga series’ such as Hellsing.

I’m not a big fan of Bleach or of the much-maligned (at least outside of the rabid Bleach fandom) mangaka Tite Kubo. There’s a lot of credibility in the complaints leveled against him and his lazy artwork. Lack of backgrounds, insufferably implausible plot twists, an unorthodox approach to pacing which involves having the plot shuffle aimlessly, and far too many characters to keep track of. Not to mention the fact that introducing a new batch of one-note mooks to “deal with” writer’s block is completely unprofessional and should carry some form of capital punishment if only for the horrendous frequency at which he indulges in it.

That being said, plagiarism is just plain wrong. It’s entirely unjustified and the sheer audacity of Nick Simmons’ unsubtle copy-pasta skullduggery makes him come across as a flippant idiot. Someone once said that while imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, plagiarism is the worst form of affrontery.

It’s just disgusting, in my opinion. There’s a not-so-fine line between “inspired by” and “blatantly forged model-by-model, and line-by-line.” So yeah, this incident shouldn’t be taken lightly and I want at least some form of legal action taken against Nick Simmons. Bash Kubo for frantically pulling ideas out of his rectum all you want, because at least he didn’t resort to pulling them out of somebody else’s with nary an ounce of regret.

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