Post by MetalGearSilux on Feb 28, 2010 1:59:25 GMT -5
Wow... I am appalled at such an action taken from an "artist." Why hasn't this received much coverage? I mean, even most people outside of the manga/anime/otaku/Japanimation world know what is Naruto and even Bleach. They would have to question the similarity between this series and the original work of arts that these "original work" comes from. Agin, I am still awestruck at how an "artist" does this to other fellow artist.
"But I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief, until the memory of your loved one is just... poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed so you'd be spared your pain. " -- Ra's al Ghul, Batman Begins
“Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologize to any Manga fans or fellow Manga artists who feel I went too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.
“I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. And I am certainly sorry if anyone was offended or upset by what they perceive to be the similarity between my work and the work of artists that I admire and who inspire me.”
When your dad is Gene Simmons, and you've seen plenty of American comic artists rip directly from Japanese Mangakas and get away with it (there's plenty of evidence in the current day comic market), then you feel like you can get away with it.
However, I think this is too much. If there are copyright laws strong enough to work in this case, the full hammer of the law should be coming down in the form of ceased work and laaaarrrge monetary settlements.