I couldn’t think of a catchier title than that. Yes, I know. However, the focus of this post is the point out something that’s been bugging me this entire season: the unoriginality of several characters of this season’s anime series. I’ll start out with what I’ve noticed so far. But let me tell you what NOT to search: “Haruhi Yuri”. I know ‘Yuri’ is the name of the girl in Angel Beats but if you type of Haruhi Yuri on Google Images… well… enjoy?
Haruhi Suzumiya vs. Yuri (Angel Beats!)
Apart from having nearly similar-sounding names, the attitudes of both characters as well as the trade-mark stance are nearly identical. If you’ve been looking at the hype surround Angel Beats, you’ll know that a lot of people have been criticizing it because the main heroine resembles the god-like figure (no pun intended) of Haruhi Suzumiya. Angel Beats has been criticized to rip off many elements of Haruhi Suzumiya, including Angel vs. Nagato, the rock concert, the self-thoughts and Kyon-like outbursts from Otonashi, and the club names (SOS Brigade vs. Class SSS). Haruhi and Yuri have mysterious pasts, leader-like personalities, ways of getting what they want, total control of situations, and have guys that follow them around that you want them to go out with. Personally, I don’t feel that offended by this similarity. I mean, it’s good to have another Haruhi-like figure. I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed by the resemblance but that was nothing compared to the other resemblances I found. Supposedly, this is the biggest disappointment this season but if I may, Spiral will shed some light on the situation…
Usui Takumi (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!) vs. Imadori Kyousuke (School Rumble)
One’s the idol of a forsaken almost-all boy’s school, and the other is a god of the female anatomy and sexual experiences. But could you tell them apart? I absolutely couldn’t, but the funnier thing was that Usui is supposedly younger than Imadori. Are you kidding? They look exactly alike… even the blank stares they have are identical. I thought Haruhi-Yuri wasn’t that bad, but this? C’mon, the resemblance makes it look like the character designers just literally ripped off Imadori’s artwork from School Rumble and pasted him onto a new series about a student council president being a maid. Speaking of which, are the two series even made by the same studio?
Otonashi (Angel Beats!) vs. Shiro (Fate/Stay Night)
Yes, I know… Otonashi’s character is similar to Kyon but the appearance is almost exactly that from Shiro from Fate/Stay Night. I’m even at the point of guessing that Otonashi was killed by Dark Saber. Haha I’m just kidding, but seriously though, Fate/Stay Night was one of my most favorite anime and it took me ten seconds into the first episode of Angel Beats that the heroes looked exactly alike… ‘cept that Shiro can kick Otonashi’s ass anyday of the week.
Shiina (Angel Beats!) vs. Shinra (They are my noble masters!)
Yes, I know they’re a limit to being unique but this is seriously starting to get annoying. They’re both cold, they’re both kickass, and they both have the funniest of weak-points. I’m starting to think that Angel Beats just ripped off every single character design. Good show as it may be compared to ‘They are my noble masters’, it still disappoints me that they couldn’t come up with their own character desigsn.
Otome Tsuduki (Mayoi Neko Overrun!) vs. Azusa Miura (Idolmaster games)
I have one of my frequent commenters Lem to thank for this after he point this out on his latest comment on my ‘Mayoi Neko Overrun first impressions’ post
“…eh? What the heck?
I’d comment more and be a bit more calm. But that one girl in the last couple sets of screenies, the blue purple haired one. What the hell? It’s Azusa Miura from the Idolm@ster games! I mean really, they look exactly the same! Even hair color, eye color, and probably bust size too! These two could practically be twins. Ah, look up ‘Azusa Miura’ if you don’t believe me.” – Lem
Yui (K-ON!) vs. Yui (K-ON!!)
I mean, this similarity is way to alike. I am going to sue Kyoami for the blatant copy of Yui from K-ON!! to Yui from K-ON!