Blue Wolf, a Chinese anti-Japan war drama, has apparently taken music from the popular Japanese animated series Naruto: Shipudden, causing netizens who are fans of the series to react. The music was used in a scene from episode 33 of Blue Wolf, showing the male lead actor reminiscing about his lover.
Members of Sina Weibo, a microblogging site in China, commented on the similarity of the music with “Man of the World,” arranged by Japanese anime composer Yasuharu Takanashi, which was often played in episodes of Naruto: Shippuden. The People’s Daily, a Chinese newspaper, analyzed both pieces of music and concluded that it’s “basically the same… with only slight differences.” The Blue Wolf soundtrack did not include the composer of the music in episode 33 in its credits, and continues to remain silent on questions whether music from Naruto: Shippuden theme was intentionally used.
Microbloggers said that it’s “ironic” for a Chinese anti-Japan war drama to use music from a Japanese anime with one fan writing that, “they’re garbage… it’s already commonplace for them to steal music from Japanese shows. It just shows you that the music Japan creates for their television shows is much better than anything China’s ever made,” as a remark on why he hasn’t watched anti-Japanese drama in a long time. Others were less critical, suggesting that the music used could be a form of tribute since Naruto: Shippuden is particularly known even in China.
Chinese anti-Japan dramas have drawn flak in recent years with their weird plots, exaggerated acting, and details of the Sino-Japan war, always showing the Chinese as the inevitable victors. TV watchdog Wang Weiping told People’s Daily anti-Japan war dramas are usual source of creativity for television and that “recently some of this creativity has shown lack of seriousness, creating lots of nonsense and not respecting history.”
[via South China Morning Post]
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