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China’s anti-Japan war dramauses music from Japaneseanime ‘Naruto’


Sep 29, 2011

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
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.”

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