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The Lifepoint1 Ripoffs

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

It’s been a while since I posted anything….guess normal living can be so binding. But let’s talk about the common comparisons we receive from reviews.

In general, people definitely like to associate one piece with another, me included. There are also a positive as well as a negative way to approach this kind of comparing. For example, I intend to think “Okami is just like PS2′s Zelda” as a compliment. In a negative way, a comparison can go like “Dante’s Inferno is a God of War ripoff”; and that’s why the word Ripoff enters into the scene. Notice how in neither examples the game is directly graded, but it’s just the same. Warcraft hasn’t been considered as a ripoff of Westwood’s Command and Conquer since it offers better features than its inspiration. While in the case of a ripoff, it’s not just released later with identical gameplay, if it’s not inferior, people genuinely don’t have the ground to entitle it a ripoff.

As for the mindset of a positive comparison, I think it’s just a natural reflection of acknowledging one thing with something to the reviewer’s taste. In the case of calling a ripoff, it’s a display of the reviewer’s own knowledge base and at the same time, gain some acknowledgment of him/herself by dissing a piece.

With all that ranting away, let’s take a look at how Lifepoint1 projects have been compared and accused.


Xin

Accused As: Dragonball, Naruto, Volcano High, Cowboy Bebop, Tenjho Tenge.
Real Inspiration: Rokudenashi Blues
10 years ago, anything action based was considered as a Dragonball rip. 5 years ago, Dragonball is replaced by Naruto. And that’s about the most common criticism we receive.
As mentioned before, I would argue one reason people like to compare is to show how much they know. But if Dragonball and Naruto is the only thing they would name then that shows how much they really know. At least toss a high school based action piece somewhere and it will be more acceptable. But to be honest, Xin was not a result of watching Dragonball nor Naruto.
Some people claimed the term “Session” we used to label each episode is a ripoff of Cowboy Bebop. Come on now.


Surface

Accused As: Dragonball, their own dream.
Real Inspiration: Gantz, Dragon Head, The Drifting Classroom
Amazingly, taking away the action element and a series has become a lot more original in the public’s eyes! Some had pointed out that they had similar dreams to what happened in the realm of Surface. The sphere is composed of imaginations and memories, and I am glad that’s how the project connects with the viewers.
The one and only “Surface was inspired by Dragonball” claim I received was simply outrageous. Apparently the dying man in episode one looked exactly like Vegeta in a dress shirt around the time Trunks first showed up. At least that guy has some specific Vegeta knowledge.


Kazahana Family Mass Battle

Accused As: Dragonball, Battle Royale
Real Inspiration: Dr. Wai in “The Scripture with No Words”
The complex intent of murdering each other, free for all open space, and the datapad. The Battle Royale claim does have some basis. By the rules of many whose favorite and only show is Dragonball, this is still a Dragonball rip. At least come up with Power Instinct then the discussion would be more interesting.


The Record of Dragon Burial

Accused As: Naruto, Basilisk
Real Inspiration: Saber, Sword, Smile
Since the background is in ancient times, and the project was released only a couple years back, it’s only natural to be called a Naruto rip. One of the main characters seems to be a xerox of Sasuke. Take it or leave it, but we never really read Naruto. It took me a few google attempts to get the name Sasuke right.
Though what truly bothers me is how people receive this as a ninja show. I guess all ninja shows are inspired by Naruto nowadays. In more than one place we’ve pointed out the world is ancient China, as the confusing character names may indicate. It is true that ninjas used to be masters of wide range of skills including the way of tea and calligraphy, but there is still no such a thing as a Chinese ninja.
Basilisk is a more accepting comparison since it is also a piece that I enjoyed very much. All these forest battles and factions going head to head matters do seem similar. Perhaps it’s really time to move on from the forest scenes….
And those people are not ninjas.

Bio Hazard 2 so scary

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Manga Snapshot 10

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

From Masanori Morita’s Rokudenashi Blues

Finrak: He’s ambidextrous just like I am

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Note: this game is hard.

Manga Snapshot 09

Friday, November 21st, 2008

From Hiroyuki Nishimori’s Cheeky Angel

Figurine Talk: Futari wa Pretty Cure

Friday, November 14th, 2008
School girls yessss

Premise:
Just for a change this is the only series I had to research on after getting the figure set for cheap. This set was sitting on my shelf for half a year before I finally nailed the name of the series being Futari wa Pretty Cure.

As a matter of fact, I still don’t know much about the series and I watched none of its episodes (and probably won’t). This set was released by Bandai with 4 pieces. The tall ones are around 4″ height.

This set is around $10 on Asian auction sites. I purchased this for about $7.


Product

Verone cheerleaders :)

The 3 standing figures are Nagisa and Honoka in cheerleader uniform (yes) and Hikari in her waitress uniform. Oddly enough, instead of making it 4 standing figures Bandai decided to throw in of Nagisa and Honoka’s half body figure with a nicely built background. The composition feels that it belongs more to a imagination/scenery themed series rather than straight up figures, thus making the set less unified. You have 3 figures with pretty much no backgrounds (even the supports and stand are given a whatever color gray) and one with super rich background. For a bitchy man this just seems too unbalanced.

As it turns out I don’t even know how to arrange those 4 figures. It’s probably the best to have the two cheerleaders by the sides and insert either the half-body figure or Hikari in the middle. But then the last figure finds nowhere to fit in.

Great details and background.

One reason I got this is because it was cheap. And it felt cheap because the quality looked great. The texture is silky smooth, the poses I have no complain of (cheerleader figures can serve multiple purposes), the colors are intact and clean. Stuffs like clothes folds and clock tower are also done well.

The girls’ uniforms actually spell Verone on it. For some personal reason, I think I have good reasons to bring this product home.


Recommendable Value

The waitress feels singled out.

This product seems a bit tough to find even though its price seems reasonable. I am guessing it’s not as popular as the other figurine sets of the same animation. Even though the figures are nicely made but the lack of unity kind of devalues it.

For guys who are interested just ebay “Bandai Pretty Cure Gashapon Capsule”.

Images jacked from 01.

No time to waste – MMX 2 & 3

Friday, October 24th, 2008