se.kirara Withdrawn Due To Concerns Of Plagiarism

By Ishaan . April 24, 2010 . 5:20pm


Earlier this year, we highlighted se.kirara, a visual novel by Japanese firm Max Factory, owners of the popular Figma brand of figurines. The reason the game caught our interest was because Max Factory had planned to distribute it for free, with a limited edition DVD + Figma bundle being priced at 2,800 yen.


True to their word, Max Factory did indeed begin distributing the game for free over NicoNico Douga, but later withdrew it due to concerns over unauthorized use of copyrighted material. The publisher discovered that some of the backgrounds in the game were from real life photographs published on the Internet, as depicted in a comparison shot below.



Expect se.kirara to go back up once these complications have been dealt with, at which point the official site will be updated with details. Although, by now, the original un-edited version of the game has probably achieved collector’s item status.

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  • speedstersonic

    Some artists were probably fired after that. >.>

  • Now I must hunt down the original!

  • OBJECTION! the curtains are open in one and closed in the other, HOW CAN THEY PROVE THEY WERE CLOSED WHEN THE DRAWING WAS MADE?! foolish fools foolishling attacking foolish people because of the foolish economy

  • Wow, even the plants?
    I read a couple cases of plagiarism with manga artist (not including Gene Simmons’ son) in the past year. I think even one series was put on hiatus, so they take this stuff very seriously.
    Although, there are quite a few panels or settings I see in series that are based on actual places that are interesting – and done legally. Here’s a blog showing the settings in KiraKira based on real locations:
    There was also a site that showed real locations in fighting games (Fei Long’s stage in SSFII was an amusement park in Hong Kong).

    • Yeah, I think the difference is that Capcom and everyone else probably asked for permission to use those settings. And probably took their own photographs to use as reference, too. Whoever did that background just Googled up an image and probably painted over it. :P

      • This probably coming from left field, but stuff like fanart (i.e. DeviantArt), vectors, doujins and the like fall into a gray area, don’t they? I always had the impression the original content owners just turned a blind eye to stuff like this most of the time.

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