A music video commissioned by Sony Japan to promote the PS4
game lineup for winter 2019 has been accused of redrawing the animated work of various popular artists.
Twitter users have spotted what seem to be a number of direct traces of animated works in a Sony Japan music video released on November 29, 2019, to promote the PS4 game lineup for winter 2019.
Animation news website Catsuka even made a video that puts Sony Japan’s video directly up against these other animations for easy comparison.
Latest Sony PS4 Lineup Music Video is a rip of many animations from all around the world ……
(Steven Universe, FLCL, Gobelins, Souviens Ten-Zan …).
The video is now offline : https://t.co/LPWyFWzEEw
— Catsuka (@catsuka) December 4, 2019
This was first spotted by @ianjq, who saw that an animation by Takafumi Hori for Steven Universe: The Movie had seemingly been copied frame for frame in Sony Japan’s video.
Other Twitter users then started to see more direct rips in Sony Japan’s promo from other animations, including the anime FLCL, as well as the work of French studios Gobelins and Souviens Ten-Zan.
As revealed on the Sony Japan blog, the PS4 winter 2019 lineup video was directed and animated by Canadian artist Kevin Bao. In another Twitter thread, users discovered that some of Bao’s previous work also seems to rip from other animations.
Since these accusations were spread on Twitter, Bao’s Instagram account and his artist listing on the website of agency Connection has been taken down. Sony Japan has also removed the winter 2019 lineup music video from its YouTube channel.
However, you can still watch the promo video on YouTube, as it’s been uploaded by other users. The video showcases 16 PS4 games including Death Stranding, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Nioh 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
IGN has a list of all upcoming PS4 games, as well as upcoming Switch, 3DS, and Xbox One titles.
Chris Priestman is a freelancer who writes news for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.