Published on June 2nd, 2022
Getting inspiration from anime is not something new. In fact, many fans regularly cosplay their favorite characters, get merch related to anime, and also get inspired and motivated from anime characters. It looks like a My Hero Academia fan was tasked to design a school uniform, and apparently they took too much inspiration from the anime.
A Twitter user @JPFBASE initially spotted a banner somewhere in Indonesia and posted it online. Fans were shocked to see the similarities between the uniform that students were wearing in the poster, and UA high school uniform from My Hero Academia. After a little research, we found out that the poster is from “Trunojoyo Vocational School” who posted this banner to recruit new students.
Seems like My Hero Academia uniform design was not actually registered as an intellectual property like Demon Slayer Tanjiro uniform, or the mentioned school could have faced a copyright notice from the MHA production committee. Japan is very strict when it comes to intellectual property, but it is very hard to implement Japanese copyright laws to a foreign country.
My Hero Academia anime series is based on a manga series of the same name, written and drawn by Kohei Horikoshi. The manga has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2014, and it has been collected into 34 volumes. It was picked up for an anime adaptation by Studio Bones, who have released 5 seasons so far. The sixth season of My Hero Academia is scheduled to release for Fall 2022.
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