Another controversy is once again circling the anime community, and this week, it’s about two famous animes. Naruto and Black Clover are two of the most popular anime and manga franchises in the world. While Naruto’s manga series finished a while ago, Black Clover continues, and it appears that it has not been without criticism. Yuki Tabata, the creator of Black Clover, has long been accused of drawing too much inspiration from Naruto. Several fans have seen parallels between the two series, such as Captain Yami’s past, which is similar to Itachi Uchiha‘s backstory in Naruto.
Yuki Tabata is back in the spotlight after a new chapter of Black Clover was released lately. Without giving too much away and ruining the manga for anime-only viewers, a specific character in the series has awoken a new power that appears to be a hybrid of Uchiha’s distinctive Sharingan and Otsutsuki Hagoromo.
Many fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts regarding the issue at hand. Some were cool with it and played ignorant, and some were making a joke out of the panel, but some fans took the matter seriously and even made a thread about every time Black Clover allegedly copied Naruto. Regardless of which side of the debate they choose, it is evident that Yuki Tabata’s recent publication has revived the issue around his alleged copying of Naruto. Only time will tell if this has an influence on the Black Clover franchise’s appeal.
Check out the fans’ reactions below:
Despite the allegations, some fans still chose to defend the author, and with all good reasons. According to another Twitter post, the “Sharingan” concept wasn’t originally from Naruto. Although it was made famous by the series, the symbol in Naruto’s Sharingan is actually an old Japanese symbol called Tomoe. A Tomoe is a comma-shaped symbol used more commonly in Japanese Art and Design, so technically, it isn’t that uncommon.
Additionally, Mangakas usually get inspiration from each other’s works. The manga industry comprises many different authors, and it is impossible that none of their works are similar somehow. This is mainly because they cater to the same audiences, and these audiences have preferences that all manga authors try to live up to.
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