We’ve long known about how some intrepid American cartoonists went back in time to 1956 and created that blatant Haibao rip off, Gumby (you can’t fool us with the different coloring, blasted Americans!)… but now we find out that the Japanese had their own time machine as well – China Smack has discovered how this shameless Japanese pop star copied our Expo theme song in 1997!
In that same vein, Mayo Okamoto’s “そのままの君でいて If you are still in” might have taken out the Chinesey sounding beginning and replaced it with a catchier back beat, but it is melodic phrase for melodic phrase ridiculously similar. How dare they! As if it wasn’t bad enough that they also stole our idea and hosted a shanzhai World Expo five years ago!
Here’s the original World Expo 2010 theme song to compare:
China Smack, as always, has translated some of the comments. My favorite: learning that Chinese netizens also have a phrase for “you fail at the internet.”