This is taking China’s shanzhai animation to an entirely new level. Watch a synchronized, scene-by-scene comparison of Japanese cartoon Hikarian (铁胆火车侠 in Chinese) that aired in the 1990s, with a Chinese cartoon called “Bullet Train Boy” (高铁侠) made for release this year by Shenyang Animation.
In defense of their cartoon, Shenyang has claimed that the clip was “just a demo” and that “a lot of cartoons have traces of imitation.” If that’s not laughable enough, this official also pointed out that the cartoons are using “different types of trains.”
And to top it all off, last year the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) labeled Shenyang Animation one of the top ten producers of original animation in China.
Video after the jump…