Those photos of a super-futuristic aircraft carrier published by the Japanese-language side of China.org.cn? Yeah, those were lifted from a Battlestar Galactica fan-site.
The article, published by the state-run China Internet Information Center and titled “4 Major Trends in Aircraft Carrier Development,” is presently still online. Japanese internet users were quick to call bullshit on the article’s images, as South China Morning Post reports:
“Are these graphics from a video game?” one netizen wrote, while others said that the pictures looked reminiscent of Macross, a Japanese animation which debuted in 1982 and featured futuristic robots and spaceships.
Eventually, savvy internet users deduced that one of the pictures was a schematic that had been used by the animation studio responsible for the visual effects in the American science fiction television programme Battlestar Galactica. […]
“These [designs] are pretty good dreams,” one Japanese blogger wrote after the origin of the images was revealed. “[The people who wrote this article] should start making comic books.”
At least it’s not weird execution-porn again.