Love it or hate it, blending CG into Japanese anime is becoming more and more common and may eventually become the norm. While computer animated television programs and films have long proven successful in America, Japan has a respected tradition of hand-drawn animation and many argue that using CG detracts from what makes anime, well, anime.
Yet people will always dare to dream, as shown by a recent production uploaded to YouTube titled “Chinese Gundam Seed” that claims to be a visionary remake of anime classic Gundam Seed that employs the latest in Chinese CG animation technology.
Officially titled “Earth Defense Soldiers,” the anime tells the original story of 3 children who must pilot a giant robot to fight off alien invaders.
The faces of the young pilots were supposedly modeled from real-life children using advanced Chinese image capture technology. Yet even more impressive is the pilots’ suits, which seem to have been modeled from real-life anime Evangelion using advanced Chinese rip off technology.
The anime has been bitterly criticized by Japanese, Chinese and English-speaking users alike. Yet despite the blatant copyright infringement, some of that criticism may be too harsh considering that this anime was not actually made for television broadcast.
Quite the opposite, “Earth Defense Soldiers” is in fact a Chinese service that lets families cast their children as the stars of their own CG space adventure.
Despite costing more than a years’ salary of a recent college graduate, the service is said to be doing quite well, especially with families who are looking for ways to crush their children’s dignity after they grow up.
▼ 2,259 people are just jealous their parents didn’t take them to get CG’d for their birthday
▼ Totally not Gundam
▼ Totally not plug suits
[ Read in Japanese ]