I remember reading the first few chapters of One Piece and being surprised to see a giant sea serpent that looked suspiciously similar to the moray eels Flotsam and Jetsam from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so, and apparently that wasn’t the last time a Disney “rip off” appeared in the series.
A very large image recently surfaced on 2ch, Japan’s largest internet message board, providing “Concrete Examples of One Piece’s Plagiarism.”
You can see the image broken up into digestible bits below, and looking at the side-by-side comparisons could be a little shocking for the devout One Piece fan.
But it’s probably nothing to get defensive over: as several 2ch viewers comment, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda has admitted that he occasionally models characters after other works as an expression of admiration.
This isn’t a rip-off, it’s an homage.
Source: Vippers Sokuho