Nowadays, when it comes to knock-offs of popular products, most people think of China. We’re not just saying that to pick on our neighbors to the west, there’s just an awful lot of suspect copies. Korean bootlegs have had their time making the rounds as well, but everyone seems to leave Japan alone. That is until now. A video uploaded by Japanese YouTube user, msdoom99, has surfaced with the goal of giving all those Japanese netizens who have laughed at Chinese and Korean knockoffs a taste of Japan’s little-known copies. Take a look at just a few and ask yourself, “So who’s laughing now?”
▼ Those are some nice looking cameras.
▼ That logo looks awfully suspicious…
▼ We’ve also seen some more recent copies of BMWs out of China.
▼ The Metrodome was reportedly the inspiration for the design of the Tokyo Dome, built six years later.
▼ Say it ain’t so! Peko-chan, beloved mascot of Fujiya Food Co., wasn’t the original.
▼ Another from Fujiya Foods.
Mizuki Shigeru, Japanese manga artist most famous for supernatural horror comic GeGeGe no Kitaro, released his very first hit, Rocketman, a blatant copy of DC Comics’ man of steel:
▼ We just wish Mr. Shigeru at least changed the ‘S’ to an ‘R’ for “Rocketman”…
Take a look at the video below for a full list of products. We’re not entirely convinced every single item is a knock-off (we know for a fact Star Wars characters were used in a commercial for Sea Chicken, not an actual rip-off of the entire movie, and The Planet of the Apes was so popular in Japan that a TV series was created based on the movie), but it’s still surprising to see so many products and intellectual property “borrowed” by Japanese companies.
And here’s that Star Wars Sea Chicken commercial…because it’s hilarious.