Non-Japanese internet users are reacting to the topic that a character shown in PV
of a song promoted by AVEX "Noma Neko" real closely resembles to an AA character
well known to be often seen in 2-channel.
Many of internet users in Japan are reacting against this problem to spread this
matter in BBS websites or individual weblogs which repurciussions are to spread worldwide.
On September 14, an website was created to explain this problem in English and its URL has been placed on BBS websites out of Japan.
"Getting to know this issue at first made me real sad. I also like Ayumi Hamasaki"
A computer programmer(23) an AA in 2-channel fan from Maryland, USA said.
He also said "The usage of these AA characters should be completely free to everyone.
A profittal company should never attempt to own copyright of them although they are not
their original creation." He got to know this problem from BBS website built outside Japan.
He is now eager to catch up with this matter.
A 17 year old male student from Haarlem, Netherland expressed his anger
"It's not fair! It is an obvious plagiarism. I want to take avex to court."
He also said, "I will keep in touch and updating about this problem in my blog and BBS."
AA characters, songs, and flash movies born in 2-ch have been accepted and enjoyed abroad
as well as it has been in Japan. Some personal weblogs built by non-Japanese introduce
these works. AA characters made from letters and signs, which many of them are born in
2-channel, are still used or introduced in some websites outside Japan.
On September 13, a Japanese newspaper has released an article that
"Noma-Neko that resembles to a Mona, well known from 2-channel is causing a situation."
(September 18, 2005 Website:Jiyu-tyo)