J-drama and manga fans have attacked Disney Pixar’s latest creation Inside Out set to hit cinemas in June this year for the comparably similar premise it bears to Setona Mizushiro's Poison Berry in My Brain (Nonai Poison Berry).
In the manga and forthcoming Japanese film adaptation Poison Berry in My Brain (May 2015), the main character Ichiko (Yoko Maki) is a 30-year-old woman with 5 different characters in her brain that governs her actions: Yoshida (the chairman), Ishibashi (the optimist), Ikeda (the pessimist), Hatoko (the free spirit) and Kishi (who is consumed by the past). Inside Out deals with 5 characterised emotions in Riley’s (the little girl main character) head.
Have a look at the two trailers and see what you think:
Pixar screenwriter Michael Arndt finished the script for Inside Out in 2011 and has said it took him about a year to write and the manga series "Nounai Poison Berry" by Setona Mizushiro was first published in 2010, which means both stories were being written around the same time.
What do you think PopAsians? Is it plagiarism or coincidence?