Ospreyshire Origins: Of Laurels, Weapons, and Bird Icons

Lyrics:

Disposable generations mandated by unseen authorities
The young are on the front lines across TV screens
Abductions from schools to teach them to be gladiators or assassins
What kind of government would copy this tournament of death?
Its all sanitized keeping it PG-13 despite the dystopian realms where people starve
How foolish to volunteer to kill
The guise of arrows and secret lands were paltry
The governance claims to be originators, but that’s a bloody ruse
The first mandate only involved killing, but this one stole from it
Stealing and killing as they disguise themselves as angels of light, yet soar with blood-drenched wings
They fly mocking at these conscripted warriors as their tournament is an expensive sham
You think you’re so royal(e)


Whenever mainstream media isn’t ripping off stuff from the African diaspora, they rip off things from Japan. This song deals with something that has become one of the biggest go-to references when it comes to book and film plagiarism. For this edition of Ospreyshire Origins when it comes to Dear Innovare, we’re dealing with Koushun Takami’s 1999 novel that got adapted into a movie a year later called Battle Royale.

If you haven’t heard of this book or movie adaptation, the plot goes a little like this. In a dystopian Japan, juvenile delinquency skyrockets in the schools nationwide. The government came up with a horrific solution to whom they consider to be worthless youth: Project BR AKA Battle Royale. This mandate involves the government selecting various teens from across the country against their will to take part in a sanctioned death match in a remote location. The contestants get a randomly assigned weapon and shock collars. If anyone decides to escape the Battle Royale game, then the collar will explode on contact. Even though people are forced against their will to take part in this sci-fi gladiator sport, some students can even volunteer as an option, too.

DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF A CERTAIN OTHER BOOK/MOVIE SERIES?!

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The Hunger Games is nothing more than a PG-13 American Battle Royale with crappy YA drama and romance. Yes, I’ve seen the first movie and I know what happens in the story. Susanne Collins is nothing but a literary thief. I don’t buy that she didn’t know about this. Sure, the Battle Royale movie didn’t get licensed until literally the same year the first Hunger Games movie came out, but the book and manga adaptations have been around in America since the early 00s. People can’t be this ignorant that she came up with the idea of teens being forced to slaughter each other because of a government sanctioned death match in a dystopian environment by herself. There’s a reason why Battle Royale always gets mentioned when it comes to film plagiarism controversies especially when it comes to Japanese works. Say what you will about Quentin Tarantino, but at least he acknowledges the existence of that Japanese movie and got one of the actresses to play Gogo Yubari from the Kill Bill series. He even considers Battle Royale to be one of his favorite movies. Besides that issue, this Japanese series spawned influenced several anime like Juuni Taisen, Future Diary, and even a subgenre of survival games is called Battle Royale, too!

Here are some funny memes I found about this issue. 🙂

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Hahaha! I needed some humor there.

Making the song was quite insane. I did some noisy electronic programming, distorted hand drums, acousmatics, keyboards, and I get to use some death metal and hardcore vocals much like how I did on Nonet #2 in Pathos Formula Wave if one remembers that. I wanted to go straight up digital hardcore for this to represent the ultraviolence of Battle Royale.

May the odds be in the favor of those who are original.

The Battle Royale DVD cover is from Honolulu Pulse and is property of Anchor Bay.

The Hunger Games picture is from The Independent and is property of Lionsgate.

All memes belong to their respective websites.

7 thoughts on “Ospreyshire Origins: Of Laurels, Weapons, and Bird Icons

  1. I’m still not entirely sure if Hunger Games is a rip-off of Battle Royale; I can envision someone taking the trashy nature of reality TV and reaching a similar spot independently. Nonetheless, if it’s one thing that is really holding back the current wave of artists, it’s their inability to take cues from international works. The few times they have, they seem hesitant to actually acknowledge their inspirations for some reason. New Hollywood directors didn’t seem to have this problem, so I’m not sure why, despite trying to be more inclusive, the current wave does.

    That is definitely one way in which the gaming industry is ahead of the curve; they tend to be more open about their inspirations, and gamers also have little trouble accepting international works alongside domestic ones. Console-based Western games did rise in the twenty-first century, but they haven’t exactly dominated the sphere the same way Japanese efforts did back in the 1980s and 1990s.

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    • I will have to respectfully disagree. While Battle Royale isn’t the first death game story ever, it was the first to use teenage combatants as a major plot point in a dystopian environment and there are some similar rules with both BR and The Hunger Games. It does annoy me that Suzanne Collins is so adamant about denying these similarities. I do agree that Hollywood needs to do better at acknowledging outside sources. This isn’t the worst example of film plagiarism mentioned on this album especially if you’ve seen my post/listened to Soshi-sha Ja Nai (which references the Paprika/Inception controversy) or an upcoming example that happens later in the tracklisting which is inarguable that a Hollywood company knew what they were stealing. I’ve even been finding out more issues such as Above Then Beyond/Up and Cortex Academy/Inside Out among others.

      I can see that despite not being knee-deep into gaming as I used to. The developers do seem to be more upfront with their inspirations from what I’ve seen. Gamers seem to be cool with both domestic and imported works. Very true about Japan since they really have several genres on lock since then and that’s not even counting the several big name first and third party companies out there.

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      • Oh no, I’m not denying what you said. Indeed, as you say, one of the most frustrating things about all this is the fact that she doesn’t at least acknowledge the similarities. It is possible she accidentally crafted a similar story, but I do yield it is extremely unlikely given that she denies the similarities so adamantly. All I can say is that for a bunch who likes to tout themselves as inclusive, Hollywood inability to acknowledge outside sources is a pretty blatant act of gatekeeping. Maybe that’s why international efforts regularly thrash them.

        I think I’ve seen Eastern creators acknowledge outside sources more often than Western ones. There was a day in which Hollywood used to be the forerunners of innovative storytelling, but it is long in the past. Indeed, I see Parasite’s (deserved) victory at the Oscars as the exact moment this became clear to everyone.

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      • Before I respond, your comments went into spam which is bizarre. I don’t know how that happened and I apologize.

        Okay, that’s good to know. Thanks for understanding. Even though the movie didn’t get licensed in America until 2012 when the first Hunger Games movie would be released (hilariously enough, on it’s opening week), the original book and the manga adaptations were there since the early 00s. The rampant denial does make the situation look suspicious although it’s nowhere near as bad as another example I cover later in this album that puts the BR/THG controversy to shame. Thank you for seeing the hypocrisy in Hollywood trying to be inclusive when they are doing the opposite and that’s not even getting into the domestic racism that still affects the Academy to this day.

        Oh, yeah. I can definitely see that in both the animation and live-action fields. At least they are more upfront about being influenced by Western creators. I certainly see more innovation or at the very least quality movit-making outside of America in cinema. Not just in Eastern Asia or Europe, but the Middle East and even Africa (Nollywood being a big example) have been coming out with quality works. People have been talking about Parasite even before it won at the Oscars, so I might check it out.

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  2. Great post 🙂 I had said the same thing before regarding Hunger Games. I knew that the Internet and stuff learned about it shortly before I did, but every time I say that Battle Royale came first, people will be like “you don’t say” For my money, Battle Royale is a masterpiece whereas Hunger Games is little more than passable. Give me Battle Royale over Hunger Games any day. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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