Where does the border lie between referencing and theft? The team behind providing the enchanting cut scenes and character trailers for Honkai Star Rail seems to struggle with this. Now having found themselves railed by criticism for plagiarism when showcasing the 7.1 reintroduced unit, Griseo.
The comparisons sparked discussion on Reddit which had the gacha community divided. Plenty of Honkai fans elaborate that media of this variety reference one another all the time, boldly claiming this is no big deal. Others, however, highlight how a dirty delete from Honkai only pushes the suspicions of blatant theft further, and Honkai needs to address this.
Honkai Star Rail-ed With Plagiarism Claims
This entire saga unfolds with the 7.1 Griseo. A character who seems to thrive on recycling animations and camera tricks from other anime-esque media. This new preview character Frankensteins from anime such as Frieren at the Funeral OP MV, Moushoku Tensei S2, and Black Clover.
You can view the full 7.1 Griseo introductory video below. Here you can cross-reference the trailer to the Reddit thread shared previously, which shows the side by side comparisons.
Can I Steal A Bit More Of Your Time?
Honkai has referenced media in the past, but the immediate backlash following this instance suggests that they’ve flown too close to the sun this time. Chances are MiHoYo won’t suffer from this plagiarism attempt, and will probably reel back the inspiration going forward. But to be honest I doubt this will prevent them from referencing entirely in the future.
If you can look past the Honkai Star Rail plagiarism troubles then you should check out Honkai on the Play Store. All in all this gacha is stunning and brings gorgeous visuals with rich lore to match. Don’t skip out on more of our news! Action RPG- “Phantom Blade: Executioners” Arrives with a Bang!