Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City

Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City

Kamen Rider Gaim, the latest entry in the long-running Kamen Rider series, is quite interesting. It's samurai-themed, but uses fruit motifs throughout the show. That no longer raises eyebrows among viewers. A recent map that appeared on the show, however, does.

Kamen Rider Gaim takes place in a fiction city called Zawame. On a recent episode, a Zawame city map appeared on screen. To some viewers, it looked familiar.

Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City

Above is the Zawame map with the red Xs, and below that is a map of Gotham City from Batman.

Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City

Now, here are both maps overlaid on each other. Hrm... The maps sure look the same, but the actual Zawame doesn't look like Gotham:

Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City

Online in Japan, people criticised Kamen Rider Gaim for allegedly copying the Gotham City map. This could very well be more of an homage and less of a lazy rip-off. Maybe!

Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City
Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman's Gotham City

Website Get News points out that the newspaper headlines have the letters "Ba", "rmese" and "t". So maybe, "bat?" The "rmese" could be short for "Burmese", which was mentioned in The Dark Knight. Yeah, thin. I know.

But, as the Kamen Rider Wikia points out, this episode is thematically similar to The Dark Knight: Zawame City is sealed off from the rest of the world, much like Gotham City was. So, scratch this one off as an homage?

バットマンと鎧武にコラボフラグ!?沢芽市とゴッサムシティ地図一致で疑惑浮上 [GetNews] 仮面ライダー鎧武がバットマンの完全丸パクリが発覚 これはさすがにやばいんじゃないの? [2ch]


Comments

    Didn't notice when I saw it, and didn't care when it was pointed out.

    I'm enjoying Gaim so far, and it's been far more entertaining than anything from Batman for me so far. Not saying Batman isn't good, but Gaim has been pretty fun and interesting so far.

    Can't wait for more :)

    I'm thinking it's probably an homage and somebody got lazy with making a map from scratch so they thought that since the episode is an homage, might as well just google the map from batman and used that with some minor changes.

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