When a Chinese theme park in Sichuan made a replica of the RX-78-2 Gundam and painted it orange, it most certainly drew a lot of attention, the theme park even claimed it was an original design.
Now, another Japanese series has certainly been copied by a certain park in China. Several posters of “Magical Index Library” have indeed been spotted and the artwork as well as the title most certainly looks like a certain popular light novel series. (More To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun here on SGCafe)
See the resemblance? What you see above are the Chinese rip-offs… If you thought that maybe one of the banners is for To Aru Majutsu no Index/ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, then do a double-take and look again!
The peculiar thing is, most of the characters in the posters look like they are the combination of two characters from Kazuma Kamachi’s beloved light novel series. From the looks of things, there is only one of them who does not look like she is a combination of characters from the series. This is because she absolutely looks like a xerox copy of only one character, the I.T.E.M. member Frenda.
Another peculiar thing is that one character really looks like Saten wearing a pink-trimmed version of Index’s “Walking Church” nun’s habit. She looks totally like Index with the loli look and the green eyes but has Saten’s hair and her signature white flower hair decoration.
Oh, and the name sounds familiar too. To Aru Majutsu no Index means A Certain Magical Index, and as we said earlier, the title of the one from China is Magical Index Library. To make things even worse, one of the two main girls, Index is known as the “Library of Forbidden texts” and she contains within her brain every single book from the magic side.
No further news has been made thus far, but it is certain that these images were taken in China and their images posted in twitter. The light novel’s author, Kazuma Kamachi, as well as the series publisher, ASCII Mediaworks have not yet commented on the matter.