Ao Miyata, who was serving as an artist for Muv-Luv, has been fired from his position at animation production start-up “Ixtl” after having been caught tracing in two separate occasions – only a single day apart.
An official press release from Ixtl, a studio whose first major work will be “Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse”, has formally dismissed Ao Miyata – found guilty of the ever-shameful crime of copying original content and calling it his own, on not one, but several different instances.
A magazine illustration featuring Muv-Luv’s girls was found to be composed completely of blatantly exact forgeries of other, actually unique illustrations – and then a dakimakura of a heroine from Muv-Luv, suspected to feature a copied image from another series, Polyphonica, turned out to indeed have been a total reproduction. The most recent of these incidents gained traction with those of the past, and it seems he’s simply traced one artwork too many in his career – marking the cut of Ao Miyata.
It’s quite saddening to see that someone would steal the original content of others, particularly in a fashion so obvious – yet the other members of staff behind Muv-Luv apparently wanted nothing to do with such a petty scheme, which does well to restore faith in their product. As for this artist of confidence, he should simply hope he doesn’t receive any lawsuits – yet worse than that, it’s certainly going to be painful for anyone to have to live with their name recognized for such a lowly deed, although he brought that upon himself unfortunately.
While it’s splendid to see justice served, it would have been best if the situation never came to this – no one enjoys having to expend time, resources, and effort into the paltry actions of a single individual.