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There’s even been paraphernalia aimed at Disney, accusing them of taking from Kimba. At one point, another big name in the Japanese anime world, Toshio Okada, came on TV in 1997 and showed off a shirt reading “The Lying King” with a picture of Kimba looking at a mirror of Simba. Below, Kimba is quoted as saying, “Mirror mirror on the wall, who created me after all.”



This definitely stirs up the debate around intellectual property, what’s copied vs. what’s inspired by, etc.

What do you think of the Kimba/Lion King controversy? Worthy of outrage, or do the greats inspire the greats? Let us know in the comments!


If You Don’t Think ‘The Lion King’ Took Elements From The Japanese Series ‘Kimba,’ These Behind The Scenes Incidents Might Change Your Mind  was originally published on

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