‘Green Pikachu’ Mascot Abandoned by City


Mascot “Ecoha-chan” that uses by Ube city in Yamaguchi Prefecture is decided to not use it anymore. Ecoha-chan is an illustration for use of city recycling organization and first introduces in ecological event last year and the art was copyright to the city itself.

As we can see, the original of Ecoha-chan (image below) are far different from Pikachu but after the made of this green mascot for opening ceremony of city new “Ginten Eco Plaza” last monday, people start to point the similarities of the “Ecoha-chan” mascot with “Pikachu”.

The discussion of the city officials with brand management that owned the copyright to Pokémon (Tokyo), resulting city to stop using Ecoha-chan costume and they agree that the city can continue the using of Ecoha-chan original illustration.

just a comparison…

Source:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-08-10/pikachu-lookalike-mascot-costume-abandoned-by-city
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/110803/crm11080312370014-n1.htm
http://mainichi.jp/select/wadai/news/20110811k0000m040145000c.html
http://www.47news.jp/CN/201108/CN2011080301000316.html

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