Is Universe 2 a ripoff of Glitter Force?

Blockinlick

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My 5 year old daughter just started watching this show on Netflix called "Glitter Force" and right away it bore a striking resemblance to Universe 2. The way the shot angles are, the animation, the transformations, the symbolism, the "I'll give you my love and defeat you" theme, the voices and the way the girls speak. Everything reeks of Universe 2 and Ribrianne. In fact, the main character, who is of course the "Heart" girl, who transforms and defeats her enemies with "Love", also looks strikingly like Ribrianne.

After some quick googling, I found out that Glitter Force first aired in 2012 and that it's part of an even older series of anime franchises, so regardless of whether it was a manga first, it predates Toyotaro/Toriyama writing Super by far.

After further researching, many believe U2 to be a parody of that franchise and noted that the manga version of U2 is less strikingly similar, as it was apparently TOEI's decision (Go figure) to make it even more similar.
 
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I would say Glitter Force is more of a rip off of Sailor Moon. I don't like using "rip off" though because in a lot of animation, people take inspiration from other work. A good example of this was Goku being inspired by both Monkey King and Superman. I am sure there was inspiration taken from Glitter Force with the gals of Universe 2 though.
 

Blockinlick

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I would say Glitter Force is more of a rip off of Sailor Moon. I don't like using "rip off" though because in a lot of animation, people take inspiration from other work. A good example of this was Goku being inspired by both Monkey King and Superman. I am sure there was inspiration taken from Glitter Force with the gals of Universe 2 though.
Nah. At some point, there's a difference between inspiration and a ripoff. When there are more similarities than differences, namely. I also think that unoriginality in general is a bad thing, regardless of the factor of inspiration.

Your position could actually be used to excuse any ripoff, no matter how egregious.
 
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I don't mind homages if that's what it ends up being, since an homage can operate as shorthand to get the audience to understand what's going on.
 
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noted that the manga version of U2 is less strikingly similar, as it was apparently TOEI's decision (Go figure) to make it even more similar.
Yeah, in the manga there's no transformation, Ribrianne is always in her transformed state (though in the manga, I believe it's just her base appearance) and that whole power of love thing Universe 2 is based on in the anime isn't even a thing in the manga. Instead it's beauty.

Anyway, I've never really seen any of PreCure, but I always figured it was just a parody of the Magical Girls genre in general, though I suppose it makes sense that they took cues from PreCure, since that franchise spawned has 800 episodes and counting so far. Never really seen any of it to comment on myself, but I did like the gag in the anime where 17 attacked them during the transformation sequence if nothing else.
 
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