On Thursday, manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto
(Space Battleship Yamato
, Space Pirate Captain Harlock
) settled a lawsuit with singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara
over Matsumoto's claim that Makihara had plagiarized his Galaxy Express 999
manga. Matusmoto had claimed on Japanese television that Makihara admitted to copying a phrase from Galaxy Express 999
in the song "Yakusoku no Basho" (The Promised Place).
According to Makihara's lawyer, Matsumoto apologized to Makihara and agreed not to raise any more objections about the song's lyrics. Makihara had filed
a defamation lawsuit against Matsumoto in March of 2007, and the Tokyo District Court had ruled
in Makihara's favor last December. The court had ordered Matsumoto to pay 2.2 million yen (about US$24,000), but Makihara's lawyer said that there is no money being exchanged for the settlement.
In the 21st volume of the Galaxy Express 999
manga, the protagonist states:
"Jikan wa yume o uragiranai
Yume mo jikan o uragittewa naranai."
[Time does not betray my dream
Nor must my dream betray time.]
The phrase in Makihara's "Yakusoku no Basho" song is:
"Yume wa jikan o uragiranai
Jikan mo yume o kesshite uragiranai."
[My dream does not betray time
Nor does time betray my dream.]
The musical duo Chemistry
had released the song as the title track of its Yakusoku no Basho
album in the fall of 2006. A sample of the song can be heard
Music's website. Matsumoto has dealt
with the legal system before in his dispute
with producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki
and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
over the rights to the Space Battleship Yamato
Source: Jiji Press