Previously, two Japanese dancers alleged that the series copied their dance moves
The stars have realigned for the production of tennis anime Stars Align. On October 24, Crunchyroll News reported that two Japanese dancers tweeted out a comparison of the ED animation and their own choreographed dances, alleging that the animators had used their videos as references for the shows highly popular ED. Late on October 31, the production committee for Stars Align released a statement on the shows Twitter account explaining the situation.
「星合の空」エンディングアニメーションについて— TVアニメ「星合の空」公式 (@hoshiaino_sora) October 31, 2019
After “confirming the facts” in an earlier statement, the above statement says that “during the creation of the ending animation, due to the lack of awareness over copyright law, [the production committee] did not get confirmation from Melochin or Miko beforehand.”
The statement continues by apologizing to the two dancers and saying that the production committee will “review the production system to prevent this from happening in the future.” J-CAST reports that the Stars Align production committee and both Melochin and Miko have “established a cooperative relationship.”
The latest episode aired on Japanese TV and was uploaded to streaming services during the early morning of November 1. The TV version of the ED has been updated with credits to both Melochin and Miko, but the streaming version of the episode still omitted the credit, likely due to being a last minute change.
See the comparison (note the red circle):
Streaming services both in Japan and internationally usually – but not always – get an episode of a series a few days prior to airing. Meanwhile, TV stations in Japan can get the tapes for the episode up to broadcast, letting last minute changes to happen.
Neither Melochin or Miko have released their own statements about the situation, instead choosing to retweet the above tweet from the production committee. You can check out the comparison videos on the previous news article on the situation.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photo of his travels on Instagram.