Guilty? No.Ryuji-Otogi wrote: ↑Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:54 pmIf you literally feel guilty for watching Yamamoto Kai and enjoying it, you seriously need to lighten up. We should definitely be understanding of why the decision to scrap Yamamoto was made. Plagiarism is wrong and it’s appropriate that there were consequences for it in the case of Dragon Ball Kai. But all that stuff has nothing to do with which version of the show is better to watch. If you sit someone down and ask them to watch Kikuchi Kai and compare it to Yamamoto Kai, without telling them that one was plagiarized while the other wasn’t, then the opinion that person forms is the one that matters in terms of which product is superior. The thread poses the question “Do you like Kikuchi Kai”, it doesn’t ask about outside influences on the art medium itself. For instance, if someone asks me which movie is better, really crappy movie versus really good movie, then I’m going to answer that the really good movie is better. Maybe the crappy movie was made by someone with my same religious and political beliefs, and maybe the really good movie is made by someone whose worldview is diametrically opposed to my own. Those things that have nothing to do with the quality of the works of art themselves will have no influence on which movie I think is better. That’s silly.
But the work is bad faith plagiarism, so I can't in good conscience listen to it. It's not about religious beliefs of the creator or anything like that. The work itself is inherently stolen. It's more like if there was a video game made with artwork stolen from other artists who were never paid for their work.
It's not just something you can dismiss with death of the author, it's an inherent, core fact of the actual work itself.
And yes, if we could dismiss our knowledge of the wrong that Yamamoto did, the Yamamoto music would generally come out better. But we know about the plagiarism. We can't just dismiss something we know. And even if we could, I'm not sure I would. Putting yourself under illusions, under convenient lies, isn't a healthy way to live. Even if it's relating to the preferred score of a kids' cartoon.
I know some people can put up with the Yamamoto score, and y'know what, if you can do that, whatever. Enjoy it. But I can't. To me, it's stolen art, and I can't enjoy it. Simple as that.