Toei Animation Changes Composers for "Dragon Ball Kai" Over Possible Infringement
In a .pdf file on their website, Toei Animation has stated that they officially recognized “The existence of multiple suspicious musical pieces which may infringe on the rights of third parties has been confirmed within the musical compositions recorded for “Dragon Ball Kai”, an animated television work produced by this firm.” Toei continues to add that “The relevant musical pieces are used as background music in “Dragon Ball Kai”, and measures are promptly being taken to replace the relevant musical pieces from the background music of “Dragon Ball Kai”.
The official Dragon Ball Kai website has gone on to remove Kenji Yamamoto as series composer, replacing him with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z composer Shunsuke Kikuchi. Yamamoto has a long history with the Dragon Ball franchise, spilling back to video games from twenty years ago. Notably, Yamamoto is known for his frequent use of taking ‘inspiration’ from pieces of music from popular Hollywood film scores.
[Souces: Daizenshuu EX, with translation provided by Rachael Oliver of Margikarp46].