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Pussy Saga Traced Art

Multiple Cases of Traced Art Found in Pussy Saga


Cases of traced art can be found all over the Internet and have been a plague on many professional creators wanting to earn a living for decades. A problem of this magnitude is further escalated when a company on the forefront of an industry is involved. Such is the case of the Western erotic game portal Nutaku and their newly distributed OnMedia game Pussy Saga.

Pussy Saga, a match-3 puzzle and management dating game taking more than a few elements from HuniePot’s HuniePop and HunieCam Studio, has recently had the chance to find its way over to Nutaku. Nutaku, for those unaware, has steadily grown into the largest Western  erotic game portal, with over 23 million registered users. Pussy Saga, as a third-party title hosted on Nutaku, gained popularity almost instantly since its premiere on the service. At the moment of the writing of this article, it is listed as the number one “Free Nutaku Game”, just behind Flower Knight Girl, another of the more recent hit DMM titles. While it may be relishing in its popularity on Nutaku, it’s worth emphasizing that Pussy Saga was not made by the company, nor did it debut on the platform. You may have seen the title rear its head in the past, courtesy of advertisements and pop-ups on other adult-centric websites.

As is the case with all free-to-play titles with microtransactions on Nutaku, Pussy Saga offers multiple ways to gain a fast gameplay advantages and unlocks bypassing all resource and time restrictions in the form of items purchased with Nutaku Gold, a premium currency bought with real-life money. At this point, you would be wise to assume that a number one title in popularity on Nutaku’s platform would be earning quite a bit of money. The ultimate goal of Pussy Saga is unlocking specific character CGs (pieces of art) of your dates leading up to sex. While the freemium formula of the game may be questionable, it’s certainly not illegal. What is potentially illegal and highly unethical, however, are the multiple cases of traced (copied and modified) art found in the game. The art you can pay real money for on your way to unlocking it.

After receiving a small hint by one of our loyal readers, we decided to dig a bit deeper into the alleged traced art and uncovered a gold mine of blatant and unapologetic plagiarism. Upon comparing, contrasting and doing an extensive image search of game CGs and single art samples, we discovered over 22 cases of traced art in varying degrees: some more heavily modified than others, while others being almost 1:1 copies of the originals. For the sake of clarity, we have compiled the images from Pussy Saga right next to the uncovered originals, along with appropriate sources for the original images.

Original art by Cait


Original art by 赤P


“Kyonyuu Majo” by WAFFLE


Original art by happoubi jin


“Umisora no Fragments” by rootnuko


“Love La Bride” by ChuableSoft


Original art by ワカメさん


“Haru Kiss” by Giga


Original art by n.g.


 “Temptation H ~Saiin no Naraku~” by Parthenon


 “Empty x Embryo” by Yuzusoft


“Evenicle” by AliceSoft


“Nanairo Reincarnation” by Silky’s Plus Wasabi


“Yome Sagashi ga Hakadorisugite Yabai.” by HULOTTE


Original art by onigiri (ocelot)


Original art by あまさひかえ


Original art by Ether-Core


“Oshirikko Venus 2” by Apricot Cherry


Original art by ishidaya


“Enkou Shoujo ~Rikujoubu Yukky no Baai~” by Frill


“Musuko no Tomodachi ni Okasarete” by ANIM


The examples found by us constitute only a small portion of CGs available in Pussy Saga, and these are the only ones we could prove to have been traced. It is safe to assume that due to the inconsistency of the CG art in other pieces of artwork available in the game, even more of it has been copied from other sources. It is also possible, even if highly improbable, that the developers of Pussy Saga, OnMedia, have reached out to all of the rightful owners and have received permission to use it commercially. LewdGamer has personally contacted OnMedia, but we have yet not received any kind of reply.

In order to unravel this complicated argument, we have also contacted Nutaku and MangaGamer, another Western eroge publisher, for statements.

A representative of Nutaku has declined to comment on the matter until they receive clarification from the game’s developer.

We are unwilling to provide comment until we’ve clarified the situation with the game’s developer.

MangaGamer, currently partnered with WAFFLE and AliceSoft, two developers affected by the alleged theft, had decided to contact their associates.

We have received the examples of the artwork in question and will be contacting our partners in order to inform them of the situation.

We will be updating you on this story as it develops and as the companies in question make their respective moves to solve this matter. For the health of the industry at large, we hope everyone involved in the case takes proper steps and reaches a resolution that keeps the consumer’s best interest in mind.

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  • I guess it’s another one of those cases… What was their pasr excuse, again?

    Damn, I seem to have forgotten. Silly me, does anyone else remember?

  • Smooth move dumb-asses.

  • DC

    It’s not just plagiarism. They downgraded the quality of the CG as well. If you are going to copy something, make sure to improve it to the point that people can’t claim the quality came from the original. Then it is called innovating.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Wow… Not only copied the art, but they also fucked it up pretty bad in most cases. The most funny part is that they ask for money

    • Robert Marks

      Ask for it? They practically demand it. After a few hours of playing, the difficulty level skyrockets to impossible levels, so you have to purchase the premium currency to get anywhere.

      • Max

        Exactly. I played HuniePop and completed it without major hassle, but got hopelessly walled-in in Pussy Saga soon almost immediately. I’m not giving them a dime…

  • snooze321

    Lewd Gamer: Hard Hitting Investigative Journalism ❤️

  • Su0h

    Wow, that’s a pretty bold move from the developers, indiscriminately copy original artwork like that, pretty lame and disappointing.

    Good job LewdGamer, pretty awesome post. I look forward to see the resolution of this case. Applause to you!

  • FelliVox

    Worst thing is how the original material looks much better than the copy. #Fail

  • Nin

    MG is also partnered with Chuable, though they haven’t released Sukisuki yet.

    Sekai is partnered with Giga. I wonder if they’ll do anything.

  • Testy

    Good work on following this. I wonder if Nutaku will take the game off if it is such a popular title.

  • bunnydude

    How can this be popular. The copied artwork looks like WikiHow art

  • Great coverage by LewdGamer on this.

  • DDD-kun

    I guess there’s a reason Japan lauds & celebrates their artists working on their craft. If it’s one or two artists w/helpers, then the consistent results look a lot less plagiarized in the short-run. Wondering if this is going to lead to a class action or multiple copyright slaps, first?

  • 44KPanda

    The Pussy Saga Saga continues!

    • Hyun

      Good job on this. LG Did not think it would be this fast !

  • Rezol

    If it really is popular than I hope Nutaku will give this game a budget to change all te art into an original (and good) one instead of simply deleting the game and living everyone who paid for it with nothing.

    After all, the concept of a free-2-play Honeypop is a good one. It just needs a less cash-grabby realization.

  • BeholdMyPower

    Man, some of the traced work looks awful, like it was purposely done. Either way, good to see LG bringing this into the light.

  • Dave6487

    While I wouldn’t call this plagiarism since they redrew them from scratch, it’s defiantly unoriginal.

    Getting inspiration from already established work is pretty much a must when considering the complexity of modern media. However, it’s still very important add your own flare to it.

    But these people are just plain lazy. And now that everyone knows, their name pretty much = mud.

  • learnyoursin

    hopefully Nutaku will do the right thing and pull this game ASAP – they have enough of a reputation without any attempts to justify this shit show

    • SOMEGUY7893 .

      They might be like one of those scam mobile app companies that release the same game on multiple platforms under different company names.

  • Cats736

    Game needs to be removed.

  • Jorge Tavani

    DIE BOOTLEG DIEEEEEEEE XD

  • Meteo Bahamut

    And its in the #1 spot again.
    This game is a sad, disgusting, unoriginal, stolen, cashgrab mess of a bootleg and an insult to any person who ever even made a flashgame.
    I really hope that the people who play it at least dont burn money on it.

  • FALprofessional

    Hardcore.

    Make of that what you will.

  • Nunya Bizness

    Not sure how this is Nutaku’s #1 Game. It’s EXPENSIVE CG collecting. You hit level 2 and it is basically impossible to continue without “Boosters” from their Gold menu.

  • Kraken

    original character, do not steal

  • Shee Soon Theng

    On Dec 8 Nutaku reported that there was another girl available to pursue, but when you go to their PS outlet(?) now, nothing loads, while the PS site works as normal. So they must have disabled their link page. Good on them.

  • Kain Yusanagi

    So did this ever get results?