A series of stills from upcoming Chinese drama Hunter Blade drew heavy criticism recently when eagle-eyed Chinese netizens noticed that the costume designs seemed a little bit too familiar.

Those who game quickly pointed out the similarities between the costumes worn by the Hunter Blade actors and those in popular video game franchise Assassin’s Creed. As the Chinese production is intended to be a historical drama detailing patriotic resistance against the Japanese, some netizens have even called the wardrobe choices “embarrassing”.

Set during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the upcoming drama tells the tale of a group of hunters in Shimendong, Zhejiang, who joined forces with the local anti-Japanese group and bravely battled the foreign invaders at that time. We’re not sure if those hunters were also assassins, but they sure look a lot like those in Ubisoft’s famous roof-hopping, neck-stabbing series, particularly pirate-themed outing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.


While Chinese netizens showered forums with angry attacks, Japanese netizens are more amused than annoyed:

“Assassin’s Creed: China”

“When exactly is this set in? The Medieval era?”

“If you think about it, this is really good cosplay.”

“The Knights Templar…”


Do you see the resemblance, or do you think this might just be a coincidence?

Sources: GamerSky, MyDrivers
Images via Hachimakikou