With their debut right around the corner, aespa and SM Entertainment have been building high anticipation with a series of tweets sharing intriguing teaser photos and videos.

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aespa | @aespa_official/Twitter

The group’s latest featured the music video teaser for their debut track “Black Mamba”.

Unfortunately, when the MV teaser went live, K-Pop fans began comparing the clip to the virtual League of Legends girl group K/DA‘s “POP/STARS” music video…

… and pointing out the similarities. From the location being on the subway…

aespa’s “Black Mamba”

K/DA’s “POP/STARS”  

… to the neon color schemes and graffiti getting used…

aespa’s “Black Mamba”

K/DA’s “POP/STARS”

… plus the Black Mamba’s overall aesthetic looking similar…

aespa’s “Black Mamba”

K/DA’s “POP/STARS”

… fans can’t help but “question SM Entertainment’s intentions“.

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  • “Isn’t SM Entertainment a big agency? What is this complete lack of creativity… This is shocking.”
  • “What is wrong with them…”
  • “Are they kidding, from AVATAR to the MV, everything overlaps. How can they keep insisting they didn’t plagiarize? There are so many similarities.”
  • “Are they a new K/DA cover group?”
  • “LMFAO. Seriously though… This is so obvious. What are they even doing?”

 

This isn’t the first time aespa faced plagiarism allegations. K/DA has been ceaselessly mentioned ever since aespa’s “AI” concept was initially revealed…

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aespa’s AI members. | @aespa_official/Twitter

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K/DA | Twitter

… but with the release of the MV teaser, another visual artist from Germany, Timo Helgert, questioned the content on his Instagram @vacades. His work is said to be thematically almost identical…

aespa’s “Black Mamba” spoiled in NCT’s music video.

Timo Helgert’s original work. | @vacades/Instagram

… to aespa’s.

Timo Helgert’s original work. | @vacades/Instagram

Timo Helgert’s original work. | @vacades/Instagram   

Timo Helgert claimed that it “seems like [SM Entertainment] copied” his work — clarifying that “they didn’t ask [him] and [he] didn’t work on it.

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Timo Helgert’s Instagram story. | @vacades/Instagram

While K-Pop fans demand explanations for the “uncanny resemblances, SM Entertainment is yet to respond to the growing plagiarism allegations.