So. You've woken up with an awesome idea in your head - a unique setting with dynamic characters who think and interact in ways never before seen in literature. You begin the planning process, you begin to flesh out your characters, you begin to fall in love with them and the world they inhabit... ...and then you watch an episode of Gurren Lagaan, and realize that you've just subconsciously plaigarized a story. What do you do? Do you continue to run with the story that you genuinely cared about, or do you drastically reshape it in such a way that it's no longer recognizable. This sort of this happens all the time, even to professionals. Anime/sci-fi buffs will have no trouble spotting how much the cult classic series Firefly borrows from the anime Outlaw Star. Does anyone have any experience with this?