Anime is distinctly a Japanese medium, from story tropes and themes, to even the soundtrack, Anime is shrouded in a mainly Japanese essence.
Anime is very much a reflection of Japanese culture. Recently, other countries have been trying to replicate the medium and bring on their own culture and values into the story. Here’s a list of 10 anime that originate from China!
This is the Chinese take on the typical harem anime, Cupid’s Chocolates stands out from most in that it certainly keeps a fast pace in order to resolve the story in 15 episodes and develop Jiang Haoyi’s relationships with the 5 other female protagonists.
The animation is pretty solid, and there are modern details tying in to Chinese schools today, such as the school’s layout as well as the cell phones and social media used. If harem anime is your focus, Cupid’s Chocolates is certainly worth your time.
9. Nuwa Chengchang Riji
The unique thing about this Chinese anime, is the merging of both ancient Chinese histories with the present day culture; the background animation is very much in tune with modern China, such as the doorknobs on the doors or the special “checkbook” Li Chang possesses, yet the subject matter and themes are based on ancient deities from China.
The humor is also a blend as the 4th wall is broken multiple times in conjunction with typical jokes about indecent behavior seen in most Japanese anime.
If you’re interested in seeing a humorous Chinese anime that has a modern tone to it, Nuwa Chengchang Riji would be a great one to start with, especially since it’s currently airing (as of August 2017).
8. Hitori no Shita The Outcast
The unique aspect of this particular Chinese anime is how family oriented the main cast is, as there are a fair amount of characters related to either Chulan or Houhou (Main characters). Conscious instilled the values of filial piety into ancient Chinese culture, which still thrives to this day!
This anime might be a good example of Chinese cultural themes making their way into the medium. Overall, this is a pretty standard anime about random people with powers; nothing too deep or anything involving deep drama.
If you’re looking for a standard adventure type of Chinese anime without anything too complex, then Hitorinoshita – The Outcast delivers.
7. The Legend of Condor Hero
Youka is a young 13-year-old boy. One day, his Uncle, Kakusei, has him follow in his steps of martial arts and has him study the art of Zenshinkyou. After being mistreated, Youka runs away.
He stumbles on a Forbidden Tomb where he finds a beautiful young woman, by the name of Shouryuujo.
After a short time, Youka is eventually accepted by Shouryuujo to study the techniques of the Koboha under her, and thus begins their adventure through martial arts and love!
6.Monkey King: Hero is Back
The Legend of the Monkey King is (arguably) China’s biggest ancient story, as the tale itself was adapted by Akira Toriyama into Dragonball. Therefore the movie about the Monkey King himself is somewhat similar to Goku from Dragonball; as we are introduced to a character who possesses incredible powers we also learn that he has the temperament of a child.
Throughout the movie we eventually see Sun Wukong grow into the hero that China needs, and in the end defeat the evil once and for all.
If you’re interested in watching China’s biggest legend adapted to an animated style, this is the move you should begin with.
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