Chinese Anime vs Japanese Anime :
“Chinese Anime vs Japanese Anime” is an interesting “conversation” to have though, reminding me about a somewhat parallel situation that has been developing in the art toy-world, where folks refer to China-made soft vinyl figures as “sofubi” – where in earlier memory, it had been used as a description for “Japanese vinyl”, or rather “soft vinyl toys made in Japan” – since referred to as “sofubi”.
On one hand folks with Made-in-China soft vinyl might say that “sofubi” is “just a term for soft vinyl”, and that their final product IS “soft vinyl” – which in essence is not necessarily “wrong”, is it?
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to hold and open both Japan-made sofubi and China-made sofubi, and yes, there is quite an obvious difference, but this is not a post about “Chinese Anime vs Japanese Anime” 🙂
Nevertheless, here are a couple of preview videos of “The King’s Avatar(Quan Zhi Gao Shou)” program itself, for visual reference 🙂
If you don’t know, this season has a very great gem known as “The King’s Avatar(Quan Zhi Gao Shou)”. The anime is made by a Chinese studio, funded by the Chinese as well. The anime looks extremely beautiful and while the story might be a bit SAO-ish, it has a mature feel to it (since the MC is an actual adult male anyway, not just a high school student).
As we are used to the dubbing of Japanese so it can be a bit wiered at first but chinese dubs are fine and nearly out of place.The anime is very highly rated amongst anime fans who are not used to Chinese animation. And somehow, this really got me thinking, what if this is the future of anime?
You might know that the anime industry in Japan right now is in a bit of a crisis. Many are working too hard for such little pay. It’s a serious problem and unless Japan is seriously thinking about fixing their work ethics, I don’t see animators living a happy life anytime soon. However, if another big anime market is opening up, we might see a bit of change to the industry.
China is the second biggest economy in the world with over 1 billion people, translation: lotsa people with lotsa money. Of course, not all are anime fans but maybe some of them. And based on “The King’s Avatar”, Chinese can be as good as Japanese when it comes to animation.
Why not improve that by hiring actual experienced Japanese animators? China and Japan might have share same values as most East Asian countries but they do not have the mentality of working to the death. This would open another stream of revenue for Japanese animators, as well as helping the up and coming Chinese anime industry.
So what you guys think? let me know your thoughts in both Chinese anime and the “The King’s Avatar(Quan Zhi Gao Shou)”.. Thank you 🙂
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