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What are the best Chinese anime?

When we talk about anime, the first thing that comes to our minds is the Japanese animations that we’ve come to love. The success of Japanese animes has inspired many animators from all over the world including its neighbor, China. Although not as popular as the original, Chinese anime—also called donghua—is slowly gaining a solid footing in the animation world. The Sino-centric anime refers to the animations produced in China or are adaptations of Chinese novels and manhua, the Chinese equivalent of the manga. Oftentimes, the animation style between these two kinds of anime is very similar to distinguishing which is which would be impossible. While it may sound like a knockoff, Chinese anime offer a whole new experience as these animations are mostly based on China’s rich literature.

The Chinese take on animation showcases stories deeply rooted in their culture and tradition. If you’re into Chinese martial arts, you’d be happy to know that wuxia dominates their anime releases. By the way, before anyone gets lost in translation, wuxia literally means martial heroes and is a genre about the adventures of martial artists in ancient times. Another popular genre unique to the Chinese is the xianxia, which basically is wuxia that strictly follows the Taoist fantasy. Mo Dao Zu Shi—or the Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation—is a popular example of xianxia. To be honest, there is so much more to Chinese anime that can’t be expressed well with words. It’s really something that you need to see for yourself to understand. If you’re ready to plunge into this realm, go ahead and check our list of the best Chinese anime. While you’re at it, don’t forget to vote for your favorite shows.

  1. 1Mo Dao Zu Shi

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    If you're looking for the best Chinese anime series, look no further than "Mo Dao Zu Shi." The anime was drawn from a web novel of the same title written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.

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  1. 2Quan Zhi Gao Shou

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    "Quan Zhi Gao Shou" also known as The King's Avatar is without a doubt a top Chinese anime series. It's an action anime that was released in 2017 and was written by Butterfly Blue.

  2. 3Douluo Dalu

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    If you want to watch Chinese anime online, then try watching Douluo Dalu or Soul Land. It's an anime that originated in China that was adapted from a novel written by Tang Jia San Sha.

  1. 4Quanzhi Fashi

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    If you want to watch anime in Chinese, Quanzhi Fashi or Full-time Magister is a good choice to get you started. It's an anime that has action, magic, and fantasy mixed all together.

  2. 5Ling Qi

    12

    For people looking for a Chinese anime to watch, you'll find none better than "Ling Qi" which translates to Spiritpact. It's an action-comedy anime produced by Tencent Animation.

  3. 6Yao Shen Ji

    11

    Yao Shen Ji or Tales of Demons and Gods is an action, adventure and fantasy-themed Chinese anime. It has 40 episodes and each episode runs for 8 minutes. It aired from May 9, 2017 to September 22, 2017.

  4. 7Aishen Qiaokeli Jinxingshi

    10

    Aishen Qiaokeli Jinxingshi also known as Cupid's Chocolates is a Chinese romcom anime. Cupid's Chocolates tells the tale of Jiang Hao Yi, who suddenly becomes his high school's heartthrob.

  5. 8Zhen Hun Jie

    5

    Zhen Hun Jie or Rakshasa Street is an action and supernatural-themed Chinese anime. It has 24 episodes and runs for 14 minutes per episode. It aired from April 28, 2016 to October 20, 2016.

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DID YOU KNOW?

China is the second-largest global movie market after the United States. With the annual increase in the number of movie screens reaching a total number of 60,079 across the country in 2018, it’s on track to overtake the North American film market. Due to this, the country has caught the attention of global producers looking to boost their box office returns. Even the industry giants such as DreamWorks and Walt Disney Co. have taken an interest by building alliances with homegrown Chinese animation studios. China is in a prime position to become a global leader in producing animation movies. But, did you know that nine in 10 animation companies in China are unprofitable? Even when the country has over 2,400 schools providing animation training, it’s still not enough to support homegrown animation. Most studios rely on overseas outsourcing contracts and deal with toy manufacturers to get by.

The first ever Chinese animation film created was about soccer. “The King of Football,” cost 60 million yuan, roughly $8.7 million, to make. But, after the movie’s release on August 31, it garnered less than 1.8 million yuan. You could take into account that soccer isn’t popular in China, but the outcome still says a lot about the state of the animation industry in China. A lot of critics even criticized the movie’s plot for promoting narrow-minded values for kids. With that as an example, it's easy to tell Chinese animated films aren’t doing so great. One could even say the same about the best Chinese anime. Even though they resent any foreign culture, Chinese animators have gone so far as to make their own anime shows. Someday, with a lot of hope, Chinese animations can find the same success and recognition as Chinese movies. Hope goes a long way in this world.

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    Anonymous
    June 19, 2019
    "i was intrigued by this anime but i was surprised it was in Chinese and im not used to hearing chinese VOs tbh so it was a little weird. also the animation was really odd to me hahaha but anyway aside from that the story is a work in progress but still worth watching.. it's the reason why i decide to look for more chinese anime on this list :)"
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    Zhen Hun Jie
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    Anonymous
    June 19, 2019
    "The king's avatar is definitely one of the best Chinese anime I've seen because the fantasy elements and charismatic characters really pulled me in from the beginning. Although as someone who watches loads of anime, I can see that it's both very different and similar to Sword Art Online, but I prefer this one more."
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    Quan Zhi Gao Shou
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2019
    "For those who like strong but underestimated main protagonist, i think you will like this anime. I really enjoyed watching this a lot even though the art and sound are alright, the story is smashing though."
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    Quanzhi Fashi
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2019
    "I am still amazed that there is a Chinese anime about gaming. Fight scenes are epic and the music and sound works well with the anime. I also love the main character's rise to prominence."
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    Douluo Dalu
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2019
    "Story is really rich and adventurous. Characters are all good too, I specially lvoed the flash backs to show their development. Probably one of the best Chinese anime I've seen."
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    Mo Dao Zu Shi
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2019
    "I really enjoyed this Chinese anime. The artwork is nice, the characters are well done and the sound and openings perfectly captured the mood for each episode."
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    Aishen Qiaokeli Jinxingshi
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2019
    "The story is quite funny, it also has a lot of character developments, which I really like. I also liked the chibi comedy moments and the music."
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    Ling Qi
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2019
    "I loveeee the OST of this anime. The art is pretty mediocre but the characters were actually good."
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    Yao Shen Ji
This list is about What are the best Chinese anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Mo Dao Zu ShiTV Shows 24 Free
2Quan Zhi Gao ShouTV Shows 22 Free
3Douluo DaluTV Shows 20 Free
4Quanzhi FashiTV Shows 15 Free
5Ling QiTV Shows 12 Free
6Yao Shen JiTV Shows 11 Free
7Aishen Qiaokeli JinxingshiTV Shows 10 Free
8Zhen Hun JieTV Shows 5 Free
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