In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in the popularity of Chinese anime, also known as Donghua. This growth can be attributed to a variety of factors, including advancements in technology, increased government support, and a growing demand for diverse storytelling.

As Chinese anime continues to gain popularity, it’s important to take a closer look at the industry’s growth and the unique elements that set it apart from traditional Japanese anime.

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One of the key elements driving the growth of the Chinese anime industry is the use of new techniques and technology, particularly computer-generated imagery (CGI) and 3D animation. Chinese anime such as Battle Through the Heavens (Doupo Cangqiong) and Soul Land (Douluo Dalu) have been praised for their stunning visuals and action sequences that are made possible by CGI and 3D animation. This approach allows for a level of detail and fluidity that was previously impossible to achieve with traditional 2D animation techniques.

However, it’s important to note that not all Chinese anime rely on CGI and 3D animation. There are also a growing number of anime that are made using traditional Japanese anime-style animation techniques. These anime often focus on character development and storytelling, and can often be considered more akin to the “nostalgic vibes” that some viewers may be looking for.

Despite the different approaches and animation styles, Chinese anime has been able to establish its own unique identity in the anime world. The rise of Chinese anime has also given way to new themes and storytelling styles, allowing for a more diverse range of anime to be enjoyed by fans all around the world.

One of the examples is the recent popular Chinese anime “The Untamed” (Mo Dao Zu Shi) which is an adaptation of a Chinese novel, and it’s one of the most successful anime in China and many other countries. It’s a story of two powerful but opposite MC’s who come together to fight against an evil force. The anime has gained huge popularity and fanbase in a very short time, and it’s a clear indication of the growth of the Chinese anime industry. Another stand-out Chinese anime that employs classic anime aesthetics is “The King’s Avatar” (Quanzhi Gaoshou), which is set in the world of MMO video games, unlike the cultivation-centered theme commonly seen in Chinese anime.


In conclusion, the rise of Chinese anime is a testament to the industry’s ability to adapt and evolve. As technology and animation techniques continue to advance, it will be exciting to see what the future holds for Chinese anime.

At Zirako, we believe that experimenting with new techniques and technology to tell stories is an innovative approach in itself, but we also understand that some viewers may prefer the nostalgia of traditional anime. With the rise of Chinese anime, we can expect to see a greater diversity of stories and animation styles that will appeal to a wide range of viewers.

We will be keeping a close eye on the industry’s developments and bring you the latest updates and reviews on the best Chinese anime to watch.