Today I want to recommend a few Korean and Chinese Animation people should check out.
Korean and Chinese Animation was something that many people were not paying attention to or simply did not even know it was a thing. But times are changing and people are starting to notice, Korean and Chinese Animation thanks to popular and sudden hits like:
With the rise and sudden popularity of Korean and Chinese Anime. I thought why don’t we shine some light on other Korean and Chinese Animation many people do not know about. Most might not be of the same quality as Kings Avatar, but they are series that one should check out nonetheless.
Now let’s run down Korean and Chinese animation worth checking out
let’s start out with the animation/movie that is fairly new.
1. Da Yu Hai Tang (Big Fish & Begonia)
A Chinese-Korean Fantasy Movie that aired last year, 2016 in China last year. Animated and worked on by B&T Studio and the South Korean animation studio, Studio Mir. The studio best known in the west as the studio that animated the Legend of Korra series and the current Netflix animated series, Voltron: Legendary Defender.
Big Fish & Begonia is a wonderful and visually appealing movie one can’t really hate. It’s Ghibli inspired art style and vibrant/smooth animation and wonderful cast of characters. It’s a series many anime watchers would surely enjoy.
In an old mythical world, there reside spirit-like beings who oversee the natural order of the mortal realm. One of them, a young girl named Chun, has just come of age and must undergo her rite of passage by experiencing the human world for herself. While there, she is caught in a fishing net during a storm and then rescued by a human boy.
However, the boy ends up drowning during the incident, and Chun returns to her realm full of guilt. Afterwards, she meets the Soul Keeper and decides to revive the boy in exchange for a part of her lifespan. Little does she know, meddling with the natural order of the world has severe consequences.
Da Yu Hai Tang is a story about sacrifice and redemption as Chun comes to terms with the limitations of her powers and deals with death, love, and her own emotions. She must decide if she will sacrifice everything to save the human boy or forsake her moral obligation for the order of the world.[source]
Big Fish & Begonia Official Music Video
2. Rakshasa Street (Zhen Hun Jie)
Rakshasa Street Based on the Chinese Manhua that started in 2010.
A tale of two brothers and an unlucky girl dragged into the supernatural world that co-exists in between the human and spirit world. The story seems simple at first but there is way more to it then one would think.
When it comes to animation the series is sadly lacking with its focus on CGI in action focused parts. But what comes with bad CGI animation come’s a really interesting story which goes into detail about the characters showing 2 different stories from the characters future and the past and how they connect in the current timeline making you truly care about characters.
If you can look past the bad CGI. It is a series anime fans will like, A series truly worth checking out.
Requiem Street, where evil spirits are attracted to in order to destroy them. A place where spirits and humans co-exist, not all humans can enter Requiem Street. Only those rare-soul users with guardian spirits can enter.
3. Fox Spirit Matchmaker
If there is one thing I need to make clear about this series immediately, It’s the fact that this is a BIG and somewhat long-running series, Fox Spirit Matchmaker is based on a Manhua, That received an animation adaption back in 2015. I know that ain’t long ago, So how possible is this series big and long?
Well since 2015 the series has been constantly getting brand-new seasons and it looks like there is no end in sight for all its adaptations, The series has 5 complete seasons and season 6 is currently ongoing. So if you want to start this series you’ll have to prepare a lot of time for it, So you can sit down and watch it all. And it is worth your time. The series is really fun striking a good balance out downright stupid comedy and drama with a real nice Main character and a good bunch of side characters. Don’t expect a 10/10 story series when watching this. Just go in relax and enjoy the antics of all the characters. It’s really fun to watch.
In Eastern History, humans and spirits exist in this world. Fox spirits have long acted as matchmakers, holding a prestigious position among spirits. In this story, the lives of a fox spirit and a man who have both rejected the idea of true love become intertwined, and their exciting adventure begins.
4. Spirit Blade Mountain (Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage)
Reikenzan is based on a Chinese web novel titled Cong Qian You Zuo Ling Jian Shan (Once Upon a Time There Was a Spirit-Sword Mountain). It was adapted by a Japanese Studio, Studio Deen so the series does have a Japanese dub and 2 completed seasons. This series a pretty good fantasy series. Sadly it went pretty under the radar when it was released, Winter 2016 mainly because it was a season of heavy hitters, ERASED, KonoSuba, Assassination Classroom 2n Season, Durarara!!x2, Grimgar and that’s just mentioning a few. So a poor Chinese web novel anime stood no chance and was pretty much overshadowed by all the big anime.
Other than the series going completely under the radar. It’s a pretty good series and something worth checking out considering both seasons are done airing now with no plans for a 3rd season. So jumping into it right now is a good time
Long ago in the nine provinces of Kyushu, a calamitous event was prophesied to take place: falling comets would exhaust the spiritual energies of both the heavens and the lands and thus bring about an age of chaos upon the world. But contrary to the prophecy, the comets passed by with no calamity taking place. At the same time, as if touched by the phenomenon, a boy was born in a remote village of the Sokei region by the name of Ouriku.
Twelve years later, as the memories of the event have faded from people’s minds, the Reikenzan clan—one of the five supreme sects of the nine provinces—decides to hold an examination in order to gather the most talented individuals fit to become disciples and eventually sages. Hearing about this news, Ouriku and his servant Ouchou head toward the site, unaware that the organizer Oubu, despite her elegant appearance, is infamous for being extremely irresponsible and carefree; hence, making the trials in the examination unpredictable.
5.Chu Feng: B.E.E
Okay got to be clear here, Chu Feng: B.E.E is the weakest animation on this list. It’s not great….but I do think it’s worth a watch. It has an interesting world setting and it’s not really that bad, though the characters are not really memorable, Also like Reikenza it’s a Korean and Chinese Animation, series that actually has a Japanese Dub. So if you can’t watch the Korean or Chinese voices. You can actually watch it in Japanese. Which is a plus for many anime fans. Since Korean and Chinese voices will be hard to get used to for some.
In XX AD, a new generation of arms race is emerging. “Vanguards” are the new type of weapons being used on the battlefield. Liu Li is a Vanguard that is about to retire. In her last 380 days she receives her final mission…
And there you have it. 5 Korean and Chinese Animation anime fans should check out.
I wanted to add allot more but decided to hold back a bit. Since I to am somewhat new to watching Korean and Chinese Animation. So I only mentioned the few I recently completed and think are worth checking out. I want to watch allot more of them and gain more experience before I decide to make another list.
The Korean and Chinese Animation world is an untouched and untamed new world for a Japanese anime fan. It is something exciting to think about. Knowing there are so many new animations waiting to be found in an animation base that is not only focused on Japanese Animation.
I truly look forward to jumping into this new world. And so should any Japanese anime fan.