Anime are called “Donghua” in Chinese. Donghua may use Japanese anime elements in their animations, but they add up their cultural meanings and folklore to create their unique way of anime style. But Chinese anime isn’t popular as Japanese anime still there are some hidden gems in the anime world, and here we have brought out some of the “Best Chinese anime or best Donghua” to check out. You can watch them from websites like Kurnia (Do select the video with English Subs).
Best Chinese Anime or Best Donghua
43. To Be Hero
Handsome, divorced and with a teen daughter living with him, our hero is a “bad father” who works as a toilet seat designer. One day, as he was in the toilet, he founds himself sucked into the toilet seat and he is given the important task to save the planet. The price for being a super hero is quite huge: This Good-looking guy is transformed into an Ugly Dude…with Super Power! To protect the Earth and his daughter Min, his fight is about to begin
42.Who Made Me a Princess
The story followers a girl who was reincarnated in the body of Athanasia, who was killed at the hands of her own biological father, Not wanting to suffer the same fate as the original story, the mc plans out how to survive and avoid the fate of dying by the hands of her own father
Genres: Drama, Supernatural
A supernatural story follows, Lu Guang and Cheng Xiaoshi, who has special abilities that allow them to enter photos, They own a small shop called “Time Photo Studio,” operating as usual. In order to fulfill customers’ requests, Lu Guang and Cheng Xiaoshi work together to enter photos but things don’t go as planned.
40. Wu Geng Ji
Genre– Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Josei, Martial Arts, Mature, Romance, Shoujo, Xianxia
This donghua is Adapted from the Feng Shen Ji manhua, which focused on the battle between Gods, man, and the dark ones. Zi Zhou, who is the emperor of the Great Shang Dynasty is in power for many years. But he, despite the god, declares that he will no longer accept the Heavens’ tyranny. This triggers God’s wrath, but soon the emperor Wu Jifa of the neighboring land declares the crushed against the Shang Dynasty.
Now Zi Zhou breaks through the enemy ranks and makes his way to Jifa. But suddenly, God appears in the war, falling from the sky. To make out a personal deal with Zhou after the troubles he made.
39. Huyao Xiao Hongniang
Genre– Action, Fantasy, Romance
Isn’t it beautiful not caring the one you love is a human or a spirit?. In a world where you can freely fall in love without caring about your partner spirit or a human and coexist peacefully. But the only drawback is that the spirit’s life expectancy is being far from the human’s; one can only see their loved one dying before them. Humans, when they reborn, they don’t have any memories of their past. However, a fox spirit matchmaker found a solution she gives a service it contains “revive of precious memories.” when spirits lose their lover, they can purchase the service. They could attempt to regain their former lover’s memories and spread love.
38. Under One Person (Hitori no Shita: The Outcast)
Genre– Action, Fantasy, Comedy
One day, Chou Soran, a college student, gets caught up in unpredictable incidents in a small village while visiting his grandfather’s grave. He encountered some zombies while walking through the graveyard to pay a visit to his grandfather. On top of that, he met a mysterious girl wielding her knife and leads him to a confrontation with the zombie.
After successfully fending off the zombie, he again encounters her and learns her name is Fu Hoho. Later he gets to know the martial art technique he learned from his grandfather, known as the Kitaigen technique. Soran tries to find his grandfather’s real history, which is sought after by many martial arts groups with ulterior motives. Under one Person is a collaboration between Japanese and Chinese animation; its Chinese name is Yi Ren Zhi Xia. The story is trying really hard to be original and unique.
37. Throne of Elves
Genre– Adventure, Fantasy
Altera is a mythical realm, it is a wedding of the Elf Queen Mayre, and Liya is excited to invite Little Fish. Mayre has granted Liya to be elf king, but Liya’s brother Disapproved. In the land of the old great battle where the spirits of many slain elves lurk, Meyla, a sister of Queen, is a dark elf trying to control the power of the dark stone of death. She resurrected them as her soldiers and crashed the wedding ceremony. Meyla kidnaps her sister and asks for the gem that holds the absolute power from elves and elvish map in exchange. Knowing this, Fish and his group assist the elves is on the adventure to discover the meaning of life and sacrifice.
36. Spirit Blade Mountain
Genre– Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Comedy, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen
When a new age begins, the Spirit Blade Clan holds an elaborate exam searching for new disciples. Our protagonist’s name is Wang Lu, aka Ouriku, who possesses a special soul that only appears once in a thousand years. Wang Lu, a genius, sharp, and clever boy perfect to be a protagonist with a rare spirit, aims to be a disciple of the Spirit Blade Clan. Though he encounters many obstacles, Wang Lu is not afraid to face them and is ready to take on any challenge. On his long journey to these trials become a powerful sage.
35. Xue Ying Ling Zhu
Genre– Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance, Martial Arts, Fantasy
Lord Xue Ying, a Great cultivator in the Tranquil Sun province of the empire. Not everyone knows that he is young and good looking but thinks he is a mad cultivator because no one ever saw him for real. His father was a commoner who turned noble. His mother, a noblewoman, had to abound her family for love. But the peaceful world of Xue Ying had changed when his parents left him, and his toddler brother alone, the only way left for him is to become the most powerful cultivator. Later with his brother Qing Shi as his loyal companions, They travel through the world doing chivalrous deeds. A wild adventure to become a transcendent knight and save his parents.
34. Ling Yu
Genre– Fantasy, Cultivation
In the world of Ling Yu(translated as Spiritual Field), there is a continent named Chilan, where warriors and their spirit weapons are classified into different levels. Families and clans are important matters. They follow a strict hierarchy. Human warriors are under the Xuantian Union’s leadership, and the Evil Clan has been engaged in brutal fights on Nether Battlefield for hundreds of years. Qin Lie, a young man from Ling Town, together with Ling Yushi and Gao Yu, whom he had grown up with, was commanded to help the Xuantian Union in the conquest of the Soul-devouring Beast. Qin Lie’s powers hiding in his veins are awaking to protect his friends and save the one he loves.
33. Ze Tian Ji
Genre– Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In three thousand worlds full of Gods and Demons, one can control the whole world with a scroll in hand. At the beginning of time, a mythical meteor came in touch with this world and destroyed and scattered it worldwide. A piece of it landed in the Eastern continent. People of the Eastern Continent gradually discovered the way to use that meteor and established a tradition. Several thousand years later. Chen Chang Shang, a fourteen-year-old orphan, left his master to cure his illness and change his fate. There where he started his journey and brought a piece of marriage vow with him to the capital.
32. Tong Ling Fei/ Psychic Princess
Genre– Comedy, Historical, Drama, Romance
Psychic Princess, this story follows a strong female protagonist, Qian Yunxi. She is the eldest daughter of the Prime Minister Mansion had supernatural energy since her childhood, and she was kept in Ling Yun mountain because she was considered an ominous girl. On the other hand, the male protagonist, Lord Ye, is a cold and dominating personality. Qian Yunxi, when she was 16, substituted her younger sister and got married to Lord Ye. The dynamic characters between these two turn out to be very powerful and gradually started to have a soft side for each other. So far, they started building their relationship and romantic life.
31. Lu Shidai (Lu’s Time)
Genre– Action, Game, Adventure, Comedy, Parody
Lu Shidai is a fanmade donghua series also known as Era of League created by Penta Show Studio. It’s a story of a young boy Zhiquiang and his friends who love playing popular MOBA games. He and his friends form a rank team named KYA to tackle national competitions.
30. Wo De Ni Tian Shen Qi
Genre- Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
Chang tian is a student who loves sinology unintentionally invokes an artifact called Xiao Bai while being attack by some other spirit warrior. After this, he encounters many other battlefields, where he fight with several other people like him. Wo De Ni Tian Shen Qi is an excellent Chinese anime, undoubtedly. The sound effect and the animation style have excellent standards. It will surely not disappoint you.
29. Shi Xiong (Zombie Brother)
Genre– Action, Comedy, Horror
There is a dangerous virus spread through the water supply line in a city, which makes people zombies. Our protagonist unprecedented crisis Now, he has to survive and try to find normal people and meet up with his girlfriend, Wei. People are becoming zombies one by one, devouring each other or maybe themselves and gradually evolving.
28. Heibai Wushang
Genre– Action, Comedy, Supernatural
In this donghua to keep the balance of the world’s spirit field. After human’s death, their spirits should be collected and took back to Fengdu City and redistributed. There are worries. Those known as Black and White worries are responsible for the spirit hunt work. Meanwhile, the main protagonists are two young demon siblings who always slack off at work and never completed any mission but want to be the most powerful worries.
27. Xie Wang Zhui Qi
Genre– Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Cultivation, Isekai, Martial Arts, Xianxia
A vicious assassin from the 21st century got stabbed by her friend and has reincarnated into Su Manor’s most useless good for nothing Fourth Miss. She then became the concubine of the Jin Empire’s imperial highness and had his favor. But he is known to be an emotionless overbearing demonic tyrant with unrivaled talents. Somehow he has a soft side for her when everyone knew that she was idiotic and good for nothing highness and bullied her as they pleased. He wouldn’t let go of her even if it cost his life.
26. Wan Jie Shen Zhu
Ye Chen is an ancient God, had fallen from the world of the Gods into a heavenly and peaceful world. In this world, hundreds of thousands of people and countries are trying to dominate the hegemony. In this world, Ye Chen has established great strength in hundreds of years. Moreover, his existence has become a legend. The power of Gods’ world slowly extends into this world, beginning one of the cruelest battles.
25. Shao Nian Ge Xing
Genre– Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Shao Nian Ge Xing, also known as “Great Journey of Teenagers,” has two main protagonists Lei Wu Jie and Xiao Se. They met in Xiao Se’s inn, where some bandits came to his inn as well. Lei Wu Jie trying to help Xiao Se but instead destroyed his inn and now indebted to him for his property damage. This begins our main protagonists’ journey to Xue Yue City, hoping to get the debt money from the well known Jiang Nan Lei family. Along in the journey, they got ambushed by multiple assassins that were after the golden coffin.
24. Wangpai Yushi
Genre– Action, Comedy, Fantasy, School, Shounen, Supernatural
There was a time when sunrise humans rise and demons rest. When night falls, demons rise, and humans rest. However, when human civilization developed, humans took over the night, causing the furious rebel. An organization rises named “The Department of the night,” the guidance which has supernatural abilities. They are the mediator between humans and demons to maintain peace and protect humans from demons. This donghua is unexpectedly funny. There is not much going with the effects, just casual animation not so good, not so bad. Character development is somehow the same because the main protagonist is already powerful and genius. But this doesn’t make this anime low for not to watch. You can give it a try.
23. Hua Jianghu Zhi Ling Zhu
Genre– Action, Historical, Drama, Martial Arts, Fantasy
In a world where there are two kinds of people lives: ordinary people who work for livings, and the undead who work for the dead. Those who are undead, their lives dedicated to fulfilling the last wishes of ghosts who died with regrets. As for Baili Dengfeng, our protagonist has the only destiny to find his wife, his long lost wife, Ruyan. During his quest to find his wife, he met Jia Xuan and made acquaintance. After a series of events, he got to know about Spirit Masters and Spirit Slaves’ existence and get a chance to be in touch with a mystical organization named “Spirits Expelling Order.” There are so many mysteries that exist and being unveiled during his journey, and some more truth he would rather not face the whole of it.
22. Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Genre– Adventure, Historical, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Fantasy
The Monkey King is originally is a Chinese legendary figure. He is known for his mischief. Once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, But as for his mischief personality, he defied the Gods and made them angry. After that, he was sent to a prison inside the ice cage deep within the mountains. Five hundred years later, there was a monster’s attack in a small village, and a child to save himself flees to the mountains. Accidently, the child released the Monkey King from his curse, but even after breaking his curse, he couldn’t use his powers fully. Then with the help of that kid, he broke his curse and defeated the evil monsters.
21. The Silver Guardian
Genre– Adventure, Fantasy
This is an amazing gaming based Chinese anime. Riku Suigin, a High school student and an intense gamer, is a pro-level gamer. The heroine, Riku Rei, is known as the most beautiful girl in the school and loves video games. Suigin, after knowing his favorite game gonna shut down soon, makes his heartbreak, but he received a new game from Rei to replace Dungeon Century. But after receiving a device to play a net game called “Grave Buster,” Rei suddenly disappeared, and Suigin also sucked into the game to save her.
20. Guomin Laogong Dai Huijia
Genre– Drama, Romance, School
Guomin Laogong Dai Huijia is very sweet and sour donghua by the genre it may seem simple. But, something that makes this story plot harder is when both protagonists were in love with each other, but no one was ready to admit it.
Afraid of losing each other, no one actually admitted to being in love. They got married, assuming it is out of their choice. So Qiao An Hao made three rules against Lu Jin Nian regarding their marriage. One, he isn’t allowed to touch her. Two, he isn’t allowed to announce they both are married. Three, he is not allowed to say that they are living together.
The rules that So Qiao An made lead their relationship into one more step harder. It wasn’t enough that when by the time, mustered up enough courage and self-esteem, something or someone come up to make them be apart from each other, it’s more like fate is against their favors.
19. Duan Nao (Die Now)
Genre– Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Die now is a very technical Chinese anime and very unique in its way. To see this anime, you must know “what is Cerebrum or Telencephalon?”. The story takes place somewhere in the future. Here the word cerebrum is somehow the surface meaning of the actual meaning. In the story, it is to describe the conflict of the cosmos structure of the huge system that is called Telecephalon Cosmo. The story begins with a mysterious murder; later, it progresses to reveal the entire universe’s secret. Ranging from horrifying conspiracies to galaxy wars, from anti-human betrayals to honorable sacrifices.
18. Lan Mo De Hua (Lan Mo’s Flower)
Genre– Magic, Romance, School
Lan mo is a greedy and tomboy girl who is hardly anyone’s ideal girl. Still, suddenly she revived a magical clip from a mysterious trinket shop that disappeared another day. That magical clip helps her to transform herself into a beautiful and feminine young lady. Hoping someone may finally be able to catch the eye of her childhood friend and her crush, Liu Yi Feng.
17. Jie Mo Ren
Genre– Action, Mystery, Supernatural, Fantasy
Zhou Xiaon, a college freshman, unknowingly puts on a ring of unknown origin from the Shang Dynasty and spits out a blood demon from his mouth. That blood demon calls itself King Zhou of Shang, a race of heart-eating zombies. There is a secret hidden in human history that is unveiled.
16. Shuangsheng Lingtan
Genre– Mystery, Psychological
Sun Xiaotu and Sun Xiaohu The twin brothers’ motto is, “there is always more to the world that meets the eyes.” They both live their life as paranormal investigators, where what may be terrifying to some is just another day of work. Normally, they put their daily lives separately, and when they go to investigate, they are typical hunting pairs of twins.
The further the brothers search for answers to the paranormal mysteries thrown at them, the hazier the lines between truth and fiction become.
15. Tales of exorcism
Genre– Action, Demon, Fantasy
Hua Jiu is on the adventure at her she often mistook to be a man because of her tomboy appearance and personality. In her adventure, she met ‘evil spirit’ Seven Lord and forced him to be her spirit servant when he was having cleansing spirits. Then they went on an adventure together ranting each other and cleansing spirits. However, Hua Jiu’s while cleansing spirits she made some major enemies and they started to insidious revenge at the same time.
This Chinese anime is somehow adorable in its way the character build and the story lines, the only disappointment is the episode is very small to satisfy you enough.
14. Big Fish & Begonia
Genre– Adventure, Supernatural, Drama, Romance
Big Fish & Begonia is a very beautiful Chinese anime movie about sacrifice and redemption. The story takes place in a mythical realm that exists beneath the human world. It’s a place where magical-powers beings lives, a girl named Chun participates in a coming of age ritual where she goes to the human world through the portal of water to experience the human world in the form of a red dolphin. You will see Chun dealing with death, love, and her own emotions in every way. Because of the plot, art, and character-building, everything makes it perfect it is one of the must-watch Chinese anime.
13. Luo Xiao Hei Zhan Ji
Genre– Comedy, Supernatural
This Donghua is a hidden gem of Chinese folktales, and the story began on a rainy night. A human girl named Luo Xiaobai brought a little cat home, thinking that it is a homeless cat. She named that car Luo Xiao Hei. However, the cat she brought in is no ordinary cat, an elfin and a supernatural entity that hosts several small creatures called Heixiu. As the day passes, their everyday life slowly reveals the spiritual world around them.
This Donghua is very charming but short anime still you can give it a try.
12. The Daily Life of the Immortal King
Genre– Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Cultivation, School Life
Wang Ling, a born genius cultivator with his uncontrollable amount of powers, has achieved a new realm every two years since he was a year old. Now that he is 16 years old in senior High School, he and his family are trying to hide his actual powers. He is trying his best to be low-key, and but with one challenge after another, he is having a hard time hiding his powers.
This Chinese anime unexpectedly have amazing animation and effects. Talking about the characters, the male protagonist is overpowered without even trying hard but not arrogant gives it a charm.
11. Rakshasa Street
Genre– Action, Shounen, Supernatural
Rakshasa Street is also known as Requiem Street, and it is said that it attracts evil spirits to destroy them. A place where spirits and humans do co-exist, but not all humans can enter Rakshasa Street. Some soul users exist, only those can enter there, and they are called Rare-Soul users with the Guardian Spirits. For thousands of years, Rakshasa Street was peacefully protected by the Cao family.
They protect the street so that the spirits do not interfere with the human world. But one day, General Cao and his wife left because of some instruction and never came back. Young Cao Bing and his younger brother Cao Xuan Ling were left behind, our two male protagonists. Xia Ling is our female protagonist. She was a normal university intern, but a meeting by chance with these brothers her ordinary life. She was uninvited to the street, and the two brothers were at the crisis to protect the legacy.
Genre– Action, Comedy, Magic, Shounen Ai, Supernatural
You Keika is the name of the main protagonist of this Chinese anime. He has very low luck after a series of unfortunate events. He is a part-timer to bring himself out of a poverty life. Once he encountered a man in white hair in a junkyard and discovered that You died in an accident and became a spirit. After that, the man he had encountered, turn out to be the 13th Youmeshi of the Tanmoki. The highest-ranking exorcist family of China name Tanmoku Ki. He offers You the opportunity to form a pact with him as to become his spirit shadow. Keeping him safe and guarded all the time instead, he will give You protection from humans.
09. Wu Geng Ji
Genre– Action, Historical, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Fantasy
This donghua is adapted from the Feng Shen Ji manhua, which focused on the battle between Gods and Men and Dark Ones. Zi Zhou, who is the emperor of the Great Shang Dynasty is in power for many years. But he, despite the god, declares that he will no longer accept the Heavens’ tyranny. This triggers God’s wrath, but soon the emperor Wu Jifa of the neighboring land declares the crushed against the Shang Dynasty. Now Zi Zhou breaks through the enemy ranks and makes his way to Jifa. But suddenly, God appears in the war, falling from the sky. To make out a personal deal with Zhou after the troubles he caused.
08. Wu Dong Qian Kun/ Martial Movement Upheaval
Genre– Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Martial Arts, Xuanhuan
Martial movement Upheaval in the story of Ling Dong, who is a descendant of the Lin Clan. This story takes place in the Great Yan Empire, a fictional world dominated by stronger people. It mainly focuses on self-cultivation, control over Ying and Yang, Path to Nirvana, Mastery over life and death, and Power over Reincarnation. Ling Dong lost all of his cultivation and even the capability of cultivating again after losing in the tournament. Dishonor of his father spends his childhood being bullied by his cousins and no one to teach the cultivation method. Until one day, he found a stone that started to change his life.
07. Xing Chen Bian/ Stellar Transformation
Genre– Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance, Martial Arts, Fantasy
Prince Qin Yu was not estimated to have a significant role in the kingdom. Which made the king worried about his son, so he sends Qin Yu to his grandfather Lian to mentor him in all ways. He has been training hard for years, and now he becomes a martial arts disciple though decent at best. When he was training alone in the mountains, he found a fallen meteor stone that merges with his body. This enables him to learn the internal arts with his newly found talent; Qin Yu can finally be used to his father and their kingdom. However, having the mysterious meteor stone has some limitations and setbacks.
06. Doupo Cangqiong (Battle Through the Heavens)
Genre– Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance
In Doupo Cangqiong, there is a continent Dou-Qi where there is no kind of magic. There they use Dou-Qi as the main source of energy. People here do cultivate and do the practice of Dou-Qi to reach its peak. In a land of alluring treasure and beauty, yet also filled with danger. It is the land where the strong make the rules, and the weak have to follow the rules. Once known as genius Xiao Yan has shown no talent because of some reason in decades that he suddenly lost three years ago.
Genre– Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Shounen
This series is also known as Tales of Demons and Gods or Demon Gods. The main protagonist’s name is Nie Li. He is known to be one of the strongest Demon spiritists in his past life; he is standing at the martial world’s peak. But lost his life during the battle with Sage Emperor and the six deities rank beast. But he went to his past self at his 13-year-old age. He was the weakest in his class, with the lowest talent only at the red soul realm. Still, he again emerged his powers from previous life knowledge in no time.
The best thing about this Chinese anime is maybe they only have around 7 min story per episode, but there isn’t much unnecessary content that makes the story longer but very straight to the point. The main protagonist is very overpowered. He knows what he is doing; after all, it is his same life again.
04. Quanzhi Fashi (Versatile Mage)
Genre– Action, Fantasy, Magic, School
Unlike other Chinese anime, the protagonist of this donghua might be aloof. He is a high schooler Mo Fan has found himself in a universe similar yet distinctly different from his mundane one. Suddenly his regular school becomes a mythical school where teachers are the magician and encourage a mighty magician. In his world of advanced science changed into praised magic, everything seems to change. But his ambitions and his social status remain the same, A struggling father and a disabled step sister that couldn’t walk. However, Mo Fan found that when most people could only practice a single significant magic element, he was a Versatile Mage.
03. Douluo Dalu
Genre– Action, Adventure, Cultivation, Spirit beasts, Fantasy
Douluo Dalu, also known as Soul Land it is a 3D Chinese anime. It follows Tian San, who has spent his life in the Tang Outer Sect. Also, the most prestigious disciples and dedicated to the creation and mastery of hidden weapons. But once, he stole lore of the Inner Sect to reach the pinnacle of his art. The only way he had to escape was to jump off the peak, but little did he knew he would not die; his existence will still be there. After that, when he opens his eyes, he reincarnated into a different world called “Douluo Dalu.”
The point that makes this Donghua above from other Donghua because of the combat scenes. The combats’ choreography is really amazing probably, and they are the best combat scene from all other Chinese anime.
02. The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
Genre– Action, Adventure, BL, Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Shounen Ai, Ancient China, Martial Arts, Supernatural
Who hasn’t heard about this anime, The Grandmaster of demonic cultivation? This Chinese anime has a massive fan base because of the art style and the two main protagonists, not also that the antagonists also have amazing visuals. Wei Wuxian is one of your protagonists in this story whose intelligence and strength lie more in his ability, making him invent new spiritual techniques and inventions not defined by conventional cultivation methods. He becomes the former disciple of the Yunmeng Jiang Sect and later created the demonic path, thus earning him the Yiling Patriarch title. Lan Wangji is the other protagonist and Wei Wuxian’s lover. Also, his partner travels together with him throughout China to solve a curious case of powerful walking corps and, along the way, manages to clear his name.
01. The King’s Avatar
Genre– Action, Gaming, Competitions
“The King’s Avatar” you must have heard it if you are into Chinese anime/drama/light novels. The protagonist’s name is Ye Xiu, a legendary player but was forced to retire from his e-sport team. But it never stopped him from doing what he loves; he started working at a cafe named “Happy Cafe,” there, he created a new character once again to battle it out in Glory, a popular online multiplayer game. He created a new team and named “Happy” after the cafe’s name itself.
If you watch the anime, there are 2 seasons, the story itself is exciting. As I mentioned above, it has drama and the light novel also you can give it a try. The storylines and the plot will surely not disappoint you with the beautiful art style and beautiful effects.
I hope you have liked this list of best Chinese anime or best Donghua. Do let us know if you think we have missed any! (sociobits.org)