Bilibili announced 49 Chinese anime series line-ups as well as the latest progress of The Three-Body Problem animated series at its annual event ANIME MADE BY BILIBILI 2022-2023, showcasing Bilibili’s new initiatives in the Chinese anime sector.
As its principal producer and financier, Bilibili officially announced that The Three-Body Problem animated series is scheduled to make its global debut in China on December 3rd, 2022. The series is adapted from Liu Cixin’s titular Hugo Award-winning sci-fi trilogy and co-presented by top sci-fi company The Three-Body Universe and top animation studio YHKT Entertainment. Since the announcement of the project in 2019, it has prompted widespread discussion across sci-fi and anime communities.
As one of the most influential sci-fi novel series of the past twenty years, The Three-Body Problem trilogy broke language and cultural barriers and inspired millions of readers globally. Preceding the launch of The Three-Body Problem animated series; there have been many excellent fan creations.
At this year’s ANIME MADE BY BILIBILI, the company also collaborated with The Three-Body Universe, the rights holder of the Three-Body IP, to launch the Three-Body Global Creator Project. The Project invites top animation creators across the world to explore the IP in their own unique vision and aims at presenting to global audience a wide variety of art styles and the infinite potential of Three-Body animation.
Other anime series announced at the event include Link Click Season 2, a story of two friends using extraordinary powers to grant people’s wishes which has proven popular among overseas audiences. Link Click achieved a ranking of #20 on MyAnimeList, the world’s top online anime community and database.
The new season of The Daily Life of the Immortal King and A Record of Mortal’s Journey to Immortality, both of which cover action, adventure and eastern fantasy genres, will also be released on Bilibili. Each title has won accolades since the launch of the first season across Southeast Asia.
Chinese anime has achieved a high level of recognition internationally. Over 70 Chinese anime titles have been launched on Bilibili for the audience in Southeast Asia and have garnered more than 98 million views since the end of 2020.
On overseas social media, #DongHua, the Chinese word for anime, has begun to distinguish itself from #Anime and is starting to become a popular hashtag that global audiences are following and discussing. Global platforms are actively introducing Chinese anime titles and 24 series from Bilibili are already available to audiences around the world. As a platform with a global perspective, Bilibili is also promoting its overseas production capacity by cooperating with overseas production companies on animation projects.
Outstanding overseas animation production companies such as RED DOG CULTURAL HOUSE and CMC MEDIA have participated in the production of Bilibili’s anime title Fairies Album and other original productions. The Bilibili made Face on Lie Season 1, based on a South Korean comic, was launched in April and is an example of Bilibili’s IP expansion capability in overseas markets.
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