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Chinese animation has come a long way from Little Nezha (1979). We now see stuff like Fire Ball: Journey to the West (2005), and Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils (2008). Or even the wonderful 2nd Life (2008) short from L-Key Animation.

                                                                                                                                        Little Nezha (1979)    

Chinese animation seems to perpetually revisit the same Monkey King centric themes, if it isn't another re-invention of Journey to the West, then it's some variation on the 108 Heroes from the Water Margin, a modern take on the Superiormen of Fengshin Yanyi, yet another version of the Ten Brothers legend, or some other beaten to death Wuxia story.


                                                                                                                        Fire Ball:Journey to the West (2005)   

                                                                                                                       Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils (2008)

                                                                                                                                           2nd Life (2008)

And of course what feature on chinese animation would be complete without Legend 333 (2010) from Vasoon Animation, the guys who are also bringing us Ksitigarbha, and Deity Hunters.


                                                                                                                                        Legend 333 (2010)

I'm keeping my eyes open, for any new and interesting bits of animation from Asia. I'm still waiting for India to step up to the plate in a meaningful way. And no India, Koochie Koochie Hota Hain does not count, I get douche chills every time I see that trailer. It's Roadside Romeo all over again. Make more references to shitty obscure Bollywood actors why don't you.

Manhua is what the Chinese call their brand of manga, bring it together with Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation, and you get Manhuanimation. They come together like Voltron!

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