China has a bit of a stigma in the anime industry. Even though it tries to replicate the style of anime, most in the community would never consider them an equal to Japan.
However, a new Chinese “anime” called The King’s Avatar is looking to change that.
The anime is being made by Tencent, which owns Riot Games, creators of League of Legends. Tencent also owns several other video game companies including Crossfire and Dungeon Fighter Online, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about professional gaming.
They also seem to know something about art, because the visuals for this anime look amazing judging by its trailer.
The anime will be following the Chinese novel of the same name, following former professional gamer Ye Xui as he reenters the game “Glory” to take himself back to the top of the ladder.
The aesthetics look similar to that of ufotable, which is definitely a plus. What’s also a plus is that we’re finally getting a show about professional gaming, which is a topic not many anime tackle.
Some people say they find the Chinese language jarring, and I’d agree with them. Hopefully, the show can come over dubbed, although just watching it for the fight scenes might be good enough on its own.
The King’s Avatar is set to premiere in 2017.