Anime is a Japanese word that means “animation.” If we take the word literally, every country has its own anime. When we hear the word “anime,” we immediately think of Japan. There are, however, animes produced in other countries that are just as good and deserve to be recognized.
Donghua, also known as “Chinese anime,” has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years and is likely to be an upcoming trend in animation. The term anime refers to the style of art used in Japanese animations. This artwork is bright and colorful.
As the name implies, Chinese anime refers to animations created in China or Chinese adaptations of Manhua or Chinese manga. With multiple manhuas gaining popularity both domestically and internationally, Chinese anime is seeing a massive increase in viewership as well as a significant improvement in animation quality.
Donghuas have managed to incorporate several elements from Japanese anime while also forging their own identity by incorporating rich cultural folklore and meanings, resulting in something truly unique. Donghuas are slowly making their way into mainstream media and are no longer considered a niche.
Here are some of the best Chinese anime ever produced.
1. Soul Land
Tang San is a prestigious Tang Sect martial art clan disciple who is unrivaled in the use of hidden weapons. The sect’s elders have high hopes for Tang’s future, but he chooses to forego this life in order to obtain the sect’s forbidden lore—an action that is punishable by death.
Tang, content with his newfound knowledge, sees no reason to live any longer and leaps from Hell’s Peak, but he has no idea that this is not the end of his story.
The strong rule the Douluo Continent, while the weak perish. Every person has an innate spirit, some of which can be cultivated and strengthened, providing various benefits to the user. Spirit Masters are those who are born with such spirits and are considered one of the continent’s most noble professions.
Tang has only known the life of a blacksmith’s son since his reincarnation into this strange world. He participates in the Spirit Master ceremony at the age of six and learns that his spirit is Blue Silver Grass, the world’s most useless spirit. He, however, possesses a great deal of spirit power. Tang’s future as a Spirit Master is no longer bleak, thanks to the memories of his previous life.
The fight scenes are epic, and the pacing is consistent, if not fast at times, which keeps the viewer from becoming bored.
2. Battle Through the Heavens
The Strong rule the weak on the Great Continent of Combat Qi. When Xiao Yan was just 11 years old, he was a talented genius of the Xiao Sect who suddenly lost all of his talent. Xiao Yan, now a 15-year-old boy, is despised by those who once looked up to him and is about to be expelled from his clan. Adding insult to injury, his fiancee, Na Lan Yan Ran, has requested that their engagement be annulled.
He makes a solemn vow to himself, vowing to no longer be “trash” and to gain the strength to control his own destiny.
Battle Through the Heavens is a complex story of hope and despair about a fallen prodigy who embarks on a perilous journey to gain power and ascend to the peak of Cultivation.
The story begins with serious elements and then progresses to comedic relief. In this story, a young boy learns an important lesson, a harsh but necessary requirement for personal growth.
Battle Through the Heavens is part of a genre that has recently resurfaced. A very specific power ranking system, a strong-willed protagonist, and themes relating to ancient Chinese culture and mythologies, among other things, are all important and distinctive conventions in this genre.
3. The King’s Avatar
Ye Xiu dubbed the “Battle God” for his skills and contributions to the online multiplayer game Glory over the years, is widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the game. When he is forced to leave the team and abandon his gaming career, he finds work at a nearby internet café. When the tenth server of Glory launches, he jumps back into the game with a new character named “Lord Grim.”
Many players, as well as large guilds, are immediately drawn to Ye Xiu’s early achievements on the new server, leading them to wonder who this exceptional player is.
While he has ten years of experience and extensive knowledge, starting from scratch in a game that has evolved over time with no sponsors or team presents numerous challenges. Ye Xiu recommits himself to traversing the path to Glory’s summit with the help of new talented comrades!
This story aims to depict the struggles of a pro gamer in the industry, interpersonal relationships, whether friendship or rivalry and a dash of drama as the man character embarks on his journey back to the top. All of the characters have distinct personalities, motives, and motivations that define who they are. You have a good interplay between the characters, and the dialogues are always amusing.
4. Full-Time Magister
Mo Fan, an aloof high schooler, has discovered himself in a universe that is similar to but distinct from his own; it is a place where magic has replaced the essence of science. The most capable students are taught here to master the wonders of spellworking in order to fend off large, destructive beasts that lurk in the city’s forests.
Even in this universe, he is still the son of a poor laborer and the older step-brother of a crippled sister, as he was in his previous life. Despite these setbacks, he aspires to attend a magic school and become a magician, a highly regarded and lucrative profession, in order to repay his father for his tireless efforts.
Mo Fan gets accepted into a prestigious magic school. However, rumors about his poverty and lack of magical ability spread, making him the school’s laughingstock. Despite this, Mo Fan is able to control both the powerful fire and the rare lightning elements! Exactly what dangers will the multi-talented mage face now that he has dual abilities?
This is a fun short magic anime with a strong and determined hero who wants to make a difference in his and others’ lives. He is an underdog with enormous potential and a collection of rare abilities who, for the most part, keeps his true power hidden from the rest of the world.
5. Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
All cultivators strive to achieve Xian, the state of immortality. However, beneath the surface is a dark energy—the forbidden Mo Dao, or demonic path. During his teachings, cultivator Wei Wuxian experiments with this path after experiencing an unfortunate series of tragedies.
Chaos and destruction mark his rise to power, but his reign of terror is cut short when the cultivation clans overthrow him, and his closest ally kills him.
Having reincarnated in the body of a lunatic, Wei Wuxian is reunited with Lan Wangji, a former classmate, thirteen years later. This is the start of a supernatural mystery that is plaguing the clans and threatening to disrupt their daily lives.
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation follows these two men on their quest to understand the spiritual world’s mysteries. While fighting demons, ghosts, and even other cultivators, the two form an unanticipated bond.
The plot is excellent, and it never becomes tedious. It’s not difficult to understand and follow, even if it’s a little confusing at first.
Despite the fact that some characters may appear to be the same, you can tell them apart. Wei Wuxian is a lot of fun to watch because he’s a troublemaker who likes to tease people and isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.
6. Rakshasa Street
Requiem Street is a street where evil spirits are drawn to be destroyed. Requiem Street is a place where spirits and humans coexist, but not all humans are allowed to enter. Only rare-soul users with guardian spirits are permitted to enter. Xia Ling was a typical university intern until a chance encounter changes her life.
Can you work together with your guardian spirit to survive in this world full of evil spirits?
The story is actually split into two timelines about the same characters, one in the present and the other in the past, which tells their backstories. They switch between episodes, starting in the present in Episode 1 and moving to the past in Episode 2, and so on.
The story is set up in such a way that as you watch the episodes in order, you’ll learn important details about the present or past, which is why it alternates between present and past rather than showing each timeline in its entirety.
The backstory is darker in tone, has more thrills, and frequently leaves you wondering how they got from there to now. The current timeline features more comedic relief, as well as more shounen action. Ultimately, both timelines merge at the end of the story, culminating in an amazing revelation that beautifully wraps up the story.
The story and characters are the driving forces behind the success of this anime.
7. Psychic Princess
When the emperor arranges Qian Yunshang’s marriage to Ye Youming, she is terrified that the bad blood between their families will result in her being mistreated in the Ye household. Qian Aotian, torn between duty and concern for his daughter, devises a risky plan. He summons his firstborn daughter, whose existence is unknown to everyone except his immediate family, to fill in for her younger sister.
In Qian Yun Xi’s case, she was exiled by her family as a child due to her unusual abilities. She made a life for herself in the wilderness on Mt. Ling Yun, deprived of filial affection. Everything changes, however, when she marries Ye Youming in place of her sister.
Because he despises the Qian family, Ye Youming refuses to acknowledge Qian Yun Xi as his wife and treats her coldly, even expelling her from his palace grounds. But he can only stand up to her innocent charm and boldness for so long.
The comedy in the anime is well-balanced and does not feel forced or over-the-top. Overall, this is a simple anime to relax and enjoy without exerting too much brainpower. This is the anime for you if you want a romantic, action/supernatural anime.
8. The Daily Life of the Immortal King
The cultivation genius who has achieved a new realm every two years since he was a year old, Wang Ling is near-invincible with abilities far beyond his control. But now that he’s sixteen, he’ll have to face his most difficult challenge yet: Senior High School. It appears that his plans for a low-key high school life are slipping as one challenge after another appears.
As a series, this is a lighthearted story about an unusual boy navigating the pitfalls of his new magical high school while trying to keep the secret of who he is safe. But there are some truly emotional moments sprinkled throughout this frequently laugh-out-loud story.
To keep his unfathomable power hidden, Ling has always kept a safe distance from others, and whenever he is called upon to use it, he dampens his immense power. The biggest sources of comedy throughout the series are his attempts to downplay himself socially as well as magically. Despite the fact that Ling has been doing both his entire life, he continues to fail at both.
To summarise, The Daily Life of the Immortal King is a fantastic blend of magical school life, comedy, and action that manages to deliver with a high level of polish while also incorporating enough unique twists on its themes to keep the story feeling fresh.
9. Full-Time Magister 2nd Season
Mo Fan has been given seven days to train in the Underground Holy Spring, where it is said one can greatly enhance their power after defeating Yu Ang at the cost of revealing his lightning element.
Mo Fan’s training is cut short, however, when fierce monsters appear mysteriously all over Bo City, something that shouldn’t be possible considering the city’s border defenses. When an emergency is declared, Mo Fan is tasked with transporting the Underground Holy Spring, which has been concentrated into a small bottle, to a special refuge zone safe from the city’s chaos.
The journey there is long, treacherous, and full of bloodthirsty beasts. To make matters worse, the nefarious Black Order has threatened to halt his progress. Mo Fan must figure out a way to keep the sacred spring from falling into the wrong hands.
They’ve tried to go darker this season, and it has a very apocalyptic feel to it, which is a nice change from the first. The second season takes place over a week or two, whereas the first takes place over several years. The problem is that most of the supporting characters don’t change much from the beginning to the end of the season.
10. Martial Universe
In the Great Yan Empire, strength is the only way to gain respect. The four great clans have always reigned supreme within the Great Yan Empire. Among them, a specific incident in the Lin Clan resulted in the expulsion of a particular individual, who then began his own family in the hopes of being recognized by the Lin Clan and rejoining them one day.
Being the son of a banished Lin Clan family, he watched helplessly as his talented father was easily crushed and crippled by Lin Langtian, the great Lin Clan’s overwhelming genius.
Lin Dong has been driven by a powerful desire to avenge the man who had robbed his family of everything and more since that fateful day, with a father who is in despair, an aged grandfather who is heartbroken, and a grieving family.
Join Lin Dong as he unwittingly discovers a destiny greater than he could ever hope for when he discovers a mysterious stone talisman, armed only with his willpower and determination.
It starts off in the same way that most anime does, with the main character being weak at first and then becoming stronger. The main character must defend and serve his family’s honor, as well as fight stronger villains and overcome a few trials.
11. Stellar Transformation
A child in a galaxy far, far away could not practice internal techniques because he lacked the innate ability. As a result, in order to gain his father’s respect, he decides to take the more difficult and painful route of practicing external techniques. As he matures, a mysterious meteoric crystal stone known as the Meteoric Tear has the greatest impact on his life.
The stone fuses with the young man’s body unnoticeably, and he appears to undergo drastic transformations as a result. Everything changes after that. Eventually, his father realizes that the son for whom he hasn’t shown much regard possesses extraordinary abilities. There’s still a lot more to come.
This is a fantastic anime with a backstory that takes place during China’s first dynasty, the Qin. This is a story that incorporates both fiction and nonfiction elements. The first season is mostly made up of historical events. However, some changes have been made to fit the story of Yu Qin, a mythic legend. This has its origins in Chinese epics like Xi You Ji.
This is a fantastic Chinese anime that follows Yu Qin’s development as he strives to become a god through a series of trials and tribulations.
12. Tales of Demons & Gods
In his previous life, despite being too weak to defend his home when it mattered, Nie Li became the most powerful Demon Spiritist and reached the summit of the martial arts world through sheer determination. As a result of the battle with the Sage Emperor and six deity-rank beasts, however, he died.
His soul was then transported back in time to when he was 13 years old. Despite being the weakest in his class with the lowest talent, having only a weak red soul realm, he decided to train faster than anyone could expect with his vast knowledge from his previous life. He also decided to assist those who had died nobly in his previous life in their training.
He wants to save the city from being destroyed by demon beasts in the future. He wants to protect his lover, friends, family, and fellow citizens who died during or after the beast attack. In his previous life, he aimed to destroy the so-called Sacred family, who arrogantly abandoned their duty and betrayed the city.
Nobility looking down on commoners in Chinese texts is popular, and this is no exception. The storyline and character development go hand in hand.
You Keika is down on his luck after a series of misfortunes, so he works part-time to try to get out of poverty. You wakes up in a junkyard after a strange encounter with a white-haired man, only to discover that he was killed in a car accident and has turned into a spirit. Tanmoku Ki, the man he had encountered, is revealed to be the Tanmoki’s 13th Youmeshi, the highest-ranking exorcist family in China.
When he notices the wandering spirit, he offers You the chance to form a pact: he will protect You from humans in exchange for You becoming his spirit shadow, keeping him safe and protected at all times.
They face numerous obstacles in the spiritual realm from then on, all while attempting to protect those around them from evil spirits. Along the way, their pact develops into something more, a bond that neither of them anticipated. A lingering admiration begins to emerge behind their roles as master and servant.
The plot is amazing and thrilling, but it’s the character dynamics that keep you watching. Overall, Spiritpact is a lovely anime with a more complex story than you might expect. From the first episode onwards, the viewer is drawn in.
14. The Legend and the Hero
For generations, the Shang dynasty has ruled Zhao Ge, and it has received a message from the Heavens. Zi Zhou, the current emperor, refuses to bow down before the gods and tells the messenger that the Heavens’ tyranny will no longer be tolerated. The gods are furious, and Wu Jifa, the emperor of a neighboring country, leads a crusade against the rebellious Shang.
The Shang forces are vastly outmanned during the battle, and Zhou joins the fight just as the capital is about to be taken. Despite the fact that he has broken through the enemy ranks and is on his way to Jifa, a god appears out of nowhere, landing right in front of him, ready to deal with the troublemaker personally.
The protagonist does not become a hero as a result of a cruel fate or a poor upbringing. He faces a long and difficult journey ahead of him.
Every character has their own distinct personality. Character development is good, though it can be abrupt at times. This is understandable given the circumstances and pressures that some of the characters are under. You’ll empathize with the characters, and the story will keep you engrossed in no time.
15. The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife
She crossed over to become Su Manor’s most useless good-for-nothing Fourth Miss, despite being a renowned assassin of the twenty-first century. He, Jin Empire’s imperial highness, was a ruthless, emotionless demonic tyrant with unrivaled talent.
Everyone knew she was stupid and useless, and they bullied her as they pleased. But only he, the tyrant with the keen eye, would refuse to let go of her, even if his life depended on it. For the time being, let’s just watch how the chaser and the chased collide and play out in this entertaining show.
We, the audience, accompany her on her adventure through this new world of magic, power, and mythical creatures. Along the way, we meet new characters who have a diverse range of personalities. We not only learn about LuoLuo’s story but also about the stories of other gods and people from around the world.
We witness LuoLuo’s development and watch as she gradually establishes a name for herself by gaining new abilities.
The characters are all so distinct, and you’ll enjoy meeting new personalities. The characters are all well-developed and contribute significantly to the story. You’ll have a good time watching this series.
16. My Cultivator Girlfriend
Everyone feels insecure in the modern cultivation world, where the law of the jungle applies everywhere. The modern cultivation world has evolved into a complex and calculated environment. The powerful prey on the helpless. Everyone is apprehensive. Hero Ma, a security guard, began cultivating by accident after rescuing a female cultivator.
From the start, the Chinese romance anime My Cultivator Girlfriend offers donghua fans a story that may sound generic but is relatable. It’s funny and has the typical rom-com that we see in various romance anime, but there’s one cliche that sets it apart from the rest: cultivation antics, as the title suggests, are going on in this donghua which is a fairly common cliche in Chinese animation.
The anime has a lot more positive aspects than you might think. Without a doubt, the anime is a lot of fun. There are a few wacky stoic characters who will make you laugh out loud. The characters are well-developed and entertaining. The backstories really bring the female protagonist’s qualities to life.
This short anime might be just what you’re looking for if you’re looking for something to watch in between longer series without having to devote too much time to it.
17. Scissor Seven
Wu Liuqi, the amnesiac bounty hunter, appears to be quite intimidating to the untrained eye. One would not expect his modest demeanor, given his lethal telekinetic scissor techniques and ability to seamlessly transform into anything. Wu is, in fact, a complete failure at his job.
Frequently, the freelancer is found to have botched an assassination or targeted the wrong person. While his failures may be due to his lack of talent, the underlying problem tends to be that he is a normal kid with a heart that isn’t suited to his profession.
Wu is on a simple quest to reclaim his memories, accompanied by his feathered companion Dai Bo. Despite the fact that his day job as a hairdresser and his after-hours job are just ways for him to pay off debt, his various ventures appear to be intertwined with his quest to reclaim his lost past.
The series is completely humble; it shows a great deal of respect for human life and places a high value on the awesomeness of its characters, but there is no flamboyance in the plot. The series’ execution is almost slice-of-life in nature, as the audience is the only one who can see the main character’s great qualities.
18. Cupid’s Chocolates
Jiang Hao Yi, a regular high school student who is terrified of getting into trouble, unexpectedly becomes his school’s Harem King and is confessed to by a group of beautiful girls! Worst of all, Jiang hao has never met any of the girls who have confessed to him! What the hell is going on?
The plot is fairly typical of harems and romantic comedies in general. Most harems revolve around a loner or an ordinary student who does something and then finds himself surrounded by a group of attractive women. It would be the “average everyday student” in this case. The plot of this series is extremely fast-paced and hilarious.
The other characters are very entertaining, despite the main character being the overused loner student in typical harems. Because after the main character sets the plot in motion, each character in this series has their own desires and backstories, this is the case.
The series does an excellent job of laying out the characters’ desires and backstories in a non-overwhelming manner. Each episode depicts the main character tackling each issue in his own unique way, resulting in a highly satisfying conclusion. Not to mention that the protagonist isn’t as dull and numb to love as other harem characters.
19. Fox Spirit Matchmaker
Even when it’s between a human and a near-immortal youkai, true love never dies. Thankfully, the fox spirit youkai has devised a method that allows a human to be reincarnated and, with the help of a Fox Spirit Matchmaker, recall memories of their previous lives, allowing them to rekindle their relationship with their beloved youkai.
Enter Bai Yuechu, a powerful human Taoist seeking independence from the ruling Yi Qi Dao League, and Tushan Susu, a small and innocent fox spirit who aspires to be a famous matchmaker despite her reputation as a colossal blunder.
Yuechu is dragged into helping Susu bring two separated lovers together: prince Fan Yun Fei and his reincarnated lover, Li Xueyang after she literally falls through the roof and into his life. However, not everyone, including Xueyang, wants them to be reunited. Yuechu and Susu will learn about themselves and who they used to be after being thrown together by fate.
This anime is primarily about true love that reincarnates in subsequent lives. The first three episodes may be difficult to follow because the plot moves quickly and does not get right to the point. But don’t worry; it’s still fun, and you’ll figure it out eventually.
20. Tales of Exorcism
Hua Jiu, a 19-year-old tomboy exorcist, met the ‘evil spirit’ Seven Lord while cleansing spirits and forced him to be her spirit servant. After that, the human and the spirit embarked on a journey of ranting and cleansing spirits. Hua Jiu’s enemy, however, began an insidious vengeance at the same time.
This entire show, or what is involved in this entire show, can be described in one word: revenge.
If you want to unwind a little, this is the show for you. You will be entertained as well as relaxed. It’s a series that doesn’t demand a lot of attention or thought from its viewers. Character design is quite simple from both a psychological and physical perspective.
The plot is similar to that of other stories, but with a female protagonist, things become more interesting to watch. The dialogue between the characters is quite amusing. The protagonist and antagonist are not new characters, but they are easy to sympathize with. This anime has a cast of characters that are all easy to like.
If you want to watch an anime where you don’t have to think about it too much, this might be the perfect one for you.
21. The Devil Ring
Freshman Zhou Xiaoan puts on an unknown ring, and a terrifying devil leaps from his mouth, changing his life forever. A Blood Devil calling himself King Zhou of Shang, a race of heart-eating zombies; a dubious group of Taoist Priests fighting against them; mysterious supernatural beings who can blend into human society – shocking historical secrets are slowly revealed.
As this list has shown, The Devil Ring is a Chinese anime and a good one at that. The plot of this anime is based on a video game. For how short the series is, the story is pretty good and well-played out. The characters have the typical personalities that most anime characters have. The animation is good, but the gore and violent scenes are censored.
Overall, the anime is enjoyable; if the plot intrigues you, you should watch it. Because the episodes are so short, you can add this to your list of filler anime to watch in between longer anime. If you enjoy fantasy anime, you will enjoy this.
22. My Holy Weapon
When Chang Tian is attacked, he unintentionally invokes an artifact known as Xiao Bai, which saves him from a terrible fate. After that, he finds himself on a battlefield with several other people who are able to summon artifacts, and he must fight alongside them.
The fights are pretty good in the beginning, as they build anticipation for the characters’ progression. All of the characters are well-designed; there are a few over-the-top characters, but they add to the anime’s appeal. They all have distinct characteristics, distinct appearances, and distinct backgrounds, objectives, and depth.
Even though the plot isn’t particularly original and has been done before, it’s still worth watching. Overall, the story is enjoyable, and if you don’t take it seriously, you’ll enjoy the series. This show is an Action/Adventure with Romance and Comedy elements. To summarise, this anime did an excellent job of balancing romance and action without either becoming overbearing.
23. Twin Spirit Detectives
The world always has more to offer than meets the eye. Sun Xiaotu and Sun Xiaohu, twin brothers, are paranormal investigators who live by this motto, where what may be terrifying to others is just another day at work for them. As they investigate a seemingly typical haunting of twins, a series of bizarre events throw their perception of the supernatural into question as they become the targets of the haunting.
The more the brothers look for answers to the paranormal mysteries that have been thrown at them, the blurrier the lines between reality and fiction become. One question remains as they embark on the challenging and sometimes dangerous adventures ahead: what secrets are the ghosts trying to hide, and are they already more connected to the spirits than they thought?
The characters aren’t particularly memorable or unique, but there isn’t a lack of character development. They’re straightforward, likable, and pleasant.
The plot is intriguing and unique, with the main characters being two cool and funny twin brothers who solve mysteries. It’s entertaining to watch because the story is unique. If they enjoy supernatural or mystery genres, you should give it a try.
24. Monster List
The world is full of yaoguai, or magical monsters, whether it’s the cute and playful vixen or the dryad sucking men dry to gain power. With an ongoing conflict between monsters and the Taoists who fight them, how will Xi Feng the innocent achieve world peace?
The donghua takes place in a world where, unbeknownst to humans, monsters disguise themselves as humans and coexist with them. A story-driven by destiny and promises. An intriguing story about spirits, demons, and monsters who live among us and fight over the value of human life.
Though it has a slight undertone of well-known tropes like a harem, urban fantasy, and ecchi, it does so with a uniqueness that isn’t often seen in Chinese anime. The anime is a little odd in that the first episode is a typical anime episode length, but the rest are only a third to a half of that.
25. Bringing Back Home Mr. Perfect
Qiao An Hao and Lu Jin Nian are newlyweds who, unfortunately, aren’t keen on participating. Now that they are husband and wife, Qiao An Hao establishes a few ground rules: no one can know they are married, their cohabitation is top-secret information, and Lu Jin Nian is not allowed to touch her at all. As a result, their relationship is only superficial.
There is, however, a long and complicated history behind their broken relationship. Lu Jin Nian and Qiao An Hao’s lives were intertwined after a chance encounter while seeking shelter from the rain. But, as fate would have it, Qiao An Hao’s sister fell madly in love with the stoic and mysterious Lu Jin Nian on the same day.
Throughout the long and complicated years leading up to this marriage, there have been no dull moments due to the high emotional stakes. Despite their long friendship, the newlyweds are still no closer to understanding one another.
Both of the anime’s main characters are endearing. The female lead is flawless; she is wealthy, beautiful, intelligent, and elegant, and her clumsiness only adds to her charm and makes her even more likable. The male lead is a bit tsundere, and despite having feelings for her, he is unable to express them to her.
26. Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Legend has it that the all-powerful Monkey King walked freely through Heaven, Earth, and Hell and was unmatched in combat. He is imprisoned in an ice cage beneath the mountains, bound by the only powers capable of controlling him, after breaking some of the most important rules established by the Gods.
Darkness falls across China without the great Monkey King. In the mountains, a small boy seeks refuge from the monsters that have attacked his village and discovers a strange icy pillar bound in chains. He breaks the spell by touching the ice, setting in motion the events of Monkey King: Hero is Back.
The plot of Monkey King is fairly standard: a fallen hero’s rebirth; however, this type of story still appeals to a large portion of the audience and results in many tears.
The fight scenes, in contrast to the mostly laid-back tone between conflicts, took the film to a whole new level— expect well-choreographed, quick-fire action and an intensity that keeps both adolescents and adults invested. Keep in mind, however, that ‘the hero is back’ is primarily a children’s fantasy story that relies heavily on slapstick humor.
27. The King of Fighters: Destiny
A man hosts The King of Fighters, a new fighting tournament in which teams of three fighters compete against each other. Kyo Kusanagi of Japan competes in South Town with his friends Benimaru Nikaido and Goro Daimon. Terry Bogard, his adoptive brother Andy, and their mutual friend Joe Higashi are in the same location to avenge Jeff Bogard’s death at the hands of crimelord Geese Howard.
The show follows Kyo’s arrival in South Town, where he must face off against Terry, a formidable opponent. It’s been ten years since the tragedy that forever changed his life.
There are also episodes about the pasts of some characters and how they met other characters, in addition to the main storyline episodes.
The plot revolves around the King of Fighters tournament, which everyone wants to enter, but Kyo isn’t the only hero this time. Terry Bogard, a fan favorite, shares the spot with him, and Geese Howard, one of the tournament’s main antagonists, runs the tournament.
It tells the stories of the Fatal Fury characters, so King of Fighters: Destiny occurs in a different timeline than the previous games. Fatal Fury’s characters have always been fan favorites, but in King of Fighters, they’ve been relegated to the background. Making this change and incorporating it into the first King of Fighters game’s relatively simple plot makes for a more engaging story.
28. Dawn Of The World
In the year 2013, a zombie apocalypse erupted in everyone’s homeland, prompting humanity to wage a large-scale battle in the endless nights before the dawn. Does there seem to be a way out for them as the end approaches? Their beliefs were shattered and buried in the ashes of the raging fire. Within the blazing fire, however, a new hope emerges.
Meng Feng and Liu Yan are the two main characters in the story. To summarise, one is a fighter, while the other is an engineer/mechanic/strategist. The story is what we’d expect from a zombie anime, and while it’s not particularly original, fans of this genre will likely enjoy it.
Many zombie animes/films depict hopeless situations, such as undead zombies who are difficult to kill, run extremely fast, and can occasionally think, and people who are bitten turn into zombies in seconds.
Because the zombies in Dawn Of The World are slow, easy to kill, and stupid, it is possible to fight them, and thus the strategy is more important: even if your enemies are easy to kill, you will die when your ammunition runs out!
29. The Silver Guardian
Suigin Riku, a high school student, and gamer attends Shinryou Private Academy, a prestigious school for the wealthy and their children. Suigin, however, is neither rich nor wealthy; in fact, he is dirt poor and must earn a living through several part-time jobs.
In spite of being unable to swim, he jumps into a pool to save his cat during one of these jobs. Rei Riku, the beautiful and well-known daughter of a game developer, saves him, and he falls in love with her.
He’s also attracted to another girl, a new acquaintance he made in Dungeon Century, his favorite online role-playing game. But, as the game nears its end, he realizes that his adventures with her are coming to an end. The day after the game is turned off, he discovers that Rei and the online girl are the same person.
Soon after, Rei gives Suigin a new game to replace Dungeon Century: Grave Buster, a tomb raiding game. However, when Rei is abducted, Suigin is dragged inside Grave Buster to save her.
The Silver Guardian follows Suigin as he plays through Grave Buster in order to save Rei while also uncovering the game’s secrets. This takes a common “dragged into a video game” trope and gives it a fresh new spin.