Bilibili unveils 68 Chinese animation titles, bolstering original content and global ambitions

September 28, 2023 1:29 pm

Chinese video and streaming platform Bilibili unveiled 68 forthcoming Chinese animation titles at an event this Tuesday, including several sequels of highly rated series.

This move signifies a surge in original content and ambition from the company, despite its struggle to reach the net-profit goal.

Three highlighted titles from the extensive release included Link Click Special Season, My Three-Body Season 4, and To Be Hero X.

Internationally, Link Click is among the most viewed Chinese animations, the firm noted in the press release. An English-dubbed version of Link Click Season 1 debuted on Crunchyroll in 2022, followed by versions in Japanese and Korean.

My Three-Body was initially a fan-made animation adaptation of the sci-fi trilogy The Three-Body Problem uploaded to Bilibili. The high quality of the series caught the attention of Bilibili and The Three-Body Universe, the rightsholder of the Three-Body story, prompting the development and production of the animation.

The series To Be Hero X, co-produced by Bilibili and Sony’s animation studio Aniplex, exhibits a distinctive art style that mixes 2D and 3D animation. When released, its trailer acquired over 100,000 likes on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Bilibili is the digital hub for anime, comics, and games (ACG) culture in China, and Chinese animation is growing increasingly popular on the platform. Almost 600 Chinese animation titles, including 181 featured since the start of 2022, have been launched by Bilibili, according to the firm’s press release.