Monday, 13 April 2009

Death to anime! says China

A recent comment by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao decrying the lack
of Chinese anime has incited a flurry of online support, with Chinese
net users vigorously denouncing Japanese anime.

The Premier started the fracas by publically lamenting the current
poverty of Chinese visual culture:

“There are times when I watch TV anime with my grandchild, but
they’re always foreign works like Ultraman and so on, and few are
domestically produced. We should be cultivating a domestic anime

Ultraman (which is a tokusatsu live action show rather than an anime
per se) is currently all the rage amongst the youth of China, but parents
are said to be anxious about the programme; net users criticise it: “Ultraman
is Japanese. All he does is fight. Have all the Chinese who can make anime

More extreme voices of support are also heard: “Kill Ultraman and all the other
Japanese anime!”

China has in recent years been working to strengthen its domestic anime industry,
with a variety of successful titles being brought to air, such as 喜羊羊与灰太狼 /
Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, a hit children’s show with over 500 episodes aired
since its inception in 2005.

However, heavy restrictions on the amount of foreign programming allowed also
ensure that fans of international anime have no legitimate recourse for viewing
their favourite titles, although mass-market anime such as Doraemon or Detective
Conan is of course in a different league to niche Japanese titles.

Chinese are said to be generally critical of their country’s anime output so far,
characterising it as “insipid, tedious and preachy”, suggesting more effort is

Via Record China.

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