Colored with the blood of all the kids that worked hard to make this thing.
|Xenagama Warrior Princess |
Michael Jackson Syndrome.
God, that anatomy.
|Jet Bin Fever |
Considering how much the Chinese hate the Japanese, the "art" in that first one is really confusing.
I've always wondered why an atheist Communist government is cool with shows about the supernatural.
Well, they banned all 'Time Travel' plots on TV. They say it promotes "feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.” So who knows with them.
The time travel thing was to do with undoing/changing history, which I suspect the Chinese government sees as THEIR job, not the makers of fiction.
Fox Kids' animation hasn't improved in a decade. Having serious 'Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century' flashbacks, here.
This looks like MS Paint fanime but with the thinnest veneer of bargain basement "professional" production values.
So in other words the FMV cutscenes from Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil.
I'm afraid you're right.
It's a little disappointing too, I was hoping to get a taste of Chinese culture through their animation.
You are tasting it already, the tears of the people that made this that is.
Wow, this is far shittier than I could have hoped.
|Dr. Lobotomy |
Can't tell the difference between this and other anime, suspect the word "China" is creating a bias where none would be noticeable otherwise.
It certainly makes some of the cut rate Japanese product look good in comparison - you have to really scrape the bottom of the anime barrel to find shows this cheap looking and that's saying something considering how many anime programs have been produced that utilize all sorts of budget-saving shortcuts to the point where you might as well be watching a flip-book.
The article that accompanied this video over at Anime News Network was pretty interesting - written by a guy who's been in the liscensing business and actually received screeners for these shows back when.
"Now, China has had a strange history of producing interesting animation, but that history is not exactly a glorious one. The Cultural Revolution of the late 60's and 70's resulted in much of the country's artistic talent being forced to do farm work in the countryside, accept re-education, or even be thrown in jail. After a brief recovery in the 80's, China's new economic open-ness with Japan and America meant that their market was flooded with those countries' respective top-quality productions, and the unprofessional backwater of the Chinese industry, having lost all of the talent that knew what they were doing, just couldn't compete. Even fill-in work for Japanese and American producers often came back late and shoddy. Young new artists, increasingly influenced by anime, found funding from the government, who started new initiatives to try to get their industry back on track.
But neither the technical knowledge nor the storytelling background was there. Chinese animators were essentially starting over. They've made a lot of progress, and workmanship has slowly been getting better over the last decade. In the last few years, a few projects from China have been surprisingly good.
This was not yet true in 2003. Most of the productions were hastily produced TV series, produced digitally by people who clearly had no business animating a walk cycle, let alone a full TV series. Nonsense plots, incomprehensible action, and cringe-worthy slapstick was the order of the day. Playhut, not really knowing any better, bought the US rights to five different shows, and thinking they could sell to the burgeoning anime market, proceeded to make a splash."
"Nonsense plots, incomprehensible action, and cringe-worthy slapstick was the order of the day."
That's a LOT of anime as well; the animation is just more polished at times.
And for balance, I'd say the same thing about most American action movies, mostly from people like Michael Bay.
Seven Arts/H8 Red
Re: BHWW - that's how I came across the video. I can't blame Playhut for wanting to exploit the largely untapped market of Chinese animation.
I can, however, blame Playhut for picking these titles. At least when Digiview Entertainment put out dollar DVDs of Protectors of Universe and Space Thunder Kids, which were Korean ripoffs of Japanese animation, they weren't doing it for any purpose beyond making that quick buck. Playhut felt these titles were the start of them becoming the next 4Kids, as this interview indicates:
It's like the animators worked really hard 12-14 hour days working on this, but the director decided he would only utilize the art drawn from hours 11-14 where drawing fatigue had set in.
Check out Youku.com. There's actually some surprisingly good independent animation being made in China right now, such as the well-designed "Miss Puff" series.
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