China: “Destroy Japanese Anime!”


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 industry.”

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 disappeared?”

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 required.

Via Record China.

Although the development of Chinese visual culture shows promise, and represents a potentially substantial market, with artistic expression so firmly curtailed by the state and with plagiarism and copying so rife, it seems the Premier’s utterances may miss the point…

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    Comment by zeeohsix
    19:28 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    no one is stopping china from creating their own anime oh wait, the govt. probably would, the same one saying there is no chinese animation.

    if americans can create a successful animation set in China to the point were the Chinese wondered why they didn't make it first, maybe they should stop criticizing Japan

    Comment by 2N
    13:50 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    -_- Chinese can go ahead and try to make a better anime than Japan, no one is stopping them.

    Just leave the Japanese anime alone while they make their own anime. Ever heard of fair competition?

    But of course, being a communist country. That might not apply to Chinese.

    Comment by Jacko
    16:09 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree.

    Chinese are totatlly no brainer on anime than Japanese people.

    Japanese won still on media than Chinese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China man...why they always live in the past...let it go already...well, if ur kids like ultraman and japanese anime, try to create something better, stop being sore losers!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    we don't live in the past, your the ones who are.

    Quit sinking your american teeth into african slavery and shit like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 10/10/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stop using north korean slave labor and after, we can talk.

    Comment by mons
    11:50 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trust me.
    every chinese is a skin head one. the Russian skin head is sinking on it.
    The Whole thing we can see now is totally "chinese's national selfish" in all things, anime, game, economy, military, ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes we are all skin heads, sorry but im gonna have to bend you over and fuck you in the ass for that one.

    Not every chinese is a "Skin Head One" but rather every caucasian.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 11/10/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make your own anime then and quit whining faggot

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 23/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahem, sorry, just for the record, real skinheads arent rascist, they were a culture that came out of jamaica came to england and prospered, originally bringing whites and blacks togeather, its true, look it up.

    The Skinhead Family Tree-

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kill Ultraman? Do they realize he's a fictional character?

    Comment by tq
    12:01 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    U guys know nothing =.= . Chinese can fuck their own ass =.=.

    Comment by Random
    13:02 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    China and Japan are tsundere for each other, seriously, just fuck already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 14/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah like white's and black cmon just fuck already....

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    people still believe china from inside to outside is communist ?

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    Comment by GHS
    07:11 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, of course. I mean, why would they think otherwise? Most of them haven't even been there, so all they know is what they've been told by the news or some other third-party source.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 13/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's still a communist state. They're just pretending that they're not. The country is still a pathetic piece of shit.

    Comment by Jacko
    07:11 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    China are great people, but they become racist about Anime like Ultraman.

    I might say that China is becoming the worst country ever because they dont like anime.

    if China dont like anime, so, they shouldnt watch it.

    its their problem.

    Anime is fun for everyone. I know some people dont like old anime like Doraemon or Case Closed or even Ultraman.

    So China, GET THE HELL OVER IT ABOUT ANIME!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 11/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And look at you, getting all riled up over China all because of anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    China has anime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 10/10/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. They have chinese cartoons.

    Comment by Jyamato
    09:18 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck you mainlanders, Taiwan ftw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taiwan? You guys lost the chinese civil war and ran your sorry ass to a tiny island.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, a tiny island within convenient logistics range of USA airbases in Guam, the Philippines, and sometimes Japan (depending on whether the jarheads are running amok or not).

    How's your sub fleet? How about your surface fleet?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    we have... GUNDAM =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One misunderstanding about China and anime is that it's only the Chinese government that doesn't support any forms of animation other than its own, not its people.

    Actually, China has its own animation style, but those *real* artists feel no need to work in China's animation companies since they do not feel the need and detest China's way of anime banning.

    So before anyone says anything about China plagiarizing Japanese anime, keep the extent to only the government, not the people. Don't belive it? Check out Shel, Eno, or Benjamin's works. Attack the gov all you like, but just because the gov is corrupted, it doesn't mean its people are.

    Comment by Stormy001
    02:14 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long live Chairman Meow!

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Dylan Kutruff
    05:05 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why dont you all shut the fuck up china is the best country in the world anime is chinese so all you fuckers on this site can go to hell making fun of china is a fucking child gig it is the best country in the world japan is the fucking lame country whos ecoomy is no where better then chinas so suck my balls fuckers go to hell read my goddamn lips anime is chinese it was cause china is the largest fucking industrial marketing country in the world if you fucking make fun of china then you need to go to hell cause china makes lots more important stuff then you can immagine like baby stuff toys games watchese ect so up yours china is better then japan and anime is chinese china is the best asain countery in the world and you know what i hope north korea sets of there nuclear missle and kills all of us and including japan i hope you guys and all japanese go to hell long live china fuckers

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    good Japan is the GREATEST nation in the earth no, the universe. In fact, putting it into words does not do its greatness any justice at all. Just submit to their greatness. The chinese (CHINKS)AND Koreans (GOOKS) ARE LIARS and less then human beneath pigs no ants. Anyone who disagrees should DIE a horrible death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 23/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    mhm, okay, right, are you a white nationalist or something? All I know is that you are choosing to state that Japan, a country still highly connected with naziism, Im going to take it that you are still sore from China, America, and the UK kicking your worthless asses around the globe? Okay, just thought I'd snap you out from your little rascist rant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    obvious troll is obvious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 19/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You contradict yourself so many times. First it's China's the greatest country in the world then you change it to greatest Asian country because it's not the greatest country sorry but its not. Second you say long live China but before it you say you want everyone to die by nuclear missile. You seem pretty conflicted. Also talking about oh China created Anime is very pretentious as if you looked at the oldest source of anime and anime of today they are completely different. So it doesn't really matter who originally made anime as the anime of today is Japanese as they have developed it and changed it to what it is today.

    Comment by Dylan Kutruff
    05:11 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    anime was orignally from japan by a fucking china man named kuling sooyoung and then spread to the racist country of japan i dont balme china for hating anime i do cause it is freaking racist no blakcs no or not any colored people so that is a good thing china hatese anime cause it is racist and fucking not real and shut the fuck up china is the largest asian country in the world besides you should be worried about north korea and there missle launching gig

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know personally many Chinese that enjoys Japanese anime... so w/e

    Comment by Dylan Kutruff
    05:23 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    rust one day china will take over animation from japan like pokemon yugioh bakugan ect all aniem in japan will be chinese and i myself will see to it

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't see a word in this article that means "Destroy Japanese Anime".

    The government finally understandard the importance of anime industory.

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    Comment by Atashi
    05:51 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese cartoons (donghua) suck so horribly. The lip-synch is completely off, coloring looks like something out of a 7-year-old's coloring book, I'd never watch it again, after having tried so throughout my youth. The only thing China does great is dubbing Japanese anime, their job blows US versions out of the water.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    5 Japan is the GREATEST nation in the earth no, the universe. In fact, putting it into words does not do its greatness any justice at all. Just submit to their greatness. The chinese (CHINKS)AND Koreans (GOOKS) ARE LIARS and less then human beneath pigs no ants. Anyone who disagrees should DIE a horrible death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't like the Hong King and taiwan dubs.
    They got like 1 voice for 8 different people on the same scene.

    Comment by Chen Guangxi
    22:57 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    喜羊羊与灰太狼 is the worst, looks like it was made with Adobe Flash.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by KonW
    23:23 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wen: i bet its kinda cool if we had some domestically produced anime.

    a chinese: all hail Wen, now move your ass and get some anime done already! Another ch: no freedom of express, no anime. Another ch: thereare other issuses b4 we can make anime as quality as ja ones.Another ch: Another ch: wtf? kill ja anime!

    Artefact: china says, "Destroy japanese anime!"

    SC commoner: china sucks,china phail, china is plagiarism,.. i feel ashamed to have chinese blood in my vein...

    (comments/rants/viewcounts blooms to sth like over 200)

    Artefact: sensationalism FTW.

    Comment by McThinkerton
    01:03 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amusing. These articles all seem to play out the same way. To have a proper China Quality post you must have:

    1. People who read title and look at pictures but who do not read entire article

    2. Anonymous China defender guy who brings up the 5000 year history thing

    3. Communist/socialist labeling argument

    4. Self-hating Chinese comments

    5. KonW trying to make a decent argument in China's defense critical of Artefact's techniques for growing his viewership (although not gets my attention like politics and panties so way to pander to your audience Artefact)

    Seriously though, a China that doesn't suck is preferable to the current China. Yes Kon not every Chinese is a nationalist, Japanese/American attacking, robot under the control of the government, but with a population of over a billion people there are enough that are that it makes people uncomfortable.

    So go on China please quit sucking at making cartoons. Please provide suitable competition to the Japanese so that they can make even better anime since Americans are lazy and would prefer to just buy anime from Japan with money borrowed from China then make it themselves.

    Maybe if they get good at making cartoons they won't have to steal as much...

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    Comment by Artefact

    Was there a problem providing people what they want?

    Comment by McThinkerton
    11:42 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    not at all, in fact thank you

    Comment by Dylan Kutruff
    08:09 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck you if your chinese then kill yourself bitch and you stink like a hoe so there fucker china is better then youll ever be

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese anime = originality
    chinese anime = plagiarism
    yeah, i'm 1/8 chinese and i am disgusted by my homeland

    Comment by Genny
    22:40 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so it's not just the Philippines then.

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    Comment by Sil
    00:07 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    New news on old topic actually, the Chinese had been going hard on Japanese anime for years. Even though they've recently collaborated with Hong Kong to make the wonderful "Storm Rider: Clash of Evils" and it's upcoming sequel, young kids still goes "DO NOT WANT" and "VERY NO" when they see the animation their motherland had produced.

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