A new Chinese “anime” called The King’s Avatar, about lives of pro-gamers is looking to change perception of Chinese inferior quality in general by producing an anime-styled animation series with better target audiences and comparable quality to Japanese animation.
The anime is being made by Chinese gaming company Tencent, which owns Riot Games, creators of League of Legends, and other franchises.
The anime will be following the Chinese novel of the same name, following former professional gamer Ye Xui as he reenters the game “Glory” to take himself back to the top of the ladder.
The novel has seen Korean, English and even Japanese adaptations, a surprising fact considering its origins.
The story chronicles Xui’s rise, fall, and planned reprisal to gaming fame. In the story’s multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the pro scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself in to the game once more. Possessing ten years of experience, the memories of his past, and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins.
GoBiano’s Just Milo compares the aesthetics to that of Japanese studio ufotable, with obvious utilization of 3DCG, and superb colors. So far, no one has made an anime, let alone a TV show about professional gaming.
The King’s Avatar is set to premiere in 2017.
Speaking of anime quality, the Philippines is not far behind, but needs more effort, industry support and dedication. Considering how the country is tapped by the likes of Toei for One Piece and Naruto, among others, much-needed support can catapult the currently-sluggish industry and could even surpass what GMA-7 has done inhouse. (but what GMA did is not anime-styled though, but still…)