Bilibili Sets ‘Three-Body Problem’ Premiere, Features 49 New Anime Series
Chinese online video platform Bilibili announced a huge lineup of 49 new series titles during its annual edition Anime directed by Bilibili presentation, which showcases the company’s latest production and distribution initiatives in the field of local animation. The company also announced the premiere date for its latest project, the adaptation of Liu Cixin’s Hugo-winning sci-fi trilogy. The three-body problemwhich is primarily produced and financed by Bilibili, co-presented by rights holder The Three-Body Universe and animation studio YHKT Entertainment.
Since the announcement of the project in 2019, The three-body problemit is trailer attracted 3 million followers and 40 million views. Bilibili has officially announced that the series is set to debut on December 3. It will also be broadcast on foreign satellite TV channels and video platforms.
As one of the most popular science fiction novel series of the past 20 years, The three-body problem trilogy has broken down language and cultural barriers for millions of readers around the world. The news of an anime series has inspired many fan creations; to Anime Made by Bilibili, the company also collaborated with The Three-Body Universe to launch the Three-Body World Creator Project. The project invites the best animation creators from around the world to explore IP in their unique vision and aims to present a wide variety of artistic styles through the infinite potential of Three bodies’animation.
“I am delighted to report that The three-body problem the anime series will debut on Bilibili,” said author Liu Cixin. “Animation, like science fiction, is the art of the imagination. Imagination is the most powerful force in mankind. I believe in the world of animation, a science fiction story like The three-body problem can really come to life.
Other anime series announced at the event include:
- Click on the link Season 2, a story of two friends using extraordinary powers to grant people’s wishes which proved popular among foreign audiences; the first season of Click on the link earned a #20 ranking on the global online anime community/database MyAnimeList.
- The new season of Five Elements Fog Hill involving cultural elements drawn from Classic of Mountains and Seas will soon be launched on Bilibili.
- The new season of fairy albumsanother anime focused on Chinese culture.
- A new season of Be Hero Xa new season of an animated series directed by Bilibili that impressed with its ambitious visual effects.
The bilibili-laden presentation in 2022-2023 reflects the recent boom in Chinese animation. Data from market analysis firm iResearch shows that the industry’s total production value exceeded 221.2 billion RMB (~USD 30.3 billion) from 2021. Carly Leevice chairman of the board and chief operating officer of Bilibili, said the viewership of Chinese animation has grown significantly in recent years.
Bilibili is currently the leading platform for Chinese anime series and a record of over 96 million people watched Chinese anime series on Bilibili in August 2022, double the audience of just two years ago. Among Bilibili viewers, more than 40% come from second-tier or lower-tier cities, and the number of users over the age of 25 has increased by 7 million during this year.
“The revenue generated by Chinese anime on Bilibili is estimated to exceed 2 billion RMB in 2022. Anime has become a popular medium for the younger generation to express themselves,” Lee said. “Anime is also more than just a form of expression. It has become an infrastructure capability for the digital world with wide application in movies, games, and live streaming from virtual creators. In the future, anime may have the potential to replace other forms of content.Bilibili is actively working with leading production companies in the industry to bring more top quality animation to global audiences.
Chinese animation has also gained international recognition. Bilibili points out that on foreign social networks, #DongHua, the Chinese word for anime, began to distinguish itself from #Anime and is becoming a popular topic. Global Platforms Are Actively Introducing Chinese Anime Titles – 24 series from Bilibili are already available to audiences around the world.
Bilibili is also strengthening its overseas production capacity by cooperating with overseas animation production companies, such as Red Dog Culture House and CMC Media. fairy albums and other original productions. The bilibili-made face on lie Season 1, based on a South Korean comic, launched in April and is an example of the international expansion of the producer platform’s intellectual property.
“We have always embraced ‘Made for Global’ as part of our vision,” said Leo Zhang, Vice President of Bilibili. “We are committed to making more original animation with global influence, and we also hope to continue to discover outstanding creators from all over the world to develop diversified cooperation models.”
The presentation also continued to promote Bilibili’s products Light Sensor Initiative to further support animators, students, and anime enthusiasts who want to work in the industry. Fourteen pioneering animated shorts supported by Bilibili have been available on the platform since September this year.
You can stream the full presentation of Anime by Bilibili here.