Top 10 Must-See Chinese Anime (for 2022) 📺

10 Chinese Anime To Learn Chinese

There’s no doubt you’ve heard of Japanese anime, but did you know that there are also loads of Chinese anime to discover too?

Chinese anime are lesser known than their Japanese counterparts…

But nonetheless, they are equally as exhilarating to watch!

To introduce you to Chinese anime, we have put together a list of 10 you must watch.

Don’t worry, there will be something for everyone!

Chinese Anime | Douluo Dalu 

Chinese Anime | Lu Shidai

Chinese Anime | Mo Dao Zu Shi

Chinese Anime | Xian Wang De Richang Shenghuo

Chinese Anime | Heibai Wushang

Chinese Anime | Shuangsheng Lingtan

Chinese Anime | Wangpai Yushi

Chinese Anime | Xie Wang Zhui Qi

Chinese Anime | Tong Ling Fei

Chinese Anime | Meng Qi Shi Shen

Douluo Dalu | 斗罗大陆 dòu luō dàlù 

First, let’s start with the Chinese anime Douluo Dalu, which is also called Lands of Battle.

Chinese anime: Douluo Dalu

Douluo Dalu is an anime that focuses on martial arts.

There will be a touch of comedy included too!

This anime was adapted from a series of fantasy novels of the same name, written by author Tang Jia San Shao.

In addition, this anime currently consists of two seasons, but due to to the success of the second season, a third season could be on the way very soon!

The story will take you into thrilling battles which, if you like that kind of thing, we think you’ll love.

You can discover this Chinese anime on YouTube.

Synopsis

The story takes us into a fantasy world, where we follow the story of Tang San.

He is a pupil of the largest martial arts clan, the Tang Clan.

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This clan specialises in poisons and weapons.

Amongst this group, Tang San is considered a genius. However, he isn’t one of the inner clan members.

This proves difficult for our protagonist, as only members of the internal clan are allowed to learn the secret techniques of the Tang Clan.

He therefore decides to steal the secret knowledge and master it.

However, by stealing this knowledge, Tang San knows that he had committed a huge crime against the Tang Clan.

He commits suicide and is reincarnated in another world, the Douluo Dalu world.

In this world every person has a spirit and only the most powerful people can become spiritual masters.

But the spirit that awakens in Tang San is not powerful, instead it is considered useless.

Tang San still has an advantage, he retained all his memories, including the secret knowledge of the Tang Clan.

Tang San will face many challenges if he wants to become a spiritual master, will he succeed?

Trailer of Douluo Dalu

Lu Shidai | 撸时代 lū shídài

Lu Shidai, aka Age of League, is a Chinese anime that talks about video games, more particularly the game League of Legends.

Chinese anime: Lu Shidai

It is a very short anime of just 14 episodes which are only 10 minutes long.

That’s a total of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

In this Chinese anime, action and comedy are at the forefront!

This anime is also available on YouTube.

Synopsis

We follow the adventures of a young student, Mao Zhiqiang.

Chinese anime: League of legends

This 21-year-old spends a good part of his day playing his favourite video game, League of Legends.

He and his friends who also play this game form a group of geeks called the KYA.

They are a ranked team, but they are not going to stop there.

Together, they plan to take on national sports competitions (Esport).

Will they reach the finals and win the competition?

Mo Dao Zu Shi | 魔道祖师 módào zǔshī

Chinese anime: Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi is a Chinese anime adapted from the web-novel Light Novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (墨香铜臭).

This Chinese anime is also known as The Founder of Diabolism.

There are 15 episodes, with season 3 released recently.

You can see this Chinese anime on the YouTube channel of Tencent, which is the company that released 魔道祖师.

This Chinese anime takes place in ancient China.

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Synopsis

We follow the story of Wei Wu Xian, a great master and creator of the demonic sect.

He is a man hated by all, because he has brought chaos to earth. To eliminate him, the opposing clans join forces and come together.

After his death, he is reincarnated as a lonely wanderer named Mo Xuanyu.

Against Mo Xuanyu’s will, he has to accompany Lang Wang Ji, an old acquaintance.

However, Mo Xuanyu does everything he can to run away from him and above all he must hide his true identity by hook or by crook.

This is just the beginning of their crazy adventures together, where they will have to face monsters, investigate mysteries and more.

During their adventures, Mo Xuanyu discovers that Lang Wang Ji has changed in significant ways since his first life…

Trailer of The Founder of Diabolism.

Xian Wang De Richang Shenghuo | 仙王的日常生活 xiān wáng de rìcháng shēnghuó

Chine anime: Xian Wang De Richang Shenghuo

仙王的日常生活 is a Chinese anime best known as The Daily Life of the Immortal King.

It is an animated adaptation of the manhua Light Novel, whose author is Ku Xuan.

This anime is available on Netflix or on YouTube.

It is a Chinese anime that includes fantasy, school life, comedy, magic and adventure. Something for everyone!

This anime has 27 episodes in total.

Synopsis

The story tells us about the adventures of a young man, Wang Ling.

From an early age, Wang Ling has incredible powers.

In order to be able to live a normal life, those powers had to be sealed in a talisman.

But even with his powers confined, he remains very powerful.

When he enters high school, his life comes under threat.

Challenge after challenge faces Wang Ling and his life changes beyond recognition. His once discreet life seems more and more distant.

Will he manage to control his powers?

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Heibai Wushang | 黑白无双第一季 hēibái wúshuāng dì yī jì

Chinese anime: Heibai Wushang

Heibai Wushang is a Chinese anime, more commonly referred to as The Unparalleled Black & White / Black and White Warriors.

It is a shōnen anime, which covers the supernatural, demons, etc.

Today the anime is still in production, right now, there are two seasons, but a third season should be released soon.

You can watch this anime on YouTube.

Synopsis

We follow the adventures of two young demons, Xiaohei and Xiaobai.

These demons work for an organization, which maintains the balance between the worlds of the dead and of the living.

The organization therefore sends messengers, or black and white warriors to collect the souls of dead humans.

Xiaohei and Xiaobai are low level black and white warriors.

Whilst their relationship begins as very friendly, this quickly deteriorates following a sudden and significant incident.

Afterwards, Xiaobai’s true identity resurfaces and many difficulties ensue.

Heibai Wushang

Shuangsheng Lingtan | 双生灵探 shuāng shēnglíng tàn

Chinese anime: Shuangsheng Lingtan

Shuangsheng Lingtan or Twin Spirit Detectives / Twins Spirit Investigators, is a supernatural, mystery based Chinese anime.

The episodes are quite short, about 15 minutes, so it’s easy to digest and learn with.

Shuangsheng Lingtan is manhua created by Jiao Ran (湫然) and Zhi Yu (止鱼).

You can watch it on Bilibili.TV.

A drama adaptation of this anime has been made which you can watch on iQiyi.

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Synopsis

The story immerses us in the adventures of two twin brothers, Xiaotu and Xiaohu.

The brothers are private detectives in the field of the paranormal.

In this world, what may be terrifying for some is just another day in the office for them.

But one day, when they think they are investigating just another straightforward paranormal case, a series of unexpected events unfold.

This causes Xiaotu and Xiaohu to question their view of the supernatural world and begin to seriously investigate these events in order to uncover the truth.

But the more they advance in their investigation, the more their adventures become dangerous.

But with each mystery solved, the same question remains:

What kind of secrets are the ghosts trying to hide from them?

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Wangpai Yushi | 王牌御史 wángpái yù shǐ

Chinese anime: Wangpai Yushi

Wangpai Yushi is a Chinese shōnen, also called Ace Censorate.

The anime provides a mixture of combat and comedy making it a fun watch.

In total there are 40 episodes of this Chinese anime.

It is possible to watch it on iQiyi or on YouTube.

Synopsis

In this Chinese anime we are immersed into a world in which day and night have merged, revealing monsters.

Cohabitation with these monsters seems complicated, as they’re notorious for attacking humans.

The last hope of humanity are the censors. Censors are people trained to kill or tame these monsters.

We follow the adventures of Ye Yan and his classmate Huang Xiao Yan.

Our two protagonists are students from Xiahou College, which trains future censors.

This Chinese anime also has a touch of comedy with these endearing and clumsy characters.

Xie Wang Zhui Qi | 邪王追妻 xié wáng zhuī qī

The original title of this Chinese anime is 邪王追妻 (xié wáng zhuī qī).

It is also known as The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife or King of Jin in Tang Dynasty.

It is a Chinese anime adapted from the novel written by author Su Xiao Nuan.

邪王追妻 is a Chinese-Taiwanese anime.

Chinese anime: Xie Wang Zhui Qi

It has 3 seasons and 41 episodes in all. The episodes last about fifteen minutes.

It is available on YouTube, you can also see it on iQiyi.

Synopsis

We follow the story of a young girl named Luo Luo, who is a professional thief and killer in the 21st century.

During one of her missions, her accomplice and lover betrays her, and tries to kill her.

Seriously injured, she falls into the water, but when she dies, her soul is reincarnated in the body of another Su Luo.

She thus becomes the daughter of General Su and wakes up in a fantasy world that looks like ancient China.

In this very different world, the people who live there are endowed with gifts, those who don’t receive any are considered worthless.

However, our heroine does not yet have a gift, so she is belittled by everyone, especially by her family.

One day after she getting put down, she meets Prince Nangong Liu Yun.

This man is considered demonic, cold and endowed with a very powerful gift.

Very interested in our protagonist, he will take her home with the aim of saving her from her family.

Unfortunately, he is hiding a very heavy secret and he needs Su Luo’s help.

Will he use her? Will Su Luo be able to help him, will she finally get a gift?

To find out more, watch this Chinese anime!

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Tong Ling Fei | 通灵妃 tōng líng fēi

Tong Ling Fei

通灵妃 is also known as Psychic Princess.

It is an anime adapted from a web-comic written by the author 肉肉 (Ròu ròu).

It is a very popular romance anime with 16 episodes.

Tong Ling Fei received many rave reviews from the public, however, it is not yet known if season 2 will be made.

Fans of the anime are waiting for it with great anticipation.

You can watch Tong Ling Fei on YouTube.

Synopsis

The show immerses us into ancient China, where we follow the story of the Prime Minister’s eldest daughter, Yun Xi Qian.

Unfortunately, Yun Xi Qian is not like other children, as she has gifts that allow her to see spirits.

But rather than seeing this as a blessing, her family is afraid of her psychic gifts.

Therefore, at the age of 8, she was taken to Mount Ling Yun to be brought up.

She then grew up free from all restrictions imposed on noble girls.

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Company Spirits of Yun Xi Qian

Yun Xi Qian has two companion spirits.

But at the age of sixteen, her life changes because she has to replace her younger sister who is to marry the Prince, Ye You Ming.

This prince is known to be cold and cruel…

However, over the course of the anime, you will see that the prince will start to develop feelings for her…

Note: the opening of this Chinese anime is quite funny to watch and listen to!

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Meng Qi Shi Shen | 萌妻食神 Méng Qī Shí Shén

Meng Qi Shi Shen

The last Chinese anime that we’ll be recommending to you is 萌妻食神 (méng qī shí shén) Meng Qi Shi Shen.

萌妻食神 is also more commonly known as “Cinderella Chef“.

The anime is actually an adaptation of Ziyi’s novel 281 (紫伊281).

It has also been adapted into a drama if you are interested!

This anime is divided into 2 seasons of 24 episodes each, with each episode lasting about thirty minutes.

This Chinese anime is available on YouTube.

Synopsis

The heroine of the story is called Ye Jia Yao who works for a cooking magazine, she is a young girl who loves to cook.

Above all, she likes to cook traditional Chinese recipes.

However, during one of these cooking sessions, things don’t go as planned…

She finds herself transported to another time, and in another body, that of Ye Jin Xuan at the time of feudal China.

However, when she wakes up in her new body, she gets kidnapped by bandits where Xia Chun Yu works.

However, Xia Chun Yu is a bandit not quite like the others. He is actually an undercover spy who works for the king.

Subsequently, the two protagonists marry, but not for love, merely for their own personal interests!

In this Chinese anime, you will see Ye Jin Xuan cooking sumptuous traditional meals.

To give you a taste of this anime, here are the opening credits!

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There we have it – 10 Chinese Anime we know you’ll love to get stuck into if this is your kind of thing.

Feel free to comment below the title of your favourite anime!

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CHINESE ANIMES – FAQ’s

Why watch Chinese anime?

Watching Chinese anime allows you to improve your Chinese listening skills and learn vocabulary while having fun.

Even though Chinese anime may be less well known than their Japanese counterparts, they are still exhilarating to watch!

Where to watch Chinese animes?

You can find most Chinese anime on YouTube or iQiyi.

Otherwise, it is also possible to watch them on streaming platforms such as Netflix.

Which anime have been adapted into Chinese dramas?

Shuangsheng Lingtan is a Chinese anime adapted into a Chinese drama, you can watch the drama on iQiyi. The story revolves around two private detective brothers, and they only investigate supernatural cases.

Meng Qi Shi Shen was also adapted into a Chinese drama. The story centres around a young girl who loves to cook traditional Chinese recipes, but one day she dies and is reincarnated into the body of another person in ancient China. Crazy adventures await her, including a fake marriage…

Which Chinese anime are the best for mystery and supernatural?

We recommend Chinese anime Shuangsheng Lingtan or also call Twin Spirit Detectives / Twins Spirit Investigators, which is a supernatural, mystery genre based anime.

The anime is about 20 episodes and the episodes are quite short, about 15 minutes.

You can watch it on YouTube or on Dailymotion.

What is one of the best Chinese anime of the romance genre?

One of the best Chinese anime in the romance genre is undoubtedly the anime Tong Ling Fei also called Psychic Princess.

It is a very popular romance of 16 episodes.

Tong Ling Fei has received overwhelming praise from the public. However, it is not yet known if season 2 will be produced or not.

Is the Cinderella Chef anime adapted from a Chinese novel?

Yes, this anime is indeed an adaptation of a novel written by author Ziyi 281 (紫伊281).

In addition, this novel has also been adapted into a Chinese drama!

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