Chinese Short Anime Film: First Bloom – A Lovely and Touching Story

First Bloom - Chinese Anime

A touching story of love is what the Chinese short anime film titled First Bloom is to offer to every viewer. The story is one that belong to the typically cliche Romeo and Juliet lovers who’s by certain circumstances or difference in status in life were never meant to be together.


Chinese Short Anime Film – First Bloom Overview

First Bloom is a fascinating and lovely anime with a pretty decent visuals and animation sequence that reminds me of the legendary The Tale of Princess Kaguya from studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata.


Set in the ancient China, First Bloom tells a beautiful story of a budding romance, the thing called first love in mundane world. The story is majestically and wonderfully depicted in an elegant way that shows the style and traditions of ancient China. At the end, just like every other tragic love story, the protagonist eventually became a star-crossed lovers as the short anime film concluded.


To be honest, that last part of the film reminds me the Chinese movie, The Sorcerer and the White Snake. Or maybe it’s just the Chinese vibes that we could usually feel in every Chinese movie.

First Bloom Short Anime Film


First Bloom is created by hand drawing in CG and fully animated in TVPaint.

First Bloom Cast

Among the staff for First Bloom are as follows:
  • Director: Tingting Liu
  • Producer: Wintersweet Animation Studio
  • Music:Tao Liu
  • Sound Effects: Amanda Peach Hughes
  • Visual Effects: Dan Casey
  • Orchestra:Budapest Scoring Orchestra
  • Chinese Music recorder:Luna Safari
  • Orchestrate: Tao Liu
  • Conductor: Peter Pejtsik
  • Music Performed by: Budapest Scoring Orchestra
  • Music Recorded at: Studio 22
  • Music Recording: Miklos Lukas
  • Session Supervisor: Balint Sapszon
  • Chinese session supervisor: Luna Safari
  • Dizi soloist: Keqi Zhou
  • Pipa soloist: Jiangang Qiu
  • Chinese session recordists: Supeng Kong, Fei Chen
  • DCP Help: Jackie White
  • Advising support: Bridget Underwood, Sandrine Han Jin Kuang, Lluis Llobera, YuchChih Eric Lin, Laurent Rossi



Code name: Yu Alexius is an ambiguous entity who loves to talk about anime and Chinese animation in general. An insatiable soul from the Pearl of the Orient, a frustrated writer and a Houtarou Oreki wanna-be. He is a piece of a lunatic and everything crazy.

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