Hey guys, 2020 is far from over yet but I think it’s about time for us to check what 2021 had to offer for Chinese anime fans. While there are only limited donghua titles that have been announced for 2021 releases, it’s always better to take an early glimpse at it and add it to our watchlist next year. However, I will also update this post to add the newly announced donghua that will be coming in 2021.
Here, I’ll have a list of all the confirmed upcoming Chinese anime in 2021 as follows:
- Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 3 (Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation)
- San Ti (The Three-Body Problem)
- Chun Qiu Feng Shen (God of Spring & Autumn)
- Bai She Chuan: Bai Su Zhen (The Snake: Become Human)
- Zhun Xing (On Your Mark)
- Xing Chen Bian Season 3 (Stellar Transformations)
- Mo DuZhe (Silent Reading)
- The Lost Tomb Qinling Sacred Tree (Daomu Biji: Qinling Shen Shu)
- Dragon Raja
- Swallowed Star
- Soul Land Season 4
- AWM PUBG Mobile
- Jade Dynasty
- Thousand Autumns (Qian Qiu)
- Battle Through The Heavens Season 4
- Jue Ding
- Blade of the Guardians
- Full-Time Magister Season 5
- Hitori no Shita: The Outcast Season 4
- Xixing Ji 3 (The Westward Season 3)
- Ka Tu (The War of Cards)
- Zichuan (Purple River)
- Yun Shen Ji (The Mask)
- Daihao: Chise (Code:Red)
- Wanjie Shenzhu 3 (Lord of the Universe Season 3)
- Buou Jingling
- Time Agent
- Country of Rare Treasure
- Hundred Demon Manual Season 2
- The Daily Life of the Immortal King Season 2
- Carp Reborn Season 2
- Legend of Tang / Exorcism Season 2
- The Gerent Saga
- Shadow Diver
- The Defective
- Chivalrous Hero Shen Jianxin Season 3
- Shanghai Melody
- Pipe Wrench Boy
- Overarching Guardians
- Dinghai Fusheng Records
Note: Most of the Tencent anime lineup for 2021 had been revealed from their 2020 Tencent Video Animation Conference last August 8. bilibili also unveiled their donghua lineup for 2021 last Nov. 21, 2020.
CONFIRMED CHINESE ANIME OF 2021
Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 3
Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 3. Also known as the Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation or The Founder of Diabolism, the most spectacular and probably the best donghua to date is returning for its 3rdseason in 2021. All the flashbacks from the first and second season had concluded and now pave the way for all the donghua fans to follow the current timeline as Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji continue to unveil the mysteries behind the demonic activities recently and how it was all connected to the previous demise of Wei Wuxian, as well as the truth behind Jin Zixuan and Jiang Yanli’s death.
While we don’t have a new trailer for Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 3 yet, a new poster has been unveiled last August 8 for the donghua during the 2020 Tencent Video Animation Annual Conference as shown above.
However, do you guys know that Mo Dao Zu Shi gets a Japanese dub version and it is slated for release on January 20, 2021? You might want to check it out as it aims to deliver our favorite donghua with a new shounen vibe. We also had plenty of big names as voice actors including Natsuki Hanae (Tanjirou from Demon Slayer), and Yuuki Kaji (Eren Yaejer from Attack on Titan).
The Three-Body Problem is an upcoming Chinese anime in 2021 and is based on the 2015 Hugo Award novel of the same title by author Cixin Liu. The upcoming series is one of the most hyped sci-fi donghua from bilibili’s lineup which was announced last November 2019. It is animated by YHKT Entertainment which also produced Ling Cage: Incarnation. There’s no specific release date for The Three-Body Problem yet but it is slated to get 16 episodes in total.
Chun Qiu Feng Shen
God of Spring & Autumn is one of iQIYI’s donghua adaptation in 2021 and is based on a comics of the same title.
Bai She Chuan: Bai Su Zhen
The Snake: Become Human or Madame White Snake is an upcoming 2021 Chinese anime movie. As of now, there are only few details about available about it but it is not related to 2019’s movie White Snake: The Origin from Light Chaser Animation. Bai She Chuan movie is slated for release on February 21, 2021, and is directed by Jiazhu Yang.
On Your Mark is an upcoming action Chinese anime in 2021 from Pb Animation Co. Ltd. The story will revolve around the secret of a mysterious red gem.
This Chinese anime is supposed to premiere in the fall 2020 lineup, however, it was delayed due to some production issues and now confirmed for 2021 release.
Stellar Transformations Season 3
Xingchen Bian: Xichen Yao Hai or Legend of Immortals Season 3 is the sequel of the recently concluded Stellar Transformations 2 from Tencent Video’s lineup last May 2020. It will follow the story of Qing Yu, the main protagonist in the series, and based off on the popular novel of the author I Eat Tomatoes who also wrote other famous source materials of Chinese anime such as Swallowed Star, and Snow Eagle Lord.
Full-Time Magister Season 5
Quanzhi Fashi Season 5. Alright, here’s one of my earliest Chinese anime influences along with The King’s Avatar and it is returning for its 5th season as revealed in the Tencent Video Animation 2020 Conference last August 8. Tencent Penguin Pictures and China Literature are returning to produce it while Shanghai Foch Film Culture Investment will animate it. Full-Time Magister Season 5 will continue the story where the previous season left off last May 2020.
Battle Through The Heavens Season 4
Xiao Yan is returning for Battle Through The Heavens Season 4 or Dou Po Cangqiong 4 as announced in Tencent Video Animation 2020 Conference. The popular donghua concluded its 3rdseason last 2019 and fans are excited to see what will happen next and how our main protagonist will tame Queen Medusa as he returned to Jia Ma Empire. Shanghai Motion Magic is returning to animate the Battle Through The Heavens Season 4 which I am really glad since they made a good job with its previous season.
Hitori no Shita: The Outcast Season 4
One of 2020’s most hyped Chinese anime is Hitori no Shita: The Outcast Season 3 and we’re happy that after its stint last April and May, it will be returning soon with its 4thseason as unveiled from the 2020 Conference of Tencent Video Animation Event.
Tencent Penguin Pictures and Tencent Animation & Comics are returning to produce it, while I think Big Firebird Cultural Media will return to animate it after they had done a spectacular job with Hitori no Shita: The Outcast Season 3.
Time Agents or Shi Guang Dai Li Ren is one of my most anticipated Chinese anime in 2021. It is animated by Haoliners Animation League, one of the most active studios in producing donghua nowadays. It follows the story of Cheng Xiao and Lu Guang who run the Time photo studio and they have the special ability to travel back in time through the pictures of their clients. Time Agents is an original anime produced by bilibili for 2021.
Hundred Demon Manual Season 2
Legend of Exorcism Season 2
The Daily Life of the Immortal King Season 2
The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife Season 3
Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire
Dinghai Fusheng Records
Chivalrous Hero Shen Jianxin Season 3
Heaven Official’s Blessing
The Gerent Saga
Black and White Warriors Season 3
Li’s Kitchen / Li’s Little Restaurant
Pipe Wrench Boy
Alright, so far there are the only upcoming Chinese anime in 2021. However, we will update this list as soon as we get new information about this thread. Nevertheless, I am sure that there is plenty of great donghua to watch out for next year as Chinese animation companies are now growing and put more effort into producing quality and appealing Chinese anime media.
- @cuchallain from Donghua Reviews
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