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Japan's anime industry has nothing to worry. Chinese animation simply can't be impactful due to heavy duty censorship. Censorship is the reason why Chinese movies and drama fail to dent Korean movie and drama market dominance outside of China.

Content like Evangelion, Fist of North Star, Akira, Devil Man, Chainsaw Man, Attack on Titans, Terraformers, and Berserk could never be made in China due to heavy censorship.

Heck, I don't think even Dragonball Z and Ranma could be made in China.

Nothing kills creativity faster than censorship.

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The mistake with Japan animation companies, instead of paying its animators better, they began to hire animators from China, Vietnam, Korea at low prices... Those countries learned to make good animation, it is the case of China that already It has very good productions that are already making competition to Japan, even Chinese animation companies are hiring Japanese Talent that pay them up to 10 times more than what they earn in Japan..

Japan needs to improve the working conditions of animators so that it achieve good production standards..

In any case, very good for China..

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Japan's anime industry has nothing to worry. 

Wrong, It has a lot to worry about if don't change things..

China doesn't stop advancing, even in the animation industry..

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What a travesty it will be to have Communist China censorship in anime just like we have Communist China's censorship in Hollywood movies. Noone will hear about Communist China's current genocide, Noone will hear about Communist China's forced organ harvesting on a massive scale.

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Japan has been doing this since the sixties and people are grateful for that…; so many great memories… so much nostalgia…; China will never be able to replicate that. I’m not even gonna start mentioning animes here because there’s literally hundreds of masterpieces out there. Mr. Shinkai, pessimism won’t take you (and Japan) anywhere…; be optimistic, be proud.

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Japan has a lot to worry thanks to how the artistic part of the industry is seriously losing to the economic/popular part, but it may be surpassed first by productions of other countries that are also doing their best to improve and do not have the ferreus control the CCP has over everything happening in China.

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Freedom RulezToday 08:22 am JST

What a travesty it will be to have Communist China censorship in anime just like we have Communist China's censorship in Hollywood movies. Noone will hear about Communist China's current genocide, Noone will hear about Communist China's forced organ harvesting on a massive scale.

Lol just like Japanese anime censors any mention of their WW2 atrocities?

No one will hear about Unit 731 or the Nanjing Massacre in an anime because they'll just take it off the air or heavily censor it due to right-wing death threats.

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As said above China will have a hard time fighting Japan when it comes to anime, at least the otaku category of anime geared towards teens and adults.

As for other entertainment such as dramas they have already overtaken them when it comes to international views on streaming sites. Korean dramas overtook Japan a long time ago and China is copying that quite well, and putting a lot of money into it as well. Japan as with everything else is slow to adapt and most shows are just lacking quality, lots of potential in story but just comes of as cheap. Around when I started watching Japanese dramas in 2004 all shows where subbed right away, now days it can be really slow and some never being subbed at all, while Korean and Chinese shows get subbed an hour from release.

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Aa a casual anime fan, I can state that Japan has absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to inferior Chinese anime.

No one will hear about Unit 731 or the Nanjing Massacre in an anime because they'll just take it off the air or heavily censor it due to right-wing death threats.

In all honesty, who on earth watches anime for such dark themes? Pretty much no one. China can pump out as much propaganda as they wish...the world sees through it and isn't interested.

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Japan's anime industry has nothing to worry

I think some Japanese gamers were saying the same thing about the gaming industry. Then comes Genshin Impact.

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