Happy Children’s Day! Here is a message from Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf. They are about to go on an exciting tour to Osaka, Kobe and Nara in June, hoping to make some new friends in Japan.
Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf are characters from one of the most famous animation currently in China. They are originally created and produced by a local animation company, Creative Power Entertaining, in Guangdong.
Being an important component of animation industry, Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf will be presented together with another 135 very best Chinese animations and comics in the exhibition ‘中國アニメ?漫畫の日本ツアー、水墨の中から來る’.
Apart from classic masterpieces, famous for their use of ink, paper cut and simple lines, you will find the most popular original pieces currently in China at this exhibition. These artworks from the younger generation of animators and comic artists feature a wide range of styles that might change your perception of Chinese animation.
An artwork from Chinese comic artists, 早稻, that will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition in Japan. [Photo provide by the organizer]
This will be the first-ever debut for such a large number of Chinese animations and comics in Japan. The event will also include a series of exchange forums and animation screenings, aiming to boost communication between animators and comic artists in the two countries and celebrate the upcoming G20 in Osaka.
In fact, connections between Chinese and Japanese animators began as early as in the 20th century. ‘The Princess of the Iron Fan’ produced in 1940 was the first Chinese animation screened in Japan while the ‘Astroboy’ was the first Japanese animation series broadcast in China and it achieved great success. Co-produced pieces such as ‘The Emperor’s Dream’ are fundamental to China’s animation development.
Editors: Wing, Simon
Video: Li Jiangrui, Cao Yaqin