Shining Youth or Flash Youth, a sub-genre in Chinese animation and media often refers to a story that follows the teenage years and youthful dreams of the main characters. It often revolves around the youthful adventure of the main characters who are usually in their teen years or early 20s. These had been the major elements shared by 6 of these upcoming Chinese anime from Tencent which was listed as part of its 2021-2022 donghua lineup.
So much for the fun and excitement of donghua fans, these 6 series promises to bring a lot of surprises. It will bring stories that will give the viewers some nostalgic feeling of their teenage years, the sweetness and enthusiasm that comes with it. Without further ado, let’s take a look at these 6 dazzling donghua as referred to as Shining Youth from the 2021 Tencent Video Animation Conference.
AWM Ultimate Sniper
AWM Jixian Juji | Also known as the AWM PUBG Mobile donghua adaptation is an upcoming action-romance donghua from B.CMAY Pictures and Tencent Penguin Pictures. It is adapted from a web novel AWM: PUBG which was written by Man Man He Qi Duo and was first published in 2018 by jjwxc with 86 chapters and 4 extras. The novel was listed as one of the top recommended modern-day danmei (boys-love) stories.
AWM: PUBG’s highest damage dealing and most difficult to acquire, monstrous sniper rifle within the game. The ultimate air-drop dream, with ample power doing large harm, one shot to the head is enough for one to fall to the ground, regardless of the headgear one may be wearing. Its only disadvantage, the odds of it dropping make it extremely difficult to obtain, in which it all relies on luck. You are my AWM, meaning: You are the one who I can only come across serendipitously. [Source: Web Novel]
Sweet Bite Marks
Tianmei de Yaohen | This was previously unveiled by Tencent last year but it seems that the production had been delayed. Nevertheless, the classic drama and romance between vampires and humans will be the highlight of this new series that will surely catch the attention of many female viewers out there. The series is adapted from a manhua of the same title by Ruisi and Yikai.
A noble vampire prince falls for a menial human blood servant… from refusal to accept, she begins to worry about him and solve problems for him… However, there are gaps of status, class, and hatred between them, in this confrontation between vampires and humans, will they finally break the rule and be together? [Source: Webcomics]
Daihao: Kuangxin | This is another addition to the palate of BL lovers, this upcoming danmei donghua is adapted on a mystery and supernatural manhua titled Bu Jianquan Guanxi which is also known as Unsound Relationship, or Imperfect Relationship which perfectly suits the hot-mess between its two main characters, a story that somehow reminds me of The Millionaire Detective: Balance: Unlimited, Antidote, Banana Fish, and Link Click.
The hot-tempered criminal investigation captain Qiao Cuo, and the high IQ cold-blooded detective Teng Ruiyu, two teamed up to detect countless incredible cases, until they were involved in continuous alchemy crimes two years ago. [Source: Anilist]
So Pure, So Flirtatious
Hen Chun Hen Aimei | Also known as Very Pure, Very Vague, this hilarious and sci-fi donghua will give you every bit of a Japanese anime through its ecchi vibes and many funny antics. It is animated by the studio GARDEN and is adapted from a novel of the same title by Yuren Erdai.
High school student Yang Ming is a typical underachiever. He gets into fights, skips class, and cheats on his schoolwork. When the school flower confronts him, he feels ashamed and wants to change, but he has fallen too far behind. However, by a stroke of fate, he ends up gaining a pair of contacts that allow him to change his visual perspective, completely altering the course of his future! [Source: Webnovel]
Nuan Yang | Fans of the BL genre should definitely watch out for this, Warm Sun is the donghua adaptation of SAYE, one of the best danmei novel by Priest. Personally, this is one of the new bl donghua that I am seriously looking forward to watching upon its release. The premise is very promising and one that seems to have a substantial punch in its plot.
I wish to have you by my left shoulder, with a smile by my right – I wish to run freely in your eyes. I wish for one look to last a lifetime. Jiang Cheng, an accomplished student was exiled to the steel mill where his biological father worked. This strange, foreign environment, coupled with his rather vulgar biological father, caused Jiang Cheng to feel quite depressed. That is, until one day, he met Gu Fei, the Delinquent of the Steel Mill, by chance. Thus begins the story of Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei, a story of salvation and hope. [Source: Kuaikan Manhua]
Zuoshou Shanglan | I must say that this is the Slam Dunk of China, yeah, this upcoming Chinese sports anime is actually sponsored by the Chinese Basketball Association and it promises a lot of vigor and excitement, just like what a sports anime should be.
The play stars Xu Xing Ze, a passionate basketball player, tells a youthful story about love and the growth of Chinese teens.
Alright, so these are the 6 Chinese anime that both shounen and shoujo fans should watch out for in the remaining months of 2021 and 2022. I will also update this post whenever news about its release date will be announced. I will also publish some more guides and tips about the other donghua from the 2021-2022 Tencent lineup by donghua genres labeled by the company such as the Chivalry and Martial Arts Fantasy World, Mystery and Adventure, Passionate Heroes, Joy and Comedy, Sci-Fi, and Space Adventure, Creating a Dream Paradise, and the highly anticipated donghua sequels.