April is here and it only means we are heading towards a new seasonal lineup in the animation cycle. Yes, in Japan, this is the season for the spring lineup, the same thing can be said too in Chinese animation although, in donghua, the spring lineup often starts as early as mid-March.
Now, we have listed here the Chinese anime scheduled for April 22. These are the donghua that fans should add to their watchlist and keep an eye on in the spring lineup of Chinese animation. Without further ado, let’s check out the donghua with April 2022 releases as follows:
Busted! Darklord. Season 2
Xiao Motou Baolu La! 2 | Coming first on the list is the 2nd season of Busted! Darklord. which first premiered in January this year. The 2nd season of the donghua will air continuously a week after its 1st season finale starting on April 9, 2022.
The Chinese comedy donghua is a must-watch for fans who are looking for hilarious antics and highlight tropes such as school-setting with demons pretending to be someone else, cross-dressing involves, etc. Returning to handle the production of Busted! Darklord. Season 2 is Wawayu Animation (known for Cinderella Chef).
In an attempt for survival, Yu Renjie, the son of the demon lord, was ordered to enter Hero’s Academy which only recruits distinguished and upright disciples. The goal is to obtain a Hero’s Certificate which can bring legitimacy to the demon clan. This is extremely dangerous. Once the identity of a demon cultist is exposed, countless righteous knights will kill them on the spot. But on the first day of school, Yu Renjie was shocked to find out that his personal information had been leaked. In order to hide his identity, he had no choice but to put on women’s clothing. His dangerous and hilarious campus life is about to unfold!Source: Bilibili Comics
Supreme Galaxy Season 2
Xinghe Zhizun 2 | One of Youku’s most popular donghua from 2021 is coming back this year for its sequel in Supreme Lord of the Galaxy Season 2 which is slated to air on April 13, 2022. It is animated by Ruo Hong Culture and adapted from a Chinese web novel of the same name.
It Starts with a Mountain
Kaiju Yi Zuo Shan | Slated for release on April 15, 2022 on Tencent Video, It Starts with a Mountain or also known as Starting a Mountain animation is the latest Chinese isekai donghua that we should watch out for. This time, we have a rather scoundrel main character who promises to deliver so much fun and excitement this spring.
Starting with a cottage, two populations (military division, groom), will build the strongest cottage. He traveled into troubled times and owned a cottage that was about to disband. In the face of this slaughter and turmoil, do you plan to rob money, food, and wife to become a king of Xiaoyao Mountain, or to pour out the blood of this man, fight against heroes in the world, and fight for a famous name in the past and present, and ask: princes and generals, would you rather have a seed!Source: Tencent, translated
Shikong Zhi Xi
From the studio behind Mo Dao Zu Shi and A Will Eternal, Shikong Zhi Xi is a highly anticipated Chinese action and fantasy donghua which was first revealed in 2020 but was delayed, and finally, it’s getting its release this 2022 which is scheduled on April 15. Mo Dao Zu Shi director Ke Xiong is helming the new donghua which had been adapted from a Chinese video game.
The space-time gap between this world and another world caused by unstable energy is the only way for monsters in another world to lead to the world. Bravely stand in the gap between time and space and fight to protect the world.
Xingji Yi You (Interstellar Tour)
We have a new Chinese adventure-comedy donghua coming this April and somehow, it quite reminds me of Flowers Bloom Beautifully, another hilarious donghua from Bilibili which aired last January. This is an original story from animation studio Yudubai and produced by Unimedia, Bilibili, and Wanhe Huyu. Xingji Yi You release date is scheduled for April 18, 2022 and it will air until June 27 for a total of 12 episodes.
The placement of the star native Tang Yueyue awakened his abilities and shouldered the heavy responsibility of exploring the universe. The form “Apocalypse” transformed from the good thoughts of all mankind and told Tang Yueyue that she was the 110th generation descendant of the Demon Slayer family. Since human beings left the earth, the entropy of the sky has disrupted the universe, and the universe has gradually become disordered, full of chaos and violence. Only by finding the magic weapon at the end of the universe can the universe be purified. Tang Yueyue met Sun Dabang, Zhu Lianlian, and Sha Benben, and they formed a temporary team with their own goals. They went through hardships, and each time they were blocked, not only did they not let them give up, but instead they strengthened their desire to return to the Garden of Eden on Earth.
Tuanzimen De Shiming
Another adorable donghua this April is Tuanzimen De Shiming, an original work from author Tui Li Si and directed by Ranhou Buer. It will start airing on April 19, 2022 on Bilibili until June 28. It is animated by Block 12.
The little dumplings don’t know why they are here. Anyway, they have star fruit every day, and they are very happy to eat together. Until one day, a different dango awakened in this star land. It was tired of “intriguing” and “fighting wits and courage” with other dumplings every day. It also wanted to be like them and find peace and harmony. A companion who can love each other just like me! However, changes are always more sudden than expected…Source: Bilibili
Jun You Yun
Adapted from a novel written by the same author as the Great Journey of Teenagers (Juvenile Song), Jun You Yun is the next big Chinese action and fantasy donghua that we should keep an eye on this year. It is slated for release from April 21 until September 22, 2022 for a total of 24 episodes and produced by Bilibili with Passion Paint Animation handling the production.
Four teenagers who left the school and entered the arena for the first time went through all kinds of difficulties and dangers in order to find the truth, unravel the mystery of their life experiences, and become a gentleman. They value the way of a gentleman, and demonstrate the chivalry of “using their own strength to make the world fair”. A strange book, a grudge, a belief, a legend.
You’re a Genius
Ni Zhenshi Ge Tiancai | Here’s probably the funniest donghua that we will enjoy this spring. A comedy series from the studio behind Snow Eagle Lord, Mili Pictures. On top of being a comedy series, You’re a Genius is also a burning and passionate romance story that fans of Chinese animation would love to devour once again. You’re a Genius will premiere on April 23, 2022.
Bai Xiao, the son of the Snow Mountain tribe, was forced to separate from his girlfriend Qingyue in order to break the curse of his girlfriend Qingyue. However, the alien world that is thousands of miles apart and the amnesia of his girlfriend couldn’t stop Bai Xiao’s footsteps. He set foot on the southern continent alone with countless treasures and started the journey to find his lover. The man destined to become a genius shocked the entire empire with his astonishing talent and extraordinary audacity. Where will his magical path of cultivation go? Can he win Qingyue’s heart again?
The Last Summoner
Zuihou De Zhaohuan Shi | After so many delays, the donghua adaptation of The Last Summoner manhua is finally here and is scheduled to air on April 26, 2022. The Last Summoner will bring similar feelings to many viewers as its story and animation resembles those series that we often get from Japan.
A talented young cook’s encounter with a hungry girl who popped up in his kitchen changes his ordinary life forever. Dora, a summoned spirit and a truly cute goddess, now calls him master. However, he is not interested at all and tries everything he could to get away from the ghostly figure. As fate would have it, when he becomes a summoner by accident, there is no turn back in life.
Throne of Seal
Shen Yin Wangzuo | Adapted from the popular Chinese web novel the Sealed Divine Throne, this is another donghua that was based on a story written by Tang Jia San Shao, the author of Soul Land and the Magic Chef of Fire and Ice. Throne of Seal follows an exciting adventure of fighting against demons and the youthful journey of our main character Long Hao Chen as a knight. Throne of Seal donghua will premiere on April 28, 2022.
While the demons were rising, mankind was about to become extinct. Six temples rose and protected the last of mankind. A young boy joins the temple as a knight to save his mother. During his journey of wonders and mischief in the world of temples and demons, will he be able to ascend to become the strongest knight and inherit the throne?
Face on Lie
Huang Yan | Here’s a rather different from many donghua that we had out there since Face on Lie tackles social issues nowadays such as insecurities and beauty standards with elements of the story revolving around plastic surgery, giving the donghua a contemporary feel.
The new donghua is animated by Painted Edge studio and adapted from the drama and psychological Korean manhwa Kkeopdegi by Tam-Mi Kim which is also known in China as Ai no Ningyou.
Yuxi who was discriminated against based on her looks goes to a plastic surgery clinic for a consultation, giving in to the tempting proposal when the handsome director steps in and tells her, “I’ll make you beautiful.” Thinking that this was the shortcut to happiness, Yuxi accepts… but will she truly be able to obtain happiness by becoming beautiful?
Martial Universe Season 3
Wu Dong Qian Kun Season 3 | This is not officially confirmed yet but according to leaked information on Weibo, Martial Universe Season 3 release date is scheduled for May 1, 2022. With all the details that had been released and posted on the official Weibo page of the donghua, it is undeniable that it is definitely getting its release date soon, possibly this spring.