The Three-Body Problem Chinese Anime To Premiere This December

Bilibili has announced that the Chinese anime series adaptation of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem trilogy will premiere on the streaming platform on December 3 this year.

The Three-Body Problem animated series is “co-presented” by The Three Body Universe and Chinese animation studio YHKT Entertainment, with Bilibili as its principal producer and financier. The Three Body Universe’s Linkedin page describes it as “an IP developer and operator built around its Hugo Award-winning core IP – The Three-Body Problem.” The project was first announced in 2019.

The first volume in Liu’s science fiction trilogy was initially serialized in China’s Science Fiction World magazine from 2006 and was published as a standalone volume in 2008. An English version, translated by Ken Liu, was published in 2014 by Tor Books and won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The other two books in the trilogy, The Dark Forest and Death’s End, have also been translated (the former by Joel Martinsen).

Macmillan describes The Three-Body Problem as:

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

The animated series’ release date was announced at the Anime Made By Bilibili 2022-2023 event, which also saw the announcements of titles like Link Click Season 2 and The Daily Life of the Immortal King Season 4.

Aside from the upcoming animation series, The Three-Body Problem is also inspiring an English-language Netflix series and a Mandarin-language Tencent Video series, as well as movies, audio books, a stage play, and more. The Three Body Universe is also working on “designer toys, video games, commercial real estate, theme parks,” and other projects to cover “all segments in entertainment consumption.”

Source: Press release

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, so he spent a few years, starting from his college days, doing so. He still likes video games, but now focuses on writing anime-related news content and the occasional review for Anime Trending. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive.
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