The Adventures of Li Xianji

One of my students came to visit me in my office this afternoon to share a Chinese animation that he found very interesting. The Adventures of Li Xianji (李献计历险记) was, in his opinion, amazing because it was a sophisticated animation done by a Chinese artist–most of the best coming of Japan. He also identified with the mix of popular culture references–and references to foreign films and video games. We had a very interesting chat about the way that some of the bleak scenes evoke a sense of waiting for an ideal future, the boredom that comes with it, and the fear that it might never arrive. I’m not prepared to analyze it, but really wanted to share it.  Someone just posted a version on YouTube with English subtitles:

Here is part one:

Here is part two:

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