A feature-length anime adaptation of the popular game “Genshin” has been decided. On September 16, HoYoverse, the overseas brand of Chinese game giant miHoYo, which developed the game, announced the official start of a joint project with ufotable, one of Japan’s leading animation production companies, to produce a feature-length anime.
Genshin is an open-world action RPG and was released simultaneously for PlayStation 4, PC, and smartphones (iOS and Android) on September 28, 2020. Subtitles are available in 13 languages, voice dubbing for characters is available in Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean, and the service is available for more than 200 countries and regions.
In recognition of its outstanding quality, Google and Apple selected it as one of the best games of 2020. The following year, in 2009, it was the first original IP by a Chinese game company to win “Best Mobile Game” at The Game Awards, also known as the Academy Awards of the game industry. It also won the “World’s Most Tweeted Game” in 2008 and the first half of 2009.
A number of animated promotional shorts for Genshin have already been released. Among them, “Winter Night’s Play” has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube, and many people in the comments section have been waiting for a feature-length animation of Hara Shen.
ufotable, which will co-produce Harakami’s feature-length anime, is known for its work on anime films based on the “Blade of Demon Perdition” manga and the “Fate/stay night” game. It was ranked No. 1 in the annual box-office revenue ranking.