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Chinese anime gains traction with more sophisticated offerings

Biggest 2019 hit rang up box office record of $717m

Video-sharing website Bilibili is focused on growing anime from China. (Photo courtesy of Bilibili)

SHANGHAI -- China's animated film industry is on a roll, demonstrating its ability to produce record-shattering blockbusters as its works become more sophisticated and appealing to domestic consumers.

The biggest box-office hit in 2019 grossed more than three times the previous record while a growing number of original works are being released on online animation streaming sites, which are gaining popularity among fans.

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