Chinese animation Scissor Seven is popular at home and abroad. AHA ENTERTAINMENT
Chinese animation has gained a foothold in the streaming giant Netflix with Scissor Seven.
After first airing in China in 2018, it debuted globally as a Netflix Original in 2020, the first Chinese animated series to do so. Now, its third season was released on Netflix on Oct 3.
It tells the story of an assassin called “Seven”, who works undercover as a hairdresser and tries to recover his lost memories after a major injury as he begins a journey of self-discovery.
The series has so far reached audiences in more than 100 countries and regions worldwide with about 29 language subtitles.
The animated comedy can thank its large following both domestically and internationally on its blend of humor, touching stories, amazing visuals and beautiful folk music.
“We pursued cooperation with Netflix because we’re greatly confident in the quality of our content,” Zou Shasha, the producer of the series, told CGTN. “We’re convinced that it will be understood and adored by foreign audiences.”
Scissor Seven has received positive reviews from both fans and critics. So far, all three seasons of the series earned a score of over 9 out of 10 on the social platforms Bilibili and Douban. In 2018, the series’ first season was screened at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and became the first Chinese production to compete in the festival’s TV Films, which is comparable to the Oscars to animators.
Zou believes it’s not a coincidence, as the work’s theme is to break down prejudice and hatred with love and tolerance. “This is a powerful and universal concept that connects with audiences everywhere,” she said.