A.I.C.O. Vs Shi Xiong/I am Bai Xiaofei (Japanese Vs Chinese Anime Comparison)

“Zombie brother” (Shi Xiong) is a Chinese anime from November of 2014 and ended in March of 2015. Then it came with a second season with a different title “I am Bai Xiaofei which lasted from April of 2015 and ended in March of 2016. Each episode being five to eleven minutes long. This takes place in an apocalyptic world which is very similiar to the popular series “The Walking Dead”. The protagonist, Bai Xiaofei, takes a body enhancer that he finds online in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. This, of course, brings many consequences.

After the first episode of “Zombie Brother”, the animation quality changed drastically. The characters and setting are a lot less sketchy than in the first episode. Fast forward to the second season: “I am Bai Xiaofei”, the animation becomes more high quality along with the voice acting. This anime is definitely not for kids nor for the faint of heart so if you’re not into slight gore or very graphic comedic scenes, I wouldn’t recommend you watching this anime.

Now onto A.I.C.O -Incarnation- , this anime is a Netflix series which was released in March of 2018. This anime takes place in 2035 when an operation goes completely wrong resulting in an incident called “The Burst”. The protagonist -Aiko Tachibana- finds out that in order to end “The burst” and save her mom and brother, she has to give her mind to her “other body”.

This anime, unlike Zombie Brother, is more dramatic- serious even. Each episode is about 23 minutes long and the animation is a lot darker rather than in Zombie Brother, the animation has an assortment of brighter tones. A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- also has a more linear plot than Zombie Brother does so you don’t go “what the heck is going on?” every second of the way.

What these two do have in common is the apocalyptic setting that these two take place. They also keep you on the edge of your seat with how the plot unravels. Both also show have the topic of having humanoid organisms (no, I’m not exactly counting the full on zombies- but some of the main characters). However, the character development for the male protagonist was really slow and can mostly be seen in the last two or three episodes.

Anyways, both of these anime are really well-made. I love both the plot and the characters. If you want to watch an anime in an apocalyptic setting, I highly recommend them. But since this is a comparing article rather than a review, I’m not going to give a rating on either of them. But anyways, until the next article, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up everyone. Nya!🐾


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