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Anime boom in China heats up, unaffected by chilly ties

The so-called two-dimensional market is booming in China. Also described as an “otaku geek market,” it covers all industries related to animation, manga and video games that exist in two-dimensions. One research institute estimates that about 270 million people, or nearly one-fifth of the Chinese population, are consumers in the two-dimensional market. Japanese anime and manga are driving this huge market, but why are they so popular in China?

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