The story follows protagonist Ryo Hazuki on his quest to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of the mysterious martial artist, Lan Di. According to official information, Ryo will visit Yokosuka and Hong Kong seeking information and the whereabouts of his father’s murderer. This suggests that the anime will cover the original Shenmue and part of Shenmue 2.
Series creator and director, Yu Suzuki, will also serve as the executive producer.
From the press release:
At the iconic annual “Virtual Crunchyroll Expo” (held for the first time in digital format), Crunchyroll announced the new partnership with the Adult Swim platform for the production of “Shenmue” – an original anime series based on the franchise of the beloved counterpart game SEGA.
This co-production will be broadcast globally outside of Japan and mainland China on the Crunchyroll and Adult Swim platforms.
“The first Shenmue video game was released more than 20 years ago and we are excited to work with Adult Swim again to bring this franchise to life through the anime series. We look forward to showing our fans more of this action-packed adventure series, ”said Sarah Victor, head of Crunchyroll Development.
Shenmue is a 13-episode anime series that chronicles the adventure of Ryo Hazuki. After witnessing his father’s murder, Ryo dedicates his life to searching for the killer – a mission that takes him from the Japanese streets of Yokosuka to beyond the Hong Kong metropolis. In search of revenge, he will soon find out that mystical forces are involved, and in the meantime, he is training to become an expert in martial arts.
“The Shenmue world is fascinating and unique, and we’re excited to work with Yu Suzuki (the game’s creator) to turn his epic creation into anime and make bestial martial arts,” said Jason DeMarco, creative director of Adult Swim.
The production of Crunchyroll and Adult Swim “Shenmue” is directed by Sakurai Chikara in the Telecom Animation Film studios, managed by Sola Entertainment. Video game creator Yu Suzuki is also on the team as the executive producer.
Recent collaborations between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim include “Fena – Pirate Princess” and “Blade Runner – Black Lotus”. Fans eager to see the launch announcement can register for a free Virtual Crunchyroll Expo badge on crunchyrollexpo.com and can access the Crunchyroll Industry Panel in the V-CRX On-Demand section.