Shenmue Is Getting The Anime Treatment

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Why play Shenmue when you can watch Shenmue? Crunchyroll announced today that it will be partnering with Adult Swim to develop an anime series based on the iconic action-adventure games.

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Shenmue: The Animation is a 13-episode series that retells the story of video game protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s murderer. Japanese studio Telecom Animation Film (Lupin III, Tower of God) will handle the production with direction from Sakurai Chikara (One Punch Man, Food Wars). Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki has also joined the project as an executive producer.

An air date for Shenmue: The Animation has not been set. More details are expected during tomorrow’s online Crunchyroll Expo panel.

Staff Writer, Kotaku

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This is what it should’ve been from the beginning. Maybe this franchise can finally produce something good. I get why people like Shenmue, at least theoretically. Gameplay is choppy to me, but I can see some appeal there, but the story and characters are arguably the centerpiece, and they’re terrible. Hopefully this anime can get competent writers and can be a success, I’d love for Shenmue fans to get the resolution they deserve, and it’d mean no more bad games!