Shenmue Is Getting The Anime Treatment

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.


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


I Was Saying Boo-urner

This is probably for the best. The Shenmue games are some of the most wonderful gaming schlock ever made. Someone filled Yu Suzuki’s backside with hot air and he damn near floated away. The end result was the kind of it’s so bad, it’s good experience that’s almost unheard of in the world of games. 

But it went too far and people were taken for a ride. All stories deserve resolutions, and hopefully this anime will offer that.