Crunchyroll announces its collaboration with Adult Swim to produce Shenmue


Crunchyroll announces its collaboration with Adult Swim to produce Shenmue: Shenmue was the mega videogame released in 1999. Its life-like visuals and its subversive plot had its fans on the edge of their seats. It was originally released on Sega Dreamcast. An overseas sequel was released in 2001 and was later added to Xbox in 2002. More than a decade later, Shenmue 3 was launched which set a record for the most funded Kickstarter game in 2015. However, this sequel did not live up to its reputation.




Although the game was no longer innovative as compared to its contemporaries it still left a legacy of an engaging plot that included martial arts.

To bring Shenmue’s story to its former glory Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have teamed up. Shenmue anime series will include 13 episodes. The show will stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China On Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic US. The eminent Director Sakurai Chikara will be working on the project with animation production by Telecom Animation Film.  Video game creator Yu Suzuki is also part of the team as the  Executive Producer.

Shenmue’s plot synopsis

After witnessing the death of his father Ryo Hazuki dedicates his life to bring justice to his father and seeks the man responsible. His mission takes Hazuki to the streets of Yokosuka, Japan, the metropolis of Hongkong and beyond. His journey is hardened when supernatural forces come into play. Still, Ryko continues and his quest leads him to become the greatest martial artist.

There has been no information declared regarding the expected date of release.

Other Ventures of Crunchyroll and Adult Swim

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Productions have also partnered up for the release of an original anime series named Fena: Pirate Princess slated to launch in 2021.

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