Sega’s Shenmue is getting an anime adaptation

Mahirul Alam Chowdhury
By Mahirul Alam Chowdhury
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Shenmue is returning as an anime series from Adult Swim and Crunchyroll

Shenmue will get a 13-episode anime series with a co-production of Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. Furthermore, it will be aired on Saturday nights on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

No one saw the announcement coming, and took everyone by surprise. The information was made at the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020.

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki will be in production. Meanwhile, One Punch Man Season 2 director Sakurai Chikara will be directing. The series will stream on both Crunchyroll and Adult Swim.

Currently, there is no release date or continuity of the storyline, but we know that it will be based on the Shenmue trilogy.

Shenmue is an action-adventure game. It was released first on the Sega Dreamcast and praised heavily for its detailed open-world gameplay. Many of these are now standard features of any open-world game. Hence, Shenmue is one of the pioneers. Even though it was a great game, the Dreamcast’s struggle to seek popularity caused the Shenmue to go under the radar. The series went on a hiatus after a sequel on the original Xbox.

Sega's Shenmue is getting an anime adaptation
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Shenmue 3 was announced as a Kickstarter project and backed by Sony in 2015. Nostalgic gamers helped raise more than the initial goal. But the game had mixed receptions, mainly because of the mostly backdated gameplay, which didn’t seem to live up to modern standards.

Even though Shenmue was groundbreaking and a new experience in the old days, the game was still very slow-paced. People were not bothered by it in 1999 simply because the concept was completely new. Nostalgia can only take the game so far.

Shenmue emphasizes more on the story-telling and less on the gameplay. So, instead of mediocre games, an anime series looks more suitable to tell the thrilling story of Ryo.

Mahirul Alam Chowdhury is a writer and HR Manager at GameRiv.