Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have announced that they will be teaming up to produce a new anime series based on the recently-revived SEGA franchise Shenmue.
The partnership, announced on September 5th as part of Crunchyroll’s Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, will see an anime adaptation of Shenmue “stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China on Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic United States”.
The series’ key visual can be seen below:
“The first Shenmue video game was released more than twenty years ago and we’re so excited to be working again with Adult Swim to bring this franchise to life through anime,” said Crunchyroll’s Head of Development, Sarah Victor. “We’re eager to show our fans more of this action-packed adventure series as we move through production.”
Adult Swim SVP/Creative Director On-Air Jason DeMarco stated that ““The world of Shenmue is fascinating and unique, and we are so excited to partner with Yu Suzuki to bring his epic creation to anime- and make a kick-ass martial arts epic!”
According to a brief synopsis provided by Crunchyroll, the series will consist of thirteen episodes and will follow “the journey of Ryo Hazuki” as he seeks revenge against his father’s killer:
“After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond. Soon he’ll learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.”
The series will be directed by Sakura Chikara (One Punch Man Season 2) and will be animated by Telecom Animation Film (Megalo Box, Dr. Stone).
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