Shenmue, the beloved action-adventure video game franchise from Sega and Ys Net, is getting an original animated series from Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. The show is directed by Chikara Sakurai (A punch season 2) with the lead role of Ryo Hazuki voiced by Masaya Matsukaze in the Japanese version (Matsukaze voices Hazuki in the video game series). anime shenmue will premiere February 5 on the Crunchyroll streaming platform and Adult Swim on Toonami in North America.
The cult tube Shen Mue first came to the Dreamcast in 1999. Judging from what we’ve seen so far, the animation appears to be based on the games original story. According to a statement, the new 13-episode adaptation will tell the story of Ryo Hazuki, a high school student and martial artist on the hunt for the man who murdered his father.
Animation production is led by Telecom Animation Film (tower of god) with additional production management provided by Sola Entertainment (The God of High School). Austin Tindle (tokyo ghoul) will voice Hazuki in the English dub. Lan Di, a high-ranking member of an underground organization, will be voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese and Scott Gibbs in English. In the English version, simple town girl Shenhua will be voiced by Natalie Rial, and Hazuki’s close friend Nozomi Harasaki will be voiced by Cat Thomas.
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim announced that the two companies would begin teaming up to bring more anime to the United States in 2019. In 2020, Crunchyroll released the first season of its original anime series, tower of god and the streaming company has continued to create original content ever since. Last year, the platform released a number of new original series, including Blade Runner: Black Lotus.