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'Shenmue: The Animation' TV anime series adaptation has been announced, releases new key visual
September 5, 2020 at 10:05 AM PHT (GMT +8)
The action-adventure game series "Shenmue" created, produced and directed by Yu Suzuki, will be receiving a TV anime series adaptation as announced by the streaming platform Crunchyroll on Saturday, during the online Crunchyroll EXPO. A key visual has also been revealed and the series will premiere at a later date.
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This new series is the third Crunchyroll and Adult Swim collaboration and will be consisting of 13 episodes with animation production from Telecom Animation Film (Tower of God, Lupin the Third: Part 5), directed by Chikara Sakurai (Magimoji Rurumo, One-Punch Man Season 2). Shenmue creator and game designer Yu Suzuki will act as Executive Producer for the project.
The game series Shenmue (1999) and Shenmue II (2001) were developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega for Dreamcast while Shenmue III was developed by Suzuki's company Ys Net for PlayStation 4 and Windows release in 2019.
The Shenmue games consist of open-world 3D environments interspersed with brawler battles and quick time events. They include elements of role-playing, life simulation and social simulation games, such as a day-and-night system, variable weather effects, non-player characters with daily schedules, and interactive elements such as vending machines, arcades, and minigames. The story follows teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki as he travels through 1980s Japan and China in pursuit of his father's killer.