The “Shenmue” Franchise Is Expanding Into Anime

Originally a Sega Dreamcast blockbuster failure, Shenmue’s cult following and modern popularity propels it to a screen near you, soon. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are teaming up to produce a new and “original” anime. The popular “TV Network” Adult Swim is no amateur when it comes to producing anime. It was only 2 years ago when the announcement for Fooly Cooly (FLCL) season 3 would be jointly produced with Productions I.G and aired by Adult Swim. The series was a hit prompting a home video release in DVD and Blu-ray, multiple re-runs and served as a proof of concept that Subtitled-anime can be profitable on the airwaves here in the states too!

Never played the game? Here’s an official summary.

Shenmue follows the journey of Ryo Hazuki. 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.

Crunchyroll has been “producing” original anime for a number of years now but only began branding under the “Crunchyroll Originals” this year. This is an interesting step but not surprising for anime-streaming giant. A franchise like “Shenmue” could lead to some very lucrative deals, maybe a sequel or two. The upcoming tv-series will be produced by Adult Swim Productions and Crunchyroll. Shinmue’s creator Yu Suzuki, will serve as an executive producer.

Shenmue first launched in 2000 making the Sega franchise two-decades old. The develop Ys Net was founded by Shenmue’s creator Yu Suzuki. Shenmu III released in late 2019 after a succesful crowd-funding campaign. The game was published for Windows and Playstation 4 by Platinum Games.

No date has been given for a release. Crunchyroll will stream in all territories besides Japan and China. Adult Swim will air it here in the States.

Source: Crunchyroll Live Expo

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