Shenmue fans can rejoice as the highly anticipated anime adaptation finally has a release date. Premiering on Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, Shenmue the Animation will be available February 5 at 9:30 p.m. PT.
This news comes from the official Adult Swim Twitter account which revealed the release date alongside a brand new trailer. In the trailer, we see Ryo Hazuki’s initial confrontation with Lan Di who kills Hazuki’s father in order to steal a “mirror” his father was protecting.
Shared by GameSpot, also revealed the voice actors who will star in Shenmue the animation. Protagonist Ryo Hazuki will be voiced by Japanese voice actor Masaya Matsukaze with Austin Tindle as the English voice actor. Main antagonist Lan Di will be voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in the Japanese version with Scott Gibbs voicing him in the English version.
We’ve known for a while now that Shenmue had an anime adaptation in the works for 2022, although this is the first time we’ve been given a release date. The show was first announced in September 2020, and in October 2021 we got our first look and a vague 2022 release date.
We also know that the series will run for thirteen episodes and will be directed by Sakurai Chikara whose previous works include One Punch Man and Naruto. Shenmue the Animation also has series creator Yu Suzuki on board as executive producer, which may explain why the two trailers we’ve seen so far appear to be very faithful recreations of the games.
For those who have never played a Shenmue game before, the story revolves around Ryo Hazuki who goes on a mission to find out why his father was murdered by the aforementioned Lan Di. To do this, Hazuki learns to master his father’s style of martial arts and travels across Japan while battling dangerous enemies.
If you’re interested in the anime, be sure to tune into Crunchyroll or Adult Swim on February 5.
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