The first Shenmue: The Animation trailer is officially out, offering a glimpse of how the groundbreaking Dreamcast series is being translated into anime. As expected, it’s filled with plenty of solid kung fu action that should delight longtime fans of the series.
You can check out the trailer below, which was released shortly after the Shenmue: The Animation panel concluded during New York Comic Con 2021.
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Series creator Yu Suzuki, director Chikara Sakurai and producer Yu Kiyozono took part in the panel discussion. Together with Sola Entertainment producer Joseph Chou, they discussed how the anime will adapt the game’s extensive story and its unique world.
Regarding Shenmue’s legacy, Suzuki said that Shenmue’s story “is so great and long that it is difficult to convey to many people as a game series”. Suzuki previously said that Shenmue 3 only brings the sprawling martial arts epic up to about 40% of the completion mark.
“Animation is a lot simpler than a game. It’s perfect for creating a linear story,” said Suzuki.
Sakurai, meanwhile, admitted that he didn’t actually play the original Shenmue, saying that he didn’t have enough money at the time. A little confidently, Sakurai said, “I’m making a movie out of a game I couldn’t play. That’s interesting.”
Shenmue: The Animation is set in both Yokosuka and Hong Kong and will feature familiar characters and scenes from the series, including flashbacks with characters like Shenmue. It will use a mix of hand-drawn and computer animation to create many of its backdrops.
The series was first announced at Crunchyroll Expo last year, with Suzuki confirmed as executive producer. It will consist of 13 episodes and a dubbed version will air on Adult Swim and streamed on Crunchyroll. The anime has been in production since Shenmue 3 was released and will see the return of some of the game’s key voice actors.
Shenmue 3 revived the series in 2019, taking up the Shenmue 2 story from 2001.
“This direct continuation of the Shenmue 2 story and gameplay felt to someone who had almost given up hope of returning to Ryo Hazuki’s world, and because of that, I’m glad Shenmue 3 in all of its curiosities exists. Me just wish it had given me the satisfying story I returned for, “wrote reviewer Kyler Hilliard.
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