The first trailer for Shenmue the Animation, the upcoming anime series based on the classic SEGA Dreamcast title, made its debut at New York Comic Con this past week. The show, a joint production between Adult Swim and Crunchyroll with animation by Telecom Animation Film, is set to release in 2022. Fans attending NYCC got their first look at the series, and Adult Swim soon uploaded the trailer for the public.
The trailer depicts series protagonist Ryo Hazuki doing what he does best; kicking butt with plenty of kung-fu action. While it reveals little about the story, it features some great-looking fight scenes — as you’d expect from a Shenmue show.
Take a peek at the trailer below, courtesy of Adult Swim on YouTube:
What you need to know about Shenmue the Animation
Crunchyroll originally announced development on a Shenmue animated series back in 2020 at the Crunchyroll Expo. The company is partnering with Adult Swim to bring the show to life. Shenmue the Animation will be a 13-episodes animated series and is set to debut sometime next year.
Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are also working with series creator Yu Suzuki (who serves as an executive producer) to keep the show faithful to the games. The series was actually in production before the release of Shenmue III in 2019, but that game helped revive interest in the franchise, making it a nice bit of synergy.
Many voice actors from the games will return to voice their characters in this series. In addition, Shenmue the Animation will revisit several locations that featured in the game, rendered through the show’s mixture of hand-drawn and computer animation.
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