Shenmue Anime Series Revealed, Release Date and Voice Cast Confirmed

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim just revealed their new anime ‘Shenmue’, but what is the series about and when will it be released worldwide?

Adult Swim and is once again teaming up with Crunchyroll to bring a new animated series to a new global audience.

Last year, two new titles were created as co-productions between the two giants of the animation industry; Blade Runner Black Lotus and Fena Pirate Princess.

This week, Crunchyroll finally shared the official trailer for its upcoming project with Adult Swim, an adaptation of the iconic “Shenmue” video game series.

So what will the next TV series be about, how will fans around the world be able to watch Shenmue, and most importantly, when will it be released?

What is Shenmue about?

Shenmue is an upcoming anime series from Telecom Animation Film, a Japanese production company that previously worked on Lupine on 3rd, To God, don’t play with me, Miss Nagatoro.

As the name suggests, the 2022 TV series is an adaptation of Sega’s Shenmue video game series, which released iterations from 1999 to 2019 across three main titles.

The next TV adaptation is set in 1986 Yokosuka and centers on a young protagonist called Ryo Hazuki who has trained to master “Hazuki-style Jujitsu” under the watchful eye of his strict father.

“However, one day, a mysterious man named Lan Di murders his father and takes the “mirror” his father was protecting. Ryo is determined to find out the truth behind his father’s murder, but soon finds himself caught in a war between the underground organizations… Traveling from Yokosuka to Hong Kong, Ryo’s long journey begins!– Synopsis, via press release shared with HITC.

Shenmue: Release date and streaming confirmed…

The Shenmue anime series is currently program in world premiere on Saturday February 5and or Sunday February 6and depending on your international location.

The 13-episode Shenmue anime will stream exclusively on the Crunchyroll platform and will simulcast on Adult Swim, as the series is an original co-production between the two services.

However, fans should note that the dubbed version will only be available through Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block and the subtitled version through Crunchyroll.

The anime adaptation was announcement in September 2020, with production scheduled to span several years alongside the release of the latest Shenmue video game, which launched in 2019.

An article breaking down the specific release time for Episode 1 will be shared closer to the scheduled premiere, so check back regularly for the latest news!

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Meet the voice cast…

The official voice cast for the original Japanese and English dub was shared via Shenmue’s press release:

  • Ryo Hazuki will be voiced by Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English)
  • Lan Di will be voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Scott Gibbs (English)
  • Shenhua will be voiced by Natalie Rial (English)
  • Nozomi Harasaki will be voiced by Cat Thomas (English)
  • Guizhang Chen will be voiced by Jeremy Gee (English)
  • Chai will be voiced by Greg Ayres (English)
  • Wong will be voiced by Bryson Baugus (English)
  • Joy will be voiced by Luci Christian (English)
  • Xiuying Hong will be voiced by Christine Auten (English)
  • Ren will be voiced by Cody House (English)
  • Dou Niu will be voiced by Joe Daniels (English)

More Shenmue voice cast members should be shared as we get closer to the official premiere on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

The production staff revealed…

Along with the voice cast and streaming launch news, Crunchyroll also recently shared the production team working to bring Shenmue to a new global audience.

  • Director: Chikara Sakurai – One Punch Man
  • Opening Theme: Ito Kashitaro – “UNEAD-NOID”
  • Chief Animation Director: Kensuke Ishikawa – Tower of God
  • Screenplay: Kento Shimoyama – BLEACH
  • Character Design: Udaka

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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