The first Shenmue: The Animation trailer is formally right here, providing a glimpse of how the pioneering Dreamcast collection interprets to anime. As anticipated, it is stuffed with plenty of strong kung fu motion, which ought to please long-time followers of the collection.
You can take a look at the trailer beneath, which went up shortly after the conclusion of the Shenmue: The Animation panel that came about throughout New York Comic Con 2021.
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The panel featured collection creator Yu Suzuki in addition to director Chikara Sakurai and producer Yu Kiyozono. Along with Sola Entertainment producer Joseph Chou, they mentioned how the anime will adapt the sport’s sprawling story and its distinctive world.
Talking about Shenmue’s legacy, Suzuki mentioned that Shenmue’s story is “so grand and lengthy that it is laborious to convey to many individuals as a recreation collection.” Suzuki has beforehand mentioned that Shenmue 3 solely takes the sprawling martial arts epic to in regards to the 40% completion mark,
“Animation is much more easy than a recreation. It is completely fitted to making a linear story,” Suzuki mentioned.
Sakurai, in the meantime, admitted that he hasn’t really performed the unique Shenmue, saying that he did not have the funds for on the time. In a little bit of self-awareness, Sakurai mentioned, “I’m making a film out of a the sport I used to be not capable of play. That is attention-grabbing.”
Set in each Yokosuka and Hong Kong, Shenmue: The Animation will characteristic acquainted characters and scenes from the collection, together with flashback scenes that includes characters like Shenmue. It will make the most of a mixture of hand-drawn and laptop animation to create lots of its backdrops.
The collection was first announced last year at the Crunchyroll Expo, with Suzuki confirmed as the manager producer. It will comprise 13 episodes and a dubbed model will air on Adult Swim and stream on Crunchyroll. The anime has been in manufacturing since earlier than the discharge of Shenmue 3, and can see the return of a number of of the core voice actors from the video games.
Shenmue 3 revived the collection again in 2019, choosing up the story from 2001’s Shenmue 2. In our review, wrote that it feels prefer it’s from “a distinct period” and that it is about “5 steps behind trendy video games.”
“This direct continuation of Shenmue 2’s story and gameplay did really feel like coming dwelling for somebody who had all however given up hope of ever returning to Ryo Hazuki’s world, and for that purpose, I’m glad Shenmue 3, in all its oddity, exists. I simply want it had given me the satisfying story I returned for,” reviewer Kyler Hilliard wrote.
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Suzuki, at the least, sees Shenmue’s extra dated facets as a characteristic moderately than a bug. “You can expertise and style the inconvenient occasions of 1986. If you merely need to get pleasure from enjoying the sport, it may be a bit traumatic except you’re a actual fanatic,” he mentioned throughout right this moment’s panel.
We’ll see whether or not Shenmue: The Animation is extra accessible to common audiences when it releases in 2022.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN