The Shenmue anime will premiere on both Adult Swim and Crunchyroll on Saturday, February 5, with the two services splitting the dubbed and subtitled versions of the show.

Based on the popular Sega video game franchise, Shenmue the Animation will be an adaptation of the events from the video game. Set in 1986, martial artist Ryo Hazuki trains under his father until one day a mysterious man murders him.

Now Ryo must travel from Yokosuka to Hong Kong to uncover the mystery surrounding his father’s death.

Adult Swim will premiere an English-dubbed version of the series, while Crunchyroll will stream a subtitled version worldwide outside of Japan and China.

The cast includes Austin Tindle as Ryo Hazuki, Scott Gibs as Lan Di, the killer of Ryo’s father, Natalie Rial as Shenhua, a young girl from a rural village, and Cat Thomas as Nozomi Haraski, Ryo’s classmate and admirer.

Shenmue was created by the famous game developer Yu Suzuki, who envisioned a free-flowing movie game. The first Shenmue game was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999 to critical acclaim. A sequel was released in 2001.

After over a decade, a third Shenmue game was successfully crowdfunded and eventually released in 2019. It was one of the fastest funded video game projects ever launched on Kickstarter. You can check out IGN’s review of Shenmue 3 here and how it feels like a game is stuck in time.

Shenmue the Animation is directed by Chikara Sakurai, who worked on the second season of One Punch Man, and features animation by Telecom Animation Film.

Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN. you can reach him @lawoftd.





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