Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Announce Production of New Original Anime Series Shenmue

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Today Crunchyroll announces the production of “Shenmue,” a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production, based on the SEGA game franchise.

Crunchyroll will showcase more about this latest production during the Crunchyroll Industry panel at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo.

In a post on Facebook, Toonami stated, “Breaking news from the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo! Toonami is proud to announce Shenmue, an Adult Swim x Crunchyroll Production based on the classic SEGA game title. Director Sakurai Chikara is partnering with video game creator Yu Suzuki to bring this game to anime, as a 13 episode martial arts epic. Check out an interview with Suzuki on tomorrow, and get ready for the series coming to Toonami and Crunchyroll! #VCRX”

Here is the press release via Crunchyroll:

At Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, the first-ever digital edition of Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship anime convention, Crunchyroll announced that it will partner again with Adult Swim on the production of Shenmue, an original anime series based on the beloved SEGA game franchise. This latest Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production will stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China on Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic United States.

“The first Shenmue video game was released more than twenty years ago and we’re so excited to be working again with Adult Swim to bring this franchise to life through anime,” said Sarah Victor, head of development, Crunchyroll. “We’re eager to show our fans more of this action-packed adventure series as we move through production.”

Shenmue is an anime series with 13 episodes, following the journey of Ryo Hazuki. After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond. Soon he’ll learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.

“The world of Shenmue is fascinating and unique, and we are so excited to partner with Yu Suzuki to bring his epic creation to anime- and make a kick-ass martial arts epic!” said Jason DeMarco, svp/creative director on-air for Adult Swim.

Shenmue, a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production, is being directed by Sakurai Chikara (season two of One Punch Man, Naruto) with animation production by Telecom Animation Film, and production management provided by Sola Entertainment. Video game creator Yu Suzuki is also onboard as an Executive Producer. Additional Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Productions include the recently-announced Fena: Pirate Princess and BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS.

Fans can register for a free Virtual Crunchyroll Expo badge now at

You can check out the Crunchyroll Virtual Industry Panel tomorrow at 3:45PM ET/12:45PM PT/2:45PM CT for more info on the “Hime Stage” –

Update: Crunchyroll revealed at VCRX today, a special interview featuring the Video Game Creator Yu Suzuki and Series Director, Sakurai Chikara behind Shenmue,” a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production, based on the SEGA game franchise.

Special thanks to Crunchyroll for sending this information our way and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information comes out at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo!