anime shenmue revealed a new poster and trailer for the new anime series which confirms the release date of the series! Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have worked together on a number of notable anime projects that have garnered fan acclaim such as Fena: Pirate Princess and Blade Runner: Black Lotus, but fans have been very curious about the most crazy about this team. , the new anime adaptation based on SEGA’s Shenmue video game series. Although word about its development has been relatively quiet so far, fans won’t have to wait much longer to find out!
Shenmue the Animation will officially premiere with Crunchyroll and Adult Swim on Saturday, February 5 at 9:30 p.m. PST. Crunchyroll will stream the English-subtitled version of the series in regions of the world outside of Japan and China, and it will simulcast on Adult Swim as part of the Toonami block. This new trailer and poster for the series gives fans the best look at Shenmue’s anime transformation yet, and you can check them out below for an idea of what to expect:
The central cast of anime shenmue was also revealed (with more to be revealed at a later date), and breaks down as such:
- Ryo Hazuki voiced by Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English): A high school student and heir to Hazuki-style martial arts. When his father is murdered by a mysterious man named Lan Di, Ryo begins a journey to perfect his martial arts and uncover the truth behind his father’s death.
- Lan Di voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Scott Gibbs (English): A high-ranking member of the underground Chi You Men organization who murders Ryo’s father and steals the Dragon Mirror.
- Shenhua voiced by Natalie Rial (English): A young girl who lives in a rural village in Guilin under the care of her adoptive father. Plain and simple, she has a vast knowledge of plants, animals, and other natural survival skills.
- Nozomi Harasaki voiced by Cat Thomas (English): Ryo’s classmate who secretly admires her since he saved her from bullies in middle school. Strong and considerate, she usually spends her time helping out in her grandmother’s flower shop.
- Guizhang Chen voiced by Jeremy Gee (English): Guizhang was born in Yokohama and taught martial arts by his father from an early age. Since Ryo has a similar upbringing, although Guizhang acts cold, he feels close to Ryo.
- Chai – voiced by Greg Ayres (English): A member of Chi You Men. He has a unique condition allowing him to make superhuman-like moves. After Lan Di takes the Dragon Mirror, he begins to search for the second mirror.
- Wong voiced by Bryson Baugus (English): A member of Heavens. He looks up to Ren like a brother and longs to be like him.
- Joy voiced by Luci Christian (English): Joy is a young woman who loves motorcycles. His father runs a trading business and many trust him. Like Ryo, Joy also lost her mother at a young age.
- Xiuying Hong voiced by Christine Auten (English): His priest name is Lishao Tao. Although she is young, she is known as the grand master of Bajiquan. Her facial expression is still calm, but her clear eyes give the impression that she can see right through people’s hearts and intentions.
- Ren voiced by Cody House (English): The charismatic leader of Heavens, a street gang that operates in Beverly Hills Wharf. He is obsessed with money and doesn’t trust anyone but his friends. Ren is a rival to the Yellow Heads gang and plans to beat them one day.
- Dou Niu voiced by Joe Daniels (English): While being the boss of Yellow Heads, Dou Niu is also part of Chi You Men. To gain Lan Di’s trust, he also starts looking for Yuanda Zhu. Dou Niu has a large bear-like body, which puts Ryo and his friends in a tough spot when fighting him.
anime shenmue is officially described as such, “1986, Yokosuka. Ryo Hazuki trained to master Hazuki Style Jujitsu under the guidance of his strict father in the Hazuki Dojo since childhood. However, one day, a mysterious man named Lan Di murders his father and takes the “mirror” his father was protecting. Ryo is determined to uncover 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!
What do you think? Do you like this new look at Shenmue’s first anime? What are you hoping to see from the new series when it comes out next month? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!