Shemue the Animation gets a voiceover trailer ahead of its February release

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are about to release Shenmue the Animation in just a few weeks. An adaptation of Yu Suzuki’s Magnum opus, Shenmue, an ambitious RPG that shaped the Dreamcast era trying to redefine the open-world, role-playing experience. While the game and its sequels did not gain traction, the legacy of the series continues. Not long ago, we finally had Shenmue III. And now, the anime based on the show is about to become a reality.

With just a little more to go, Adult Swim has shared a voiceover trailer for Shenmue the Animation. Yes, yes, I understand. Many ‘hardcore’ anime fans may be fed up with English dubs, but this doesn’t seem too bad. Ryo Hazuki, the sailor hunter and hero of the series, is voiced by Austin Tindle, who has accumulated a job as a voice actor in hell for anime dubbing. Lan Di, the man who killed Ryo’s father to start the roller coaster of a story, is voiced by Scott Gibbs in the dub. Crunchyroll has revealed the voice actors for most of the show’s main characters, so Give it a check when you have the chance.

Shenmue the Animation looks to cover a good part, if not all, of the first two games. The new trailer itself doesn’t explore much about Shenmue II, but a lot of marketing materials contain its characters. Joy, Ren and Dou Niu will obviously be part of the series. There will be 13 episodes, but I’m not sure how far Shenmue II story will hit. Shenhua will be included, so it could be said to end the story of the second game. Watch the voiceover trailer for Shenmue the Animation, will launch on Crunchyroll on February 5.

When is the next chapter?

Shenmue Fans will certainly be hoping that the anime will garner interest in the fourth game. Right now, the fate of the game series is up in the air. Even with Shenmue III, Suzuki didn’t finish Ryo’s story. Far from it, in reality. The third game is less than half of the story Suzuki envisioned.

If Shenmue the Animation works well, it might attract more fans who want to see the finale. The show belongs to Telecom Animation Film, which produced the stunning Tower of Gods for Crunchyroll. At least Shenmue the Animation will look great. The trailers we’ve seen so far are proof. Shemue the Animation gets a voiceover trailer ahead of its February release


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