Crunchyroll announced an anime adaptation of Sega‘s action-adventure game series Shenmue during the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo on Friday, Sept 4, revealing the main staff and a teaser visual. The anime will run for 13 episodes.
Sakurai Chikara (One Punch Man 2nd Season, Majimoji Rurumo) is helming the anime at Telecom Animation Film. Suzuki Yuu, the creator of the Shenmue franchise, will serve as the executive producer for the project.
Sega released the first Shenmue game in Japan in December 1999 on the Dreamcast console, in November 2000 in North America, and December that year in Europe. The second game in the franchise was released in 2001 in Japan and Europe on the same console, followed by a reissue on Xbox in the US in 2002 and Europe in 2003.
A compilation of the first two games, Shenmue I & II, was released in 2018 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sega published the third game, Shenmue III, worldwide last November on Playstation 4 and PC after a crowdfunding campaign, which began in June 2015.
The Shenmue anime adaptation marks the second collaboration between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, with the first being Fena: Pirate Princess, which is being produced by Production I.G and is scheduled for a 2021 debut.