The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo is on air through today to Sunday, and the announcements are beginning to flow. An early headline is the platform’s partnership with Adult Swim to make an anime of SEGA’s Shenmue.
Shenmue, which has a loyal fan following, is a bit of a mashup of a game and while it’s often a brawler in an open-world, there are elements of RPGs, social sim, arcade and often mini-games. The plots of the various games in the series tend towards revenge thriller and follow the martial artist Ryo Hazuki after the murder of his father.
Sarah Victor, head of development at Crunchyroll told press;
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. We’re eager to show our fans more of this action-packed adventure series as we move through production.”
The anime will be 13 episodes long and will also be the story of Ryo after the murder of his father. That’s a quest that will send him from the streets of Yokosuka in Japan to Hong Kong and the world of mystical forces.
Geek Native believes that more information about the title will be revealed at the Virtual Industry Panel at the Expo on Saturday 12:00 PM PT on the Hime Stage.
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