Shenmue to become an anime series produced by Crunchyroll

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Sega Dreamcast raised the standard higher for game developers in 1999 when it’s a popular open-world game – Shenmue was released. Shenmue is considered to be one of the best, classic open-world games.

The popularity of the game landed it many sequels afterwards, the third instalment – Shenmue III holds a record of receiving most funding for a video game on Kickstarter in 2015. Recently, it was announced at Crunchyroll Expo that Shenmue is getting adapted into an anime show. If you live in the US, you can watch the show on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

Access to anime is not limited to Crunchyroll alone. The storyline of the anime follows protagonist Ryo Hazuki who wants to master martial art to avenge the murder of his father. 

There are not many extra details given around the show right now, but it is expected that 13 episodes are going to be produced by Crunchyroll. Yu Suzuki, who has created the original game, is acting as an executive producer of the anime, while famous director Chikara Sakurai is going to direct the show. 

Although Shenmue III received massive funding from Kickstarter of over $6 million, it was not a good game compared to how many expectations players and fans had from it. The creators lacked the innovative vision they had when they created the first version of the game in 1999.

However, the producers think there is a scope for an anime show, instead of a new sequel of the game.

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