Adult Swim announced in 2020 that Shenmue, the game about making friends, finding a job, and avenging your father’s death at the hands of a mysterious kung fu master, is being made into an anime. (opens in a new tab). We now have an official start date: the 13-episode anime will air on February 5.
We also have a new trailer, and this one is more relevant than the first look (opens in a new tab) we started there in October. Ryo wins the tournament, skips the celebration, and arrives at his father’s dojo just in time to see the old man being completely rocked by Lan Di. Ryo licks his lips and gets fed a three-decker knuckle sandwich for his trouble, at which point the trailer embarks on his quest for sweet revenge: to find out why his father was killed and get a just reward.
As with the first trailer, this one wastes no time on the day-to-day side of Shenmue – driving a forklift, collecting capsule toys – and instead focuses on the good stuff, i.e. people kick their ass. other. Seems like a solid approach to attracting an audience beyond basic Shenmue fans: I haven’t played any of the games, but I might be convinced to watch a cartoon – sorry, anime– of kung fu superstars hammering each other.
If you haven’t played Shenmue and this trailer intrigues you, now’s a good time to jump in: Shenmue 3, “a flawless sequel to the series that makes up for its limitation with a pure heart,” is for sale on Steam (opens in a new tab) for $7.50/£6/€7.50, 75% off, through January 24.