According to Deadline, it’ll air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the United States, not just on Crunchyroll itself, and will follow game protagonist Ryo Hazuki in his quest to become a martial artist and avenge his father’s murder.
Shenmue III wound up being something of a disappointment since the game’s 20-year-old reputation for innovation couldn’t carry forward to the modern day, but perhaps the story will carry itself as a focused anime series.
I’ve often heard that Shenmue set the standard for a living, breathing open world in video games when it was released on Sega Dreamcast in 1999.
It was followed by some of the most highly anticipated video game sequels ever made, and Shenmue III set a record for the most-funded Kickstarter game in 2015.
Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki will have an executive producer credit, and it’ll be directed by Chikara Sakurai whose IMDB profile you can browse here.
Now, AT&T’s Crunchyroll has announced that Shenmue is getting its own anime series.