Shenmue the Animation

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: シェンムー


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 6, 2022 to May 1, 2022
Premiered: Winter 2022
Broadcast: Sundays at 14:30 (JST)
Producers: Wave Master
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Theme: Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.661 (scored by 72187,218 users)
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Ranked: #59002
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Popularity: #4732
Members: 22,237
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1985, Yokosuka. Ryo Hazuki has trained to master the Hazuki Style Jujitsu under his strict father in the Hazuki Dojo from his childhood. However, one day a mysterious man named Lan Di murders his father and takes the “mirror” his father was protecting. Ryo is determined to find the truth behind his father’s murder, but soon finds himself getting stuck in a war between the underground organizations…. Traveling from Yokosuka to Hong Kong, Ryo’s long journey begins!

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Characters & Voice Actors

Hong, Xiuying

Kumagai, Mirei

Chen, Guizhang

Kijima, Ryuuichi

Ren, Wuying

Taira, Osamu

Johnson, Tom

Tajima, Akihiro


Yamaguchi, Tomohiro


Sakurai, Chikara
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Ebina, Yasunori
Sound Director
Wakabayashi, Atsushi
Episode Director
Yano, Yuuichirou
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"UNDEAD-NOID" by Kashitarou Itou

Ending Theme

"Sympathy" by Narudora

Episode Videos


May 1, 2022
I didn't watch many anime this season, but of the few I watched this was my favorite. Shenmue the anime is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the first 2 games and finally helps tell the story of Shenmue the way the game's creator always wanted it told without any of the hardware limitations of the Sega Dreamcast or budget worries.

So, what the Hell is a Shenmue? Before we get into the anime review, we have to talk about one of the most unusual franchises in the history of gaming. The story of Shenmue begins with its creator Yu Suzuki. This guy was 25 years ...
Jun 3, 2022
Mixed Feelings
I have never played the games so have no high expectations nor can I be utterly devastated. It looks exactly like the trailers. Very average, perfunctory, and ultimately forgettable. It's something you can throw on the background and sort of zone out while doing other things, much like a mundame crime procedural e.g. CSI. It won't offend or excite. It's just there. There is zero character development or emotional drama. You won't care for any of the characters. Everyone is very simple and one-dimensional. Same for the repetitive dialogue. It's a simple revenge story involving a murder mystery that's really just an excuse for yet ...
May 1, 2022
"It's called the Shenmue tree."

-- the following is a brief paragraph on my overall thoughts, followed by spoilers of story structure. reader discretion advised. --

Feel like I'm in the minority here, but I found Shenmue: The Animation to be an absolute slog and consistently boring. An overpowered protagonist who almost never loses and when he's on the verge, there's a plot device to save him out of the situation or a flashback that gives him the motivation to suddenly defeat his adversary. Being an adaptation of two separate games, there's a giant divide between the two halves as every character is basically forgotten as we ...

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Recent News

'Shenmue the Animation' Additional Cast Announced

'Shenmue the Animation' Additional Cast Announced

The official website for Shenmue the Animation revealed three additional cast members on Thursday. The television anime adapting Sega's video game franchise more

'Shenmue the Animation' Reveals Main Cast, Additional Staff

'Shenmue the Animation' Reveals Main Cast, Additional Staff

Video game company Sega opened an official website for the anime adaptation of the Shenmue game series on Thursday, revealing the main cast, additional cast, more

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Second season as been canceled
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Nov 19, 2023 1:44 PM
Why is this rated R-17 when the games are teen?
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