Shenmue the Animation

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Shenmue the Animation
Studio: Telecom Animation Film[1]
Number of seasons: 1
Number of episodes: 13[1]
Original airdate: 2022-02-06[2] — 2022-05-01
Original channel(s): Cartoon Network (Adult Swim), Crunchyroll (US)
Country of origin: Japan
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Shenmue the Animation is an anime series based on the Shenmue franchise. It was first announced at the 2020 Crunchyroll expo.[1] Yu Suzuki is an Executive Producer on the project.

The show did well enough that a second season had some form of work already being started for it, but was canceled due to the Warner Bros. Entertainment merger with Discovery, Inc., due to Discovery axing many shows that Warner Bros. had for tax write offs after having been sold to them by AT&T.[4]


1986, 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!

— Official Website[5]

Promotional material

List of episodes

Episode Video Name Date Airtime Description
1x01 Thunderclap 2022-02-06 Heir of the Hazuki Dojo, Ryo Hazuki, witnesses a mysterious man called Lan Di attacking the Dojo; Ryo attempts to fight against Lan Di, but he is easily defeated.
1x02 Daybreak 2022-02-13 The Hazuki family's maid, Ine, hands a letter to Ryo, who is restless from his father's death, and it contains characters he cannot read.
1x03 Yin-Yang 2022-02-20 Ryo finally finds a person who can read Yuanda Zhu's letter, which says find Master Chen for help to learn about the man who murdered his father.
1x04 Shackles 2022-02-27 To chase Lan Di, Ryo decides to go to Hong Kong but realizes he does not have enough money to go; Ryo enters Mad Angels' territory, seeking information on Lan Di.
1x05 Equal 2022-03-06 Ryo is forced to fight Guizhang Chen from the Chen family to save Nozomi, who has been taken hostage by the Mad Angels.
1x06 Dignified 2022-03-13 To unveil the truth behind his father's death, Ryo heads to Hong Kong to look for a person named Lishao Tao.
1x07 Future 2022-03-20 Ryo coincidentally finally finds martial arts master Lishao, who easily defeats him and tells him to go home.
1x08 Aspiration 2022-03-27 Xiuying ignores Ryo's wish to meet Yuanda Zhu and keeps making him do chores for Man Mo Temple; to understand Xiuying's notion, Ryo must learn wude, the principles of martial arts, so he looks for a person who has acquired wude.
1x09 Distinct 2022-04-03 Ryo finds a book written by Yuanda Zhu in Xiuying's library; in the book, he finds a memo of the chawan sign, which could lead to danger with one mistake; despite the danger, Ryo uses it to find Yuanda Zhu; he is attacked by members of Yellow Heads.
1x10 Comeback 2022-04-10 To find Yuanda Zhu, Ryo follows Ren, the leader of Heavens, to seek clues, and they follow a trail that turns out to be a trap set by the Yellow Heads.
1x11 Entangled 2022-04-17 Ryo and Ren finally find Yuanda Zhu, however, they are soon attacked by the Yellow Heads and Yuanda gets kidnapped.
1x12 Guidepost 2022-04-24 Ryo and Ren manage to sneak into the Yellow Heads' headquarters to rescue Yuanda Zhu, but they are expected and it's a trap.
1x13 Shenmue 2022-05-01 Ryo finally reaches Lan Di, the man who murdered his father, and, blinded by revenge, Ryo viciously attacks Lan Di, who easily dodges Ryo's attacks and leaves; Yellow Heads' Dou Niu realizes his plan has failed and attacks Ryo.



  • Ryo Hazuki: Austin Tindle
  • Lan Di: Scott Gibbs
  • Shenhua: Natalie Rial
  • Nozomi Harasaki: Cat Thomas
  • Guizhang Chen: Jeremy Gee
  • Chai: Greg Ayres
  • Wong: Bryson Baugus
  • Joy: Luci Christian
  • Xiuying Hong: Christine Auten
  • Ren: Cody House
  • Dou Niu: Joe Daniels


  • Ryo Hazuki: Masaya Matsukaz
  • Lan Di: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Shenhua: Haruka Terui
  • Nozomi Harasaki: Haruka Fushimi
  • Guizhang Chen: Ryuichi Kijima


  • Original Concept: Yu Suzuki(YS NET)
  • Original Story: SEGA
  • Director: Chikara Sakurai
  • Series Composition: Kento Shimoyama
  • Original Characters: Udaka
  • Character Design: Kensuke Isikawa
  • Art Director: Natsue Muramoto
  • Color Design: Makiko Kojima (studio road)
  • Sound Director: Yasunori Ebina
  • Music: Kana Shibue
  • Music Production: WAVE MASTER INC.
  • Animation Production: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
  • Presented By: Shenmue Project
  • Opening theme: ”UNDEAD-NOID” Kashitaro Ito
  • Ending theme: ”Sympathy” Narudora


External links


Shenmue series of games
Sega Dreamcast
What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue II (2001)
Shenmue II (2002)
Windows PC
Shenmue Online (Unreleased) | Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
Mobile phone
Shenmue Gai (2010)
Sony PlayStation 4
Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
Xbox One
Shenmue I & II (2018)
Shenmue Characters
Ryo Hazuki
Shenmue related media
Shenmue/Shenhua (1998) | Shenhua: Jiang Qing Ri Bao Hua Ge (1999) | Shenmue Orchestra Version (1999) | You're My Only: Shenmue no Sasayaki (1999) | Shenmue JukeBox (1999) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Original Sound Track (2000) | Shenmue (2015) | Shenmue II (2021)
Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Kanzen Seiha no Sho (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Complete Guide (2000) | Official Shenmue Perfect Guide (2000) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue (2000) | Shenmue II Premiere Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Guide Book (2001) | Shenmue II Kanzen Kouryaku Shinsho (2001) | Shenmue II Complete Guide (2001) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue II (2002)
What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue: The Movie (2001) | Shenmue: The Movie II (200x) | Shenmue the Animation (2022)