Shenmue the Animation begins airing on February 5

Adult Swim & Crunchyroll have announced that Shenmue the Animation will premiere on Saturday, February 5 at 12:30 am EST. The English-dubbed version of the 13-episode season will air weekly on Adult Swim's TV channel and website, while a subtitled version will release weekly via Crunchyroll.

The adaptation received its first trailer in October 2021, with production being done at Telecom Animation Film (Tower of God, Lupin the Third: Part 5) and directed by Chikara Sakurai (Magimoji RurumoOne-Punch Man Season 2). Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki will act as Executive Producer for the project.

An English and a Japanese version trailer can be found below.


Join Ryo on his journey to become the ultimate martial artist and avenge his father’s death. Shenmue the Animation, a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Original, begins February 5th!

Shenmue debuted first as a video game by SEGA for the Dreamcast on December 29, 1999. Since then, its captivating characters and riveting storytelling. Now over 20 years later, the 13-episode anime adaptation aims to capture the same essence of mystery and thrilling martial arts.