Like many industries, anime has had to adapt to the ongoing global situation. The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo has been the streaming platform’s showcase for several new and returning anime, as well as some other news. The first (and probably biggest) announcement is that of Shenmue, an adaptation of the SEGA video game series of the same name.
Shenmue folllows Ryo Hazaki, who sees his father murdered at the family dojo and goes on a journey to find the man responsible. The anime is set to be 13 episodes and early material promises it will boast locations in Japan, Hong Kong and beyond. This is another [adult swim] co-production, following Fena: Pirate Princess earlier this year. Crunchyroll also released a video interview with game series creator Yu Suzuki and director Sakurai Chikara. You’ll find a link to the video at the end of this article.
Shenmue wasn’t the only news at the expo, though. In addition, new seasons of several hit anime such as Dr. Stone and How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord were announced, as well as a new series based on A Silent Voice creator Yoshitoki Oima‘s To Your Eternity. Also featured was a rundown of Crunchyroll’s fall lineup, including horror action series Jujutsu Kaisen and another Crunchyroll Original, Noblesse. All told, the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo should help those wanting to plan out their fall anime season a little better. The Yu Suzuki / Sakurai Chikara interview is below.
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