What would be the most fitting ending for Shenmue’s anime adaptation? Of course, to be canceled with its story unfinished. And that’s it: Shenmue The Animation doesn’t have a second season.
Eagle-eyed fans have discovered that the anime has been removed from Adult Swim’s website, leaving the SVP of the animated/action series at Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios Jason DeMarco confirms this news on Twitter.
“Sorry guys. This happened,” DeMarco wrote. “You’ll still be able to watch all of the anime on Crunchyroll and it’ll still be available as a digital download. And yes, it looks like it’s without Shenmue’s S2, though sadly – it’s already good enough for them I’m preparing for S2. Maybe one day…”.
The first season consists of 13 episodes premieres back in February. The anime follows the story of the first Shenmue game, and follows Ryo’s early days trying to avenge his father’s death. It’s an unfinished story – and even Shenmue 3 has crowdfunded missed opportunity to solve.
Among the recent population of game-to-anime adaptations, Shenmue The Animation looks significantly more traditional – and at a lower budget – than Arcane or Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. More importantly, I don’t know of anyone who has actually watched it. If you want, you can Free stream all episodes from Crunchyroll with English subtitles.