January 28, 2023

The Shenmue anime will most definitely not be renewed for a second season, its producer mentioned.

The present, co-produced by Grownup Swim and Crunchyroll, premiered on February 5, nevertheless it seems to have ended.

Twitter account CN Information/Scheduleswhich is devoted to Cartoon Community information and Grownup Swim animation, tweeted that Shenmue: The Animation has been faraway from the Grownup Swim web site, together with 4 different exhibits, together with Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

Since Shenmue was a collaborative product, it can nonetheless be accessible to observe on Crunchyroll. Nonetheless, Jason DeMarco — senior vice chairman of anime and motion for Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Community — confirmed that the present is unlikely to be revived.

“Sorry guys it occurred,” DeMarco tweeted in response to a CN Information/Schedules submit. “You possibly can nonetheless watch all of the anime on Crunchyroll and they’ll nonetheless be accessible for digital obtain.

“And sure, it appears not [Season] 2 Shenmue, though sadly it was ok for us to arrange for it. [Season] 2. Possibly someday…”

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Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki indicated in Could that he had no concrete plans for Shenmue 4, however reiterated that he desires to make it extra accessible to new gamers if it occurs.

Shenmue 3, the long-awaited sequel to the role-playing sport, launched for PS4 and PC in November 2019, a lot to the delight of followers who’ve been ready for the brand new half for nearly 20 years.

Nonetheless, the sport appears to have did not discover a important viewers apart from 70,000 supporters on Kickstarter. Shenmue 3 debuted at quantity 17 on the UK charts and solely offered 18,000 copies throughout its launch week in Japan.

Within the UK, simply over half of final yr’s Shenmue 1 and a couple of remasters offered at Shenmue 3’s launch.

Shenmue 3’s writer Deep Silver subsequently known as it a “primary area of interest sport” slightly than a “mass market product”.