Title: Shenmue the Animation
Original Title: シェンムー
Studio: Telecom Animation Film
After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Hazuki Ryou dedicates his life to finding the man responsible—a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond. Soon he will learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.
I’ve heard about the videogame series some years ago from an Italian youtuber and so, when I knew they were going to make an anime from it, I got really curious and started watching it.
The story is really intriguing and interesting, quite linear but it will totally entertain you! Also, by re-watching the video from the youtuber I noticed how the anime seems to be loyal to the videogames and it also seems to cover various games and not only the first one of the saga.
The martial arts parts are quite cool and in the beginning they were the most interesting part, but moving towards the end they seem to give less space to the pure martial art fights and those parts seem quite hasty.
And what about the village we see during the whole series? We will only get a hint about it in the final episode of this first series and it is something that will inevitably lead to a second season, that I will gladly watch.