Follow Ryo Hazuki’s journey to become the best martial arts fighter and avenge his father’s death in Shenmue the Animation.
Directed by Chikara Sakurai (One Punch Man, Taboo Tattoo, Heavy Object) through animation studio Telecom Animation Film, with production management provided by Sola Entertainment, Shenmue the Animation premieres February 6 on Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, and Toonami. Creator Yu Suzuki is on the project as executive producer, while Kensuke Ishikawa (Tower of God) is the animation director. Kento Shimoyama (We Rent Tsukumogami and Bleach) handled the story and Udaka handled the original character design. The opening “UNDEAD-NOID” was performed by Ito Kashitaro.
The official synopsis for Shenmue the Animation: “After witnessing his father’s murder in the family dojo, Ryo Hazuki devotes his life to finding the culprit; a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan, to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond. As he continues his quest for revenge by seeking to become an ultimate martial arts master, he will learn that far greater mystical forces are at play…”
The cast of the animated series Shenmue the Animation
- Ryo Hazuki will be voiced by Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English): A high school student and the heir to the martial arts of the Hazuki style. When his father is murdered by a mysterious man named Lan Di, Ryo embarks on a journey to perfect his martial arts and uncover the truth behind his father’s death.
- Lan Di portrayed by Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Scott Gibbs (English): A high-ranking member of the underground Chi You Men organization who murders Ryo’s father and steals the Dragon Mirror
- Shenhua is voiced by Natalie Rial (English): A young girl who lives in a rural village in Guilin under the care of her adoptive father. Pure and simple, she has a great knowledge of plants, animals and other natural survival skills.
- Nozomi Harasaki is voiced by Cat Thomas (English): Ryo’s classmate who secretly admires him since he saved her from middle school bullies. Strong and caring, she usually spends her time helping out in her grandmother’s flower shop.
- Guizhang Chen is played by Jeremy Gee (English): Guizhang was born in Yokohama and his father taught him martial arts from an early age. Like Ryo, he received a similar upbringing, although Guizhang acts cold, he feels close to Ryo.
- Chai is voiced by Greg Ayres (English): A member of the Chi You Men. He has a unique condition that allows him to make superhuman movements. After Lan Di takes the Dragon Mirror, he begins to search for the second mirror.
- Wong is voiced by Bryson Baugus (English): A member of Heavens. He considers Ren as a brother and aspires to become like him.
- Joy is voiced by Luci Christian (English): Joy is a young woman who loves motorcycles. His father runs a trading business and is trusted by many people. Like Ryo, Joy also lost her mother at a young age.
- Xiuying Hong is voiced by Christine Auten (English): His priest name is Lishao Tao. Although she is young, she is proficient in martial arts like Tai Chi and Bajiquan. Her facial expression is still calm, but her clear eyes make it look like she can see through people’s hearts and intentions.
- Ren is voiced by Cody House (English): The charismatic leader of the Heavens, a street gang that operates in the Beverly Hills Wharf area. He is obsessed with money and only trusts his friends. Ren is a rival of the Yellow Heads gang and plans to beat them one day
- Dou Niu is voiced by Joe Daniels (English): While being the leader of the Yellow Heads, Dou Niu is also part of the Chi You Men. To gain Lan Di’s trust, he also goes in search of Yuanda Zhu. Dou Niu has a big bear body, which puts Ryo and his friends in a tough spot when fighting him.