Any fans of the classic Shenmue video game series here excited for the upcoming anime adaptation? Well, Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are here to hype you all up. Mostly by telling you when we will finally get to see how it is on TV. Heck, they’ve even prepared a brand new trailer for it today. Check it out below:

Ryo Hazuki Finally Makes His Big Screen Debut!

Wow, Masaya Matsukaze is really putting it all into being Ryo, isn’t he?

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim not only have this new official trailer on YouTube up for us, giving us a look at the upcoming martial arts duels for Shenmue the Animation, but also give us a premiere date right at the end of said trailer. Apparently, we will get to see Ryo Hazuki in action on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 9:30 PM (PST).

You can watch Shenmue the Animation on either Crunchyroll or Toonami. Note that each service will broadcast different versions of the anime. If you want to watch it in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, head on over to Crunchyroll. If you want to watch the English dub though, head on over to Toonami.

Shenmue The Animation: Casting

"Shenmue the Animation" key art.
You can just tell that this is going to be a hot-blooded shonen anime just from the key art.

On top of the premiere date, Crunchyroll and Adult Swim has even given us a cast list for Shenmue the Animation. Unfortunately, only Ryo Hazuki and antagonist Lan Di have both the Japanese and English voice actors named. Everyone else has the English voice actors only. If you’re still interested, check it out below:

Cast List:

  • Ryo Hazuki voiced by Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English): A high school boy and heir to the Hazuki style martial arts. When his father is murdered by a mysterious man named Lan Di, Ryo begins a journey to polish his martial arts and uncover the truth behind his father’s death.
  • Lan Di voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Scott Gibbs (English): A high-ranking member of the underground organization Chi You Men who murders Ryo’s father and steals the Dragon Mirror.
  • Shenhua voiced by Natalie Rial (English): A young girl who lives in a rural village in Guilin under the care of her foster father. Pure and simple, she has vast knowledge of plants, animals, and other natural survival skills.
  • Nozomi Harasaki voiced by Cat Thomas (English): Ryo’s classmate who has secretly admired him ever since he saved her from bullies in middle school. Strong and considerate, she usually spends her time helping in her grandmother’s flower shop.
  • Guizhang Chen voiced by Jeremy Gee (English): Guizhang was born in Yokohama and taught martial arts by his father from a young age. Since Ryo has a similar upbringing, although Guizhang acts cold he feels close to Ryo.
  • Chai – voiced by Greg Ayres (English): A member of Chi You Men. He has a unique condition allowing him to do superhuman-like moves. After Lan Di has taken the Dragon mirror, he begins looking for the second mirror. 
  • Wong voiced by Bryson Baugus (English): A member of Heavens. He looks up to Ren like a brother and aspires to be like him. 
  • Joy voiced by Luci Christian (English): Joy is a young woman who loves motorcycles. Her father runs a trade business and is highly trusted by many. Like Ryo, Joy has also lost her mother at a young age.
  • Xiuying Hong voiced by Christine Auten (English): Her priest name is Lishao Tao. Although she is young, she is known as the grand master of Bajiquan. Her facial expression is always calm, but her clear eyes look like she can see through people’s hearts and intentions. 
  • Ren voiced by Cody House (English): The charismatic head of Heavens, a street gang that operates in Beverly Hills Wharf. He is obsessed with money and does not trust anyone other than his friends. Ren is rivals with the Yellow Heads gang and plans to beat them one day. 
  • Dou Niu voiced by Joe Daniels (English): While being the boss of Yellow Heads, Dou Niu is also part of Chi You Men. To gain trust from Lan Di, he also begins looking for Yuanda Zhu. Dou Niu has a large bear-like body, which puts Ryo and his friends in a difficult situation when fighting him.

Source: Crunchyroll News