Shenmue Dojo Blog

Join us as we discuss our thoughts, theories, feelings and ideas across the entire Shenmue spectrum in Blog form!
~ Shenmue Zero ~ The concept of a Shenmue Zero has been on my mind for quite some time now. The idea of exploring a prequel featuring characters like Ryo and Iwao has always intrigued me, a time where Iwao was alive. In this blog post, I'll delve into my ideas for a possible Shenmue Zero, discussing what Yu Suzuki has mentioned about the concept, as well as touching on the Shenmue Zero fan game and other related topics. ~ Story and Characters ~ I envision two potential directions for the storyline of Shenmue Zero. One approach involves centering the game around a young Iwao in the late 1960s, exploring the reasons behind his journey to China. The other direction is the story could focus on Ryo as the protagonist, set in...
Shenmue boasts a multitude of memorable and intriguing characters, each with their own unique personality that make them stand out. It's fascinating to imagine these characters having their own spin-off series, delving deeper into their individual stories. Characters like Iwao, Joy, Guizhang, Fuku-san, Goro, Ren, Wong, Xiuying, Nozomi, Shenhua, and countless others have left a lasting impression on fans. In this series of posts, i will delve into the concept of Shenmue spin-offs and share my ideas for potential series that I would personally love to see. While these ideas are purely speculative, they aim to explore the possibilities and ponder if YS NET could potentially bring them to life in the future. To kick off the series, I'd...
Shenmue ~ 2024 ~ As 2023 comes to a close, the fate of the Shenmue series remains uncertain, leaving Shenmue fans both worried and anxious about its future. In this blog post, I'll delve into the events that transpired from 2019 to the present regarding Shenmue. I'll touch on SEGA, YS NET, and Yu Suzuki, providing insights into the developments. Additionally, I'll share my thoughts on what might unfold for the Shenmue series in 2024 and explore various aspects related to it. ~ Shenmue III and Shenmue The Animation ~ After an 18-year wait, Shenmue III was finally released in November 2019. in 2023 was the fourth anniversary of the game, it's been four years, and there's still no confirmation regarding Shenmue IV. Opinions...
Shenmue ~ Fighting Games ~ In the games, Ryo often found himself in numerous battles, whether it was to safeguard innocent people, protect himself, or draw closer to Lan Di. Throughout his journey, Ryo encountered a variety of fighters, some of whom became his allies, while others remained his adversaries. Shenmue is fundamentally a martial arts tale, making it a natural fit for the Shenmue franchise to delve into the realm of fighting games. In this blog post, I'll delve into my vision of what a Shenmue fighting game could look like. This includes discussions on the fighting system, game modes, character roster, stages, potential downloadable content (DLC), and more...
Shenmue III ~ 4th Anniversary ~ Shenmue III hit the shelves on November 19, 2019, marking its fourth anniversary after an 18-year anticipation. In this blog post, I'll delve into the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign and share my journey of becoming a Shenmue fan through it. I'll discuss the challenges and setbacks that Yu Suzuki faced leading up to the game's release, shedding light on the aspects he had to trim down. Additionally, I'll explore how Shenmue III stirred division within the Shenmue fan community and touch on various other aspects. ~ E3 2015 ~ I recall the moment when Yu Suzuki took the stage, discussing the creation of Shenmue III for the fans through Kickstarter. Back then, I wasn't a Shenmue fan, but i grasped...

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