Shenmue Dojo Blog

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Welcome back to the second episode recap for Season 1 of Shenmue the Animation. This week’s episode is titled Daybreak and covers significant ground in the Yokosuka portion of Shenmue’s plot line. Just a Nightmare We open to what is seemingly a recap scene meant to fill in viewers who missed last week’s premier. The key beats of Iwao’s death are played out before events take a strange divergence. Ryo demands Lan Di answer why he would commit this atrocity against his innocent father, and the man’s answer implies there is a darker side to Iwao’s past. Lan Di promises Ryo his father’s fate if he pursues the matter further, which causes an enraged Ryo to charge Lan Di and get put down by the villain once more. Of course, this extra...
Welcome to the Shenmue The Animation Analysis! I will make analysis of all of the episodes. In my analysis I will share my opinion about all of the scenes in the episodes, the details, the characters and the development of them. I will also discuss the arcs in the story, the characters, theories, the differences with the games, what we can expect to see in the next episodes and much more. After much anticipation the first episode of Shenmue The Animation was released. I watched the japanese version on Crunchyroll, and I have plans to watch the english version someday. This analysis will have a lot of SPOILERS about the anime and about the games. The anime starts with the scene in the cave. This is the cave scene that we can see...
Welcome to the Shenmue Dojo's first episode recap of Shenmue the Animation! A recap of each episode will be published weekly after its air date. These recaps will be spoiler heavy and written with the intent of being easily digestible for those who have never played the games. There will be a section toward the end of the recap detailing differences between how the anime and games present the narrative. The energy building for this adaptation since the premier date announcement has been palpable. An excited buzz can be felt again in our fanbase that I haven’t felt since the days of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign. I share the hope of many this TV show will bring in new fans, some of which will look to experience the trailblazing...
In the Shenmue games we have a lot of characters, many NPCs with backstories and information, especially in the first game, but there is one character that remains mysterious for me, this character is Ryo's mother. It is curious to notice that we don't even know how her character was designed and anything about her background, even in the Passport disc the only information about her is that she died. We only know 2 pieces of information about Ryo's mother, we know that she died of an mysterious illness when Ryo was 3 years old and that her name is Akane, did she really die? Why would Yu Suzuki make this character so mysterious? Maybe because she will appear at some point in the story? Some people even have a theory for this, the...
To open the brand new Shenmue Dojo I will talk about the Shenmue anime and the things we can expect to see. I saw the two new trailers of the anime and it is now clear to me that the anime will be a new take on the Shenmue franchise. Yu Suzuki is the executive producer of the anime & he shared many pages of the original material with the anime team, we will probably see scenes that were cut from the original games. An example of this come from a long time ago. Yu Suzuki commented that Ryo's scar is from the last match of the tournament, this is not in the game. We will see this tournament in the anime? From what we saw in the trailers it looks like we will see this tournament in some capacity though how much remains to be seen at...

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