Shenmue Dojo Blog

Join us as we discuss our thoughts, theories, feelings and ideas across the entire Shenmue spectrum in Blog form!
Shenmue ~ The Manga ~ In the initial post of this series discussing Shenmue's potential in other forms of media, i explored the idea of a Shenmue Live Action adaptation. Now, I'd like to delve into how a Shenmue Manga adaptation might take shape. I'll be sharing my vision for the storyline in this manga version, the artistic style it would employ, the number of volumes it might span, and the exciting possibilities it holds for conveying the narrative in this unique format. ~ Story ~ Many Shenmue fans are aware that Yu Suzuki originally conceived the Shenmue story as an 11-chapter narrative. In my opinion, a manga adaptation would be a wonderful way to tell Ryo's journey. Manga is a medium that doesn't demand substantial...
~ Shenmue Themes ~ Revenge ~ Yu Suzuki: Shenmue focuses on themes like love, courage, friendship and family, which are understood around the world. ~ Shenmue weaves a captivating narrative enriched with a multitude of compelling themes, including Revenge, Friendship, Love, Family, among others. Throughout this series of posts, i will delve into the various themes prevalent in Shenmue. To kick off this exploration, I'll begin by discussing the theme of revenge. At the heart of Shenmue lies the theme of revenge, a powerful motivator that drives the actions of several key characters. Within the narrative, three pivotal characters stand out with their own tales of vengeance: Ryo Hazuki, Lan Di, and Ziming Hong. In this post, i aim...
Shenmue boasts an intriguing storyline brimming with unforgettable characters. The main medium of Shenmue is game form that was released in 1999, and in 2022, it received an anime adaptation. In this series of posts i will imagine the Shenmue series in other medias like Manga, Movies/TV Shows, books, novel/visual novel, musicals and so much more. Over the years, we've witnessed numerous live-action Movies and TV Shows based on renowned franchises. Disney, for instance, has produced a plethora of live-action adaptations of beloved tales like Aladdin, Cinderela, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Alice in Wonderland, and many others. Famous anime franchises also got live action adaptations, with live-action versions of Dragon Ball, Death...
Shenmue x Yakuza Shenmue and Yakuza have a long history of being compared by fans. Some argue that Yakuza is the spiritual successor to Shenmue, and some even claim that Yakuza is what Shenmue should have been. In this blog post, i want to explore these similarities, talk about Yu Suzuki and Toshihiro Nagoshi and discuss much more. ~ Similarities ~ Before we proceed, i must admit that i haven't had the chance to play the Yakuza games extensively. I did play the beginning of the first Yakuza game for PS2 a long time ago, but my knowledge of the Yakuza series is limited. Therefore, i will be focusing on what i know, and i welcome any corrections if i get any information about Yakuza wrong. During my brief experience with the first...
Did the 18-year wait damage the Shenmue Series? Today, I will share my opinions and feelings about this interesting topic. Shenmue II was released in 2001, and Shenmue III was released in 2019. Personally, as a Shenmue fan since 2015, I didn't have to endure such a long wait since I completed Shenmue II for the first time in 2017. However, for many dedicated Shenmue fans, it was an 18-year wait. I can imagine how difficult and painful it must have been to wait for news about whether the Shenmue Series would continue or not during that time. People must have spent a long time contemplating how the story would continue, what Shenmue III would look like, and developing various theories. They imagined if Ziming would appear, if Xiuying...

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