You've got to be kidding me. Can we assume this is literally all SEGA's fault? Didn't he say that all merchandise was at their discretion? Unless the Crunchyroll numbers were outright horrendous and rained on the success of the Adult Swim numbers that much, it just doesn't make any sense. SEGA is one of the most ridiculous video game companies...
Disappointing, although I kind of expected this. After all, it’s not like Sega would see much of a return on a blu ray release.
That said, I wonder if Limited Run could do something with it. Granted, it’s not a video game, but those guys sure do love Shenmue and have no problem charging the kind of prices needed to make this kind of thing profitable.
I don't understand how they won't even release the English version on itunes in digital form. There are virtual no production costs to do that that I know of. It's not physical so it seems like extremely low hanging fruit. I had this on dvr but it expired.
Tower of God Crunchyroll Season 1 launched 1 April 2020, season 2 will launch in 2023, I think there is still hope for Shenmue in the future, do not give up hope and keep seeing it and recommending it to your acquaintances.