- Sep 8, 2018
Sorry but I gotta admire the hardcoreness. Are you doing some social anthropologic experiment? Nah youre faking it, its kind of too obvious. It's kind of cute imo. You reminded me Bruce Willis in Die Hard 3 when he meets Zeus, naked with the sign LOLI feel like ranting here so don't expect coherency
If a second season ever does actually get made some day, let its inevitable failure be the final nail in the coffin for why Shenmue just can't catch a break: the main story just isn't all that interesting.
The third game, even after decades of waiting, couldn't find anything interesting to tell us further about Ryo's story. They had forever, I mean, come on now! There's really no excuse unless Yu Suzuki is hell bent on making sure the series has a zillion chapters before it ever gets to the point.
I honestly think this anime series would have been something special if it came out in the 90s and the games never happened, but it's just too tied to the games, and the games themselves are honestly just huge slogs. Most people weren't seeing it as an anime to check out, they were seeing it as "that anime based on those games," and after how badly the third game did it surprises me anyone even gave this a chance. I never watched the anime personally, and its specifically because of how disappointing and worthless Shenmue 3 was in the story's timeline. They really lost me, and that reputation surely made most people just dismiss this as an anime based on a series that led up to.... whatever the hell that game was.
I've done some personal reflecting on why i even cared about this series in the past and it all came down to the journey it offered in a time when such a technically vast game was super impressive. That journey is no longer unique, games have gotten so epic in scale, and that scale was really the main thing the game series had going for it. Basing an anime off of its story just wasn't destined to work since the story mostly felt like a backdrop to just exploring. I mean, I'll admit, Shenmue 2 did quite a bit that started making it interesting, but in retrospect all the random side quest characters you met in that game never progressed Ryo's actual quest since it ends the same as the third game, Lan Di just shows up and runs away. I mean, I was left at the end of the second game getting a sense that there's going to be some sort of ancient magical Chinese secret thing going on, but the third game showed they still were never really going to go anywhere with that anytime soon. So is the end goal that he finally meets Lan Di and defeats him? That's it? Sure seems like that's all they want us to keep thinking.
Maybe if Shenmue was an anime that was like One Piece or Pokemon even, where there's an ultimate goal but it's mostly episodic adventures along their grand journey, it would have worked in some way? Well, if this had started years and years earlier, anyway. But the story they were trying to rush through just never felt like it had anything interesting it was leading up to. Again, the third game proved this.
If it's not obvious, i mostly blame it all on that terrible third game. They had their chance, proved to us they really don't know what they're doing, audiences in turn knew not to really care. I'd happily just take a release of Saturn Shenmue for posterity purposes and be content. They lost fans like me long ago when the series vanished after the second game. It's honestly just too late for anyone but the most diehard fans.
You little flamer...
Go with your yummy looking cupcakes and your orange cat! (joking)
LMAO the final nail in the coffin XD
geez you 're top model.