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The Shenmue anime will likely not be renewed for a second season, its producer has revealed.
The show, which was a joint production by Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, premiered on February 5 but has seemingly already run its course.
Twitter account CN News/Schedules, which is dedicated to covering news on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim animation, reported on Twitter that Shenmue: The Animation had been removed from Adult Swim’s website, along with four other shows including Blade Runner: Black Lotus
Because the Shenmue was a joint production, it will still be available to watch on Crunchyroll. However, Jason DeMarco – senior vice president of anime and action series for Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network – confirmed that the show was unlikely to be renewed.
“Sorry guys, this happened”, DeMarco tweeted in response to CN News/Schedules’ report. “You can still watch all of the anime on Crunchyroll and it will still be available as digital downloads.
“And yes, it’s looking like no [Season] 2 of Shenmue, even though sadly it did well enough that we were gearing up for [Season] 2. Maybe one day…”
However, the game seemingly failed to find a significant audience beyond its 70,000 Kickstarter backers. Shenmue 3 debuted at No. 17 on the UK chart and sold just 18,000 copies during its launch week in Japan.
In the UK, Shenmue 3 sold a little more than half of the previous year’s Shenmue 1 and 2 remasters at launch.