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Shenmue Anime Series Announced, Primal Season 2 Greenlit

At Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, the first-ever digital edition of Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship anime convention, Crunchyroll announced that it will partner again with Adult Swim on the production of Shenmue, an original anime series based on the beloved SEGA game franchise.

Adult Swim also this week announced more Primal episodes and has acquired the This Is Branchburg podcast.

Shenmue

Shenmue is the latest Crunchyroll and Adult Swim production that will stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China on Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic United States.

“The first Shenmue video game was released more than twenty years ago and we’re so excited to be working again with Adult Swim to bring this franchise to life through anime,” said Sarah Victor, head of development, Crunchyroll.

“We’re eager to show our fans more of this action-packed adventure series as we move through production.”

Shenmue is an anime series with 13 episodes, following the journey of Ryo Hazuki. After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond.

Soon he’ll learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.

“The world of Shenmue is fascinating and unique, and we are so excited to partner with Yu Suzuki to bring his epic creation to anime- and make a kick-ass martial arts epic!” added Jason DeMarco, svp/creative director on-air for Adult Swim.

Shenmue is being directed by Sakurai Chikara (season two of One Punch Man, Naruto) with animation production by Telecom Animation Film, and production management provided by Sola Entertainment. Video game creator Yu Suzuki is also onboard as an executive producer.

Additional Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Productions include the recently announced Fena: Pirate Princess and Blade Runner – Black Lotus.

Fans eager to re-watch the announcement can register for a free Virtual Crunchyroll Expo badge now at CrunchyrollExpo.com and stream the Crunchyroll Industry Panel in the V-CRX On-Demand section.

Primal

Adult Swim also announced this week that Spear and Fang continue their journey together with five all-new episodes of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, premiering Sunday, October 4th at 11:30pm ET/PT on Adult Swim. Combining artistry, emotion and flat out action, the series has as well been renewed for a second season for an additional 10 episodes.

From the mind of Genndy Tartakovsky, the visionary creator behind the Emmy award-winning series Samurai Jack, comes a new tale that follows a caveman at the dawn of evolution as he forms an unlikely friendship with an almost extinct dinosaur.

With suspense, heartbreak, excitement, love and fear all without a single word of dialogue, the series is a painting come to life, relying solely on music and graphic imagery to tell the story of two unlikely allies as they navigate through a treacherous world. After bonding over unfortunate tragedies, they seem to become each other’s only hope of survival against a common enemy.

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal was created by Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) with art direction from Scott Wills (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack) and music composition from Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Samurai Jack).

This Is Branchburg

In related news, Adult Swim announced that it has acquired the delightfully absurdist podcast, This Is Branchburg from creators Brendan O’Hare and Cory Snearowski – and produced by Tim Heidecker and Dave Kneebone (Abso Lutely Productions).

The network has made the podcast’s existing season one episodes available on its website and joined as a producer of its upcoming second season, with episodes premiering on October 1.

“We are so excited to be bringing Branchburg to Adult Swim,” said series creators O’Hare and Snearowski. “We hope that the Mayor of the real Branchburg is not mad at us for this, and if he’s not, we would really like to get some sort of medal or even a street named after us.”

A mix of sketches, monologues, and character studies, This Is Branchburg is a weekly scripted podcast about the bizarre residents of Branchburg, a fictionalized version of the real Branchburg, New Jersey. From the last remaining milkman who wanders around town recalling his heyday, to a middle school principal who guts the school’s budget to fund his nine-bus motorcade, to a local business owner who will tie your tie for you, the small town of Branchburg, New Jersey has many stories to tell — whether you’d like to hear them or not.

“I’m very proud of Brendan and Cory,” said Heidecker, series producer. “They have created their own very unique and special universe. Their comedy feels new and fresh and yet somehow timeless and classic.”

The show is written and performed by O’Hare and Snearowski, with sound by Alex Gilson. The series debuted in 2019 and was named one of the year’s best podcasts by Vulture and The Verge.

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