The Shenmue anime series has been canceled

Shenmue: The Animation, which had its first season in February, has been canceled.

The anime adaptation of Sega’s cult classic was first announced in September 2020, before being released and available to stream on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll respectively.

A second season was reportedly in the works before the cancellation, which is likely part of Warner Discovery’s wider purge of its properties following the merger of the two media conglomerates in April this year.

The first season has also been removed from Adult Swim and several other streaming sites, but will remain available on Crunchyroll for the time being.

The cancellation is sure to be disappointing news for Shenmue’s dedicated fanbase.