This is a total fanboy countdown, but one I still think people have talked about. The first 5 episodes of Shenmue The Animation covered the events of the first game Shenmue for Sega Dreamcast. Naturally, this meant a lot of stuff had to be cut out. For the most part, the anime does a great job of re-pacing the story so that multiple things can happen at once and a lot of unimportant things were at least referenced. However, there had to be some things from the game left out for the sake of better story telling. While I am not here to debate how right or wrong it was to exclude what they did, I am here to count down the 5 pieces of content cut that stood out to me the most. Click "read more" for the countdown.
5. Mysterious Scroll
"Oh fierce tiger. Thou are ruler of the forest, the bravest of character. As tranquil as the most majestic of mountains. As swift as a bolt of lightning. As violent as an earthquake jolting the great earth. Show no mercy, with twin fangs strike, and rush up Moon Mountain. Striking fear in all, nary a soul challenge thee."
A poem used to teach martial arts that is written in code. Only the original master could understand it. This master was not ever featured in the games. The scroll remained in the players inventory in the second game but was still not deciphered. Sadly, with the anime not including it, this may be a mystery we never get to know the answer too. But, most likely, it was originally going to be a powerful move that was only obtainable by transferring save data to future games.
4. White Leaf
3. Iwao's Letter to Ryo
In Ryo's Father's room (Iwao) there is a note to Ryo that one last piece of advice on living life and having convictions. If you interact with it at the beginning of the game then a cutscene even plays with it. This one I really do not understand why it was not included. The last two can be assumed for pacing reasons, but this could have a very emotional scene in the anime, especially at the beginning when Ryo can conflicted on what to do. Such a waste.
2. Old Homeless Man
1. Orphaned Cat
This cat does sort of make it into the anime, as a picture in the credits sequence. If that even counts as it is not really confirmed that those two cats are the same.
There was no way they could include the cat plotline as it would have taken too much time and was not really important to the overall story. Still, anyone who has played the first game enough will think about the kitten. Mimi, Tama, or Chibi. Meow!
Those were my picks for the top 5 most noticeable things from Shenmue 1 that did not make it into the anime. When I finish the anime's first season I will do the same thing for Shenmue 2. But, for now I will just say that despite everything that had to be cut or condensed, the anime tells the story great and arguably does it better than the game as a whole. Thanks for reading my countdown, leave a comment with something you would have added to the list if you like. Till next time, this is Cendoo the Ghost Ranger, signing off.