|The comic strip in Japanese only. (Read on for the translated version.)|
Muecas and Shenmue.com
This comic strip was part of a section of Shenmue.com called "Muecas" (a word that was formed from "Shenmue
|The logo of the Muecas Team.|
"We love Shenmue deeply"
New updates from the Muecas team ceased in April 2004, and the entire Shenmue.com site was decommissioned at the end of 2005. However, although the Shenmue.com site is now long gone, the media images from the Muecas pages were fortunately archived through the forward-thinking action of Ziming from the Shenmue Dojo, to prevent them being lost forever. It is from this archive that today's comic strip is taken.
Update: Kiyuu, a veteran of the Shenmue Dojo forums and hardcore Shenmue guru, has shared this information about the Muecas team and identified the illustrator of today's comic strip. In her words:
アニィたかはし (Anii Takahashi) who drew the comic was not an official Shenmue project team member, but one of us, Shenmue fans. Muecas-dan was formed by the official Shenmue team to communicate with fans and the fans who contributed to their web magazine were acknowledged as Muecas-dan members. Anii-san was the first fan who got the honor and awarded #011 as a Muecas-dan member.Not only that, but Kiyuu was an official member of Muecas-dan herself, being awarded #023!
Anii-san who was an amateur cartoonist back then now has become professional and even published a comic book like this:
|Muecas team members, from the last magazine [31 Mar 2004]:|
The Sega editorial staff are shown at the top & fan members below.
Segata Sanshiro is a fictional character created by Sega who appeared in advertisements for the Sega Saturn in 1997 and 1998, and he became extremely popular in Japan. His mission is to seek out people who do not play the Sega Saturn, and teach them a "harsh" lesson.
"Play until your fingers break!"
Segata Sanshiro was acted by actor Hiroshi Fujioka, who has a connection with Shenmue since he did the Japanese voice of Iwao Hazuki (thanks to blog reader Jay-El Romeu for highlighting this).
|A collection of Segata Sanshiro TV commercials|
Comic Strip with Translation
And now, onto the comic strip where we join Ryo in a forest in Guilin, with his father Iwao appearing in his imagination. But wait... is it really Iwao?
Muecas Comic Strips
The archives have many other Shenmue comic strips that should make a fun series to translate and post up from time to time. Watch out for more in the future.