Blog Topic Candidates

This page contains a list of candidate topics for future posts. Voting takes place monthly, to decide a blog topic for the following month.

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Past Poll Results & Topics Chosen:

  • Topic for April 2018 
    • "Learning Japanese through Shenmue" series: Lesson One
  • Topic for May 2018
    • Interview w/ Yu Suzuki: "15 secrets about Shenmue" 1999 magazine article translation: Part One and Part Two.
  • Topic for June 2018
  • Topic for July 2018
    • Yu Suzuki's Research Trip to China in 1993 [in progress]

List of Candidate Topics:


[A] Translations

ID Description Votes
A1 “50 questions with Shenmue game director Yoshihiro Okabayashi” article (2 parts) [Sega website, Nov 2001] 0
A2 The original Japanese for Ryo’s “Don’t you know that blackmail is waaaayyy uncool?” [Shenmue 1] 4
A3 TGS ‘99 Shenmue Virtual Tour [Dreamcast Magazine, May 1999] 0
A4 Comments & observations on the “Making Of Shenmue” NHK Special TV documentary [July 1999] 0
A5 Subtitle the video shown at the TGS Shenmue Premiere (multiple parts) [1998] 0
A6 In-game restaurant menus around Dobuita 0

[B] Culture / Real Life

ID Description Votes
B1 Japan’s economy at the time of Shenmue vs now 0
B2 Clothes and outfits in Shenmue 1 0
B3 Clothes and outfits in Shenmue 2 0
B4 Vehicles seen in in Shenmue 1 0
B5 Vehicles seen in in Shenmue 2 0
B6 Martial art styles seen in Shenmue 0
B7 Historical basis of the Chawan sign 0
B8 Is Master Chen Joy’s uncle? 0
B9 Real-life footage of Dobuita St at night 0
B10 Real-life footage of the Kowloon-themed arcade in Kawasaki 0
B11 Japanese post-boxes 0
B12 Bowing in Japanese culture 0
B13 Ryo’s daily pocket money 0
B14 The altar at the Hazuki Residence 2

[C] Game Hacks

Description Votes
Removing collision detection “on the fly” in Shenmue 4
Revealing the bicycle animations for Ryo hidden in What’s Shenmue. 0
Revealing the Virtua Fighter victory pose hidden in What's Shenmue 0

[D] Miscellaneous

ID Description Votes
D1 Shenmue Easter Eggs hidden in the game F355 Challenge 0
D2 Shenmue character names: English vs Japanese 0
D3 The Shenmue 2 comics (unlockable from the Xbox version) 0
D4 Characters in Shenmue based on actual development team members 0
D5 Fan-created Shenmue quizzes 0
D6 Fan-created Shemmue apps 0
D7 Information about the SoftImage plug-in for Shenmue 0

[E] Japanese Magazine Articles

(The link for each item leads to a pdf scanned copy of each magazine)


ID Date Description Votes
E1 20-Nov-98 Link Project Berkley: comments from Yu Suzuki [3 pages], Premiere scheduled 0
E2 27-Nov-98 Link Project Berkley: overview, comments from Yu Suzuki [3 pages] 0
E3 4-Dec-98 Link Project Berkley: 3D character modeling, comments from Yu Suzuki [3 pages] 0
E4 11-Dec-98 Link VF3tb disc, Shenhua, Shenmue Premiere announcement [3 pages] 0
E5 18-Dec-98 Link Shenmue Premiere (what to expect), Ren, animals in Shenmue [3 pages] 0
E6 25-Dec-98 Link Shenmue Premiere (what to expect), Niao Sun, aerials in Shenmue [3 pages] 0
E7 1-Jan-99 Link Shenmue Premiere venue in Yokohama: layout, how to get there [3 pages] 0
E8 8-Jan-99 Link Shenmue Feature: the Hero and other Characters 0
E9 8-Jan-99 Link Shenmue Feature: It's Magic! Special Effects and Production 0
E10 8-Jan-99 Link Shenmue Feature: Interview with Yu Suzuki 0
E11 22-Jan-99 Link Recap of the Shenmue Premiere in Yokohama: merchandise, attendee survey results [3 pages] 0
E12 22-Jan-99 Link Recap of the Shenmue Premiere in Yokohama: opinions & comments from attendees [1 page] 0
E13 22-Jan-99 Link Recap of the Shenmue Premiere in Yokohama: things that were said during from the presentation [2 pages] 0
E14 22-Jan-99 Link Shenmue Premiere in Yokohama: still frame digest of the video shown [2 pages] 0
E15 5-Feb-99 Link Shenmue Premiere & features of the game [10 pages] 0
E17 19-Feb-99 Link Interview w/ Shenhua actress Hazuki Ishigaki | [6 pages] 0
E18 26-Feb-99 Link Interview w/ Ryo actor Masaya Matsukaze [4 pages] 0
E19 5-Mar-99 Link Interview w/ Ren actor Takumi Hagiwara [2 pages] 0
E20 12-Mar-99 Link Free Battle system [4 pages] 0
E21 19-Mar-99 Link Interview with Shenhua's theme vocalist Ioli [2 pages] 0
E22 2-Apr-99 Link Preview: Shenmue at Tokyo Game Show Spring '99 [6 pages] 0
E23 9-Apr-99 Link TGS '99 Flash Report [2 pages] 0
E24 19-May-99 Link TGS '99 Interview w/ Yu Suzuki & Ohji Hiroi [7 pages] 0
E25 19-May-99 Link Preview: Shenmue at Network Jungle II: Digitaliland [2 pages] 0
E26 19-May-99 Link Q&A w/ Shenhua actress Hazuki Ishigaki [2 pages] 0
E27 28-May-99 Link Report: Shenmue at Network Jungle II: Digitaliland [4 pages] 0
E28 4-Jun-99 Link Interview w/ Ryo actor Masaya Matsukaze [2 pages] 0
E29 11-Jun-99 Link Face portrayal in Shenmue; Hazuki residence rooms; YOU Arcade games [2 pages] 0
E30 11-Jun-99 Link Interview w/ Ryo actor Masaya Matsukaze [1 page] 0
E31 18-Jun-99 Link Interview w/ Shenhua actress Hazuki Ishigaki [2 pages] 0
E32 25-Jun-99 Link Interview w/ Yu Suzuki [2 pages] 0
E33 9-Jul-99 Link Shenmue Eidan Subway stamp rally [1 page] 0
E34 9-Jul-99 Link Interview w/ Ryo actor Masaya Matsukaze [1 page] 0
E35 30-Jul-99 Link Transcript of Yu Suzuki panel chat at IDCA design event [2 pages] 0
E36 17-Sep-99 Link NHK documentary "Making Of Shenmue" recap [3 pages] 0
E37 1-Oct-99 Link Shenmue intro cut scene recap & start of gameplay [4 pages] 0
E38 1-Oct-99 Link Interview w/ Shenhua actress Hazuki Ishigaki in Dobuita [2 pages] 0
E39 15-Oct-99 Link Shenmue Passport disc features [2 pages] 0
E40 15-Oct-99 Link TGS Autumn '99 report: Yu Suzuki talks on stage [1 page] 0
E41 15-Oct-99 Link TGS Autumn '99 report: actors for Ryo, Shenhua and Nozomi talk on stage [1 page] 0
E42 5-Nov-99 Link Shenmue Key Events Timeline: from the Tower of Babel demo to the "Shenmue Zanmai" campaign & release date delay announcement 0
E43 17-Dec-99 Link Interview w/ Yu Suzuki: Special Report [3 pages] 0
E44 24-Dec-99 Link Interview w/ Shenmue Director Keiji Okayasu part I [2 pages] 0
E45 24-Dec-99 Link Basic Shenmue controls [2 pages] 0
E46 24-Dec-99 Link Shenmue systems (Magic Weather, Character Routines, Time Control) [1 page] 0
E47 24-Dec-99 Link Shenmue Q&A (Making phone calls, saving games, buying goods etc) 0
E48 24-Dec-99 Link The Shenmue world (Yamanose, Sakuragaoka, Dobuita) [2 pages] 0
E49 24-Dec-99 Link Shenmue Story digest part I [4 pages] 0
E50 24-Dec-99 Link Hazuki Residence floorplan & room descriptions [2 pages] 0
E51 24-Dec-99 Link Interview w/ main designer Masanori Oe [2 pages] 0
E52 31-Dec-99 Link Countdown to Release: a day in the life of Ryo [1 page] 0
E53 31-Dec-99 Link Countdown to Release: free battles [5 pages] 0
E54 31-Dec-99 Link Countdown to Release: Shenmue Story digest part II [4 pages] 0
E55 31-Dec-99 Link Countdown to Release: Interview w/ the actors for Ryo and Nozomi (Masaya Matsukaze, Megumi Yasu) [2 pages] 0
E56 31-Dec-99 Link Countdown to Release: Interview w/ Shenmue Director Keiji Okayasu part II on Shenmue's development from the Saturn to the Dreamcast [2 pages] 0
E57 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: basic controls & interactions [2 pages] 0
E58 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: mini-games & vehicles [1 page] 0
E59 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Passport Disc guide [2 pages] 0
E60 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Story digest for discs 1 & 2 [6 pages] 0
E61 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Map of Dobuita & shop information [2 pages] 0
E62 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Map of Yamanose & Sakuragaoka [1 page] 0
E63 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Thumbnails of all characters [1 page] 0
E64 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: In-game observations ("stalking" a character; what happens if you have no money for the bus etc) 0
E65 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Shenmue Q&A (Is there a "game over"?, Does the outcome of  the QTEs and battles affect the story?, Is the weather random? Etc) [2 pages] 0
E66 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Interview /w Shenmue development staff: Yu Suzuki, Manabu Takimoto, Keiji Okayasu, Masanori Oe, Eigo Kasahara, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi [3 pages] 0
E67 7-Jan-00 Link Shenmue Special: Interview /w Shenmue sound staff: Yuzo Koshiro, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi [1 page] 0
E68 4-Feb-00 Link Shenmue Special Part 2: Story digest for disc 3 [5 pages] 0
E69 4-Feb-00 Link Shenmue Special Part 2: Free battle strategy guide [4 pages] 0
E70 4-Feb-00 Link Shenmue Special Part 2: Shenmue Passport online features [2 pages] 0
E71 4-Feb-00 Link Shenmue Special Part 2: Interview w/ martial arts instructor Testuya Hattori and Masaya Matsukaze [4 pages] 0
E72 11-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 1: Disc 3 story and events guide [4 pages]  0
E73 11-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 1: Disc 3 battle strategy [1 page] 0
E74 11-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 1: Map of Shin-Yokohama Harbor [1 page] 0
E75 11-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 1: Motorbike & forklift racing [2 pages] 0
E76 11-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 1: Q&A (What became of Ryo riding a bicycle as seen in the promo video?,  What happens if you try dialing Nozomi's phone number in real life?, What fighting style do Guizhang and Chai use? Etc) [2 pages] 0
E77 11-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 1: Interview with Megumi Yasu (Nozomi actress) [2 pages] 0
E78 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Flowchart of Disc 1 [3 pages] 0
E79 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Flowchart of Disc 2 [3 pages] 0
E80 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Flowchart of Disc 3 [3 pages] 0
E81 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Complete maps of the Shenmue world [2 pages] 0
E82 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Free battle advanced guide [4 pages] 0
E83 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: List of all characters and items [8 pages] 0
E84 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Interview with developer Eigo Kasahara about the Passport Disc [2 pages] 0
E85 18-Feb-00 Link Strategy Guide Part 2: Did you Know…? (People, Battle, Articles) [1 page] 0
E86 3-Mar-00 Link Photo shoot: Yasu Megumi cosplays as Nozomi [1 page] 0
E87 24-Mar-00 Link Photo shoot: Yasu Megumi cosplays as Nozomi & mini interview [2 pages] 0
E88 19-Jan-01 Link Shenmue II: Interview with Yu Suzuki [2 pages] 0
E89 25-May-01 Link Shenmue II Special: evolved QTEs, free battles, Magic Maze, Map, following a character [3 pages] 0
E90 25-May-01 Link Shenmue II Special: a message from Yu Suzuki [2 pages] 0
E91 22-Jun-01 Link Shenmue II: interview with actors Masaya Matsukaze, Hazuki Ishigaki, Takumi Hagawara [2 pages] 0
E92 22-Jun-01 Link Shenmue II: preview of features and starting area [1 page] 0
E93 13-Jul-01 Link Shenmue II: Interview with Yu Suzuki [1 page] 0
E94 10-Aug-01 Link Shenmue II: Shenmue Collection feature [1 page] 0
E95 10-Aug-01 Link Shenmue II: VF4 special disk [1 page] 0
E96 7-Sep-01 Link Shenmue II Special: interview with Yu Suzuki, Masaya Matsukaze, Hazuki Ishigaki | [2 pages] 0


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