THIS IS INFORMATION REGRADING THE RE-RELEASE
I'm going to go in order for the run, but to start things. You have the choice of running English or Japanese, English as far as we understand is the fastest version right now.
Make sure to check the post on downgrading. (SEE: https://www.speedrun.com/shenmue2/thread/u22hg )
Stolen bag new route for HD version Doesn't need to be done on the original version but must be done on the re-release.
Route back to Man Mo after Delin skip top left = green > south > wise > man mo 1st top right = green > golden > lucky > man mo 4th bottom left = green > white > lucky > man mo 3rd bottom right = green > white > south > wise > man mo 2nd
Loading times are better on the re-release so only follow this if you run re-release, original version, keep with the old route.
Start of library service to collect antiques
After talking to the guy at collect antiques, 180 turn, open menu and go back to the inventory page. https://clips.twitch.tv/FantasticReliableFlamingoPraiseIt These are re-release only timesaves.
Fast cups cutscene at dou jiang https://clips.twitch.tv/WrongComfortablePotatoDxCat Enter left door, hold left, triggers cutscene instantly. Can be done on original and re-release.
Finding Ren after giving him $500 (bottom left is old route, top right is new route) Can be done on original and re-release.
1BF consistent Can be done on original and re-release.
floor 5 of the yellow head building https://clips.twitch.tv/GoodBeautifulLemurPMSTwin Can be done on original and re-release.
Firewood Can be done on original and re-release.
Skipping second herb cutscene Re-release only.
Buying the map after the tree, this results in a 13 second timesave, you will need to find new references for the man mo map glitch and the book skip map glitch. I have included my references. (NOTE: references are 4:3)
Scarlet hills is ahead captain obvious cutscene skip
Reroute of pawnshop order
new way to do the old spooky ghost strat, first use right analogue to look down at sign then zoom in and do the glitch pretty neat ey
found by vinny
New sticks route in autoscroller EDIT: no sound btw, I was listening to music. Starts first frame you enter the cave, ends the first frame after the subtitle disappears for "We have enough firewood"
More likely to happen that chow, not something for new runners.
stay "close" to ren until around 38~ seconds and then run to the great view building before ryo gets lost, he can still get lost if you're early on the run
Here is the practice save file: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/488979461790760983/942267956044369990/Game_Data_1_follow_ren
(Needs to be renamed to "Game Data 1")