Netflix just announced another title for its growing library of original anime series. It plans to release Tekken: Bloodline later this year, unveiling the series with an “official teaser” trailer of a minute and a half. There is no exact date or mention of the number of episodes, but the recap reveals that it will focus on Jin Kazama, who joined the series as a character in Tekken 3†
Unlike some other game franchises from the late 90s that sold over 50 million copies, the Tekken series has made only a few attempts to translate the story for movies or TV. Those efforts managed to include a completely forgettable live-action movie from 2010, which stands out most as one of 43 films on Rotten Tomatoes to receive a zero percent rating based on critics’ reviews. At one point, the producer/director of the Tekken games, Katsuhiro Harada, tweeted that it was awful, saying, “We weren’t able to supervise that movie; it was a cruel contract. I’m not interested in that movie.”
The circumstances surrounding this adjustment could be better, as Harada invited fans to watch the new trailer† If it follows the games, the show will tie together the King of Iron Fist fighting tournament, which includes control of a powerful company as prize, the intergenerational power struggle of the Mishima family who run the company and the tournament, and the supernatural powers/corruption of the Devil Gene mutation shared by Heihachi Mishima (who also appears in the trailer), his son Kazuya Mishima, and Kazuya’s son Jin Kazama.
Jin’s mother, Jun Kazama, was also a character in the games, and the trailer seems to show her training him when they are attacked by another boss from the games, the monstrous Ogre. These events will lead him to enter the tournament full of familiar faces – faces who may or may not wear jaguar masks all the time – and flashes during the trailer show at least some of the characters we can expect to make an appearance.
“Power is everything.” Jin Kazama learned the family self-defense arts, Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts, from his mother at a young age. Yet he was powerless when suddenly a monstrous evil appeared, destroying everything he held dear and changing his life forever. Angry at himself for not being able to stop it, Jin vowed revenge and sought the absolute power to enforce it. His quest will lead to the ultimate battle on the world stage: The King of Iron Fist Tournament.
Even after failing to deliver a live action Cowboy Bebop deeming it worthy of a second season, Netflix continues to focus on adapting anime and games for new content. To be League of Legendsbased on anime series mysterious got a rave review here (even if it dota 2-linked anime dragon’s blood didn’t), while The Witcher live-action TV show has done well enough to earn a third season, a second anime movie, and an upcoming kids show. A live-action adaptation of A piece of began production earlier this year and Netflix also has anime adaptations of Scott Pilgrim and the Terminator series in the works.
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