In case anyone missed it, a new anime series based on the iconic fighting game, tekkenwill be coming to Netflix this year. Tekken: Bloodline follows the journey of Jin Kazama, who must “learn to control his anger rather than let it control him”, as he embarks on a quest to The King of Iron Fist Tournament (the location and fighting competition on which games are based) .
There isn’t a whole lot of info on the details regarding the series – Netflix’s official page for the upcoming show is mostly blank apart from a link to the trailer, but from the description of the video we know that an encounter with “a monstrous evil” unfolds the events in motion.
Additionally, there is a reference to Heihachi Mishima, who is the main villain in the tekken video game series, as being Kazama’s grandfather. Perhaps a showdown between the two at the Iron Fist tournament is on the line.
Other familiar faces — Towards the end of the trailer, we get a quick look at some of the other fighters that will be involved in the series. Aside from the aforementioned Mishima, I recognized King, a hulking individual who fights with a jaguar mask, and Leroy Smith, a relatively new character in the tekken universe.
While I’m normally suspicious – or at least indifferent – to the release of anime video game adaptations, Line holds my interest a bit because of the animation style and the voice acting. The first is filled with bold lines that remind me of darker, grittier programs like Yu Yu Hakusho and outlaw star, while the latter involves moderate performances, without falling into tropey accolades (i.e. Mishima has a menacing, dragging baritone just because he is the antagonist).
This year should mark something of a record for the amount of content Netflix introduces that is based on video game intellectual property. The Cuphead Show dropped in February, and there have been announcements for an upcoming Bioshock movie and a Mega Man project (although that one has yet to receive official word from Netflix).
As for these adaptations, give me the TV series about the movie each time.