Tekken: Bloodline, the Netflix animated series based on Bandai Namco’s hit fighting game, was revealed to premiere on August 18 after officially releasing its new trailer on Tuesday, July 19.
The series will focus on Jin Kazama, one of the Tekken series protagonists and most iconic characters, as well as the past and the quest for the ultimate world battle scene: The King of Iron Fist Tournament.
In the trailer, we saw how Jin was trained by his mother, Jun, with the Kazama family’s self-defense fighting style. Jin then witnessed his mother’s death after she was attacked by Ogre.
Seeking revenge, Kazama turns to his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima, who trains him “Mishima style” so that his “body becomes a weapon itself”.
Fans are treated to a series of well-represented classic Jin and Heihachi combos, as well as other famous moves from other characters like Paul and King.
Jin’s quest for revenge will lead him to The King of Iron Fist tournament, where we’ll get a glimpse of some of the franchise’s most popular fighters like Xiaoyu, King, Nina Williams, Paul, Leroy, Ogre, and more.
Jin seemed particularly cautious with Nina Williams, who seemed to be recruiting Paul and other characters.
Jin was also warned by someone not to announce that he was related to Kazuya Mishima, one of the main antagonists of the Tekken franchise.
Nina described Kazuya as “evil in its purest form”, saying that the Mishima lineage is tainted and getting involved with them is “the last thing you want to do”.
SPOILER ALERT! For those who have followed the franchise, Kazuya has been said to be Jun’s love interest and Jin’s father. In Tekken 2, Kazuya attempted to kill Heihachi out of revenge, then took over the family fortune afterwards.
Destroying the Mishima Bloodline eventually became Jin’s main motivation since he was introduced as a playable character in Tekken 3 (1996). The series seems to pretty much adapt the storyline of Tekken 3.
Tekken was first released on the PlayStation and Arcade Namco System 11 board in 1994 and has had seven installments since then, becoming available on different platforms like Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
The game quickly gained huge following, especially in Southeast Asia, where fighting games were the most popular games in arcades and entertainment centers. In 2019, Tekken 7 was featured as an esports event at the Southeast Asian Games.
Netflix first announced the anime adaptation of Bandai Namco’s popular fighting game back in March.showing a quick glimpse into Jin’s life just before he left to train under Heihachi Mishima’s wing.
With Tekken 8 possibly around the corner, the game could find new fans and gamers after the anime series releases.
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