Netflix has just announced one more title for its bloated library of original anime series. He plans to release Tekken: Bloodline later this year, and revealed the series with an “official” minute-and-a-half-long trailer. There’s no exact date or mention of the episode count, but the summary reveals that it will focus on Jin Kazama, who joined the series as a Tekken 3 character.
Unlike some other game franchises of the late 90s with sales of over 50 million copies, the Tekken series has had only a few attempts at translating the story for movies or TV. Those attempts succeeded in including a completely forgettable live-action film from 2010, which is best known for being one of 43 films on Rotten Tomatoes to earn a zero percent rating based on reviews from critics. At one point, Tekken Games Producer/Director Katsuhiro Harada tweeted that it was terrible, saying, “We couldn’t oversee this movie; it was a cruel contract. I’m not interested in this movie.
The conditions surrounding this adaptation could be better, as Harada has invited fans to check out the new trailer. If Tekken: Bloodline follows the games, the show will connect the King of Iron Fist tournament which includes control of a powerful corporation as a prize, the intergenerational power struggle of the Mishima family who run the corporation and the tournament, and supernatural powers /corrupting nature 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 appears to show her training him when they are attacked by another boss in the games, the monstrous Ogre. These events will lead to him entering the tournament full of familiar faces – faces that 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 appear. .
“Power is everything.” Jin Kazama learned family self-defense arts, traditional Kazama-style martial arts, from his mother at an early age. Even so, he was helpless when a monstrous evil suddenly appeared, destroying everything he held dear, changing his life forever. Angry at himself for not being able to stop him, Jin swore revenge and sought absolute power to demand 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 it deemed worthy of a second season, Netflix continues to focus on anime and game adaptations for new content. Its League of Legends-based anime series Arcane received a rave review here (though its Dota 2 tie-in anime Dragon’s Blood didn’t), while live-action TV show The Witcher did well enough to win a third season, second anime film and children’s show coming soon. A live-action adaptation of One Piece began production earlier this year, and Netflix also has animated adaptations of Scott Pilgrim and the Terminator series in the works.
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