Netflix has released a trailer for an upcoming anime adaptation of the Tekken fighting game series, which is expected to release later this year.
Tekken: Bloodline appears to take place between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3, focusing on Jin Kazama after his life is turned upside down when Ogre attacks his home and his mother, Jun. The entire disaster sends him to his grandfather Heihachi Mishima and arguably culminates in Jin entering the classic King of Iron Fist Tournament similar to the plot of the third game. Some classic Tekken characters are seen in the trailer, such as Paul and King, but the anime also integrates some characters introduced in later games, such as Leroy Smith from Tekken 7.
It’s not the first time that Tekken has been interested in adaptations of its games. A live-action Tekken movie released in 2009, a movie so terrible that even the game’s creator, Katsuhiro Harada, said he wanted nothing to do with it. It also holds a 0% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it all the more surprising that the film got a direct-to-DVD sequel in 2014. There was also Tekken: Blood Vengence, a 2011 3D animated film that was released with little fanfare. There was even an anime adaptation already prepared in the form of 1998’s Tekken: The Motion Picture, which again didn’t do much to garner rave reviews from fans.
I’m much more confident for the Netflix anime adaptation, and it looks like I’m not the only one. YouTube comments seem like a lot of hype, praising the art direction and the return of Ogre, a character that has been absent from the games for quite some time. Netflix also seems to be doing a good job of handling adaptations of beloved video games—League of Legends Arcane series was a big hit last year, while The magician remains a popular show for the streaming service. We just won’t talk about it Resident Evil Adaptation.