Bloodline is Netflix's Next Video Game Adaptation

Get ready to watch Jin Kazama's ascension on Netflix this summer. Having already successfully brought League of Legends, Castlevania, and The Witcher to television, the next video game on their list is...Tekken? On Saturday, the streaming service revealed a trailer for their upcoming anime series based on Bandai Namco’s successful fighting franchise.


Tekken: Bloodline puts the focus on fighter Jin Kazama. First introduced in 1997's Tekken 3, Jin wants revenge for the death of his mother Jun at the hands of an apparent demon (Ogre, also from Tekken 3), and the only way to get it is to seek out training from his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima. Longtime fans know that Heihachi is ultimately the big bad of the entire franchise, but he’s more than willing to help his grandson become powerful by beating the living hell out of him.


Jin’s quest for revenge will eventually lead him to the King of Iron Fist Tournament, the competition that underpins the entire Tekken franchise. It’s there at the tournament where he’ll brush shoulders with a variety of characters across Tekken’s history, including the jaguar-masked King, Paul Phoenix from the original Tekken, Tekken 7's DLC fighter Leroy Smith, and Jin’s father Kazuya Mishima.


Tekken was one of the first fighting games to use 3D animation in 1994, and later games included the ability to move away or towards the camera to create the feeling of real 3D environments rather than moving vertically across the screen. The trailer manages to capture the feeling of the games as the camera pans around characters preparing to fight, or swings towards someone right as they’re about to be hit in the face. 


Like fellow fighting franchise Mortal Kombat, Tekken’s dabbled into non-video game mediums multiple times throughout its 28-year history. The first anime was a two-part series called Tekken: The Motion Picture in 1998 that adapted Kazuya’s revenge quest against Heihachi from Studio Deen and directed by Kunihisa Sugishima. In 2011, the CG anime film Tekken: Blood Vengeance released and served as an alternate retelling of Tekken 5 (2005) and Tekken 6 (2007). And of course, there was the 2009 live action adaptation that also spawned a 2014 prequel, Kazuya’s Revenge.


Netflix Announces Animated Tekken: Bloodline 'U.S. TV Show'


Netflix revealed a teaser trailer on Saturday to announce the Tekken: Bloodline animated series. Netflix will release the show in 2022. Netflix is streaming the above trailer only featuring English voice acting, even on the Netflix Japan YouTube channel.


While Netflix did not reveal the staff for the series, Neflix's listing of the series outside of the United States features the genre tags "US TV Shows" and "Anime Series." Netflix has used those same tags previously on shows such as DOTA: Dragon's Blood, Blood of Zeus, and Castlevania.


Netflix describes the series, which seems to roughly adapt the story of Tekken 3, as follows:


"Power is everything." Jin Kazama learned the family self-defense arts, Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts, from his mother at an early age. Even so, he was powerless when a monstrous evil suddenly appeared, destroying everything dear to him, changing his life forever. Angry at himself for being unable to stop it, Jin vowed revenge and sought absolute power to exact it. His quest will lead to the ultimate battle on a global stage — The King of Iron Fist Tournament.

Tekken 3 launched for arcades in 1996 and then for PlayStation in 1998.


The latest game in the Tekken fighting game franchise, Tekken 7, launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam in June 2017.


Bloodline animated series announced


Netflix has announced Tekken: Bloodline, the first animated series based on the 3D fighting game series Tekken. It will premiere on Netflix in 2022 worldwide. 


Netflix's Tekken: Bloodline Anime Gets an Action


A new anime series based on the Tekken fighting video game franchise is coming to Netflix, and the announcement came with a first trailer. Tekken, Namco's classic fighting tournament video game franchise, is coming to Netflix in the form of a new anime series.


A teaser trailer for Tekken: Bloodline was revealed on Netflix's YouTube channel, giving fans a glimpse of the story and characters that the series will follow. The main protagonist is the series mainstay Jin Kazama, who is searching for his grandfather, the legendary Heihachi. The trailer begins with Jin's martial arts training, but the mystical side of the series' universe soon surfaces with the emergence of demons and deadly superpowers.


The official synopsis for Tekken: Bloodline is as follows:


"Power is everything." Jin Kazama learned the family self-defense arts, Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts, from his mother at an early age. Even so, he was powerless when a monstrous evil suddenly appeared, destroying everything dear to him, changing his life forever. Angry at himself for being unable to stop it, Jin vowed revenge and sought absolute power to exact it. His quest will lead to the ultimate battle on a global stage — The King of Iron Fist Tournament.


Jin's quest is suggested through a tagline that appears between shots: "When destiny calls, a dark hero will rise." Although the plot of the anime seems to focus mainly on Jin and his family, there are several other recognizable characters from the video games featured, such as King and Paul, mostly appearing in flashes in a sequence at the end of the trailer.


Debuting in 1994, Tekken is one of the most popular and successful fighting video games of all time and has received more than one adaptation in other media. With nearly 20 titles spanning almost three decades, the franchise has introduced an enormous number of characters and subplots, many of which intertwine and carry over from title to title. The game play focuses on hand-to-hand combat, giving each different character a unique set of moves based on real-world styles of fighting in addition to the backstory and personal details assigned to the varied playable individuals.


Tekken: Bloodline will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2022; at this time no more specific release window has been announced. The upcoming series joins a growing collection of Netflix-produced anime titles, covering all genres and interests.

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