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Netflix announces a Tekken anime

Netflix has leaned heavily over the past few years on producing original anime content based on popular video game franchises. Following adaptations of Castlevania, Dragon’s Dogma, and Cuphead to name a few, Netflix has now announced an anime based on the classic fighting franchise Tekken.

Releasing some time in 2022, the official trailer for Tekken: Bloodline has now gone public, offering a look into what might be a promising anime. Based on the trailer, it is clear that the anime is tackling the roots of the franchise by focusing on two of the biggest and most important characters: Jin Kazama and Heihachi Mishima.

The plot of the anime reads as follows: “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.”

The animation itself appears to be CGI replicating the look of a classic 2D hand-drawn anime. Whether this will translate nicely, or whether it will ultimately distract is yet to be seen, however the trailer footage suggests that a decent budget was put behind this project.

Netflix has successfully adapted many video games into anime, but has also tarnished just as many. For every Castlevania, there has been a Dragon’s Dogma. Hopefully Tekken: Bloodline ultimately proves to be a solid take on the iconic franchise.

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