Returning to the anime adaptation, a fighting video game, Tekken from Bandai Namco Entertainment brings back the events of Tekken 3 and follows Jin Kazama on his quest to defeat the creature that killed his mother.
‘Tekken: Bloodline’ the title of this series premiered on Netflix on August 18, 2022, with up to 6 episodes lasting 22-27 minutes each. Directed by Yoshikazu Miyao from the works of Gavin Highnight.
‘Tekken: Bloodline’ was first announced in March 2022, Studio Hibari and Larx Entertainment are producing this anime for Netflix. Taking many elements from the original video games, this series will satisfy game lovers.
Summary of Tekken: Bloodline
Jin Kazama (Kaiji Tang) lives only with his mother Jun Kazama (Vivian Lu). Jin continues to practice martial arts with his mother where he lives in a secluded house in the woods.
One day, Jin and his mother are attacked by a goblin (Bill Butts). A very powerful goblin finally kills his mother, Jin is forced to find his grandfather Heihachi Mishima (S. Hiroshi Watanabe). Along with Heihachi, Jin trained in martial arts so that he could avenge the Elves.
A few years later, the grown-up Jin participates in The King of Iron Fist Tournament, a martial arts championship organized by Heihachi Mishima in search of the strongest fighter. Jin fought with various martial arts, to prove himself stronger.
So what does this martial arts tournament have to do with his revenge against the Elves? Can Jin Kazama defeat such a powerful goblin? Will Heihachi help his nephew Jin Kazama?
The main plot of the Kazama and Mishima family
Since Namco released Tekken in the game version, the main focus of the story has been the conflict between Jin’s family and his father Kazuya. Here the exploration is adapted from the events of Tekken 3, when Jin begins to intersect with Heihachi and Ogre.
Starting at the beginning, we are introduced to Jin’s genealogy, namely Jun Kazama’s mother with his father Kazuya Mizhima, then his grandfather Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya’s father. In this series, Mishima and Kazama’s styles look very thick from the way they fight.
The things Jun and Heihachi taught were very different. This creates a new theory on how these two families can come together and conflict. The plot is so fast, it raises a lot of questions about the genealogy of the existing conflict of Jun Kazama and Kazuya Mishima, who can finally be reunited.
The main character Jin acts as a bridge to the great conflict that occurred at the beginning of their family. Even some background stories about Kazuya and Heihachi’s father-son conflict.
Lack of character exploration
The characters of the Jin family are complete even with the thin background presented. During the tournament, we will see many characters from the Tekken video game who are definitely waiting for their fighting action. Unfortunately it all focuses on the character Jin with his fighting style.
First, Jin’s battle with Leroy Smith, new to Tekken 7, doesn’t match up with the Tekken 3 adaptation. Then, at the end of the fight with King, the king of wrestling, it’s sensed by movement. and fighting style with more slamming.
That aside, many characters are only partially considered. However, characters like Hwoarang, Xiaoyu, Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, and King stand out with their fighting styles. Even their signature battle color effects are present in this tournament.
Unfortunately, some of the characters present in this series, are just sweets without being shown how they fought. Anna Williams’ asymmetry is also present, but only her sister Nina Williams stands out the most.
Other characters such as Law, Marduk, Lei, Kuma, Feng, Steve Fox, Wang, Yoshimitsu, Lee, even the tree impersonated Mokujin. It’s a shame if video game players idolize one of these characters.
The classic rivalry of Hwoarang and Jin
A little background story about Jin, who goes to school with Xiaoyu and Hwoarang. From here the competition between boxing and kicking. Hwoarang, which we know to be very strong from the Korean martial arts side of Taekwondo, made his first appearance in Tekken 3, following the original plot.
At The King of Iron Fist Tournament, Jin finally met Hwoarang. Their fight looks more awaited than any other. Unfortunately, the fight ended so quickly, Jin unleashed his special move Uppercut at the end of the match.
The triangle shadow is a bit annoying
A major highlight throughout the game, all of these Tekken characters are adorned with a layer of triangular shadow that culminates in each character’s face. Not sure what the animators really wanted to convey with light shadows like this.
When viewed from the scene, the light source is not only from above, even some important scenes still use triangular shadows on each character. It tends to be weird and very annoying over little things like this. Things look bleak with triangular shadows on each character’s face.
In the beginning, Jin lost his mother, then studied with his grandfather Heihachi Mishima, making a quick impression without knowing more. All are described by fighting, fighting and fighting. Even martial arts championships focus solely on Jin fighting.
Until the goblin fell from the sky, with very little basic information reaching us. Jin and Ogre’s battle gave Heihachi an advantage. But when Jin finally died at the hands of Heihachi, Jin became Evil Jin, with a little explanation of the “Evil Gene”. And Jin walked away aimlessly after hitting Heihachi.
It might be a little weird, but this hanging ending has a lot of potential for Tekken to continue into the next season. Jin, who became the main focus, immediately ended up defeating the Goblin in TrueOgre form, even defeating his grandfather, possibly discovering other characters in another season, as part side or expand the story.
Conclusion of the movie Tekken: Bloodline
Anime Tekken has finally been released to satisfy its video game lovers. The classic story of Jin and Heichachi’s family tree has become the main focus of the revenge motive that makes the title ‘Bloodline’ grow thicker in this first season.
Several characters appear, representing strong fan-favorite characters in the game. All of these characters come complete with the same set-up moves and combat combos if you compare them to the video game version.
Classic anime CGI visuals combined with video game style combat effects, comes with skins templates for early battles, like watching a battle in a game, spiced up for the main story of the Jin family.
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