Tekken getting the Netflix anime treatment this year

Details are scarce but the trailer’s already proving popular with fans (pic: Netflix)

There’s going to be a Tekken anime series later this year and it appears to be based on Tekken 3 instead of the first game.

It’s very easy to lose count of how many video games are getting, or already have, their own Netflix series. We’ve already seen Castlevania and Arcane quickly become smash successes and there are still many more, like Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider, in production.

Now we can add Tekken to the list although, unlike some of the others, this one’s ready to air later this year. There’s even a teaser trailer with actual episode footage, confirming it to be an animated adaptation rather than live action.

Rather than adapt the events of the first game, Tekken: Bloodline is jumping ahead to Tekken 3, as it centres around that game’s protagonist Jin Kazama.

As revealed in the description and trailer, Jin lives in the woods with his mother Jun, who trains him in martial arts. When a mysterious monster (we say mysterious, fans will instantly recognise it as Tekken 3 final boss Ogre) appears and kills his mother, Jin seeks revenge and the power to enact it.

This draws him into the King of Iron Fist Tournament and sees him approach his grandfather Heihachi for further training. Other characters confirmed in the trailer include Tekken regulars Paul Phoenix and King, as well as Leroy Smith – despite him not being introduced in the games until Tekken 7.

We also get a brief glimpse of Kazuya, Heihachi’s son and the protagonist of the first game. He’s meant to be dead during the events of Tekken 3, so it looks like the anime will be making a few changes to the original game’s storyline.

Netflix hasn’t given an exact release month or how many episodes it will consist of, but it appears to already be going down well with fans, judging by the like/dislike ratio on YouTube.

While this does mark Tekken’s first venture into television, there have been four movie adaptations in the past: two animated and two live action. None of them were well received, so hopefully this new series will be different.

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