Tekken: Bloodline will be released on Netflix on August 18th. The animated series takes place between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3 and follows Jin Kazama on a journey of revenge, but we have all seen many revenge stories before so why should we watch this one? Well here are five reasons you might want to watch Tekken: Bloodline on Netflix..
1. Tekken is awesome!
If you were around the arcades in the 1990s, you must have been aware of Tekken. The game was incredibly popular and was pretty much a hit when it launched in 1994. Basically a beat ’em up, players would choose a character and be able to control all four limbs in the fight, something that was unique at the time. The game would be ported to the PlayStation console in 1995, opening it up to a whole new audience. A sequel would appear the very next year, a testament to its popularity, and releases continue to appear. Something with this much pop culture influence deserves to be explored, so Bloodline may be a great way to get up to speed with this awesome franchise.
2. The story and lore are worth a viewing
Behind the game, there is of course lore. Watching an animated version of the gaming lore is a great way to get on board without having to play the games themselves. If you are a fan of anime, then Bloodline will certainly appeal to you, and the story behind Bloodline looks set to be well integrated into the storyline behind the series of games.
3. The characters
There is a varied and colorful collection of characters that populate the Tekken universe, and for some, these characters are the reason they rate the game above others. Characters such as Kazuya Mishima, an anti-hero that craves power, and Anna Williams, from the first game, have motivation and arcs, so seeing them brought to “life” in a series is very appealing. Bloodline shines a spotlight on fan favorites such as Jun and Jin Kazama, Jin being the main protagonist of the game since Tekken 3 was released. To be able to sit back and watch these heroes and villains battle their way through a narrative is a must-see for gamers, and may also convert a few nonplayers to the world of Tekken too.
4. A second chance for Tekken
In 2009 Tekken actually had a live-action adaptation. However, for various reasons, some of which included a lack of depth or understanding of the characters, the film flopped, and fans of the game turned their back on what was produced. With an IMDb score of just 4.8, the movie has fallen down the memory hole for many viewers and many say that production problems resulted in an uneven film that falls apart at the end. However, an animated version of Tekken will not have any misgivings that a live-action film might have — no budget restrictions immediately springs to mind, with animators being able to convey the brutal action, special effects, and fight scenes, without worrying about the logistics of actually shooting these scenes. Tekken: Bloodline will be the closest thing to the game, and there is no reason for this production to get things wrong.
5. Katsuhiro Harada endorses it
Katsuhiro Harada is the Japanese game producer behind Tekken, as well as being a general manager of Namco, and director of the Tekken franchise. If there is anyone that knows this universe outside and in, it’s Katsuhiro, and in a recent interview with CBR, he explains that the animated series will show aspects and events from the lore that have only ever been written but never shown. He goes on to pretty much endorse the production, saying the series will have plenty of things for both old and new fans to enjoy. With such a glowing endorsement from the man himself, it’s hard to imagine the series being anything but a hit.
So, there are five reasons to watch Tekken: Bloodline when it debuts on Netflix. Share your thoughts with us and let us know if our reasons hit the mark.