Jun Kazama (風間 準 Kazama Jun?) is a character in the Tekken series who made her debut in Tekken 2. She is the mother of Jin Kazama, having raised him alone after failing to save Jin's father, Kazuya Mishima, from Devil's influence. Jin assumes her to be dead after witnessing her being attacked by Ogre during the period prior to the third tournament when Ogre was attacking and killing participants of the second King of Iron Fist Tournament. Jun's official status, however, is "unknown". Jun is one of a small group of characters who have only appeared in one canon game, as well as being one of the few characters who has multiple cameos and references intact in every future mainline game. In the non-canonical Tekken Tag Tournament 2, after being defeated in arcade mode, Jun transforms into Unknown, the final boss.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Story
- 3 Other Appearances
- 4 Gameplay
- 5 Character Relationships
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Etymology
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 See Also
- 11 References
- 12 Navigation
Jun is a wildlife surveillance officer of the conservation group W.W.W.C., who uses Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts, a martial art that has been handed down to the Kazama family for generations.
Jun grew up surrounded by nature on the island of Yakushima, where she was taught the ways of the Kazama-style martial arts and developed strong psychic abilities, before moving to Tokyo when she reached adulthood. While city life distanced her from spiritual surroundings, her father's ghost appeared to her, reaffirming her beliefs in the supernatural.
It was during her time in Tokyo, while working for W.W.W.C., that she heard of a man named Kazuya Mishima, who was involved in the smuggling of protected animals. Also sensing a mysterious power surrounding Kazuya, Jun decides to enter the second King of Iron Fist Tournament to both put an end to the illegal smuggling and free Kazuya from whatever power it was that surrounded him.
During the tournament, a mutual attraction between Jun and Kazuya led Jun to become pregnant. When Kazuya was defeated in battle by his father Heihachi, who subsequently disposed of his son's body in an active volcano, Jun, having failed in her mission to save Kazuya from the devil's influence, returned to Yakushima. She gave birth to a son, whom she named Jin. There, she raised him alone, in the mountains, teaching him the way of Kazama-style martial arts as he grew up.
As Jin approached his fifteenth birthday, Jun began to sense the approach of a great evil. Concerned, she warned Jin that, should anything happen to her, he was to seek out his grandfather, Heihachi. On the day of Jin's fifteenth birthday, Jun's premonition came true when she was attacked by Ogre, who was seeking out the world's greatest martial artists to defeat them and absorb their abilities. Jin rushed to his mother's side to aid her in battle, but was easily outmatched by Ogre and knocked unconscious. When he awoke, he found his home destroyed and Jun nowhere to be found. Believing her to be dead, Jin set out to avenge her by defeating Ogre. Jun's true status after these events remains unknown.
Not much is known of Jun's personality aside from the few hints that other characters have given throughout the series; for example, Kazuya describes her as "mysterious" in his Tekken 6 prologue. Jun seems to embody tranquillity and purity and is shown to have peaceful and animal-loving nature. This is evident in her mission to save Kazuya from the corruption of the Devil in Tekken 2, the forest animals' natural affinity towards her (shown in her Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 endings), and her ability to suppress the Devil Gene (as she does so in her Tekken Tag Tournament ending, as well as during her special tag win-pose with Devil Jin in Tekken Tag Tournament 2).
Her exact relationship with Kazuya is very much unknown. Jun was determined to save him from Devil's possession, but the inner conflict within Kazuya was the main reason he was defeated and seemingly killed by Heihachi at the end of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2. But it does confirm that Jun's presence kept Kazuya's darker nature at bay.
Jun holds a deep and strong love for her son, Jin Kazama. Having raised Jin as a single parent in the seclusion of the wilderness since his birth, the two shared a very close and strong bond. She fervently fought off Devil when the apparition tried to make a host of Jin while Jun was still pregnant with Jin, and she asked Jin to seek refuge with Heihachi Mishima should anything happen to her. She also instructed Jin in Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts.
Even with the two still no longer together, Jun continues to have a strong impact on her son's life and seems to continue to guide him even after being missing for so long. It is an apparition/vision of her that stops Jin from killing Heihachi, and the very reason Jin sought to kill Ogre in the first place was because he believed that the god of fighting had murdered his mother. Even though the events of Tekken 6 take place years after her presumed death, Jin states that he greatly misses his mother and wishes nothing more for her to be at his side again. In Jin's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending, Jin is surprised when Unknown transforms into his mother after he defeats her. Once she disappears from Jin's arms, he transforms into his alter-ego and flies away into orbit, screaming in pain from having lost his beloved mother again. An apparition of Jun embraces a distraught Jin (in his Devil Jin ending, continuing from his Jin ending) in space, seemingly reversing his transformation.
If the two are paired up in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Jun expresses sorrow and disappointment towards Jin (most likely because of his regretful actions in Tekken 6), asking him if he forgot her teachings. However, in their special win pose, the two will begin to pass one another before stopping and, after a brief moment of hesitation, look over their shoulders and smile at one another. This shows that, though there may be some tension between the two, they are nonetheless happy to see each other after so long.
Jun is one of the tallest females in the Tekken series. She has shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes. She has bangs that frame her face, and wears a white headband or scarf in her hair. She often has a monochrome palette, wearing clothes of white and black, emphasizing her purity of character. She wears functional clothes, usually associated either with her work as a W.W.W.C officer, or martial arts training gear. In Tekken 2, she wore her W.W.W.C. outfit, consisting of a midriff top, shorts, and knee-length socks in a pale-blue color scheme with a pair of brown shoes, and a casual outfit made up of black capris, a sleeveless white blouse, and black shoes over white socks. In Tekken Tag Tournament, an additional outfit saw her wearing martial arts attire, namely a karate gi with matching shorts, as well as knee pads and sneakers. When she returned in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Jun wore a close-fitting white outfit decorated with black crow print, reminiscent of the flame design wrapped around the leg of her son Jin's gi pants.
Main Article: Jun Kazama/Outfits
Version 1 (Manual): Jun is an officer of the WWWC, a wildlife protection organization. She is highly spiritual and can sense a mysterious power surrounding Kazuya. Besides her duty to arrest Kazuya, who smuggles protected animals, she wants to free Kazuya of his evil power during the tournament.
Version 2: Jun Kazama, an Animal Protection Officer for an environmental protection group (W.W.W.C.), uses Kazama Traditional Martial Arts, a martial form that has been passed down from generation to generation inside the Kazama family.
Brought up within Yakushima Island's abundant nature, Jun was instructed in the secrets of Kazama Aiki-Jujutsu, but unfortunately dwelling in Tokyo for a long period of time has cost her the ability to commune with Mother Nature.
One night, Jun saw her late father's spirit and came to understand paranormal phenomenon.
Jun has joined the tournament determined to arrest Kazuya for smuggling protected animals, and to release him from the mystic forces surrounding him.
Ending Description, "Purity": The screen shows two birds flying over a forest. It then shows a chipmunk in a tree, nibbling on an acorn before looking up. A horse is shown looking up as well. A yellow bus drops Jun off at a forest area (presumably a protected wildlife environment). Jun steps off with the sun beaming in front of her as she breathes in the fresh air while closing her eyes blissfully. Suddenly, four various birds, a gazelle, the horse, and a chipmunk surround her. A bird lands on her shoulder as the chipmunk crawls up her arm and perches itself on her shoulder as well. She is then shown riding sideways on the horse being accompanied by three normal birds, along with a huge owl and the chipmunk, into the sunset. Jun gets off and peacefully walks towards the scenic view of the sunset before her.
She has taught and trained Jin her Kazama self-defense fighting style. Years later, Jun sensed the approaching of great evil and told Jin that if anything should happen to her, that he should seek out his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima.
Jun's words proved to be prophetic, and sometime after Jin's 15th birthday, Ogre did indeed attack. Jun screamed for Jin to run away, but Jin wished to protect his beloved mother and prepared to fight Ogre in order to save Jun. Ogre, however, was too much of a match for Jin and knocked him unconscious. What happened next is unknown, but by the time Jin woke up, the Kazama house was burnt to the ground and Jun was missing. Jin desperately searched for her, but she was nowhere to be found or seen. Jin assumed that Jun was dead and swore revenge on Ogre.
Jun makes a cameo appearance as a vision to Jin as he is about to finish off Heihachi. This causes Jin to spare Heihachi's life and fly away while saying, "Be thankful for my mother--Jun Kazama" (母さんー風間準に感謝しろ Kāsan--Kazama Jun ni kansha shiro). As Jin departs, he leaves behind a small flurry of black feathers, along with one single white feather as a representation of Jun's purity.
Jun is seen and mentioned numerous times during the prologue for the Scenario Campaign Mode for Tekken 6, in which Jin, Kazuya, and Heihachi retell the main events of the previous Tekken games. In this prologue, Kazuya Mishima describes how he met Jun. He also describes how he found her fearless and mysterious. Jin Kazama then describes how much he misses his mother and wishes that she were still with him. He then goes on to explain that he defeated Ogre in honor of Jun, also recapping his Tekken 4 ending where he spared Heihachi's life, then flew away after saying, "Thank my mother...Jun Kazama...".
Jun is one of the central main characters in Tekken: The Motion Picture. As a child, Jun witnessed Kazuya Mishima being thrown off of a cliff by his father, Heihachi Mishima. She climbed down the cliff to try and save Kazuya, but unfortunately, she was unable to find him. She was haunted by this experience all through her childhood and into her adulthood. In the present day, Jun is an officer of the WWWC, a wildlife protection organization. She is highly psychic and can sense a mysterious power surrounding Kazuya (who is revealed to have survived the fall from the cliff).
She is teamed up with police officer Lei Wulong and their assignment is to investigate the Mishima Conglomerate's genetic engineering of bio-weapons, but she is constantly drawn to Kazuya; she can't let him give in to his hatred and kill his father, Heihachi. After many confrontations, Jun discovers that Kazuya is possessed by the Devil but is able to convince Kazuya to spare the life of Heihachi. The story jumps to the future to show that Jun is living a peaceful and happy life with her son, Jin. However, she is able to sense something strange in the air (most likely Ogre). She promises Jin that everything will be alright and the two leave together hand in hand.
Jun appeared as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament.
Ending Description: Jun finds her son in his devil form lying unconscious on the ground in Unknown's stage. She touches Devil Jin's forehead and turns him into his normal form but still unconscious. Jun smiles. When Jin wakes up, Jun is gone.
Jun in Devil's Ending: Jun is lying unconscious on the ground in Unknown's stage. Devil leans over her body, picks her up into his arms, and flies away.
Jun Kazama appeared in the live-action Tekken movie. In this version, she is a single parent of Jin Kazama and dies from an explosion set in motion by Kazuya Mishima's Jackhammer forces. She was a Tekken fighter before, and serves as a source for Jin's motivation during his course in the tournament. Unlike in the game, she was sexually assaulted by Kazuya Mishima, which is how she got pregnant with her son Jin. Jun is portrayed by actress Tamlyn Tomita.
Jun returned in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with an entirely new stance and moves that separate her from Asuka Kazama, though she still retains her White Heron Dance/Blizzard Combo and other moves of the Kazama Style of fighting.
Jun also appears in the game's intro, watching the fight from a distance. Lili spots her and tries to analyze her, only to be caught and have her binoculars telekinetically destroyed.
Jun appears after Ogre's defeat in Arcade and Time Attack modes, where she emerges from a white bright light, ready to fight. After being defeated, Jun will transform into the game's final boss, Unknown. The wolf spirit is nowhere to be seen.
Ending Description: Jun walks into the middle of a dark forest, where she begins to glow a white aura. As she does, the spirits of woodland creatures gather towards her and encircle her. They embrace her as she turns into a ball of white energy and shoots into the sky, creating many stars.
- Jin Kazama
- Kazuya Mishima
- Devil Jin
- Asuka Kazama
- Heihachi Mishima
- Jinpachi Mishima
- Emilie De Rochefort
Jun has several cameo appearances in this comic. Jin remembers how he spared Heihachi and Kazuya upon seeing a vision of Jun, noting he spared them as an act of compassion in her name. During the final battle in issue 4, Heihachi mocks Jin's weakness in comparison to Kazuya's skills. Kazuya remarks Jin has nothing to do with him, and that Jin isn't half the fighter Jun was.
Jun appears at the upcoming anime, Tekken: Bloodline on Netflix which takes place prior to the events of Tekken 3 where she trains her son Jin in the art of Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts at the Yakushima mountains. She also battled Ogre whom she claims him as a demon in her sense and was soon overpowered by the God of Fighting and tells Jin to run.
Jun's fighting style in Tekken 2 is more technical than most other characters, and while some attacks have start-up frames that leave her vulnerable, they can be chained to rack up big damage, while mix-up options add a degree of unpredictability. As a result, Jun favors a more defensive style of play, utilizing her strengths to punish her opponents' mistakes.
Prior to the Tekken Tag series, Jun does not have any counter throws, while Tekken Tag 2 sees her moveset expanded with many new moves, at the cost of several Throw moves, such as her Armbar, Right attack button throw, and Suplex being removed.
Jun fights using the Kazama Style martial arts.
- Jun Kazama/Tekken 2 Movelist
- Jun Kazama/Tekken Tag Tournament Movelist
- Jun Kazama/Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Movelist
- Jun Kazama/Tekken Revolution Movelist
- Kazuya Mishima - Her son's father. The exact nature of their relationship has never been revealed, but Jun tried to save Kazuya from his devil-half after seeing the goodness left in his heart. In their Tekken Tag Tournament 2 win pose, Jun has a sad face while looking at Kazuya, as if regretting seeing Kazuya changed and fallen in villainy, and that she was unable to save him.
- Jin Kazama - Her beloved son, she was affectionate and loving to her son, raising him in Yakushima until he was 15. She is one of the few individuals in Jin's life that still matter to him, and he swore to avenge her after she was apparently killed by Ogre. Her memory is the one thing that keeps Jin from being fully consumed by his hatred, and he misses her greatly. In their win pose in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Jun and Jin smile when looking at each other.
- Angel - As a result of Jun's proximity to Kazuya, Angel seems to have arisen within Kazuya. Angel is also shown to be an entity within Jun in the non-canon Tekken Forever.
- Devil Kazuya - Jun is able to sense Devil's presence within Kazuya, and desired to save him from it in Tekken 2.
- Asuka Kazama - Her relative, likely her niece.
- Mr. Kazama - Her relative, likely Jun's brother. Alisa Bosconovitch believes that Mr. Kazama is Jun's sibling, though Harada states that the relationship is more distant than this.
- Unknown - Her non-canonical alternate form.
- Heihachi Mishima - Her son's now-deceased grandfather. It is unknown what their true relationship was, but Jun did tell Jin to seek Heihachi out if anything should happen to her. She stopped Kazuya from killing him in Tekken: The Motion Picture (non-canon).
- Wang Jinrei - Jun defeated him in Tekken 2.
- Ogre - Jun was attacked by Ogre before Tekken 3 began, her son, Jin, killed Ogre to avenge her.
- Devil Jin - Her son's Devil form; in their win pose in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Jun blocks Devil Jin from moving with a simple gesture from her hand, trying to keep her son in control of his actions.
- Lei Wulong - They are both seeking to hold Kazuya and the Mishima Zaibatsu accountable to the law during Tekken 2. Her friend and ally in Tekken: The Motion Picture (non-canon).
- Michelle Chang - Jun rescued her in Tekken: The Motion Picture from Kazuya Mishima (non-canon).
- Steve Fox - Her co-competitor in the former Iron Fist tournament in the 2010 live-action movie (non-canon).
- Main article: Jun Kazama/Quotes
- The name Jun means "rule, standard, associate, "to correspond" (準).
- Jun's costume 'theme' seems to be white, which may be a reference to the universal symbol of good and purity.
- Ironically, Jun can be read as Hitoshi (ひとし) when used as a male given name, similarly to her son's name Jin (仁). Due to her character design, her name is commonly mistaken as (純 Jun) meaning "pure".
- Jun's costume 'theme' seems to be white, which may be a reference to the universal symbol of good and purity.
- Jun's surname Kazama (風間) is comprised of Wind (風 kaze) and Interval (間 ma) and collectively the meaning is "while the wind is blowing". Kazama is also a common Japanese surname.
- It is possible that Jun named her son, Jin (仁), after Jinpachi (仁八), the grandfather Kazuya respected and admired. If so, this would imply a degree of intimacy in Jun and Kazuya's relationship, as Kazuya was able to relate some of his past to her and chose to tell her of his care for his grandfather. If so, this respect would seem to be mutual, as Jun chose the name for their son after Kazuya was thrown into a volcano, thus honoring his respect for his grandfather.
- Jun's costume 'theme' seems to be white, which may be a reference to the universal symbol of good and purity.
- Jun wants to "save" Kazuya in a variety of ways regardless of how many times she fails to do so. Her encounter in with Kazuya in Tekken 2 causes conflict in Kazuya that ultimately leads to him losing to Heihachi. Her presence also causes Angel to arise within Kazuya.
- The Tekken 6 artbook revealed that Unknown was originally meant to be Jun's sister but the idea was dropped as the main story element when Tekken Tag Tournament became non-canonical.
- Jun was considered for Tekken 3 as her portrait, voice and some moves can be found on the arcade version of the game through hacking. They were removed from the home port.
- Ogre has some of Jun's moves, like her "Windmill Kick".
- Jun has the ability to "repress" the devil gene in her son, Jin, with a single touch (as seen in her Tekken Tag Tournament ending). Asuka Kazama, who is known to be related to her, also has the same ability but hasn't realized her strange power yet.
- Jun can also use telekinetic powers like her son's devil form as shown in her special win pose with him in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
- Jun, at 170 cm (5′7″), is the second tallest female fighter in Tekken.
- Jun shares a personal interest with her son, Jin: forest bathing.
- In Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Asuka's hair can be customized to look like Jun's.
- Jun's title of "Chosen One" has made her special even amongst other Kazamas, as stated in her Tekken 2 profile.
- Jun would be 41 during Tekken 3, and 43 during Tekken 4, 5 and 6 if she appeared in those games, making her arguably the eldest female playable human character in the Tekken series; Jun may be in a tie with Nina Williams, who is chronologically 43 years as well, though physically 24.
- In the Tekken 5 spin-off game Devil Within Jin hears that Jun may be alive and held within G Corporation. Jin cannot find Jun in the game, and it is likely the game is non-canon.
- In Tekken 6 's Scenario Campaign mode, Alisa stated that a sibling of Jun's has opened the "Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts" dojo in Asuka's stage. It's unclear and unknown what she meant, however. Lee Chaolan will bring her name up directly in the initial conversation before continuing into the stage.
- Her Hit Effect is changed throughout the series: In Tekken 2, it was white with a silver hue which was later applied to both Kuma II and Panda in Tekken 3. In Tekken Tag Tournament, it was light yellow, and in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it reverts back into white and the silver hue is replaced with a glowing blue hue that represents the aura of Unknown's wolf spirit. The second character that changed the Hit Effect is Julia Chang.
- Harada has stated that Jun is a terrible cook and that Jin says her cooking "kills the ingredients for a second time". Jun is bad at cooking because she is often distracted by the ecological impact of what she is making.
- Jun's stage is Morning Fields.
- Wang Jinrei is her sub-boss.
- When playing as Devil or Angel, Jun is fought as the Stage 9 boss instead of Kazuya.
- This is her only canonical appearance as a playable fighter in the main series.
- In the opening, Jin is seen and Ogre is shown in the darkness holding something. It is usually interpreted either as the top of a temple pillar or head with long hair. It was speculated that it was Jun's severed head, but Harada stated that it was not her head.
- She was also shown as a cameo in the arcade introduction video.
- Jun has some leftover code in Tekken 3 Arcade machines, and can be made playable through a cheat engine, Jun has her portrait, but the in-game version of her takes Nina's model, and Jin's moves.
- Jun's ending is similar to Angel's.
- Unknown always starts with her moveset. Thus, begin to foreshadow their theorized connections which are later confirmed in the second Tag game.
- Jun's white dress is her only non-canonical appearance, although her white dress didn't appear in gameplay.
- Her sub-boss is Kazuya Mishima. If Kazuya is not available, it's Devil. Should Kazuya and Devil not be available, it is Heihachi.
- Jun's current voice actress is Mamiko Noto.
- Jun is the second final boss in Arcade mode. After she is defeated, she transforms into Unknown.
- Jun's special win pose with Jin has the pair simply stand back-to-back, with Jun and Jin quietly smiling towards the other.
- Jun's special win pose with Kazuya is similar to Jin's where the pair stand back-to-back. While Kazuya crosses his arms and doesn't show any emotion, Jun's face shows a hint of sadness and concern.
- Jun's item move has her drop into the fight from an umbrella.
- If defeated in Arcade mode by Jun Kazama, a special continue screen will be seen:
- As the countdown goes down, Jun will walk up to the screen (this is in the first-person perspective of the defeated character) and will appear standing in front of the character, while staring at them with an emotionless expression. She appears to offer a hand toward the player, but when the countdown ends, she pulls her hand away and coldly walks away from the player; all while making eye contact.
- Jun's previous voice was also used for Final Fantasy character Yuna in the fan-made series Dead Fantasy.
- Jun wears a pink tank top instead of white and white pants instead of black in issue 2 of Tekken 3 (Comic).
- Main article: Jun Kazama/Gallery
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m https://www.bandainamcoent.co.jp/cs/list/tekken2/jun.html
- ^ a b c d e f http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/am/vg/tekken-tt/character/chara-jun.php
- ^ https://www.gamesdatabase.org/Media/SYSTEM/Sony_Playstation//Manual/formated/Tekken_2_-_1996_-_Sony_Computer_Entertainment.pdf
- ^ Character Profiles for Tekken 1 & 2, www.tekkenzaibatsu.com
- ^ a b There are at least four instances in Tekken 6 that confirm Jin and Asuka to be cousins and Mr Kazama and Jun to be siblings. The only source saying otherwise is a tweet from Harada stating that the relationship is actually more distant. This has yet to be corroborated by any in-game material however.
- ^ Lars Alexandersson/Scenario Campaign Dialogues#Asuka Kazaama
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/119972572988325889
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/305198755303542785
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/1376895298287493127
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/304529116131110913
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgRiiv-76BI