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Tekken: Bloodline is an animated TV series based on the Tekken series. It was released on August 18th, 2022 and consists of six episodes, each running to about 25 minutes long.

The series begins between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3, with Jin Kazama training with his mother, Jun Kazama, on Yakushima. It approximately follows the Tekken 3 story, as Jin loses his mother and embarks on a quest for revenge against Ogre by training under his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima.

Synopsis[]

"Power is everything.” 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.[2]

"After losing his home to a powerful enemy, a hot-tempered fighter trains under his zealous grandfather while awaiting his chance for revenge."[3]

Plot[]

The story begins on Yakushima, with Jin Kazama being attacked by bullies who tell him to stay in the forest and that he doesn’t belong in town. After initially not fighting them, Jin becomes angered by a comment about his mother, and attacks the bullies, easily defeating them. However, his mother, Jun, arrives and intervenes. She tells him he has lost this fight because he could not control himself.

Jin is shown learning Kazama Ryu, with its emphasis on clear-minded focus and using an enemy’s weight against them, with self control being of utmost importance. When the drunken father of one of the bullies arrives at the Kazama property to fight Jin, Jun disarms the man and shows Jin how to use restraint to resolve conflict. Later, a demon, Ogre, attacks the Kazamas. Jun tells Jin to stay inside as she fights Ogre. Unable to watch his mother being attacked any longer, Jin rushes out to help her. He and his mother are defeated, with Ogre and Jun seemingly disappearing following a gas explosion in the house. Jin is left with no choice but to seek out his grandfather, whom his mother told him to go to should she not survive the fight.

Jin is initially turned away from the Mishima Zaibatsu, and, even after meeting Heihachi, his grandfather has little interest in him until Jin mentions Ogre. Heihachi then subjects Jin to a brutal training regimen that emphasizes power and anger. He tells Jin he will break him down in order to build him back up. He teaches Jin never to turn his back on anyone, never to hesitate, and always to finish his opponent.

A few years later, Heihachi calls an Iron Fist Tournament, intending to use Jin to lure out Ogre. Jin is reunited with his friend and rival Hwoarang, and his school friend Xiaoyu, whist Paul Phoenix and Nina Williams warn him against asking too many questions about the Mishima. Jin remains curious about his father’s fate, and during the course of the tournament, discovers that Heihachi killed his father. He learns from Leroy and Julia that they have both been personally wronged by Heihachi and that Heihachi is responsible for unleashing Ogre on the world in the first place.

Despite Heihachi insisting that Jin must be ruthless in his fighting, after breaking Leroy’s leg in the first round, Jin determines not to follow this path of ruthlessness. He shows compassion to Hwoarang and Xiaoyu when they lose their fights, visits Leroy when he is injured, intercedes for Julia when she attempts to attack Heihachi, and offers King II the tournament winnings for his orphanage. Heihachi is outraged by these displays of empathy, and, when Ogre still hasn’t made an appearance by the end of the finals between Jin and King, Heihachi himself takes the stage.

Jin is able to defeat Heihachi by surprising him with his Kazama Ryu and his mother's tenets, along with drawing on the power of his Devil Gene without rising to hatred. Ogre descends from the sky, apparently alerted by the power of the Devil Gene. Heihachi insists that Jin engage Ogre alone. Jin must draw more and more on the Devil Gene to match Ogre, and becomes increasingly furious. He defeats Ogre and starts to walk away from the arena, telling Heihachi he wants nothing more to do with him.

Ogre transforms into True Ogre however, and Jin must fight again. He does so this time with the aid of Paul, Hwoarang and Xiaoyu. The four are nearly defeated by Ogre, but, upon seeing Ogre attack Xiaoyu in a way reminiscent of how it attacked Jun, Jin finds the strength to finish Ogre. Heihachi, observing, comments that this is the power of the Devil. After the fight, Jin’s eyes continue to glow red, and his voice has an otherworldly resonance. Heihachi draws out a gun and shoots him. Paul, Hwoarang and Xiaoyu are horrified and claim Heihachi is a worse evil than Kazuya, and Heihachi says that may be so, but he will save the world from the Devil Gene.

However, the shots activate Jin’s Devil Gene in full. After a dreamlike conversation with his mother in the Infinite Azure, Jin apologizes to her and transforms into Devil Jin. Devil Jin starts pummeling Heihachi into the ground, and only stops when Xiaoyu and Hwoarang call to him. Devil Jin then springs into the night and flies away.

Characters[]

Cameo Appearances:

New Characters:

Credits[]

Japanese Voice Cast[]

English Voice Cast[]

Production Team[]

  • Directed by Yoshikazu Miyao (BARNSTORM・DESIGN LABO)
  • Written by Gavin Hignight
  • Music by Rei Kondoh Animation by STUDIO HIBARI, LARX ENTERTAINMENT
  • Producers: Yuji Miyazaki, Takafumi Fujisawa
  • Character Designers: HEART, Satoshi Yuri (BARNSTORM・DESIGN LABO)
  • Total Drawing Director: Mayumi Watanabe Martial
  • Arts Director: Jun-ichi Hayama
  • Effect Animation Director:v Takashi Hashimoto
  • Art Designer: Hiroyuki Ohyama (BARNSTORM・DESIGN LABO)
  • Art Directors: Yumiko Kuga (STUDIO JACK), Yuko Sugiyama (STUDIO KAIMU)
  • Color Designers: Hiroki Sugiyama, Naoya Imamura
  • Director of Cinematography: Sena Nakagawa
  • Editor: Masanori Sakamoto
  • Sound Director: Takafumi Fujisawa
  • Sound Production: T's MUSIC
  • Martial Arts Demonstration: Hide Miyoshi (HIDE'S KICK!), Tetsuya Kondo (REDSHARK)
  • Battle Scene Supervisors: TeamYAMASA Yuu, TeamYAMASA NOBI
  • Lead CGI Animator: Ryota Fukushima[5]

Episode List[]

# Runtime Episode Summary
1 26 minutes Fighter-in-training Jin lives with his mother in their secluded home - until an abrupt encounter forces Jin to seek out his mysterious grandfather.
2 27 minutes Jin begins his grueling tutelage under his grandfather, Heihachi. Missing fighters and a strange artifact raise Heihachi's curiosity.
3 25 minutes After years of preparation, Jin and a roster of fighters assemble for the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Jin learns about his family's dark history.
4 23 minutes Jin struggles to control his rage while in the ring. Ling Xiaoyu goes toe-to-toe with a cold-blooded assassin.
5 29 minutes Jin discovers the truth behind Heihachi and Ogre. As the tournament winds down, a surprising fighter decides to enter the ring.
6 22 minutes With the opportunity for vengeance finally within his reach, Jin unleashes a hellish rage against his final opponent. But at what cost?

Videos[]

Gallery[]

Main article: Tekken: Bloodline/Gallery

Official Art[]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. ^ Also dubbed into Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, French, European Spanish, Czech, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, and Thai.
  2. ^ Tekken: Bloodline | Official Teaser | Netflix
  3. ^ Official synopsis on Netflix.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j NetflixJP_Anime Tweet, July 19, 2022.
  5. ^ Netflix Anime Youtube

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