Tekken: Bloodline: Release Date, Cast, And More

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The "Tekken" video game franchise has been adapted into anime before, its first anime adaptation being a 1998 two-part OVA named "Tekken: The Motion Picture," which revolved around the storyline of the first "Tekken" game. There is also a 2009 live-action film that was penned by game director Katsuhiro Harada, followed by a 2014 prequel named "Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge," which was released as a DVD series. The latest animated adaptation of the video game franchise comes in the form of "Tekken: Bloodline," and the recent trailer of the animated series looks extremely promising.

When and where can you watch "Tekken: Bloodline?" Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming series. While you're at it, check out the trailer for the series below.

Tekken: Bloodline release date and where can you watch it

The latest trailer for "Tekken: Bloodline" is (obviously) filled with flying fists and roundhouse kicks that are fatal in one way or another, proving Netflix isn't pulling its punches with this adaptation. This isn't the first animated video game adaptation on Netflix, by any means, as we already saw the massive success of Netflix's "Arcane" and the first two seasons of "DOTA: Dragon's Blood."

Netflix also had a long string of video game adaptations in its pipeline — having released the latest live-action rendition of "Resident Evil" — with more entries including adaptations of video games like "BioShock," "Devil May Cry," and "Dragon Age: Absolution" on the way. "Tekken: Bloodline" has a release date of August 18, 2022 on Netflix, which means it is just around the corner.

What Tekken: Bloodline is about

An intrinsically fight-based video game series like "Tekken" obviously centers on the aspects of hand-to-hand combat, and it is up to the player to figure out the most effective combos to knock out an opponent during a particularly intense fight. Out of the many playable main characters of the game, "Tekken: Bloodline" chooses to focus on Jim Kazama, who is almost exclusively featured on all the console versions since his debut in "Tekken 3." Kazama grew up amid great turmoil, as everything he loved was taken away from him, urging him to level up his strength and agility as he wished to enact revenge upon the Mishima bloodline and rid the world of evil.

"Tekken: Bloodline" starts off as a bildungsroman of sorts, with a young Kazama struggling to step into his power, but forced to do it anyway when he's on the brink of personal loss. He enrolls in The King of Iron Fist Tournament, during which he crosses paths with other players (similar to how the "Dead or Alive" game franchise unravels), and must defeat everyone to climb to the top. Here's the official 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."

What we know about the Tekken: Bloodline cast and crew

While the cast and crew of "Tekken: Bloodline" have not been officially announced, director Yoshikazu Miyao, who previously helmed "Magi: Adventure of Sinbad," recently tweeted that he's worked on the series alongside studio Barnstorm Design Labo. The studio has handled the animation direction of the "Tokyo Revengers" animated series while providing setting assistance for the "Code Geass: Akito the Exiled" OAV.

Interestingly, the cast for "Tekken: Bloodline" was tweeted out by the Netflix Japan Anime Twitter account, according to which, the voice actors are Isshin Chiba, Mamiko Noto, Taiten Kusunoki, Masanori Shinohara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Maaya Sakamoto, and Hochu Otsuka, among others.

We cannot wait for "Tekken: Bloodline" to drop, as it not only seems to feature badass one-on-one fights but also props us a resilient central character hell-bent on revenge.