As part of Netflix Geeked Week, Tekken fighting game series director Katsuhiro Harada released a video message about the iconic franchise becoming an anime for Netflix. The series is expected to arrive on Netflix this year.
First announced in March with a trailer, the new show focuses on Jin Kazama and his journey to get revenge after a “monstrous evil” entered the world and turned his life upside down. This is not Tekken’s first expansion beyond games, as there was an animated Tekken movie in 1998 and a live-action Tekken movie in 2009. Another animated movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, is released in 2011. Bloodline is Tekken’s first anime series, however.
The new Tekken anime for Netflix is one of many new TV shows and video game movies in the works. In an ever-growing pipeline of video game adaptations, TV series based on Sony PlayStation properties God of War and Horizon were announced to be ramping up production most recently in late May. Sony said in May 2021 that it had 10 TV shows/movies based on its games in the works, including Chad Stahelski’s upcoming Ghost of Tsushima movie from John Wick, HBO’s The Last of Us series and the show Twisted Metal from the writers of Bob’s Burgers.
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