lineage of Tekken | Netflix Series Review – Get ready for the next battle

The saga of Tekkenover the years, it has climbed the ratings of all fans of 3D fighting games, becoming a true paradigm of the genre to which it belongs.

At the end of the 90s, that is when the first PlayStation was about to enter the homes of each of us, the fighting game in fact, meetings were the daily bread, despite the arcades were about to move inexorably towards the avenue of the sunset. Namco, which thanks to Tekken managed to keep up with the historical rival of SEGA (or the equally famous Virtua Fighter), managed over the years to establish itself as the queen of beat ’em up meetings, until practically today (after all , Tekken 2 on PlayStation Plus has been available for a few weeks, for all those who want to refresh their memory).

lineage of Tekkenthe new animated series Netflix inspired by the legendary Bandai Namco fighting game and produced by Katsuhiro Harada and Micheal Murray, it aims to be precisely a passionate tribute to the first generation of titles dedicated to the franchise, precisely those of the PSOne era.

It is certainly not the first time that we have seen a transposition of Tekken, considering the film with real actors of 2010 directed by Dwight H. Littlethe result of which, however, left the audience rather cold, especially due to the difficulty of telling a story that placed the emphasis on individual characters (and martial choreographies) rather than on the rest. Fans of the series (which you can also find on Amazon) were therefore quite disappointed.

The story of Tekken Bloodline

The productions inspired by video games are certainly not lacking in the streaming catalog of the American giant, between highs (few) and lows (numerous). Fortunately, Tekken Bloodline aligns itself with all that series of productions that, since its announcement, aim to be really very faithful to the video game, thanks also and above all to the presence of historical characters of the series (such as Jin Kazama or Heihachi Mishima), able to send in jujube soup those players who have grown up participating in various editions of theTournament of the Iron Fist.

Let’s start from the plot of Bloodline, which a little while ago to break away from that of the video game of the same name, and indeed, it fits perfectly into the main storyline. Written by Gavin Highnight and directed by Yoshikazu Miyaothe series – divided into six episodes of 25 minutes each – brings to the small screen the martial deeds of one of the most iconic characters of the saga, namely Jin.

The story thus relies almost entirely on the karateka’s quest for revenge, in particular the death of his mother at the hands of a demon named Orc. To try to find the truth, Jin will ask his grandfather Heihachi for help to take part in a tough training that will then open the doors of the prestigious Iron Fist Tournament.

Once in the ring, the warrior will have to face other indomitable fighters from all over the planet, conquer the champion belt and thus find the person responsible for the death of Jun Kazama.

Yes, if you have just felt a shiver down your spine and maybe you have been a gamer for more than twenty years, do not be scandalized: Tekken Bloodline is in fact aimed at all those players who have loved – and perhaps still love – the legendary Tekken 3since the plot of the Netflix series is prior to the events of the game.

Jin’s journey of vengeance, which will bring to mind films like The Trial or Ong Bak, is as thin as a sheet of paper, as is the plot of the video game itself. Complaining about a plot that is only sufficient means never having really framed the reason why Tekken has become famous, that is, for the martial arts tournament that will see Jin struggling with other historical characters of the saga.

In Bloodline there will be no lack of old glories from the series, from the young martial arts expert Xiaoyuto the relentless killer Nina Williamspassing by the masked wrestler King to the rude stars and stripes fighter Paolo Fenice.

The writing of the various episodes does nothing but offer a narrative line, jumping from one fight to another and placing much of its charm on the nostalgia effect. In fact, if you are a late-breaking Tekken player, you may not catch all the Easter Eggs and quotes in Bloodline. Convex, if you have grown up with the first three chapters in the arcade or on PS One, it will be a riot of references of all kindslegendary characters and special moves that many of you have now memorized.

The animations created by Yoshikazu Miyao and his team are able to guarantee a good visual glance, since everything faithfully follows the various matches of the videogame saga, a distinctive trait for generations.

In this sense, Tekken Bloodline does not miss a beat, being made with the specific objective of giving the viewer the feeling of being witnessing a long (to be honest not too much) animated cutscene. So here is that the action sequences they are very accurate, very fast, and able to make you want to pick up the pad as soon as you finish watching.

The character design is faithful – and tamarro – as we like itthanks to the fact that those looking for slowness and characters with a deep and multifaceted personality from Tekken are better off looking elsewhere. It is also true that a few small smudges – especially when it comes to animations – prevent Bloodline from reaching that very high level that fans expected to find, although complaining about the visual aspect is quite silly.

After all, Tekken has always proposed characters over the top, from human fighters to superhuman creatures and even animals (from bears, to kangaroos, passing through velociraptors, although the list of oddities is really very long), going to touch all the possible martial arts, from wrestling to Kung Fu, up to Taekwondo.

Unfortunately, the first season of Bloodline has only one big flaw, and that is to last only six episodes (a problem also found with other animated series taken from a video game, such as Castlevania). The result is that part of the main tournament is completely sacrificedthus excluding moments that could have brought more enjoyment to fans of the franchise.

Does Tekken finally have the series it deserves?

Tekken Bloodline then what happensrevealing itself to be a well-planned adaptation of the source material, which if on the one hand is affected by the really too short duration of the episodes, on the other hand sees them as sufficient to present the viewer to the cast – which sees the participation of an avalanche of well-known faces of the saga.

It would have been nice to be able to enjoy such a level, perhaps even in a feature film with real actors (as, for example, he managed to do, at least in part, the last film dedicated to Mortal Kombat), although it is equally true that only a certain type of animation is able to replicate that style and aesthetic to which Tekken has accustomed us for generations.

It is also true that only with the following seasons (somewhat obvious, given the epilogue of this series and the fate of its characters) will we be able to get a clearer idea of ​​the general picture. It is true and it should be noted, however, that this first cycle of episodes produced by Katsuhiro Harada and Micheal Murray it’s really what the Tekken fan has been wanting for yearsthat is a blast from the past that does nothing but replicate on the screen the same, identical fights seen years ago on their PlayStation consoles or on a room cabinet.

And rogue nostalgia thanks, between a KO and another: “Get ready for the next battle!”

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