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Earlier today, fans of the famous tekken the video game series finally got the six episodes of Netflix’s animated adaptation, Tekken: Bloodline.
Sticking closely to the plot of the events of tekken 3the story follows Jin Kazama on his journey to The King of Iron Fist tournament where he will participate in hopes of finally defeating Ogre on a mission of revenge after the death of his mother, Jun.
Many fan favorites have been announced to appear in the anime, including Jin’s father and grandfather Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima. Other popular video game characters include: Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, Ling Xiaoyu, and Hwoarang.
However, some very popular characters were not present in the anime, much to the disappointment of many fans. There is no word if Tekken: Bloodline will have more seasons in the future, but if so, here are 10 video game fighters fans will definitely want to see.
Emilie de Rochefort (Lili)
Rich, spoiled and absolutely dangerous, Lili rose to prominence after her debut in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. The Monaco native is the daughter of an oil tycoon, and behind all the glamor she’s used to, she’s a terrifically ruthless fighter. She quickly became one of the most famous female video characters after her introduction to the franchise, and is blessed with a self-taught fighting style that borrows elements from her background in ballet and gymnastics. She has a rivalry with another teenage girl, Asuka Kazama.
Noted for his impeccable and stylistic fighting technique, which is rooted in the Brazilian martial arts Capoeira, Eddy is one of the most famous characters in the tekken franchise. Showcasing a very refreshing and level-headed personality, Eddy joins the King of Iron Fist Tournament to carry out his plan for revenge against those responsible for his father’s death. He and Christie are responsible for popularizing the art of capoeira in Western media.
King I and II
Easily identifiable thanks to his jaguar mask, King is one of the most emblematic tekken all-time characters, appearing in every video game release since 1994. The loyal-hearted Mexican professional wrestler is known for his defensive fighting style and his grappling and throwing techniques. It should be noted that he appears in the series, but only in a brief cameo.
Kuma and Panda
Both Kuma and Panda are bears enlisted by Heihachi Mishima for their protection. Kuma is also Heihachi’s pet and is in love with Panda, who serves to protect Ling Xiaoyu. Both bears exhibit human tendencies and have the same fighting style. Going forward with the video game series, they each take their place and can be very dangerous when pushed to the limit.
This Irish bombshell is the sister – and pain in the ass – of Nina Williams, one of the original video game characters. Unlike her cold and ruthless sister, Anna is friendly and flirtatious, and is shown to exhibit merciful traits during battle. His sibling rivalry with Nina stems from their father and coach showing more affection to his older sister, which leads him to dislike them both. Anna has been praised for her personality, skills, and storyline, and if the anime adaptation continues with more seasons, it would be an interesting storyline to tackle. Anna has a cameo appearance in the animated series.
It’s unclear why the Chinese-American who is solely fueled by his finances didn’t do the anime series, especially since he’s a very close friend of Paul Phoenix. The Law debuted in the original tekken video game and was quickly noted for having a similar fighting style to revered martial artist Bruce Lee. He has joined the King of Iron Fist Tournament several times due to financial constraints, except for tekken 2, where his motivations were primarily vengeful in nature. Marshall appears in a cameo appearance in the anime.
Another capoeira expert is Christie, whose grandfather was Eddy’s trainer. The two characters have a special friendship and unwavering loyalty to each other. Unlike many video game characters, Christie is a very cheerful girl, who only fights when absolutely necessary. The Brazilian martial artist has a heart of gold and would quickly become adored by viewers if she appeared in later seasons.
Steve Fox is a British boxer and the son of assassin Nina Williams and nephew of Anna. It was introduced in tekken 4 and is seen by his mother as an inconvenience. He was engineered through in vitro fertilization as part of a super soldier experiment by Heihachi Mishima. He escaped from the medical facility as a young boy and was adopted by British parents. If the producers continue with subsequent seasons, Steve Fox would be a great introduction to the anime as part of Nina and Anna’s development. The character also has a mysterious past that he cannot capture in his memory. He is also great friends with Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law and really wants to spend time becoming a better fighter.
Many fans thought the anime would feature Heihachi Mishima’s illegitimate son. Lars is a bit of a polarizing figure in video games, as he has a deep hatred for the central character Jin Kazama. However, his motives are pure as his end goal is world peace. He also dislikes his father strongly, but has a deep affection for his adoptive brother, Lee Chaolan.
The suave and handsome womanizer Lee Chaolan is Heihachi’s adopted son and the brother of Kazuya and Lars. He is a businessman with a cunning mind and enormous wealth. Whether Tekken: Bloodline continues, the introduction of Heihachi’s other children will undoubtedly prove to be a successful plot point in the anime. When he’s not partying or spending his fortune on beautiful women, Lee performs his kick fighting style on his opponents.