Tekken: Bloodline follows protagonist Jin Kazama, one of the strongest characters in the Tekken series, on his quest for revenge. Based on the events of Tekken 3, he searches for Ogre, a powerful creature responsible for killing numerous combatants. One of them is Jun Kazama, Jin’s mother.
But how does the anime fare when it competes with the game? Surprisingly, it’s pretty faithful to the source material, which makes writing this list quite challenging. Still, every adaptation comes with changes, and Tekken: Bloodline is no exception. This is what you can expect.
This article contains major spoilers for Tekken 3 and Tekken: Bloodline.
5 Future game characters
This is one that may be obvious to those who have been following the series for a while, but there are characters that shouldn’t be here. Mainly this is due to two reasons: they weren’t used in Tekken 3 (like Ganryu) or they weren’t even created at the time.
The most obvious example is Leroy Smith. He is a Tekken 7 DLC fighter, making him one of the newest characters in the series, and yet here he is. Although he mainly appears in a single episode, his involvement is still puzzling.
Other characters who shouldn’t be here but make brief appearances include Feng Wei, Marshall Law, Steve Fox, and Craig Marduk. His appearances are mainly to show how many people are in the tournament and his fights are not shown. Some characters from Tekken 1 and 2 were also shown in images, such as Baek Doo San and Wang Jinrei.
4 cut plots
Although many characters technically appear in the anime, most of them are just cameos, like the ones mentioned in the previous post. However, characters like Yoshimitsu and Anna, who were in the original Tekken 3, don’t actually do anything. Outside of the Mishimas and Kazamas (and Ogre, obviously), the only characters that have any sort of relevance are Paul, Nina, Hwoarang, Xiaoyu, Julia, Leroy, and King.
That means a lot of stories were cut. We don’t know why Yoshimitsu is in the tournament, for example. Nina doesn’t even get a good explanation, apart from the money. The most curious case of cut plot, however, is that of Kuma. She has a cameo, where Paul mentions fighting a bear (which is canon); however, he acts like it’s his first time doing it, even though he fought Kuma’s father in Tekken 2. Not to mention the fact that Kuma is Heihachi’s pet, so not having these characters together is just weird. Even Jin should know who Kuma is.
3 how is the tournament going
Things happen very differently towards the end of the tournament if you compare the game and the anime. These changes are likely made for the sake of drama, but Jin is not the ultimate winner of the tournament. Not at first, at least.
In the anime, we see Jin defeating King in the finals, only for Heihachi to challenge him. Then, Ogre appears and fights Jin. However, in the game, King never goes far in the tournament, and the person who goes undefeated and makes it to the final match against Ogre is none other than Paul Phoenix. And he just gets better: he not only gets to Ogre, but defeats the monster himself.
However, the reason he isn’t ranked the winner is that after beating Ogre he just walks away, unaware that the creature has grown into a bigger, more powerful monster that he continues to fight on. In the end, Jin fights and defeats True Ogre, and from there things happen pretty much the same way in both the game and the anime.
two Ogre size and power
Long story short, Ogre got buff, and I’m not talking about his muscles. Not only is he now twice the size of any other fighter in both of his forms, but his overall combat abilities have increased significantly.
Ogre has always been a beast, but depending on who fights him, he doesn’t even bother to defend himself against attacks. Not to mention the final fight, where multiple people take him on at the same time. Paul, Xiaoyu, and Hwoarang help Jin, which adds to the relationships between all of these characters.
However, as stated above, the games are much simpler. Paul defeats Ogre and Jin defeats True Ogre. The game is also not very clear on whether he uses the Devil Gene during the fight, as his first transformation is during his “death” shortly after the fight.
1 devil gene
The gene that Jin inherited from his father Kazuya essentially works the same way as it does in the game. He makes him more powerful and aggressive which makes him a better fighter. The reason this is part of the list is not the gene itself, but the fact that Jin is more aware of it.
In the anime, Heihachi is surprisingly more honest with Jin, at least to a point. Although he still hides the fact that he wanted to capture Ogre, and wanted to finish off Devil Gene once and for all, which would eventually involve killing Jin, he is still open to explaining what it is, or at least what he knew at the time. regard. Obviously, the explanation was made for the sake of the audience, but still.
On a similar note, Heihachi also opens up about Kazuya to Jin, even going so far as to say outright that he killed Kazuya. He probably says these things because he knows it won’t affect his ultimate plan to capture Ogre, but it shows a different side of Heihachi, one in which he cares about five percent more for Jin compared to the games.
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