A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include the conflicting values of using martial arts for defense, and using anger as a motivator for fighting and destroying the enemy. Family, perseverance, and good vs. evil are also themes.
Positive Role Models
Jin's mother tries to teach him to fight while keeping his anger at bay, while his grandfather teaches him to use anger as a motivator for fighting hard and defeating opponents.
Strong male and female fighters are featured.
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Violence & Scariness
There's lots of fantasy violence, mostly in the form of martial arts fights that lead to bruises, bloody injuries, people losing teeth, getting knocked out, etc. An explosion kills someone. The death of a parent and revenge are themes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female fighters are sometimes shown in outfits that reveal cleavage.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for the Tekken gaming franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tekken: Bloodline is an anime series set in the Tekken gaming universe. There's lots of fantasy violence (especially brutal martial arts fights) which leads to bloody injuries and on occasion, death. Characters are shown shirtless or in cleavage revealing outfits during fights. Revenge is also a major theme. The series is aligned with the Tekken video game franchise.
Is It Any Good?
This contemporary anime installment of the Tekken franchise features all the fighting action the story world is known for. But the plot is also about Jin, and how he grows up negotiating the values taught to him by his mother, and the zealousness taught to him by his brutal grandfather, in order to succeed in the ring. It's an interesting narrative, but not quite developed thanks to being overshadowed by the endless violent fighting scenes. Meanwhile, the limited number of episodes, and the length of each one, reduces the appearances of characters that are popular in the gaming world. As a result, Tekken: Bloodline doesn't offer anything particularly insightful to impress those unfamiliar with the franchise, but differs from the video games in ways that might leave Tekken players dissatisfied with the overall series.
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