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Tekken anime striking US this summer

Blood Vengeance to feature story from Dai Sato, produced by Digital Frontier; teaser trailer inside.

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Tekken 6 may have come out in 2009, but it was still Namco Bandai's best-selling game throughout 2010. Given that enthusiasm for the franchise, Namco Bandai will be bringing the franchise back to the realm of video, announcing today plans to release the Tekken Blood Vengeance anime in the US this summer.

Rendered in full CG and 3D compatible, Tekken Blood Vengeance features a screenplay written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Appleseed) is producing the animated film, and Youichi Mouri will serve as its director. Mouri is no stranger to the fighting universe, having also directed the opening cinematics for Tekken 5 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion.

Where else but Tekken can you find a robot riding a panda bear?
Where else but Tekken can you find a robot riding a panda bear?

Blood Vengeance will be set in Namco Bandai's long-standing Tekken universe, where the world's top fighters compete for supremacy in the Mishima Zaibatsu-sponsored The King of Iron Fist tournament. Winners of the tournament are then offered control of the Mishima Zaibatsu financial corporation.

The animated film isn't Namco Bandai's only transmedia effort for the franchise. In September, Anchor Bay Entertainment picked up the rights to distribute a live-action adaptation of the franchise, starring Cary-Hiroyuki Takagawa, Lateef Crowder, and Gary Daniel. According to Amazon, the film is due for a Blu-ray release on July 19.

For an idea of what to expect from the film, check out Namco Bandai's teaser trailer below.

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