With Tekken 7 underway, let’s take a look at the story we know so far that is leading to the conclusion of the Mishima Saga…
It all began around 50 years before the first King of Iron Fist Tournament with Jinpachi Mishima, a well-known fighting legend. He originally founded the Mishima Zaibatsu, however his son, Heihachi, got greedy and challenged his father. Heihachi won, and gained the Zaibatsu. He did not kill his father outright – instead he sealed him under Hon-maru, a Mishima-owned temple.
Either before or after Heihachi gained control of the Zaibatsu, he married Kazumi Hoji, then went on to have a son together – Kazuya. Something happened to Kazumi shortly after Kazuya’s birth – many people believe she died during childbirth – however, Kazuya had the idea that Heihachi was behind it.
At some point, Heihachi adopted Lee Chaolan – a Chinese orphan with a great ability to fight. Heihachi hoped that Lee would be a suitable rival for Kazuya, but he did not factor in Lee’s own motivates to gain the Zaibatsu for himself.
At the age of 5, Heihachi was training Kazuya to be the next heir of the Mishima family, however he believed Kazuya was too weak and threw him off a cliff. Kazuya survived, however went into hiding to plan his revenge.
Around 20 years later, Heihachi opened the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, hoping to find a challenge. However, he defeated everyone who opposed him. Then Kazuya appeared – now under the influence of the Devil. Many believed Kazuya sold his soul to Devil in order to gain power to defeat Heihachi, however Tekken 7 has hinted that Kazumi originally had the Devil Gene, thus Kazuya inheriting her powers.
Kazuya defeated Heihachi and returned the favour of throwing him off a cliff and gained control of the Zaibatsu.
In Heihachi’s absence, Kazuya took over the Mishima Zaibatsu and instead of reversing his father’s destruction, he became an even more ruthless leader with at the power at his disposal. He even conducted illegal experiments on animals (with the help of Dr Bosconovitch, Alex and Roger was created). His experiments caught the eye of the WWWC and Jun Kazama was sent to stop Kazuya’s experiments when the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2 was announced.
During the tournament, Kazuya and Jun met (it is hinted that it wasn’t in battle) and were ‘mysteriously drawn to eachother’. This resulted in Jun dropping out of the tournament. Kazuya proceeded to the final round of the Tournament – only to face his father who had also survived his own being-thrown-of-a-cliff situation.
Even using the power of the Devil, Kazuya was defeated by Heihachi, but instead of being thrown off a cliff, he was thrown into a volcano.
With Heihachi’s power restored, the Zaibatsu kept a low profile while investigating a legend of Toshin – an orge like creature hidden in a temple in Mexico that is rumoured to have immense power. Heihachi created the Tekkenshu (Tekken Force) to investigate the temple, but only body bags returned.
Meanwhile, Jun Kazama gave birth to a boy, Jin. They lived together in peace as years continued, however around the time Jin turned 15, Jun sensed something forbidding. She told him that should anything ever happen to her; he should seek out his grandfather, Heihachi. Sadly that day came when Toshin attacked Jun, where Jin assumed she was murdered.
Toshin had previously attacked other former fighters – many of which had previously entered the last King of Iron Fist Tournament. – causing them to go missing (he only outright killed the first King). Heihachi soon announced the third King of Iron Fist Tournament.
Under Heihachi’s guidance, Jin trained vigorously to gain power to eventually avenge his mother’s death. Much like his grandfather and father formerly, Jin defeated every opponent that posed a threat, however returning champion Paul Phoenix defeated Toshin, ending the tournament.
But not for long – unknown to Paul, Toshin had a second form which Jin took on. He was successful and felt his mother’s spirit at peace, until Heihachi ordered the Tekkenshu to shoot his own grandson down. Upon realising Jin may have Kazuya’s powers, Jin’s Devil Gene manifested and in turn attacked the Tekkenshu there. Once they were dealt with, Devil Jin grabbed Heihachi, threw him through the temple wall, slammed him to the ground before he flew off into the night.
Heihachi continued his reign in the Zaibatsu, conducting more experiments – this time, he wished to combine his own DNA with Toshin’s (they were able to find Toshin’s left over skin cells after he dissolved into light). The experiments however failed and the Mishima Research Lab believed it was because of Heihachi’s lack of the Devil Gene. Heihachi was also trying to locate his missing grandson Jin – he was unable to but during his search he obtained a photograph of a burnt body – one that had a resemblance to Kazuya.
Heihachi’s investigation into the photograph lead him to a small, newly established company called G Corporation. He discovered that they had taken a near-dead Kazuya and had nursed him back to health by generating a new body. Once located, Heihachi sent a squad to infuriate them and discovered his theory to be true – Kazuya was alive.
2 years after the third King of Iron Fist Tournament, Jin Kazama was residing in Brisbane, Australia where he had been unlearning his families’ fighting style and replacing it with karate. He had been undetected by anyone – including his friend Ling Xiaoyu – until The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 was announced, with the Mishima Zaibatsu on the line. But Kazuya and Jin entered, despite already dissecting Heihachi’s plan.
Kazuya proceeded through the rounds and eventually was meant to face his son, however Jin never showed. Kazuya was told to proceed to the next round, where he faced Heihachi. Beknown to Kazuya, Heihachi had a squad of Tekkenshu ambush Jin who was on his way to face Kazuya. Jin fought hard, but sadly was suppressed, knocked out and taken away.
Kazuya and Heihachi fought once again, but Kazuya came out as the victor. Heihachi revealed he knew where Jin was located and lead Kazuya to the mist-filled temple of Hon-Maru. On arrival, Kazuya discovered Jin, still passed out and suspended by chains. As soon as he laid eyes on his son, Kazuya was overtaken by the Devil and knocked Heihachi out. While trying to absorb the other half of Devil’s power, Jin awoke and they fought. Jin was victorious and battled his how rejuvenated grandfather. Once again, Jin was victorious but before he could deliver the final blow, he saw a vision of his mother and spared his life. Using the power of the devil, Jin flew into the night, leaving his family behind.
Just as Kazuya and Heihachi were waking, the Hon-Maru was ambushed by JACK-4s sent by G Corporation. Understanding that the JACKs had come to kill both of them, Kazuya and Heihachi worked together, however it was short-lived as Kazuya betrayed his father before escaping. Hon-Maru exploded, leading bystander Raven to believe that Heihachi Mishima was dead.
Kazuya returned to G Corp. and killed the many people who betrayed him. Despite Heihachi’s nonappearance, the Mishima Zaibatsu was being controlled by someone in the background. Just 2 months after the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 ended, the 5th Tournament was announced.
Jin had flown back to his home town of Yakushima while trying to control his Devil Gene. At one point, he lost control and woke up in a destroyed forest – he had no doubt he was responsible. When he received word about the 5th Tournament, Jin decided to enter in order to finally rid himself of the Devil Gene.
Little did anyone know (apart from Wang Jinrei) that Jinpachi Mishima who had been sealed underneath Hon-Maru and was released when the JACKs had exploded. He took control of the Mishima Zaibatsu, despite being under the influence of some monster, hoping to be defeated in so his reign would stop.
Jin managed to proceed through the Tournament (attacking his rival Hwoarang in the process) and defeat his great-grandfather, in turn taking over the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Beknown to anyone, Heihachi had actually been thrown far away during the explosion and had been unconscious for 2 months. When he awoke, he discovered that Jin had taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu and used to declare war across the world. G Corporation stepped in – after Kazuya took over – and was seen as the saviour to the public. The Zaibatsu caused death and destruction transversely, and so G Corp set a price on Jin’s head. Almost as if a response, Jin announced the 6th King of Iron Fist Tournament.
Lars Alexandersson – a Tekkenshu member – rebelled after feeling that the war they were causing wasn’t just. He took half of the Tekkenshu soldiers with him and inflirated the Zaibastu to finally stop Jin. G Corp surprised them too, their attack causing Lars to suffer from amnesia. He comes across a robot called Alisa Bosconovitch who aids him in finding his memories again. During the journey – with the help of Tougou and the rebelluion Tekkenshu army – they encountered many fighters of the Tournaments and able to regain Lars’ memories when he faces Heihachi – who turns out to be Lars’ father. Lars finally comes face to face with Jin, only to discover that Alisa was being used by him to track Lars’ movements. Jin rebooted Alisa, who turned on Lars. They fought, however Lars had the upper hand and Alisa fled. Raven joined Lars and eventually followed Jin to Egypt, where he meet his half-brother Kazuya and discovered Jin’s true motive – when Jin and Kazuya clashed previously (Tekken 4), it stirred a legendary monster named Azazel who spoke in Jin’s mind. It told him to fill the world with negative emotions, Azazel would gain his true form. Jin had done his research, and believed that if he defeated Azazel, he would free himself of the Devil Gene. Jin faced Azazel’s final form, sacrificing himself in the rumble of the temple.
However, Jin actually survived but did not rid himself of his curse.
Not much is known about the storyline of Tekken 7, however it seems that Heihachi has gained control of the Mishima Zaibatsu again and this time, is prepared to finish the feud between himself and his son, once and for all. Kazumi Mishima – Heihachi’s presumed dead wife – and Akuma from Street Fighter are somehow thrown into the mix; Jin is alive and somehow in a complete different outfit compared to the post-credit scene of Scenario Campaign and Alisa might still be evil? Who knows how it’s going to end.
But I don’t think this is the end for the Tekken series.