Tekken is a Japanese series of arcade and combat video games that became the basis for the eponymous media franchise. Many full-length films and cartoons have been shot based on it, and its characters have become independent heroes of printed publications. The main developer and publisher are Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game’s plot revolves around the conflict between the Mishima family and attempts to control the Zaibatsu corporation. The process of internal interaction is also built on this: gamers control several heroes to win the King of Iron Fist Tournament and gain access to the company’s management. All major releases in this series follow the events of this tournament.
Meaning and History
The debut version of Tekken was released in December 1994, and the final version was released in the summer of 2017. At the moment, the collection has seven basic parts. Moreover, each of them has its own identity, which resonates with the content. According to experts and users, the most significant are the first, second, and third editions.
Although the game started as a typical arcade adaptation, it later moved into the fighting category. Battles include a variety of throws, blocks, pursuits, ground tournaments. The series now includes special moves and combos. Moreover, Tekken presents a group of debut fighting games where 3D animation was first used. This made the franchise the best-selling franchise of all time, and its icon was widely recognized.
The first emblem contains the name in Japanese. The red hieroglyphs are executed with broad strokes, imitating the stroke of a brush. This is evidenced by the torn train at the ends of some letters. Along the edges, they are outlined with thin black lines separated by a white stripe, which makes the inscription three-dimensional. Below is the English version, consisting of small characters in an individual design. The word “Tekken” is in uppercase and is colored black.
The second issue came out under a radically different logo. His style was redesigned: he became more rigid, principled, unshakable. In the drawing, this is conveyed by the geometric shapes of which the hieroglyphs are composed. Squares, rectangles, and wide stripes form a formidable inscription in Japanese, rendered in the form of brickwork with black splashes on a reddish-red background. At the bottom left is the English word “Tekken” and the number “2”. They are made with thin elongated lines and decorated with a gradient transition from black to light gray.
This year’s logo comprises three parts: a background in the form of a hieroglyphic inscription, the name of the game in English, and a serial number. The first element has no clear strokes: it looks more like two solid red spots with white lightning and a gradient from crimson to scarlet. The second part is the word “Tekken,” made in the original style – with curly legs and long serifs. The third detail is the classic number “3”, decorated with a stencil inscription.
In this version, the same elements, but grouped in a completely different way. The number “4” occupies almost the entire front part of the logo. It is complemented by sharp corners and a very short stem. Next in size is the name of the video game in Japanese. The gray hieroglyphs are so large that they almost merge into a single background. The smallest one is the inscription “Tekken.” It is made up of printed letters placed back to back. “KK” is on top of each other, both “E” rest against the next sign, and the right side of “T” is not visible at all.
Background hieroglyphs have become more open, easy to read, and glossy. Now their flame is concentrated in the center, and darkening in the form of puffs of smoke are visible along the edges. On top of the Japanese lettering are the video game’s English name in italics and its serial number. They have a metallic texture and roughness in the form of small horizontal stripes. The number “5” is large, oblique and slightly compressed from above.
The inscription in Japanese resembles fiery swirls: they are twisted like fists that protrude in different directions. In this version, hieroglyphs are poorly distinguishable and serve only as graphic elements. On top of them is the word “Tekken,” indicating the release of the game. The text part is flat, smooth, with a pointed letter “T” and the number “6”. The dark symbols are surrounded by three stripes: red, gray, and black.
In the latter version, the main style is retained: the letters are still uppercase, oblique, even, and slightly sharpened. The “N” has an extra stroke on the right leg at the top. The number “7” is highlighted in glossy gold, while the English lettering is completely white with black edging very hieroglyphs, made in the form of brush strokes. Along the edges, they have charcoal stripes that resemble burnt lumps.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
All logos consist of three fragments: hieroglyphs, an English name, and a serial number. But in each version, they are decorated in a special way to emphasize the style of fighting battles.
For emblems, designers each time chose individual fonts that have no analogs. These typefaces are from the Sans Serif category, so the letters are smooth and sans serif. In some versions, they are oblique; in others, they are straight.
The logo’s color scheme includes fiery red, yellow, orange, brick, purple, gold, metallic, dark gray, light ash, black and white.