TEKKEN 7 - Akuma theory
Just recently, I was (along with many other gamers) delighted to discover that Street Fighter's
demonic villian "the supreme master of the fist" Akuma would be included as the newest character
in Tekken 7.
Even as a long-time Akuma fan (since discovering how to unlock him in Street Fighter Alpha
for the PS1) my initial reaction was quite simple "looks like another guest character".
Then I watched the trailer and my opinion changed instantly:
Not only will Akuma be featured as a guest character in Tekken 7 but, Akuma's appearance
will also be factored into the story of Tekken 7 with ties connected directly to the Mishima
bloodline; which then got me thinking:
"...how is this all connected?"
Here's my unofficial fan-speculated theory:
I believe (before the events of the first Iron Fist Tournament - pre Tekken 1) Akuma sought
out Kazumi Mishima (the original Mishima carrier of the Devil Gene) to help him channel and
harness the power of the Dark Hado inside of himself.
Akuma's motive? To seek vengeance on the assassins responsible for killing his parents
as a child (Kazumi's son Kazuya Mishima also awakened the Devil Gene inside himself from
an early age to seek vengeance on his father for nearly killing him).
Which would explain Akuma's "debt" (to kill Heihachi and Kazuya "when the time comes" (the final
battle in Tekken 7) to Kazumi Mishima and a possible assumption that Akuma also contains the
Devil Gene to some agree.
Shin Akuma/Oni - Akuma being completely consumed by the Dark Hado (the word Oni is also often
translated to mean "Devil" in Japanese).
Devil Gene - the process of being consumed by a malevolent dark energy that has the possibility of
extending far beyond the cursed Mishima bloodline.