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Season 3 of ‘Cobra Kai’ Reveals More Returning Movie Characters

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Fans of The Karate Kid II, rejoice! It appears that the new season of Cobra Kai will send Daniel LaRusso back to Japan and feature characters from the first sequel to the original film. So cue up Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love” and watch the trailer here.

Almost everyone who loved the original Karate Kid film agrees that the sequels got progressively worse. But despite its imperfections, I am honestly a big fan of the 1986 follow up.

Higher Stakes

Daniel and Johnny’s beef in the first movie felt very “high school” (as it should), and they mostly honored the pact to settle their differences at the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship tournament.

Despite a certain “sweep the leg” incident, pride was really the biggest thing at stake for this showdown. Ali as well, I suppose, but The Karate Kid II tossed her character away with a simple line of dialogue to set Daniel up for a new love interest in dancer Kumiko.

In Okinawa, however, the stakes for the sequel were raised. Daniel is completely out of his element, experiencing culture shock and running into some dangerous kids who aren’t messing around. Daniel and Chozen’s final showdown is a real test for Daniel’s character. There is no referee, there is no final bell, there is no safety net. The fight is tense, brutal, and bloody, with Daniel once again barely eking out a win.

Season 3 Expectations

What this all means for Season 3 of Cobra Kai is a mystery, but seeing Johnny and Daniel put their differences aside to fight together for the sake of their children promises a very fun season. And the return of Chozen and Kumiko are more than a cherry on top for this Karate Kid fan — I’ll be on the edge of my seat to see what happens when Daniel shares the screen with them again.

And now, this.