This new year brings us new seasons of some of the biggest anime of recent years, and despite the fact that Ken Wakui’s ‘Tokyo Revengers’ manga has left a somewhat bittersweet ending, anime fans have been patiently waiting for many months. the premiere of the second season.
‘Tokyo Revengers’ entered the world of anime like a tornado and quickly became one of the most acclaimed series of its season with its exploration of the world of Japanese street gangs.
Back to the future i want
The story begins with Takemichi Hanagaki, a young man with a rather sad life who one day discovers that Hinata Tachibana and his brother Naoto have been murdered by the Tokyo Manji gang. Hinata was his teenage girlfriend and the news leaves him a bit touched, and to go from bad to worse, someone pushes him onto the tracks just as a train is arriving.
To his surprise, Takemichi opens his eyes and has not died, but has returned exactly twelve years ago. So with his newfound power, he decides to relive the best days of his life and use his knowledge of the future to change his own life and the lives of his friends.
From the outset, ‘ Tokyo Revengers’ begins by skipping all the time travel rules of “do not interfere with anything”, because Takemichi has seen the future that awaits him and has little desire to return to it. So although he has a little trouble understanding what has happened to him, he soon takes charge of the situation.
In this case we have a history of time travel that goes back and forth where we find ourselves in the “darkest time line” and we have to get out of there. One of the main attractions of ‘Tokyo Revengers’ is undoubtedly this game with butterfly effects to see where they take you, with a very good start that catches you and piques your curiosity very well from the first moment.
Fixing the future quickly becomes a puzzle that we try to solve with Takemichi, with its bits of thriller and mystery as it gets into bigger and bigger eggplants.
And despite the fact that it still has its moments of comedy, ‘Tokyo Revengers’ can become a drama that represents the despair and frustration of its protagonists very well. It also has a good balance between the slower moments and the brutal confrontations between gangs… but unfortunately the novelty that bit you at the beginning soon wears off and the anime has a hard time picking up.
The butterfly effect of Takemichi’s travels soon becomes repetitive and even frustrating when you see that there could be at least five easier ways to resolve each conflict. The pace of the series does not help to make the plots less repetitive either, and unfortunately the animation also falls far short if we at least want to find the redemptive point of “hey, but the action scenes suck.”
With all this, no, ‘Tokyo Revengers’ is not a complete disaster. But it’s a soap opera dressed up as a gang member that ends up being terribly addictive because once you enter the well it’s hard to get back up.
Although part of a very good idea, a lot of its potential falls by the board and there are too many things in the rules of our world that do not make sense and that you have to just accept and move on … Starting with the skills of Takemichi to travel back in time, and continuing with the big question of where are all the adults while 14-year-old boys who are a bit vigorexic stab each other in the next street.
It is a series not to be taken seriously or with brainy pretensions, but it is terribly addictive and also entertaining because things do not stop happening and the ball of problems is getting bigger and bigger. You’ve got out-of-orbit drama (many times due to the characters’ own stupidity and rampant testosterone), surprisingly sweet camaraderie, and even a relatively cute teen romance if you ignore the more problematic aspects.
‘Tokyo Revengers’ is full of cliches, for better and for worse, because if what you’re looking for is a manual shonen , you’ve found what you need. The biggest redeeming point of the series are undoubtedly the characters, and especially Draken and Mikey when the story takes its time to develop them and break your convictions about what a gang member is.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that we have a very rich cast of characters, many are left without much development in this first part of the series, so hopefully we can see more of them in future chapters.
The first season of the anime consists of 25 chapters that can be seen through Crunchyroll, where the series is already being dubbed into Spanish. The second starts right now with a simulcast on Disney+, and some rumors suggest that it will consist of about 13 episodes, focusing mainly on the Christmas Conflict Arc.
And honestly, even though ‘Tokyo Revengers’ partly feels like a chore you can’t escape, I’m looking forward to seeing this train burn further.