->''This is the other side of Tokyo, a Tokyo of a different color. There, various tribes are living.''
->''Young men living in the city...the public of modern times builds a home out of corruption.''
->''These young men of the sordid side of life, a side called "reality", are depicted here.''

The story of ''Tokyo Tribe'' is heavily based around the hip-hop and street culture of modern day Tokyo. It focuses on members of the Saru street gang (Shivuya branch in the original manga, Musashino branch in ''Tokyo Tribes 2''). The Saru exist as a safe haven from the rampant crimes that occur between the Wu-Ronz of Bukuro and the Hands of Shinjuku.

When three Saru members turn up dead, Kai, a lieutenant within the gang, hunts for their assailants. He finds Mera, leader of Wu-Ronz and former friend, and accuses him of the murders. Their fight ends in the death of Tera, the Saru leader, and begins the Second Gang War. Meanwhile, a prostitute named Sunmi may either hold the key to bringing the two friends together or destroying all three gangs from the inside out.

''Tokyo Tribe'' and the sequel ''Tokyo Tribes'' were both written by Santa Inoue. The first was published in 1993 and covered the events prior to the First Gang War. ''Tokyo Tribes'' was published between 1997 and 2005 in the magazine ''boon''. ''Tokyo Tribe 2'' was the anime based on the second manga and was directed by Tatsuo Sato and produced by Madhouse Studios. The series ran for 13 episodes between 2006 and 2007.

A LiveActionAdaptation developed by Sion Sono (Film/SuicideClub, FIlm/StrangeCircus) premired in late 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is currently seeking U.S. distribution.

!!This series contains examples of:
* ArmsDealer: Ibu.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: In ''Tokyo Tribe 2'', the NEO WU-RONZ, after nearly taking over a majority of Tokyo, become the "Skunk Empire", named after its leader and former underling of Mera. The outfits of the Skunk Empire members are reminiscent of Nazi uniforms, with the kana "ズ" in place of the swastika. Even Skunk, who grew a mustache over the course of two episodes, dresses very similarly to Hitler during his reign as the leader of the Skunk Empire]].
* BaldOfEvil: Mera and Skunk in ''Tokyo Tribe 2''.
* BandOfBrothers: Members of the Saru gang are less focused on the turf war and more focused on bringing a settlement of peace throughout the region. In doing so, they build closer bonds than the other gangs.
* BatterUp: Kai's weapon of choice in ''Tokyo Tribe 2''.
* BloodyHilarious: The "goosh goosh" rape scene is initially horrifying, but when you see an amount of blood coming from under the door in an amount comparable to ''Film/TheShining'', it immediately CrossesTheLineTwice.
* ButNotTooForeign: It's implied by their facial features that Mera and Kai might be of mixed Japanese/African heritage, or even simply 1st or 2nd generation Japanese born immigrants, though the show never goes into detail.
* DepravedBisexual: The same place the "goosh goosh" comes from: Buppa, in ''Tokyo Tribes 2''.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Renkon the Chef]], when [[spoiler: Jada Kins eats his eye out]] in episode 6 of ''Tokyo Tribe 2''.
* FatBastard: Buppa.
* FriendshipTropes: Let's list all the tropes Kai and Mera exhibit as friends, shall we?
** BeleagueredChildhoodFriend: Both count as examples, but mostly Mera.
** ChildhoodFriends
** EvilFormerFriend: Mera
** FightingYourFriend
** OldFriend
* {{Gonk}}: Buppa, Skunk and some minor characters.
* GroinAttack: Skunk [[spoiler:gets his nuts clubbed with a microphone by Sunmi]]. Serves him right.
* TheJuggernaut: Jadakins towers over everyone.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mera's main weapon.
* LocalHangout: A CaptainErsatz of Denny's. Yes, Denny's. They're pretty popular in Japan.
* MafiaPrincess: Sunmi.
* MobWar
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: The amount of blood Buppa takes out of the {{Bishonen}} guy is just amazing.
** [[spoiler: The amount Nkoi, Buppa's son loses before succumbing to his impalement is just as absurd.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: A comment made after the Shivuya riots informs the audience the police never arrived.
* RefugeInAudacity: The only possible and logical reason why the rape scene is still on {{YouTube}}.
* ScaryBlackMan: Jadakins. Also, [[ButNotTooForeign to some extent]], Mera.
* TankGoodness: Somehow, the Hands manage to get a tank on the streets.
* VillainousBSOD: Buppa, when he [[spoiler:gets stabbed in the face by Mera]] in episode 10 of ''Tokyo Tribe 2''.
* VillainousGlutton: Buppa.