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Takemichi Hanagaki is a part-timer who lives in a crappy apartment and works at a job where his six-years-younger boss treats him like an idiot. One day, on the news, he founds out that the only girlfriend he ever had, Hinata Tachibana from middle school, was killed by the infamous Tokyo Manji Gang. As if to hammer in how much his life has hit rock-bottom, he gets pushed onto the train tracks. However, instead of dying, he time-leaps twelve years back to the past, when he was in middle school. To save Hinata and change his own life, Takamichi must ascend to the top of the Tokyo Manji Gang.

Tokyo Revengers is a manga written by Ken Wakui, best known for his other hit yakuza manga Shinjuku Swan. It launched in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2017.

An anime adaptation by Liden Films premiered in April 2021. A live action film and stage play premiered in the same year.

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Tokyo Revengers provides examples of:

  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: Mikey mispronounces Takemichi's name as "Takemitchy" upon their first meeting, and when Takemichi attempts to correct him, Draken tells him to go along with it because no one questions Mikey. It later becomes an Affectionate Nickname that the Tokyo Manji Gang uses to address him.
  • Adapted Out: Peh-yan and Emma were not cast in the film. In addition, Emma was not cast in the first stage play.
  • Age Lift: The Live-Action Adaptation of the manga ups the ages of the characters into high school students to compensate for the age of its cast playing both their adult and younger selves.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Some of the gangs depicted in the series are biker gangs, like the Black Dragons. The Tokyo Manji Gang themselves are bikers, as each of the founders have their own unique bike.
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  • Artistic Age: A lot of characters do not look or act like they're supposed to be in middle school.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Mikey and Draken are the commander and vice-commander of the Tokyo Manji Gang respectively 12 years ago and the fighting skills to definitely prove it.
  • Bad Future:
    • After Takemichi prevents Draken's death on August 3, 2005, the series' first Hope Spot gives way to Akkun attempting to murder Takemichi and killing Hinata in the process. Furthermore, Draken is on death row.
    • After Takemichi prevents Mikey from killing Kazutora after Baji's death on October 31, 2005 (Bloody Halloween), an event that would have caused Valhalla to absorb and corrupt the Tokyo Manji Gang, he finds himself becoming one of the gang's top administrators. However, because Kisaki wasn't fully stopped, this results in Takemichi being manipulated into orchestrating Akkun and Hinata's deaths, as well as Chifuyu getting shot by Kisaki.
    • After Takemichi causes the Black Dragons to dissolve on December 25, 2005 (Christmas) and get Kisaki kicked out of the Tokyo Manji Gang, Mikey ends up being so hollow after Takemichi leaves the Tokyo Manji Gang due to Izana manipulating him and loses trust in the other Tokyo Manji members. He eventually kills the Tokyo Manji members and also threatens to kill Takemichi, only for Naoto to shoot him. Meanwhile, the Tenjiku target Takemichi and succeed in killing Naoto.
    • After Takemichi defeats the Tenjiku Gang on February 22, 2006 (Kanto incident), there's a Big Damn Reunion where Hinata and everyone else is alive and happy. Everyone else, that is, except for Mikey, whose darkness has completely consumed him.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: During Bloody Halloween, Baji is fatally stabbed by Kazutora, but he later stabs himself so that he dies on his own terms instead of letting Kazutora be blamed for his death.

  • Big Bad: Kizaki Tetta. He is the main influence on the Tokyo Manji Gang that turned them from a rambunctious delinquent gang to one of the most dangerous organizations in Tokyo. He is implied to be responsible for Hinata's (and originally Naoto's) deaths, and also implied to have ordered Akkun to push Takemichi on the train tracks.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Mikey compares Takemichi's determination to his older brother Shinichiro and eventually comes to see him as such. In fact, in the Bad Future, it's repeatedly shown that Takemichi eventually has grown to influence him so much.
    • Mitsuya is the Team Mom of his family and knows how to cook and sew due to taking care of his younger sisters as a child. He becomes an older brother figure towards Hakkai.
  • Body Horror: Kisaki gets fatally wounded after getting hit by a truck, with his legs and arms twisted in unnatural angles.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: In present time in the Tenjiku arc, Takemichi and Naoto seek help from Taiju Shiba, who gives them information on Tenjiku. However, they are ambushed by Tenjiku in mid-conversation and Taiju decides to hold off the entire group to help Takemichi and Naoto escape.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Takemichi eventually learns that on Christmas of 2005, he broke up with Hinata. When he relives these events, he understands that it's because Hinata's father pressured him to given his standing as a delinquent, not to mention at the same time he was preparing to fight the Black Dragons.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: After they defeat Tenjiku and he learns about Takemichi's time-leaping, Mikey chooses to disband Toman while they're on top. This works well for the Toman members, who go on to survive and live honest lives in the future... except Mikey, who becomes the leader of Boten, leading Takemichi to time leap one last time to save Mikey.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mikey is a very bizarre personality, but make no mistake - cross him, and he will end you.
  • The Bus Came Back: Kazutora turns himself into the police after Baji's death, but he plays a larger role in the present after he's released from juvenile detention, where he actively works with Chifuyu.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Emma is half-Japanese and half an unknown ethnicity given her appearance and her name. Mikey decides to adopt a "foreign-sounding" name so that she won't feel alone.
  • But Now I Must Go: Several times after Takemichi resolves a critical conflict, he bids farewell to his friends before returning to the present. At the end of the Black Dragons arc, he even takes a memorial photo with them.
  • Cain and Abel: Izana is the Cain to Mikey's Abel. As a child, Izana kept in contact with Shinichiro and admired him as his "ideal" older brother, but he becomes crushed when Shinichiro had intended on Mikey to lead the Black Dragons instead. This causes Izana to grow extremely jealous and he creates Tenjiku with killing Mikey as its main objective. As Tenjiku's power rises, Izana becomes determined to "steal" everything Mikey loves, including killing their sister, Emma.
  • Chance Meeting Between Antagonists: In Chapter 5, just as young Takemichi considers the possibility of an event that could have changed Mikey, he passes by a young Kisaki, however he doesn't recognise the latter despite finding him familiar and having just been briefed about him as an adult by Naoto.
  • Childhood Friends: Mikey and Baji have known each other since childhood.
  • Cooldown Hug: After changing the events of Bloody Halloween, Takemichi travels to the present and discovers that in this timeline, he was the one who ended up causing Akkun and Hinata to die. He briefly contemplates giving up, but Naoto hugs him to calm him down.
  • Crusading Widower: Present-day Draken (after Takemichi prevents his death) is sentenced to death and he did it to avenge Emma, who was killed by Kisaki.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Izana is fatally shot when he instinctively protects Kakucho from Kisaki, showing that there is still humanity in him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Takemichi's Social Circle Filler, consisting of his cousin Takuya, Akkun, Yamagishi, and Makoto, rarely get any character focus after Mikey is introduced (with the exception of Akkun). In fact, subsequent chapters focus more on Takemichi's interactions with the Tokyo Manji Gang and their division captains and vice captains, such as Draken, Chifuyu, Mitsuya, Hakkai, Peh-yan, and so on.
  • Determinator: Takemichi is perhaps one of the worst fighters among the delinquents, but has the resolve to take any serious beating that comes his way to save the people he cares about.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Hina manages to slap Mikey when defending Takemichi from them.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight:
    • Baji dies in Chifuyu's arms.
    • In one of the altered present timelines, when the Tenjiku take over the Tokyo Manji Gang, Mikey threatens to shoot Takemichi and is killed by Naoto, who shot in defense. Mikey dies in Takemichi's arms.
  • Dies Wide Open: Izana dies with his eyes open.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • In almost every alternate present timeline, Akkun commits suicide out of fear of Kisaki.
    • Mikey himself becomes suicidal in the present timeline. In the final arc, he attempts to go through with it.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: In his childhood, Kokonoi attempts to sneak a kiss at Inui's older sister while she is sleeping, but she catches him and advises he should save it for the person he loves. Shortly after she dies, in a flashback, Kokonoi kisses Inui while he is sleeping, imagining him to be her.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Right before Emma dies, she asks Mikey to tell Draken that she loves him.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Every single character has different hairstyles in the past and present, with the exception of Naoto, whose change is noted by his mature looks and height.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Mucho, the captain of the 5th division of the Tokyo Manji Gang, later joins Tenjiku.
  • For Want of a Nail: Takemichi's meddling in the past has so far saved Naoto from his fate and inspired him to become a police officer, as well as prevented Akkun from stabbing Kiyomasa and being subsequently arrested, allowing him to make it up the ranks of Toman.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: The founders of the Tokyo Manji Gang are Mikey, Draken, Pa-chin, Baji, and Mitsuya. However, after Takemichi finds the photo tucked away in Baji's charm, he learns that Kazutora was once part of the gang.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Hinata reveals that she and Kisaki first met Takemichi in elementary school after he saved her from some bullies (though he did end up getting beaten up). It was Love at First Sight for her.
  • Four Is Death: The Tenjiku have their own top agents known as the Four Heavenly Kings.
  • Future Loser: Present-day Takemichi is this to his middle school self. But ironically, present-day Takemichi in his middle school version's body is a lot cooler than how he actually was back then.
  • Genre-Busting: The series could be described as a something of a mystery coming-of-age dramedy thriller with elements of romance and sci-fi.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Baji dies in Chifuyu's arms as he smiles.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Kokonoi changes sides several times throughout the story. He starts out as a member of the Black Dragons, and after they are defeated, he joins the Tokyo Manji Gang under Takemichi's division. He is then forced to join Tenjiku on the condition they spare Takemichi and Inui, but he later grows to favor them as they can make more money than the Tokyo Manji Gang. After Tenjiku is defeated, Kokonoi goes on to join the Bonten, a new gang formed by Mikey.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Kazutora is accepted back into the Tokyo Manji Gang and works closely with Chifuyu after he is released from juvenile detention.
    • Inui joins the Tokyo Manji Gang after the Black Dragons are defeated and grows to genuinely admire Takemichi.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Every time Takemichi returns to the present, only to find out Hinata and his friends are dead, he falls into a deep state of depression. After saving the Tokyo Manji Gang from Valhalla and learning in the changed timeline he was directly responsible for Akkun and Hinata's deaths, he considers giving up until Naoto boosts his morale.
      • After Takemichi dissolves the Black Dragons, the present timeline goes From Bad to Worse, and it ends up with Naoto fatally shot, leaving Takemichi with no means to time-travel back to the present and without a valuable informant. Takemichi breaks down upon confirming Naoto is dead in the present timeline and is unsure of what to do next.
    • Mikey completely blanks out after Emma dies, so much that he is unable to fight.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Tenjiku arc, present-day Naoto is fatally shot and killed while trying to protect Takemichi.
  • Hollywood Healing: Characters get horribly beaten but are able to recover and walk in the next chapter like nothing happened.
  • Honor Before Reason: In the timeline where the Black Dragons corrupted the Tokyo Manji Gang, Chifuyu was very close to defeating Kisaki. However, because Chifuyu decided not to turn in video evidence, Kisaki was able to figure out his plan and kill him. The reason why Chifuyu did not immediately turn in the video was because the footage was specifically of Takemichi unknowingly arranging Hinata's murder, and he wanted to protect him.
  • I Hate Past Me: Zig-Zagged. Later on, when Takemichi comes back to prevent Draken from getting killed to find himself about to have sex Emma in a karaoke booth, and later learning from Hina that he (past him) has been acting cold to him since the fireworks festival, he's quick to call his past self a moron.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Kisaki's motivation has always been trying to get back at Takemichi for capturing Hinata's affection, and that no matter what he did, Hinata rejected him in all timelines. He would rather let Hinata die than let her be with Takemichi, so he had her killed.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Takemichi telling past Naoto about him and his sister's deaths, they are both unable to prevent Hinata's death at the festival on July 1st, 2017. Additionally, despite making friends with the commander of the Tokyo Manji Gang, Takemichi still apparently ends up disassociating with them, and Akkun will still push him onto the train tracks the same day.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Despite Takemichi preventing Kazutora's death, Baji dies anyway in the aftermath of Bloody Halloween.
    • By the time Takemichi realizes that he hasn't seen Emma in the present, Kisaki kills her.
    • Izana and Kisaki die at the end of the Tenjiku Arc.
    • Shortly after Muto is freed from prison, Sanzu kills him.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Izana is Emma's brother, which would also make him Mikey's half-brother. However, it later turns out that Izana's real parents are a Filipina woman and the ex-husband of Emma's mother, so he is not related to the Sanos at all.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • Takemichi becomes motivated to change the past after realizing he is able to save Hinata's life.
    • Kokonoi's loyalty to money is tied to Inui's older sister dying from severe burn wounds and being unable to afford a time-sensitive surgery that would have saved her life.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Can you believe that the Tokyo Manji Gang's present-day corruption was motivated by an elaborate scheme from Kisaki to make himself the most powerful man so that Hinata could fall in love with him?
  • Love Triangle: Takemichi and Hinata are in a relationship. Meanwhile, Kisaki has known Hinata much longer and has a crush on her of his own.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future…: The story shifts between 2005 and 2017.
  • Mental Time Travel: When Takemichi time travels, his mind replaces his middle school self while his present self lies in a coma.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Takemichi mistakes Emma and Mikey as a couple and tries to hide it from Draken. It later turns out that Emma and Mikey are half-siblings.
  • Morality Chain:
    • Draken is the one who keeps Mikey from succumbing to his worst instincts. As Takemichi put it, Draken is Mikey's heart. Draken dying on August 3rd is what drives Mikey to make Toman as ruthless as it is in the present.
    • Takemichi also later realizes that Emma had kept Mikey grounded even after Shinichiro and Baji's deaths. After she dies, all his losses hit him hard and he is Driven to Suicide in the post-Kanto incident present timeline.
  • Necessary Fail: Every time Takemichi thinks he fixed something in the past, something worse happens in the present time.
  • Never My Fault: Kazutora's main flaw. Whilst trying to steal a bike for Mikey he ends up breaking into a shop and killing the owner. It turns out the owner was Mikey's older brother. Unable to handle what he's done Kazutora decides it's Mikey's fault. It takes Baji's death to finally get him to take responsibility for his actions.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Emma visits Takemichi at the hospital, she starts crying into his lap over Mikey and Draken fighting. Hinata happens to walk in on them, and from her perspective, it looks like Emma is giving Takemichi a blowjob.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Takemichi time travels back and forth by holding Naoto's hand. He can only travel back twelve years to the exact date he time traveled.
  • Out of Focus: Pah-chin is one of the founders of the Tokyo Manji Gang and is also the captain of the 3rd division. However, after he stabs Osanai, he decides to turn himself into the police and is pretty much missing from any of the action since.
  • Planning for the Future Before the End: Emma is mortally wounded by Kisaki, and while Mikey carries her to the hospital, he tells her how she and Draken will get married and what their lives will be like in the future. However, Emma dies before he is able to bring her there.
  • Prone to Tears: Takemichi is a very emotional guy and whether he's sad or overflowing with passion, he's liable to bursting into tears. It reaches the point that Akkun even refers to him as "Crybaby Hero."
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Moebius not only attacks Pah-chin's friend, but they also rape his girlfriend in front of him. This horrifies all of the Tokyo Manji Gang, especially as one of their core values is to not hurt any girls, and motivates them to help Pah-chin avenge his friend.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Mitsuya is good at cooking and sewing after growing up taking care of his two younger sisters. He is also the president of the sewing club at his school and creates Takemichi's uniform once he officially becomes a member of the Tokyo Manji Gang.
  • The Reveal: Takemichi finds out from Naoto that Akkun stabbed Kiyomisa when he was 16, becoming nothing more than a low-level punk when he was released. However, the real reveal was what happened when Takemichi traveled back in time; him standing up to Kiyomisa and freeing his friends out of servitude prevented Akkun from stabbing Kiyomisa - eventually turning him into a top lieutenant in Toman 12 years later.
  • Ripple-Proof Memory:
    • Both Takemichi and Naoto still remember events that happened before Takemichi goes back in time to change them.
    • However, it's inverted in the case of the past Takemichi, who is the only one unable to remember what his future self did with his body and makes choices that his more knowledgable and confident self isn't aware of while between trips, like trying to sleep with Emma while he's dating Hina. As a result, Takemichi has to deal with starting off in a completely unfamiliar situation before pursuing his goal.
  • San Dimas Time: Because of how time travel works in the series, Takemichi has to time travel to the exact date something happens and fix it on that day or else he can never go back to that date again. Additionally, for every second he spends in the past, the same amount of time passes in the present.
  • Secret-Keeper: The only person who knows Takemichi can time-travel besides present-day Naoto is Chifuyu, who acts as a confidant to him. After present-day Naoto is killed, in a moment of despair, Takemichi unknowingly tells everything to Hinata, mistaking her for past Naoto. While Hinata pretends not to hear anything out of courtesy, she eventually tells Mikey and Draken.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Takemichi travels back in time in order to prevent the Tokyo Manji Gang from growing as big and violent as it became and end up killing Hina.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • Every time Takemichi manages to solve a problem in the past, the Bad Future is the same, only under different circumstances.
    • In the final arc, every major incident directly leading to the Bad Future that Takemichi had previously prevented are starting to become undone. Draken dies, and Mikey murders for the first time.
  • Shout-Out: The Tokyo Manji gang is loosely inspired by the infamous Tokyo-based Kantō Rengō gang, while their clothing is based on their predecessors, the Bōsōzoku gang Black Emperor (changing their swastika symbol to a left-facing manji). Likewise, the main villain Tetta Kisaki is loosely inspired by the Kantō Rengō's former leader Shinichi Mitate, the mastermind behind the 2012 Roppongi Club Assault Case (a homicide by mass beating that quickly dissolved the gang). Mitate was nicknamed "残虐王子" / "Cruel Prince" for his honor student grades, allegedly high IQ and violent personality. Finally, the Kantō Rengō was involved more than once in murders of unrelated bystanders by accident (i. e. mistaken as targets), just like in Hinata's death: besides the mentioned Roppongi Club Assault Case, they were involved in the "Toyo Bowl Case", where they lynched a boy who was mistaken as a rival gang member.
    • While it may be a coincidence, the Kantō Rengō had a friendly relation with the Sino-Japanese street gang Dragon, which sounds similar to Draken.
  • Ship Tease: Yasuda and Peh-yan have Belligerent Sexual Tension, where Yasuda will chew Peh-yan out for just existing while Peh-yan can't help but listen to her. The sewing club already thinks they're Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Sliding Scale Of Silliness Vs Seriousness: Tokyo Revengers often switches between introspective character-focused drama and cerebral mystery to exaggerated comedy in a heartbeat.
  • Social Circle Filler: Takemichi's friends are rarely given focus with the exception of Akkun. After Chifuyu appears, Takemichi spends most of his time interacting with him.
  • Take My Hand!: In present-time of the final arc, after Mikey jumps off a building, Takemichi grabs his arm and begs him to hold on. Mikey eventually gives in after Takemichi scolds him with a Full-Name Ultimatum.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Thanks to the series being focused on young teenager delinquents, there are quite a few monstrous teenagers among the cast. Standout examples include Kisaki, who manipulates others' murders to rise up the ranks of Toman, Kazutora, who's very unstable and sadistic, Taiju, the brutal leader of the Black Dragons who regularly beats his younger siblings, and Izana, who cruelly rules over his subordinates in Tenjiku and wants to take everything dear from Mikey out of jealousy.
  • Together in Death: Draken is killed in the final arc, and his last moment of consciousness is him meeting Emma.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the alternate timeline where the Black Dragons corrupt the Tokyo Manji Gang, Takemichi becomes subservient to Kisaki and forgets the original goals of the gang, which causes even Chifuyu to distrust him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Mikey's CB25OT Motorcycle. Before his death, Mikey's older brother was intending to give it to him as a birthday present.
  • Undying Loyalty: Takemichi's circle of friends and Chifuyu are undoutedly loyal to him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Middle school Mikey, despite still being violent, was a lot nicer and moralistic than who he becomes in 2017. This also somewhat extends to Toman itself.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • For a while, Kazutora was removed from the Tokyo Manji Gang's founders' narrative after unknowingly killing Mikey's older brother.
    • Takemichi and Kakucho were friends in second grade before Takemichi moved away. The next time they meet, Kakucho is a member of Tenjiku, and when the Tenjiku take over present time, he even fatally shoots Takemichi. He later becomes a member of the Bonten gang.
    • Kokonoi and Inui were friends from childhood, but after the Tenjiku arc, they part ways due to different loyalties.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 4: Akkun reveals that he hadn't seen Mikey in years despite becoming a lieutenant in Toman, revealing that he changed because of Draken's death. He also reveals that he was the one that pushed Takemichi onto the train tracks in the first episode, supposedly under orders. This all gets capped off with Akkun committing suicide out of pure fear, completely disillusioned by Kisaki's orders and influence.
  • Wham Line:
    • Chapter 88:
      Hinata: Tetta Kisaki-kun, who else?
    • Chapter 146:
      Takemichi: Did Emma-chan exist in the future?
    • Chapter 184:
      Kisaki: You still... think I'm a time leaper?
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Taiju Shiba, the 10th leader of the Black Dragons, often abused Yuzuha.
    • Kisaki mortally wounds Emma in the Tenjiku Arc and she dies before Mikey reaches the hospital. Takemichi even mentions that he is appalled that he would go as far as to hurt a girl to get what he wants.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Since early on in the story, Kisaki has kept a low-key profile and orchestrated the Tokyo Manji Gang's violent reformation. For starters, he egged on Pah-chin to fight Moebius; Kiyomasa and Peh-yan to kill Draken; Kazutora to kill Mikey; and Yuzuha to kill Taiju. When all of this results in him getting kicked out of Tokyo Manji Gang, he attempts to use Izana to manipulate Mikey.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Takemichi is willing to put himself in dangerous situations over and over again if it will ensure that Hinata and his friends are alive and well.
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