Takemichi, a virgin who is now 26 years old and jobless, finds out that the girl he dated while they were in middle school and the only lady he has ever dated has passed away. Then, after the occurrence of an accident, he realizes that he has taken a time jump back to his years as a middle school student. In order to fulfill his promise to alter the course of events and rescue the girl, he intends to work his way to the top of the Kantou region’s most violent criminal organization. Winner of the Best Shounen Manga Award at the 44th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2020.
In the year 2020, the shonen category of the 44th Kodansha Manga Award was awarded to the manga.
Ken Wakui is the author and illustrator of the Tokyo Revengers manga series, which is known in Japan as Tokyo Ribenjzu (Hepburn: Tokyo Ribenjzu). Between the months of March 2017 and November 2022, it was published as a serial in Kodansha’s Weekly Shnen Magazine. As of January 2023, its chapters have been compiled in a total of 31 tankbon volumes. An adaptation of the manga that was televised as an anime television series created by Liden Films from April to September 2021. The debut of the second season took place in January of 2023. In Japan, the first installment of a live-action film adaption was released in July 2021, and the second installment is scheduled for release in 2023.
It was estimated that there were approximately 70 million copies of the manga in circulation as of December 2022, making it one of the best-selling manga series in the history of the medium. Tokyo Revengers was the recipient of the 44th Kodansha Manga Award for the shnen category in the year 2020.
The plot The first act
Takemichi Hanagaki, a freeter in his twenties, gets the news one day that his middle school ex-girlfriend Hinata Tachibana and her younger brother Naoto had been murdered by the Tokyo Manji Gang. Hinata and Naoto were both members of the Tachibana family. Takemichi is able to time travel precisely twelve years into the past, to the year 2005, when he is shoved in front of a train. Takemichi has a meeting with Naoto when he is reliving his middle school years, and he tells Naoto the precise day that he and Hinata will pass away. The moment they shake hands, Takemichi is instantly sent back to the present, so causing a temporal paradox in which Naoto is able to live and is now working as a detective. Naoto has come to the conclusion that whenever the two of them clasp hands, Takemichi is sent back in time by a decade and a half. Takemichi has vowed to save Hinata by using the information he has gained from the future.
Takemichi’s companions from the past were coerced into participating in underground battles that were directed by Kiyomasa, a member of the Tokyo Manji Gang. Takemichi earns the respect of Mikey, the head of the gang, because of his unwavering commitment to protecting them. Takemichi learns that his recent connection with Mikey saved one of his other pals, Akkun, from being arrested in the current day. Takemichi comes to the realization that the Tokyo Manji Gang poses a greater danger to his companions than he first believed when Akkun takes his own life out of dread.
Takemichi discovers, as a result of his time travel to the past, that the Tokyo Manji Gang is launching war on Moebius, an adversarial gang, in order to get revenge for Pah-companion. chin’s Takemichi finds out that Mikey’s second-in-command, Draken, is going to be murdered in the future, which would ultimately result in Mikey getting violent. Draken makes it through the brawl unscathed, but Pah-chin hands himself in to the authorities after stabbing Osanai, the head of the Moebius gang. As a result, disagreements arise among the Tokyo Manji Gang over the best way to assist Pah-chin in this situation.
Takemichi successfully mediates the conflict between Mikey and Draken; nevertheless, on August 3, 2005, the Tokyo Manji Gang were ambushed by a gang of Moebius members commanded by a Valhalla member named Shoji Hanma. Takemichi finds out that Peh-yan conspired with them out of retaliation for Mikey and Draken allowing Pah-chin to be arrested, and that Kiyomasa stabbed Draken as retaliation for Draken’s humiliating him and forcing him to be exiled from the Tokyo Manji Gang. Takemichi learns this information from Peh-yan. The Tokyo Manji Gang emerges victorious from the battle; Takemichi prevails over Kiyomasa; and Draken makes a full recovery from his wounds.
Arc titled “Valhalla” and “Bloody Halloween”
Takemichi travels back in time and arrives in the present, only to discover that Hinata and his comrades continue to perish in this version of events. Takemichi traveled back in time with only the information that Tetta Kisaki was responsible for turning the Tokyo Manji Gang into a violent organization. When he arrived in the past, he discovered that Kisaki had recently joined the gang and had taken advantage of Pah-absence chin’s to take over as the new captain of his division. In addition to this, the first division captain, Keisuke Baji, will be departing to join Valhalla after being recruited by Kazutora Hanemiya, who was a previous co-founder of the Tokyo Manji Gang. If Mikey is successful in getting Baji back, he will fulfill his pledge to Takemichi that he would kick Kisaki out of the group. Takemichi has now been inducted into Takashi Mitsuya’s section of the Tokyo Manji Gang, making him an official member of the organization.
Takemichi learns that Mikey has resentment against Kazutora because of the death of Shinichiro, Mikey’s elder brother, which occurred two years earlier. In addition, Takemichi finds out through Chifuyu Matsuno that Baji acted as if he had defected from the gang in order to look into Kisaki’s activities. In addition to this, he discovers that Kisaki had established Valhalla with the intention of Mikey serving as its leader, and that the Tokyo Manji Gang will eventually be integrated into Valhalla following a fight on October 31, 2005 that was dubbed “Bloody Halloween.” The reason for their defeat was that Mikey had killed Kazutora in an act of vengeance for killing Baji.
Baji makes an effort to stop Kisaki during Bloody Halloween; nevertheless, Kisaki and Hanma are successful in convincing Kazutora to stab him as planned. Takemichi is unable to save Baji from dying, despite the fact that the Tokyo Manji Gang is victorious. In addition, Valhalla is integrated into the gang, and Kisaki takes advantage of the Manji Gang’s success against them to further his own position within the organization. Takemichi is successful in preventing Mikey from murdering Kazutora, and Kazutora ultimately chooses to surrender himself to the authorities as a result of this. After that, Takemichi is promoted to the position of first division captain, taking over for Baji.
storyline titled “Black Dragons” and “Christmas Showdown.”
After returning to the present, Takemichi learns for the second time that the Tokyo Manji Gang has evolved into a large-scale criminal organization after absorbing the Black Dragons. He also learns that his friends continue to be killed by the group. When he travels back in time, he finds out that Hakkai Shiba was ordered by Taiju, the current leader of the Black Dragons and Hakkai’s abusive older brother, to leave the Tokyo Manji Gang and join the Black Dragons. This is an event that has an impact on the merging of the Tokyo Manji Gang and the Black Dragons. When he travels back in time, he learns this information. Mitsuya strikes a deal with Taiju that he would enable Hakkai to join as long as Yuzuha, the sister of the Shiba brothers, is no longer employed by the Black Dragons and that Taiju is not permitted to abuse her. In exchange, Mitsuya will let Hakkai to join. Before saying his goodbyes to them, Hakkai confides in Takemichi and Chifuyu that Taiju has no intention of honouring his pledge and that he intends to murder him as soon as possible in order to liberate himself and Yuzuha. Hakkai then bids them farewell.
Takemichi approaches the Tokyo Manji Gang for assistance; however, they decide against stepping in since breaching the deal would reflect ill on Mitsuya and they do not want to do so. However, he and Chifuyu only succeed in enlisting the assistance of Kisaki and Hanma despite their best efforts. They obtain the information from Koko and Inupi, two members of the Black Dragons, that Hakkai intends to kill Taiju on December 24, 2005. Together, they discover this information. Takemichi approaches them on the 24th of December, but he finds out that Kisaki and Hanma have betrayed and abandoned him. Chifuyu, on the other hand, manages to get away and recruits Mitsuya as an ally in their fight against Taiju.
Takemichi realizes that in the original timeline, Yuzuha had killed Taiju after being coerced by Kisaki, which then led to Hakkai taking the blame for her and being forced to follow his orders. After accidentally preventing Taiju’s death, Takemichi realizes that Yuzuha had killed Taiju in the original timeline. Takemichi is successful in persuading Hakkai to oppose Taiju in order to preserve Yuzuha, and the Black Dragons are ultimately vanquished as a result of the timely arrival of Mikey and Draken. Following the dissolution of the Black Dragons’ 10th generation, Koko and Inupi assumed the roles of co-leaders of the 11th generation of the Black Dragons and joined the Tokyo Manji Gang as Takemichi’s subordinates. Mikey kicks Kisaki out of their gang after discovering the traitorous act he committed against them. Hanma and the previous members of Moebius and Valhalla also depart as a result of Mikey’s choice, which results in a reduction of 350 members in the size of the Tokyo Manji Gang.
After an occurrence that came to be known as the “Kanto incident,” Tenjiku had already absorbed the Tokyo Manji Gang by the time that Takemichi returned to the present. This left Mikey feeling so disheartened that he was willing to murder all of his buddies. During the course of their investigation into Tenjiku, both Takemichi and Naoto discovered that Shinichiro was the creator of the Black Dragons and that Kisaki was a member of the organization. Both of them get mortal wounds during the ambush by members of Tenjiku, and Takemichi goes back in time in an effort to save their lives before they both pass away. Hinata overhears Takemichi lamenting Naoto’s passing and the revelation that he had been wandering across time before his death.
Takemichi finds out that Izana Kurokawa, the head of Tenjiku, is a close member of the Sano family, and he harbors resentment against Mikey as a result of his jealously. This is particularly true considering that Shinichiro planned for Mikey to succeed him as the leader of the Black Dragons. During all of this, Mucho and Sanzu, his deputy captain, have joined Tenjiku, and Koko is coerced into joining them as well. Takemichi succeeds Inupi as leader of the Black Dragons, and Inupi reveals to the Tokyo Manji Gang that Izana is plotting an assault on the Black Dragons’ 11th anniversary, which falls on February 22, 2006. Takemichi is impressed by Takemichi’s determination, and Inupi passes his title as leader of the Black Dragons to Takemichi. Takemichi loses the backing of the other captains on the day of their battle since Kisaki and Hanma have badly hurt Mitsuya and the fourth division captain Smiley before the fight even begins. In addition, Mikey and Draken are left sad when Kisaki is responsible for the death of Mikey’s half-sister Emma. Despite this, Takemichi is successful in rallying the rest of the Tokyo Manji Gang to battle Tenjiku, despite the fact that Tenjiku has 400 members and the Tokyo Manji Gang only has 50.
Mikey and Draken show up at the conclusion of the battle after having learned from Hinata that Takemichi had been attempting to rescue them by going through time. Kisaki shoots Kakucho, the Tenjiku’s second-in-command, and Izana, mortally injuring the latter before escaping the scene. This occurs as the Tenjiku are being forced to confess defeat. Kisaki admits to Takemichi that the reason he took control of the Tokyo Manji Gang was to improve his social position and to pursue Hinata. Takemichi confronts Kisaki about this revelation. In addition to seeing Takemichi as an adversary for stealing Hinata’s attention, he has Hinata murdered in every possible present-day scenario for turning him down. Kisaki is killed when he gets run over by a vehicle while this is going on. Following the events that transpired in Kanto, Hanma is forced to flee, while Mikey makes the decision to disband the Tokyo Manji Gang, so enabling its former members to continue on with their lives.
Takemichi finds out upon his return to the present that his buddies have survived and are doing well, but Mikey, who has not spoken with any of his pals for the previous 12 years, has founded a new gang known as Bonten. Takemichi is shocked to learn this information. Takemichi is no longer able to go to the past via Naoto; nonetheless, when he stops Mikey from leaping from a building, he unexpectedly finds himself in the year 2008, which is ten years earlier than he was expecting. Takemichi is now a student in high school, and he finds out that since the Tokyo Manji Gang has been broken up, there is presently a power struggle going on between Rokuhara Tandai, Brahman, and Mikey’s new group, the Kanto Manji Gang. Mikey’s new gang is led by Takemichi’s friend Mikey. Takemichi joins Brahman, which is commanded by Senju Kawaragi, in the hopes of finding Mikey, and almost immediately thereafter, he gets the power to see into the future. Takemichi and Senju are the targets of an assault that is initiated by Rokuhara Tandai on July 7, 2008. Takemichi is able to save Senju’s life, but Draken, who was guarding them, is cut down and murdered. As a direct consequence of this, a fight between all three gangs breaks out, which comes to be known as the Battle of the Three Deities. At the conclusion of this conflict, Mikey is responsible for the death of South, the leader of Rokuhara Tandai. Kanto Manji Gang becomes victorious and incorporates Rokuhara Tandai into its ranks. In the meanwhile, Senju dismantles Brahman in an effort to prevent Mikey from murdering Takemichi.
Takemichi resurrects the Tokyo Manji Gang exactly one month later, and issues a challenge to the Kanto Manji Gang for a battle on September 9th. Sanzu makes an effort, while the conflict is in progress, to eliminate the Tokyo Manji Gang by driving a train into the battlefield. Even if Takemichi is successful in preventing this, Kakucho still ends up passing away as a result of it. Taiju comes back and puts an end to Sanzu, but Mikey is able to win against everyone else on the battlefield. When Takemichi confronts Mikey, Mikey confesses that in the original reality, he was the one who died, and that Shinichiro journeyed back in time to rescue him by taking the ability from a homeless man who he had previously slain. This information is revealed when Takemichi confronts Mikey. Nevertheless, as a consequence of this, a curse took the shape of aggressive conduct, which ultimately resulted in Shinichiro’s passing away and led to Takemichi inheriting his talent. In the present, Takemichi invites Mikey to give in to his aggressive tendencies so that they might fight each other. Takemichi is fatally wounded by Mikey, but as they both hold each other’s hands, they are sent back to 1998 with all of their memories intact. Mikey and Takemichi collaborate in order to prevent the catastrophes that occurred in the other timelines and bring all of the gangs in Japan together for a period of eleven years, which ultimately results in the successful creation of a timeline in which there is peace.