Why Is Tokyo Revengers Such a Popular Anime?

Tokyo Revengers was released on the 9th of July 2021 and has been loved ever since. With an overall score of 8/10, there is reason to believe that there is evidence backing up how good Tokyo Revengers really is. With a clean and beautiful animation style and a likable main character, there is truly a lot to like about Tokyo Revengers. Below is everything you need to know about this anime before you watch it or if you have already seen it, there are questions at the end you might like to check out. 


Character from teh anime Tokyo Revengers
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The story surrounds a middle-aged man in Tokyo, Japan who is down on his luck. He has achieved nothing in his life and is just going through the motions to survive. Until he gains the ability to travel back in time after a near death experience. Upon earning, he must change the course of events in order to save the love of his life from a grizzly end. He must now overcome his nature and rise to the head of the dreaded Tokyo Manji Gang. A feared school gang rising to the top.

Character Bios

Main characters, Mikey, Draken, Takemichi
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I am sure we would all like to know a bit more about the characters we have come to love, or if you haven’t seen them. Maybe you would like to see what you’re in for. If you are like me, you base your tastes off what the character looks like to a degree. So learning about them and seeing how they appear is important. Below are a few of the main characters from Tokyo Revengers. 

Hanagaki Takemichi – Main Character

Takemichi 26 years on on left and middle school student on theright
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Takemichi is a 26-year-old man who works in a shop, barely making ends-meet. When he learns his one and only girlfriend from middle school has died, he finds himself affected by her death more than he could imagine. Believing her to be his one true love. On his way back home from work, he finds himself in an accident and leaps back in time to his middle school days. Where he vows to change the future and save his love. But to do that, he must rise to the top of the most brutal delinquent gang in the Kantou region.

Ryuuguuji Ken (Draken) – Main Character

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Draken is one of the founding members of the Tokyo Manji Gang and is a close friend to the leader of the gang, Mikey. He is a 15-year-old middle school student with a dragon tattoo on the side of his head and is the vice-president of the Tokyo Manji gang. His situation changes in current times in accordance with what Takemichi changes in the past. 

Sano Manjirou (Mikey) – Main Character

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Mikey is a carefree, food-loving and funny teenager who is  also the leader of the Tokyo Manji Gang. He is loyal to his friends and followers and is viciously protective of them and their honor. Mikey doesn’t show weakness when he can help it and is an unshakable force to those following him. While he is loyal and fearless, his followers both respect and fear him.

My Opinion After Watching

Characters from Tokyo Revengers
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After watching this anime myself, I did find it interesting to watch. Overall, I would give it an 8/10, which is in concordance with the general rating of this anime. I loved the animation style, it was clean and pretty to look at while keeping the characters appealing to look at. As for the way the characters were designed and their back story. I loved the main character, he was motivated and had more than one goal in mind. He is flawed and an all round nice guy, which keeps you rooting for him throughout the anime. 

Even the side characters were interesting and kept you invested in their outcome. The creation of their relationships as the anime continued was really good and I found that to be a key selling point of this anime. The action side of Tokyo Revengers was also really well done.There was enough to keep it interesting but not too much to make the whole idea bleh. 

Overall, I thought that this was a well rounded anime. I think my deduction of two points comes from the fact that the characters themselves are nothing but delinquent children.Which is interesting, don’t get me wrong. But, I think characters that were a bit older might have sold that whole gangster life idea much better and given room for mature characters as opposed to children playing gang wars and actually killing people.

Reviews from Kissanime

Characters from teh anime Tokyo Revengers
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But why should you trust my opinion alone? One of my favorite places to go and check out what others think of a specific anime is ‘myanimelist’. This is a great palace where you can archive all your anime, leave reviews, rate and learn about almost any anime you want. Below are a few reviews left about Tokyo Revengers. If you would like to learn more or read reviews in more detail, please check out THIS website. 


“Okay, I was a little underwhelmed when first coming into this. But as the episodes played out one by one, the story just got better and better. I have seen people call this an Erased ripoff, but what they fail to realize is how much they casually use this and it just becomes amazing as the plot progresses and each time Takemichi returns to the present, a new timeline unfolds and it just feels fresh instead of just repeating the cycle! Though character designs might not be the best, the sound may not be the one to please your ears, but the overall storyline combined with the cliffhanger of each episode just makes you come back for more , and that just brings more hype for the next episode! After all, this is definitely something to look out for this season!”


“I never in my life wrote a review, but seeing this Anime and reading through all of the other peoples’ reviews, I just can’t at all understand the overall score this Anime has. It is not outright trash either, don’t get me wrong, but here is my point of view: The story is just shit really. Badly done Steins Gate, FULL of plotholes (and I didnt even try to look for it). Bad writing and nothing special at all.Girl dies, boy timetravels to save girl.When I felt like this Anime had a good conclusion in the 12th episode, everything turned upside down yet again, which is the reason I might just drop the show entirely.Add to that mediocre Animation and not so great sound design made me really dislike the show.Having that all in consideration you could say that it’s all subjective at the end, but I feel like this show shouldnt be worth the “masterpiece”-status by anyone on an OBJECTIVE basis. This is not on the level of Steins Gate. Never. OBJECTIVELY.WTF; how is this anime so unbelievably highly rated, I just don’t get it.”


“The character design has a huge problem. A grown-up MC would look exactly the same as he was in his high school years. But, a high-school mob character would look like they are in their middle age. Also, most of the characters have an extremely long neck, which is kinda weird honestly. The time travel aspect of this anime is weak. It literally took 2 minutes for the characters to figure out what triggers the time travel that they did.

Instead of spending time exploring how and why they time travel, this anime shows 0 effort in the time travel aspect. I know this is an anime about gangsters, but I just can’t help but wonder if the police, teachers, and their parents exist in the first place. I think most people have been to school at some point of their life and we can all relate to gangsterism in one way or another. But this is as far as what we have seen in reality. The “gangster” students seemed to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.

Overall, it is not a very good anime IMO, there are always much better options.”


Characters from teh anime Tokyo Revengers
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When a new anime hits the scene, we all have several questions we would like to answer both before and after watching it. Below are some of the burning questions you may have which I have answered to the best of my knowledge. 

How Many Episodes does Tokyo Revengers Have?

There are 24 episodes made for this anime so far. Each episode is about 25 minutes long. 

Where can I Watch Tokyo Revengers Anime? 

The second game in this series was remade in 2019 and was a fantastic game to experience. Using the Biohazard en

Is Tokyo Revengers okay for 11 Year Olds?

This show can be kind of intense and some of the themes might be deemed inappropriate by some parents. Themes such as gang violence, blood, suicide and death all surrounding what are basically children may not be for everyone. Language wise, there are some words like ‘hell’ are used, but this is not a main reason not for watching this anime. Overall, for older kids like 11 or 12 this might be suitable but it should be decided by the parents. 

Is there a Season 2 Tokyo Revengers

Officially, there has not been a renewed season 2 yet. However, with the series being so popular, there is no reason why there shouldn’t be. A target release date has not been agreed upon by the production studio at Liden Films. But you can get an idea of when a second season might drop by looking at the schedule and release date of the first season. 

Why is Tokyo Revengers so good? 

This anime strikes a delicate balance between too much action and not enough action. What makes this anime so good is that perfect balance. With great characters and an interesting plot, there is just a lot to love about Tokyo Revengers. I particularly loved the art style and the way the characters were portrayed, even in the English Dub.


Character from anime Gangsta
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Perhaps you enjoyed this anime and would like to learn about a few more with similar themes. Gangs, delinquents and action. There are several animes I can suggest to you which fall into these categories. Before I begin, I would like to give an honorable mention. Gangsta is a great anime which should be on this list but it is not about high school students or teenagers, as such it odes not quite fit the category. However, it is a very good anime for anyone that is interested. With that out of the whey, below are five animes which you may enjoy after watching Tokyo Revengers. 


Character from the anime Beelzebub
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This anime is about a high school student known as Tatsumi Oga who is a feared character in his high school for juvenile delinquents. His life falls apart when he is forced to raise Beelzebub, the son of the devil himself. Who sent his son to earth in order to destroy all of humanity. 

Personally, I loved this anime. It was funny and interesting as well as being a little more grounded in its plot. Although it has fantasy elements, I enjoyed the way that the students were not overpowered gang lords but rather a bunch of delinquent children who had to attend school. 

Great Teacher Onizuka

Characters from Great Teacher Onizuka
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This story is about an ex-biker and gang leader who is feared among those circles who has a dream in becoming the greatest high school teacher in all of Japan. The down side of this dream is that it is not for the young but because he wants a teenage wife when he is old and grey. 

The story line of this anime can be a little dubious, the relationship between teachers and students should always be professional and this anime crosses that line a little. However, I think that the comedic feel and themes of the animes makes up for that large gaping wound. I enjoyed the characters’ growth and the way that the story unfolded. 


Characters from Rainbow the Anime
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This anime takes place in 1955 where seven teenagers are locked in a reformery. Awaiting the day, they are free and able to walk in the light again. Free from suffering and humiliation. The focus of the story takes place when they require this freedom and how they face their life once more. 

This anime was interesting and I enjoyed all the characters. Especially the way they developed and grew through their strife. The art style was stunning and I enjoyed the way that the imagery worked to give the anime a gritty feel which suits the situation.

7 thoughts on “Why Is Tokyo Revengers Such a Popular Anime?

  1. Will definitely watch this series now.
    In the genre of time travel nothing beats ‘Steins;Gate’.
    Please review that anime series as well.

    1. I’ve watched Naruto, Bleach, Attack on Titan, and Cowboy Bebop. I think these are my favorites.

      Was Tokyo Revengers just as good?

  2. według mnie najgorszą wadą Tokyo revengers jest główny bohater który z czasem zaczyna denerwować bo pomimo ambicji po czasie zaczyna cały czas pastwić się nad sobą że on nic nie robi i kładzie się i płacze jak wtedy kiedy swastyki walczyły pierwszy raz w wallaha.

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