Interested in teenage gang politics? How about time travel? You can have both when the anime adaptation for Tokyo Revengers premieres during April 2021.The first trailer for the anime dropped just yesterday, and it revealed not only the release date, but also information about the main cast and a peek into the show’s action and style. Take a look at the exciting video here:
Tokyo Revengers will accompany adult failure Takemichi Hanagaki as he discovers that his former middle school sweetheart has been murdered by the Tokyo Manji Gang. He is despondent over this news but — in true anime-twist fashion — he suddenly leaps over a decade back in time. Now, he gets to relive his middle school life and try to change not only his own life trajectory, but that of the murder victim Hinata Tachibana.
To do this, Takemichi will attempt to infiltrate the gangster world and rise to its top in what will certainly be an intense and danger-filled adventure. Will Takemichi reverse what the fates have in store for him and Hinata? Hopefully the anime will answer that burning question.
The anime stars Yuki Shin — who held roles in Pokemon Journeys and My Hero Academia — as the protagonist. Azumi Waki of The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls and Please Tell Me! Galko-chan fame voices Hinata. In addition, Hinata’s brother Naoto Tachibana will be played by Ryota Osaka, an experienced voice actor who has worked on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Attack on Titan, and Haikyu!! To The Top. Other voice talents include Yuu Hayashi and Tatsuhisa Suzuki for the characters Mikey Sano and Doraken Ryuguji respectively.
Linden Films, the Japanese animation studio responsible for the Senyu series and the emotionally-impacting She and Her Cat, is producing Tokyo Revengers. The studio announced the anime back in June of this year with an official website for the show and some teasers. The site, though in Japanese, continues to hype the anime up with news blurbs and plot/character info.
Written and illustrated by Ken Wakui, the manga for Tokyo Revengers started serializing in Weekly Shonen Magazine on March 1, 2017 and is still ongoing. The manga has been well-received, winning the best of shonen manga category for the 44th annual Kodansha Manga Award in 2020, and has sold over 3 million copies.
In February, Warner Bros. Japan announced a live-action adaptation of the manga directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa and starring Takumi Kitamura in the lead role. While the film initially had a release date on October 9, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Warner Bros. to suspend filming and delay the premier to an unspecified time.
While that delay is unfortunate, fans of the manga can still look forward to the anime. Keep an eye out for further developments, and be ready to tune in when the show drops this coming April!
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