The official website for the Tokyo Revengers anime posted their second promotional video, along with a key visual for the series, today. The video announces seven new cast members and previews the opening theme song, “Cry Baby” by the group Official HiGE DANdism.
The artist “eill” is performing the ending theme song “Koko de Iki o Shite.” (Take a Breath Here).
Kodansha Comics, who is publishing the manga digitally in English, describes the story as such:
Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, has died. The only girlfriend he ever had was just killed by a villainous group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang. He lives in a crappy apartment with thin walls, and his six-years-younger boss treats him like an idiot. Plus, he’s a complete and total virgin … At the height of his rock-bottom life, he suddenly time-leaps twelve years back to his middle school days!! To save Hinata, and change the life he spent running away, hopeless part-timer Takemichi must aim for the top of Kanto’s most sinister delinquent gang!!
So…we’re getting an edgier version of Erased? Because that’s definitely what it sounds like. But I digress, let’s continue.
Wakui launched the Tokyo Revengers manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, in March 2017, and Kodansha published the manga’s 21st compiled book volume on February 17. Kodansha Comics published the 19th volume digitally in English on February 9.
Warner Bros. Japan is making a live-action film of the manga, which was slated to premiere in Japan on October 9, 2020, but will now premiere in 2021. Tsutomu Hanabusa, who directed the live-action Kakegurui, is directing the film. The production began filming last winter but stopped filming last April to prioritize the health of the cast and crew. Because you know…COVID.
Previously announced cast members for Tokyo Revengers includes Yūki Shin as Takemichi Hanagaki, Azumi Waki as Hinata Tachibana, Ryota Ohsaka as Naoto Tachibana, Yuu Hayashi as Manjirō “Mikey” Sano, Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ken “Draken” Ryūgūji, Takuma Terashima as Atsushi “Akkun” Sendо̄, Yūya Hirose as Takuya Yamamoto, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Makoto Suzuki, Shouta Hayama as Kazushi Yamagishi, Shouta Hayama as Kazushi Yamagishi, Satoshi Hino as Masataka “Kiyomasa” Kiyomizu.
The newly announced cast members, for Tokyo Revengers include: Masaaki Mizunaka as Keisuke Baji, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Takashi Mitsuya, Subaru Kimura as Haruki Hayashida, Yukihiro Nozuyama as Ryōhei Hayashi, Kengo Kawanishi as Nahoya Kawata, Kengo Kawanishi as Nahoya Kawata, and Eiji Takeuchi as Nobutaka Osanai.
Koichi Hatsumi, who worked on series like Deadman Wonderland and Gangsta, is directing Tokyo Revengers at LIDEN FILMS, and Yasuyuki Muto, who also worked on Deadman Wonderland, is in charge of the series scripts.
The other staff members include Hideki Fukushima, who is the prop designer as well as the mechanical designer. There’s also Manabu Otsuzuki, who is the art director, Naomi Ogura and Yuuho Taniuchi who is in charge of the art design, the color key artist Kunio Tsujita. We also have the 3D director Masato Hira and the compositing director of photography Mitsuyoshi Yamamoto.
Tokyo Revengers will premiere on the MBS channel on April 11 at 1:35 a.m. JST. The anime will then air on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting later on in the day. Crunchyroll is also streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.
Jasmine is a 23-year-old writer, weeb, and overall nerd from Brooklyn, NY. Her favorite shows include Kill la Kill, Bungo Stray Dogs, and Criminal Minds. When she’s not writing or watching anime, she usually has her nose in a book or is just existing…y’know like a human person does.