Tokyo Revengers Now Has 70 Million+ Copies in Circulation

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Tokyo Revengers Now Has 70 Million+ Copies in Circulation
Tokyo Revengers Now Has 70 Million+ Copies in Circulation

According to the Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web, Ken Wakui’s Tokyo Revengers manga reportedly sold over 70 million copies. Kodansha has not stated if, indeed, the number is global or only reflective of Japanese distribution. In July, Kodansha stated that the manga had 65 million copies in distribution globally, with 7 million copies sold outside of Japan.

In March 2017, Wakui published the manga in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. The manga finished on November 16, and the manga’s 31st and final consolidated book volume will be released by Kodansha by January 17. In Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine, Ken Wakui released Tokyo Revengers Extra, a spinoff manga themed on his Tokyo Revengers series.

In April 2021, an anime adaptation will premiere on the MBS channel. Crunchyroll broadcasted the anime live as it premiered in Japan. The second anime Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown, will air on January 7 and will include the manga’s “Seiya Kessen” which means the Christmas Showdown storyline.

Tokyo Revengers
Tokyo Revengers; Credits: YouTube

The first of two sequels, real-time movies based on Wakui’s manga, Chi no Halloween -Unmei meaning Bloody Halloween -Fate, will be released in Japan during the Golden Week festivities in spring 2023. Chi no Halloween -Kessen- is the title of the new movie, which means Bloody Halloween -Decisive Battle. Chi no Halloween -Unmei- will premiere in the summer of 2023. The manga’s first live-action film, which premiered in July 2021, was the number-one live-action picture in Japan in 2021.

The Plot of Tokyo Revengers

The manga is being published digitally in English by Kodansha USA Publishing, which defines the plot as follows: Takemichi Hanagaki, a 26-year-old freeter, discovers one day that the Tokyo Manji Gang has murdered his middle school old girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, and her younger brother Naoto. When Takemichi is shoved into the path of a railway, he teleports to 2005, precisely 12 years ago.

Takemichi meets with Naoto while revisiting his middle school days and reveals the precise date he and Hinata would die. Takemichi is abruptly brought back to the present when they hold hands, causing a temporal paradox in which Naoto survives and becomes an investigator. Takemichi is taken 12 years into the past each time the pair link arms, according to Naoto. Takemichi pledges to help Hinata using his futuristic insight.

After going in time, Takemichi discovers that the Tokyo Manji Gang has waged war on Moebius, a rival gang, to revenge Pah-pal. chin’s Takemichi discovers that Mikey’s second-in-command, Draken, will be slain, causing Mikey to become angry. Draken escapes the brawl, but Pah-chin surrenders to the authorities after murdering Moebius’ chief, Osanai. As a result, the Tokyo Manji Gang splits apart because they differ in how to help Pah-chin.

Tokyo Revengers Episode 3
Tokyo Revengers Episode 3; Credits: YouTube

Takemichi settles the argument between Mikey and Draken; nevertheless, on August 3, 2005, the Tokyo Manji Gang is assaulted by a gang of Moebius members led by Valhalla member Shji Hanma. Takemichi discovers that Peh-yan collaborated with them in retaliation for Mikey and Draken allowing Pah-chin to be imprisoned, while Kiyomasa killed Draken for embarrassing him and exiling him first from Tokyo Manji Gang. The fight is won by the Tokyo Manji Gang, and Draken heals from his wounds.

In the final arc, Takemichi goes to the current to discover that his buddies are still alive and well, but Mikey, who hasn’t spoken to any of his buddies in 12 years, has formed a new group named Bonten. Takemichi can no longer travel to the past via Naoto, but when he stops Mikey from jumping from a skyscraper, he unexpectedly travels ten years back in time to 2008.

Takemichi is now in high school and discovers that, following the disbandment of the Tokyo Manji Group, there is a fight for power amongst Rokuhara Tandai, Brahman, and Mikey’s new gang, the Kanto Manji Gang. To reach Mikey, Takemichi joins Brahman, commanded by Senju Kawaragi, and unexpectedly gains the power to glimpse into the future.

Rokuhara Tandai began an attack against Takemichi and Senju on July 7, 2008. Takemichi saves Senju, but Draken is murdered while defending them. As a result, a riot referred to as the Battle of the Three Deities breaks out between all three gangs, culminating in Mikey killing South, the head of the Rokuhara Tandai. The Kanto Manji Gang triumphs and takes Rokuhara Tandai; in the meantime, Senju disbands Brahman to prevent Mikey from killing Takemichi.

Takemichi recreates the Tokyo Manji Gang one month later and confronts the Kanto Manji Gang to a battle on September 9. During the fighting, Sanzu tries to transport a train into the battleground to assassinate the Tokyo Manji Gang. Although Takemichi can stop it, Kakucho is killed in the process.

Taiju appears and prevents Sanzu, but Mikey triumphs on the battlefield. When Takemichi approaches Mikey, he explains that he was killed in the original reality, and Shinichiro travels into the past and saves him by snatching the power from a homeless man he killed. As a result, a curse took the form of violent behavior, resulting in Shinichiro’s death and Takemichi acquiring his power.

In the present, Takemichi encourages Mikey to fight him because of his violent character. Mikey kills Takemichi, but when he holds his hand, both of them escape to 1998 with all recollections preserved. For eleven years, Mikey and Takemichi strived together to avert earlier temporal disasters and unify all gangs across Japan, successfully creating a peaceful history.

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