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The manga, the Japanese cartoon, continues as a source for series of anime. Streaming channels and platforms are always on the lookout for the next big hit in that sea of paper and ink, and there are times when they hit the mark. That’s what happens with “Tokyo Revengers”, possibly the most popular anime in the world today; according to the Google Trends tool. Search users who know about this story to a greater extent than “Dragon Ball Super”, from robust searches despite having ended in 2018.
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“Tokyo Revengers” tells the story of Takemichi Hanagaki, a store clerk who at 26 feels that he has achieved nothing in life. One day someone pushes him onto the train tracks, but he doesn’t die. Instead, his mind travels to the past (2005), to his days as a high school student. At that time he tried to become a gang member, but failed.
Takemichi discovers that he can travel between the past and the future at will and thereby gives his life a purpose: to change history so that Hinata Tachibana, who was his girlfriend, does not die in an incident of gang-related violence. . In the past, he meets Mikey and Draken, leaders of the Tokyo Manji gang, which within twelve years will become a crime syndicate investigated by the Police.
“Tokyo Revengers” falls into that format of stories in which a character travels mentally in time, seen in the comedy “If I were 30” (with Jennifer Garner); but with the dramatic weight the episodes of the character Desmond Hume in “Lost”. Also, being a gang story, the time travel is only a condiment for the social problems that move the plot.
The popularity of “Tokyo Revengers” on television has boosted sales of the manga. As reported by Anime News Network in July, the volumes have sold more than 25 million copies in Japan, a figure that is not unusual for television hits. For example, last February it was reported that the volumes of “Demon Slayer” (whose film is the most watched in the history of Japan) reached 150 million copies.
The series nears its end in September, but the story continues in the manga. Considering the popularity inside and outside of Japan, it’s only a matter of time before a second season is announced. Last July in Japan, a live action film was also released that was the most watched on its opening weekend. There are thugs for a while.
Every week Crunchyroll releases a new episode of “Tokyo Revengers.”