A sequel to 2021’s live-action film adaption of Tokyo Revengers has been announced.
Tokyo Revengers played for the first time on Japanese television in July, and viewers and fans were surprised to see an announcement trailer for Tokyo Revengers 2 air at the end of the broadcast. The trailer, which is now available to watch on YouTube, revealed that the sequel will make its debut in Japan sometime in 2023. A few details about Tokyo Revengers 2 have already been confirmed, including that Tsutomu Hanabusa will return to direct the sequel and actor Takumi Kitamura will reprise his role as time-traveling protagonist Takemichi Hanagaki.
Mangaka Ken Wakui first published his ongoing Tokyo Revengers series in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in March 2017 and so far, the manga has produced 28 volumes. The story follows Takemichi, a burnout in his early twenties, who is transported back in time twelve years. Using his knowledge of the future, he hopes to correct the mistakes of his past and save the life of his childhood sweetheart, Hinata Tachibana, by infiltrating the Tokyo Manji gang.
Tokyo Revengers is Kodansha’s most successful manga series since Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan, having sold over 65 million copies around the globe as of this month. Not only has the series been a financial success, but it has also performed well with critics. In 2020, it won the shōnen category at the 44th Kodansha Manga Awards and in 2021, Tokyo Revengers was featured on Da Vince magazine’s Book of the Year list.
There have been several developments for the Tokyo Revengers franchise beyond the announcement of the live-action film sequel. Notably, the first chapter of the spinoff manga, Tokyo Revengers ~Baji Keisuke Kara no Tegami~ (A Letter from Keisuke Baji), appeared in the latest issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine. As the title indicates, the story focuses on the character Keisuke Baji, who is one of the leaders of the Tokyo Manji gang’s first division.
Moreover, the second season of Liden Films‘ anime adaption of Tokyo Revengers is scheduled to premiere in January 2023. The new season will depict the events of the manga’s Christmas Showdown arc and introduce several new characters, including Inui Seisyu, played by Komi Can’t Communicate’s Junya Enoki, and Kokonoi Hajime, voiced by Platinum End’s Natsuki Hanae.
Wakui’s manga Tokyo Revengers is available on MangaPlaza, and the first season of the anime adaptation is available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Source: YouTube, via Crunchyroll