Tokyo Revengers made its anime debut in April 2021. It was not a surprise as the manga, apart from selling more than 20 million copies in circulation, won the shonen category during the 44th Kodansha Manga Award in 2020.
The story follows Takemichi Hanagaki who teleports 12 years to the past to save his ex-girlfriend, Hinata, and her younger brother, Naoto from being killed by the Tokyo Manji Gang. Upon arriving in the past, Naoto discovered that every time he and Takemichi hold hands, Takemichi can travel back in time. Tokyo Manji Gang’s leader, Mikey Sano noticed Takemichi’s determination and Takemichi helps the gang with their inner conflict. Aside from being Tokyo Manji Gang’s leader, who really is Mikey?
Manjiro Sano or Mikey is the series’ deuteragonist. As an adult, he has short black hair with a dragon tattoo on his neck. When Takemichi traveled back to the past, Mikey has short blonde hair with an undercut hairstyle.
As the leader, Mikey did not show his weakness. He knew that he is the pillar of the gang so he would do everything he can to protect their honor. He was commanding and imposing, gaining fear from his members.
Inside that charismatic leader is darkness. Mikey carried a big burden from his past which prevented him from moving to the right path. His true form cannot be seen by others as he hid it so well with his carefree grin. Since no one guided him, Mikey became one of the most heinous criminals which are why Takemichi promised himself that he would lead Mikey to the right path.
Mikey has skills and abilities as well. He has authority over his gang members. He can provide strength to his group, making his gang strong and dangerous. As the strongest member of the gang, Mikey has immense fighting prowess. He can incapacitate elite gang members just by a single kick. He is also skilled in martial arts and has mechanical knowledge. Tokyo Revengers is available on Crunchyroll.
Will Takemichi succeed in his goal to help Mikey? Get the latest update on the series here.