The Tokyo Revengers Season 2 anime seems likely to be renewed based on the success of the first season and skyrocketing manga sales. But when will Tokyo Revengers Season 2 come out?
At least some anime news leakers are already claiming in May 2021 that Tokyo Revengers 2 is already in development. (See below for more details.)
The Tokyo Revengers Season 2 release date may be on the horizon, but the wait for the second season won’t be too bad since new Tokyo Revengers Part 2 episodes are coming up fast in 2021.
It has already been confirmed by the official website’s Blu-Ray/DVD page that the first season will be released in six-disc volumes. While the total number of episodes hasn’t been confirmed, the first five box set volumes all had four episodes each, so it’s easy to surmise that the first season should have around 24 episodes in total with two cours.
What’s a “cour,” you might ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month block of TV broadcasting based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.
Tokyo Revengers Part 2 is also not a “split-cour” anime, which is where a single anime season takes a multi-month break before resuming TV broadcasting.
Once a rarity, this type of TV broadcasting schedule has become fairly common. Recent examples include Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 2, Mushoku Tensei Part 2, Moriarty the Patriot Part 2, and TenSura: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2.
That means the Tokyo Revengers Episode 13 release date is set for July 3, 2021. The second half entered the Bloody Halloween story arc.
The studio and main staff for Tokyo Revengers Season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.
In 2021, LIDEN FILMS also released Otherside Picnic, Hortensia Saga, Cells At Work! CODE BLACK and Build Divide: Code Black (surprisingly, Build Divide: Code Black Season 2 was announced ahead of the first season’s premiere).
The first season was helmed by director Koichi Hatsumi (Blue Exorcist, Dororo, Deadman Wonderland). Writer Yasuyuki Mutou (Afro Samurai, Deadman Wonderland, various Mobile Suit Gundam anime) wrote the series composition.
Artist Kenichi Ohnuki (Golden Kamuy, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Mobile Suit Gundam, My Hero Academia) is the character designer. Composer Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Ahiru no Sora, Devil May Cry, Dr. STONE, Jujutsu Kaisen, Monster Musume, By the Grace of the Gods) wrote the music.
The animated short episodes, Chibi Revenger, featured characters in their everyday lives. It’s stated that manga creator Ken Wakui “completely supervised” at least some of these episodes.
The Tokyo Revengers Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.
For the first season, the Tokyo Revengers OP was “Cry Baby” as performed by Official Hige Dandism, while the ED was “Koko de Iki o Shite” by eill.
The Tokyo Revengers Part 2 OP hasn’t been announced yet. The 2nd cour switched to the “Tokyo Wonder” ED by Nakimushi.
For the first season’s finale, the Tokyo Revengers Episode 24 release date is on September 19, 2021.
- Updated August 27, 2021: Added Tokyo Revengers real-life backstory.
- Updated July 12, 2021: Added Tokyo Revengers manga editor interview.
- Updated June 19, 2021: Tokyo Revengers Part 2 release date confirmed for July 2021. Added new trailer and key visual.
- Updated May 27, 2021: Added Tokyo Revengers dub release date.
- Updated May 21, 2021: Added Tokyo Revengers Season 2 rumor.
This article provides everything that is known about Tokyo Revengers Season 2 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
Tokyo Revengers English dub release date
The first season of Tokyo Revengers was streaming on Crunchyroll, VRV, Amazon Prime Video (not in the USA), and Netflix Japan (not Netflix U.S.) with English subtitles.
Crunchyroll’s Tokyo Revengers English dub release date is May 29, 2021. Here is the cast:
- A.J. Beckles as Takemichi Hanagaki
- Aleks Le as Manjiro “Mikey” Sano
- Sean Chiplock as Ken “Draken” Ryuguji
The Tokyo Revengers dub will also include Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German dubs.
Watch Tokyo Revengers uncensored! Crunchyroll explains the censorship
Anime fans might be surprised to find out that Crunchyroll’s Tokyo Revengers stream is actually censored. Crunchyroll France explained why they could not stream Tokyo Revengers uncensored.
Fans of the manga series are saying it’s best to watch Tokyo Revengers uncensored. Yes, there is some additional blood, but the real reason is that censorship impacted the overall visual quality of many scenes.
In fact, by Episode 5, the censorship resulted in many scenes literally having a black screen. Some scenes barely showed the bikers, character animations were simplified, and sometimes glaring lights were used to block the details.
Watching Tokyo Revengers Episode 5 uncensored next to the censored Crunchyroll version shows just how differently the scenes play out.
The reason for the censorship is centered on Tokyo Revengers’ manji symbol, which is used by the biker gang on their clothing uniforms, motorcycles, and flags.
In Buddhism, the manji symbol represents the footprints of the Buddha and it’s intended to represent hope, prosperity, and good luck. Notably, the Tokyo Manji Gang holds meetings at a shrine.
Unfortunately, the shape of the manji symbol somewhat resembles the Nazi swastika, a symbol of terror and hatred in modern times. The Japanese recognize that the manji symbol can cause misunderstanding.
For example, the manji symbol is commonly used to mark temple sites on maps in Japan. To avoid problems, the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is changing the symbol.
Similarly, the producers or anime production committee apparently decided to head off any potential controversy from Western audiences by self-censoring rather than opening with a brief text-based explanation of the historical differences between the manji and swastika.
In practice, this means dramatically altering many episodes to the detriment of the anime series.
Thankfully, the censorship won’t completely ruin the dramatic impact of critical scenes, especially the big battles where many characters are wearing uniforms with the manji symbol on the back. The studio realized they’d need to use a different alteration for those scenes since it’d otherwise be unwatchable.
Tokyo Revengers Season 2 release date predictions: Anime news leakers claim second season already in development
As of the last update, Kodansha, Studio LIDEN FILMS, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Tokyo Revengers Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a Tokyo Revengers sequel been announced.
Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information.
In the meantime, it’s impossible to speculate about when, or if, the Tokyo Revengers Season 2 release date will occur in the future.
On May 18, 2021, anime news leaker ChifuyuMatsun0 claimed, “A second season of Tokyo Revengers is already in development. LIDENFILMS found gold with so little (production).”
No leaked images or any form of source verification was provided. Therefore, this information should be treated as a rumor, but it’s a reasonable claim considering the recent timing of the manga sales reports.
Notably, ChifuyuMatsun0 also said, “There won’t be official data so soon, but you can take it for granted.”
One good sign is that the popularity of the Tokyo Revengers manga has exploded thanks to the anime. Back in March 2021, there were around 8.5 million copies of the manga in circulation. A month later, in April 2021, the series skyrocketed to 14.5 million copies.
The Tokyo Revengers manga dominated the Oricon sales chart in May 2021, selling 2,702,408 copies in total. To put those numbers in perspective, in the same timeframe Jujutsu Kaisen sold 1,655,415 copies, Demon Slayer sold 600,366, My Hero Academia sold 327,318, and Attack On Titan sold 319,081.
By May 7, 2021, the manga reached 15 million copies, and then a week later, it was up to 17 million copies, according to the official Twitter account. On June 3, 2021, the official account celebrated reaching 20 million copies in circulation.
A month later the official Toman account celebrated reaching 25 million copies. On July 21, 2021, the landmark of 32 million copies was celebrated.
By mid-August 2021, the Tokyo Revengers manga officially became the best-selling Kodansha manga within a one-year period by selling 16,532,610 copies, beating out Attack on Titan’s record of 15,933,801 that was set in 2013!
Besides that incredible achievement, there are other reasons to believe that the producers had Tokyo Revengers renewed so quickly.
Tokyo Revengers reviews have been overly positive even from the beginning. There was potential bias since the scores were higher than average even when the first several episodes were released, but that’s largely due to manga readers knowing what to expect from the strength of the manga’s story.
When it comes to bad news, the Tokyo Revengers Blu-Ray sales in Japan were good but not great. According to the Oricon chart, the first BD volume sold 2,942 copies in its first week. (In the same time frame the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie Blu-Ray sold an amazing 1.3 million copies in Japan.)
The Volume 2 BD did better, selling 3,616 in its first week. To put the number in perspective, in the same time frame Attack On Titan: The Final Season Volume 1 sold 3,108 copies in its first week.
More importantly, anime’s episodes often made it to the Top 10 of Crunchyroll’s popular anime list. Streaming revenue is the biggest factor to success, and the Tokyo Revengers anime was often next to Attack On Titan, My Hero Academia, and Jujutsu Kaisen on the list.
Therefore, it seems very likely that the Tokyo Revengers anime will be renewed. It’s always possible the producers predicted this anime would be a winner and have already begun early production work. The only question is studio availability since anime productions are scheduled out years in advance.
That being the case, anime fans should expect a multi-year wait for the Tokyo Revengers Season 2 release date.
Tokyo Revengers manga creator Ken Wakui was inspired by Erased, Re:Zero, and… real-life Black Emperor gang
The story for the anime series is based on the Tokyo Revengers manga by creator Ken Wakui. Serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since March 2017, the manga series is up to Volume 22 as of April 2021.
Kodansha USA is digitally publishing the official English Tokyo Revengers manga in North America. As of April 2021, the English version was already up to Volume 20.
Unfortunately, there are no hardbound physical books released in English yet, so English-only manga readers will need to turn to online services like Kindle or comiXology.
In a Yahoo News interview with Tokyo Revengers manga editor Ichigo Tsuchiy, it was revealed that Wakui started off his second work desiring that it be adapted into an anime. The editor also discussed the inspiration for the story idea.
“At that time, Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World and ERASED were popular. I thought it would be interesting to combine them with a time-lapse story,” the editor explained. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we crossed them with a time-lapse story?” From there, we came up with an innovative setting that combined a Yankii (delinquents) manga and a time-lapse story.”
In the early days of the manga series, it wasn’t nearly as popular. The editor says he used to go out drinking and claim, “Tokyo Revengers is going to sell 20 million copies, 40 million copies!” but no one believed him.
The editor also noted that the manga started off with a large number of female readers in comparison to adult males. From the end of 2020 to when the anime began airing in 2021 the number of female readers increased even more, and the number of male readers began to include teenagers, as well.
The manga’s momentum reached a critical juncture when Mikey’s speeches became memes on Tik Tok and Youtubers began expounding the manga’s virtues. In the end, the editor believes it’s the strength of the Tokyo Revengers story that caused this great success.
“If the content is interesting, it will sell as long as there is an opportunity for people to find it,” the editor said. “If the content is interesting, the manga will sell. I was able to believe in that again.”
In an interview with French publisher Glenat Editions, Wakui revealed that a major source of his inspiration came from his own past!
“The starting point came from my editor, he wanted to read a story about Yankii,” Wakui explained. “This interested me, but I had no idea what they are like today. This is how I came up with the idea of traveling through time so I could describe what Yankii were like in the early 2000s when I was one of them.”
Wakui also admitted to the French newspaper Le Monde that he was expelled from school for one month due to his bad behavior. His checkered career includes working as a host in a women’s bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
One of the reasons he focused on gangs from the past instead of modern times is that he wanted to talk about a time when the furyo had style. Wakui believes that the “old-fashioned furyo were thugs on principle and not for money, as is often the case today.” These ideals resonate in the founding of the Tokyo Manji gang by Mikey and his friends.
Tokyo Revengers manga ending soon?
Creator Wakui has hinted multiple times that the Tokyo Revengers manga’s ending is eventually coming, but a climax or conclusion hasn’t been announced by Weekly Shonen Magazine. The Bonten arc seemed like it was wrapping things up, but it’s officially confirmed that there will be more to the story.
Starting with Tokyo Revengers Chapter 208, the manga is officially confirmed to be entering a new final story arc. Considering the plot events that have transpired it’s possible this is the twist or complication phase of the story.
In Japanese narratives, there is a four-act structure known as Kishōtenketsu.
- Ki : Introduction
- Shō : Development
- Ten : Twist (complication)
- Ketsu : Conclusion (reconciliation)
During the Twist phase, the story turns toward an unexpected development, and it contains the yama, or climax, of the story.
Tokyo Revengers manga compared to the anime
Besides the aforementioned censorship issues, the anime adaptation has remained true to the heart of the Tokyo Revengers manga series.
Some anime fans not acquainted with the manga complained about story pacing issues with the first several episodes, but that’s due to the relatively sluggish pace of the original story setup. Once the Moebius arc started up in Tokyo Revengers Episode 6, the action began to blow up.
To be fair, the first two episodes only adapted one manga chapter each. Those manga chapters were longer than usual, 63 pages and 46 pages, respectively, but giving the initial characterization and plot setup time to breathe was necessary for worldbuilding, which allows for better execution of later plot elements.
Besides, initially slow pacing is far better than the alternative like with Tokyo Ghoul or The Promised Neverland Season 2.
The pacing began to pick up steam beginning with Episode 3, with all subsequent episodes adapting multiple chapters each. By Tokyo Revengers Episode 10, the anime was up to the opening pages of Chapter 27.
That meant Tokyo Revengers Episode 11 picked up the story again in the Moebius story arc, which ended with Chapters 33.
Tokyo Revengers Episode 12, the mid-season finale, finished the arc before moving onto the Valhalla arc. From Episodes 13 through 21 the pacing averaged around three chapters per episode.
It was a very straightforward adaptation of the Valhalla arc up until Episode 22, which adapted Chapter 63, only parts of Chapter 64, skipped Chapters 65 and 66 to jump to 67. The anime rearranged the presentation of the chapters in order to end on the best possible note.
In rearranging the order of events, Episode 23 adapted the rest of Chapters 64, 65, 66, and 68. This episode winds down the story after a big battle between Toman and Valhalla by resolving a potential conflict between Mikey and Draken in a comedic fashion. Then Episode 24 jumped back to the normal timeline.
All in all, it’s predicted that the finale, Tokyo Revengers Episode 24, will find a stopping corresponding to manga Volume 8: Chapter 70.
On the other hand, the anime could end with Chapter 69. Both chapters provide a cliffhanger ending that sets up the conditions for continuing Takemichi’s mission.
The good news is that there is currently enough source material for creating both a second season and Tokyo Revengers Season 3.
Since the next story arc is over 50 chapters long, Tokyo Revengers Season 2 would need two cours again. The total episode count is likely to be smaller unless the pacing is reduced.
The third season would need to adapt around 69 chapters, perhaps even more if they want to end on a cliffhanger note that introduces the conflict from the next story arc. Thus, it would need to be around 26 episodes.
The best news is that English-only manga readers can immediately read ahead of the anime by jumping to Volume 8.
Tokyo Revengers Season 2 anime TV spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)
The last time audiences watched the anime, Bloody Halloween ended in Toman’s victory, and Mikey didn’t kill Kazutora Hanemiya. But it’s not like this was a happy ending.
In Episode 22, audiences learned via a 2004 flashback how the friendship sprung up between third-year student Keisuke Baji and first-year student Chifuyu Matsuno when the latter wrongly assume the older boy was a “poindexter” based on the way he was dressed in school.
Back in 2005, Takemichi sees a different side of Toman Captain Takashi Mitsuya while he’s in school. Despite being in a biker gang, it turns out Mitsuya is the leader of a school crafting club! In thanks for saving Draken during the battle, Mitsuya is personally sowing Takemichi’s gang uniform.
At the next meeting in Episode 24, Mikey shocks everyone by inviting Shuji Hanma, vice-leader of the Valhalla gang. In the wake of their defeat, Hanma announces that Valhalla is joining Toman as an affiliate under their banner. Since Valhalla numbers 300 members, the Toman gang has suddenly jumped to 450!
While the Toman gang members praise the news, Takemichi is shocked when it’s announced that the joining of gangs was arranged by none other than Tetta Kisaki. Even though Baji gave his life to protect Toman during Bloody Halloween, Kisaki has managed to begin the takeover of Toman, which means Takemichi failed at his mission.
The gang also mourns the loss of Baji by having Chifuyu give a speech in remembrance. Chifuyu believes Baji would have wanted Takemichi to be a leader, so Chifuyu nominates Takemichi to become the first-division captain!
When Takemichi went back to the future in 2017, he’s shocked to discover he’s one of Toman’s top brass! He’s now respected since even the manager lady at his old rental store job bows before him. As a gang boss, he now has a personal car driver and a home in a high-class apartment complex.
Takemichi has no clue what’s going on now and he doesn’t have Naoto’s phone number. He eventually recognizes some of the older faces as belonging to middle school friends.
When he arrives at his apartment, Chifuyu takes Takemichi to an admin meeting… and it turns out Takemichi himself is the top admin!
The good news is that Takemichi has now worked himself into the inner circle of the criminal organization. The bad news is that some of the Toman members are former members of the Black Dragons, and they’re creating friction between the current organization’s leaders.
One is the young Hakkai Shiba who insults the “oldies” in the group. Others include former Black Dragons commanders Seishu Inui and Hajime Kokonoi aka Koko, who manage some of the organization’s business fronts.
Former Valhalla leader Hanma, who is also now a top admin, points out that the purpose of the meeting is that police raided their businesses. Since so many were searched at the same time, it’s believed that they have a traitor in their midst who ratted them out to the police.
The worst part is that Kisaki is at the meeting and everyone bows to him!
Kisaki is still the acting leader of the Tokyo Manji Gang. What’s astonishing is that Kisaki apologizes in private to Takemichi and Chifuyu for his role in setting up Bloody Halloween in order to seize power. For 12 years it’s supposedly been eating away at him that Baji died due to his actions.
While it seems like Kisaki might be a decent guy now, it’s hardly a happy future. After they all share drinks, Kisaki admits he knowingly used Kazutora to kill Baji… and that’s when the room begins to spin and Takemichi blacks out.
When Takemichi awakes, he and Chifuyu are tied to chairs. Chifuyu is bloodied and beaten since Kisaki believes Chifuyu ratted Toman out to seek revenge on Kisaki.
And Kisaki is right since Chifuyu admits to being the snitch since he believes Toman has gone rotten. In response, Kisaki shoots Takemichi in the leg and puts the gun to Chifuy’s head.
Right before Chifuyu is executed, he tells Takemichi that Mikey disappeared and Draken got the death penalty. For 12 long years, Chifuyu had been working alone to try and reform the gang, but now it’s all over. Blam!
When it seems like Takemichi is about to meet the same fate as Chifuyu the lights suddenly go dark. Takemichi is rescued, but he goes unconscious from the pain of being shot.
Awakening, Takemichi discovers his rescuer is none other than Kazutora, who was recently released from prison. It’s revealed that Mikey has gone completely evil regardless of Kisaki pulling the strings and Mikey has begun purging the old members of Toman.
Kazutora believes it’s a combination of Kisaki’s violence and the Black Dragons’ money that turned Mikey evil. Working together, Takemichi and Kazutora are determined to take back the Toman they loved.
What’s more, Hinata is still dead in this future at the direction of Kisaki. Worse, it was actually Takemichi himself who gave Atsushi Sendo aka Akkun the order to have Hinata killed!
The trick was that this present Takemichi was manipulated since he didn’t know the name of the target Kisaki told him to have whacked. And when the present Takemichi found out he was furious at being set up.
Of course, time-traveling Takemichi doesn’t remember taking any of these actions. It turns out Hinata’s brother Naoto remembers the timeline changing.
Naoto had been working with Chifuyu and they’d backed Kisaki into a corner since Chifuyu had found proof of the murder. Naoto also finds it very suspicious that Hinata was still killed despite all the changes to the timeline.
The detective believes that Kisaki is obsessed with Takemichi and Hinata for some reason. So, the key to solving Hinata’s death is to discover what happened between Takemichi and Kisaki in the past.
Even though Takemichi feels hopeless and powerless, Naoto believes Takemichi can change their terrible world for the better. And so, once more Takemichi embarks into the past to confront Kisaki and the Black Dragons.
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the Tokyo Revengers Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!