Based on Ken Wakui’s Japanese manga series of the same name, ‘Tokyo Revengers’ is a science-fiction action anime that follows an unambitious 26-year old man named Takemichi Hanagaki whose life takes an unprecedented turn when he learns the harsh truth about his girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, and her brother Naoto’s untimely death. However, even before he could even fully grasp the reality, he gets transported twelve years into the past and informs Naoto of the approaching doom. His actions lead to unthinkable consequences, and upon realizing the responsibilities that his newfound knowledge has thrust on him, the young man finally finds some purpose in his life and begins to infiltrate the Tokyo Manji Gang to alter the past and present with the hope of saving Hinata.
With all its mind-boggling twists and turns, the action anime has managed to win the hearts of viewers around the world who may wish to watch more shows similar to it. If you are also looking for a few recommendations, you have come to the right place. Most of these anime like ‘Tokyo Revengers’ can be streamed on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Funimation, or Amazon Prime.
7. Ikebukuro West Gate Park (2020)
Makoto Majima is a resident of the commercial district of Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately, the region is beset by gang violence, which has made Majima involve himself in disputes between different gangs to act as a mediator, just to keep his loved ones safe. But when someone close to him loses his life to gang violence, Majima is forced to reconsider his life choices and make a brave call. ‘Ikebukuro West Gate Park’ precisely like ‘Tokyo Revengers’ revolves around gangs in Tokyo in which the protagonist puts their lives on the line to protect/save someone they care about.
6. In Search of the Lost Future (2014)
Based on the adult visual novel of the same name developed by Trumple, ‘In Search of the Lost Future’ is a science-fiction romance anime that follows Uchihama Academy’s Astronomy Club members whose life turns upside down after meeting Yui Furukawa, a mysterious quiet girl who joins the school very late in the academic year. ‘In Search of the Lost Future’ is a story of characters trying to change the future by interfering with the past timelines, which is somewhat similar to what happens in ‘Tokyo Revengers.’
5. ReLIFE (2016)
Arata Kaizaki, like Takemichi Hanagaki, lives a purposeless life, desperately grasping at anything that provides him some meaning. However, things appear to turn for the better for the 27-year old when he gets once in a lifetime opportunity to revert his appearance back by ten years to relive high school as an ordinary teenager. Unfortunately, things aren’t as easy as they seem, and he must find a way to adjust to the new reality to fix his past mistakes and find a purpose. ‘ReLIFE’ and ‘Tokyo Revengers’ both revolve around a protagonist with somewhat similar, hopeless lives who turn things around for themselves once they get an opportunity to embrace their old selves.
4. Orange (2016)
Naho Takamiya, a high school student, receives letters 10-year from the future that are addressed to her. To her surprise, they mention the regrets she is going to have in the future and are sent by her 26-year self. Apart from pointing out the mistakes that she will make, the letters mysteriously also talk about Kakeru Naruse, the new transfer student. Now, with the advantage of foresight, Takamiya must take drastic actions to alter the future and protect Kakeru in the process. ‘Orange’ like ‘Tokyo Revengers’ revolves around a protagonist who has the advantage of foresight on her side as she begins to alter the present, past, and future for the accomplishment of a specific goal, i.e., to save someone close to her.
3. Nobunaga Concerto (2014)
Based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Ayumi Ishii, ‘Nobunaga Concerto’ is a historical anime series that follows an ignorant and carefree high schooler who mysteriously travels back in time to the Sengoku Era, where the famed warlord, Nobunaga Oda, implores him to take his place. With no knowledge of political affairs, the teenager suddenly finds himself shouldering the responsibilities of the man who tried to unite Japan.
Although the premise of ‘Nobunaga Concerto’ has very few similarities with ‘Tokyo Revengers,’ it is still a great watch for anyone who wishes to get introduced to the historical anime genre. Moreover, like Takemichi, the protagonist finds himself carrying responsibilities far greater than he could have ever imagined after traveling through time, defying all laws of physics.
2. Steins;Gate (2011)
Rintarou Okabe is a self-proclaimed mad scientist who is obsessed with the idea of creating a time machine that will alter the fate of humanity. The ragtag group that comprises him, Mayuri Shiina, and Hashida Itaru is later joined by Kurisu Makise as they embark on the seemingly impossible mission. To their surprise, they manage to pull off Okabe’s crazy vision when they are able to send emails into the past leading to consequential changes of events that alter the timeline they are in.
In their ignorance, they end up changing the course of time in a manner that puts the life of someone close to them in mortal danger. Now, Okabe must fix the present by undoing the damage all the emails sent in the past have done. Just like the protagonist of ‘Tokyo Revengers’ Okabe finds himself in a spot as he is forced to influence the past and present to save the life of someone very close to them.
1. Erased (2016)
‘Erased’ or ‘Boku dake ga Inai Machi’ follows a 29-year old manga artist named Satoru Fujinuma with the mysterious ability to go back in time and make things right just moments before a tragedy occurs. His strange powers come to his rescue when he is accused of murdering someone very close to him. Strangely, this time he isn’t transported only a few minutes in the past but finds himself in 1988 when he used to be an innocent school-going boy. However, he quickly reconnects the dots and realizes that the murder that happens in the future is somehow connected to the kidnapping and killing of his classmate Kayo Hinazuki.
Now, fans of ‘Tokyo Revengers’ can see that the powers of Satoru are somewhat similar to Takemichi’s mysterious abilities. Moreover, both of them vow to save the life of a girl they have known in the past despite the risks in their perilous path. Therefore, ‘Erased’ or ‘Boku dake ga Inai Machi’ is a must-watch for anyone who finds themselves intrigued by Takemichi’s misadventures in ‘Tokyo Revengers.’
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