As Tokyo Revengers is coming to an end, many fans are looking for other crime anime and manga to replace it. A delinquent is defined as a young person, usually of school age, who has trouble following social rules or the words of authority figures.
Series like Tokyo Revengers focus on group dynamics and/or their misadventures. This list will document 10 anime and manga transgressors that might be good enough to fill the void.
Disclaimer: This list may contain spoilers for Tokyo Revengers and other anime and manga listed. It is also just the author’s opinion.
10 criminal anime and manga fans of Tokyo Revengers will love
1) Yu Yu Hakusho
This is a classic anime about a team of criminals who take on demons, angry spirits and other things that go bump in the night. Yusuke Urameshi started out as a classic criminal – skipping school, getting into fights, all the typical signs and features. Things changed for him when he was hit by a truck trying to save a child and ended up as a spirit detective.
Fans of Tokyo Revengers will love the supernatural antics Yusuke gets into and the genuine camaraderie between him and his teammates. It takes a while for the ragtag group to come together, but that’s half the fun of anime. The manga ran for 19 volumes, and the anime for 112 episodes.
2) Banana fish
If mafia deals are better for crime, then Banana fish will scratch that itch. The crime noir manga dates back to the early 80s and 90s and was adapted into an anime in 2018, with a total of 24 episodes. It stars teenage gang leader Ash Lynx and the mystery behind the titular “Banana Fish” words as he evades the mafia.
Obviously, the lawlessness aspect is a similar lure Tokyo Revengers, but the other is the evil parenting relationship between Ash and mob boss Dino Golzine. Another much more publicized allure is the budding romantic relationship between the two male characters, Ash and Eiji.
However, there are quite a few caveats to place here, as the series deals with sexual assault and other forms of violence.
3) Angel Densetsu
Another older manga that was later adapted into an OVA in 1996 is Angel Densetsu which tells the story of Seiichirou Kitano. Kitano is a kind boy with the sinister appearance of a devil, which unfortunately leads to many misunderstandings. The essence of the manga is that Kitano accidentally becomes the main crime at school and has to deal with all that entails.
As can be seen, based on that synopsis, this one is more of a comedy than the previous two entries and possibly more so than even Tokyo Revengers. This story of accidental crime and overcoming flash judgments based on appearance was serialized in Shonen Jump from 1992 to 2000 and spanned 15 volumes. Well worth reading if you need a good comedy.
4) Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO)
One of the more famous examples of a criminal anime and manga is Great teacher Onizuka who plays Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old black belt martial artist and ex-criminal seeking direction in his life. As such, he becomes a teacher in order to get a high school wife before he grows old and gray. This does not go quite according to plan since the class he is responsible for is full of criminals.
Such is the story of GTO, spanning a 43-episode anime adaptation, a 25-volume manga series, several TV dramas, a prequel, and two spin-offs. Although the tone is mainly humorous, it still delves into topics such as depression or suicide due to the fact that each student in the delinquent class has different problems. Tokyo Revengers are similar in length, with the manga at 29 volumes.
A visual novel that has since spawned several TV series, drama CDs, anime, movies, and several manga, Clannad is one of the most famous of the crime anime and manga on this list. It stars a criminal named Tomoya Okazaki, who only begins to open his heart and mind to others after a chance encounter with a shy girl at school named Nagisa Furukawa.
In keeping with this description, several main themes in this family concern true companions and the tragedy involved, such as Tokyo Revengers. The series has a good reputation for being, among other things, depressing and upsetting. Clannad considered a gateway series to visual novels and slice-of-life seinen anime, for having a sense of humor despite its depressing territory.
6) School Rumble
About like GintamaSchool Rumble is best compared to a gag series that has more to do with character interaction than relationships. It’s a series where pretty much all of the cast either have feelings for each other or have a lot of trouble spitting out confessions and confessing to the wrong people.
It is highly regarded as a high school romantic comedy and a parody of the genre. The comedy delivers in both manga and anime form, with different gags for each. Of course, there is a lot of hidden depth in all the characters except that they are either idiots or over-the-top romantics.
The manga spanned 23 volumes, the anime ran for 52 episodes, and the series also had two OVAs, much like how Tokyo Revengers has its own original web animations and movies.
Another comic series starring a criminal in a difficult situation is Beelzebub. The strange story begins with Tatsumi Oga, a first year at a school for juvenile delinquents. When he rescued a boy from a river, he discovers that the boy is the son of the great demon king. Unfortunately, Oga was chosen to raise him and must continue to attend school while raising baby Beel.
This series is another comedic example, balanced with supernatural elements, such as Tokyo Revengers fans can appreciate after the drama. The balance of trying to raise a child, even a demonic child, while also being a school delinquent is always a good time. The manga spanned 28 volumes, while the anime had 60 episodes.
The Worst manga is primarily about criminal characters, with the main focus on country boy Hana Tsukishima. His goal is to become the leader of Suzuran All-Boys High School, a school known for never having a leader, and this is only further complicated by other gangs and rival schools trying their luck.
This shonen series by Hiroshi Takahashi focuses more on the fighting aspects. It is a sequel to another of Hiroshi Takahashi’s works, Crows, which deals with many of the conflicts and gangs at various schools from that manga.
The only thing is that the series is currently on hiatus, at 33 volumes in the manga, and has not received an anime adaptation. It might be best for Tokyo Revengers fans to read Crows before going in depth Worst.
9) Cromartie High School
Cromartie High School is another bizarre high school comedy manga and anime featuring quite possibly the worst criminals in Japan. In fact, the citizens of Cromartie are more about looking and acting tough than anything else. A new student named Takashi Kamiyama must navigate this random school, whose student body consists of aliens, gorillas, and other strange people.
This series is considered a loving parody of the many crime-centered manga of the 70s and 80s. It is also in the realm of the bizarre and shorter side. The anime runs for 26 episodes, and the manga for 17 volumes. The oddness factor is one for fans of Tokyo Revengers.
A university graduate has to teach a boys’ school full of criminals, corpses GTO. Unlike GTOHowever, Kumiko Yamaguchi is the heir to a Yakuza group and has a student on her. Having to win over distrustful students and keep his own secrets gives the premise more weight.
Also, despite the shiny elements, Gokusen kept fanservice to a minimum. The series, whose manga lasted seven years and ran for 15 volumes, had a 13-episode anime adaptation.
It is more comedic, but mainly focuses on martial arts and the yakuza aspect. The rest of the family wanting the heroine to be the next boss also lends itself to more comedic situations, much like how time travel affects Tokyo Revengers.