Tokyo Revengers Sequel Release Date, Director & More
Spoilers for Tokyo Revengers (season one of the anime/live-action movie)
According to Anime News Network, a live-action sequel Tokyo Revengers the film has officially been given the green light. The film will see the return of Takumi Kitamura as the protagonist, Takemichi Hanagaki. Kitamura is currently set to play Yusuke Urameshi in Netflix’s live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series. The film will also see the return of Tsutomu Hanabusa as director and Shota Okada as producer. There’s no word on the rest of the cast yet, but this is definitely a good start to the sequel.
What the film might be about
When I originally reviewed the movie I said that it ends in a way where they could end things there, but if you watch the anime, you know that there is a lot more that could be done. Things end on a positive note, with Takemichi reuniting with Hina after going back in time to stop the tragic events during the battle against Moebius. Everyone who originally died is still alive at the end of the movie (Draken, Akkun, and Hina), but in the series, Hina ends up being killed again, which inspires Takemichi to go back in time again.
This leads to the Valhalla Arc and an event known as Bloody Halloween. It’s a pretty brutal story where we get to learn more about Toman’s past – namely Mikey and the rest of the founders. This is where you find out that Mikey’s backstory absolutely, positively sucks and is full of tragedy and misguided anger directed at him for no reason. At the same time, it’s the arc that introduces you to some of the show’s best characters… even if the end result is going to make you cry.
While we don’t know what the upcoming movie will be about, I’m guessing it covers the Valhalla arc since that’s the next part of the story. I sure hope that’s the direction we’re going, although I’m not sure my heart is ready for live-action Baji and Chifuyu. They did such a good job casting everyone in the first movie, are we really ready for a live-action version of this menace?
Will it differ from the anime?
The Tokyo Revengers movie is probably one of my favorite live-action anime adaptations ever. The cast is perfect and the movie does a great job of telling its story while adding new content to make things unique to the adaptation. Trying to fit half a season of anime into a two-hour movie isn’t easy, though Tokyo Revengers know how much of the story is central to the plot, while tweaking things to make it work within the limited time frame.
What will be interesting about the sequel is to see what gets changed, especially since the first film made changes that would affect the arc that follows. For example, in the anime, Pah (one of the original founders of Toman) goes to prison for stabbing Osanai. He gives himself up for what he did and we don’t actually see him for the rest of the season. In the movie, he doesn’t stab Osanai at all, so he gets to join the fight against Moebius when in the anime he didn’t.
I’m curious to see what they do with the character in the upcoming film, as he wouldn’t normally be in the story at all. Will he get to participate in Bloody Halloween (assuming that’s what comes next) or will they come up with a reason for him not being around? Since we are playing with time travel, there are all kinds of things they can come up with. Personally, I hope he gets to be in the movie, since having all the original founders of Toman during this arc would be pretty important.
The release date
Currently, there is no official release date, but we know that the goal is to have the film ready by 2023. Unfortunately, the first film is not available to watch anywhere, but you can watch the first season of the anime on Crunchyroll.
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