Season 1 of Tokyo Revengers was a wild ride of time travel, drama, romance, comedy, and a plot that is surreal. Following Takemichi Hanagaki, a once young “wannabe” gangster, he ends up growing up and becoming a convenience store worker who dreams of his youth. Through a series of odd events, Takemichi ends up returning to the past and realizes his youth was pretty horrible as he was bullied and treated poorly. Luckily, Takemichi learns he can change the past but realizes that this new ability must be used to stop a gang from rising in power incorrectly and killing his ex-girlfriend. Yeah, again a wild ride but we loved every second of it and were crying ourselves when the season ended with a cliffhanger.
Now in 2023, season 2 of Tokyo Revengers has graced us—sadly not on Crunchyroll like season 1 but on HULU—and we have a lot to say…we mean a lot. Our first impression of season 2 of Tokyo Revengers has been mixed so far but that doesn’t mean what you think it probably does. To understand what we mean let’s look at our first impressions of Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown a bit closer!
Time Traveling Gangsters, Once Again
Season 2 wastes no time diving back into the world of Takemichi and the “rise” of the Tokyo Manji Gang…in ways he didn’t expect. In this new timeline, Takemichi thinks the gang has become stronger but in reality is more corrupted and frayed than before and he was at the center of that corruption! In an attempt to undo this timeline, Takemichi returns to the past and we see his youth again. That’s where we begin to see season 2 kind of have a major issue that we want to bring up immediately: a feeling of déjà vu. Even by episode 5—as of this article—season 2 doesn’t feel very different from season 1.
Once again Takemichi relies on his friends and partners to see about altering the fate of the gang and tries to make them a “good gang” but that won’t be easy as one of the returning enemies is now slowly making his way to the top, Kisaki. Yes, this is a scary thought that season 2 is basically the first season but that is also why we kind of like this show.
Still Tough, Despite the Tears
Any anime that keeps the themes and feelings of the previous season, especially when it was loved, is to be admired. Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown might not feel entirely different but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting and keeps us engaged. Takemichi is slowly growing tougher and beginning to make friends/allies with people that he without a doubt couldn’t face in the past. Watching the side stories lead to the bigger picture and the focus on The Black Dragons is thrilling and we can’t wait to see who changes sides or ends up in a bad fight!
Those Visuals Look Sharp On You, Takemichi!
HULU is producing season 2 and LIDENFILMS is continuing their animation, Tokyo Revengers looks better than ever before. Yes, the “questionable” hairstyles return—we won’t spoil some of the new ones that just make us stare in shock and awe—but the settings and various fights look incredible! Season 2 already looks this good so we can only imagine by the end, Takemichi will look his sharpest and we can’t wait for that!
Can’t Stop a Good Fight Midway
Here’s the thing. If you watched the first season of Tokyo Revengers all the way to the end and saw that massive cliffhanger, then you already know you probably wanted to know what would happen next! Obviously, if you loved season 1 then you will love season 2 and want to keep going. We admire the fact that Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown didn’t waste precious time with unneeded recaps and just dove head-first into the new arc. LIDENFILMS really should be praised and followed for doing such an impressive job with making sure fans got what they wanted and we can only hope this continues for the remainder of the season!
Love it or hate it, Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown has the same format and themes as the first season. However, don’t take that as a negative as we want to see more of Takemichi, Mikey, and even our mortal enemy Kisaki and see where their paths cross and converge for a new future. If you loved season 1 then you’ll no doubt have very few issues with season 2!
Are you loving the return of the crybaby hero in season 2 of Tokyo Revengers? Sound off in the comments below! Be sure to keep stuck to our never-crying hive—unless it’s a romance anime—here at Honey’s Anime for more first-impression articles and coverage of the winter 2023 anime season!