Is Tokyo Revengers Overrated? – A POOR TAKE ON THE TIME-TRAVEL GENRE
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Tokyo Revengers is currently one of the most popular anime and manga series in Japan and the rest of the world. This time-travel shounen anime is chock-full of action and drama, and it has managed to gain a lot of positive reviews from most anime watchers.
Personally, I find this anime series to be quite average and overrated. The story of Tokyo Revengers is driven by a good concept, but the execution of this concept is extremely bad. Today, I’ll be giving you guys a list of all the reasons why I think that Tokyo Revengers is overrated.
Extremely Unrealistic Characters
While you can’t really expect the characters in a shounen series to be all that realistic, I find the characters in this show to be straight-up annoying.
Let’s first talk about the protagonist of the series, that is probably the worst anime protagonist of all time. Takemichi Hanagaki is a 26-year-old guy that acts even more immaturely than all the other 14-year-old kids in the story. He is always oblivious to everything happening around him and never comes up with any viable strategies to do anything.
Hinata Tachibana is supposed to be the female lead of the story, but she gets close to no screen-time at all, and she doesn’t even have a proper personality.
Mikey and Draken would be the only two characters that I kind of liked, but they still have pretty unrealistic and inconsistent personalities.
The Story Makes No Sense
Literally, nothing about this story makes sense…
First off, let’s take a look at the strange concept of time travel. Takemichi travels back in time whenever he shakes hands with Hinata’s little brother. There’s no logic behind it; it just happens! The rules of this time travel are super weird. Whenever he goes back in time, he has no idea about what his past self was doing, and whenever he goes forward in time, he has no idea what his future self was doing either. It’s like there are two different versions of Takemichi.
Secondly, let’s talk about how Takemichi almost always does nothing helpful at all to actually change the past. Despite knowing the future, this boy is just super oblivious and never seems to do anything logical to actually change the past. He just starts crying and hopes that things will change. Oh, and miraculously, they do change.
All the characters in this anime just get too dramatic over the most trivial things, and seeing these kids acting like that is almost unintentionally funny. They are constantly trying to fight each other for no reason at all, and then, they get worked up when one of them gets injured or almost dies. Like, what else did you expect?
Where are all the adults?
Okay, the most annoying thing about this entire series would be the fact that apparently, these kids rule the entire world. These 14-year-olds are just going around fighting all the time and almost killing each other, but no adult is able to stop them for some reason.
Where are the parents of these middle-schoolers? Do they not get worried when they see their kid completely beat up? Just what is going on in this show?
Also, where are the actual gangs of Japan? How are these groups led by 14 and 15-year-old kids controlling everything?
So, the story is completely broken, and the characters are super annoying. Now, surely the animation must be the reason why this anime is getting so much hype. Nope, the animation quality is pretty average. The anime has been animated by LIDENFILMS, and this particular animation studio is known for always cutting corners in order to save the budget.
Overall, I’d personally give Tokyo Revengers a rating of 6 out of 10, and I seriously don’t understand why this show has become so popular. The anime does have a pretty good concept, and it can be an entertaining watch, but there are just too many flaws that are very hard to ignore.
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