Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Episode 2 Review

Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Episode 2 Review

January 21, 2023

Takemichi has a new mission in the past, where he meets Hakkai and Taiju Shiba, two very important characters

The story thus far

Hakkai and Mitsuya were good friends

Our protagonist, Takemichi is a man living a pitiful boring life, with a tedious job, constantly apologizing to his boss. He hears a news report about the murder of his only girlfriend and her brother and is about to commit suicide when he flashes back to a day 12 years ago when he was still dating his girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana.

After reliving the day, he meets Hinata’s younger brother and tells him to protect his sister before returning to the future by shaking his hand. In the future, Takemichi discovers that he has the ability to change the flow of time and decides to use this ability to prevent the death of his ex-girlfriend at the hands of the Tokyo Manji Gang and two of its higher members, Tetta Kisaki and Manjiro Sano.

The last season left us with a cliffhanger, Tetta Kisaki is pointing a gun at Takemichi’s head in the current present, where Takemichi is one of the executive members of Toman. Still, nothing’s changed, so he travels again to the past to prevent Hinata’s death.

for a recap of season 1, see my article here: Tokyo Revengers Season 1 Recap

Hakkai and Taiju

Hakkai Shiba smirking at Takemichi

The second installment of “Tokyo Revengers Christmas Edition” focuses on one of the most important characters in this Arc, and if you read the manga you already know who I’m talking about, Hakkai Shiba.

The episode also goes deeper into the show’s complicated cast of characters. The episode focuses on Hakkai’s past and his relationship with his elder brother Taiju Shiba, the tenth Black Dragons captain, a gang similar to Toman, in more ways than one.

The Black Dragon gang

Taiju about to punch Takemichi

Takemichi and Hakkai play a friendly game of bowling to kick off the episode in a lighthearted manner. But when the group arrives at the Shiba home and the Black Dragons appear at their door, things swiftly take a darker turn.

The difference between Toman and the Black Dragons is clear; while the former is less violent and more focused on their own operations, the latter appears more than willing to assault anyone who gives them the side eye, whether or not they are a member of a gang.

The real villain

Taiju Shiba, leader of Black Dragon

As the story goes on, it becomes obvious that Taiju is the true issue and that his main motivation is to create havoc.

The episode closes on a cliffhanger with Taiju requesting that his brother, Hakkai, kill Takemichi there and then as a result of his acts, which causes a tense confrontation between him and Takemichi.


Hakkai is scared of his brother

The episode, overall, adds to the show’s rich and nuanced representation of its characters and leaves viewers wondering how the problem will be resolved and what repercussions it will have.

Nothing in Tokyo Revengers is as simple as it first appears, and the show successfully keeps its viewers guessing, which it’s not something to be taken for granted lately

see other reviews from this season’s anime:

Spy Classroom Episode 3 Review

Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 Episode 3 Review

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