Tokyo Revengers is a shōnen manga written and drawn by Ken Wakui. It has been published in Kōdansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since 2017. So far, the series has been collected in 26 individual volumes. It has also been adapted into an anime and a live-action work.
For all of you who’ve enjoyed the series, in this article, we are going to give you a list of the 20 best manga like Tokyo Revengers you absolutely need to read.
Original Run: November 25, 2009 – May 20, 2014
Number of Volumes: 24
The story takes place in Mitsumine High School, the school is notorious for its violent juvenile delinquent students. When Asagiri Shinnosuke transfers to this school, he starts fighting all the class bosses to prove himself as the strongest guy in the school.
2. Be-Bop High School
Original Run: 1983 – 2003
Number of Volumes: 48
The story revolves around the lives of two friends as well as schoolmates who go to high school. Hiroshi and Nakama, as they are called, often cause problems due to their nature of provoking and fighting with others. In keeping with the spirit and identity they have decided to take on, the two adopt an arrogant style, with arrogant behavior and exaggeratedly provocative clothing. In the manga series, we also get to know a whole group of characters mostly extravagant and more or less sporty because of the hairstyle and the fashion adopted.
Original Run: 1990 – 1998
Number of Volumes: 26
Boya Harumichi is entering her second year at Suzuran, a high school in the Tokyo region, following a transfer. Very quickly, he shows an extraordinary strength of character and combat, which allows him to assert his presence in an environment endlessly plagued by conflicts between students, who seek to become the Boss of Suzuran.
He succeeded in unifying Suzuran by allying himself with the dominant trio known as Ebizuka, made up of Hiromi, Pon and Mako, without however claiming the title of “King of the chest”. Subsequently, he will have to face threats represented by other gangs in Tokyo, such as the “Armament Front” and the rival school, Hôsen, or even enemies from outside the city.
He will also have to settle the conflict between him and Rindaman, a solitary student of Terminale in Suzuran, the only character capable of competing for strength with him.
4. Great Teacher Onizuka
Original Run: January 8, 1997 – February 13, 2002
Number of Volumes: 25
In1997, Eikichi Onizuka, 22, “single and free as air”, is a young teacher with a questionable past who is appointed to his first position in a difficult class; he quickly shows a vision of teaching totally out of step with the usual practices. His unconventional and direct reactions, often humorous, are the central axis of this series. He will evolve with this class, whose specialty is to make their teachers crack morally, by trying to rally them little by little to his cause.
5. Shonan Junai Gumi
Original Run: October 10, 1990 – October 2, 1996 / January 6, 2014 – July 6, 2019
Number of Volumes: 31 / 17
Young GTO is the youth of Eikichi Onizuka (main character of GTO) and his best friend Ryuji Danma. They are still in high school but have already formed their shock duo the Onibaku Combi. Barely arrived in their new establishment, they are already the bosses and “easily” master their senpaï (elders). But other adventures await our heroes, fights but also stories of the heart.
Transferred from Kyokuto to Tsujido, Eikichi and Ryuji take advantage of the summer to flirt with two young women and thus lose their virginity. But their past as lascars catches up with them and prevents them from concluding. They then discover that their holiday friends are none other than their new teachers.
In high school, many characters join their band: Makoto, Tsukai, Abe, as well as the rabid dogs of Kamakura, Kamata and Saejima. If Tsukaï manages to somehow get closer to Yui Ito with whom he is secretly in love, Ryuji still has feelings for Ayumi, their teacher whom he had flirted with on vacation. But she is still in love with her former boyfriend, who died a year earlier.
The latter’s brother, Fumiya, takes a very dim view of Ryuji’s arrival in Ayumi’s life. For him, the young woman must remain faithful to the memory of her brother. But Ryuji manages to defeat him and send him to prison. He then asks Ayumi in marriage. Eikichi must then confront Okubo, a man who terrorizes him. He manages to beat him with the help of Ryuji who is then left by Ayumi who is convinced that he will live better without her.
After the arrival of Nanno, their new teacher accused of pedophilia, of Shinomi, in love with Eikichi and Katsuyuki, the latter’s kohaï, the Onibaku are confronted with the Midnight Angels. Created by Kyosuke Masaki, the founding father, this group of motorcycle enthusiast friends has aroused envy.
After Masaki’s retirement, the second generation fought for command: the war between Akutsu, Kamishima, and Nakajo led to Kamishima being immolated by Akutsu and the latter’s arrest. Masaki then asked the Onibaku to defeat Nakajo and the Third Generation in order to end the Midnight Angels’ rule, which had become a subject of conflict. But Akutsu then gets out of prison and tries to revive the gang.
Ryuji decides to confront him because he fell in love with Nagisa, a young girl whom Akutsu had raped and who suffered from a split personality in order to protect himself from this trauma. The Onibaku, therefore, face the Midnight as well as the men of Kamishima, determined to take revenge on Akutsu: the Shonan War begins.
6. Rokudenashi Blues
Original Run: May 30, 1988 – February 17, 1997
Number of Volumes: 42
The story stars Taison Maeda, a disreputable student of the Teiken High institute, who dreams of becoming a world boxing champion. The manga follows Maeda (and his friends and rivals) over the course of three years of high school, as they gradually become one of the strongest and best-known fighters in all of Tokyo’s high schools. Rokudenashi Buru-chu are short humorous stories that accompany the chapters of the manga and which feature the characters of the manga in a super-deformed version.
7. Flunk Punk Rumble
Original Run: October 18, 2006 – May 18, 2011
Number of Volumes: 23
Daichi Shinagawa is the worst hoodlum in high school. No one dares approach him. Nobody, except Hana Adachi, the class representative. Daichi will quickly learn the hard way that not all girls with glasses are nerds.
In reality, Hana is a converted former delinquent who wants more than anything to become a model class representative. There are just two problems: Not only does Hana have outbursts of uncontrollable violence, but she is also absolutely stupid. Despite everything, she has a little something that drives Daichi to get involved in all kinds of wacky and ridiculous adventures.
Original Run: 2011 – present
Number of Volumes: 8
The story follows Nicolas Brown and Warwick Arcangelo, two contract killers with opposite personalities: the first is deaf, taciturn, and secretive while the second is boastful and a womanizer. They live in Ergastulum, a city controlled by the mafia and gangs, and earn their living by performing various paid tasks ranging from delivery to assassinations under the guise of their “agency” of “services of all kinds”.
Their lives will be turned upside down when they meet Alex, a prostitute who is trying to escape the underworld. It is then that the newcomer discovers that Nick is “indexed”, or “twilight”.
9. Bad Company
Original Run: June 12, 1996 – July 17, 1996
Number of Volumes: 1
Bad Company thus tells how Ryuji met Eikichi and how they ended up becoming friends. Although the story takes place before Young GTO, it was drawn after the latter, shortly before GTO. Ryuji Danma has just arrived at his new school, having been expelled several times from middle school. On the first day, Ryuji will notice a named Eikichi Onizuka in the same class as him.
Ryuji wants Eikichi to fight him using all his strength and see him as superior. But Eikichi initially does not want to fight, their rivalry will be born into a great friendship. The manga recounts this meeting in college between the two protagonists who will later become the inseparable Onibaku Combi, namely Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma.
10. Kamikaze Girls
Original Run: September 2002 (light novel) / 2004 (manga)
Number of Volumes: 1 / 1
The story begins with Momoko, a young girl living in a small town in Japan, talking about her life as a Lolita. She is the only Lolita in her town and she doesn’t have any friends, but she doesn’t care as she believes that her lolita clothes are all she needs to be happy.
Momoko is obsessed with buying clothes at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, her favorite boutique, but since she can’t afford the boutique’s dresses, she decides to sell her father’s clothes to get money. When Ichigo, a member of a delinquent biker girl gang, discovers the clothing sale, he decides to ask Momoko to show him her clothes. Ichigo is fascinated by her clothes so she ends up showing up at Momoko’s house almost daily to buy clothes for her gang members.
After seeing each other for a while, the two girls go together to Baby, The Stars Shine Bright where Momoko meets the designer of the brand and, thanks to her skill with embroidery, manages to surprise the designer, who asks her to embroider a dress. for him. Later, in a Pachinko room, Ichigo meets a gangster and falls in love with him, but discovers that it is an impossible love since the gangster’s fiancee is the leader of his gang.
Hurt by this impossible love and inspired by Momoko’s lonely life, Ichigo decides to leave her gang. To do this, she accepts the “challenge” proposed by the gang, which consists of fighting with the members. Momoko finds out what Ichigo is going to do and decides to help her, but instead of fighting, Momoko scares the gang by telling them that she is the daughter of a famous gangster.
When Momoko shows her embroidery to the designer, he is delighted with her work but Momoko decides that she does not want to work for him, because she makes him happier wearing the clothes she likes than making them.
On the other hand, she offers Ichigo to work as a model for Baby, The Stars Shine Bright but she turns out to be a somewhat problematic model because on the first day of work she fights with the cameraman. The film ends with a scene in which Momoko and Ichigo appear smiling while riding Ichigo’s motorcycle.
11. Ocha Nigosu
Original Run: April 4, 2007 – July 29, 2009
Number of Volumes: 11
The story follows the events of the young high school student Masaya Funabashi, better known by the nickname of Devil Ma-kun, who, in order to create a new image of himself, decides to join the Tea Ceremony Club.
Original Run: 2000 – 2007
Number of Volumes: 15
Kumiko Yamaguchi, heiress of a yakuza clan pursues her dream of being a high school teacher. The boys’ school where Yamaguchi-sensei teaches does not have a good reputation. Additionally, “Yankumi”, as she is nicknamed, is assigned the delinquent class, 3-D. Valiantly, she teaches her specialty, mathematics, but quickly gets involved at several other levels.
She will quickly discover that behind their delinquent appearance, 3-D students hide complex personalities and often moving personal stories. Yankumi, entirely devoted to her ideal teacher, will always be there to get them out of trouble (sometimes using her skills as a clan heiress!) and above all to trust them.
13. HARELUYA II BØY
Original Run: June 15, 1992 – November 30, 1992 –
Number of Volumes: 34
Hareluya Hibino is a rebellious young man who loves getting into fights. Since his father is God, and he does not approve of Hareluya’s rebellious behavior, he decides to send him to earth to start his 1st year at Rakuen High School. From that moment on, Hareluya will have in mind to do a lot of things to achieve a goal, which he calls: to conquer the world.
To accomplish this goal, he will have to fight against different bullies from different schools no matter how strong they are. Throughout most of the manga, Hibino fights various bullies for causes that he and his friends think are unfair. He is accompanied by Kiyoshiro, a 15-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a great painter in France.
Original Run: 2001 – July 6, 2013
Number of Volumes: 33
Hana Tsukishima is a country boy, with a little rough manner but with a heart of gold. Arriving in Tokyo to attend high school, he immediately realizes that the institute he will have to attend, the terrible Suzuran, resembles a jungle: more than the professors one must fear the students, especially those of the upper classes, all organized in more gangs. or less aggressive.
In the boarding house where he is staying, the Umehoshi house, he meets other guys like him – Renji Muto, Takumi Fujishiro, Toranosuke Tominaga, and Takefumi Sakota – with whom he forms a strong friendship, so much so that he feels at home. It is a pity that the same convivial atmosphere does not lodge in Suzuran, where Hana has to prove that she is up to the “war of the firstborns” which will determine who is the strongest freshman in the institute.
15. Cromartie High School
Original Run: August 2, 2000 – May 24, 2006 / October 27, 2018 – present
Number of Volumes: 17 / 2
Student Takashi Kamiyama transfers from his old school to Cromartie High School. This school is full of braggarts and troublemakers, each of whom wants to be the toughest in the school. Takashi is the best in school and wants to change his classmates for the better. He also writes jokes for a radio show under the pseudonym Honey Boy.
Later, he wants to do the same professionally. In his plan to change the students, he soon gets support from the stupid Shinjiro Hayashida and the strong Akira Maeda. But he also encounters resistance. After some time, Takashi manages to secure the loyalty of most of the students and also defeats a legendary biker with the motorcycle.
16. Sukeban Deka
Original Run: 1975 – 1982
Number of Volumes: 22
The manga tells the adventures of a young Japanese delinquent, Saki Asamiya, forced by a government agency, in exchange for the freedom of her imprisoned mother, to discreetly investigate crimes and misdemeanors committed in high schools, posing as a student wearing the traditional sailor fuku school uniform.
However, she is equipped with a secret weapon, a dangerous metal yo-yo and its steel chain which she learns to wield with devastating effects, and which she opens to reveal a police emblem during her arrests.
17. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin
Original Run: November 21, 2002 – January 4, 2010
Number of Volumes: 22
Rainbow tells the story of seven teenagers: Anchan, Mario, Heitai, Kyabetsu, Suppon, Jô and Baremoto. In the first part of the manga, they find themselves in the same cell, in the reformatory of Shonan. Quickly, bonds of friendship are woven between them, they will become united and face the harsh living conditions in prison. Ishihara, a vicious guard, and Dr. Sasaki, try by all means to eliminate Anchan in order to prevent him from revealing to the outside a drama that has occurred in the prison. Ten days before Anchan’s release, the six boys will help him escape from this hell.
18. Kyō Kara Ore Wa!!
Original Run: September 10, 1988 – November 5, 1997
Number of Volumes: 38
The series is about two boys, Takashi Mitsuhashi and Shinji Ito, who meet for the first time in front of two hairdressers. The two, who have just moved to Chiba, decide to radically change their lives, from ordinary students to thugs, gradually gaining the reputation of “invincible couple”. Mitsuhashi decides to dye his hair blonde (a hallmark of Japanese thugs), Ito instead changes his hairstyle by raising his hair so much that he is nicknamed by many “porcupine”.
Both in the same class, first enemies then inseparable friends, find themselves at the center of numerous beatings and hilarious gags that form the backdrop to the main story, based on their three years in Nanyo high school.
Original Run: 2010 – 2013
Number of Volumes: 18
Shiba Gaku is a teenager who enters his second year at Kushima High School. In this high school, there is only one rule among the students: the law of the strongest. Indeed, the most powerful student dictates his law and many are those who try to confront him and take his place.
Shiba dreams of becoming the strongest in high school and taking control of it, for this he must face the fearsome Shake, the current boss. Shiba allies himself with other students like the colossus Marumo Taiji, the former head of the Hydra Urabe Osamu, and a former subordinate of Shake, Shirô Mukai in order to achieve his goal but the road is still long.
20. Angel Densetsu
Original Run: May 7, 1992 – February 5, 2000
Number of Volumes: 15
Seiichirō Kitano is the classic good guy, polite, innocent, and a little simpleton; however, his face says exactly the opposite. Kitano has no eyebrows, and to be able to keep his unruly hair at bay he has to use a lot of grease, a characteristic feature of the “look” of street thugs; plus he has a pale complexion, sunken eyes, and thin lips, which makes him look like a heroin addict.
In his old school, he had managed to gain acceptance despite his appearance of him, but at some point, his family moved and he was enrolled in Hekikuu high school.
From the moment Kitano sets foot in his new school, everyone is sure he is a criminal; due to a series of unforeseen misunderstandings, this superficial conviction will be increasingly confirmed, and Kitano will begin a glittering career as the school’s delinquent boss, without even being aware of it. However, a close circle of friends will gradually gather around him, capable of seeing beyond appearances.