In episode 8 of Tokyo Revengers, Takemichi believes that he has faced the threat of Draken’s possible death. But danger still lurks on the horizon.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Tokyo Revengers episode 8, “Rechange,” which is now airing on Crunchyroll.
On Tokyo avengersMikey is the mainstay that holds the Toman gang upright and the one who will lead them to victory, while Draken will guide them so that no one strays from the light. Takemichi may not be the strongest or fastest offender, but he’s the glue that holds Toman together when it seems like everything is falling apart. Just when Takemichi thinks he has put Draken’s life back in order, it becomes blatantly clear that danger continues to lurk nearby.
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Enraged that the two Toman leaders wrecked his entire childhood before his eyes, Takemichi attempts to fight Mikey in Episode 8, seemingly forgetting that he is challenging the strongest member of the gang. Mikey dodges easily and Takemichi rushes into a pile of garbage. He yells at them for focusing on themselves and not realizing that their fight is not only hurting them, but Tomás as well. His passionate speech is completely upset when Mikey points out that he has a piece of poop in his hair.
Draken and Mikey laughed and ran off together. After cleaning his hair, Takemichi meets them and his other friends, where the two leaders Toman formally apologize to each other. Although Mikey seems fine on the outside, his eyes turn sad and lost as he thinks of the moment when Pah-chin gave himself up. He quickly recovers and declares that they are going to throw a big party when Pah-chin is released.
With the crisis averted and Draken’s death increasingly unlikely, Takemichi turns his attention to something just as important: his festival date with Hina on August 3. It turns into a double date with Draken and Emma joining them, and Emma tries to make him realize how she feels. The couples soon part ways and when the rain falls, Takemichi and Hina take refuge in the forest. Just as he is about to share his first kiss with Hina, his phone interrupts.
It is Yamagishi, who warns him that Draken is in danger. Some people from the Mikey faction are still angry at Draken, who they perceive as responsible for Pah-chin’s arrest. Takemichi immediately takes off to find Draken. He arrives at a shrine where a group of Toman members, including Kiyomasa, are inexplicably grouped together with someone from Moebius. Kiyomasa takes the knife that Moebius gives him and declares that he will kill Draken for what he had done to him in Tokyo avengers Episode 3.
Takemichi is knocked out and dragged in front of Kiyomasa by a horribly familiar situation: taking orders from Kiyomasa and being brutally beaten. Despite how strong Takemichi is, and although he now has Mikey and Draken, mentally and emotionally he is still as weak as before. It is a painful realization for him.
Kiyomasa ties Takemichi up with duct tape and leaves him lying helpless on the ground in the rain. Even though Takemichi had decided to save Hina, Akkun, and Draken, in the end, he cannot fight people like Kiyomasa. He starts crying in frustration, angry with himself. But with a kiss, Hina shows her that she is strong but in a different way, and should not be dismissed out of weakness. Hina’s faith gives her the determination she needs. Although this is not the first time that Takemichi has faced Kiyomasa, something has changed and he is not the same person as in the first days of Tokyo avengers.
Takemichi meets with Mitsuya, the captain of the Second Division, who tells him that before Mikey and Draken reconciled, Mikey had proposed to pay for Pah-chin’s freedom, which was rejected by Draken. Although most of Toman had calmed down after the two leaders’ conflict dissipated, Peh-yan has not and his eyes are now on Draken. Now, Takemichi must find the strength within and without to protect Draken from not just one, but two gang members who are hell-bent on revenge.
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