The community of fans of manga written and illustrated by Ken Wakui, Tokyo Avenger, shared with the author some fragments of interviews about the conception of the work and the elements that inspired the original story.

Tokyo Avenger

In an interview with Glénat In 2019, Wakui was asked how he got started in the manga industry, to which he replied, "The trigger was the Hatarakiman manga, which made me want to become a writer too. Then I showed my first work to an editor at Young Magazine (weekly magazine specializing in his).». He was also asked how he got started in the industry, to which he replied: «My first published series was Shinjuku Swan (published in Young Magazine from 2005 to 2013), a story focused on sex industry recruiters working in Shinjuku».

He was later asked what motivated him to do the Shonen jump (demographic orientation towards young adolescents) to his (demographic target group for young adults), to which he replied: "I've always liked Shonen. As a kid, I was a fan of shows like Dragon Ball or Kaze Densetsu Bukkomi No Taku, and I always wanted to try that kind of genre one day.».

Tokyo Avenger

He also shared a comment in which he noted his previous experience in the world of gangs: "In the future, if you are going to become a professional manga artist and aim for weekly serialization, make the effort to make a name for yourself every week. For example, as a beginner, I drew a 30-page manuscript every week. Of course it's very difficult. However, I think setting such a quota and doing lots of jobs will help me later. Instead of worrying alone, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses as seen by others and this will lead to great growth in your next job. Much luck».

He continued in an interview with Le Monde and ATOM: «In high school, I was disfellowshipped a month after class started for my bad behavior. So I started working as a "host" [el equivalente masculino de un azafato] in a women's bar in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. For Tokyo Revengers, I wanted to talk about a time when furyo (gang members) were in style. The old Furyo were thugs and not money as a matter of principle, as is often the case today. Belonging to a gang had, at least in my time, to do with folklore, with gigs. If we came to the fighting, it was against other Furyo, not against ordinary citizens, with whom, on the contrary, we were polite and respectful».

Tokyo Revengers - Synopsis

While watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his high school girlfriend Hinata Tachibana has died. The only girl who ever noticed him was killed by a group of criminals known as Tokyo Manji Gang. Takemichi lives in an old, thin-walled apartment and at work his boss, who is six years his junior, treats him like trash. To top it off, he's a complete virgin ... On the threshold of the misery of his life, he suddenly returns twelve years to his high school days. To save Hinata and change the flow of time, the once useless part-time worker Takemichi must try to become the leader of Tokyo's darkest criminal gang!

Source: Take fellowship

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