Warning! This review on Tokyo Revengers Chapter six contains spoilers. If you haven't seen the episode yet, I recommend watching it and then going back to read the review.
# 6 Regret
Tokyo Revengers Chapter six begins with Takemichi, still convinced Draken and Mikey would not fight, and decides to return to the future for more information. In the meantime, let's take a look at Draken and Mikey's past and how they met. They were both strong and well-known children, and it wasn't long after they first met to become friends. Back in the present, Takemichi goes to Osanai with Naoto. The man is very different from what he imagined and although he doesn't tell you much when he makes it clear that the fight against Moebius was a trap planned by someone. Takemichi goes back in time and tries to convince Mikey not to fight Möbius as it is a trap to kill Toma. The conversation is interrupted with the arrival of Osanai and the rest of Möbius.
The origin of a friendship
In the previous chapter we could see that Draken is Mikey's complement in the sense that he's the one who endows him with humanity. To further strengthen this bond, this time we were able to go back in time to discover the origin of their relationship. Draken and Mikey are what we call childhood friends. They met as children and have maintained their friendship until now. They were both fourth graders when they first met. Although they were both famous for being strong and facing opponents older than themselves, there was a difference between them, one was defeated and the other was not.
The difference between Draken and Mikey is that one was stronger than the other, and maybe that's why they had a different mentality. After being defeated, Draken listened to inquiries from those who had defeated him. That was common sense. But that common sense doesn't apply to Mikey, besides not being defeated, he doesn't understand why weak and cowardly people should be "followed". Mikey recognized Draken's strength not only because of his fame, but also because he was just looking for him, unlike the group of cowards he had sent to call him.
In this meeting something admirable was born for both of them. This is especially true for Draken, who must have been intrigued by the flying kick he witnessed. As a boy with no rules or laws, he learned to admire someone, because Draken is surely Mikey the first person he really wanted to follow. In Mikey's case, he certainly lacks a great deal of common sense, but it is evident that he values strength and values, which is why he is drawn to people who demonstrate those qualities, as was the case with Draken before, and this is now the case with Takemichi repeated.
Who controls the strings
Returning to the present and current conflict that Toman is facing, Takemichi made the right decision. To find a solution, it was necessary to go back to the future to find a solution. While this was a correct choice, the results leave a little to be desired. Obviously, for plot reasons, they won't give us all the answers, but it's a bit vague that Takemichi and Naoto were pleased with such an ambiguous answer from Osanai. After discovering that there is someone manipulating the conflict between Toman and Möbius, it would have been logical to investigate more and not just go back to the past with this uncertainty. While I personally admire Takemichi's courage and tenacious strength, I can't understand why he believes that the mere revelation that there is a mastermind can all be resolved. It is normal for the minimum to be to provide evidence.
However, knowing the past and the new future, it seems logical to assume who this "mastermind" is. Not only do we need to discover the instigator, but also the goals they are pursuing and the motive they are using. From the outside, there doesn't seem to be any real reason to fight two gangs like Toman and Möbius. The methods used are also quite unfortunate, so the mastermind's motivation has to be pretty good, otherwise it will only be negligible. Even if your motivation is the best, it is still negligible. The Möbius gang manipulation and the seemingly internal struggle in Toman all seem to fit into this shadow master's plan. What you have to admire is that everything fits so well into your plan without having to show your face.
Tokyo Revengers Chapter six was a transitional episode. It has helped us fill in some information gaps and determine the narrative direction we are going in. Additionally, the inclusion of Draken and Mikey's pasts was a plus for the narrative because, while not fully related to what we were tracking, it was a necessary link in reconstructing our characters. Since this is a story that connects the past with the future, there will be times when we will have to go back further into the past in order not to lose this connection. After all, life is a connection between past, present and future; there cannot be one without the other.
Before I close on this review, I just want to express my taste for the profound difference between Takemichi and Naoto. Even though Takemichi is older, it's amazing how much Naoto is far more mature than him. Sure, that's part of Takemicchi's charm, but he can't ignore it after seeing Takemichi shrink from Osanai's rush into the cafeteria while Naoto remains completely calm. At that moment, they really seemed to be at the opposite extreme, to the point where it was cuter than anything else. Takemichi is small, you have to take care of him.
Anyway, these were my impressions of this chapter. Tell me, what did you think of this episode? Did Mikey and Draken enjoy the past? What is your opinion on the mastermind planning the conflict between Möbius and Toman?