Tokyo Tribes

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Tokyo Tribes
トウキョウ トライブ トゥー
(Tōkyō Toraibu Tū)
Genre Drama Gangster Action Crime
Written by Santa Inoue
Published by Shōdensha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Boon
Original run 19972005
Volumes 12
Anime television series
Directed by Tatsuo Satō
Written by Tatsuo Satō
Studio Madhouse
Original network WOWOW
Original run November 11, 2006 February 17, 2007
Episodes 13
Tokyo Tribe 2: Spin Off!
Written by Santa Inoue
Published by Shōdensha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Various
Published March 22, 2008
Volumes 1
Live-action film
Tokyo Tribe
Directed by Sion Sono
  • August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30)
Runtime 116 minutes
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Tokyo Tribes, known in Japanese as Tokyo Tribe-2 (トウキョウ トライブ トゥー, Tōkyō Toraibu Tū), is a seinen manga series by Santa Inoue. Tokyo Tribes was originally serialized from 1997 to 2005 in the urban fashion magazine boon. It is a continuation of the plot in Tokyo Tribe, although many of the characters from that story do not appear in this series. A live-action film adaptation directed by Sion Sono was released in Japan on August 30, 2014.

Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribes
トウキョウ トライブ
(Tōkyō Toraibu)
Genre Drama
Written by Santa Inoue
Published by JICC Shuppankyoku
Bijutsu Shuppansha
Demographic Seinen
Published April 1993
Volumes 1
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Tokyo Tribe (トウキョウ トライブ, Tōkyō Toraibu) is a single-volume Seinen manga by Santa Inoue originally published in 1993.


  • Nagisa -- the protagonist and a member of the Shivuya (an alteration of "Shibuya") Saru gang.
  • Megane (Specs) -- Nagisa's friend and a member of Shivuya Saru.
  • Totoro -- Nagisa's friend and a member of Shivuya Saru.
  • Otogiri -- Shivuya Saru member who lives in Shivuya Mansion. The Saru are often seen at his apartment.
  • Fujio -- Nagisa's girlfriend.
  • Iwao -- leader of Saru's rival gang, the Shinjuku (written in katakana differently than the actual place) Hands.
  • Yama-Chan -- Shivuya Saru member who is attacked by the Hands in Shinjuku.


Five years after the Shibuya riots, the Tribes of Tokyo have been enjoying a period of relative peace, until Kim and two other members of the Musashino Saru intrude on the territory of the Wu-Ronz in Bukuro. Mera, the leader of Wu-Ronz kills the three Saru, under the assumption that they were members of the Shibuya Saru.

Two days later, after searching for who killed his friends, Musashino Saru member Kai runs into Mera. Old friends in their high school days, the two get into a confrontation that ends up leaving Tera, the leader of Musashino Saru, dead and setting the stage for violence between the Tribes.

  • Kai Deguchi (出口 海, Deguchi Kai)—a DJ and main character of the series.
  • Big Daddy (ビッグ・仏波, Biggu Buppa) The leader of the Buppa clan and the main antagonist of the series, Buppa is shown as a big, morbidly obese, bisexual Yakuza crime lord with a lecherous, sadistic personality.




  • Opening Theme: Top of Tokyo, by Illmatic Buddha MC's
  • Ending Theme: TT2 Owari no Uta, by Scha Dara Parr

The show was originally planned as a movie which would be distributed by MTV.[1]


A live action film adaptation directed by Sion Sono was released in Japan on August 30, 2014.[2][3][4]

Spin-offs and sequels


  1. ^ "MTV licenses Tokyo Tribes Anime" (ICv2)
  2. ^ "Live-Action Tokyo Tribe Film's Trailer Features a Rap Battle". Anime News Network. August 20, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tokyo Tribe (2014)". (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Tokyo Tribe on IMDb

External links

  • Official website
  • Tokyo Tribes (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Tokyo Tribes anime at Media Arts Database (in Japanese)
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