Most recently, Anime Corner held a poll to select the 7 most popular anime about school gangs in the past 20 years. With 20,000 votes, here are 7 names on the list of favorites!
Top 7 – Heaven’s Memo Pad
Heaven’s Memo Pad is an anime about Narumi Fujishima, a high school student who keeps himself out of school life to the point of not knowing most of his classmates’ names. Due to some circumstances, he had to join his school’s “Garden Committee” along with Ayaka Shinozaki. He is also persuaded to join NEET, an amateur detective agency full of unemployed people who take on and solve cases on their own. The agency NEET is led by “Alice”, a childish, anti-social extremist who never leaves her room full of computer screens and stuffed animals.
However, Alice has proven herself to be a brilliant hacker and a detective with amazing deduction abilities. Throughout the series Narumi, along with the other members of NEET, solve crimes, including murders, using their limited resources and Alice’s genius mind. Heaven’s Memo Pad is by far the best gang anime to watch.
Top 6 – Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
Dogs: Bullets & Carnage is an anime about somewhere in Europe in the future, a city with many underground floors, even a level of secret danger has an answer to the past. Mihai is a retired assassin who has returned home to open a diner and start a new life as a restaurateur. Haine was genetically tested as a child, which resulted in him possessing dog-like attributes. Badou is his partner, who becomes deranged when he is denied smoking. Naoto was orphaned at a young age and lost his memory. She was trained to use the sword. Their past is somehow connected to the secret underworld and the organization that controls it. From here an extremely attractive gang story revolving around these 3 characters begins.
Top 5 – Project KILL
Project K is an anime set when Japan is secretly ruled by seven kings of spiritual clans known as the Seven Colored Families. Yashiro Isana, a seemingly normal student from Ashinaka High, is the target of Red Clan’s HOMRA and Blue Clan’s Scepter 4, following the murder of pacifist Tatara Totsuka from HOMRA. With the help of a skilled swordsman named Kuroh Yatogami and a Strain cat with cross-sensory abilities named Neko, Yashiro has rediscovered his true identity.
Top 4 – Shonan Bakusozoku
Shonan Bakusozoku is an anime set in Japan, the country that inspired the slogan “Born to be gentle”, the blood of young men is always boiling. In the old days, they went to the country and used swords to hack each other, but nowadays with schools, that is not very practical. So some of them do something very non-Japanese. They rode on a large bicycle, bellowing around annoying people and hitting anyone they deemed disgusting. Now meet Eguchi Yousuke, the leader of a high school Biker gang and the school’s arts and crafts club. Which means he divides his time between fights and elaborate sewing. And if you think he’s weird, wait until you meet the rest of his gang. From here an extremely fascinating story begins!
Top 3 – Gangsta
Gangsta is an anime that tells the story of Ergastulum, a town overrun with guns, bullets, and Mafia blood. Benriya, the convenience store that hires Nicolas and Worick for all sorts of dirty jobs no one wants to touch. One day, they were asked by the police to clean the area for a Mafia family with blood in the face. The job seems simple, until they start to realize what they just got into is much more serious. From here the fascinating story of the gang fight will make you unable to take your eyes off.
Top 2 – Durarara!!
Durarara!! is an anime about Ryugamine Mikado, a teenager who longs for an exciting city life. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers schools to Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns him about people he shouldn’t run into in the city: an aggressive man dressed as a bartender, a news snooper, a mysterious gang calling themselves the Dollar. And most of all, Mikado met a rumored character: a headless monster and a black motorcycle. And like that Durarara!! as a colorful picture of city life. A mystery shrouded in distortion of the night with people with different fates. From here the bloody clashes between gangs begin!
Top 1 – Tokyo Reverger
Takemichi Hanagaki, a 25-year-old unemployed man, discovers that his ex-girlfriend, Tachibana Hinata, as well as her younger brother Tachibana Naoto have been killed by the Tokyo Manji (referred to as Toman) gang. When Takemichi is pushed from the station onto the tracks, he suddenly goes back 12 years to 2005. He meets Hinata again and informs Naoto of the deaths of both Naoto and his sister 12 years later. After the two shook hands, Takemichi returned 12 years later, only to discover that he was still alive, saved by Naoto, now a policeman. It turns out that Takemichi has returned to the past, creating a time paradox where Naoto lives. Naoto guessed that every time he shook hands, Takemichi would go back in time exactly 12 years ago. Using the knowledge 12 years later, Takemichi swore to save Hinata.
In the past, Takemichi was caught in a betting fight, presided over by Kiyomasa, a member of Toman. Takemichi made Sano Manjiro (Mikey), the chief of Toman interested and decided to befriend him, due to his similar personality to Mikey’s brother. Takemichi discovers that thanks to his friendship with Mikey, he has saved his friend Sendo Atsushi (Akkun) from going to prison. However, Akkun committed suicide due to the failure of the mission Kisaki Tetta forced him to kill Takemichi in 2017, realizing the danger of Toman. From here the most famous gang story in the history of anime and manga begins.
Currently, Tokyo Revengers is quite famous and successful in 2021, so it is not too difficult to guess that this name will take the top spot in the poll. The anime series mentioned above are also very good, have you watched them all? Please leave your comments!