Takemichi Hanagaki (花垣 (はながき) (タケミチ), Hanagaki Takemichi?), or Takemitchy (タケミっち, Takemicchi?), is the protagonist of the Tokyo Reveners manga series as well as its anime adaptation. After hearing about the deaths of the Tachibana siblings, one of which was his ex-girlfriend Hinata Tachibana, Takemichi gets shoved on the railroad and time-leaps exactly twelve years back in time. Through his time-leaping ability, he learns about the infamous Tokyo Manji Gang, a middle school biker gang in the past that is responsible for Hina's death in the present. After unintentionally rescuing Hina's brother Naoto from the incident, Takemichi becomes determined to work with him to save Hina from an unfavorable future. During his time-leaps, Takemichi uncovers the Tokyo Manji Gang's history and how it was shaped into becoming a criminal organization in the present. Takemichi becomes a member of the gang and soon, the First Division Captain (壱番隊, Ichiban-tai Taichō?). His involvement in Toman would later serve as a way for him to become the leader (総長, Sōchō?) of the 11th Generation Black Dragon. As of his latest time leap, Takemichi is the leader of the Second Generation Tokyo Manji Gang. As an adult, Takemichi is a man of average height with tousled, wavy black hair and blue eyes. He wears plain, ordinary clothes. He usually has a tired expression due to the stress of life.
As noted by those around him and even himself, all he is good for is apologizing.
As a teenager, his hair is bleached yellow and kept in a "faux hawk" style. When his hair is undone, it appears more similar to his adult hairstyle. He wears Mizo Middle School's uniform, which consists of a dress shirt, black slacks, and loafers when he is at school. During his time with Toman, he wears the gang's attire: a custom black Toppoku with Toman's logo. His eyes are also noticeably larger and more filled with hope, possibly due to having not yet experienced the hardships of adult life. He wears a necklace matching that of his girlfriend's. He has a massive scar on his left hand from getting stabbed with a knife. He also has a scar on his left foot from a bullet, though it is never shown. Takemichi was an individual who has lost his sense of direction. Thus, he had low self esteem, always apologizing for even the smallest things and easily crying. As noted by those around him and even himself, all he is good for is apologizing. He also holds a grudge towards wealthy people because he himself is not very financially stable.
This loyalty spurs on his determination to create a better future for the ones he cares about.
However, going back in time again and again gradually molds Takemichi into a completely different person. Slowly, he turns from a coward into a man with unshakeable conviction. Even facing insurmountable odds, he refuses to back down. He becomes the one who holds Toman together through their hardships and turns into its unofficial leader, guiding even Mikey and Draken onto the right paths. During even Toman's lowest points, it is Takemichi's unyielding spirit that pushes on his fellow companions. Takemichi's unwavering spirit to protect his friends. Takemichi is completely loyal to those he considers his friends and fiercely protective of them. He is willing to risk his very life to ensure that they are safe and sound. This loyalty spurs on his determination to create a better future for the ones he cares about. This is shown through his countless leaps back in time to change the gruesome outcome of his loved ones. In a fight, Takemichi has never backed down.
He is more willing to be beaten within an inch of his life than to admit defeat. This has become a huge source of inspiration for Toman's members and has proven instrumental even against all odds. Takemichi is noted to be very similar in personality with Shinichiro Sano, with Draken pointing out both are "weak to women, weak at fights, but reliable". Due to being an adult, Takemichi tends to address others more politely. Takemichi has horrible hygiene and habits. He neglects cleaning his room and has become accustomed to its disgusting state. As a captain in Toman, Takemichi has power over his squadron and can lead them as he wishes. His outstanding leadership has been instrumental in strengthening Toman as a whole. Takemichi is noted by many people to possess an extensive charisma similar to Shinichiro. He has constantly inspired Toman members throughout every fight. His charisma is more prominent after the Kantou incident and was fought over by top delinquents to have him on their respective teams.
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Over the course of the series, Takemichi has seen a notorious rise on his name. As he travels to the past and gets himself involved in many and fairly dangerous incidents, it has greatly bolstered his delinquent career in stark contrast with his fighting ability. As his many exploits and feats have become public knowledge within the delinquent world, it has been granted him an elevated status to the point he was a target for recruitment by some of the most infamous gangs after the Tokyo Sengoku Period. Despite lacking the fighting aptitude normally associated with one with such a historial, those who have witnessed him are fairly aware of Takemichi's character including many just as infamous and more powerful delinquents, which further propels his image. In fact, when he openly declared his intentions to defeat the infamous Mikey when surrounded by both Brahman and Rokuhara Tandai, there was not the tinniest shred of doubt amongst the central figures from either nor from Draken or Inui, a testament that they believe he is capable of such a night impossible feat.
Thus, his willpower and ability to take hits is his forte.
The only exception being South Terano likely by virtue of personally not knowing Takemichi himself. Takemichi is nowhere near the strongest fighter, but he is noted to be one of the, if not the most, resilient fighter thus far. He has been shown to take blows that would have knocked cold anyone else and still stand up and even retaliate. Amongst his greatest demonstrations of durability include but are not limited to: Being stabbed on his hand with a knife and still be able to fight competently and defeat a much stronger enemy; Taking a bullet to the foot and still be able to run in pursuit of his enemy; Getting ambushed with a brick to his head to fundamentally no effect, even though he was already beaten to a bloody pulp. Thus, his willpower and ability to take hits is his forte. Takemichi is quite lacking in his attack power. His strength and fighting abilities are around the average delinquent's.
Rarely has he won by himself, but his resilience has stalled enemies enough to allow more powerful allies time to rush to the scene countless times. If the situation is desperate enough, his willpower makes it impossible to knock him down and allows him to significantly weaken foes stronger than him through exhaustion. Takemichi's strength scales depending on how high the stakes are. Normally, he has trouble against a few regular delinquents, but he has temporarily knocked down an incredibly strong fighter in his desperation before. His fighting abilities have Still, been shown to improve over time. Nonetheless, Takemichi lacks finese and technique on his approach even downright resorting to methods considered disgraceful such as biting. He is later capable of overwhelming the likes of Kisaki in a one on one fight, and even kick the gun Kisaki held at Takemichi out of his hands before he could even react, and all of that, despite being previously beaten to an inch of his life and having a gunshot on his foot. Takemichi possesses a supernatural skill that allows him to time travel. However, he is only able to travel back exactly 12 years. Also, whenever he is in the past, the present timeline does not stop, but keeps going for however long Takemichi is in the past.
To trigger this ability, he must shake hands with Naoto in the present to go back to the past and shake hands with him in the past to go back to the present. Whatever Takemichi does has an impact on the present, which allows him to change the future. This time leaping ability has several side effects, for one it causes memory lapses to occur. When Takemichi travels to the past, he often finds himself in situations he does not understand, as his past self still lived his life normally with Takemichi having to piece together how he came where he is and what he was doing. The same holds true when he jumps back into the present, whether this has changed or not Takemichi awakens with no knowledge of what he was doing at that point in time. Another effect involves his own persona, because his present self and past self are different despite being the same person, many people note that Takemichi acts more mature at certain intervals, with many people wondering about his rather unusual and drastic personality changes. Whenever Takemichi travels to the past he is in full control of his body and is the dominant entity. It is not know if his past self has any awareness of his future self's time traveling abilities or whether the past self remains conscious or aware of any of the actions of his future self when it takes over.