[Tokyo Revengers] Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity”! What’s causing it?

[Tokyo Revengers] Mikey's "Dark Impulsivity"! What's causing it? Mikey(Manjiro Sano)

This article will explain about the “Dark Impulsivity” that Mikey (Manjiro Sano) has, who it is, how it relates to falling into darkness, and the scenes in the story where the “Dark Impulsivity” is triggered.

In Tokyo Revengers, one of the main problems is that Mikey in the future falls into darkness.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Dark Impulsivity, the conditions under which it is triggered, and the scenes in which it is triggered, all of which are closely related to Mikey’s fall into darkness.

What you can learn from this article
  • What is the Black Urge?
  • The relationship between black impulses and the fall
  • Scenes in which the black impulse is triggered

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[Tokyo Revengers] What is the “Dark Impulsivity”? The reason why Mikey fall into darkness!

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The existence of the “Dark Impulsivity” was first mentioned in a video letter from Manjiro Sano, aka Mikey, in chapter 200 of volume 23 of the manga.

The “Dark Impulsivity” is a kind of “another personality” inside Mikey, which he himself cannot control.

In other words, it is similar to the urge to kill or destroy, but it does not kill or destroy indiscriminately.

However, there is no mercy or compassion for his opponents, and in this state Mikey can easily choose to kill.


As we will see later, there are several scenes in which Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity” is triggered.

And in this state Mikey shows a cold murderer’s face instead of the gentle smile he used to have.

[Tokyo Revengers] What are the “Dark Impulsivity” that cause Mikey to fall into darkness in the future?

In Tokyo Revengers, Takemichi has altered the past many times through time leaps in order to save Hinata.

While Takemichi’s time leap have failed and Hinata has died, Mikey has always fallen into darkness.

In fact, the cause of this dark fall is the “Dark Impulsivity” mentioned earlier, and Mikey has always killed many people as the head of a criminal organization because he lost control of himself.


[Tokyo Revengers] What are the (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

While Mikey is unable to control his “Dark Impulsivity“, he has managed to do so with the help of the following people.

  • Shinichiro Sano
  • Emma Sano
  • Keisuke Baji

However, all three have died in the course of the story, leaving Mikey with no one to stop his “Dark Impulsivity“.

As a result, Mikey’s route to the darkness has been confirmed every time.

[Tokyo Revengers] Mikey always falls into darkness! A summary of the scenes where the “Dark Impulsivity” was triggered! What volume and chapter?

Next, let’s take a look at the scenes in which Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity” is triggered.

Basically, Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity” is triggered in the future, but in the world before Takemichi changes the past, there is a description that it is already triggered in the junior high school age.

The “Dark Impulsivity” triggered after the battle of 8/3?

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In the 29th chapter of the 4th volume of the manga, Mikey asked Takemichi, “Who the hell are you?“.

This is a scene where we don’t know if the “Dark Impulsivity” has been activated or not, but Mikey’s expression at this moment is clearly different from his normal expression, more like the eyes of a person who is falling in the dark.

The next moment Mikey is back to his normal smiling face, which is a relief, but maybe the influence of the “Dark Impulsivity” is so great that this expression appears on a regular basis.

Mikey beated Kazutora Hanemiya to death in “Bloody Halloween”.

Mikey beated Kazutora Hanemiya to death in (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In the 48th chapter of the 6th volume of the manga, when Takemichi was talking to Draken in the future about that time, the scene is depicted when Mikey beated up Kazutora to death.

At that time, Mikey was completely pissed off because Kazutora killed Keisuke Baji, and his “Dark Impulsivity” came out in full force.

When Mikey is in this state, his eyes are completely different from normal and he continues to kill like an emotionless machine.


In this scene, he relentlessly beated the fainting and completely unresisting Kazutora, and when no one was able to stop him, Kazutora dies.

Mikey purged the members of Tokyo Manji gang in the future after “Bloody Halloween”.

Mikey purged the members of Tokyo Manji gang in the future after (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In the future after “Bloody Halloween“, Takemichi is one of the executive of Tokyo Manji gang.

And in chapter 74 of volume 9 of the manga, Kazutora Hanemiya of this world explained the current situation to Takemichi, and Mikey killed Pah-chin and Peh-yan.

Mikey is not depicted at this time, but it is clear that he had fallen into darkness and his “Dark Impulsivity” must have been activated, as he had started to purge the former members of Tokyo Manji gang.

Mikey killed all members of Tokyo Manji gang in the future after the battle of Christmas.

Mikey killed all members of Tokyo Manji gang in the future after the battle of Christmas.(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In the future, after the battle of Christmas, Mikey is depicted as having fallen into darkness.

In this world, Mikey had also been triggered by the “Dark Impulsivity“, and the main members of Tokyo Manji gang were killed by Mikey.

The following members are mentioned as having been killed in the manga, but all other members have also been killed.

  • Draken: slashed to death
  • Takashi Mitsuya: strangled to death
  • Chifuyu Matsuno: shot to death
  • Hakkai Shiba: burnt to death
  • Parchin: murdered
  • Kazutora Hanemiya: murdered

In this world, Takemichi and Mikey met again in the Philippines, where Takemichi saw Mikey, who had been consumed by the “Dark Impulsivity” and could no longer control himself.

Mikey held a gun to Takemichi’s head and threatened to kill him, but Naoto rushed to his rescue and shooted Mikey in the head.


On his deathbed, Mikey said, “All my life, I have been suffering.” which shows how hard Mikey’s life was after the “Dark Impulsivity” kicked in.

Mikey became the leader of Bonten in the future after the “Kanto Incident”.

Mikey became the leader of Bonten in the future after the (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In the future of the “Kanto Incident“, Tokyo Manji gang does not exist, but a huge criminal organization called “Bonten” has been founded, which is equivalent to it.

And the leader of Bonten is Mikey, who has also fallen into darkness due to his “Dark Impulsivity“.

You can tell if Mikey has fallen dark or not by his eyes, he looks like an emotionless machine.


Takemichi is reunited with the Mikey of this world, but while they are talking, Mikey shoots at Takemichi, showing his ruthlessness.

After that, Mikey jumped from the roof of the ruin, so it seems that he wanted to be released from anything, just like Mikey after the battle of Christmas.

As of 2008, “Dark Impulsivity” is in effect.

As of 2008, (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

From chapter 207 of volume 24 of the manga, the story takes place in the year 2008, 10 years before the future.

At this time, Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity” has already been activated, and he has become a completely different person to the one he was when he was the president of Tokyo Manji gang.


The theme of the final Arc of Tokyo Revengers will be whether or not Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity” of this era can be managed.

[Tokyo Revengers] Not only Mikey, but South Terano also fell into the darkness after his “Dark Impulsivity” went into effect!

[Tokyo Revengers] Not only Mikey, but South Terano also fell into the darkness after his (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In the 228th chapter of Tokyo Revengers, during the “3 deities War“, South Terano said the following to Wakasa Imaushi and Keizo Arashi.

At the age of 12, I had a man who I referred to as my “Father”.
I beat him to death, with all the love I had for him.
At 14, a raid on my home took my mother’s life in the crossfire.
I struggled between life and death, with these scars.
But I can’t stop this urge!

And the next moment, he showed overwhelming strength to beat Waka and Benkei up instantly.

And here South Terano said to Mikey,

Thanks to these urges of mine, I’ve come to love violence.
Mikey, you get me, don’t you!?

So it was suggested that South had the same “Dark Impulsivity” as Mikey.

I thought Mikey was the only one who had this urge, but it turns out that South is also a person who has the “Dark Impulsivity“.

[Tokyo Revengers] Will there ever be a future where Mikey doesn’t fall into darkness? How does he control the “Dark Impulsivity”?

The theme of final Arc of Tokyo Revengers is stopping Mikey’s falling into darkness.

The question is how to stop the “Dark Impulsivity“, but since the “Dark Impulsivity” is like a second personality inside Mikey, the question is whether it is possible to suppress it in the first place.

It will be interesting to see if Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity” can be prevented by defeating the “Invincible Mikey”.

Conclusion of “[Tokyo Revengers] Mikey’s “Dark Impulsivity”! What’s causing it?”

In this article, we explained about the “Dark Impulsivity” that Mikey has.

The purpose of Tokyo Revengers was to save Hinata, but in the last Arc, the purpose has shifted to save Mikey.

The key to this is the “Dark Impulsivity“, and it seems that this will be the important factor to the story of Tokyo Revengers.

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