[Tokyo Revengers] What Hanma’s tatoo means? Is he a mastermind and time leaper?

[Tokyo Revengers] The meaning of Hanma's tatoos. Shuji Hanma

In this article, I will explain the theory that Shuji Hanma is the mastermind behind the Tokyo Revengers and the meaning of his tatoos.

In the story of Tokyo Revengers, Shuji Hanma is basically an enemy of Takemichi.

Hanma Shuji is always working together with Tetta Kisaki, who is the main culprit, and Hanma is Kisaki’s sword.

There is a theory that Shuji Hanma is the mastermind behind the story of Tokyo Revengers, so let’s take a closer look at the truth.

What you can learn from this article
  • The meaning of Hanma’s tatoos
  • The truth behind the Hanma mastermind theory
  • Contradictions in the Hanma mastermind theory

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[Tokyo Revengers] Is Tokyo Revengers’ Shuji Hanma the mastermind? He has mysterious tatoo!

[Tokyo Revengers] Is Tokyo Revengers' Shuji Hanma the mastermind? He has mysterious tatoo!(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

First of all, I’d like to say that I don’t think Shuji Hanma is the mastermind behind Tokyo Revengers.

I’ll tell you why in more detail in the article.

In Tokyo Revengers, Shuji Hanma has blocked in front of Takemichi and Mikey on numerous occasions.

He has also been rumoured to be the “mastermind” as he has always worked together with Tetta Kisaki, the man who controlled Tokyo Manji gang in the future.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why Shuji Hanma is said to be the mastermind, and the meaning of his wierd tatoos.

[Tokyo Revengers] Shuji Hanma is the mastermind? What does his tatoo mean?

First of all, we will explain why Shuji Hanma is rumoured to be the mastermind behind the Tokyo Revengers and his suspicious portrayal.

Shuji Hanma is a character who often appears both in the past (12 years ago) and in the future, and he is always the enemy of Takemichi.

So he is the second most ominous existence for Takemichi after Tetta Kizaki.

Shuji Hanma’s “Sin” and “Punishment” tattoos are meaningful

Shuji Hanma's (C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

Shuji Hanma has a tattoo of the word “Sin” on his left hand and the word “Punishment” on his right hand.

When Takemichi passes Shuji Hanma in the future, he doesn’t know who he is at first because his appearance has changed from the past, but when he sees this “sin and punishment” tattoo, he recognizes him as Shuji Hanma.

In that sense, this tattoo has become Shuji Hanma’s trademark.

The true meaning of this tattoo is unknown, but in Tokyo Revengers, the “hand” has an important meaning, such as an opportunity to make a time leap.

So it was rumored that “Shuji Hanma can make a time leap by putting his hands together in ‘Sin’ and ‘Punishment'”? and so on.

Shuji Hanma makes a meaningful statement in the future (Vol. 4, Episode 32)

In chapter 32 of volume 4 of the manga, Takemichi is reunited with Hina in the future.

When Takemichi hears that Hinata dumped Takemichi in the past, he becomes distraught and run to the bathroom.

 

Shuji Hanma makes a meaningful statement in the future (Vol. 4, Episode 32)(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

Then, when Takemichi decides to confess his love to Hinata, he comes out of the bathroom and sees Shuji Hanma there.

Oh?
You’re not in the car!
How dull.
Thought I’d be able to kill’em all in one stroke.

He’s muttering to himself.

In fact, after this, Atsushi Sendou (a.k.a. Akkun) rams into Hinata’s car with a jeep, so Shuji Hanma’s soliloquy means “If Hina and Takemichi were both in the car, I could have killed them all together”.

This scene can be said to be the beginning of the theory that Shuji Hanma is the mastermind behind the whole thing, and the fact that he knew exactly where Hinata and Takemichi were has also led to this theory being whispered.

 

However, at this time, Tokyo Manji gang was a huge criminal organization, and the whereabouts of one or two people could be determined by following them with manpower.

So we can’t say that Shuji Hanma is the mastermind just from this description.

Shuji Hanma is always cooperating with Tetta Kisaki.

Shuji Hanma often appears together with Tetta Kisaki in Tokyo Revengers.

This is because Shuji Hanma always cooperates with Tetta Kisaki in the work as follows.

  • Hanma fights with Tokyo Manji gang as the temporary president of Moebius.
  • Hanma fights with Tokyo Manji gang as the vice president of Valhalla.
  • Valhalla became affiliated with Tokyo Manji gang.
  • When Tetta Kisaki was fired, Hanma left Tokyo Manji gang together.
  • Hanma Helped Kisaki to kill Emma.
  • Hanma Helped Kisaki escape after the “Kanto Incident”.

The apparent mastermind of the story is Tetta Kesaki, but there is a rumor that Hanma Shuji, who is always by Kesaki’s side, is the mastermind.

Tetta Kisaki knew about the existence of time leaps.

After the “Kanto Incident”, there is a scene where Takemichi and Tetta Kesaki fight each other.

Then, Kesaki found out that Takemichi is in a time leap.

Just as i thought…
You’re a time leaper!

The way he said it, it was as if he knew about the existence of time leaps.

  • Tetta Kisaki must have heard it from the mastermind.
  • If there is a mastermind, is it Shuji Hanma who is always with Tetta Kisaki?

On the other hand, there is a possibility that Tetta Kisaki said this because he thinks that there is no way he can destroy all his perfect plans unless he does a time leap.

What Tetsuta Kesaki almost said to Takemichi. (Vol. 21, Episode 184)

What Tetsuta Kesaki almost said to Takemichi. (Vol. 21, Episode 184)(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In chapter 184 of volume 21 of the manga, Tetta Kisaki is being chased by Takemichi.

You still…
think that I’m a Time leaper?
I…

When he was about to say something, he was hit by a truck and he died here.

What Kisaki was going to say at that moment is a mystery forever, but there is possibility that the words following “I…” might have been about the mastermind.

Regardless of whether the mastermind is Shuji Hanma or not, if there is a true mastermind, he might be able to do a time leap.

What Shuji Hanma was about say to Tetsuta Kisaki. (Vol. 23, Episode 205)

What Shuji Hanma was about say to Tetsuta Kisaki. (Vol. 23, Episode 205)(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

The chapter 205 of volume 23 of the manga is an extra chapter, and it describes how Shuji Hanma started to hang out with Tetta Kisaki.

Hanma Shuji was a famous delinquent called “Shinigami (= the death) in Kabukicho“, and Tetta Kisaki, who was the chief strategist of Moebius at that time, came into contact with him.

 

Since Shuji Hanma met Tetta Kesaki, he has been cooperating with him in various battles and backstage operations.

One day, Tetta Kisaki asked him “Tell me. Why do you keep following me?”.

And Shuji Hanma replied “Who knows. I’ll tell you when you’re dead!” and we couldn’t find out his true intention.

 

I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I’ll tell you more about this scene later.

Shuji Hanma keeps running away from the police.

After the “Kanto Incident”, Shuji Hanma has been hunted by the police as an accomplice of Tetta Kisaki and has been on the run for a long time.

However, riding such a conspicuous motorbike and being over 190cm tall himself, there is usually a limit to how long he can stay on the run.

Even so, there is no description that Shuji Hanma has been caught by the police, and he seems to have managed to escape after all.

There are many theories or rumors about this.

He could run for a long time from the police because he is time leaper.

[Tokyo Revengers] Contradictions in the mastermind theory of Shuji Hanma.

So far, we have explained the main points of the theory that Shuji Hanma is the mastermind.

Here are some contradictory points and points that do not make sense if Shuji Hanma is the mastermind.

He has no reason to be obsessed with Takemichi and Hinata.

First of all, there is no reason for Shuji Hanma to kill Hinata, nor is there any reason for him to be obsessed with Takemichi.

In the future, Tetta Kisaki killed Hinata because he was angry at her for rejecting him, and he also feels a connection with Takemichi, whom Hinata has been in love with for a long time.

He has been in love with Hinata for more than ten years, and he has been obsessed with Takemichi for a long time.

However, Shuji Hanma has no such circumstances or fate, and his motives are too weak to be the mastermind.

If Hanma can do a time leap, then Tetta Nozaki is invincible.

In the story, no matter how many times Takemichi changes the past, Hinata always dies, Mikey falls into the darkness, and the members of Tokyo Manji gang also die, so we thought that Tetta Kisaki was a Time leaper.

However, it turns out that Tetta Kisaki is not a time leaper, so Kisaki accomplished so much in just one life.

On the contrary, if Shuji Hanma, the collaborator of Tetta Kisaki, is the mastermind behind the whole thing, and if he is also able to do a time leap, then he is a match made in heaven for Tetta Kisaki.

If Shuji Hanma is the mastermind, Kesaki’s plan wouldn’t have failed so much.

Or there is a possibility that the failure of Tetta Kisaki is also the aim of Shuji Hanma, but it seems unlikely from the scene I will introduce next.

He cries when Tetta Kisaki dies. (Vol. 23, Episode 205)

He cries when Tetta Kisaki dies. (Vol. 23, Episode 205)(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

In chapter 205 of the 23 volume of the manga, Shuji Hanma cries when he sees Tetta Kisaki who was hit by a truck and died, saying “You didn’t pull any punches, right?“.

This is the first scene where Shuji shows his emotions, although he was always a man who didn’t know what he was thinking in the movie.

One of the reasons why Shuji has been cooperating with Kisaki is that he simply likes Kisaki.

It is not natural to say that Shuji was the mastermind behind Tetta Kisaki’s manipulation, so the possibility of the mastermind theory is low.

[Tokyo Revengers] Is Shuji Hanma of the Tokyo Revengers not the mastermind, but just a funny guy?

But if Shuji is not the mastermind, why did he cooperate with Tetta Kisaki so much?

As you can see from the crying scene above, Shuji Hanma liked Tetta Kisaki himself.

Furthermore, in chapter 205 of the 23 volume of the manga, before he met Tetta Kisaki, Shuji Hanma said,

I’m bored.
Will this it continue until I die?

But for half a year since he met Tetta Kisaki, he has been wearing an expression of deep enjoyment on his face.

When I’m with you, I can see all the colours of life!
It’s like a big fest!

He was enjoying the “colourful world”, which was a change from the “colourless everyday”.

So it seems that Shuji Hanma is not the mastermind behind the whole thing, he was just with Tetta Kisaki because he enjoyed being with him.

 

[Tokyo Revengers] Is Shuji Hanma of the Tokyo Revengers not the mastermind, but just a funny guy?(C)Ken Wakui/Shueisha

By the way, at the end of chapter 205 of the 23rd volume of the manga, there is a scene where Shuji Hanma is talking to Tetta Kisaki in front of his grave.

The relationship between the two is just a bad friend from the side, but it seems that there is a deep relationship that only the two can understand.

Conclusion of “[Tokyo Revengers] What Hanma’s tatoo means? Is he a mastermind and time leaper?”

In this article, we discussed the theory that Shuji Hanma of the Tokyo Revengers is the mastermind behind all of this and that he can make a time leap, also the mystery of his tatoos.

Shuji Hanma is an elusive character, and we don’t know what he’s thinking, but in chapter 205, we got to see his human side.

It will be interesting to see if there are any more scenes of him in the future.

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