From the outset, you can immediately tell that Tokyo Tribe 2 (alternatively known as Tokyo Tribes) is a very stylish series, full of vibrancy and originality. The palette is brightly coloured, portraying the city of Tokyo, known for its neon lights and urban grittiness, to great effect. This is enhanced and complimented by the hip-hop fused soundtrack by the Japanese producer and DJ, Muro, which was pleasantly refreshing and appropriate, given the setting of the series. Principally, I chose to watch this for the aforementioned, so I was unsure what to expect otherwise, mainly in regard to its script and character delivery.
Upon watching the first episode, it became clear that the story offered a different slant to the tried-and-tested formula you’d usually find in this genre. The premise and its ensuing story was rather simple, revolving around tribe (or gang) culture in Tokyo, and the mutual conflict they all encounter when faced with the same threat. More specifically, the series focuses on the primary pair of Kai and Mera, the former belonging to the Saru tribe and the latter Wu-Ronz. The series chronicles their turbulent friendship, deriving from childhood, which faces contention with them both belonging to opposing tribes. At its core, the story is well written, albeit predictable, that’s full of action and drama (with subtle hints of romance). The edgy characterisation and snippets of gore (which can be quite explicit in its portrayal), coupled with its original animation style and soundtrack, is what distinguishes Tokyo Tribe 2 from others in its medium.