Review: Tokyo 24th Ward Premiere Episode Introduces An Interesting New Original Anime

One of 2022’s most anticipated anime comes to us in the form of the Tokyo 24th Ward anime. A brand new anime from CloverWorks has enough drama and mystery to hook audiences in right away. The show is about three estranged friends who have to reunite under mysterious circumstances. The anime successfully creates a story that is engaging, interesting, hilarious and emotional. Which was an unexpected surprise. With episode 1 of Tokyo 24th Ward streaming now on Funimation, the show begins to set the stage for what is sure to be a thrilling ride. Check out my Tokyo 24th Ward premiere episode review.

The Tokyo 24th Ward Anime Follows The Story Of Three Friends

Friends. Image via Funimation and CloverWorks.

The Tokyo 24th Ward premiere episode is all character building, with little bits of side story about the setting. The episode does well to focus on the three main characters of the series first, as it really helps invest the audience into their stories. And the eventual twist that comes in the second half of the episode.

The episode begins with a flashback to May 2020, during a fire at an elementary school. A young boy named Shuta (Junya Enoki) charges into the school to save a couple of kids trapped, but he is only half successful. While Shuta saves one girl, the other, Asumi, dies trapped in the fire. We cut back to the present day, and Shuta’s life is aimless and directionless. It’s implied that he’s never gotten over that incident. He is also shown as the neighbourhood hero, saving the local businesses and neighbours from aggressive bullies and troublemakers. But his one regret is being unable to save the girl from the fire.

A Tragedy Estranges The Three Friends In Episode 1

Tokyo 24th Ward premiere episode Shuta.. . Image via Funimation and CloverWorks.

From Shuta, we move onto Ran (Yuma Uchida), another friend, one who looks like a famous graffiti artist, and possibly, social activist. He is planning something huge that should shake up the current regime. The police are also looking for him. And rounding out the trio is Koki (Kaito Ishikawa), a businessman who works with his father. He is also the brother of the deceased girl, Asumi. Koki is definitely the shadiest of the three friends, as his father is a powerful man, and the work they do is suspect.

A conversation with what one of his employees, reveals what he might be involved in. There’s talk of predicting the future and stopping crimes, but not being able to arrest those until they actually commit the crime. It felt a lot like Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report to me. On the anniversary of the fire that seemingly estranged these 3 friends, they come to pay their respects to those who died. But the real story begins afterwards.

The Tokyo 24th Ward Premiere Episode Is Full Of Intrigue

Tokyo 24th Ward premiere episode poster. . Image via Funimation and CloverWorks.

After the memorial, the friends hang out at a local restaurant. Ran and Koki have a spirited debate about politics and the society they live in. While so much of the conversation is out of context, it definitely feels like setting up seeds for the story to get more complicated as the season progresses. But the biggest twist comes when all 3 friends get a phone call, from Asumi. Somehow, they all share a vision of an accident that kills an innocent girl. Not understanding what it was, they quickly realize it’s a vision of the future. Together, they work to stop it and save the girl’s life.

The action really picks up in the second half of the Tokyo 24th Ward premiere episode, as it becomes a race against the clock. All 3 friends have to utilize their individual skills and resources to save the girl. But, they all are also changed by their shared vision. Stronger, lighter and faster, even. Episode 1 of Tokyo 24th Ward anime ends with a happy ending but raises so many more questions of what’s to come.

There Are So Many Unanswered Questions In The Premiere Episode

Train. Image via Funimation and CloverWorks.

Firstly, there’s is a scene before the credits of episode 1 of Tokyo 24th Ward that is totally out of context. It’s a hologram woman, looking at screens of Tokyo and speaking to someone. None of what she said seemingly has any bearings on the rest of the episode. So there’s the possibility that the vision all three characters received came from her.  And then there’s the vision itself.

It’s clear that the vision was transmitted through the cell phone to the friends. But the vision’s phrasing is also curious. Another disembodied woman gave the friends a choice; save the train full of 150 people, or the innocent woman on the tracks, but doing so will kill the occupants of the train. It’s almost like a philosophical dilemma come to life.

On top of it all, there’s world-building to consider. While this premiere episode of the Tokyo 24th Ward anime was more character-driven, the world at large looks to play a big part. The title of the anime refers to a man-made island in Tokyo Bay used during the war. While the Allies controlled it, that sector of the city, named 24th Ward, is now ready to become part of the rest of Tokyo. How that all ties into what we’re seeing of these future visions and powers, is still a huge unknown.

The Tokyo 24th Ward premiere episode is now streaming on Funimation, with new episodes coming weekly.

Let me know how you liked this new Tokyo 24th Ward anime. Be sure to share your theories of what you think is going on in this show in the comments below. And stay tuned to Comic Years for my weekly recaps.

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