5 Anime You Should Be Watching If You Like HBO Max's "Tokyo Vice"

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When I first saw the HBO Max's Tokyo Vice trailer, it immediately caught my attention. It's based on the 2009 memoir by American journalist, Jake Adelstein, which detailed his time working for one of the most prominent Japanese newspapers as the first non-Japanese reporter.

Ansel Elgort as Jake and Ken Watanabe as Katagiri walking out of a police bus about to confront some Yakuza

He primarily worked on the police beat as a crime reporter during his time there. Through his relationship with an older detective, he was able to have unprecedented access and learn about the underworld of Tokyo, which included the Yakuza.

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This book has been turned into a gripping show that gives some great insight into a culture that I feel most anime fans are enamored by and a deeper view of the Yakuza we don't get to see too often in American shows.

Show Kasamatsu as Sato clapping along with other Yakuza members

I bring this up because while watching the show, I started thinking about different anime that this show reminded me of in terms of style, humor, and drama. So I figured I'd compile a list of shows that I think anime fans would like if they're a fan of this HBO Max crime drama.

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1.Tokyo Revengers

The poster of Tokyo Revengers with Mikey Drakken Takemichi Tetta Shuji Keisuke Chifuyu and Kazutora

2.Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

The poster for Katekyo Hitman REBORN with Tsuna Reborn Hayato Takeshi and others on the cover

3.91 Days

Avilio and Vero both bloodied and pointing guns at each other with the title 91 days in the middle

4.Cowboy Bebop

Spike Jet Edward Faye and Ein all looking down at something

5.JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind

A poster of Gio Bruno Narancia Leone Guido and Pannacotta all sitting around a table with the title JoJos Bizarre adventure Golden Wind on the bottom

If you're wondering where you can watch all of these fantastic anime series without switching streaming services, be sure to check out Crunchyroll for all your anime needs. Have you watched any of these anime? What do you think of Tokyo Vice, and do you have any organized crime anime we should be watching? Let us know in the comments below!