I don’t know what it was about Tokyo Ravens that made me completely forget about writing the reviews, maybe because episode 4 really slowed down considerably in pace… But first, let’s pick up from where we left off, at the end of episode 3 when the divine general Suzuka is finally down the preparations for the Taizan Fukun Ritual.
Since Suzuka’s completely blinded by her desire to resurrect her dead brother, she does go through the summoning and indeed brings her brother back to life. However, it doesn’t go as planned when the resurrected barely resembles the original person and requires the soul and life of the summoner in order to sustain itself in the mortal realm.
We are getting a lot of hints that Hokuto was originally a familiar under Natsume, especially when she summons her ancient familiar – one of the few remaining dragons of the world, which also happens to be named Hokuto. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the battle choreography between Hokuto and Suzuka’s giant demon armoured soldier. Not only for the action charged scenes of this episode, we get to see Natsume and Harutora in battle for the first time. Though Harutora (and also the viewer) probably expects Natsume to be calm and collected in battle, she’s just as inexperienced and unsteady as Harutora is. It’ll definitely take a while for their partnership to solidify so that their respective rhythms correspond to create the swiftest and deadliest results during battle.
At the end for the battle, Natsume relays to Hokuto that the person who was controlling Hokuto is probably still alive. Then at the end of the episode, Harutora and Touji decide to enroll in Omnyo Prep School in Tokyo… and it turns out that Natsume’s gotta dress like a boy, as the Tsuchimikado heir to handle the other families.
In her boy’s uniform attire and in her hairstyle, you can even see the pink ribbon that Hokuto had. Natsume instantly recognizes Touji as Touji reveals that he’s always been a spirit seer (so he’s always known of Hokuto and Natsume all along LOL) Like Touji says, Baka-Tora is a good name for Harutora.
This episode really brings together our main group of heroes for the rest of the series. Now that all the introductory stuff is done, time for the beginnings of the main-main plot to start.
Due to their connections with the Tsuchimikado family, Harutora and Touji are permitted to transfer into the school in the middle of the year. However, Harutora gets called out by Kyoko Kurahashi, part of another prestigious family, who also happens to be the granddaughter of the Headmistress. Since Natsume’s rumoured to be the reincarnation of Yakou Tsuchimikado, she’s been getting special treatment from her classmates, so Harutora and Touji will become support systems for her within the school.
Speaking of the school… did I mention that Ohtomo-Sensei, the peg-legged megane teacher, is totally laid back? My gut feeling tells me that he definitely has some interesting back story to tell.
I’m really coming to like the structures of this world – with magic working in conjunction with practical military affairs; it provides an interesting insight into the cooperation of two institutions that may otherwise conflict in many other anime series worlds. This allows for the potential for much more internal conflict which is probably much more refreshing than the regular magic versus science and government dichotomy in some stories.
Oh right… did I mention that all the guys get excited when two prestigious family heirs clash? Natsume’s TOUGH AS NAILS! Despite being positive, cheerful and sometimes even childish to Harutora and Touji, she’s got a really strong sense of personality when it comes to dealing with official matters. And yet, she still has moments where she just blushes and acts like a girl because the guy she likes is being a total idiot *cough Baka-Tora*
Well, Harutora’s totally earned the name Baka-Tora… especially when he completely fails his first exam.
When he releases the familiar that his father left for him, an adorable and clumsy fox spirit named Kon appears. When Kyoko continues to cause trouble for Harutora in class, Kon stands up for him and things escalate pretty quickly when Kon suddenly appears and threatens Kyoko for badmouthing Harutora which ultimately results in battle of the familiars. Classroom violence TOTALLY APPROVED. Harutora earns an extra point in my book when he decides to fight in the battle along with Kon, claiming to be a familiar himself. To be honest, I don’t really see the point of giving Harutora a familiar because Kon just seems to be the cute fuzzy chibi animal factor that the series was lacking and perhaps serves to instigate incidents and clumsy comedic problems in the monotone high school daily routine setting.
Hope you guys liked this review! Thanks for reading and today’s new episode review will be posted soon!
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