Tokyo Ravens: Episode 2 – “SHAMAN CLAN -Confession-“

Tokyo Ravens is an anime that follows a young man named Harutora Tsuchimikado. He was born into an onmyo family, but has no power whatsoever. He is a member of the Tsuchimikado branch family, and the branch family is expected to serve the members of the main family. When Harutora was younger, he promised to become the familiar of Natsume, his cousin in the main branch of the family. Harutora is pretty much a slacker, and he prefers to spend time with his friends.

After having a chance meeting with Natsume, Harutora and his friends, Touji and Hokuto, encounter a girl named Suzuka Dairenii, one of the Twelve Divine Generals. She thinks that Harutora is Natsume, and is wanting Natsume to help her with an experiment. After she learns Harutora isn’t Natsume, Suzuka tells Harutora to let Natsume know or else. She also kisses him, which catches him by surprise and angers Hokuto, because Hokuto likes him.

At summer school, we learn that Harutora has tried contacting both Hokuto and Natsume, but neither one is responding back. Touji tells Harutora he’s done some research and believes Suzuka is wanting to perform the Taizan Fukun Ritual, which some believe that Yakou Tsuchimikado had tried to do it in order to “reincarnate” himself. Just then, Harutora gets a text from Natsume.

Natsume and Harutora meet face-to-face and we learn that the altar for the Taizan Fukun Riutal is at the main house, so she came back from Tokyo to protect it since her father left to go to Tokyo. Natsume and Harutora get into an argument over protecting the altar, and Harutora suddenly heaves something out of his stomach. It turns out to be a familiar that turns itself into a hornet and stings Natsume, sucking out her spiritual power. Harutora tries to get Natsume home, because she has tools at the main house that can help her restore her power; however, their way is blocked by Suzuka being detained by the Magical Investigation Bureau.

The remainder of the episode sees Harutora get into a confrontation with Suzuka, and we learn Suzuka’s motivations for what she’s doing through a flashback sequence. A surprising event takes place that involves Hokuto, and the episode ends with Harutora officially becoming Natsume’s familiar.

It was nice to see that both of the questions that I had wondered about at the end of episode one were answered by the end of episode two. I will also say that the event that involves Hokuto near the end included a twist that I hadn’t expected. But this event is a very pivotal moment both for the series and for Harutora’s growth and development as a character. It was also good to learn Suzuka’s backstory, because I was able to start to understand her better as a character.

While the “info dumping” didn’t last quite as long in this episode as it did in the first one, it still almost took up half of the episode. I’m really hoping that having episodes starting out with a bit of info dumping before the action gets going will start diminishing now that the concept of the series seems to finally be established.

Info dumping aside, I overall thought that this was a good episode. I’m willing to keep going with Tokyo Ravens, because the story is an interesting one to me. However, if the heavy info dumping continues, I may have to reconsider whether or not I will commit to this series through to the end.

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