Tokyo Ravens: Episode 3 – “SHAMAN CLAN -Calling the Dead-“

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. After Suzuka uses a familiar to suck out Natsume’s power, Harutora gets into a confrontation with Suzuka. During the fight, Hokuto intervenes; in the process, Harutora learns that Hokuto is actually a familiar when her paper talisman is damaged. During this scene, Harutora also learns that Suzuka wants to resurrect her deceased older brother. At the end of the second episode, Harutora officially becomes Natsume’s familiar.

Episode three sees Natsume and Harutora riding on a flying horse to the altar at the Tsuchimikado main house in order to try to stop Suzuka from using the Taizan Fukun Ritual to resurrect her brother. A lot of action takes place for over half the episode from this confrontation, because Suzuka uses her abilities to summon two armored demon soldiers: one that attacks from the ground and one that attacks in the air. When it seems the two of them are between a rock and a hard place, Natsume summons a dragon that is the family’s guardian beast; incidentally, the dragon’s name is Hokuto.

Even with their efforts, Suzuka is still able to perform the Taizan Fukun Ritual. Unfortunately for Suzuka, things don’t turn out as she expects, and Natsume and Harutora have to intervene to try and save her.

Episode three ends with Harutora moving to Tokyo in order to be near Natsume, since that’s where she goes to school. Touji ends up coming along for the ride. With this final scene, I found myself thinking, “OK, so now the title Tokyo Ravens is starting to make a little more sense.” This final scene was also kind of fun, because the audience learns some interesting information in regards to Natsume, Hokuto, and Touji. Perhaps I was as slow as Harutora has been portrayed as, but I hadn’t entirely picked up on some of the reveals that happened in this scene, especially when it came to the reveal for Touji.

I’m very happy to say that while there was a little bit of “info dumping” that took place during this episode, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the previous two episodes. Also, because there was so much action going on as the information was being presented, the action helped to minimize the effect of the info dumping. The action really helped to keep the story moving, and I found myself riveted to what was going on in the episode because of it.

So far, I’m really enjoying Tokyo Ravens, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next episode. And now that Suzuka’s storyline seems to be resolved, I’m very curious to see what kind of adversaries Harutora, Natsume, and Touji will end up encountering as the series progresses.

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