Tokyo Ravens: Episode 15 – “_DARKNESS_EMERGE_ -Encounter-“

Tokyo Ravens is an anime that follows a young man named Harutora Tsuchimikado. He was born into an onmyo family, but he had 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. At the end of episode two, Harutora officially became the familiar for Natsume, his cousin from the main family who is believed to be the reincarnation of their ancestor, Yakou Tsuchimikado.

In episode four, Harutora and his friend Touji relocate to Tokyo to attend the Onmyo Preparatory School in order to be near Natsume. At school, Natsume has to pose as a boy, and she ends up getting a bit of unwanted attention due to the belief that she is the reincarnation of Yakou.

At the beginning of episode 15, we learn that Jin survived the explosion at the end of episode 14 and is now recuperating in the hospital. We also learn the Raven Coat that Doman tried to steal had already been taken away by Natsume’s father. Onmyo Prep suffered substantial damage, so the students are going to the Meguro branch of the exorcism department to continue learning magic while surrounded by professionals.

One night, Harutora and Natsume decide to go to Onmyo Prep in order to take a look at the Tsuchimikado family shrine they saw on top of the school during episode 14. When they get there, there’s a red-haired girl there as well. She introduces herself as Takiko Souma, and claims to be a student. During their conversation, Takiko claims that Onmyo Prep was originally Yakou’s private school, and that Principal Kurahashi was found by Yakou at an early age and was one of the founding members of Yakou School. Takiko says they might be able to find Yakou’s records from that time.

The next day, Harutora, Natsume, and Touji go to the school and start searching the records. Natsume comes to realize that they didn’t start making name registers until the 10th class. However, they find Jin’s class and stumble upon a name that sounds familiar: Ryou Saotome. They remember that Suzuka had mentioned that name when talking about the Raven Coat.

Harutora, Natsume, Touji, Kyoko, Tenma, and Suzuka go to see Jin at the hospital to ask him some questions. On their way there, they have an awkward encounter with Suzu, the mysterious blond girl.

When they talk to Jin, they learn that he has no idea who Takiko is. Also, they learn that Ryou Saotome’s name is actually Suzu Saotome. He also adds the warning that this woman can be very hard to deal with. It’s also revealed that Suzu Saotome’s current whereabouts are unknown. And the students are finally let in on the fact that Jin is actually one of the Divine Generals.

Right at the end of the episode, Director Amami of the Magical Investigation Bureau is commencing a plan to wipe out the Twin Horn Syndicate. Also, Reiji and his partner, Shaver, are dispatched to serve as bodyguards for Harutora and the other students.

Episode 15 was definitely an exposition episode to set up the next major story arc for the series.

From the moment I saw Takiko, I had a feeling I couldn’t trust her. The fact that a teacher doesn’t recognize her as a student at the school is a bad sign, I think.

Apparently, Suzu’s name had been mentioned in an earlier episode, but it didn’t stick with me. It probably doesn’t help that it’s rather similar to Suzuka. Jin’s revelation about Saotome’s first name is quite fascinating, and I have a suspicion that it somehow relates to the Suzu that Harutora knows.

I have a bad feeling that something’s going to happen to Director Amami in the course of trying to wipe out the Twin Horn Syndicate.

I wish I had more to say about this episode, but because it was so exposition heavy, there really wasn’t much in the way of action to really talk about. At this point, all I can say is that it looks like episode 15 is helping to set up what could end up being an interesting story arc. I’m looking forward to watching episode 16 and see if I’m right.

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