Tokyo Ravens: Episode 19 – “over-cry -Princess-“

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. However, her secret was revealed to several students in episode 17, and the news spread through the student body.

Takiko comes to Onmyo Prep and encounters Natsume, Harutora, and Touji. She says she’s there to tour the school. When Touji asks Takiko if she had lied about being a student at the school, she says she’s hoping to be but she isn’t officially enrolled yet.

While they show Takiko around the school, they go to the practice arena. While they’re there, Takiko learns about the fire at the Tsuchimikado residence, and she’s able to provide some explanation as to why it happened. Takiko also admits that part of the reason she’s interested in Natsume is due to the whole Yakou incarnation rumor; however, she insists she’s not a Yakou devotee. Takiko then asks Natsume to have a magic battle with her. During the battle, Takiko seals Hokuto. After sending out other familiars, Natsume is able to blow them all away. When Takiko comments that Yakou’s techniques aren’t that weak, Natsume asserts that she is Natsume Tsuchikimado. Takiko becomes angry and asks if Natsume is planning to run away from fate; as Takiko’s about to do something potentially dangerous, Jin enters and stops the magic battle.

The other major plot point is Natsume trying to apologize to Kyoko for deceiving her. It takes a little while for Kyoko to accept Natsume’s apology, and after she does, she tells Natsume about Harutora being her first crush. Kyoko confirms that Natsume likes Harutora, and Kyoko says she’ll challenge Natsume for him, and that she expects Natsume to play fair and square. One condition Kyoko places on Natsume is that she has to tell Harutora the truth about his friend Hokuto.

Over the course of this episode, both Jin and the Onmyo Prep principal finally learn about Natsume’s secret. And through a phone conversation, Kyoko inadvertently reveals the secret to Takiko and the enemy. All of these individuals are taken by surprise, so it’ll be interesting to see how this revelation will affect the overarching story.

We also see Jin talking with the principal, and he pieces together Takiko, the principal’s family, and the fire at the Tsuchimikado residence. After he voices this to the principal, she tells Jin to prepare his resignation letter. It’s at this point that Jin reveals Natsume’s secret to the principal. Well, it looks like Jin now knows too much and has to leave. Now that he’s no longer bound as an instructor at Onmyo Prep, I wonder how this will affect Jin’s actions going forward.

And now having Natsume and Kyoko trying to win Harutora adds an interesting angle to the series. I’m sure Kyoko’s thinking that if Natsume tells Harutora the truth about Hokuto that he might not trust her as much. However, unknown to both of them, Harutora has basically guessed the truth already.

There’s also a few scenes intercut in this episode that show Takiko’s group talking about things. We start learning a little more about Takiko at this point, and there’s vague references made to Suzu. Hopefully we’ll be provided with a much fuller picture of the antagonists soon, especially since we’re getting close to wrapping up the series.

At this point, there’s only five more episodes left in Tokyo Ravens. The pieces seem to be in place to start getting to the climax of the story. I can see several possibilities for where the story could head, so I’m curious to watch the remainder of the series and see what direction Tokyo Ravens ends up taking in order to bring its story to an end.

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