Tokyo Ravens: Episode 22 – “to The DarkSky -Protector-“

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.

Quite a bit of the episode focuses on Harutora and on his meeting with Genji Kurahashi and Yashamaru at the Onmyo Agency. Both Kurahashi and Yashamaru try their hardest to persuade Harutora to let them perform a Taizan Fukun Ritual to bring Natsume back from the dead. As part of this persuasion, Yashamaru gives an explanation as to what the Taizan Fukun Ritual is. When it seems like Harutora is about to give in, Kon appears and tries her hardest to persuade Harutora to reconsider.

Meanwhile, Doman begins an attack outside of the Onmyo Agency to serve as a diversion to allow Jin to get inside. After Jin successfully makes it inside, he is approached by Reiji, and the two of them begin to battle.

While this is going on, Touji, Suzuka, and Kyoko arrive to try to rescue Harutora. They watch what’s going on from a distance, and Kyoko starts acting differently.

It turns out that I was right in my last writeup that the various plot points would be converging at the Onmyo Agency.  And with these plots all converging at the one location, it’s made the action pick up in intensity and the stakes have been raised. If I didn’t already know that the series is almost done, the pacing and tone of this episode would have made that very clear.

Something that really grabbed my attention in this episode was Kon. Earlier in the series, she was rather shy and could be rather hesitant. However, when she appeared in this episode, she showed a lot of confidence, wisdom, and strength when she was trying to change Harutora’s mind about relying on Kurahashi and Yashamaru.

It’s been quite a ride following Tokyo Ravens since the beginning, and it’s hard to believe that ride is almost over. I’m looking forward to watching the remainder of the series to not only find out how this storyline is resolved, but how the series as a whole will end.

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