Tokyo Ravens

Tokyo Ravens

 

Funimation brings another magical, fantasy-packed adventure in a world filled with spiritual dragons, sorcery, and suspense!

 

Tokyo Ravens follows the story of Harutora Tsuchimikado, a seemingly normal boy looking to get a natural rush off of life and all the mysterious obstacles it brings. On the outside looking in, one would think Harutora is a typical guy, however unknown to many, he is actually the descendant of a pwerful clan of onmyouji,  or individual who practice and can manipulate magic. It seems life is his only problem; that and dealing with a supposedly ancestral curse that as plagued his family for generations. Through a series of events, Harutora willingly becomes a “shikigami” or a protector of an individual in other words. He promises to accompany a young girl named Natsume, an individual from his past, to the Onmya Academy.

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It seems Harutora has his work cut out for him as another individual is searching for Natsume, a girl named Suzuka Dairenji. On the outside, she seems to be a sweet, innocent, and typical schoolgirl. However, unaware to most, she is acutally a criminal who emphasizes on the usage of forbidden magic and research. She is on a personal mission to revive her brother who died from being experimented on thus resulting in her revenge and quest. She is nicknamed the “Prodigy”, seemingly because she shows huge amounts of potential and chaos. She may be considered by some to be the weakest and youngest of the Twelve Divine Generals, she isnt afraid to take what she feels is rightfully hers.

 

Tokyo Ravens is a bright, fast-paced, and emotional roller coaster. One element that should be heavily praised is the way the animation was digitally presented. Creators of Tokyo Ravens makes good usage of high-definition and colorful sequences. As I pointed out in the opening introduction, the show makes heavy usage of magic, so initially, their is lots of lights, spectacles, and demonstrations of immense power. I feel its definitely a huge upgrade from the traiditional style of anime. Another aspect of the show that should be dually noted is the interchanging of fantasy and reailty. The show does a great job of mixing magic with everyday life; one moment your contemplating whether or not your going to class, and the next moment your helping defend your very lives against a spirit monster.

 

Traditionally, what the show makes a point of emphasis on is the pact between two individuals. In this case, Harutora offers his life to insure the safety of another, Natsume. Natsume makes her expectations clear, as a individual must abide by the rules of becoming someones protector. Obviously, the task isnt an easy one, but Harutora discovers that sometimes for the greater good, a person must sometimes put himself aside for the greater cause.

 

Tokyo Ravens offers a variety of characters, magic, suspense and personal identity. Its not a question of whether or not individuals should use magic, but whether or not the magic used is being used for good or evil?