English: Tokyo Ravens
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2013 to Mar 26, 2014
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.921 (scored by 29549 users)
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SynopsisTsuchimikado Harutora was born into the prestigious Onmyoji family, but can't see "spirit energy". Therefore, he's been enjoying a peaceful daily life with his friends at the Onmyo branch school. One day, his childhood friend Tsuchimikado Natsume, heir to the head family, suddenly appears. Will this cause his destiny to spring into motion?!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Tokyo Ravens
Side story: Tokyo Ravens Specials
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Tokyo Ravens, an anime about Onmyoji's, magic and romance. This series had great potential, but was very flawed at some points. Though it was a good anime, some of the faults of this series almost ruined it.
The story is about a boy named Harutora. He's was born into the prestigious Onmyoji family Tsuchimikado, but he can't see "spirit energy". One day he meets the heir of the family and after certain events he starts at an Onmyoji prep school, where basically everything takes place. Well, that's how it starts. The story itself is really good when it gets into the serious stuff and about the past. But the romance part wasn't really anything I liked, it's not like I don't like romance animes but this wasn't very good for me. There are a lot of things that are left unexplained about the plot and we really didn't get to know much about most of the characters, it could've been really good if they had gone more in-dept with the story. But there are only 24 eps though. The story did have potential but kinda failed. The ending, well, was okay but not really something I liked. Kinda left me hanging.
This is the best animation I've ever seen. Seriously. The background is just amazing with very beatiful colors and the characters also look very nice, but it's the fighting scenes that leaves me with a open mouth. It's just perfect in everyway, doesn't even leave one particle out, all the spells just looks extraordinary and really makes it look epic. No lies.
The sound was very pleasant and got fitting music to every scene, there was some really beatiful pieces but it wasn't extraordinary in the fightings scenes. But it was atleast good and was satisfying at the important moments. The ED's were pretty good but the OP's were nothing too special. The voice actors were kinda good, but not really the best. Not annoying though, which is important.
Aaaaaaaaand this is where it fails. I can agree that there were some pretty cool characters, but none of them was a teenager. Our main protoganist Harutora is preeeeettyy annoying and the girls in his harem (jk) is also pretty annoying. The romance part of this series kinda ruined it for me and I'm not a big fan of these kind of sub-harems, it was just annoying. Well, Othomo-sensei and the other badasses were cool, but the characters that wasn't good kind of ruined things. If it weren't for them this could've almost been like Fate/Zero. I'm not a big fan of the archetype characters, but if you are, this will most likely be enjoyable for you.
Parts of this anime was freaking awesome, and it was very enjoyable at times. For an example the fighting scenes. It was so cool when they chanted their spells and the animation as I said before was outstanding. I really liked some of the story part too when it was about the magic or the past of the world of Onmyoji's. But the annoying characters and the romance part and episodes where they just messed around was really boring and frustrating. The first few episodes of this series was also pretty boring. The many flaws ruined the great potential this series had. But I still wish it had more episodes. It was enjoyable enough.
As I said before, some parts you will enjoy, some parts you will most likely not ( If you have the same taste as me). But I do not regret watching this anime and the good parts makes up for the bad parts, but don't expect a masterpiece. I really hope there is another season to explain everything that doesn't make sense and the things they skipped over. If you like fantasy series and clichè romance you will most likely find this interesting. But if you don't like the stereotypical romance/sub-harem anime with a wimpy main character, watch it for the good stuff!
-I'm going to skip the synopsis as you can go ahead and read that on your own - I'm strictly writing a review as to my reaction when watching Tokyo Ravens-
To be honest, when I first began watching this show I felt as though I was lacking originality, in both character and story. The originality wasn't so bad like 'I've seen it a million times' sort of deal, but It was interesting enough to make me want to watch the next episode. The characters seemed overdone and over the top, opening with the feisty chick friend of the male protagonist picking on him and his cool and calm best friend. Even if it started out quite cliche, I still kept watching it, mostly for lack of other anime to watch.
It was worth it because this show had a lot more depth than meets the eye and gets better as it moves along.
For people who enjoy magic fantasy action anime, you will probably like this as it has a nice mix of all of those genres with interesting plot twists.
Though most characters remain stagnant throughout the anime, at least half of them have some sort of basic development, be it mind set, or physical ability. What bothered me the most about this anime's characters though is how most characters pick on the main protagonist. The anime already outlines him as 'dumb' and 'having a major lack of talent' so much so you wonder why he's even the main character . His interactions with other characters tend to end or start out with them calling him 'baka-tora', and describing how pathetic he really is. Even though he proves himself more than once to the gang, they still proceed to stick with that nick name. As usual, he is a typical shounen character that tries his best, despite his obvious lack in talent. The anime later drops these undertones though, making it A LOT more enjoyable.
The music I found to be quite nice, the opening and ending were okay, not bad but not my favorite anime openings. The music during the anime is very nice, giving it a nice sorta mystic aura, adding a lot more epicness to the show. Without the music, I swear the scenes would feel a lot less intense.
The story itself is a nice mix of magic and action, though it might not be the most original story ever written. Its enjoyable enough to keep watching. It may not be one of your favorite animes, but if you watched all the anime there is and happen to come across Tokyo Raven's, its pretty good, and you'll like it better towards the end so i recommend not judging it until you get at least half way.
Even though I wouldn't consider it my favorite show, I did enjoy watching it. Its not one of my most memorable animes, but you definitely wont be wasting time. read more
The main characters from both series are very similar. Harutora from Tokyo Ravens and Kojou are both dense, unlucky but awesome/epic at the same time. They were living a normal life until their lives changed. In Tokyo Raven: Harutora became an Onmyoji while in Strike The Blood: Kojou is a vampire. Both series takes place in a modern city filled with interesting characters. Add some supernatural elements and mystery too. Both series airing at the same time.
In both series, the male leads are pulled out from their normal everyday life and receive special powers to become someone very powerful. Strike the Blood and Tokyo Ravens are semi-harem, in which even though many girls like the male leads, the male lead clearly care the most for only one girl (the main heroine) in the group. Both Kojou in Strike the Blood and Harutora in Tokyo Ravens are dense, and it takes a long time for them to become a couple with the female leads.
Both are placed in a modern magic setting.
Both main characters have some kind of magical power that makes them strong.
Both are harems. (or at least always have girls hanging off of them)
Both have real plot. (yay)
Both have good art.
Both are very similar in a sense there is the main guy(In strike, he is one of the most powerful vampire) In Tokyo raven(he is a very very important person(not going to say or it's going to spoil it).
Both uses magic and fight off the bad/evil people. The main character in Strike is a bit dim and doesn't notice that the girls around him likes him and in Tokyo Raven, the main character is the same.
Both got actions and both are pretty similar imo.
Both Fall 2013 series include Supernatural powers and run around two main male leads who grow stronger through time. With their powers, they protect the friends and everyone else around them. Both include action and are romantic comedies. Of course, the fact that they are both harem series isn't left out anywhere, as they both emphasize just-that greatly.
The story follows several main characters, (usually focuses on a guy and a girl), who are enjoying their lives in a bright atmosphere, until a threat is present in their location. Each arc contains an antagonist who mostly threatening the main characters or several methods in achieving their goals. Suipernatural themes were used to fight off enemies with their unique powers.
Strike the Blood follows an male immortal vampire who is watched by a female observer to prevent from dangerous act. Tokyo Ravens follows an ordinary teenager boy, until he was contracted by a familiar with his childhood friend and helps achieve her goals.
The main characters are pretty similar. You have the slightly dense main boy who has new powers and the girl who looks after him. Both of them have a best friend who has some secrets and is not your average teenage boy like he pretends to be. Both of them involve familiars and have supernatural elements. They are really quite similar.
Opening Theme#1: "X-encounter" by Maon Kurosaki (eps 1-13)
#2: "~Outgrow~" by Gero (eps 15-19, 21-23)
Ending Theme#1: "Kimi ga Emu Yuugure (君が笑む夕暮れ)" by Yoshino Nanjo (eps 1-2, 4-13, 24)
#2: "Break a spell" by Mami Kawada (eps 15, 17-19, 21-23)
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