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 30110 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
Characters & Voice Actors
When I first heard of Tokyo Ravens from my friend, I was like OMG! I'm so going to watch it. But then, my expectations of this show died as the series progress. I was practically lost and confused as the series moved along which is something I don't like. Tokyo Ravens is not bad, but it's not good either. It is mediocre at best.
This show is about a teenage guy named Harutora who can't see spiritual spirits like his family. Then he met his childhood friend and the Onmyoji drama starts from there. Afterwards he moved to Tokyo and attended a school to hone his Onmyoji skills. This where the plot started to fall apart. During the few episodes of the series, it started off with action, explosion, and magic. However, instead of continuing the action, the plot decided to throw a long laid back school life series. It's a nice touch to show their school life and how normal teenagers interact but there's too much. Most of it doesn't push the story forward. It is just there to create humor and well, meaningless dragging of the series.
Then here comes the part where I want to smack my head against the wall. Tokyo Ravens has a lot of CONFUSION/PLOT HOLES. When watching this series, I keep having questions in my head. What happen to Natsume? What are phases? What's Suzu's purpose? How can you conjure up spiritual disasters? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME?! *sigh* I think the producers needs to execute this series better...
However, there are good points as well. The action and fight scenes were well done. The positioning of the romance is also well done. They kept me slightly interested towards the end.
And speaking of the end, the ending of Tokyo Ravens is unsatisfying. It is like they drop another big plot hole on top of the old one without fixing it.
Despite the mediocre and confusing plot, the art in Tokyo Ravens is AMAZING. The colors and brightness are so beautiful. Even though there are some *cough* problematic CGIs, I'm not the type of person to judge the quality of it. All CGIs to me look the same so yeah...
Overall the art in Tokyo Ravens is beautiful. Period.
I really like the first opening of Tokyo Ravens. It brings out the hidden darkness of the series. The song also fits with the ongoing action. The second opening is a little bland for me. It doesn't really bring out the darkness of the series anymore. Instead, it beings out well, action/adventure.
Oh boy. Here comes my rant.
The problem with the characters that there are WAY TOO MANY! There's too many characters to keep up with. If there's too many characters, it leaves little room for the other characters to shine *cough* main character Harutora *cough*. It also left me the impression of what the hell is his or her purpose in this story. Then there's one part of the show where they introduced this side character but he didn't appear for like ten episodes but then appeared during the end, claiming that he has an important role to serve. I completely forgot his name and who he is. This shows that they should lessen the characters or give them enough screen time in order to make them more memorable.
Then as for the main cast, I feel like their action in this story is minimal. Harutora has not taken action until towards the end of the story, which is kind of sad. Heck, even the side characters does more actions than him. The side characters help move the plot along until it's time for Harutora to shine. However, the other main characters serve their purpose in this story well. They played their part in the right time and place. But, there's little character development form them.
Despite all those negative comments I said about this series, I actually enjoyed it till the end. The humor made me laugh a couple of times and the fight scenes were spectacular. If only the series explain all those plot holes and give some spotlights to some characters, then it will be even more enjoyable.
Tokyo Ravens has its ups and downs, but it is an enjoyable show. It's just that the confusion and plot holes kill the show for me. I feel like this show needs a season two to explain all those unanswered questions. But that's all in the near future. So if you're a person who is indifferent to plot holes and likes a story about magic, Onmyojis, and romance, then this is a show for you.
-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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