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: 7.931 (scored by 19838 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!
Tokyo Ravens Review:
Sometimes shows come around that are completely generic and average on paper, but are unusually fun to watch. Looking at my 6 score for this show, many of you may think I didn't think the show was good. But this couldn't be further from the truth. Tokyo Ravens wasn't groundbreaking, memorable, or brilliant. In fact, it was pretty a pretty generic fantasy action anime with romance elements which is why I withhold too high of a score. However, Tokyo Ravens is without a doubt a very enjoyable show.
Story - 7.1:
Where Tokyo Ravens' story shines isn't through it's rather generic premise or predictable plot twists, but the solid pacing and backstories of the characters and the setting. The pacing of Tokyo Ravens is nearly flawless in my opinion, giving proper amount of air time to the intro, the time at school, and the more climactic parts at the end. The background of the setting is also very well realized and had me captivated with its mechanics. The lore of the world of Tokyo Ravens is also rich and actually significant when it comes to later events in the story. Yes, the overall story of a boy who gains powers teams up with his classmates to stop the bad guys has been told many times before, but the execution and care put into it all kept me caring from start to finish. Rarely were there moments that left me shaking my head in disappointment.
Art - 6.8:
For the most part, the art in this show is great.... Until they decide to use CG. The character designs are good, and the non CG action scenes are well done. Everything is fluid and the varied locations display a wide array of colors and artstyles. However, when they decide to use CG for familiars in fight scenes, things break down. Sometimes CG is done well in Anime, but for the most part it feels out of place and really cuts into your immersion as a viewer. Without the use of CG, this score would have been higher because the visuals were good.
Sound - 6.3:
There's not a whole lot to say about Tokyo Ravens in terms of the sound department. The voice acting was solid all around with a large cast of diverse voices. The OST was good and fit the show well. There weren't really many stand out songs however so I wouldn't say it was too far above average. I did enjoy the openings and endings especially the first ED. Really the sound aspect of this show was definitely good but didn't really stand out particularly.
Characters - 6.7:
Now, the characters in Tokyo Ravens are interesting for me. Because for the most part, the characters were just cookie cutter stereotypes. However, I found myself much more invested in the than I usually do for such one dimensional and predictable characters. This may just have been a personal thing, but who knows. A big plus of the cast of characters was just its pure size and variety. There was a large ensemble of good guys, bad guys, and characters that were in the Grey area of their intentions. None of the characters were necessarily weak, and a few were quite intriguing. The two main leads have a very interesting history and the interactions between characters rarely failed to be entertaining.
Enjoyment - 7.5:
Tokyo Ravens was without a doubt, very enjoyable to watch. It had this nostalgic kind of feeling to it and exceded all my expectations going into it. The plot twists were well placed and at times shocking, and the array of humor, drama, and action was well mixed to create an all around very enjoyable show. I personally find it hard to keep watching a show on a weekly basis for months on end unless I really care about the characters and and entertained by the events in the show, and Tokyo Ravens resoundingly delivered in those departments.
Overall - 6.88:
While it never really shined, Tokyo Ravens was still 100% worth the time to watch it. Keep in mind that a 6 in my books means "good", and if a 6.88 is any indication, this show was unquestionably good in my opinion. It isn't a caliber of a show that I would recommend to all, but if you are looking for an enjoyable generic action fantasy anime with romantic elements, look no further.
A well executed anime that plays it safe, but was a pleasure to watch.
+ Solid job of executing its wide array of genres (action, fantasy, romance, comedy)
+ Large cast of characters (all of whom are bearable)
- CGI poorly used
- Predictable story
- Failure to stand out
If you liked Tokyo Ravens, watch...
Fate Stay Night
Strike the Blood
6.88/10 - Good
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.
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.
Series with great plot, involving a lot of action and magic! Worth watching!
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.
The same situation where the guy becomes a sought after majou by a group of hot chicks.
The same guys who were reluctant to even be a majou.
One is a 13 episode anime while the other is a 24 episode long.
The harem share their man with one another, while here, hummmm we're yet to find out.
The most obvious similarity between these two is that the MC finds himself a badass over night .
There are other similarity besides the main one , both have some sort of harem ( In Campione its a legitimate one , but in Tokyo Ravens its a pseudo one . ) and both have one main heroine .
Both have the same action, magic, supernatural genre, except one has an extra vampire genre, while the other has romance and harem. Both also have the same mc who accidentally become great warriors.
The same main character who doesn't want anything to do with magic in the first place, but got involve anyway.
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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