I’ve decided to start doing another thing for writing, reviewing anime. Which is another thing I like to enjoy doing, which is watching anime. One anime that I recently watched in the last few months is a fantasy anime called Tokyo Ravens. I will give a warning right now though, this has some plot spoilers, but not enough to ruin the entire anime. It has become one of my most favorite anime actually. It had everything I love to see in a story, magic, action, a bit of comedy, and some romance. I wasn’t sure of what to make of the anime when I first decided to watch it, but after I gotten into the first episode, I was hooked. The protagonist is a member of the Tsuchimikado family, who was born without the magical ability to see spirits and mana by the name of Harutora. The world gets protected by people such as the Tsuchimikado family, which are known as Onmyo mages. People who protect the world against evil spirits as seers and magic users who can also control shikigami.

As an English major, I could see things coming from a mile away. Even with some things I wasn’t so sure about. Like Haruta actually being the reincarnation of an infamous person known as Yakou Tsuchimikado. I felt like this was a great plot twist, seeing as how Yakou said that he would be reincarnated into the son of a main branch of the family, yet, Harutora was said to be born of a side branch of the family. He was actually switched at birth and placed a spell, so that he can’t remember anything of his past life as Yakou. Him not being able to see spirits or mana was a side effect of the spell. Anyways, I really enjoyed this anime, and would love to watch again. I feel as if it ended way too shortly. It could go on for longer than it did, which was 24 episodes. The anime was perfectly paced in my opinion, giving enough action, comedy, and foreshadowing to set the plot in motion. Coupled with plot twisting flashbacks that can make your head spin.

The character development of each characters were great, but felt a little slow at times. As it took Harutora a while to figure out how to see and utilize the mana in the air with his own. Despite training forever to learn how to.  His best friend, Touji’s character development didn’t seem like there was much there, but it was still great, as to what he had to go through in his past and what he was becoming. He wasn’t born into any Onmyo family, but he was caught in an incident in Kyoto that caused him to become a seer. Natsume Tsuchimikado, who was actually the one who was born of the side branch, was told that she was of the main branch of the family and was the one who convinced Harutora to keep his promise he made to her when they were younger, for him to be her familiar. However, her feelings towards him were much more than just wanting him to be her familiar. Which can be caught up on. Early on in fact, as she was the one who had made a shikigami to watch over Harutora when he was in a regular school. It took her a while to be able to reveal her feelings that she has towards him. She was a gifted Onmyo mage, however. And her character as trying to pose as a boy in their Onmyo school as per family traditions made her a hilariously lovable character.

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