Dat egg physics.
I’m going to be absolutely gushing in this post, so let me get the bad out of the way right now. Harutora is again demoted to Bakatora because we have confirmation that he actually didn’t realize Natsume was Hokuto. Alas.
Like It Or Not
Just having a good time.
I’m sure this episode will be quite polarizing. In case we didn’t watch the same show, here’s basically what happened: Tokyo Ravens sinks into a complete high school romcom stupor. So I can see people responding to this in one of two ways. They’ll either hate it for becoming generic, average, and boring, or they’ll love it because it’s absolutely hilarious. You know, kind of like what Kyoukai no Kanata did last week with its shounen and idol parodies. If you can’t tell, I am of the latter category. And to those in the former, I say “crawl back into whatever dark, pretentious, elitist hole you crawled out of”. If you’ve gotten to the point where you can’t appreciate some good comedy because you’re too blinded by how well-used the tropes are, then you should stop watching anime because it’s not the stuff for you. It’s high time people accepted that anime is memetic in nature, as are most other human constructs. It might turn out everyone else loved this episode as much as I did, and I’m just yelling into an empty room at nobody in particular. But I’m dead certain that somewhere in the world wide webs, someone, if not more than one person, is cringing at this episode. And we should be cringing at this person.
Nothing to see here…
So yeah, this episode is full of laughs. All of which revolve around the complications of Natsume pretending to be a guy. Fujoshi dorm supervisors rejoice (seriously who hired them), as our very own Bakatora and Natsume get caught up in a series of exploitable and questionable circumstances. And it all starts with Natsume creating a familiar modeled as a male version of herself to go into the baths and thus nip any potential suspicions that she is actually female in the bud. A sound idea in theory, but I don’t know why she thought it would work well in execution. Anyway, it didn’t work and now everyone thinks the two are a gay couple. I could discourse on the usual insensitive humor with which anime treats same sex relationships (unless the work is full-blown yuri or yaoi), but that’s beating the dead horse and besides the point. We all know that anime can be and has been politically incorrect, but we can live with it because honestly there is worse bigotry in other parts of the world.
Kon: Would you rather I kept quiet about it? Bakatora: Please stop talking.
I’m getting sidetracked, so let me return to Tokyo Ravens. Fast forward a little bit and a love hotel later, and now everyone thinks Bakatora uses Kon for his own personal pleasure. As usual, the fox spirit has a knack for giving people the wrong impression at the expense of our unfortunate hero. But this is for the best, as all questions of (male) Natsume’s and Bakatora’s sexuality are completely forgotten. Or perhaps only momentarily, knowing those two dorm supervisors and the squeeling flock of fangirls. But regardless of whatever the running gag is (and it might be both Bakatora taking advantage of Kon as well as Bakatora and Natsume being bed buddies), it’ll be sure to amuse us.
This guy’s got plans.
Now that we’ve gotten the romcom out of the way, it’s time for some real plot. It’s skillfully slipped in with the appearance of Jin as he supposedly aids the search party in their quest to catch Bakatora and Natsume in the act prevent two students from making a mistake. Turns out the highly trained professional also manages to track down the Yakou fanatic from last time on the side, and the mook is captured without incident. You know what this means. It’s time to reveal the mastermind. And the mastermind this time is an old guy with red shades who fancies riding in limos and is accompanied by the real Kakugyouki. Apparently the guy has plans for Bakatora and has a history with both Jin and Kyouko’s grandmother (specifically him being the cause for Jin’s lost leg). Which is good, because I don’t think I can take another weaksauce Yakou fanatic who’s more delusional than sapient. It’s easier to take a guy seriously when he’s intent on outsmarting someone who can allegedly predict his every move.
Before I trail off again, I will cut myself off by repeating that this episode was genuinely entertaining. In fact, it might not be an exaggeration to say that this is the best episode of Tokyo Ravens yet. Sure, it’s a little light on the plot side of things, bit this sort of brief respite can be very enjoyable if done right. To see it done completely wrong, go watch IS2. I don’t even know where to begin with that show. Anyway, with this diversion out of the way I’m sure Tokyo Ravens will return to more training and Yakou fanatic dealings.