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Tokyo Ravens takes it easy again with yet another humorous interlude. This time, starring the trouble-making duo of Suzuka and Kon!
Spider Kon does whatever a Spider Kon does.
Every time the lovable fluffball of attitude we know as Kon appears, we’re sure to be in for a treat. Despite the fact that this episode is technically supposed to feature Suzuka, the fox girl familiar manages to steal the show with her idiotic antics and hilariously concerning dedication to Bakatora. How everyone managed to believe that she was a tiger is beyond me, but I’ll take it since the ensuing confusion and mayhem resulted in an absolutely delightful romp. Everything from the ridiculous overkill of deploying Onmyoji enforcers to the scene (they proceed to comically bust into each room while yelling TIGER) to Zenjirou’s overly enthusiatic response to being entrusted with protecting the future of promising young students made for an over-the-top entertaining experience. And the Divine General’s ludicrously named finisher, Reckless Flame Blade: Indiscriminate Explosive Slash! (which sounds like it shouldn’t ever be used indoors around students), as well as his spouting the signature “judgement is served” line after smugly surveying the results of his devastating attack on what was once the unfortunate Bakatora’s vintage jacket sealed the deal.
Mellowing the Genius
Anyway, let’s move away from the comedy, which can stand for itself, and talk about Suzuka instead. As anyone could have guessed, her discovering Natsume’s identity and gender is essentially written off. Sure, she blackmails Natsume and Bakatora for a bit, but she’s definitely backed off after getting in trouble twice now for getting into a scuffle with Natsume in the dorms and for contributing to the tiger incident. I’m still not sure why she figured draping Bakatora’s jacket over the two of them would make them look anything less than suspicious, but clearly the former Divine General can’t afford to be naughty any more lest she incur more wrath from the Shaman Bureau for her mischief. While we’d already been getting not so subtle hints that Suzuka is warming up to the gang (and specifically Bakatora), I must say that her need to avoid any more trouble was a rather smooth device for formally bringing her around. And not a moment too soon, because the gang is going to need all the strength they can get to stand up against Douman’s nefarious plans, even if it comes in the form of a haughty sealed former Divine General with a penchant for licking choco-bananas and cutting off Johnnys.
Enough tigers for one day.
With the meat of the episode out of the way, it’s time for some speculation again! First and foremost is the question that most of us are probably pondering right now. Just what is in Natsume’s closet? Intuition tells me it’s just girly clothes or something else that’s ordinary but embarrassing along those lines. Or, you know, she could be hiding dead bodies in there. Now that would certainly be a twist. But no. Next is something that I’ve been wondering for the last few episodes ever since they introduced some history on the Onmyoji society. We’ve been told that the now defunct Spirit Department which colluded with the Twin-Horned Syndicate was headed by a Dairenji. No doubt it’s no coincidence that Suzuka is also a Dairenji. The only thing we know about her parents so far is that they were scumbags who conducted human experiments on their own children, but could they also have been directly involved with the Yakou cult (namely, one of them being the Dairenji in question)? As much as I don’t believe in coincidences in the narrow worlds of fiction, I’d hate for Suzuka’s past to keep getting worse than it already is.
Are these the faces of Yakou and Hishamaru?
Last but not least is the question of Hishamaru’s current identity. Current indications, as suggested by Jin, are that Bakatora is Hishamaru reincarnated, just as Natsume is Yakou reborn. But that hinges on whether Natsume really is a reincarnation of the legendary Onmyoji, which I personally doubt. We know that Yakou cast the Taizan Fukun Ritual before he died and that the ritual can be used to revive the dead. But regardless of whether he succeeded, there is one major problem with this. If Yakou cast the ritual on himself and died, would he not have just been reaminated on the spot? We know that the soul returns to its original body, as was the case with Suzuka’s brother (though he might have been possessed). Why would Yakou need to reborn when presumably his original body was right there? Moreover, while we were told that Yakou’s two familiars disappeared with him, we’ve now seen that Kakugyouki is actually alive and well (and not reincarnated as Touji as we might have been lead to believe). So it stands to reason that Hishamaru might also still be kicking, which leaves the main trio as their own selves, an idea I quite like for developmental purposes.
So then who is Hishamaru and where is he hiding? My only guess is he’s Douman because the guy is clearly interested in the trio for reasons related to Yakou. But then this very fact would contradict my belief that none of them are truly linked to Yakou since a surviving Yakou familiar would presumably be able to recognize his old master’s soul in a reincarnation, thus making Natsume the real deal. Unless of course, the catch is that the familiars actually cannot distinguish their master reborn or if he even has been, and Douman and Kakugyouki are just working to “awaken” Natsume on baseless rumors. But you wouldn’t believe that, would you?