That doesn’t look wrong at all.
This week on Tokyo Ravens: the gang goes on a field trip! Actually it’s supposed to be a “training camp” since they practice using their quasi-familiars, but it might as well be just another field trip.
Bakatora no more?
Surely he knows now…
That’s right. At long last, it looks like Bakatora might be able to shed his name of shame and graduate back to Harutora proper! This doesn’t come easy, of course, as it takes a perfect storm of scheming by other parties before we get the “aha!” moment at the very end. It starts with the training camp, during which the gang observe Natsume controlling a quasi-familiar almost too perfectly. Then Touji comes along and attempts to recruit Suzuka (smart move for the smart guy) to fend off any potential Yakou fanatics in the future. This fails temporarily, but Suzuka is instead bounced over to Kyouko, who finally does something useful by using some onsen “skinship” and the love card to “convince” Suzuka to approach Bakatora. If you hadn’t noticed, the child prodigy has kind of grown fond of our dull hero, but feels guilty for “killing” Hokuto. Combine all this, along with testimony from the never-more-useful Kyouko that the only person she knows who can pull off a Hokuto is Natsume, and suddenly Bakatora is starting to really consider the idea that Natsume might have been closer to him for far longer than he had thought. The final nail in the coffin comes during the bus ride back, when he takes a closer look at the ribbon (the very same ribbon he won for Hokuto in the very first episode) she’s been wearing for nine episodes now. NINE EPISODES! Took you long enough to notice!
I’ll shove it down your throat~
This episode also brings a plethora of new information that makes clear several things I’ve been wondering. Yes, we already knew that a Dairenji was responsible for the last great disaster. Now, this culprit is stated for fact to be “The Professor”, Suzuka’s now-deceased father. And then comes the interesting bit. We knew the disaster he caused was oni-related thanks to Touji, but it is specifically revealed that he literally summoned an oni into his own body. Quite unlike the near-disaster we witnessed a few episodes prior in which Chihiro had only to piggy-back off the practical exam to rile up a pair of chimera that sort of materialized out of the spiritual streams. But we’re not done yet. Papa Shidou died somewhere along the line (presumably he couldn’t handle the oni or the Divine Generals got to him), so that very same oni then went on to possess -you guessed it- Touji. Going back to episode seven in which the chimera disaster began, Chihiro’s reaction to spotting Touji makes so much more sense now. Now that’s the kind of foreshadowing and consistency that gets my juices flowing.
The fabled Raven’s Wing.
Anyway, Suzuka further reveals that a lot of the information she’d obtained about Yakou came from a report written by a Saotome Ryou, who used to be her father’s subordinate in the Spirit Department. I guess having closed the lead on Shidou (the guy’s long gone besides the memento he left Touji), Tokyo Ravens saw fit to open up a new one. Which is just fine; they have to keep the intrigue up somehow. The only clue we have on this Saotome Ryou is that the guy is clearly still around and questonably one of the good guys, since Jin speaks as if they are acquaintances. Maybe he saw what Shidou was up to and jumped ship before the Professor took the Spirit Department down with him? I would certainly like for him to be on the gang’s side, since apparently he is quite knowledgeable. Knowledgeable enough to know that the legendary Yakou’s legendary coat, dubbed Raven’s Wing, is hidden somewhere in the school while the one sealed in the Onmyoji Bureau is only a replica. That much info suggests to me that perhaps Saotome might be an insider in the Bureau currently. Which is good. Oh, and about that coat. Supposedly it can reveal if the subject wearing it is Yakou’s reincarnation. Quite the convenient bit of hocus pocus, but perhaps there will be some catch to it or that rumor might be false all along. Although it is supposedly straight from the mouth of the veritable Saotome.
So yeah, the possibilities are endless with this new lead. Saotome could be anything from a strong ally to a trap laid by Douman (one of those pawns he mentioned beforehand). Knowing the crafty villain has already installed one of his men as an insider, I wouldn’t put it past him to have another ace in the hole feeding the good guys false information. Who knows? Maybe the Raven’s Wing could be used to forcefully awaken Yakou’s soul or maybe it possesses some part of Yakou’s soul which will then go on to possess the wearer, thus making it a self-fulfilling prophecy sort of thing if Natsume gets around to trying it on. Which would suck, so I hope that doesn’t happen and is not the case.