A new challenger appears?
Tokyo Ravens takes another break from the action with some setting up for the next big ordeal (plus a new OP and ED). And in the process, we learn some very interesting things.
Back to normal between these two.
Before I get into the content of the episode, let me first go over what isn’t in the episode. Mainly, Bakatora and Natsume’s relationship. Our worst fears are realized, as not only is it put on hold, but the two also seem to have pretty much forgotten about it and are going about business as usual. I could rage about it again, but at this point I don’t even care anymore. And now on to the good stuff. First up is Jin and Suzu. The characters still don’t know for sure, but I think to us viewers it’s pretty obvious now. Suzu is the mysterious Saotome Ryou (Ryou can actually be read as Suzu) whose research Suzuka had previously cited. Which pretty much makes her a Yakou fanatic, I guess. I doubt anyone would pour so much effort into the Raven’s Wing. That, and Douman also specifically stated that his attempt to retrieve it was a request from his “familiar,” whom we now also know is none other than Suzu. But what does this mean? Suzu doesn’t appear to have the makings of a big bad boss.
A lesser(?) Douman and Suzu on their way back from attempting to visit Jin.
It’s hard to ignore how strange Suzu is. She hasn’t really done anything to harm the gang (though we might reason she was indirectly responsible for the attack on the school). She’s mainly just appeared, said cryptic things about lolis, and then disappeared seemingly randomly. One might assume she’s spying on the gang to get more data on Natsume due to her research on Yakou, but what’s interesting is that she’s mostly interacting with Bakatora for some reason. In fact, if I remember correctly she’s approached him in the past only when Natsume isn’t around, so it’s not as if she talks to the guy to get to Natsume. Although maybe it’s not so much that she wants to interact with Natsume than she’s observing the gang from a safe but close distance? I’m still not convinced that’s her true intention though. Anyway, the revelation that she was in Jin’s class is pretty shocking. I mean, I guess she never ever lied about herself (she is technically a senpai), but her appearance just doesn’t match her age.
Jin doesn’t have pleasant memories of “Saotome.”
And going on that train of thought, what about her relationship with Jin? We know it wasn’t just that they were merely in the same class. During the field trip in episode 12, Jin specifically mentioned that “Saotome” tipped him off that the Raven’s Wing might be hidden at the school. Assuming she didn’t make this claim back when they were in school, this would imply the two are still in contact. Or at least that she went out of her way to talk to Jin. But why would she give the “good guys” a hint that would eventually prevent her from obtaining the thing she so desired? Surely it wasn’t part of some master plan to get Natsume’s father to retrieve the coat, as I assume it’s only in safer hands now. Returning to Jin, there’s also his reaction to hearing her name. That was definitely not a “oh, I remember her” reaction, but more a “this person was a real handful” reaction. I might have guessed the two clashed in the past due to his comments, but then that brings us back to why Suzu would contact him.
Speaking of mysterious characters, a new one is introduced; Souma Takiko. And after all of this Suzu nonsense, I am not buying that she’s just another student. She’s just all too knowledgeable about Yakou, the Taizan Fukun ritual, and even the whole history of the school. Plus, Jin outright states that he doesn’t recognize her name or appearance, though that might not mean too much in a school with so many students. Regardless, it’s clear that Takiko is someone of high importance thanks to Bakatora’s narration and Natsume’s father doing some divination. The question, as usual, is why. I’m really hoping that this time the new, mysterious character turns out to be a “good guy” or at least helpful to the gang, though to be fair I can’t yet completely discount Suzu yet until we learn more about her motives. But it looks like we won’t find out anytime soon though, because next week will instead focus on the Magical Investigation Bureau’s Twin-Horned Syndicate purge.
The Magical Investigation Bureau makes its move.