Somebody save her!
The latest episodes of Tokyo Ravens have just been full of talk and talk and talk. Which is fine by me, because the show is finally getting around to making things clearer.
And then they became love rivals.
So many things to talk about; where to begin? I guess it’s only appropriate to start with Kyouko. Last we saw she was upset about Natsume’s deception, and rightfully so. Fortunately, she hasn’t been all too whiny about it after her initial outburst, and in fact she’s been very level-headed about it (just avoiding the gang) throughout these past two episodes. So props to her. I didn’t think Kyouko being upset would be this big of a deal, because quite honestly I’ve always thought of her as just a side character. Sure, she’s part of the gang’s in-group. But Kyouko didn’t exactly have much of a presence in episodes past beyond the more recent induction of Suzuka. For instance, when the gang was faced with the near disaster incited by Chihiro, she just sort of tagged along with them but didn’t do anything. This sort of in-the-sidelines activity is what made me peg her as “useless” and “just a side character.” So you can understand from these experiences why I am surprised Kyouko became such a big deal once Natsume was revealed.
Takiko exploits Kyouko.
Anyway, after these two episodes the reason for her rise in importance becomes clear to me. The show now has many people plotting for several things, and among them Takiko wants in on the exclusive main characters bunch. So Kyouko being the resident proctor of indoctrination for the gang (remember her last inductee being Suzuka) will naturally be of great relevance to the scheming Takiko in her friend-seeking scheme. In other words, the latter will be exploiting the former’s connections to Natsume to get close to her and the rest of the friends. Though I’m sure soon enough the exact details of that statement may change a bit. But I’ll save this for a later thought. So yeah. As harsh as it is, the way I see it, Kyouko’s recent rise to stardom is really only to pave the way for Takiko to bring more plot later on down the road. Thusly, the unfortunately useless girl will remain otherwise irrelevant aside from a slight boost in status to “best friend” and her own induction to Bakatora’s slowly growing but nonexistent harem (I refuse to acknowledge it because obviously he and Natsume are OTP).
Takiko means business.
Now we move on to Takiko as I’ve reference her several times now. So Takiko is treated as some sort of princess amongst the Soumas. Which is confusing when you consider the Soumas are said to have all but died out except for her. But I guess familiars who used to be Soumas will refer to their masters however they want. What we know for sure is that Takiko used to be a shrine maiden. Which doesn’t really tell us much. What shrine did she attend to? The Yakou shrine? Herp derp. Now, I made that statement facetiously, but honestly there might be more truth to it than one might initially think. Because there actually is such a shrine that we might call the “Yakou shrine,” and it’s sitting on top of the Onmyoji School. So taking this in mind, I have a feeling that the ever important Raven’s Wing, which the Bureau has now forcefully obtained after semi-off-screen fisticuffs with the Tsuchimikados, will not completely draw out Yakou from his supposed latent state within his reincarnation, and the job can only be properly conducted at the shrine on top of the school.
Is Natsume out of the running for being a girl?
Speaking of Yakou and his reincarnation, let’s talk about who his reincarnation might be and if said reincarnation even exists. Previously I’ve stated that I didn’t want to believe anyone really was a reincarnation of Yakou, because I personally don’t believe in the whole “fated” bullshit. It would be such a great development after setting the premise of one of the main characters possibly being a reincarnation for the show to overturn it and have them be their own person. But alas it’s looking more and more like this is not the case. However, the recent turn of events has indeed changed something about the whole affair. At the very start, we were lead to believe that Natsume is said reincarnation of Yakou. But now word is going around that she’s actually a girl, and everyone who’s found out is genuinely shocked as if it’s a game-changer. I would not think so much about Yakou getting into a different gender this time around because who even knows how reincarnation works. But from aforementioned reactions from good and bad guys alike, the only conclusion I can reach is that the fact that Natsume is a girl somehow rules her out completely as Yakou’s reincarnation.
Is this the face of Yakou?
So that leads us to the final topic at hand. Who could the real Yakou reincarnation be? And that’s not really a real question, because with Natsume presumably out of the running there’s only one other Tsuchimikado to fit the bill. And that’s Bakatora. Of course, my deduction here is lead on by some of the prior discussion from LN readers about speculation that the fuzzy-headed hero might be the real Yakou reincarnation. But LN readers being in a position to know more than us anime-only viewers, I would say this speculation is probably going to end up being right on the dot. What does this shift mean? Well, nothing really too drastic, I would imagine. Everyone whos been going after Natsume has pretty much gotten the gang of friends involved anyway since they flock together. So now all they need to do is aim slightly to the side and hit the dumb-looking blond guy instead. Couldn’t be any easier. Unless even the scheming baddies start demanding apologies from Natsume because they were deceived for so long… But at that point it would just be amusing.
I tried covering everything but I’ve inevitably missed a few things and now I’m running short on space. So let me just quickly summarize most of what else I missed. There’s Douman formally returning to reward Jin for being a badass. Because, you know, being a badass is tough and only another badass can relate. The now kiddy-sized legendary Onmyoji will come in handy as an ally later on I’m sure. Next we have Suzu apparently ditching both Douman and the Syndicate for reasons unknown. Which is pretty much the norm for her because everything else about her is just as unknown. Finally, we have the return of both Chihiro and Shidou. The latter you might remember is Suzuka’s deceased father. I guess they’ve been resurrected thanks to the Taizan Fukun ritual, which despite its original prestige is now starting to seem laughably easy to conduct since all the baddies are using it like nobody’s business. What all of this means I am not sure.
Suzuka’s dad is a real looker.