Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

We’re back in another episode of Supreme Verdict wherein I share my general impression and thoughts about an anime that I just finished watching. There has been a couple of anime titles that has recently ended and a few more that will end in the weeks to come so I am taking this opportunity to discuss some of the titles that I’ve watched upon their conclusion.

Warning: This article contains spoilers so read at your own leisure!

One such anime that I’ve been following would be Tokyo Ravens. For those who’re not aware of the premise of the anime, it’s basically about a guy named Tsuchimikado, Harutora and his cousin Tsuchimikado, Natsume, childhood friends who both enrolled in an Omnyo Prep School located in Tokyo. After a spiritual disaster that took place in their hometown, Harutora decided to become Natsume’s spirit familiar who swore to protect her as long as he lives.

As the course of the story goes, the main protagonist along with their newfound friends eventually encounter the Twin Horn Syndicate who’s bent on kidnapping Natsume for they believe that she is the reincarnation of Tsuchimikado Yakou, the so-called King of the North Star and the most powerful Omnyo exorcist to have ever lived and who they believe would lead them to a new era.

Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

“I said “King” NOT “Fist”!”

Now that we’ve established the setting of the story, let’s go down to business. I am actually disappointed at the last episode of Tokyo Ravens.

Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

VSAT = Viewer Satisfaction Chart

The thing is that the episode seems rushed in a sense that Natsume’s resurrection wasn’t even dramatic as well as the events that soon followed. I do find the part where Ohtomo Jin asked Ashiya Doman to be his familiar very interesting. The battles were not that climactic in a sense that there wasn’t even a scene where the awakened Yakou showed what he can do even if it was momentarily.

Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

I understand that Reiji and his familiar Shaver had to retreat being aware that they cannot defeat Harutora in his current state the same with Takiko Souma keeping her familiar Yashamaru/Shido Dairenji from clashing with Hishamaru, Yakou’s familiar. But damn, the episode would’ve been better if there was a part where Yakou displays his true power against the antagonists. Sadly, there was none.

Truth is that I’ve always been a fan of anime series wherein the beaten up protagonist would awaken into a different and powerful character that’d really kick the ass of their antagonist easily. Similar to what happened here:

 

This will always be one of the most epic fight scenes that I’ve seen in anime history. Yes, Tokyo Ravens is not a battle anime like Dragonball, YuYu Hakusho and or One Piece but having such a scene would make it more memorable.

Also, the anime ended leaving me with a lot of questions like how did the Taizan Fukun ritual actually go that Harutora/Yakou had to leave Natsume? In addition, why leave Natsume alone in the middle of nowhere, and alone for that matter? And without even letting anyone know where she is staying? Did they just have a “hi-ma’am-bam-thank-you-ma’am!” scene over there?

Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

Unfortunately, these are just a few of the questions that we’ll never be able to answer unless of course you start reading the manga or light novel which I am sure is one of the primary reasons why the last episode ended like that. At the end of the day, producing anime is a marketing strategy to sell the manga or the light novels after all.

Anime industry be like “Want more answers? Then give us yer monneeehhh” Yeah, painful truth indeed. However, I had to admit that the part where Kon undid the seals to revert back to her original form was cool, the same as when Kakugyouki arrived to assist her in a timely manner.

Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

“Kon’s true and final form”

My satisfaction overall for the series tends to fluctuate depending on what’s the arc or chapter’s focus but it didn’t dip in any way with the last episode being the only exception. I’d still recommend the series to those who are looking for anime of the supernatural genre with a bit of romance schtick involved. And if there’s something that the anime has it going in it, it’s the plot twist that I must say is really something I found remarkably surprising.

Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

“LRT Taft Station. Yep, they’re now in the Philippines”

I still enjoyed the whole series but the ending was just a let-down. Then again, if a second season pops up then good otherwise, I’d probably end up reading the manga or light novel instead.

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Supreme Verdict: Tokyo Ravens

“Did you think that this article would end without having an image of Suzuka Dairenji?”

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

It took me a while before I was able to get around into completely watching the first episode of this anime. I attempted to watch the first episode a month ago or so if I remember correctly but thanks to me being fickle-minded, I was unable to finish the first episode (though the truth was that the internet connection at that time was really slow and I was having trouble getting it completely loaded).

Never the less, I took the opportunity to watch it today since it’s been a while since I last watched a new anime title. In addition, I was trying to get myself back into the habit of writing my first impressions of different anime titles that I watch in otakustreamers. I’ve been mostly preoccupied the last few days that I wasn’t able to find the time or the motivation to write my reviews.

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda which translates to World Conquest: Strategem Star (trivia: Zvezda is Russian for “Star”, as in the celestial body) was written by Tensai Okamura and Meteor Hoshizora of the Japanese game company TYPE MOON(The same people who brought you Fate Stay/Night and Fate Zero).

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

The premise of the story starts with a second year middle school student Asuta Jimon getting involved with a young girl named Kate Hoshimiya (or sometimes called Lady Venera by her subordinates)who seems to have special powers manifested through her rabbit-like stuff toy.

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

“THAT stuff toy”

What makes it more interesting is the fact that she’s assisted by five unique individuals in her ambition to conquer the world.

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

“Unique Individuals alright”

As of the first and second episode, I am totally not sure if she’s an extra-terrestrial being or what but as far as I know is that Kate, the leader of the group is determined to conquer the world and each of her subordinates have their own special abilities or talents, except for Odin who seems to be another normal human being. I’ve yet to find out as I continue to watch the series.

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

“God and her champion. Seems legit.”

The anime is actually reminiscent of Haruhi Suzumiya in a sense that the premise puts the main protagonist amidst characters that are out of this world. Furthermore, Kate reminds me of Haruhi in a sense that both are young girls who seemed determined to change the world in their own fancy way. Also, both stories seems to be told in the perspective of the protagonist who’s just a normal human being while at the same time being thrown into something they are totally clueless about.

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

“SOS Brigade”

I don’t really have much to say about the artwork but I do like the design of the monsters in the first and second episode and yet to find out why the kurukuru(the cute little spuds in the series who make cute weird sounds with each having their own designated numbers) tend to become one big kaiju. The show also has a running gag about the characters that the main protagonist meets who tend to pronounce his name wrong. I also like the humor presented in the first two episodes.

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

“No, they’re not some kind of skittles”

I also appreciate the greetings that Kate and her subordinates have towards each other and find their arch nemesis’ appearance similar to the costumes of the main protagonists of another anime entitled Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman or Science Ninja Team Gatchaman(also known in the US as G-Force).

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

I am even thinking that the order of the White Light is a reference to the former since its members have birds as their code names. And maybe Zvezda represents Galactor perhaps? =p Another thing I noticed is if the main protagonist’s name is a reference to Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta’s main protagonist Judau Ashta. Honestly, the two names just sound alike.

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

Overall, I find Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda amusing and a good watch especially if you want some light humor as well as an interesting plot. As of right now, it’s still one of those on-going anime and I don’t have any idea yet as to how many episodes will this anime have. However, I won’t be surprised if this anime would only have 12 to 14 episodes. For the meantime….

First Impressions: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

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First Impressions: Noragami

Noragami is about a god named Yato who seems to live a life of a drifter. He desperately looks for people whom he could provide his services to in exchanging for getting a five yen donation from them which he saves up in the hopes of eventually establishing his own shrine. One day, while undertaking a job which has something to do with a missing cat, a young female student, Ike Hiyori, saw Yato crossing the street to try to catch the cat he was looking for. When Yato was about to get hit by a truck, Hiyori instinctively rushed to his rescue and ended up getting hit by the truck instead.

First Impressions: Noragami

Surprised at what the young girl did for him, Yato used his powers to keep Hiyori alive. However, after the incident, Hiyori tends to fall asleep without her noticing which causes her spirit to come out of her body. From henceforth, she pleads Yato for assistance in helping her return back to normal. Together, they annihilate phantoms, malicious spirits preying on people’s weaknesses to keep the city peaceful.

First Impressions: Noragami

“Kids, don’t do this at home.”

And I must say that I find the plot and the theme of the anime palatable to my tastes. As I’ve mentioned in my previous articles, I enjoy watching anime of the supernatural genre, provided that they’re good and Noragami falls under such a category.  Though the premise of the story somehow reminds me of Shakugan no Shana’s plotline, Noragami has a lighter atmosphere when it comes to the plot. At the same time, I find the relationship of the main protagonists Yato and Hiyori cute as compared to the protagonists of the former even though there’s no hint of romance between the two. In fact, I don’t mind if Yato and Hiyori wouldn’t develop any feelings towards each other as the story progresses.

First Impressions: Noragami

“Destroyed.”

Another point of interest with regard to the anime is that Yato, as well as the gods in featured in the anime, arms themselves with Regalia or Shinki as the anime refers to it. Simply put, Regalia are uncorrupted spirits of mortals who are turned into divine weapons by gods in the story. These weapons are then used to annihilate malicious spirits who threaten the world of humans. With regard to the artwork, I find it decent and reminiscent to the artwork of a manga I used to read a long time back which was entitled “I’s” with the characters’ nose line not being emphasized. Of course, the anime wouldn’t be exciting without this kind of scenes:

First Impressions: Noragami

“Fanservice will never cease”

I also find the design for the phantoms cute and interesting in a sense that they’re really portrayed as entities that come in different shapes and forms. I guess the idea of the phantoms having a lot of eyeballs on their bodies is a bit creepy but I approved of such a conceptualization. Overall, I find the anime’s story more intriguing as compared to Kyoukai no Kanata’s plotline which I stopped watching after episode four. I do intend to watch it again but I don’t think it’d be anytime soon. The story’s pacing is acceptable so far as well as the introduction and development of the characters so I guess I don’t have any qualms about it in general.

First Impressions: Noragami

“Again kids, don’t do this at home”

I am looking forward to the following episodes and I hope that the story continues to get better as well as Hiyori getting more involved in fights rather than a character that needs to be saved. So if you’re looking for an anime under the supernatural genre then you may want to try this one.

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Putting On The Panty And Stockings

This anime was recommended to me by a good friend a long time back and if my memory serves me right, I wasn’t a member of Otakustreamers yet at that time. When my friend told me that the artwork of the anime was reminiscent to the American animation series Power Puff Girls, I gave my friend a look of disbelief at what he was telling me to watch. It’s been so long since I bothered watching American animation and frankly, I am not really a fan of how they do their animation these days. Today’s western animation’s stories as well as artwork are non-comparable to American animation back in the 80’s.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“The first ray-gun was discovered by Wyatt Earp’s Ghost in an episode of The Real Ghostbusters”

I can still remember those Friday nights wherein my family, relatives and I would gather in the living area to watch an episode of The Real Ghostbusters. The former would then be replaced by Stan Lee’s Uncanny X-Men a few years later, then followed by The Simpsons, the latter, which doesn’t have a continuous story but still an enjoyable American animation/sitcom to watch with the whole family. Nostalgia aside, my friend was able to convince me to watch the anime adding that it’s not your traditional comedy anime and sports a mature humor and showed me a random episode of the anime. And little did I know that the “mature” humor he was talking about goes way beyond the meaning of “general patronage”.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“Would you like her to be YOUR guardian angel?”

Panty and Stockings tells the story of the Anarchy siblings; Panty and Stockings (hence the title of the series), angels who fell out of God’s grace for practicing excessive lascivious behavior in heaven. They were banished from heaven down to Daten City (when pronounced in Japanese is a pun for Datenshi which means “Fallen Angel”) which is a place between Heaven and Hell plagued by creatures known as Ghosts. An afro-haired priest (who has a tendency to engage in homosexual activities) named Garterbelt who presides over a church is tasked in guiding the Anarchy sisters in collecting Heaven Coins to be able to return to heaven and only by defeating Ghosts in Daten City can they acquire the coins.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“This ain’t no powerpuff girls”

The anime was absolutely funny and I enjoyed every second of it. As to what my friend mentioned, the anime wasn’t intended for younger audience and contains mature and sexual themes, as well as intense profanity throughout each episode. On the other hand, mature viewers would surely enjoy the humor the anime offers, not to mention that there are mainstream culture references that people would surely recognize and appreciate.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“That ain’t no Megatron”

Each episode runs for fifteen minutes or so and what’s unique about the anime is that the artwork of the main protagonists revert to your usual anime artwork whenever they draw their heavenly weapons in preparation for defeating their enemies.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“And ain’t no Charlie’s Angels”

In addition, whenever they defeat a ghost, a real-life clip of a ghost figurine is shown to explode literally.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“Yes, this Ghost figurine”

Overall, Panty and Stockings is a very entertaining anime that will surely get you laughing in each episode. If you enjoy watching lewd anime and has a taste for strong profanity when it comes to humor then this anime is for you.

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First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

I discovered this anime back when some people in a forum I’ve been hanging out at posted screenshots and images of scenes from this anime. But what made me more interested to watch it was the conversation in one particular scenario which talks about the existence of real superheroes in the real world. If I remember correctly, I asked my friends there if it’s a good watch and they recommended that I try watching it.

First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

“This conversation”

After watching the first episode, I concluded that the anime falls under the slice of life genre with a bit of comedy and action though I was eventually proven wrong. The story revolves around a young man named Masayoshi, Hazama who has a strong sense of justice. He dons a superhero suit and calls himself Samurai Flamenco. Claiming to be a seigi no mikata, (which means “ally of justice”), he helps to reinforce the law by calling on those who break the law and making sure to rectify it through sheer force of personality.

First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

And when I say law breakers here, this includes people who jaywalks, those who smoke in places where smoking is not allowed and or even young adolescents loitering late in the evening. Yes, we have the same initial reaction regarding the premise of the story. It’s quite funny but at the same time, the development of the story is very interesting that it didn’t take long for me to realize that I am eagerly anticipating the latest episode.

Another point of interest in the anime is Masayoshi’s catchphrase: “A hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, and will never accept evil.” A recurring theme in the anime is the concept of reinforcing justice in society even as small as not smoking in places where it isn’t allowed to smoke and throwing your garbage away at the appropriate time. Frankly, this is the first time I’ve watched an anime who shows the truth of what is really happening in society and how even the smallest rules are taken for granted and neglected.

First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

The anime appeals to me because its story is not just about Masayoshi’s exploits in implementing justice on those who break the law but also about how his relationships with the people he meets in the story develops. In fact, it’s interesting to note that the first episode is about him meeting Goto, a local police officer in the district where Masayoshi lives who’s more realistic when it comes to approaching the concept of justice and what is right as oppose to Masayoshi’s ideal sense of justice.

Overall, I’d highly recommend watching Samurai Flamenco for those who’re looking for a fresh experience in the superhero genre. And the thing is that the anime doesn’t stop there and offers more as the story progress.

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Oh, before I forget, I also love the opening theme of the anime.

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Final Review

I just finished watching the last episode of Aoki Hagane no Arpreggio: Ars Nova and I must say that I am satisfied with regard to the naval battles. The only concern I have with the anime is that there is not much character development throughout the story or any time for back stories. The story was solely focused on how Gunzo and Iona tough it through with the different Fleet of Fogs and how they were able to get them as allies. In addition to their primary objective that was to deliver the vibration warhead to the United States which we didn’t get the chance to see how it would fare against the Fog.

 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Final Review

“Just love ’em Subs.”

Though this isn’t really a bad thing since almost everyone enjoys naval fleets exchanging cannon fires and torpedoes. However, for those who are very particular about character development, they will be disappointed. My impression regarding the character’s artwork didn’t change though but it’s something that I don’t mind. At the same time, the harem aspect of the anime is underplayed so those who’re looking for a lot of romantic moments or interactions between the main protagonist and the girls in the story will be disappointed.

 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Final Review

“Would you like to board either one of them?”

These factors aren’t really a minus for me since I am already conditioned to accept that these kinds of anime wouldn’t have much time to focus on character development. Let alone, telling back stories so I am not really disappointed. I could only wish otherwise but it’s not much of a big deal for me. Overall, I was satisfied watching the anime and I wouldn’t mind watching another season of naval battles though I am hoping that my questions would be answered at that time without me having to resort to reading the manga.

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First Impressions: Log Horizon

If you’re a fan of anime similar to the Dot Hack series or Sword Art Online then you will definitely enjoy Log Horizon. For the past few days, I’ve been checking out the newly uploaded anime in Otakustreamers and so far I am enjoying the new releases. In fact, I’ve watched a couple of titles already like Tokyo Ravens, Galilei Donna, Kill La Kill, Samurai Flamenco, and Blazblue: Alter Memory. I must say that this is perhaps the first time that I enjoyed watching a number of new titles as compared to past releases.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Got ain’t any clue what’s happening here.”

And one of more interesting titles that I just watched a while ago was Log Horizon. These days, a lot of people are hooked into MMORPG or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game wherein you take on a role of a particular character class similar to how Dungeons and Dragons games are played. At the same time, the market for MMORPG-based anime has grown in the last couple of years and maybe this is because most gamers out there dreams to live the life of one who’s inside their favorite MMORPG.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Not looking like these characters though”

Log Horizon is the latest anime of this genre but unlike Sword Art Online which was hyped during its air time, mostly due to the romantic elements between the two main protagonists, Log Horizon’s approach is more reminiscent of Dot Hack in a way that the story just doesn’t revolve around the relationship of the two protagonist like the ones in Sword Art Online but rather, the interaction and cooperation of the three main protagonist as well as the guilds that they’re allied with. Furthermore, the anime seems to give a feel that it won’t delve much into romance as compared to the former.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Sword Art Online This is Not”

However, Log Horizon shares the plot idea from Sword Art Online wherein the players across the globe are trapped inside a game with the exception that the characters don’t die in real life when they die in the game. Also, unlike Sword Art Online, Log Horizon doesn’t seem to focus on how the players trapped in the game world gradually adapted to the environment where they are trapped but rather, through the exploration of the new expansion as mentioned in the first episode.

But perhaps what I really appreciate about the first episode and hopefully, will continue throughout the series are the brief explanation of the characters’ special attacks and the emphasis on the strategies developed by the main protagonist, Shiroe. With regard to the artwork, I still find it better as compared to Aoki Hagane no Prepeggio: Ars Nova’s art style. The anime has a light atmosphere and one can say that setting aside the in game mechanic portrayal, it is your typical adventure kind of series which you’ll dearly enjoy watching. As of this writing, I am watching episode 2 and so far so good. Overall, I’d gladly recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys watching anime of the adventure genre, and having a MMORPG feel.

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I also like the running gag in the anime wherein Akatsuki would hit Naotsugu’s face before asking permission from Shiroe if she could do so. This anime also reminds me of Slayers minus the in-game technicalities. I also like the main protagonist, probably because I am able to identify myself more with him and hmm, I just realized, their party reminds me of my friends’ characters in the D&D campaign we used to play but that’s another story.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Forward ->Forward Down -> Down -> High Kick”

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Yes, you may ma’am”

 

 

First Impressions: Galilei Donna

First Impressions: Galileo DonnaGalileo Donna is an interesting anime which is a story about three sisters namely Hozuki, Kazuki and Hazuki, who are descendants of Galileo Galilei. And the first impression I have for it is that it gives me a Disney cartoon feel for some reason and this may be because the protagonists are three sisters living normal lives of their own then being suddenly chased by a mysterious organization who’s looking for something that their great ancestor Galileo discovered.

Somehow, the anime plot is reminiscent of some of Disney’s cartoons like Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet and some more. Honestly, I am not really sure how to express the idea as of the moment but yeah, watching the anime made me feel like I am watching some sort of Disney cartoon.

First Impressions: Galileo Donna

The artwork on the other hand is decent and acceptable for my personal standards as compared to Aoki Hagane no Perpreggio: Ars Nova. This is not to say that the latter’s artwork is below my taste but then again, I prefer the former’s art style. The anime also reminds of a shoot ‘em up game called Darius because of the fish-shaped spacecrafts. Overall, the anime seems to be cooking something that will pique the interest of audience who enjoy watching adventure-themed anime.

First Impressions: Galileo Donna

First Impressions: Galileo Donna

First Impressions: Galileo Donna

First Impressions: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

I just watched the first episode of Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova earlier and I must say that even if it appears to have some harem elements, I enjoyed watching the first episode. Basically, the story is set in the year 2039 wherein humankind was almost exterminated by the Fleet of Fog; sentient warships equipped with far more destructive artillery as compared to their regular counterparts.

First Impressions: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

“Yes. This girl is THAT submarine. A Fog ship”

They’re also identified by unusual markings on their exterior but in all appearances, they are battleships that suddenly appeared out of nowhere and started a war with mankind. However, after meeting a young girl with silvery hair named Iona, a young man named Chihaya Gunzou suddenly found himself being assigned as the commander of I-401 which is a captured Fog submarine in the mainland. Apparently, she’s the human incarnation of the captured war-submarine who only knows that she was ordered by someone to take orders from the protagonist alone.

First Impressions: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

“No. Not this Iona.”

From there on, Chihaya Gunzou, along with some of his classmates man the Fog submarine destroying enemy ships across the seas. The reason why I said that this anime may have harem elements is because later in the episodes, other Fleet of Fog human incarnations are given their own individual screen time and all of them are girls. If you’re also going to watch the ending credits of the first episode, which I feel will be the opening credits of the series is that there are a lot of Fleet of Fog human incarnations with each one of them being girls.

First Impressions: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

“Yes. They’re the Fleet of Fog that defeated mankind”

Overall, I can say that the anime is a good watch. If there’s one thing that I didn’t like about it is that the artwork is not that smooth. The shape of the characters’ faces seems sharp rather than smooth as compared to other anime but I guess it’s tolerable. I do however like the idea of unmanned ships with markings. Actually, in a way, the anime is reminiscent of an 80’s anime entitled Space Carrier Blue Noah though it’s more commonly known as “Thundersub”.  This may probably be a factor that’s why I was able to appreciate the anime.

Hopefully, the anime remains promising though I am betting that it’s likely to have just twelve to thirteen episodes like most harem and non-mainstream anime. Either way, Aoki  Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova is still a good watch.

First Impressions: Tokyo Ravens

I just watched the first episode of Tokyo Ravens and I enjoyed it a lot. I’ve been watching the newly uploaded anime like Coppelion, Blazblue: Alter Memory, and Kill La Kill in Otakustreamers and so far, only Blazblue, Kill La Kill and Ravens got me wanting for more. Coppellion’s first episode on the other hand seems dragging but that’s another article.

First Impressions: Tokyo Ravens

What I want to talk about right now is Tokyo Ravens. The story revolves around Tsuchimikado Harutora who’s born into a family of Onmyoji however; he doesn’t have the ability to sense and see spirits. Because of this, he already gave up on the idea of following his predecessors’ footsteps and just wants to enjoy his everyday life with his friends. While enjoying the summer festival with his friends, a mysterious girl with blond and curled hair arrived mistaking the protagonist Tora for Tsuchimikado Natsume, who’s also his cousin and the family successor to the Onmyo Arts. Apparently, this girl, who turns out to be Dairenji Suzuka, one of the twelve divine generals is pursued by the Magical Investigation Bureau, under the suspicion of using forbidden magic.  From there on, Harutora’s life suddenly made a quick turn, not to mention that surprising scene before the first episode ended.

First Impressions: Tokyo Ravens

“THIS”

Right now, I am excited to watch the next episode of Tokyo Ravens and I can say that the anime is promising. The atmosphere is not that heavy as reflected by scenes which include a bit of comedy. I did notice that there are sexually suggestive elements such as Suzuka’s saliva being drawn from the lollipop she was sucking as well as her kissing the protagonist at the end of the episode. This may just be me but anyway, it’s still just the first episode so let’s see if the suggestive theme sticks. Overall, the anime is great so far but then again, I may just be biased because I really enjoy anime of the supernatural genre mixed with technology, similar to Kishin Douji Zenki on the later arc or Tokyo Majin. Not to mention that the anime has my nickname on it.

First Impressions: Tokyo Ravens

“See that thread of…Of flavor?”

If you are someone who enjoys the supernatural genre similar to Kekkaishi, Kishin Douji Zenki or Tokyo Majin then I highly recommend this anime.

First Impressions: Tokyo Ravens

“Left to Right: Touji, Harutora and Hokuto having fun at the festival. Yes, even though Touji doesn’t look like it”