In my quest to find a shonen show that isn’t terrible, I took a gander at Tokyo Ravens. Another of this season’s light novel adaptations, it seemed like it might fit the bill. And surprisingly, it wasn’t all that terrible.
Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji, which is something akin to a magician. Tokyo Ravens follows Harutora Tsuchimikado, who was born into a prestigious Onmyoji family, but he can’t see “spirit energy”. Therefore, he’s been enjoying a lazy life with his friends at an Onmyo branch school. One day, his childhood friend Tsuchimikado Natsume, heir to the head family, suddenly appears, to take him up on a promise he made long ago to become her familiar. And his peaceful, lazy life is thrown into chaos.
All and all, not a bad first episode. Unlike Arpeggio, this show had a nice balance of flashback and present story elements intermixed. The flashbacks added context, without trampling on the story. Granted, things aren’t all that deep yet, but at least we know where things stand. And, who knows what will happen with the odd love triangle between a pair of cousins and a childhood friend? Animation-wise, it’s nothing special. It’s your standard shonen styling, with a little CG mixed in for some flash. Hopefully, with whatever budget they have, they wont skimp on the action scenes. Because, as it looks, that might be all this show has by season’s end.
Is it worth checking out? If you enjoy shonen fantasy action, sure. But it looks like the show will be hard pressed to reach any deeper levels that what we’ve seen in the first episode.