Review: Tokyo Ravens
Story: The story starts off Harutora Tsuchimikado, who is born into a prestigious family who is known for their powerful magic. However, Harutora can't even preform the most basics of magic, nor see spirits and spiritual energy, so he lives a normal life. One day, he meets Natsume Tsuchimikado, who is a part of the main branch of the family and a childhood friend who supposedly has great potential in becoming a great magic user. Natsume is going to go to the highest ranking private school in Tokyo named Onmyo Academy.
Characters and The Voices
Harutora Tsuchimikado: He is the every day male protagonist of the series, living his peaceful life with his friends: Hokuto and Touji.He later became Natsume's familiar, and gained some magical powers from a seal to make him her familiar. He is willing to sacrifice his life for his friends, try when odds are against, actually has a secret power inside of him, works hard despite his inexperience in magic, the usual. He is voiced by Kaito Ishikawa who is also Ledo from Susei no Gargantia and Tsumuga Kihara from Nagi no Asukara.
Natsume Tsuchimikado: From the main branch of the family, she is said to have great potential, as a reincarnation of a legendary mage. She is shy, timid and is a superb student in the Academy. Voiced by Kana Hanazawa(who is in everything nowadays), her many roles are Kanade from Angel Beats, Anri from Durarara, Kosaki from Nisekoi, Mikan from To Love-Ru, Ruri Gokou aka Kuroneko from Oreimo, Mayuri from Steins;Gate and many more...
Music: The 1st opening of the anime was definitely memorable, as it is a catchy J-pop electronic feel that gets you pumped up, the 2nd opening was just a modern rock feel, nothing too mentionable(with it reusing some scenes from the 1st opening). The overall OST, as I listened, was decent overall, making action scenes much more engaging. I could not find the anime's soundtrack anywhere, so this is my impression as I hear them throughout the show.
Artwork: This is where the anime shines. The CGI for spirits,summons, spirit mechas, familiars are very good examples of what modern anime has to offer. Not just the CGI, the rest of the backgrounds and characters are very well drawn, and pretty much no delay in the animation. The lighting and shading on the characters show too. Not to mention the fighting scenes which really pump up the animation for them to look great as ever.
Enjoyment and Comments: Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the anime, it has some huge flaws. The story, for one, is somewhat predictable. The first half of the anime is basically the whole pacing to the intense paced 2nd half, so the pacing is quite slow. Another thing is that the anime squishes in romance in the anime, to the point where you might forget or not even care about the romance since the show didn't showcase any development of it. The overall ending felt rushed, then along with the ending left with more questions that tells the viewer to read the light novel OR wait for the 2nd season. Another flaw is the character Harutora, he is the typical shounen character that I found to be pretty lackluster, however he does prove himself quite well in the 2nd half. The 2nd half of the show, as mentioned, gets deep into plot twist. The overall anime left some things unexplained which leaves you wondering. I highly recommend Tokyo Ravens for someone who wants to start watching anime, and showcase modern animation