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First Impressions – Koukyuu no Karasu – Lost in Anime


The bar for a present like Koukyuu no Karasu may be very excessive this season.  Simply the stuff I know I’m going to weblog would have me busier than a median 2020-2022 anime season, so if I’m going to select the rest up (which I definitely will – the patron decide for starters) it’s going to have to essentially seize me.  That stated, Raven of the Inside Palace is a sequence I thought of a sleeper going into the season, so I went into this premiere with a great deal of curiosity.

I’m modestly optimistic after one episode.  This was a strong begin – nothing flashy or particularly shocking, however a simple story-driven narrative with fairly respectable visuals.  It’s fascinating that fellow Dawn sequence Gintama’s director Miyawaki Chizuru – and plenty of key workers, too – is hooked up right here, as stylistically Koukyuu appears a reasonably completely different kettle of fish.  It’s the story of a younger emperor someplace in a fantasized Chinese language previous, and the unusual consort rumored to have magical powers (some rumors are true) who captures his curiosity.

The animation is nothing particular, however there are some good thrives, reminiscent of when the Raven Consort makes use of her flower-based magical means, and the backgrounds are fairly good.  Backstory now we have aplenty.  The present younger emperor deposes the prior empress – who’d murdered his mom – by politicking with the nobles of the internal court docket and swaying their loyalty (her being an unbearable wretch helps).  However he refuses to execute her with out an ironclad authorized case, which cuts towards the grain of how internal palace affairs normally work – that’s to say, a low-ranking court docket girl or official is framed for no matter homicide has been dedicated and summarily executed.

So – an idealistic emperor, a rarity certainly.  The opposite principal is 16 years outdated, and it’s apparently a convention of the palace that the daughter of a excessive priestess fill the “Raven Consort” function and be granted autonomy on the extent of an empress.  She additionally, because it seems, appears to be a member of the earlier dynasty of silver-haired beauties that the emperor’s grandfather supposedly worn out all the way down to the final toddler.  The Raven Consort does come off as fairly a inventory anime teenager when it comes to mannerisms at instances, however I’ll withhold judgement on her till we see extra of the character in motion.

Whether or not that is going to comply with a “thriller of the week” format I don’t know, however it does begin out within the vein of a detective sequence.  The emperor asks (he can’t order her, so bribes her with steamed buns) the Raven Consort to search out out who the ghost who haunts a jade earring discovered at his palace is.  Because it seems it was a courtesan probably framed for the poisoning of one other, and whereas the emperor’s curiosity is only pushed by pity for her stressed soul, this would possibly find yourself having some bearing on the principle storyline of his efforts to convict and condemn the empress dowager.

Clearly, the emperor goes to fall in love with the priestess – which is clearly forbidden.  I may see just a few instructions the plot would possibly take, however on the entire I’m sufficient to be curious.  It’s not a nasty premise, and decently executed (as you’d anticipate given the expertise degree of the workers).  I’m not remotely near committing but, however Raven of the Inside Palace looks as if a strong wager to be within the combine on the very least.



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