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Koukyuu no Karasu – 03 – Lost in Anime


As Fall 2022 is beginning to shake out, patterns (as all the time) emerge.  It’s a fairly boom-or-bust season so far – both exhibits are dead-cinch keepers or one or two episode drops.  Not lots of bubble sequence, in different phrases.  Koukyuu no Karasu, nonetheless, may be very a lot the exception.  This present could be on the bubble nearly any season, irrespective of how sturdy or weak – it’s simply that kind of sequence.  And not one of the first three episodes has moved me in a single path or the opposite – they’ve all been very a lot lower from the identical fabric.

As that means, I kind of prefer it.  All the things about it’s middling thus far – the visuals, the casting, the writing (that’s why the bubble suits it like a glove).  There’s a high quality to Raven of the Interior Palace although, a spark of one thing genuinely fascinating.  I really feel like there may very well be one other gear right here, as there usually is with this kind of sequence.  That’s one of many explanation why I’m not able to make a name but regardless of it  not having actually been gained over.  It is probably not blowing me away, but it surely’s not doing something to place me off, both.

One improvement happening is that the Emperor’s frequent visits to Shouxue are inflicting unrest among the many different courtroom girls – who he tends to not go to as usually as they’d like.  For those who’ve learn The Pillow Guide by Heian courtesan Sei Shounagon (set in Japan, however in a really comparable social surroundings), you understand that politicking among the many consorts and their retainers was fixed and contentious.  Rumors have began that the Raven Consort put a demise curse on the Empress Dowager (which is unnecessary, as she factors out to the visiting Flower Princess).

It’s the Flower Princess on the coronary heart of this week’s thriller, which surrounds her ex-lover who died placing down a rebel within the provinces.  On this mythology whistles are hung from the rafters, which the lifeless trigger to sound once they return to go to their family members within the spring.  The Flower Princess’ lover has by no means carried out so, and he or she asks Shouxue to summon his spirit (she will solely do that as soon as).  However she will’t – the person’s soul is just not within the underworld.  That’s as a result of it’s in a jar belonging to a sorcerer who makes a speciality of possessing individuals (right here a lacking courtesan, additionally the chief of the cult on the coronary heart of the aforementioned rebel).  He additionally could or is probably not a member of the previous ruling dynasty.

That is one other fairly good (Koukyuu’s specialty) thriller, diverting with out ever being riveting.  I really feel like we’re simply marking time until issues actually warmth up between the Emperor and Shouxue, but in addition that it may very well be fairly fascinating when that occurs.  At this level I’m assured Koukyuu no Karasu goes to be one of many sequence that winds up within the “Patron Decide” (title tentative) ballot.  The issue goes to discovering just a few extra exhibits to lump in there with it.



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