I’d class this week’s episode of Koukyuu no Karasu as each attention-grabbing and odd. Somewhat than a conventional three-act construction it was extra a sequence of semi-connected scenes caught collectively. It additionally performed the OP at in regards to the 18-minute mark and skipped the ED, for some motive. The vagaries of adaptation may be arduous to fathom generally, so maybe there was some motive behind all that. This doesn’t look like the form of sequence that might go that route as a stylistic selection.
At first it seemed like we had been headed for the same old formulation – the emperor bringing Shouxue sweets and asking her for ghostbusting assist. He has his personal ghosts to fret about after all, however these he desires saved secret from her – this request regards a silver-haired apparition which seems beneath a willow tree in bloom. He appears to not know something about it (even the gender), so one would possibly surmise that it’s due to the hair that he particularly introduced her in on the thriller.
At this level, although, the episode takes an abrupt left flip and the rest focuses on the emperor’s attendant, the eunuch Wei Qing. He and Shouxue have a slightly terse alternate the place he mainly warns her to thoughts her Ps and Qs round his grasp, lest her lineage land her in actual bother, and he or she insults his temperament in reply. They do patch that up later within the episode, however not earlier than Wei Qing goes via slightly a troublesome time making an attempt to trace down a sorcerer probably linked to the willow ghost. It includes a search within the purple gentle district, the place he grew up the son of a prostitute – a spot with extraordinarily disagreeable recollections for Wei Qing.
Wei Qing had a troublesome childhood, to say the least. Orphaned when his mom killed herself, he chooses castration in order that he can enter the internal palace and keep away from going into prostitution himself, solely to search out that it doesn’t spare him from sexual abuse. The explanation for his loyalty to the emperor is apparent, and it’s one thing Wei Qing takes critically. A lot in order that he goes behind his grasp’s again to request the Raven Consort’s assist in releasing him from the ghosts who hang-out his bedchamber and rob him of sleep.
The world map Shouxue sees within the storehouse appears clearly tied into the bigger plot Raven of the Inside Palace is slowly establishing, although simply how isn’t clear but. In the end I feel the sequence will stand or fall primarily based on how compelling that bigger plot seems to be. The person mysteries are attention-grabbing sufficient, however not sufficient on their very own to maintain the narrative for 12 episodes.