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Patron Pick Fall 2022: Koukyuu no Karasu – 11 – Lost in Anime


Raven of the Internal Palace is a humorous kind of present.  It will get the job executed by doing a variety of massive issues poorly however doing all of the little issues extremely properly.  As somebody who’s been watching anime for a very long time, I can confidently say that’s a extremely uncommon formulation.  Simply how profitable the ultimate product might be is determined by how extremely you worth these little issues, however fortunately for me I worth them lots.  I can stay with wonky pacing and awkward narrative construction if I get world constructing and character interplay nearly as good as what Koukyuu no Karasu provides.

Primarily, it’s these two components that drive this sequence’ success for me.  I really feel utterly immersed in courtroom life as quickly as every episode kicks in – this can be a very actual and tangible place Dawn has created right here.  Equally essential are the small moments in Gaojun and Shouxue’s relationship, which have solely gotten higher as that relationship has deepened.  I like the little appears they involuntarily flash one another when one in every of them does one thing to please or annoy the opposite – like when Shouxue had the fish Gaojun made for her hidden beneath her outer clothes.  And whereas Shouxue is principally a conventional tsundere, the low-key method that expresses itself is basically charming – for instance, the best way she manoeuvred him into sharing the sweets he’d introduced her.

Certainly, their relationship is progressing – however so are the obstacles in its path.  Sarcastically the one consort the Emperor truly has emotions for is the one he’s completely forbidden from being intimate with.  Not solely that, however the extra he learns about her life the extra he realizes how cursed she is – like this enterprise in regards to the previous Raven Consort dying eight years after the brand new one is anointed.  Because the previous archivist warns Shouxue, getting any nearer to Gaojun presents nice risks to each of them.

One actually has to really feel for the Raven Consort, who’s a younger girl of actual integrity and steely resolve.  She’s conscious – and changing into extra so on daily basis – that her existence is certainly a curse, and that by sharing it an excessive amount of with anybody she catches them up in it.  But she’s more and more changing into entangled emotionally with others – not simply the Emperor however Jiu Jiu, Yi Shiha, Dan Hai.  Even Wen Ying, who she roughly knowingly sends into hurt’s method.  Once more sarcastically, Gaojun’s actions in pushing Shouxue to permit others to get near her are somewhat merciless, as a result of they pressure her to face the laborious reality of what and who she is and what which means for these round her.

As to that hurt, it actually comes within the type of the Owl.  He’s clearly liable for the dying of the courtroom woman, whose throat was torn out (more than likely by a human).  He’s taken up residence within the Magpie Palace and turn out to be a kind of Svengali determine to the Magpie Consort, who’s taken to her mattress for 4 months after her brother was thrown from a horse and killed.  She, in actual fact, was the one who got here to Shouxue begging to have somebody introduced again from the useless.  Relying on how deep the Owl’s machinations go, it’s not inconceivable that he might even have been liable for the brother’s dying, so as to create a vulnerability to use.

The Magpie Consort’s scenario has created issues for Gaojun as properly.  He is aware of the best factor to do is to ship the lady residence to be along with her dad and mom, however he can’t as a result of her presence as a possible mom of an inheritor helps preserve the damaging Yu clan, to which the Duck Consort belongs, in verify.  That is the Emperor’s personal kind of curse – he’s powerless to indulge his personal sense of ethics (and romantic inclinations) due to the political realities of his place.

Shouxue is just not flawed that the private attachments Gaojun has principally compelled on her are making her weak, and she or he resents him for it.  It’s the kind of weak spot everybody faces once they turn out to be emotionally weak and hooked up to others (even Buddhism acknowledges this as a elementary weak spot of mortal people).  Most individuals settle for it and transfer on, however her for her it’s not really easy to try this.  Shouxue and Gaojun are each trapped, and clinging onto one another for assist whilst their circumstances forestall them from embracing one another.  That’s fairly a poignant anchor for a narrative, and that’s a serious cause why Koukyuu no Karasu is such an excellent one.



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