Tokyo Ravens

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Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens light novel vol 1.png
Cover of the first light novel Shaman*Clan
東京レイヴンズ
(Tōkyō Reivunzu)
GenreAction, Romance,Comedy, Supernatural
Light novel
Written byKōhei Azano
Illustrated bySumihei
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original runMay 2010 – ongoing
Volumes10
Manga
Written byAtsushi Suzumi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShōnen Ace
Original runDecember 25, 2010 – ongoing
Volumes8
Anime television series
Directed byTakaomi Kansaki
Written byHideyuki Kurata
Studio8-bit
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, tvk, TV Aichi
Original runOctober 8, 2013 – ongoing
Episodes24
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Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens light novel vol 1.png
Cover of the first light novel Shaman*Clan
東京レイヴンズ
(Tōkyō Reivunzu)
GenreAction, Romance,Comedy, Supernatural
Light novel
Written byKōhei Azano
Illustrated bySumihei
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original runMay 2010 – ongoing
Volumes10
Manga
Written byAtsushi Suzumi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShōnen Ace
Original runDecember 25, 2010 – ongoing
Volumes8
Anime television series
Directed byTakaomi Kansaki
Written byHideyuki Kurata
Studio8-bit
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, tvk, TV Aichi
Original runOctober 8, 2013 – ongoing
Episodes24
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Tokyo Ravens (東京レイヴンズ Tōkyō Reivunzu?) is a Japanese light novel written by Kōhei Azano and illustrated by Sumihei. It was adapted into a manga series in 2010[1] and it was adapted into an anime on October 8, 2013.[2][3] Funimation will simulcast the series on their website.[4]

Plot[edit]

In the "Great Disaster," Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji. Harutora Tsuchimikado was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power whatsoever. His estranged childhood friend appears one day to take him up on a promise he made long ago to become her familiar, a shikigami.

Characters[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Harutora Tsuchimikado (土御門 春虎?)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa, Risa Taneda (young)
The main protagonist and the son of the branch family of Tsuchimikado clan. Despite being born into a distinguished onmyouji family, he has no magical powers. He had been living a normal and laid back life seeing that he could not accomplish anything without any magical powers. When he was young, he made a promise with Natsume to become her shikigami and protect her. After witnessing the death of Hokuto, he became Natsume's shikigami to keep his promise he made to her many years ago. He seems to have some sort of 'Bad luck' which he considers an ancient curse passed down by his ancestors. He is really weak in studies and is usually tutored by Natsume to avoid being held back a year. Later in the Light Novel, the real identity of Harutora is revealed. He is the real reincarnation of Yakou Tsuchimikado. When he and Natsume were born, their places were exchanged. He was sent to the branch family and Natsume was sent to the main family. In the moment he regained his memories of the previous life, Natsume was killed. He performed the Taizan Fukun Ritual and revived her but then he leaves Natsume.
Natsume Tsuchimikado (土御門 夏目?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
Harutora's childhood friend and the daughter of the main family of Tsuchimikado clan. She is a prodigal onmyouji attending school in Tokyo. During summer break, she comes to Harutora's town to interrupt his peaceful life by holding him to the promise he made long ago to become her familiar. She is heir to the Tsuchimikado family and is assumed to be the reincarnation of Yakou Tsuchimikado. As a family tradition, she has to present herself as male in front of other onmyoji families. She has a Gohou-Type shikigami (Defense Familiars) called Hokuto, a true dragon spirit that has served the main family of Tsuchimikados for generations. She deeply cares about her family reputation and holds the burden of being the next heir of the Tsuchimikado clan. After the incident with Suzuka Dairenji, she is shown to be wearing the same ribbon Hokuto won from Harutora in the shooting game. She cares about Harutora and has a crush on him since childhood.
Hokuto (北斗?)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto
Harutora's childhood friend. She had a romantic relationship with Harutora and got really jealous when Harutora was kissed by Suzuka. During his next encounter with Suzuka, she sacrifices herself to save Harutora from Suzuka's shikigami Tsuchigumo, revealing herself to be a shikigami. Hokuto is actually Natsume's shikigami, who Natsume used as a medium to be close to Harutora. Hokuto's 'death' was what prompted Harutora to become Natsume's shikigami. She shares her name with another shikigami called Hokuto, a dragon.
Tōji Ato (阿刀 冬児?)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
A former delinquent and Harutora's best friend from school. He is capable of special spirit sensing and has a vast knowledge on onmyodo. He was a victim to the Spiritual Disaster from two years ago. Harutora's doctor father treated him although the after-effects remained. He realized way before Hokuto that Natsume was the one who conjured her. He enrolled the Onmyo Academy in Tokyo along with Harutora. He usually helps Harutora whenever he gets in trouble. He is always seen wearing a green bandanna. Two years prior to the story, it was revealed that he was possessed by the Ogre which caused the Spiritual Disaster. Thus in the end he became a Half-Ogre and now tries to gain control to contain the Ogre within himself. The reason he enrolled to Onmyo Academy was to purify the Ogre inside him.
Suzuka Dairenji (大連寺 鈴鹿?)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
The youngest of the Twelve Divine Generals nicknamed "the Prodigy". She is a wanted criminal for researching and using forbidden magic. She comes to town searching for Natsume to make her as an offering in a Taizan Fukun Ritual to revive her brother. She researched on Yakou Tsuchimikado and his Taizan Fukun Ritual in order to bring her brother back to life. This leads her into conflict with the Onmyo Agency. Although being a powerful onmouji, she is regarded as the weakest Divine General as stated by Reiji Kagami. She is the daughter of the deceased Divine General and the former leader of the Twin Horn Syndicate, Shidou Dairenji. In episode 3, it was revealed that she and her brother were subjected to deadly experiments by their father before and after their birth which resulted her being an excellent Onmyouji. Her brother later died due to the experiments and hence she came to Harutora's town to perform the Taizan Fukun Ritual and revive her dead brother. She was also guilty for her actions which lead to Hokuto's death but Harutora releases her from her guilt when he reveals that Hokuto was remotely controlled by its user. Most of her magic was temporarily sealed by Onmyo Agency and she later enrolls in the Onmyo Academy as her punishment for the incident in the country side. She harbors romantic feelings for Harutora.
Kon (コン?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
Harutora's shikigami. A diminutive silver-fox spirit who wears miko-like clothing and wields a wakazashi. She has been by Harutora's side since the moment he became Natsume's shikigami, but due to his low spiritual power and awareness, he was unable to hear or see her. A rare Gohou-type shikigami, she possesses independent thought and actions and is fiercely loyal to her master, and even gets jealous when Harutora associates with other girls. She has served the Tsuchimikado clan since a long time.
Kyōko Kurahashi (倉橋 京子?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
The Granddaughter of the director of the Onmyo Prep School and heir to the Kurahashi family. She is part of the top students in the school and one of only 3 known students to possess a Gohou-Type shikigami which consists of two Yaksha demon class warriors called Hakuou & Kokfuu. Initially she appears antagonistic towards Harutora (and by extension Natsume) due suspicion of using his family's fame and status of being Natsume's shikigami to suddenly enroll directly into the elite academy at mid semester. After a series of events, she reconciles with Harutora establishing a friendship based on common ground. she also reveals two surprising truths; first being, that Kurahashi's were once a branch family of the Tsuchimikado's. Second, she had once visited Tsuchimikado's home as very young child and Kyouko had made a certain promise with Natsume at the at time. But once they had reunited again Natsume treated her like a complete stranger, frustrated at having her feelings trampled she used Harutora as a pretext to start fights with Natsume. However ironically in reality, the person she met that day wasn't Natsume, but Harutora who she mistook as Natsume. After helping Harutora save Natsume from a Yakou Disciple the two make up. This later causes her to admit to Harutora that she is in love with Natsume, being oblivious to the fact that she is a girl. Kyouko now plans to further her relationship with Natsume and forces a reluctant Harutora to help her as payment for the Yakou Disciple incident.
Tenma Momoe (百枝 天馬?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
A classmate that befriend Harutora and Touji during their first day at academy. He ended up unwitting involved in the Yakou Disciple incident when he was caught in attack from a shikigami called a Kodoku meant for Harutora. He however resolved himself to help Harutora rescue Natsume after listening his request. Since then Tenma has been drawn in various events related to the cult despite his somewhat cowardly nature. He is quite knowledgeable on various info relating to current events of the Onmyodo world at large and sometimes helps Harutora catch up with his studies by lending him his notebook. It was later revealed that he is from a prestigious onymouji family . He is also the successor of the Momoe family and Witchcraft Corporation, his deceased parents' company who currently manufacture man-made shikigami for general purposes and making the use of shikigami accessible to all people.

Onmyo Academy/Onmyo Preparatory School[edit]

Jin Ohtomo (大友 陣?)
Voiced by: Koji Yusa
Harutora's homeroom teacher. A fairly quirky fellow who tends be more laidback then one would expect from a teacher, to the point where some would accuse him of being irresponsible. Despite that, he's usually good at giving solid advice to students and is known activist against the school's harsh policies when comes to education. He lost his leg in a clash with Ashiya Douman and now has a prosthetic leg. He was a former Magic Investigator and Divine General nicknamed "The Shadow" who worked under Daizen Amami to investigate the Twin Horn Syndicate until he gave his resignation and started working as a homeroom teacher of Onmyo Preparatory School.
Miyo Kurahashi (倉橋 美代?)
Voiced by: Fumi Hirano
The current head of the Kurahashi family and Onmyo Prep School. She is a known figure in the underworld of Onmyouji and her son (and Kyouko's father) is the Chief of Exoticism Division of Onmyo Agency. The current Kurahashi Clan is considered one of most powerful noble families who's influence over the politics of Onmyoudo and Japan rivals that of once glorious Tsuchimikado family. A skilled Diviner, she helped the Onmyo Agency solve numerous extremely difficult cases. Miyo is also one of the few people who knew Yakou personally. She has a pet cat which uses as a messenger to relay information at long distances.
Mako Fujino (富士野真子?)
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi
A 26 year old matron of the boys dormitory who works in Onmyo Academy and also a good friend of Ako Kifu. She's into "Boys Love" relationship and often fantasizes about it with Ako. She spread the rumors about "Harutora, Touji and Natsume's relationship" after getting mistaken by Natsume's shikigami with Harutora who looks exactly like Natsume albeit with a male body.
Ako Kifu (木府亜子?)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
Matron of the girls dormitory and a good friend of Mako Fujino.
Fujiwara (藤原?)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Senda
An old man who works in the Onmyo Academy who cares about his students well-being. He is a teacher and also a practical instructor of Onmyoudo.
Suzu Saotome (早乙女涼?)
Voiced by: Izumi Kitta
A mysterious eccentric 3rd year student that people often mistake for being younger than she is. Likes little girls despite looking like one herself.

Onmyo Agency[edit]

Zenjirou Kogure (木暮 禅次朗?)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi
An Independent Officer/Exorcist as well as a Divine General nicknamed the "Omnipotent Sword" working under Onmyo Agency together with Reji Kagami. He was a classmate with Jin Ohtomo and they both were in the 36th class of Onmyo Academy. The two along with Ryo Saotome were known as the Three Crows of the 36th. His shikigami is a pair of Tengu known as Karasu-Tengu.
Karasu-Tengu (烏天狗?)
Voiced by: Minami Omi
Karasu-Tengu are the pairs of Crow Shikigami spirit controlled by Zenjirou Kogure. Their names are Kokuryuu, Dassai, Reisen and Hou'oubiden.
Reiji Kagami (鏡 伶路?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
He is a First-Class onmyouji and also a powerful Divine General nicknamed "Ogre Eater". He has a rude personality and does not care about other people. He has a scar on his forehead. He's an Independent Officer/Exorcist.
Daizen Amami (天海 大善?)
Voiced by: Hiroya Ishimaru
The current chief of the Magic Investigation Division of the Onmyo Agency and also a Divine General nicknamed "The Divine Fan". He was also the senior of Jin Ohtomo when he worked in the Magic Investigation Division of the Onmyo Agency. He seems to know Miyo Kurahashi personally and addresses her as "Miyo-chan".
Atsune Hirata (比良多 篤祢?)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
A Magic Investigator working in the Onmyo Agency. After the resignation of Jin Ohtomo, he's directing the investigation of the Twin Horn Syndicate.
Iwao Miyachi (比良多 篤祢?)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka
A powerful First-Class Onmyouji and a Divine General nicknamed "Fire Demon".
Mari Yuge (弓削麻里?)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
She's an 24 year old Independent Officer/Exorcist and a Divine General nicknamed "Binding Princess". Her speciality is in making powerful Magical Barriers as her nickname suggests.
Genji Kurahashi (倉橋 源司?)
Voiced by: ???
Tougo Miyoshi (三善 十悟?)
Voiced by: ???

Twin Horn Syndicate/Bicornis Fellowship[edit]

Shidou Dairenji (大連寺 至道?)
Voiced by: ???
The former head of Twin Horn Syndicate/Bicornis Fellowship. He used himself as a core to trigger the spiritual disaster that happened two years prior to the story. In the end, he became a ogre(demon) and progressed into Phase 4-scale Phenomena but later died due to unknown reasons. He is the father of the Divine General, Suzuka Dairenji. When he was alive he was a Divine General nicknamed the "Professor".
Chihiro Mutobe (六人部 千尋?)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
He was the right-hand man of Shidou Dairenji who also worked for the Spirit Division while being a member of Twin Horn. Two years after the first Spiritual Terrorism, he tried to conduct a catastrophic event on the same scale with the assistance of Douman. Before getting into custody by Zenjirou Kogure, he died due to a death curse spell which he placed on himself prior to incident.

The Tsuchimikado Clan[edit]

Yakou Tsuchimikado (土御門 夜光?)
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
A genius Onmyoji and visionary who had appeared in the midst of the Great Pacific War and would be known as the father of modern Onmyoudo. It was through his actions that the art of Onmyoudo was able to revitalized itself in Japan by creating a new foundation, attaining him fame as well as many followers. A key figure in Japanese Imperial Army his leadership in Onmyo Agency won the military and the country many victories. However it would also be he who caused the Great Spiritual Disaster which brought about country's immediate downfall in the war. Despite the controversy that had a arisen towards him in the aftermath of this, his legacy is still enormously respected and revered. Little is known of what happen to him afterwards, but there many who theorize that Yakou's grand ritual may not have necessary failed and that he actually undergone reincarnation. These theories and rumors further fuelled by divination, predicted that Yakou would incarnate himself half a century later to next head of Tsuchimikado household to whom his powers have blossomed in and once again raise up lead the Onmyouji to a new era. Many of those who are strongly devoted to him refer to Yakou as the King of North Star/Polaris King.
Yasuzumi Tsuchimikado (土御門 泰純?)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami
Current head of the Tsuchimikado clan and Natsume's father. He can read the stars and predict the future accurately. In Volume 8 of the light novel, it was revealed that he exchanged his son with the branch family's daughter meaning, he is the biological father of Harutora.
Takahiro Tsuchimikado (土御門 鷹寛?)
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura
Harutora's doctor father who is currently treating Touji. He was a Mystical Investigator in the Onmyo Agency but later left it and now works as a doctor in countryside. He is also a graduate from Onmyo Academy. It was later revealed that he is Natsume's real father.

Others[edit]

Hishamaru (飛車丸?)
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida
She along with Kakugyouki are the two powerful legendary shikigami of Yakou Tsuchimikado who were constantly at his side and renowned enough to gain military rank in the Japanese Army during World War II. She apparently disappeared shortly after her master's disappearance. Kakugyouki considers her to be more loyal to Yakou than he is.
Kakugyouki (角行鬼?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto
One of the two Yakou's powerful legendary Shikigami who were constantly at his side and renowned enough to gain military rank in the Japanese Army during World War II. He apparently disappeared shortly after his master's disappearance. He is later shown to be very much alive and is now a wanderer. He has one hand missing as seen at the end of episode 6. Kakugyouki states he has no plans to get involved with the Yakou Cult(Twin Horn Syndicate) and remains neutral in conflict between them and Onmyo Agency.
Douman Ashiya (蘆屋 道満?)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
One of the most powerful onmyouji from Abe no Seimei's era. He was the rival of Abe no Seimei and fought him nearly a thousand years ago. Ashiya Douman has shown interest in Yakou's reincarnation and seems to have connection with Twin Horn Syndicate/Bicornis Fellowship and Kakugyouki. He also fought with Jin Ohtomo which resulted in Jin losing his leg. Currently, he is no longer a human but a Phase 5 Oni(Ogre/demon) of the 5 Phases of Spiritual Disaster Phenomenon.
Toshiya Dairenji (大連寺 利矢?)
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima
Suzuka's kind, but ill fated older brother who succumbed his father's experiments and died prior to the story. Attempting to bring him back by trading her life for his using the Taizan Fukun Ritual, he ended up coming back as nothing less than a shade. He then tried to kill Suzuka, but was stopped by Harutora. Once sealed and put to rest by Natsume, Harutora had buried him together with a distraught Suzuka.

Terminology[edit]

Onmyoudo
Also known as Shamanism, is a style of eastern magic that combines concepts and aspects of Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism and Kuji which originated from Japan. It flourished heavily during the Heian Period to the point where it once held great influence in the Imperial Courts, but the tradition eventually waned and nearly died out. However that changed between time of the Meiji Restoration and World War II, where at that point Japan was desperate to become a world power. To that end it reopened sorcery once again and allowed it to be integrated into the military with the prosperity of the country's future in mind, thus the era of "Restoration of Magic" began with Tsuchimikado Clan being the central figures of its new movement. Around the period of World War II, Tsuchimikado Yakou had collected all of Japan's magical traditions and refined them into completely new all encompassing style of magic called the Imperial Arts which lead to major victories and huge gain of political power for Japan in the war. This system was later further refined and simplified into what is now known as Common Arts giving birth to the modern Onmyoudo. Now magic continues to thrive and has now become a institutionalized aspect of society with multiple applications in various fields such as medicine, and technology thanks to the efforts and achievements of Yakou after World War II.
Onmyouji
Also known as Shamans, are the term for what magicians of Onmyouji are called. Nowadays it is a valid profession like any other, but requires a government certification after years of training to be recognized one and be allowed to perform magic.
Onmyo Agency
An organization established during World War II by request of the military with the original intent to utilize magic booster their strength in the war. Back then was called Onmyo Department and Yakou Tsuchimikado was its first Chief. When the war ended it expanded and became the Onmyo Agency, a bureaucratic body with a new focus regulating the now more widely spread Onmyoudo and dealing with the now more frequent spiritual disasters. It has jurisdictions and legalities over all things concerning magic in Japan. It is because of this that organization has run into some unrest with more traditional members and sects of Onmyoudo who feel that their ways are being trampled upon. The agency has many divisions and departments, but most prominent of them of are the Magical Investigation, Exorcism and Spirit Divisions.
Magic Investigation Division
The section in-charge of human magic related affairs. They are essentially the Law Enforcement arm of the Onmyo Agency who's role is to make sure the Shamanic Laws are upheld by dealing spell related crimes. Amami Daizen is the current Chief of this division.
Exorcism Division
The section in-charge of handling spiritual disasters and keeping spiritual disturbances to a minimum. Due to the nature of their work the Exorcism Officers are considered the strongest units in agency. Kyouko's father is its current Chief.
Spirit Division
A section once in-charge of research and study of souls. Yakou Tsuchimikado's Imperial Arts/Style was of particular interest to this Division since many of its aspects utilized soul manipulation. However, it was later revealed to be a nest of Yakou fanatics known as Twin Horn Syndicate who were behind a large-scale spiritual disaster 2 years ago called the "Joushi no Oharae"(lit the "Great Purification of March 3"). Using the Spirit Division as a front Twin Horn had conducted the first ever known case of spiritual terrorism. After the incident this division was abolished, Shidou Darenji was its last Chief.
Onmyo Academy/Onmyo Preparatory School
One of the top magic related vocational schools in Japan who's history stretches back to a quarter century. Its facilities are state of art both in tech and sorcery. The institution is known for its rigorous curriculum but it has turned out a great many alumni who have gone to become Divine Generals, taken high positions Onmyo Agency or in the government as well as become famous in other ways. The school is guarded by two high class man-made shikigami called Alpha and Omega.
Twin Horn Syndicate/Bicornis Fellowship
The Twin Horn Syndicate/Bicornis Fellowship is the infamous organization that caused the Spiritual Disaster two years prior to the story. The Twin Horn Syndicate conducted the Spiritual Disaster using the Spirit Divison of the Onmyo Agency as a front. The head of this organization Shidou Dairenji used himself as a core to trigger the Spiritual Disaster. The Twin Horn Syndicate/Bicornis Fellowship has been labelled as a terrorist group by the Onmyou Agency. The organization still runs today and are also revealed as a cult who are Yakou fanatics and regard him as a God, thus they are after Natsume since her birth as she is assumed to be the reincarnation of Yakou Tsuchimikado. To the public they are known as The Order of North Star.
The Twelve Divine Generals
A group of first-rate Onmyouji who have been deemed the best spell users in the country by passing the highest levels of the National Omnyo Exam and earned the qualifications to use strongest from of Koushu of the Common Arts. While these individuals have mastered various high end techniques, they are most known for their particular specialties from which their nicknames are derived from. They have a celebrity status in the media which makes them highly popular nationwide. The term Divine General was also originally coined by the media.
The Great Spiritual Disaster
Catastrophic event that occurred at the end of World War II as a consequence of a failed grand magic by Tsuchimikado Yakou. At that time Japan was losing the World War II, so in order turn tide in their favor once again, the government ordered Yakou to create a spell that would allow them to win. However something went amiss with the ritual which lead to a massive spiritual disaster that spread throughout the entirely of Tokyo turning into unhallowed ground, for years. Even now the scars of that cataclysm still remain as spiritual disasters as well as their effects continue to happen, though far from that scale. The Imperial Government had shifted all of the responsibility on Yakou, causing Tsuchimikado Clan to fall into ruin. Yakou now a controversial figure disappeared shortly after.
Spirit Sight
A basic passive ability which is required for any Onmyouji to use magic. It allows them to see spirits and energy necessary to manipulate spells. It cannot be learned as Shamans can only be born with it. So it serves as a symbol of those who have the talent to become Shamans.
Shikigami
A type of eastern familiar which can either serve as tools or partners of an Onmyouji and are required for rituals. Shikigami can be made artificially or by bonding with spirits such as Youkai and and even humans. Because of this Shikigami re grouped into two major types: Man-mades and Servants which are further broken down various sub-groups and sorted by usage.
Man-made Type
Shikigami that made through objects such as paper or metal by having the caster infuse them with spell and spiritual energy. Out of the two major types this more common one. These are further split into 3 main catagories: First, Basic/Simple Man-mades which can only stay summoned when supplied with its master's spiritual energy and must be operated directly or be given prior instructions. Second, Standard Man-mades which can stay summoned for brief periods of time without their master's spirit energy and have limited self-awareness. Third, High-Class Man-mades which are Shikigami that have complete self-awareness. Man-made types are also sorted by their usage and such as general types which have several different applications and pursuit/combat types who's function specialize in appending criminals. In general an artificial Shikigami's make in terms of strength, function and structure are highly dependent on the user's power. So even a basic man-made can be of very high quality if the mage behind it is of great talent.
Servant Type
The much rarer type of Shikigami which are created through contracts or enslavement of Spirit Beasts and other beings. Unlike Man-made Types, Servant Types naturally have their own will and spiritual energy which allows them to generate their own spells and abilities and thus are usually more powerful. However because the user and the spirit being(or beings) share spiritual energy due their bonding, the two are constantly connected. The strain of this is often too high for even professional shamans to handle regardless whether the spirits beings are assuming corporeal form or not. So only those with high spiritual energy can actually utilize and maintain these types of familiars for long periods of time. Lastly, within this type of Shikigami exists a high class group called a Gohou-Type (Defensive Familiars) notable for their extreme power and longevity. Many of these type of Servants are Guardian Beasts that have lived for hundreds if not thousands of years. Furthermore Gohou-types true to their name serve as sort of automatic defense for their masters thanks to their ability to materialize without aid.
Imperial Arts
A revolutionary magic system created by Yakou after gathering, breaking down, rebuilding and refining old Onmyoudo at the behest of military. Being the culmination of all of Japan's magical techniques, and knowledge it is highest form of magic in the nation's history. Because it was created for military and political purposes (and not civilian use) it removed many of religious and abstract elements of old Onmyoudo and focused on practicability. Imperial Arts made use of several protocols and a technique called "soul manipulation" making it's spells capable of many possibilities and feats such as ability reincarnate or even revive dead which is impossible under the current magic system. Because of this it's considered much stronger, complex and varied than Common Arts. Officially, while many of it's spells are banned like Taizan Fukun Ritual, some are still are allowed use such as Spirit Step.
Common Arts
Koushu (Class A Magic)
Otoushu (Class B Magic)
The 5 Phases of Spiritual Disaster Phenomenon
First Phase
Second Phase
Third Phase
Fourth Phase
Final Phase
Taizan Fukun Ritual
Raven's Wing

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Tokyo Ravens began as a series of light novels by Kōhei Azano, author of Black Blood Brothers, with illustrations by Sumihei. So far ten volumes have been released.

List of novels[edit]

No.TitleJapanese release dateJapanese ISBN
01SHAMAN*CLANMay 20, 2010[5]ISBN 978-4-8291-3519-8
02RAVEN's NESTSeptember 9, 2010[6]ISBN 978-4-8291-3552-5
03cHImAirA DanCEDecember 18, 2010[7]ISBN 978-4-8291-3592-1
04GIRL RETURN & days in nest IMay 20, 2011[8]ISBN 978-4-8291-3637-9
05days in nest II & GIRL AGAINJuly 20, 2011[9]ISBN 978-4-8291-3657-7
06Black Shaman ASSAULTOctober 20, 2011[10]ISBN 978-4-8291-3688-1
07_DARKNESS_EMERGE_May 19, 2012[11]ISBN 978-4-8291-3757-4
08over-cryOctober 20, 2012[12]ISBN 978-4-8291-3809-0
09to The DarkSkyMarch 19, 2013[13]ISBN 978-4-8291-3865-6
10BEGINS/TEMPLEOctober 19, 2013[14]ISBN 978-4-0471-2911-5
EX1party in nestJuly 20, 2013[15]ISBN 978-4-8291-3909-7

Manga[edit]

A manga adaption by Atsushi Suzumi began in December 2010, serialized in Shōnen Ace, and so far the chapters have been collected into seven volumes. A manga spinoff, entitled Tokyo Ravens: Red and White, by Azumi Mochizuki was serialized in Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age and concluded in the November 2013 issue, and Fujimi Shobo publishes a third adaption by COMTA, entitled Tokyo Ravens: Tokyo Fox.[16] A fourth manga adaption, entitled Tokyo Ravens: Sword of Song, by Ran Kuze began serialization in the November 2013 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Rival.[17]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaption began airing in October 2013, produced by 8-bit and directed by Takaomi Kansaki. Funimation has licensed the series for English release. The first opening theme is "X-encounter" by Maon Kurosaki and the first ending theme is "Kimi ga Emu Yūgure" (君が笑む夕暮れ?) by Yoshino Nanjō. The second opening theme is "Outgrow" by Gero and the second ending theme is "Break a spell" by Mami Kawada.

List of episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
01"SHAMAN*CLAN -Promise-"
(SHAMAN*CLAN -約束-) 
October 8, 2013
Harutora recalls his childhood promise while napping during summer school before he and Tōji encounter Hokuto. Idling away the day, Hokuto lectures Harutora once again to become an onmyo mage. On his way home, Harutora unexpectedly meets Natsume but ends up offending her prompting Natsume to leave. The next day Tōji enlightens Harutora on Natsume's comments before they meet up with Hokuto at the festival. Hokuto promises Harutora a kiss if he wins but teasingly plays it off but promises to take care of the ribbon. Suzuka arrives at the festival while Harutora fights with Hokuto about her ema. Before Harutora can chase her, Suzuka enters and, mistakingly thinking Harutora is Natsume, asks him to help her. The Magical Investigation Bureau drives up to take Suzuka into custody for use of forbidden magic but she utilizes an Asura to wash them away capturing Harutora in the process. When Hokuto arrives revealing Harutora's real identity, Suzuka leaves Hokuto with a message for Natsume and kisses him. 
02"SHAMAN*CLAN -Confession-"
(SHAMAN*CLAN -告白-) 
October 15, 2013
Hokuto indirectly reveals she loves Harutora but avoids him for the next day. Tōji discusses what Suzuka wanted with Harutora before he is called away to meet Natsume wherein Suzuka's familiar steals Natsume's spiritual powers. While taking Natsume home, Harutora comes across Suzuka and leaves Natsume to an officer while he goes to Suzuka. Overpowered by Suzuka's juggernaut, the Magical Investigation Bureau agents are spiritually wiped out before Harutora is almost able to convince Suzuka to stop. A badly injured Magic Investigation Department agent binds Suzuka who, enraged, calls upon her juggernaut to kill him. Harutora saves the agent's life but as he is about to die, Hokuto sacrifices herself to save Harutora. Alone and grieving over the death of Hokuto, Harutora makes his way to Natsume and becomes her familiar. 
03"SHAMAN * CLAN -Calling the Dead (Tama Night Crawling)-"
(SHAMAN*CLAN -魂呼(たまよばい)-) 
October 22, 2013 [18]
Natsume and Harutora make their way to the shrine to stop Suzuka but she retaliates by sending her juggernaut and Asura. As the juggernaut forms a protective barrier around the shrine, Natsume and Harutora battle the two while Harutora develops a strategy to overcome the latter. In the midst of battle, Harutora falls from Natsume and she calls out for Hokuto, the Tsuchimikado family's guardian dragon, to save him. Hokuto defeats Asura and successfully delays the juggernaut enabling Harutora and Natsume to arrive at the shrine but Suzuka stops them. Suzuka ultimately brings forth a spirit pulse which is controlling her brother's body who is strangling her. Harutora and Natsume eventually save Suzuka whereupon Harutora lets Suzuka see her brother off properly. Afterwards, Natsume reveals that the talisman familiar was a manipulation type and Hokuto's real controller was somewhere else alive. In Tokyo, Harutora meets with Natsume after enrolling at Onmyo Prep School where he conveys the wrong impression that he knew Hokuto was Natsume the entire time. Harutora doesn't realize Natsume has still kept his ribbon and when Tōji appears having enrolled at Onmyo Prep School as well, the two act overly familiar with each other wherein its subtly revealed that Tōji knows Hokuto's controller was Natsume. On the verge of making a connection, Harutora and Tōji leave with Natsume. 
04"RAVEN's NEST -School-"
(RAVEN's NEST -学舎-) 
October 29, 2013
Harutora and Touji arrive at the Onmyo Academy. The two are greeted by the man-made Shikigami who guards the entrance, Alpha and Omega. Shortly after that the two meet the principal of the academy, Miyo Kurahashi. The three of them discuss about Natsume and Yakou Tsuchimikado. Harutora and Touji meets their homeroom teacher, Jin Ohtomo. While the two introduce themselves, their new classmates are surprised since the two of them transferred half a year later when the new term started. Kyouko Kurahashi, granddaughter of the principal, annoyed by this fact has a brief argument with Natsume. After that Harutora is surprised when Natsume and Touji are acting familiar towards each other as he thinks that they just met yesterday. Harutora and Touji befriends their new classmate Tenma Momoe. He gives a brief info about Kyouko and the current Kurahashi clan. At the end of the day Harutora finally meets his Shikigami, Kon. Due to a misunderstanding Natsume caught Harutora with a naked Kon thus causing her to punish him. The next day, Harutora was not paying attention in the class. Kyouko suggests that the class should abandon those who can't keep up with their studies. Ohtomo, on the other hand, tells them that he would still help the students despite the strict Academy rules. This irritates Kyouko and at the same time Kon shows up having her sword pointed towards Kyouko for badmouthing Harutora. Annoyed because of Harutora, Kyouko summons her Shikigami called Hakuou and Kokfuu. Seeing this, Jin Ohtomo suggests them to have a duel with their Shikigami. Harutora tells his plan to Kon and the two prepares to face Kyouko's shikigami. 
05"RAVEN's NEST -Bonds-"
(RAVEN"s NEST -絆-) 
November 5, 2013
During her fight with Harutora, Kyouko remembers her promise with a Tsuchimikado boy. After this flashback, Harutora's Bokken bursts out due to overcharging. Jin Ohtomo is forced to stop the duel after watching Harutora lose. Due to his duel against Kyouko, Harutora gets popular in his class which upsets Natsume. Later Kyouko apologizes to Harutora for her rude behaviour which she reveals due to her assumption that the one she met in her childhood was Natsume. She thinks Natsume has forgot about the promise between her and the Tsuchimikado boy she met. As Natsume arrives she sees Harutora together with Kyouko and gets upset and cries after scolding him. As Harutora was about to comfort her, she gets caught up in the miasma caused by the Magic Investigator of Onmyo Agency who was in fact a Yakou disciple. Harutora and others arrive where Natsume is held by the Yakou disciple and he summons a one-armed demon whom he calls Kakugyouki. After an intense battle with the fake Kakugyouki, Harutora manages to break its seal. Unable to control the fake Kakugyouki, the Yakou disciple flees. Natsume after getting rescued by Harutora summons her Shikigami dragon Hokuto which kills the fake Kakugyouki. Touji later confirms that the one-armed demon was not the real Kakugyouki. Later, in their conversation Kyouko confesses that she likes Natsume and wants Harutora help her to start dating with Natsume. Harutora is surprised after hearing this as he can't tell her that Natsume is in fact a girl pretending to be a boy. Just after their conversation, Harutora has a flashback of a girl whom he made a promise and the girl looks like a younger Kyouko. 
06"days in nest -holiday-"
(days in nest -休日-) 
November 12, 2013
The dorm mothers Mako Fujino and Ako Kifu spots Harutora with a Shikigami that looks like Natsume albeit with a male body. They misunderstands the situation and takes their pictures together which upsets Harutora. Weird rumours are going around about Harutora and Natsume which now includes Touji as well thanks to the dorm mothers. Harutora plans to go shopping on his day off but since Touji has plans he suggests Harutora and Natsume to go together. This makes Natsume happy as she considers this as a date with Harutora. Next day, while searching for a clothes shop the two of them gets lost and end up in a love hotel where they hide from the dorm mothers who were chasing them. While the two shares a light moment together, Kon shows up and tells them they are also being searched by Kyouko and Tenma's Shikigami. Natsume thinks that she can handle their Shikigami but when Jin Ohtomo shows up to help in their search she loses all her hope. Harutora calls Touji for help and the two escape thanks to him. They later meet up with Jin Ohtomo and others but things don't go well for Harutora when he is misunderstood again being together with Kon in the hotel room. Later in the evening, Jin Ohtomo manages to successfully locate and capture the Yakou disciple who kidnapped Natsume previously. The principal also shows up controlling her cat Shikigami and she confirms the Yakou disciple's connection with the Twin Horn Syndicate. Shortly after that, Ashiya Douman discusses with a man about that Yakou disciple. The man states that he does not want to get involved with the Twin Horn Syndicate's conflict. He also seems interested in Tsuchimikado branch family's son Harutora. While he is about to leave, it is subtly revealed that he has one arm missing and that person is actually the real Kakugyouki. 
07"cHImAirA DanCE -Ogre Eater-"
(cHImAirA DanCE -鬼喰(おにくい)-) 
November 19, 2013
Six months have passed since Harutora and Touji enrolled to Onmyo Academy and the students prepare for their end of year exams. Natsume is trying to make Harutora pass his exams by helping him in his studies. In a second duel with Kyouko, Harutora manages to beat one of her two Shikigami. Touji meets Miyo in her room where she discusses about the practical exam which will be purification of a simulated Spiritual Disaster. She tells him about this exam as she thinks Touji has a handicap in this exam for being a victim of the Spiritual Disaster of two years ago. Meanwhile, Jin Ohtomo meets Daizen Amami of the Onmyo Agency. Amami, Jin and the current investigator of the "Twin Horn Syndicate" Atsune Hirata discuss about the future plans of Twin Horn Syndicate which caused the Spiritual Disaster two years ago. Ashiya Douman had contacted a member of the Twin Horn Syndicate, Chihiro Mutobe to conduct a new Spiritual Disaster. Later that day, Harutora meets Touji to enquire Touji's condition. After having a comforting conversation, the two plans to do well in tomorrow's practical exam. The next day, the simulated Spiritual Disaster practical exam is held. The exam does not go well as a Chimaira 01 type Nue appears in the exam site due to miasma getting stronger. On sensing danger Natsume summons Hokuto to expel the miasma and keep her classmates safe. Reiji Kagami while pursuing the Nue appears at the exam site. While Touji is in pain due to the strong miasma Reiji notices him being a Half-Ogre and thus reveals his Ogre horns. 
08"cHImAirA DanCE -Half-Ogre-"
(cHImAirA DanCE-生成[なまなり]) 
November 26, 2013
In a flashback, Touji remembers his past during the time he was getting treated by Harutora's father. Everyone is surprised about Touji being a Half-Ogre. It is revealed that two years ago Touji was possessed by the the same Ogre who caused the Spiritual Disaster. Zenjirou Kogure and his Shikigami pair of Karasu-Tengu arrive at the scene. Reiji tells him that the Nue got away. They suspect the Twin Horn Syndicate causing these events. The two of them leave the scene to go after the Nue. Touji is later admitted to hospital but after regaining consciousness he disappears. Miyo tells that the Onmyo Agency plans to use Natsume's Shikigami Hokuto to help in this Spiritual Disaster to which Natsume agrees. She orders Harutora to look for Touji. Tenma, Kon and Harutora search for Touji while Natsume and Kyouko meet Zenjirou. Later, Harutora runs into some strangers but Kakugyouki arrives and tells them to stop making a scene. Before disappearing, Kakugyouki tells Harutora about Touji's whereabouts which helps him to find Touji. Meanwhile, Reiji Kagami and Iwao Miyachi tries to take down the Chimaira 01. While sharing a clash of fists with each other Harutora tells Touji that he can't kill him because Touji loves his friends. While Mari Yuge is making a special barrier to contain Chimaira 01, Hokuto lures the Nue towards the barrier. Later, Chihiro Mutobe casts a spell which causes Chimaira 01 to progress into Phase-4 Phenomena. 
09"cHImAirA DanCE -Purification-"
(cHImAirA DanCE-修祓-) 
December 3, 2013
After witnessing Chimaira 01 progressing to Phase-4 Phenomena the Nue starts running away. Natsume and Zenjirou pursues the Nue to draw him out using Hokuto. Zenjirou summons his pair of Karasu-Tengu Shikigami to stop it and Harutora and Kon also rush towards the Nue. Back in hospital, Touji wakes up and finds that Miyo has loosened the Ogre seal. She tells him to control the Ogre power instead of merely driving it away. Elsewhere, Reiji Kagami, Iwao Miyachi and other Onmyouji exorcists are purifying the Chimaira 01. Zenjirou and Natsume are stopped by Chihiro Mutobe in their chase. Natsume, Harutora, Kon and the Karasu-Tengu decides to go after the Nue while Zenjirou faces Chihiro. Meanwhile, Tenma comforts Touji and tells him he still considers Touji a friend. Touji rides Yukikaze and decides to help Harutora against the Nue and later arrives at the scene. After an intense battle, they are successful in purifying the Nue. Reiji Kagami comments how their actions will cause Natsume to be famous among the Yakou followers and will re-energize them. He meets Ohtomo and the latter warns him to stay away from his students. Zenjirou also arrives and tells them he failed to take Chihiro Mutobe into custody as the latter had placed a suicide spell on himself and died. Shortly after that, everyone feels the powerful presence of Ashiya Douman who was planning to retrieve the Nue for himself but failed. In the end, Atsune Hirata is seen performing the Taizan Fukun ritual thanking Chihiro Mutobe for his work. 
10"GIRL RETURN -Prodigy-"
(GIRL RETURN -神童-) 
December 10, 2013
One month after the Spiritual Disaster "The Second Great Purification of March 3" caused by the Twin Horn Syndicate, Onmyo Academy's entrance ceremony is held and Suzuka Dairenji enrolls in the Onmyo Academy. She notices Harutora in the ceremony and declares Harutora her first kiss which causes him to be bombarded with questions. Zenjirou Kogure tells Jin Ohtomo that the Onmyo Agency enrolled Suzuka in the Academy as her penalty for the incident she caused last year. Jin states that the Onmyo Academy will take care of Suzuka for her re-education. Natsume is worried since Suzuka saw her dressed as a girl during last year's incident. While searching for Suzuka, Harutora meets a senior third year student who seems interested in Kon. Later in the evening, Suzuka greets Harutora in the school library. She reveals that the Onmyo Agency sealed most of her magic powers and gave her a penalty for three years to stay in Onmyo Academy. The next day, Suzuka causes trouble for Harutora and Natsume as she expresses her desire to meet the next heir to the Tsuchimikado clan prompting Natsume to hide from her. Touji suggests Harutora to tell her about Natsume's circumstances regarding the family tradition to dress as a boy. Harutora takes Suzuka in a restaurant where she cries after noticing Harutora not resenting her since she caused Hokuto's death. Harutora releases Suzuka from her guilt when he tells her that the girl Shikigami Hokuto was not real and in fact a simple Shikigami controlled remotely by its user. Thereafter their conversation, Suzuka notices Natsume's presence in the restaurant and quickly recognizes her being the girl in the priestess outfit. 
11"GIRL RETURN -Tiger-"
(GIRL RETURN -虎-) 
December 17, 2013

After learning that Natsume is really a girl, Suzuka continues to bully both Harutora and Natsume. She however decides to not reveal Natsume's gender. As a punishment for not answering her phone call Suzuka decides to check out Harutora and Natsume's room to which Natsume clearly refuses to let her in. After tying up Natsume, Suzuka notices a barrier placed on her closet. While trying to break the barrier, Harutora frees Natsume and she summons Hokuto in her room ending the situation.

The next day, Harutora wakes up only to notice that Kon is in her physical form and can't get rid of it. Touji suggests that it was Natsume and Suzuka's fault due to yesterday's incident regarding her closet which lead to Kon not getting rid of her physical form. They both refuse to ask for teacher's help as Natsume wouldn't say anything about what was inside her closet and thus being scared if the teacher decides to inspect it and Suzuka doesn't want to make a worse impression than what she's already made. Harutora had left Kon in his room but she decides to look after Harutora and disguises herself wearing Harutora's tiger imprinted jacket. She causes trouble in the cafeteria when she gets mistaken as a tiger Shikigami. The school issues a tiger warning and calls Onmyo Agency for help. The principal and Zenjirou concludes that someone sent a tiger Shikigami to attack the students. While Suzuka is helping Kon to escape, Zenjirou attacks them but they manage to escape and Harutora's jacket gets destroyed. Suzuka, Kon and Harutora gets scolded by Jin and Kon is able to get rid of her physical form. In the end Suzuka is seen sleeping with a one eyed Tiger plushie toy. 
12"GIRL RETURN -Love-"
(GIRL RETURN -恋心-) 
December 24, 2013
Harutora, Natsume, Touji, and Suzuka along with the rest of the class go on a Shikigami training camp somewhere in the mountains. Sometime in the afternoon Touji stops Suzuka and asks her for a partnership in defending them against the Yakou devotees who are after Natsume. She complies which leads Natsume to ask Suzuka if she really is the reincarnation of Yakou. Suzuka believes she is but can't be sure leading her to reference the "Raven Coat" a cloak which is a spiritual tool Yakou used to wear and is the only way to find out if Natsume really is Yakou's reincarnation. Jin Ohtomo and the principal using her shikigami overheard their conversation, Jin believes that the real Raven Coat is in Onmyo Academy and the one in Onmyo Agency is just a replica. The principal asks him where did he learn about such things to which he replies, "From Ryo Saotome". At night Harutora asks Natsume if she's alright and she nods in agreement and decides to go to the hot springs to think things over. The next day Harutora is stopped by Kyouko who wants to know if he really likes Suzuka when out of nowhere Suzuka steps in the conversation and rants on about how Harutora likes Hokuto and not her. Seeing the tears in her eyes he remembers to be honest with himself and tells Kyouko about how Hokuto was a Shikigami being controlled outside, which leads to Kyouko's thoughts on how the possessor had to be very powerful to be able to keep Harutora from noticing her as a Shikigami for such a long time and how it couldn't be Natsume due to their different personalities. Later on the bus ride to home Natsume is mumbling "Bakatora" in her sleep to which Harutora grabs the pink ribbon from her hair and realizes that its the exact ribbon he won for Hokuto at the fair, making him believe that Hokuto's real controller was Natsume. 
13"Black Shaman ASSAULT -Priest-"
(Black Shaman ASSAULT -法師-) 
January 7, 2014
14"Black Shaman ASSAULT -Face-off-"
(Black Shaman ASSAULT -術比-) 
January 14, 2014
15"_DARKNESS_EMERGE_ -Encounter-"
(_DARKNESS_EMERGE_ -邂逅-) 
January 21, 2014
16"_DARKNESS_EMERGE_ -Divine Fan-"
(_DARKNESS_EMERGE_ -神扇-) 
January 28, 2014

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