‘Raven of the Inner Palace’ Anime Season 1 Review

Based on the fantasy light novel series by Kōko Shirakawa, Raven of the Inner Palace is an anime produced by Bandai Namco Pictures and directed by Chizuru Miyawaki. The first season featured thirteen episodes that were released in the United States by Crunchyroll.

Liu Shouxue (Alexis Tipton) is the “Raven Consort” of the Ye Ming Palace, a spiritual advisor with supernatural abilities. After Emperor Xia Gaojun (Christopher Wehkamp) stages a coup against his stepmother and secures control of the empire. He frequently visits Liu against her wishes, wanting her help with exorcising some ghosts in the palace against the wishes of his eunuch Wei Qing (Lee George). As Liu continues her duties, she befriends Jiu-jiu (Bryn Apprill) who becomes her lady-in-waiting. Little does she know that an evil force awaits in the wings to destroy her.

This is a unique anime in that it relies more on Chinese folklore and mythology to tell its story. Usually, anime are heavily influenced by Japanese urban legends and history. I always find it interesting when creators tackle a piece of fiction from somewhere other than their own nation and this one definitely piqued my interest.

I found myself intrigued by Shouxue’s story, as she is not only the Raven Consort but also the descendant of a clan with white hair who was considered an enemy of the imperial throne. This extra layer of intrigue brought about more thrills than expected. Watching as Shouxue greets the emperor with suspicion, though he slowly wins her over with sweets. Their growing trust, impressive animation, and supernatural elements make it entertaining and one that you hope gets renewed for a second season.

Check out this clip below:

This review is based on the English dub.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some rude humor, Violence, Disturbing images

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