Koukyuu no Karasu
(One episode watched):|
My impression is that this show will be about solving mysteries within the Forbidden City of Beijing. Handsome young Emperor Xia Gaojin was cheated of his right to the throne by the conniving Empress Dowager, who is to blame for his mother's early death. He has taken back what is rightfully his and has spared the Dowager, but she continues to conspire. Liu Shouxue is a strange young woman who has some sort of extraordinary capability to discern the truth, which makes her useful to the Emperor. But she is a very independent woman who charges a stiff price for her services. It looks like the first case will be about sparing a cursed ghost (of the Emperor's mother?) from its torments. Unfortunately, my impression was that this first mystery lacked depth and the show was taking a bare bones approach to storytelling; that is, feeding us a relatively simple story without our needing to figure out much of anything by ourselves. It is looking like a pretty simple good versus evil tale. For all the majesty and bureaucracy of the Forbidden City, it seems that the Emperor and one aid (and the Raven consort) basically get everything done. Maybe there will be a battle of wits with the Empress Dowager, but I'm not seeing any clear signs of it yet. So maybe I will watch episode two, and maybe I won't.
Last updated Thursday, October 20 2022. Created Thursday, October 20 2022.