Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 3 – Quick Summary
In Raven of the Inner Palace episode 3, “The Whistle,” the Second Consort visited the Raven Consort, Liu Shouxue. Liu had to expend considerable effort to discover what the Second Consort really wanted, which was to discover why the Emperor seemed to visit the Raven Consort so often. Then, later, the Second Consort came back with a request: she wanted Liu to investigate a whistle. Why was this whistle so important? What is it doing, or not doing, to cause concern? And where does the Emperor fit into all of this?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 3
Liu needs to learn to delegate if she wants to keep morale high! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Liu is really growing on me. I like her brusque approach to life, and I like how that approach is undergoing change. Her interactions are beginning to crack her tough outer shell. That said, I hope that future changes don’t alter her confidence and self-reliance. Because I really like both of those traits in her, too!
In this episode, she showed a proud drive to do things for herself. She visited the kitchen just to get herself a glass of water. Jiu-Jiu, who (bless her heart!) is trying her best to be a lady-in-waiting, objected. She said getting a glass of water was her job, and Liu should focus on more important things.
In a peeved voice, Liu said (06:55), “I can get my own water.”
For some individual contributors, it’s hard to act like a boss!
Best in Show Moment for Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 3
Liu seemed almost annoyed at the villain for being so unreasonable. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Not Knowing Japanese or Chinese is a Handicap
I’m finding it more of a challenge than normal to match character names to descriptions and distinguish between a name and a title. The Reddit thread on this episode (see the link below) talked about this, and it had some interesting details. The bottom line for me is that I’m going to rely more on titles and less on names, especially for the secondary characters. At least, I think that’ll help us stay on the same page. We’ll see!
Apparently, some names are actually titles; some Chinese names receive a Japanese translation. The Reddit thread has details. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
My favorite moment in this episode came towards the end. It shows a moment of Liu’s confidence and resolve. It might also poke fun at the overly anxious villain trope, or maybe it’s just that Luan Binguye is a real jerk.
Or both. Hard for me to say at this point.
Anyway, the Raven Consort had sent her magical raven in search of the woman we would learn had been possessed by Luan Binguye. The trail led into the forest, and Liu followed it alone (as far as she knew – the Emperor’s protection seemed to be nearby). In a clearing, she found the possessed woman.
Delivery: Liu, Calm Under Pressure
Liu maintained her cool. She explained that she knew this person had some serious power, or otherwise, they would not have been able to tame her raven. Impressed, Luan Binguye introduced himself and asserted that he and Liu shared the same lineage.
Luan explained he had been captured and beheaded and that he had a jar full of souls he had hoped to use as servants. Now, he hoped to use them as bargaining chips.
Liu had literally just said she’d listen. Dude sure likes his drama. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I like Liu’s calm. She simply asked what the request might be. But that didn’t seem to be enough for Luan. He placed a needle at the possessed woman’s throat. He threatened to kill her if Liu didn’t listen to his request.
In an annoyed voice, Liu said (18:01), “No need to threaten me. I will hear you out.”
I got a strong sense she was as exasperated as she was concerned about the souls in peril. But regardless, I liked her calm under pressure, and I liked her self-assurance. I hope she maintains that as she learned to open up to people like Jiu-Jiu.
What did you think of the Second Consort’s visit? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Kokyu no Karasu | Raven of the Inner Palace – Episode 3 discussion
- Lost in Anime: Koukyuu no Karasu – 03
- J Reacts: Lost Soul | Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 3 Reaction (後宮の烏) (YouTube)
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 1: The Jade Earring, Part 1
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 2: The Jade Earring, Part 2
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 3: The Whistle
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 4: The Skylark Princess
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 5: Confidant
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 6: The Summer King and the Winter King
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 7: Glass Prayer
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 8: Blue Swallow
- Raven of the Inner Palace Episode 9: Water’s Voice