Posted on 3 November 2012 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

I must say, this episode found quite an interesting place for its characters to fight: inside an aquarium. They also used this whale skeleton, and I have to say that it’s quite a bit better than “generic street 232″.

But that was not what this episode was really about: it was about the villains. Even though most of the screentime showed the lead characters, it detailed the back-story for this series, who Samus is, what he does, why he left his strongest enemy on an island instead of just killing her, and it’s revealed that he instead just declared her dead.

Also, everything happens for a reason. The show will very likely build further upon this theme for the rest of the series, but for now it’s already quite interesting in the way that the dead girl used to say this. After dying…. this left quite an impression on Yoshino. Also, this may have been me missing something, but has it already been revealed how she died?

At least we now know why he has the hairstyle he has: it’s something she gave to him. Should have seen that coming. I do wonder what happened to his glasses, though. Did he end up wearing contacts?
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

19 Responses

  1. Komosha says:

    Samus eh?

  2. Bunny says:

    in short, this episode was really boring and again filled with explanations about the same thing over and over again.

    • Scruffy says:

      If you’re finding this boring it’s best to drop it now. It’s not an action show. Personally I’m really enjoying the characterizations.

    • HunterWulf says:

      Boring !!! tell me you are kidding .. please XD

      And what explanations are you talking about !!? .. there are barely any here (and they didn’t last more than a min or two) .. the rest of the episodes was filled with action and more back-story revelations through plot-heavy flash-backs .. the scene where Hakaze showcases the full extent of her power by blowing a huge chunk of a mountain and trapping everyone in mid-air was an amazing scene the not only showed why she is the clan leader (making all the men in the clan tremble before her powers even her own brother) but also showed her spunky and carefree personality in action.

      Then the twist in the end !!! sigh .. if all that is boring then probably it’s a good time to drop the show XD

  3. Kaiserin Emma says:

    I’m starting to warm up to this show a bit more but I still prefer magi as the shounen action show for the season. From reading the manga myself I’d wonder what you’ll think of the upcoming twists in the next two episodes.
    I’m curious did you watch this episode raw or with different subtitles to crunchyrolls? The subtitles in the episode I watched said Samon rather than samus.

    • meow says:

      Oooooh. No spoilers plz. XD I’m on the edge of my seat here.

    • over_seer says:

      I think every fansub group working on this is using CR script as a base; it’s very most likely a typo. Usually there’s not a reason to change the spelling of names.

      Probably Samus is the more common five-letter name beginning with “Sam” for people to type, because of a certain video game bounty hunter.

  4. meow says:

    and it’s revealed that he instead just declared her dead.

    Are you sure that’s all he did? I don’t know. The story seems vague enough that I wonder if they really did kill her and whether the two kids have been talking to a ghost caught in some kind of limbo. And it would fit the Hamlet parallel. I thought Hamlet’s father’s role would be played by Aika but instead it was Hakaze all along. What a plot twist.

    • meow says:

      This silence….did nobody notice it or was it too obvious to mention? Or am I way off base? Has everybody read ahead except me?

      • HunterWulf says:

        I totally agree, he definitely did more than just “declare her dead” … but right now this twist can still go in all sort of directions … It seems Psgels wasn’t paying attention but Hoshimura (the guy they met at the end of the episode) said explicitly that he confirmed Hakaze’s death personally .. then in the preview Hakaze says “there is no such thing as ghosts” .. it’s kinda confusing if she is alive then who is the person that Hoshimura thought was Hakaze dead body (could it have been that Aki’s body was used to fake Hakaze’s death .. but why her !!!?) and if Hakaze is dead then who is there on the island .. if she died in the barrel and never got out on the island then who the heck sent the “message in a bottle” with the communication talisman she is using to talk to Mahiro, and who is the owner of the bones (no pun intended) in the barrel !!? .. aghhhhhhhhh.

        After some deep thinking i decided to wait for the next episode becasue i think this plot twist will fully manifest when we get Hoshimura talking with Hakaze which will happen in the next ep.

        • meow says:

          My thought is that wooden statue that Mahiru has been using that we thought was a communication device might actually house Hakaze’s spirit. Again, it’s just a theory though. I may be looking too hard for a parallel to Old Hamlet in this story. Hakaze seems to be a shoe-in for Prospero, if you ask me. But still, an interesting cliffhanger.

  5. Entrav says:

    Aika has been the cause for everything. There’s a reason everything happens eh?…

  6. Son Gohan says:

    Even if Hoshimura saw Hakaze’s dead body, it could have been an illusion or a body double. Maybe they killed Aika because she resembled Hakaze, so that they could use her body to trick the other clansmen?

    • meow says:

      Interesting theory. At least there’s a link now to why that clan murdered Aika. But that’s one gruesome plot twist. If true, Mahiru and even Yoshino will probably go nuts. Was there a body switch thing in Hamlet?

  7. Trass says:

    Yeah, come to think of it, Aika looks a lot like Hakaze, maybe minus the eye color.

  8. Saigo says:

    Waiting for shinsekai and jojo, both awesome.

    in 6 and 5 episodes >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>SAO

  9. Saigo says:

    Just superior to SAO

  10. Commenter says:

    Time is out of joint huh.
    I smell a time travel plot! I’m guessing that they’re trapped in the past or something like that. Though the body switch thing also seems reasonable.

  11. DangerMouse says:

    Totally agreeing with the positive impressions, I’m loving the heck out of this show. As noted, I’m pretty glad it’s mixing it up making the story and its twists and the action all equally important, it feels like it’s at least aiming for that same area that FMA does which is great.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:59 AM)
    And holy hell,it would appear I have a thing for Tsukiyama and Touka =)
    The direction was very good when things hit the fan in the last few episodes too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:53 AM)
    Additionally, the rushed pacing in the end it never came to bother me, I think from reading the whole manga that it needed a good pruning/trimming and what was left was the worthwhile material. I never really cared much for the characterization in the manga, it wasn’t all that miss-able.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:51 AM)
    Marathoned the tokyo ghoul anime there on a whim. I enjoyed seeing the fights animated even though visually there was room for improvement in places, the censoring while poor in places was nowhere near as bad as I had expected and didn’t ruin things for me as I thought it might.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:36 AM)
    At this point they have become a caricature of their own subcultures lol
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:25 AM)
    I mean we like the edgy, dark, gory sex stuff with a grotesque twist but the J-pop inspired art with star-shaped eyeliners, Ganguro, the green hair and accessorizing with 16 belts and dog collars … probably not as much.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:23 AM)
    @K-off: yeah that and a misunderstanding of the nature of the world’s infatuation with Japanese culture.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:15 AM)
    @Bam They started falling apart when they began streamlining the game for casual players. Same story with so many good developers.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:07 AM)
    I mean I get it, SquareEnix has lost quite a lot of face. I like action RPGs tho so I think given the graphics and the gameplay framework this could’ve been something special, but it seems that bad character designs, writing, and the J-popification of the series is continuing on with this one.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:07 AM)
    @Bam: Lost interest in the FF franchise arounf FF10, had a love/hate relationship with 11.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:04 AM)
    @Bam Eh, I’m already going to blow all of my money on Civilization BNW, Witcher, and Alien, so that’s the last thing on my list. I really refuse to buy into the hype for the FF franchise anymore.

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