Posted by psgels on 10 November 2012 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

This is the episode where Zetsuen no Tempest set itself apart. It already had hints before that its story was very different from the usual, but here this really paid off when suddenly everything is turned upside down.

I mean, before it just seemed that there were a bunch of parties that were all acting independantly. This episode revealed so much connections between the different characters, and all of those connections are different. This episode was full of all sorts of bonds, from alliances to truces; I really liked the diversity.

Especially Mahiro impressed me in this episode, though. His mistrust of Yoshino, combined with how Yoshino seems to trust him completely worked really well in this episode, especially combining the tensions with Aika. It’s an interesting episode to reveal that the two of them were more than just siblings. And as much as I’d like to pull the hate card for doing the not blood-related thing again, they actually chose that relationship themselves, rather than making it some contrived excuse to have incest.

Also, Hakaze actually being the one more likely to destroy the world. Nice twist.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excelllent)

9 Responses

  1. Ransom says:

    Actually, you might be misunderstanding something. There were nothing more than siblings… Aika was not into any type of physical relationship with Mashiro. He was the one obsessed with her. She didn’t correspond at all, she was just teasing him :)

  2. TheUltimateReaper says:

    This story has won me over with this episode. It definitely set itself apart. Looking forward to more. I actually kind of feel bad for Mahiro. I really want to see what happens when he finds out about Yoshino and Aika. Also I’m pretty sure Mahiro had a one sided interest in Aika.

  3. Rachnid says:

    I think they are more than just siblings, as for what exactly…it seems we are gonna get an explanation next episode.
    Anyway, great episode and looking forward to the revelation of Junichirou’s secret, heh.

  4. mousoukyoku says:

    Having read the manga I can assure you Aika is nowhere near the typical little sister staple (and as already revealed in this episode, they are not even blood-related, but even given this staple I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Mahiro, which I guess just says something positive about the writing). Actually she’s kind of my favorite character because of her nasty, weird personality and how her role is implemented into the plot.

    psgels, if you already liked this twist, you’re gonna love this series. I’m just wondering how Bones will deal with the ending as the manga doesn’t have one at the moment (and we all know about Bones and endings…), but then again the anime isn’t a mere copy of the manga anyway at this point. For example the contents of episode 4 were never shown in the manga so far. Either the writer saves it up for later and told Bones beforehand for the anime (which wouldn’t make any real sense) or it’s actually totally new stuff. Either way I like the fact that even readers of the manga don’t get bored easily when watching this, since this often happens in other cases of manga adaptations.

    • Kaiserin Emma says:

      @Mousou : I knew it..I wasn’t so sure at first but I had a feeling there was something extra about this adaptation, yes, yes indeed more adaptations should do this.

  5. Airies says:

    If this is 13 episodes I will continue. Is it?

    • hikari says:

      Nope, it’s 24-26eps since the website confirm that there’s 2 boxset of bd/dvd that’ll be released for the collector/hardcore fans of this series which the 1st box contains 6-7 bd/dvd’s and the rest one are in the 2nd boxset.

  6. Blue says:

    I find Mahiro and Yoshino’s relationship most intruiging. I think Mahiro does care for Yoshino, but at the same time he’s suspicious of him and doesn’t trust him entirely.

    Also, Yoshino was pretty cold this episode. They’re meant to be friends but Yoshino will cooly go behind Mahiro’s back and make deals with others. Yes, it might be for the best in the long run, but still all this secrecy is bound to cause a shit storm later.

  7. Entrav says:

    Aika being a playa. What will happen when Mahiro finds out?…

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
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    *here and there
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    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
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    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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