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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 04:03 PM)
    @Raggers, it might have difficulty with a two cour run but a single cour I don’t really think so. Hell Mushi-shi has kept itself going with the same formula for two seasons. Hell girl for three seasons.
  • Raggers
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 11:26 AM)
    The problem with Death Parade is that its potential is (at least, appears to be) skin deep. At least I’m having trouble seeing it escalate beyond what we see on the surface, and I doubt new cases will be interesting enough to watch week in, week out.
  • MM
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:31 PM)
    Hey. You should watch M3: The dark metal ;)
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:33 AM)
    But hey, a step in the right direction is still a step. And I’ll take it. I also like that we’ve learned both can go to the same place, instead of either or.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:32 AM)
    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
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    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 07:32 AM)
    Regarding isuca’s female protagonist, whatever anyone or I thinks or not of her character or design/situations involving her its another case of me wanting to beat her to death with a baseball bat. Not a good sign…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:27 AM)
    *while the series took me a bit to get into
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    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:15 AM)
    Despite the fairly rubbish turn, twist this last chapter of shinigami and 4 girlfriends took and while it took me a bit to get into and felt it could have been funnier, it doesn’t ruin the manga for me, but this could have if it had gone on been better than the world God only knows.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
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    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.

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