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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  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.

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