Posted by psgels on 18 November 2012 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

A romance episode, with the fantastic soundtrack that this series has. That’s quite something different for a change, but boy, was it good. This episode just continued to show the relationship between Mahiro, Yoshino and Aika. The pacing is much slower than I expected after the first episode, but the detail this episode brought in their relationship was really impressive, even without the soundtrack.

The subtle chemistry between the three of them was particularly great: each one of them had something of an edge: the romantic tension between Yoshino and Aika was great in how Aika kept teasing him, the awkwardness between Mahiro and Aika was great, and Yoshino’s mistrust compared to Mahiro’s trust was great too.

And then there is the way in which this series has been building up for the past couple of episodes with a really long background arc, and I must say, that it did this the right way: by making the build-up interesting, and the thing they’re building up for with a lot of potential: at the end of the episode I really couldn’t wait for the story to continue again, and yet I never once got bored during the flashback arc. The third thing that this show needs to do is actually make the build-up worth it. Ah well, that’s up for next week.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

22 Responses

  1. AidanAK47 says:

    Aika contastly reminds me of Rosa Ushiromiya….

    Honestly I don’t see what the flashback is necessary. We didn’t learn anything particular new or important.

    • HunterWulf says:

      Flashbacks aren’t only used to dish out exposition or important info … fleshing out the characters is important function of flashbacks even if it’s a small bit of info that might seem trivial .. when you know more about the characters, their past interactions and relations you -supposedly- care more about what happens in present time … which this episode did very well specially with its excellent music and mood.

      • AidanAK47 says:

        However the amount of information was insubstancal. For a 13 episode series to waste it’s time presenting us with information we don’t even need is not a good idea. What they should be doing is address the current concerns of the plot. Why is island witch considered death and whats up with those bones? How was Aika murdered? Why is it bad for the good tree to heal? How did the worlds best magician manage to captured? And most important of all, Why are the villains doing this in the first place?

        • Billish says:

          oh shit this is a 13 episode series? i made up a point, then. woops

        • psgels psgels says:

          Where did you read this? I believe that this show will run for 2 cours.

          • JaK says:

            Anidb as usual has no clue as to what number of episodes this would have but MAL and ANN have this listed as 13 and ANN is usually right :)

          • psgels psgels says:

            Unfortunately, by far the most misunderstandings about episode counts come from ANN. ANN’s episode count lists the number of episodes they know about, not necessarily the total number.

            I can’t believe they still haven’t fixed it because I’ve had to explain this numerous times for five years now.

          • AidanAK47 says:

            I wasn’t sure about the episode count but from the vibes here it really feels like the last episode is coming soon. They are already talking about the “final” battle.

        • HunterWulf says:

          Well, if it’s a 13 episode series then i agree with you, but so far everyone i know considered Zetsuen to be a 24 ep series and there is no solid info that proves it is 13 ep only .. and in case it’s a 24 ep series then this episode has excellent pacing and just the right amount of character development.

          • hikari says:

            Sigh…I thought I already post it sometimes ago that Zetsuen is 2 cours, the official sites listed/solicited 7+ BD/DVD’s meaning is 24-26eps or 2 cours. And agreed with Psgels post above that ANN isn’t a credible source in searching about total eps numbers. So yeah, the pacing so far is fine considering they still has many eps left to work out.

          • Scruffy says:

            @Aidan: There is a battle coming up but it is definitely not the last. Manga wise it occurs in volume 4 and the series is up to volume 7

  2. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Zetsuen no Tempest does everything right, or at least as it should. These kinds of stories can become boring/utterly dull and mediocre quite quickly, but Zetsuen execution does very well for itself. Yeah I’m very much looking forward to what’s happening next.

    • Airies says:

      If Zetsuen did everything right, Why did I drop it, Why did i hate all the characters, why did i find the plot the least interesting out of all the animes to air this season, why don’t i like the animation, why dont i like the soundtrack, why do I find it boring?????????? huh? tell me because to say its done everything right is an opinion that shouldn’t be said at all.

      • JaK says:

        why are u even commenting here then :) ?

      • HunterWulf says:

        Because your taste in anime sucks, or becasue you don’t get it XD

        Ahm, just joking .. but seriously .. what the heck does THIS mean —> “to say its done everything right is an opinion that shouldn’t be said at all” .. you just stated your own opinion regrading the series then you go ahead and say that TheUltimateReaper shouldn’t say his own opinion just becasue it doesn’t match with yours .. i think your ego could use some diet XD

      • Avalon says:

        I could say the simple rude remark that is, “Your taste sucks,” but I’m sure you have your reasons why you dislike it so much. I can already tell I will never be able to agree with or even understand your reasoning, but that’s what opinions are for. There are certain types of anime that I am far more critical of just because I am not into that sort of thing (most historical anime for example). Maybe its the same for you and this anime? You probably already what it is though so I’ll stop here.

  3. Billish says:

    This was my favourite episode since the first. I really enjoyed the subtlety of each characters relation to Aika. She’s also probably … my favourite character… if she can be considered a character.

    I like that this show is building up to what seems like a climax by episode 8, but that, obviously, is not the case. I take that this means unexpected things will happen to the characters, and change their pre-built disposition not only to each other but individually.

    Loved this, looking forward in anticipation of greatness! Lol, actually, my hopes aren’t that high… not yet.

  4. vjott says:

    Anyone else bothered by the fact that one of the main male characters has hair-clips in his hair? Is this what we call bishounen?

    • HunterWulf says:

      Yeah, you could say that the hair-clips are a bishounen thing (that and the earring).. the hair-clips are also a memento from Aika as seen in the Aquarium flashback scene where she puts them personally in Yoshino’s hair.

  5. Stars says:

    I’m seeing some correlations between Aika and Yuuko from xxxholic. If anything that hairstyle has been bugging me since the beginning… but now there are implications that the future is something particularly important to Aika to which she has inextricable connections to.

    I’m going to continue watching this assuming Aika was setting up for something awesome when she was alive. If she doesn’t end up being part of the core of what’s going on with all this backstory she’s getting I’ll be sorely disappointed.

  6. Frost says:

    I said right on the first episode that Aika was the most interesting character in the show, and this episode was further proof

    Its funny how Mahiro was going wondering why he is attracted to her, and he said “You dont have boobs and youre not sexy”

    He is out of his mind, she has this elegance and mystery about her that makes her ridiculously attractive… At that point, who cares about boobs, lol

    I would totally watch a shoujo verson of this with her as the main character

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • 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.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (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.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    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.

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