Posted by psgels on 5 December 2012 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

Okay, I think I just watched the single best episode of the Autumn Season from the series that started there at least. That was just amazing.

THIS is what I mean with using your build-up well. After the slow pacing of the previous episode that took so much time in showing flashbacks, and was so careful in setting everything up for this episode, having everything just turned completely upside down within 20 minutes was just freaking amazing. I’m just blown away by this.

Everything came together here. It was already one thing that Hakaze was living in the past, but then this episode came with Mashiro who easily changed sides, Samon who was too busy clinging on trying to keep things safe as possible, Yoshino coming with that ridiculous idea to get Mashiro to change sides yet again. The delivery was also just perfect, I loved how blown away Samon was by all this, or how on-wavering Mashiro was from his goal. Yoshino as an observer also played a brilliant part, and at the center are these two dead girls who had such a large indirect impact on everything.

And holy crap, the music of this show is awesome! It had been on the background for the past few episodes, but this time it played a really big role again. And with this, yeah. Not even Jojo or Psycho Pass can match how well this OST manages to contribute to its series when it’s really on fire.

This episode once again gave me that delightful feeling of being blown away by something. It’s not a feeling that I get often, and yet I’m really glad that this show achieved it, because I love it, and it just kept going, without any weak spot whatsoever. Please Tempest, keep up this pace.
Rating: 7/8 (Fantastic)

13 Responses

  1. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Civilization Blaster does not disappoint. Though I’m surprised you like this episode so much. Granted it makes sense; this show is a weird blend of classical drama and modern day action. I like it.

  2. Spike says:

    I just loved the meltdown Samon was having internally, like “OMG kids are in charge of the fate of the world and they are as rational as a coin flip!”

  3. hal says:

    I liked that episode a lot as well. It was the reason why I couldn’t hold back anymore and read the manga…

  4. Entrav says:

    Great episode and I just watched it today :/ At least now I only have to wait two days for the theory. Everything is fitting together nicely including how everything surrounds Aika. Marvelous.

  5. Puran says:

    It’s insane how much this show benefits from Michiru Ooshima’s score. I am a fan of hers but there has been quite a while since one of her OSTs blew me away. Glad to see she is delivering.

  6. Yas says:

    The thing I really loved about this episode was that when they were making the Tempest references, they actually had Beethoven’s The Tempest playing in the background. I really appreciate it when there is that much attention to detail.

  7. Frost says:

    I loved the part where Samon goes “WTF?! Who cares about the boyfriend?”

    Because it was exactly my reaction… LOL
    Really, why does Mahiro care so much who Aika’s bf was? How does that change anything?

  8. vjott says:

    Bishounen Overload!

  9. Marsh says:

    My mind was blown so many times by this episode. It’s probably one of the best episodes I’ve watched this entire year.

  10. hoiut says:

    Total agreement over here. This show really is something else. I’m still holding on to my theory of Aika-killed-as-vessel. Deus ex tempus indeed! I have loved the soundtrack since the first episode.

    I can’t stand the OP, though. Something about Engrish and sounding both too generic and out-of-place.

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    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I main exposition about Eden because I want Bam to read it, because I think its his thing.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:35 AM)
    Its a bit long and gets kind of fillerly/draggy in the middle
    But I enjoy it enough to see myself putting it on my favourites list, its unpredictable, evolving and addicting. I’d recommended it strongly.
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    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:33 AM)
    The artwork still looks good today and hasn’t aged badly.
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    There are also alot of stories going on at once. Theres stuff about politics, rascism, epidemics, rogue AI in there too.
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    Speculating is very hard with the current state of things
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