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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  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 03:16 AM)
    Did anyone watch the Noblesse OVA? I thought the first half had rushed pacing but it got pretty good after that. Not to mention the animation is just gorgeous, they managed to get it to look like the webtoon.
  • prince
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 10:04 PM)
    I have commented on your Schwarzesmarken episode 4 review and also answered your questions so please check it out
  • 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.

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