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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  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.

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