Posted by psgels on 16 December 2012 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

This show. Talk about a mindscrew. This episode once again was just brilliant. There was so little action in this episode: it was just people talking, trying to convince each other and trying out various kinds of diabolical schemes. This episode just kept pushing things further, and added things like defying logic and fate to the mix.

I can’t believe how well the build-up of the previous episodes got used. This episode finally revealed how people are able to talk through each other, and immediately this show uses that theory to make a plausible explanation for Hakaze to return. And as if that wasn’t already a twist enough, it turns out that one of the biggest reasons for the plot to actually start was wrong: nobody from the clan killed Aika.

There were two things that I realized here that got left unmentioned, but need to be answered. First of all, how does suicide work? Could it be that Aika wasn’t murdered, but instead orchestrated her death herself. In any case it is very heavily being hinted that Aika was the priestess of the tree of Exodus. Second of all… are they going to remember to remove those strings on Hakaze’s skeleton. I mean, I shiver at the thought that they’ll remain stuck out of her body if this goes on!
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

10 Responses

  1. Anca says:

    I’ll never understand how you could find the twists in this show remotely intelligent or surprising.

    I love Mari Okada, but after this and the first few episodes of Gosick I’ve realised one thing: she can’t write intelligent characters. Her strength lies in how she writes emotions, and that sort of thing just isn’t as significant here.

  2. HunterWulf says:

    It’s pretty amazing that this exact scene has been ongoing for more than 3 episodes and yet it still manages to be suspenseful and fun to watch .. it works kinda like a theater play where two or three actors could stand in the same location for an entire act of the play exchanging dialog and still manage to entertain the audience (considering the show is already referencing many Shakespeare plays in its dialog and plot-twists it’s kinda ironic)

    It’s indeed possible that Aika is the witch of Exodus as we really know nothing about her past before she met Mahiro (or even how she ended up meeting him in the first place) …. but even if she is the witch of Exodus i really don’t understand why would she kill herself instead of contacting Samon directly and helping him summon the tree of Exodus .. sure her knowledge/role would have helped him control the tree once it was summoned (meaning he wouldn’t need his sister’s help) .. guess we will find out next episode .. it would be hilarious though if the witch of Exodus turned out to be someone like Evangeline Yamamoto XD

  3. DmonHiro says:

    I think the bitch was never actually DEAD. Since Hakaze is the princess of the tree of Genesis, Aika could be the princess of the tree of Exodus, thus protected from by it’s power.

    • imredjimmy says:

      Oh, hadn’t thought of that. That could be another nice twist XD

    • Random_Passerby_Number_612 says:

      Yup, that’s my theory as well. It should also be noted that when Hakaze said that dead people cannot be resurrected, she had presumed that magic was restricted by the Tree of Beginnings’ rules. It’s still a potential possibility for the Tree of Zetsuen that denies the world’s logic.

  4. Arno says:

    Psgels has literary skills, but I must say many of the animes picked this season are sub-par.

    Maho maho maho everywhere…

    That skeleton transfer thing made me chuckle, it’s so ridiculous.

    3 episodes on the same boring talking scene already…

    • HunterWulf says:

      lols, don’t you have anything better than going around spouting pointless trolling, and spouting “mightier than thou” crap in every post .. give it a break and chill out dude XD

      And seriously .. go watch your not-so-sub-par shows .. i’m sure some celestial anime shows exist for you out there somewhere to watch .. go ahead, nobody is going to beg you to stay.

  5. Entrav says:

    What’s up with all of the hate? Yes, the skeleton transfer might have been contrived but their arguments are not half bad.

    Sure, it may be magic magic all over the place but they’re still developing everything at a steady pace. Nothing wrong here until they conclude. If it’s ridiculous after it’s finished, then criticize it for being such. As for now… we’ll have to see how it goes.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:32 AM)
    The only way a live action ghost in the shell film would work is if Mamoru oshii directed it.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:29 AM)
    Wait wait…his Van helsing film is a reboot sorry I confused it with the other one.

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