Posted by psgels on 31 January 2013 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

Most of the second halves of the series of the past Autumn season have changed into predictable directions: Jojo got more epic, Sakurasou got more dramatic, Psycho Pass started to delve into its setting, Robotics;Notes started to tie its various subplots together. Zetsuen no Tempest though… I did not foresee this change… The show has actually gotten much more light-hearted.

And yet, it still rocks. This episode shined in the details. From various small hints to indicate the building chemistry between the characters, ranging from subtle to hilarious (Samon buying Mahiro some flashy underwear?), to people dressing up that mage of Exodus guy as a superhero and having him destroy the tree of Genesis. This episode was stuffed with those fine moments that just made me smile. The dialogue was just brilliant here.

Best of all was the romance, though. I loved both Exodus-kun making fun of Mahiro’s sister complex (and how everyone knew EXACTLY what he was talking about), as well as Hakaze realizing that she has a crush on Yoshino, complicating Aika’s death even more because she, if she wants to, could have easily killed Aika unconsciously with her Genesis powers. Yes, Hakaze, wanting to couch his earlobes is perfectly normal. Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

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  1. Kaiserin Emma says:

    I have a few concerns in my head that this change in tone (and its in the manga too) will put this series is a typical shounen direction that betrays the uniqueness of the beginning.
    That said I’ll stick that out as from chapter 30 or so onward the revelations start and things get exciting again.

  2. troy says:

    That’s the thing thi story shown us once already that Hakaze’s power’s can work a cross time so while it may seem alittle crazy what if Aika died in the past becuase Hakaze fell for her boyfried in the future.

    • Carbine Gammaximon says:

      That’s mind-blowing however you look at it. Right now they have a lot to play with story and setting wise. I didn’t consider Kaiserin Emma’s concerns until now. I’ll just have to wait and see.

  3. Life says:

    Exodus-kun == Megumu Hanemura :)

  4. Scruffy says:

    There were so many awesome face-palm moments in this episode! The good thing though even though this was a really funny episode it somehow fitted the show. It wasn’t all lighthearted. Most of the comedy came within relatively serious moments .. well apart from that underwear shopping. That was just weird!

  5. TheUltimateReaper says:

    And here I was afraid this show might derail itself. Based upon the first half though its too late to doubt! I liked the episode enough, but I’m ready for more plot! Actually, the things happening are pretty great, but man I hate the Exodus guy. The world has been made much better, and yet I have a feeling everything is going to go to hell.

  6. HunterWulf says:

    Lovely episode indeed, and great use of the light-hearted moments to flesh the characters and progress the plot .. also Frau Yamamoto continues to be as mysterious and as cute as always XD

    I also have to add that the Exodus-kun reminds me of the camera-guy from Dreamworks movie “Megmind” who was given super-power and almost immediately turned from your average-Joe clueless nice guy into a maniacal unstoppable villain .. Exodus-kun will probably follow the same route once he dons the armor and starts gaining self-confidence and/or has something he wants so badly (why is it that i have doubts the identity of his girlfriend will have a very big impact on the story)

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:46 AM)
    And yet again at the end of the day Akane failed to do what’s the most important ethical thing to do and left people to possibly die instead of judging Sybil herself. I think the reason her psycho pass is clear might be out of stupidity.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:43 AM)
    @Emma: The plot was not only a mess but also incredibly flawed and contrived. Why would Sybil need to have to delete seemingly random brains considering that the are all supposedly asympttmatic to begin with? And if so then they should’ve done this a long time ago.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:40 AM)
    *This was
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:37 AM)
    One thing I forgot to say regarding earlier complaints about the second psychopass season is that you have people who were getting lost in regards to what was going on in the plot due to what a mess it was.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:35 AM)
    The was a pretty awful, although expected turn in the latest two brynhildr chapters regarding Hatsuna and the tonal jump in the latest chapter was terrible.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:34 AM)
    Yup Psycho Pass 2 finale was just as underwhelming as you lot say, so now I share the sentiment. Even the 1st season’s wrap up wasn’t all that satisfying so they kinda suck at that, but this just felt like they gave up trying tho.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:57 AM)
    I have heard of directors admitting bullshit before, Von Trier is said to have done so and I love the ground that man walks on.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:56 AM)
    @Emma: yeah, he mentioned that many elements of NGE where simply for visual flair or to elicit a response from the viewer, which to me is fine.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:55 AM)
    And both of you have a point about the power fantasy thing. Would also like to add here that a writer, writing is essentially a power fantasy to an extent as he or she essentially is elevated to the position of a God that has full control over their own world and characters.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:52 AM)
    Has Anno mentioned himself that he knows when he’s just messing around?
    Also I like his wife’s works a fair bit and more.

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