Posted by psgels on 1 March 2013 with categories: Zetsuen no Tempest

Omg wtf!

This epsidode had it coming, there is no surprise here, and yet it managed to completely blow me away with how this episode was delivered. The guy who wrote this? The author of Spiral. This guy is amazing. I mean, spiral itself was smart, but with this series, he really managed to create something amazing.

The build-up for this series is juust brilliant. Aika being the Mage of Exodus? That was the first theory I had about the identity for this person. And then this episode just kept throwing red herrings at the viewers, and it kept distracting from this little fact to focus the attention on other people. Now that’s just amazingly well done.

Aika was awesome. Again, this is because of the build-up. For the entire series we’ve been talking about her, even though she was dead. Now we finally got to see her outside of a flashback, and she shows a completely different side of her. After all, everything we’ve seen of her so far was from the perspective of Yoshino (and a bit of Mahiro). It makes perfect sense for her to be able to sense Hakaze, and het yer directness in this episode took me completely by surprise.

Also, Samon. I love you. Your jokes are awesome.
Rating: 6.5/8 (Amazing)

18 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    I got spoiled about Aika (f**K wikipedia) 2-3 months ago, so I was just like “oh well, whatevs”
    smh

  2. MCAL says:

    You know, I actually believed Samon there for a second.

  3. Ktullu says:

    Samon’s joke totally stole the episode. He deserves a nomination for comedy character of the year! The rest was awesome as well.

  4. boa_sting says:

    Aside from this episode, it’s not really Samon dropping jokes as much as him playing the straight man reacting to absurdities of the world, enhanced by his usual severe demeanor, being such a calculating mastermind and playing the antagonist for the first half.

    He got me for a sec too.

    As for the actual episode and serious stuffs happening… damn, after the first time travel, I should’ve guessed there would be another one.

    • boa_sting says:

      (ugh no edit, continuing)

      and then following along those lines, guessing that Hakaze was involved with Aika’s demise would be the next line of reasoning.

      They’re not going to pull anything like Steins;Gate on us, are they? x_x

      Some form of time traveling where there’s one person in isolation on an island, at least by fiction’s logic, seems less full of traps and pitfalls than messing around and interacting with others.

      Hopefully the wrap-up will not disappoint.

  5. about the says:

    Episode was great as always. Personal thoughts:

    I’m convinced Aika commited/ will commit suicide at this point. Really looking forward to Hakaze vs. Aika btw. It’s been a while since I’ve seen an actual good fight scene between chicks.

    Perhaps the final episodes will reveal what it actualy means to be the mage of Exodus/ Genesis and why Hakaze and Aika were chosen for those roles in the first place. It would dissapoint me if they don’t reveal that at some point.

    Samon joke was good and fresh. I’m a bit confused about the post-villain role of Samon in the story though and hope he will have a significant part to play in how the story unfolds yet.

    Finally, does Hakaze always talk out loud when she’s thinking? Must be a character trait.

    • Loz says:

      “Finally, does Hakaze always talk out loud when she’s thinking? Must be a character trait”

      Yeah some might consider this a cheap way of having the characters speed through an introductory process,buildup & revelation that Hakaze is potentially from a future time, knows mahiro/yoshino & knows Aika’s relationship with yoshino etc. Also Aik’a whole speech of deducing everything thats going on, and in her own words, just playing the part of master detective in how she reveals it all could be seen as a bit of another cop out. Although I suppose some might argue that its probably part of her character.

      Anyway getting back to your original point, im sure the hardcore ZNT fans will argue that its actually lierature or drama thing, and that its again all linked to shakespeare, and that Hakaze speach was actually a soliloquy, and equally with my point made about Aika they might say that it was a monologue addressing the of the events that have just occurred before her.

      I suppose both opposing views are equally valid.

    • boa_sting says:

      re: Hakaze talking to self

      Even if it’s not really a character trait, it’s a habit that most people would develop after living on an island by themselves for months. (granted, it’s been some time after that, but old habits die hard)

      She’s also rather anxious about the whole ordeal. I don’t really blame that or find it unusual.

      The fact that it also works with respect to drama (meaning plays) in the traditional usage of soliloquys is icing on the cake.

  6. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Well I figured suicide might be a very real possibility but this changes things. It could still happen but it’s more likely either Hazake kills her or something unexpected happens. That would be another twist delivered by manipulating our expectations.

    That being said. I love this show. It’s not just good, it’s been great to us. But I still wonder why I feel people are overrating it. Well it’s definitely great.

    I’m never that surprised or blown away. I do love the twists though.

    • random says:

      If they’re like me, they probably thought the introduction of comedy and romance was the show jumping shark. The show is alot better now that its focusing on Aika and getting down to what happened to her.

    • random says:

      also, I don’t know if any else feels this way but the soundtrack really isn’t as good as it was during the first half of the show.

  7. kero says:

    i laughed at the absurd size of the sword.

    This episode was great.

    Also, it made me want to eat yakitori

  8. HunterWulf says:

    Aika is truly something else, she is really full of surprises, and giant magic swords.

    I really liked how Aika was the one who was calm and dominant while Hakaze was sweating and panicking .. i don’t think one-on-one Hakaze could possibly win .. a fully powered Exdous Mage is simply unstoppable in combat … which leave only one possible way Aika would die .. suicide (like some have guessed).

    I also wonder what was someone as powerful as the mage of Exodus was doing fooling around with Mahiro and Yoshino .. i also think the thing i’m looking forward the most is who Aika was before she met Mahiro and started role-playing his sister (as we all she isn’t his sister at all) .. wonder who she really was and where she came from !!?

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 12:44 AM)
    @Ebod: while it would definitely be ideal if a Japanese actress like Yukie Nakama or Keiko Kitagawa played the role of major Kusanagi, Hollywood practices make it very improbable. So the options left are either Asian actresses that are known in Hollywood such as Rinko Kikuchi, or American actresses of Asain decent like Natalie Mendoza or Grace Huang.
  • Ebod
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 08:22 PM)
    V for Vendetta for me has always been a more “literary” work than Watchmen, but Watchmen is spectacular because it’s a story that can only be told in full scope in the comic format. While I feel like many major themes and events from V for Vendetta could easily be adapted into, say, novel format, the same could not be said of Watchmen. Also, the racist whitewashing Hollywood does of Asian characters really has to stop.
  • 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…

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