Hakaze’s magic has multiple uses. One is to brighten up your dreary walls.
|This week’s episode of Zetsuen did not disappoint… unlike the fact that I had a midterm that I didn’t bother studying for since I had no idea that it was even coming up. I’m not too worried though. Ironically, it was partially on Shakespeare, so hopefully I aced that part. xD|
This was another info dump of an episode, but less so than the last one. There was also more action this episode, which was just as good as last episode’s. Their portrayal of magic isn’t quite like anything I’ve seen in anime before, so it’s quite interesting to watch. Now in that, this episode brought up the fact that Mahiro doesn’t seem to use real magic. Instead, he has borrowed magic from Hakaze. I’m impressed by the fact that she thought that far ahead, but at the same time, I’m not sure how well it’s going to work out for Mahiro and Yoshino. Normally fakes have the disadvantage in pretty much everything, yet Mahiro decided to take the real mage head on. He seems to have a good handle on things thus far, but I’m curious to see how far Hakaze’s magic can take him. Especially since the talismans seem limited until Hakaze can get off the island, and now Yoshino seems to be using up the supply as well.
I mentioned last post about Hakaze’s connections to Prospero, but this episode gave clearer Shakespeare counterparts to the two male protagonists. If you couldn’t guess from his quotes last episode, Mahiro connects to Hamlet. He’s hell bent on revenge and doesn’t care how many people he has to stab through curtains illogical getting it a year later is. I think it’s safe from what they’ve shown us to say that revenge is his #1 reason for living right now. …Who knows what he’ll do afterwards. As for Yoshino, I’m pretty sure he’s Romeo (since, you know, the whole tragic love thing). I’m not entirely sure if Aika lines up with any characters (or if she’s even supposed to) since she hasn’t really quoted anything yet, but we’ll see.
Interesting to point out, only Hakaze’s Shakespeare counterpart gets a happy ending since Hamlet and Romeo both end in tragedy. Could this foreshadow the ending to Zetsuen no Tempest for those characters…?
Yoshino may be mourning the death of his secret girlfriend, but other than that, he seems to have the emotions of a rock. The shock from the last episode aside, he seems to have absolutely no problems with all of the dead bodies surrounding him now. He didn’t even seem all that shaken up by the whole magic thing. On one hand, it’s nice to see a willing hero who doesn’t waste time brooding, but on the other, he’s kind of… dull. Even Mahiro with all of his vengeance obsession is more interesting to watch because he actually has goals as a character. Maybe this lack of emotions has deeply to do with his character, his girlfriend dying and whatnot, but for now it just seems like he’s a bit uninspired. At least my problems with him and Mahiro’s relationship were fixed a bit this episode. That flashback with Mahiro and him talking about Aika not dating seemed like something Mahiro would only tell someone he was close to.
As for Aika… I’m surprised that she’s actually dead. From the last episode and Yoshino’s obsession with her, if figured that she might still be alive and only her and Yoshino knew. I think she’s quite dead since Mahiro and Hakaze can track her murderer and from the sounds of it, I think Hakaze’s family (or something to do with magic) has something to do with it since she mentioned that she was still around at the time and she didn’t notice. If it had been someone like Yoshino, I don’t think she would have cared if she was around or not. My question now is why? Mahiro and Yoshino don’t seem to have anything to do with mages, so why would Aika be murdered? …Well, I’m sure they’ll tell us eventually since that event seems to be half of the plot right now.
Here’s another question: where is Hakaze? It’s clearly winter where Yoshino and Mahiro are.
As much as I love Hanazawa Kana and the song, that ED felt really out of place. There was definitely an abrupt shift from Yoshino practically wading through dead bodies to happy slice of life fun times with Aika. Maybe this will make more sense when we get out of the introduction to the bleak future ahead and into the less morbid character developing episodes (…if those even exist), but it was just a very weird transition this episode. The OP has grown on me quickly though and I managed to find the full thing on Niconico. The OST has been really nice as well, so it’s good music all around. …Now if only that ED felt more appropriate.
I have no idea where this story is going, but I like it despite the lack of a firm direction. I’m not sure if all of that recap exposition was necessary at the beginning of the episode, but they quickly brought new things and plenty of fight sequences to make up for it. …I don’t know whether to feel sorry for Evangeline or not. She completely fails fighting one teenage boy once, she fails with the other for the exact same reason and then she decides to try the exact same things AGAIN, even though she just failed twice. I don’t know if that’s tenacity or just stupidity. Well, if anything, we can definitely confirm that she’s dedicated to her job. …Not that we really even know what that is. The plot is still pretty much a mystery despite all of the explaining that they’ve done. I’m okay with that though since they seem to be slowly revealing things as this goes on. The mystery and secrecy they have going is lending to the show in my opinion. I await the next episode eagerly~.