Rule #1 of Kusaribe magic: You can NEVER wear too many rings.
|Whoa, those fight scenes! There weren’t any Shakespeare references as far as I noticed, but the episode more than made up for that with solid action. …There was also some pretty solid explanation, which was also much appreciated.|
The whole issue with Hakaze’s magic being limited was bugging me this entire time, so it was great that they clarified the issue. Not just how limited the talismans are in usage, but also how much and what kinds of power Hakaze and her family have. It was a lengthy conversation between Hakaze and Yoshino, but definitely necessary. They also answered my question about why Mahiro would take on a full fledged mage when his own powers were so limited. It wasn’t so much Mahiro having the actual ability to take the mage on, but more of Mahiro rushing into the situation believing that he could win. Man, the kid is arrogant. The episode resulted in a ton of great action scenes (I don’t even want to know how much of the budget was used here) though, so it was well worth it in the end.
Speaking of those fight scenes, I think Mahiro resorting to using a gun was a great way of showing his level of desperation, even if he wasn’t showing it directly or even entirely conscious of it. I mean, he KNEW guns didn’t work since Evangeline used one point blank episode one on him and Mahiro didn’t even blink at the time. Maybe it could have been part of a big plan, but I’m not so convinced since he picked up the gun before he saw the oil spill.
I love the idea of Hakaze’s family magic being non-offensive. Normally when you think magic, you think being about having the ability to shoot fire balls from your palms or something. What I took away from Hakaze’s explanation is that any battle between the Kusaribe clan and the protagonists is going to be a battle of shields. Sure it sounds …well, lame, but it’s also fairly original. It’s not about how powerful you are, but how well you can protect yourself, how much magic stamina you have (…if magic stamina is even a thing), and how well you apply the shield as a form of weapon. …It also lends interest to the plot line about how Samon is trying to destroy logic, since that line of thinking basically goes against everything the Kusaribe clan believes in. It’s also slightly ironic seeing Mahiro wield it since with his hot-bloodedness, you’d expect him to have offensive magic to match. …Though he wields it well enough as a weapon anyways.
It’s funny how in most RPGs, bringing back the dead and healing wounds is generally considered to be the same type of magic, yet here, they’re two separate things. At first I didn’t really see why healing was allowed and bringing back the dead wasn’t, but I realized that most injuries fade with time naturally, but death doesn’t. It makes more sense when you put it that way. …Though I don’t think shoes really repair with time. I’m just going to extend my disbelief with that point. If Hakaze says bringing back the dead is impossible, I’ll believe her.
Magic may not have the ability to raise the dead, but at least it can take out entire mountains.
I have less issues with Yoshino now. For one, he’s become the character that asks all of the questions I want to ask. Sure, it may seem like a cheap way to explain everything, but when a great portion of the plot is a mystery, you kind of need a character like that. Another reason I like him is that his lack of personality actually means something now. He’s proven that he’s quick witted and rather calm in intense situations, but nobody has any idea what he’s thinking. Sure he asks a lot of questions, but he seems to be asking them more for himself to asses the situation and plan ahead as opposed to being that convenient character that gets everyone to explain everything to him for the viewer. I want to believe that there was something deeper in that question he asked about bringing Aika back to life. There’s definitely a possibility that Yoshino has a whole other self or some kind of dark secret that he’s hiding behind his lack of emotions since he gives so little away. I’m excited for the potential there.
So after 3 episodes, I’m starting to see where the characters all fit as a team. Hakaze works as the source of power, information and advice for the team. Mahiro is of course, the driving force that moves the characters forward and Yoshino is more of the strategist who balances Mahiro out/thinks where Mahiro doesn’t. Even Aika plays a part, where she’s the one piece holding the entire team together. I can see this kind of character relationship system working out really well team-wise. Especially since Yoshino and Mahiro are now working together as opposed to Mahiro rushing forward and just dragging Yoshino along.
Zetsuen no Tempest just keeps getting better. It seems like every single problem I’ve had with the series either has a logical reason to it, or they’re revealing it slowly to help build up the plot. I can’t even claim that the characters have done much besides reunite, run away from enemies, and explain the plot, yet everything this series is doing is so intriguing. Of course, I have a ton of questions still about the plot (and most of them have been asked already by Yoshino). Why does magic require some form of manmade object? Why are people turning to iron? Though I also have questions about what kind of deal Yoshino and Evangeline made (since they parted ways, I assume they worked out some kind of agreement) and of course, questions about Aika’s death. I’m not sure where they’ll end the anime (…not that I should be worrying about that since we’re only on episode 3) since the manga is ongoing, but if they handle the unanswered questions as well as they have before, I’m not worried in the least.
The next episode involves flashbacks, so be prepared for shotas and some kind of explanation as two how Yoshino and Mahiro met.