What happens when two trees battle? …Magic, apparently.
|…Halloween passes and suddenly the whole marketing industry is full into Christmas. It’s depressing. Hell, one place I work for had Christmas displays up since June. Next thing you know, we’ll be setting them up in February. Then we’ll just never take them down. …Retail is a scary place. But I digress, you’re here to talk about a show about a dead girl and a two angsty teens. I should move on to that.|
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than what is dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Finally, a new Shakespeare line! Though since it was basically Aika just telling Yoshino that there are things beyond understanding, I don’t think that there’s anything too deep behind it. It was originally Hamlet’s line too, so maybe that’s why Yoshino wasn’t too taken with her using the phrase. Maybe it wasn’t a conscious acknowledgement with him thinking “that’s Mahiro’s character base!”, but he might have felt something off. …Somehow. As for the meaning of the rest of the conversation, it’s almost as if Aika knew she was going to die. There was a huge coincidence between Hakaze’s talisman and the aquarium gift shop item Yoshino and Aika looked at. To add to all of this, we still don’t even know the reasons behind why someone from Hakaze’s clan killed Aika in the first place. Both of the female protagonists have a ton of mysteries surrounding them.
So while the flashbacks of Mahiro and Yoshino explained a bit, Hakaze’s pre island flashbacks… didn’t really explain anything. We know so much more about how the clan works, and we know why they have magic, but hell if we still have absolutely no idea why the Tree of Genesis favours Hakaze in particular. Is there a reason? Is she just lucky? What? I have to agree with Tesuma here that Hakaze being favoured simply makes no sense at the moment.
…Though that being said, that kind of makes what Samon is doing a little more questionable (in a good way). If he’s really out to destroy logic at it’s source, then why would the logic loving Tetsuma join him? Also, from that one flashback, it looked like he was being perfectly reasonable with Hakaze. In fact, she looked like the one who was at fault in the conversation because she just seemed too arrogant to listen to whatever Samon was trying to say. Maybe her imprisonment was brought on by her own pride, since she definitely wasn’t afraid to abuse her power. …Though who knows.
“The plan is to rip out logic at it’s roots. Get it? ROOTS? HAHAHAHA…ha”
They made it a point this episode that logic loves Hakaze. I don’t know what point of her using a tiny ring to take out an entire mountainside is logical (or perhaps I should take that as a point that it sides with her), but there you have it. I can understand why Samon would ship her off to an island like that now, after that extremely impressive display of power. Hakaze is definitely a threat. She’s still a threat, even after death (maybe. If she really is dead).
Now the show also dropped a bomb on us by telling us that Hakaze is already dead. Now unless this is an extremely convoluted misunderstanding and she’s still alive, logic must REALLY love Hakaze if it lets her communicate between the past and the present like that. I can see that being within her range of power, but I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the whole thing. Despite her still talking to Mahiro and Yoshino, there’s a large chance that she has died, since Samon seems to have her skull and barrel with him. If so though, how is she communicating with Mahiro and Yoshino? When did the past connect with the present? How did that even happen? ….How long has Hakaze been dead for? Hakaze said Samon has only been at this for a portion of the year. When did he find time to go back and collect her skull (or maybe Junichiro did it)?
Also, if she is dead, I wonder why that would be. She seemed self sufficient enough to survive on the island for 131 days. I don’t think that this show has a huge history of trolling and they’ve always told us things as how they were, so I’m just going to assume that what they said about Hakaze is true. She was also the one who said that bringing back the dead is impossible though and if we’re to believe that too, then Hakaze is really dead for good. …Unless she was able to bend logic and prevent her death or something. Talking to the male protagonists through time is pretty out there in bending logic, who knows what else she can do. Maybe she can come up with something to stop her death now that she knows? Maybe she dies on purpose to stop Samon from being able to control Exodus?
Being a female character on this show is suffering.
Of course, this opens up a whole new question with this series. Can the present change the past? Is Hakaze destined to die, or can she survive and change the future? I don’t know how set in stone ‘fate’ is in this series (though if we’re to believe Aika, then it’s pretty unescapable), but if Hakaze did change her actions, I wonder how much of the future would be changed. Maybe that’s how they stop Samon. Maybe she can do whatever saves her with Aika, so both female characters can avoid their crappy fates. …Of course, assuming that Hakaze is actually dead.
I feel like the majority of this post was talking about Hakaze, but it’s the first huge conundrum that Zetsuen no Tempest has really ever thrown at us. …Mostly because it bends the logic Hakaze is trying so hard to protect and makes no sense. I’m sure they’ll provide some kind of explanation for us in the future (since they always have thus far), but at the moment, there is a lot of contradictory things going on plot-wise. I guess I could have said more about Junichiro as well since he’s the first mage that Mahiro and Yoshino have met that hasn’t tried to kick their faces in (or maybe I should word that the other way around). Though he didn’t really have that big of a role this episode. Maybe he’ll play a bigger part in the future.
In any case, this episode felt like business as usual for the plot (aside from another of the characters probably being dead). Yoshino and Mahiro actually have a goal now, so I’m sure the plot will head off in that direction with Hakaze’s death as a plot distraction so we don’t get bored watching two guys wander around the country. I feel better about this anime ending in another 7 or so episodes now that I know that Hakaze does have a way to stop Samon without physically being there herself. It would have been such a waste of time if the two male protagonists had gotten to the tree and had no way to stop it.
Alas, poor Hakaze, I- …I already used that line episode 1 OTL