|I just did a little looking into how long this series is going to go on for and I -think- this is 20+ episodes. …I can see why, since they’re not answering many questions, but other than that, YES!!!! This is the most excited I’ve been for blogging a 20+ episode anime in a while. Normally, I just want the series over with so I can move on to whatever is going on the next season, but I’m really enjoying Tempest as it is.|
Fanservice does have it’s uses! Who would have thought? Well, Evangeline might have lost the fight (as did the army), but luckily Junichiro jumped in and …uh, saved the day. We had a taste of what he could do a few episodes ago, but he proved his strength even more this episode. …Though with him mentioning the rule within the clan about how killing someone makes the mage lose their magic, could that be the reason why he can’t use magic too? I don’t think he killed Aika since I’m sure Hakaze and Samon would have picked up on that since if he did, he hasn’t been forgiven, but it seems like the most likely reason as to why he’s part of the clan, but has to rely on talismans. Or maybe he could have killed Aika. From what I understood from the explanation, if the killer was outside of the clan or hadn’t been forgiven, they would have had a trail of sorts leading directly to them. But what if Junichiro had somehow covered his second murder with the first one? He had already been without magic when Hakaze knew him, so I don’t think killing another person would do anything. …I don’t even know if that’s possible, but what if. …Or maybe I’m completely off and theres a whole other explanation to this.
Yoshino did really well this episode. Of course, he’s been controlling the conversation really well since the last episode, but he really swayed the conversation this episode to favour Hakaze. Even Mahiro helped him out quite a bit here pointing out the fact about leaving the skelton behind. I think it’s safe to say that Samon has lost in this situation. …Especially since he can’t even keep Mahiro on his side anymore because the killer doesn’t seem to be in the clan.
For a guy who planned everything out, Samon sure failed miserably on pretty much every account. Suddenly, that image of him being ‘eaten’ by Hakaze’s skeleton has a whole other level to it. Really, the one thing that was supposed to keep the plan from blowing up in his face was the thing that screwed him over. It was a risky plan considering that the skeleton could have been his key to victory and even more so since Hakaze has inhuman luck. Anyways, it was thanks to that luck (..or is it?), Yoshino and Mahiro got involved and things worked out for Hakaze. Really, if it weren’t for Yoshino’s quick thinking, Hakaze would have been screwed.
…Or you could argue that the present might have been changed if Samon’s plan had worked out. Like I said in posts before, I can’t see Hakaze dying on the island if everything stayed like it is. Maybe if she didn’t transfer bodies, Samon would have come back to a very alive Hakaze and not a skeleton, thus changing what happened. In any case, after that revelation with magic being able to transfer through time (…so much for involving just shields; apparently it heals as well), it was really painful waiting for the cast to figure out they could do it with Hakaze’s skeleton. At least Hakaze has a way of actually leaving the island now and the past few episodes of dialogue weren’t just for show.
In any case, they opened a whole new argument about who caused Aika’s death. Was it Hakaze’s fault since the Tree of Genesis wanted her off the island and needed Mahiro and Yoshino to do it? Was it Samon’s fault for putting them in that position in the first place? If you’re thinking along those lines, you might as well blame Mahiro for his Aika obsession and personality or Yoshino for his quick thinking. Really, it’s difficult to figure out where this whole series of events started. …Which I’m actually really enjoying since it makes this series just that much more complex. Every single episode gives me more to think about.
…Which bring us to the ending of the episode. I can see where Samon and Hakaze could have overlooked a bunch of things since they’re both just a tiiiiiiiny bit arrogant. This is probably why we’ve never heard of Exodus mages before as well, since they were so convinced that only a member of the clan could have left no trace at Aika’s death. Are there even Exodus mages in plural? This episode, they only mentioned some sort of princess like Hakaze. And if there are mages of Exodus, then why is it Samon’s group reviving the Tree instead of them?
I think Tempest wins for ‘most unique Christmas tree decorations’ this year
Anyways, just when I thought they couldn’t sidestep Aika’s death any longer, they bring up an entirely new group of people (or maybe just a single person) that could have done it. …Which brings us to a rather large contradiction. There’s no doubt that Aika’s death has helped Hakaze tremendously through this whole thing. Both Yoshino and Mahiro joined Hakaze because of her death. However, it appears to be a mage of Exodus that killed Aika. I assume that this mage of Exodus has the same amount of insane luck on their side like Hakaze does, so who exactly is her death supposed to help? Have they all been playing into the mage of Exodus’ hands this entire time? Has everyone? Do the two trees cancel each other out at some point? This…. this has opened up way too many questions.
I have no idea how this is going to extend to 20 episodes since the characters seem to be in the final confrontation already, but hopefully it isn’t just another 10 episodes of dialogue in the exact same locations. They’ve done really well so far with this, but I can’t see the characters sitting still once Hakaze makes a return. …Yeah, from the preview dialogue, I figure Hakaze’s return is a guaranteed thing. Anyways, aside from Hakaze’s return, it looks like they have an entirely new character joining in. Normally, I’d speculate who from the current cast it could be, but since this story is only halfway, the plot could easily insert another character into the mix. Anyways, this was a great turning-point episode after the buildup of the last one and I’m sure the episode after this will be just as eventful. If anything, there was a lot of shouting and camera shaking.
…I don’t know whether to start feeling sorry for this guy or not. I mean, just look how defeated he looks.