Plot convenience at its finest.
|Here I was waiting for episode 13 to come out so I could do a double post and not look ridiculous, but I guess Zetsuen no Tempest is on a break of sorts. …So this post is coming out at a ridiculous time regardless. In any case, lots of action here and it looks like the story is moving onwards from the dialogue.|
So I guess the Mage of Exodus didn’t come into existence until after the Tree of Exodus started to revive…. That doesn’t seem to be very productive. If the Kursaribe didn’t show interest in reviving Exodus, Genesis would have totally won. Or is there even a Mage of Exodus? From all of the arguments flying around, it seems as though the Mage of Exodus might very well be a trap set by Genesis. …This show is infuriatingly good at avoiding topics and sidestepping explanations.
As yes, the tired argument as to who’s fault it was that Aika died. I guess these things are important in an anime all about fate, but the tides have turned so many times, it’s starting to feel like a tired argument. Was it the Tree of Genesis knowing that Yoshino and Mahiro would be valuable, or was it the Tree of Genesis making use of Yoshino and Mahiro after the Tree of Exodus decided to kill off Aika? …Despite all of this, nobody seems to have asked the question as to why killing Aika would benefit Exodus. They’re distracted by everything else, of course, but as far as we know, Aika was just a mysterious eccentric teenage girl who enjoyed playing with the feelings of her (not blood related) sibling and saying cryptic things that pay off later. Why is she so important? Unless Exodus has some convoluted plan involving Mahiro and Yoshino like Genesis does, I can’t see what it could gain by killing Aika. …Unless the series plans on introducing new characters working for Exodus or something.
Hakaze and Samon might both be pretty arrogant, but this episode proved that they’re both capable of working with others in order to accomplish things. …Or maybe not so much Samon since he just kind of stood there in shock as the world went to hell, but Hakaze applied some pretty quick thinking in the situation. It’s admirable that she immediately put aside the fact that her brother betrayed her (and kind of indirectly tried to kill her)and tried to work with him in order to get better control of the situation. Hakaze has been pretty straightforward before, but this episode made me realize just how straightforward she is. All she’s trying to do is her job as princess of Genesis (or whatever the title is) and it’s just everyone else that’s interfering. If it does turn out to be Genesis’ fault, I have no doubt that Hakaze would fulfil her word and die for Mahiro (though whether or not Genesis would let her die is debatable). Though I guess dedication to the job goes for Samon as well since all he’s trying to do is raise Exodus to make the world better (the difference being that Hakaze didn’t ship Samon off in a barrel). I kind of want to see them outside of a life or death situation now since they’re so similar. Seeing them in a normal lifestyle and acting as siblings would be interesting. …though of course, the plot doesn’t have time for that.
So what exactly is going on with the Tree of Genesis? There’s still a huge chance that it set up Aika’s death for convenience (it’s pretty much 50-50 between Exodus and Genesis right now) and it seems to be making things ridiculously convenient for Hakaze, yet isn’t quite under her control. Admittedly, it’s not quite convenient that Hakaze never stumbled onto Samon’s hidden piece of technology by chance and had to go through Yoshino and Mahiro to figure out how to get off the island, but that missile more then made up for that in convenience. Especially since it seemed to land right where Hakaze was staying the entire time (the barrel there seems to be the same one she came in, as proven by the etching she did a few episodes ago). I don’t think it matters much what Samon’s actual talisman was, though I am kind of curious as to what it actually was. Anyways, back to the Tree of Genesis, it doesn’t seem to be entirely under Hakaze’s control since it’s moving on it’s own now. Maybe it’s just reacting to Exodus’ revival, but the fact that Hakaze needs to rely on talismans to stop it doesn’t exactly seem… safe for anyone. If anything, it makes me suspicious that Hakaze might be offed like everyone else at this point when she’s no longer deemed useful to the Tree. Logic might side with her, but maybe it’s only because she’s useful to logic. Hakaze seems to be the only one in the Kusaribe clan that actually wanted Genesis to be revived, so maybe that’s why it’s still helping her. I wonder what would have happened if she helped with Samon. …Though with that logic, it doesn’t explain why the Tree of Genesis couldn’t have just bitchslapped the rest of the Kusaribe once they rebelled. They seem like a big enough threat.
…Do we actually know why the Trees are fighting in the first place other then the fact that they’re opposites? You’d think the world would run a lot smoother if they worked together or something. All they’re doing now is destroying absolutely everything in their path with little to no regard for anything. …Not even the main characters seem exempt.
Life currently sucks for Mahiro since just as he was just about to find out who Aika’s boyfriend was, the Trees decided to wage war on each other. …Oh yeah, and also the fact that a tree root (…branch? …tendril?) has impaled him. Yoshino isn’t doing too well either since he now has a giant hole where his internal organs used to be. We’ve seen Hakaze’s powers before, but …can she fix this? Both wounds look pretty damn fatal and we already know that magic can’t bring back the dead. I’m kind of scared that Yoshino and Mahiro might be gone for good and the fact that SAmon pointed out that they were killed immidiately after they fulfilled their purpose doesn’t exactly make me feel better. Zetsuen absolutely loves it’s plot twists and what better twist then to kill off most of it’s main characters? Though there’s still hope that this situation can be saved, since Mahiro still hasn’t had his freak out over Yoshino and Aika yet. Plus, Mahiro and Yoshino were the ones actively pulling Aika into plot relevance. If they were gone, Aika wouldn’t be referenced as often and we know that she’s important somehow. I mean, she had her own mini monologue of quotes as the world was going to hell and she didn’t even have any relevance to the events of this episode.
…Well, not that our two main characters seem to be expendable, there are just so many new directions this story could go. From the first few episodes, Tempest has turned awfully unpredictable. I’m surprised they can keep up with this many plot twists and still have a storyline that works okay. Though on the other hand, I guess you could complain that the plot is just unnecessarily complicated. Personally, this is still a pretty fun ride and I’m looking forward to what they bring us next since Hakaze is back. …Not to mention there seems to be something blooming between Evangeline and Nakamura (or maybe that’s just me shipping characters together again). So yeah, it seems like a decent conclusion for part one (aka, setting up the plot and bringing all of the main characters into play) and I’m looking forward to seeing what part 2 brings.
Though for now, it seems like Mahiro is still alive (or maybe in some state between life and death). Maybe this is how Yoshino gets out of telling him the truth. By dying.