And now back to your regularly scheduled teen angst
|With the new term for me, Thursdays have turned from my day to relax to the day where I have 12 hours worth of school. OTL At least this week’s episode of Tempest wasn’t that strenuous to write about.|
Yes, they gave us a flashback episode, so this is the shortest post I’ve written for this show yet. Or at least it was partially a flashback episode. I wasn’t that confused with the storyline to begin with, so it felt like a bit of a waste, but I guess it helped the show land on a huge cliff hanger. More on that later, though.
So assuming that Mahiro’s dream was correct, the Tree of Genesis actually did some good for the world in reversing pollution and stopping war in it’s tracks. …Of course, it did this by completely eliminating the entire army (and anyone trying to start wars) and the last episode it almost killed our protagonists, but meh, details. It looks like there’s a little more equality food and water-wise around the planet. At the same time though, the people who had a 1st world lifestyle don’t seem to be as happy about the situation since it’s a big inconvenience. There’s good and bad depending on the people involved. I don’t know if it’s been completely revived or not since we didn’t see any of present-day Hakaze, and Samon had other things on his mind, but if it remains in this state, I don’t think life would be too bad. The world seems to have their electricity and water back and sure, there’s a ton of property damage everywhere, but at the same time, it looks like pollution is solved. If only the tree hadn’t absorbed (or whatever it does)/killed 2 billion people, the situation seems livable. Of course, considering that this show likes plot twists, there could be some huge repercussions down the road, but for now, the Tree seems friendly enough. I’m just curious now as to how Hakaze got the situation under control.
It’s also a mystery as to why and how Mahiro knew in his sleep (coma, whatever you want to call it) all of the events going on in the world. As far as the plot has told us, he’s just your average angst ridden kid who wants to murder his sister’s killer and is otherwise not involved with magic at all. Did a near death experience give him a bit of power somehow? Is it just a collection of information he unconsciously picked up on while he was out for a month and his mind sorted it out and gave it to him in dream form? (…Is that even possible?) I suppose they could just attribute it to plot convenience though. There’s also the fact that Aika seemed to be self-aware inside of his mind. Maybe this is just her character being her usual mysterious self that hands out advice in flashbacks when the characters need it, but it hints again that Aika might be more than just a dead girl.
Holy crap, there IS a Mage of Exodus! Hanemurra seems like your average guy who seems a bit hard on his luck, but surprisingly, he’s competent with his magic (or at least he knows how to make red spinning discs) and we didn’t see a stereotypical blundering “HOLY CRAP I HAVE MAGIC” sequence with him where he thinks he’s the chosen one or something. Those things can get annoying. I wonder if it was just a realization that happened at some point (like one day, he suddenly knew that he had powers and what he could do with them), or if he discovered it one day on his own. I’m thinking it was the former since everything the Trees do seems to be deliberate, where bestowing power on an unknowing individual without an explanation seems like too big of a risk and not a precise enough action. You also have to question exactly when he got his powers. Hanemura was awfully calm about the situation. Though of course, it’s been a month since the events of the last episode happened, and Hanemura seems like he’s had his share of bad experiences in life, so chances are that he’s pretty adaptable to any situation. …Man, Kaji Yuki seems to be getting typecast into characters with low self esteem left, right and centre. Haru from Accel World, Ouma Shu, Alibaba from Magi… the list just keeps increasing.
I know this show likes it’s moral ambiguity, but I can’t help but wonder if Hanemura is going to turn into our new ‘good’ guy with Mahiro. You know, since Hakaze is nowhere to be seen yet, not everyone likes the Tree of Genesis being there (even I’m a bit weary of it being there), and now Samon, the guy who always does what he thinks is right, suddenly wants to kill Yoshino.
I was afraid that this was going to totally be a flashback episode, but luckily, they gave us a bit more than that at the end. I don’t know how I feel about the anime suddenly shoving us into the future considering how the last episode gave us what looked like the apocalypse and two dead (or on their way) protagonists. Maybe there’s some secret plot twist that happened in between that time regarding Hakaze and the Tree of Genesis, who knows. It just felt awfully abrupt. On the other hand, it was a pretty clean cut from part one of the story to this new arc here (helped but the airing date gap between the last episode and this one). All of the drama of Hakaze being on the island and Samon raising Exodus seems over and done with. Yeah, there are unanswered questions (aka Aika’s death) to keep the original two protagonists relevant, but other then that, the story isn’t really tied down by the first part, so the story can go off in a different direction now without feeling off. As for the ED (I assume it’s the new ED since it doesn’t seem eventful enough to be the OP to this show), it seems to be following the previous one’s calm feeling. Though this one seems a tiny bit more relevant emotion-wise. That last part with Yoshino walking alone is strangely heart breaking…
So why does Samon think killing Yoshino would be a good idea? Well, they pretty much gave it away in the preview audio. For one, Samon seems to think that Yoshino is the Mage of Exodus. Maybe this is true and maybe it isn’t. Since Exodus awakened the last episode, maybe Yoshino could be THE Mage and Hanemura (who said that he was probably the Mage; I don’t know if that was his character with low self esteem or what) is just A mage. Or maybe Hanemura is THE Mage and Yoshino is just A mage, throwing Samon off. …Or maybe Yoshino isn’t a mage at all and this is just the preview making us think. The other reason for wanting Yoshino dead is since Samon said that Hakaze apparently loves Yoshino. Considering how manipulative Yoshino is and how Hakaze can practically change the world on a whim, this isn’t exactly the best combination for society. Oh well, We’ll see next episode.