|I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve taken to otome gaming through GREE and it’s killing me. I’m refusing to spend money on it and it’s making it extremely time consuming (aka 2 months and ongoing) to get through one route, let alone 6 with separate story events on the side too. OTL Anyways, Tempest. After the half episode we had last time, I’m looking forward to seeing where the story will go from here.|
Mahiro was the only one who even half listened to what Samon had to say during that long stand off in front of the Tree of Exodus, so I guess it makes sense that the two would team up. I guess I didn’t expect Evangeline in there too though. So I guess technically everyone is (kind of) on Hakaze’s side at the moment? It’s a bit of a shaky alliance, but now that Hakaze isn’t so sure over her control of Genesis, that does put her closer to Samon. I’m sure Evangeline and Takumi are there to figure out a way to deal with Genesis too. I was half expecting the truth about Yoshino’s betrayal with Mahiro on the mountain to come up in conversation since Takumi admitted to seeing him there, but luckily for Yoshino, it didn’t. I’m sure it will catch up with him eventually, but imagine how glorious it would be if Yoshino avoided that too. He very well might since according to Samon, he seems to have escaped the world’s logic a bit.
Yes, his character was kind of hard to place before, but now it seems like even the Tree of Genesis is having a hard time keeping track of Yoshino. I don’t think he’s quite the Mage of Exodus though, since Hakaze doesn’t feel uneasy at all around him, unlike Hanemura. Samon’s explanation as to how and why he defies logic was a bit hard for me to grasp, but from what I understood, he wasn’t actually needed in the entire first half of the anime, so his presence there created a contradiction somewhere and he’s now standing somewhere a bit outside of logic. Hey, maybe this is why the Tree tried to kill him off once he had served his purpose. He was (and technically still is) a dangerous existence. Though with that logic, there’s the question as to ‘why Mahiro too’? Though that might be because he would definitely blame Hakaze for Yoshino’s death since it was the Tree that technically killed him and so he would be a threat to Hakaze (maybe. Ignoring the fact that his powers technically all came from her and I don’t think a gun could have stopped her if she can regrow limbs in the blink of an eye). Either way, he’s certainly moved up to a guy who joined this adventure for seemingly no real reason.
Hakaze’s crush on Yoshino is adorable. Of course, he still has his Aika issues to work out, but it’s cute that she relies on him and tells him her worries. …Unfortunately, I can’t see this ending well. She definitely fell for the wrong guy considering that not only does Yoshino still have a thing for Aika, but nobody really knows about it (including Hakaze). I can’t see Hakaze flying into a jealous rage or anything (unlike whatever Mahiro is inevitably going to do), but since Hakaze pretty much controls the world and all, her emotions might effect things negatively. Normally, I can’t see anyone being a problem, since Hakaze is pretty independent. However, the episode even pointed out that Yoshino is a manipulative guy who’s not really afraid to use anything or anyone even if he doesn’t realize it. If he had the volatile Mahiro wrapped around his finger, I don’t think Hakaze is going to be a problem. If the world revolved around Aika the first half of Zetsuen, then the second half seems to have placed Yoshino in importance.
Okay, let’s stop talking about Yoshino now and move on to how badass Hakaze is.
Seriously. Between singlehandedly stopping the Tree from fully recovering and that fight between her and Hanemura, there seems to be no end to how awesome she is. Though even with all of her awesomeness, the Tree seems to be outside of her expectations. Genesis seems to have taken complete control over the world in a matter of days and even though things have settled down, I guess it’s a bit frightening that it’s still somewhat dormant, but still able to change so much of the world. It even seems to have revived even without Hakaze’s ‘okay’, which might be what’s throwing her off the most and I’m sure she feels responsible for the large percentage of the population that died in it’s revival.
Either that, or she’s afraid of the fact that the Tree absorbing people looks like a terrible, heavily-censored hentai. I imagine that would scare anyone.
Though at least she seems to have a better handle on her life than Hanemura at the moment.
Well, we got an explanation on how Hanemura acquired and figured out how to handle his powers. I’m satisfied with that. As for his character, well… let’s just say that he’s still the perfect Kaji Yuki character. He definitely has the potential to be a badass like Hakaze, but something is definitely holding him back. I don’t think it would be a problem at all for Samon to get him under their control since he seems straightforward, unlike the main characters. Though there’s always the possibility that he was the one who killed Aika… which I am extremely doubtful of since he freaked out cutting Hakaze’s arm off. On the other hand though, Kaji Yuki characters always seem to have a moment where they’re not so pathetic anymore so maybe they can change him into a better character? …Yes, I’m totally basing assumptions on Kaji’s past roles. From the OP, Mahiro seems to be training Hanemura, so there’s something. The question remains though as to what they’re training him for and what that means for Genesis, which we don’t even know if they want around or not anymore.
One a last note, the new OP isn’t quite the full English song like Spirit Inspiration that I wanted (which is a shame since Kylee grew up in the States and it would have been totally doable), but it’s not a bad song and I’m quite fond of the new visuals. Yes, it’s putting a ton of focus on Aika, but I like Mahiro nonchalantly fighting Hanemura with his hands in his pockets (…and wearing a bright purple tracksuit). The recycled animation actually has some relevance too, since the vision of Aika on the cliff in (presumably) summer shifts to Hakaze in winter. It’s like the story’s saying that it’s moving from past to present.
Well, the new arc has started and it’s a bit unclear as to where the characters stand in relation to each other and what they want to do in the situation. …Of course, Samon has made his intentions totally clear. I don’t know about Mahiro killing Yoshino yet since he kind of just laughed the suggestion off, but it’s heartwarming that he’s teaming up with Samon to protect Yoshino from the background… though he still doesn’t know about Aika. Everyone else is either keeping it to themselves or they seem unsure. Junichiro was notably absent from the episode as well. I assume he’s alive since he appears in the OP (plus he’s in the episode preview), but I wonder how the rest of the clan (you know, the people chanting with the chains and hoods during the entirety of the first arc) faired since the Tree seemed to cause a cave-in around them. Anyways, it’s still kind of difficult seeing where the storyline is going, even though it is moving places. Like always, Tempest leaves me looking forward to the next episode.
…I really don’t know how I feel about Mahiro’s outfit here.