Samon and Mahiro go underwear shopping (no, really)
|Argh, I made the mistake of looking up the Fate/Extra CCC opening animation and now I’m super excited for the game coming out. OTL Seeing how Nasu likes to use a bunch of complicated kanji though, I’m not 100% sure that I’ll be able to understand/play through it… I’ll definitely attempt it though, since the opportunity to have Gil as a servant is WAAAAY too good to pass up. …This rant went on longer than expected. On to Tempest.|
Well, from the looks of it, Megumu IS the Mage of Exodus. He doesn’t require sacrifices to use his power and he doesn’t seem to get tired easily. Of course, this could be the logic defying part of being part of Exodus, but then he destroyed part of the Tree of Genesis, a being that’s pretty damn close to being the god of the world, with just a thought. Even more, he did it without any real negative repercussions, despite anybody else being hostile to it (like the army) being instantly absorbed. Maybe this is just because he’s the opposing force to Genesis, but you have to admit that he destroyed a part of a half awakened pretty damn fast when it took Samon and a bunch of other normal mages a huge amount of time or effort to have an effect on their opposing Tree. If he’s not the Mage of Exodus, I’d like to believe that Megumu is at least a special mage.
Pfft and then Mahiro’s interrogation happens. If I wasn’t highly doubtful that Megu could have killed Aika… well, there’s not really much proof, but I’m still highly doubtful. Yu-chan could have been made up, but is Megumu really that pathetic? Maybe she could even be like Yoshino’s girlfriend, but I’m still kind of doubtful. Tempest could pull a fast one on me, but I really don’t think that he was the one to have killed Aika. He’s too much of a weak willed guy to do it. Plus if he killed Aika, he could easily get rid of Mahiro by doing the same. I don’t think Samon or anyone else (minus maybe Yoshino) would be especially depressed if Mahiro was out of the picture. Mahiro threatened that Hakaze and Yoshino would do something, but if Megumu really was bloodthirsty, I don’t think that would have thrown him off much even with Hakaze as an opponent. Who’s the real culprit? Well, Megumu is one Mage of Exodus, who’s to say that there aren’t more? I imagine any of the mages under Exodus would be outside of however Genesis tracks murders since they would all defy logic by nature.
In a word, this episode was… blunt. Between Junichi telling Hakaze about her crush on Yoshino and Megumu calling Mahiro out as a siscon, the truth finally came out. Of course, Mahiro refuses to see it, but Hakaze’s reaction to realizing that she likes Yoshino was beyond adorable. Who knows how Yoshino feels about the situation (chances are he’s still hung up on Aika though), but Of course, Aika is already dead, but could it be possible that the Tree could do something like erase memories? I’m sure Hakaze will do what she can to suppress her feelings so nobody gets hurt (since she thinks the girlfriend is still alive), but all it would take is a small slip of her emotions and a blunt object to Yoshino’s head to create some amnesia. At the beginning of the series, I wouldn’t have thought this to be a problem, but then things like the missile on the island happened. Whether she wants it or not, the Genesis WILL interfere on Hakaze’s behalf.
Bishie sparkles? Man, Hakaze DOES have it bad.
So in her frenzy, it looks like Hakaze agreed to let Samon do something crazy. I’m not really sure what the gear is for, but it looks like Megumu is the badass from the OP. While I push all thoughts of Accel World design comparisons from my mind, I wonder if Hakaze would have agreed if she was in a different state of mind. From the looks of it, Samon is making a deal with the army to try to return the world to how it was (or at least returning part of it and studying the Tree.. or something). …Which is to say, use Megumu’s power to erase Genesis like he did earlier. Genesis isn’t really doing anything at the moment, and like Hakaze and Yoshino discussed, the world doesn’t really have to worry about anything now. I guess there’s always the question as to if it will deem humans completely unnecessary though. I imagine that happening especially if they keep reversing the progress it made regarding pollution. I see Samon and Takumi’s points on the unknown being dangerous. Hakaze might have agreed to it even without being distracted since she’s been questioning it, but I can’t help but think that the Tree itself might strike back at some point. It looks safe for now though. I don’t know how important the section Megumu took out was, but from the looks of this, the job could be rather simple. It didn’t even offer any real resistance the first time he did it. …Of course, nothing on Tempest is ever simple, so I’m expecting much bigger problems ahead. Things are going far too well for this show.
There’s also the question as to why the team is making such a big spectacle of it. The outfit plus the fact that they sent out a letter/message beforehand. Clearly they want this to be a big deal. Is it to draw out other possible Mages of Exodus? Is it because they want to sway people towards giving up Genesis? I’m curious as to why they’re doing all of this, when they could just as easily send Megumu out in his underwear on a bicycle or something (…theoretically speaking, though it would be entertaining if they actually did that).
Now that the storyline has given us a tiny lapse of room to relax before things inevitably start up again, it’s kind of fun watching the characters interact. They’re pretty much the same as when they’re not fighting for their lives, but I never thought I’d see Mahiro and Samon casually sitting down for a meal together. Or Hakaze yelling over the phone to Samon while dealing with a romantic crisis. Even without all of the constant drama with the Trees and Aika’s murder, Tempest was surprisingly entertaining just with the characters. Even more surprising, the comedy was actually funny. Maybe it’s because the story has been so focused on dark, pretentious things like fate that the comedy feels great, but it’s good to know that Tempest is able to explore genres a bit. Of course, this leaves me with a bit less to say, but there’s no denying that this episode was fun.
It looks like an Aika x Yoshino flashback next episode? It’s been a while.