The mage who leapt through time.
|Sigh, almost didn’t make it this week for Tempest. If you’re wondering what I’ve been doing, I’m afraid that I’m not entirely sure OTL two weeks went by really quickly and I don’t even remember what took up my time for most of it besides a couple of huge essays. …So let’s just attribute my lack of Tempest to that.|
They keep pushing the fact that Yoshino is the most likely Mage of Exodus so hard, I’m almost believing it myself. Of course, Megumu seems powerful too since he got rid of that part of Genesis no problem, but what they said about Yoshino having a heart of Exodus seems to have some merit to it. Of course, because they’re pushing it so hard, some of the things they say really make it look like they’re trying too hard to find reasons why Yoshino would be part of Exodus. The point about Yoshino risking himself to save the little girl from the fire for instance. There’s no way he could have planned all of that, just to force Hakaze to forsake logic. …On the other hand though, from his performance the first half of the series, maybe he could have. I guess the problem is just that we know Yoshino is special, but we just don’t know how or why yet. Everything I try and come up with to disprove either side just goes in circles. If anything though, the storyline is doing a good job at throwing me off.
Now, I have absolutely no idea what Evangeline and Takumi are trying to do with Megumu. Obviously they’re planning on doing something about Exodus, but like I (think) I said in my last Tempest post, I’m not entirely sure what having him dress flashily is accomplishing. They seem to plan on going international too. …Plus Evangeline set up that whole thing with Hakaze and the rumour about a spy in the village. Maybe they’ll explain that later.
As for Hakaze… sigh. She’s such a great character, but her dealing with her feelings for Yoshino is… hard to watch. She’s definitely over-thinking things and while it’s not hindering her too badly since she easily took charge of the village situation, seeing her go from capable girl into someone who can’t even help a guy across a bridge is really noticeable. It was cute before and it still has it’s moments, but after seeing Hakaze take charge of things no problem before, she’s taking a long time getting over this. Though I guess it serves as a good reminder that the Mage of Genesis who controls the fate of the world is still a teenage girl. She may have a pretty good head on her shoulders, but she still has weaknesses.
The flashback with Aika seems important, if only for the fact that while Mahiro had no intentions of raising Aika, Yoshino clearly would want to see her ghost at least. It’s funny how Mahiro blames the fate of Hamlet on the fact that he believed in ghosts as opposed to the fact that Hamlet was a moody teenager who was hell bent on revenge. Isn’t magic irrational? …Even if it’s based on logic? Meanwhile, we have Yoshino and who knows what he’s thinking. If anything though, he’s definitely got Aika on the mind since he kept flashing back to that festival day.
…And then I get to the next episode and my questions seem to be answered. The Mage of Exodus seems to have been set up to help Takumi gain back his position. Also, they’re doing it on purpose to try and see if they can gain something from the situation. …I’m not entirely sure what they’re planning to gain over trying to create a rift in people’s acceptance of the Tree, but there you have it. They’re still all working together, but this episode seems to be the point where each group’s motives behind being there is finally becoming clear.
It’s interesting how they mention that Genesis looks like it could be a number of things that people worshiped in the past. Maybe it’s just like that because of that, but it would also be interesting if they worshipped those things because of the Tree. Like, if it had appeared in the past or something, but the story had been misinterpreted throughout time because people back then misunderstood it back then.
The whole heart of Exodus was explained as well~. I don’t know where they even came up with the whole heart splitting thing, but if Samon and the other mages think it’s a possibility, then I guess it’s possible. Though if Yoshino doesn’t have magic, then the question is raised as to how he’d be an asset in raising Exodus. …Though it’s logical that he could do it since he’s a great manipulator. Looking at it that way, he could easily do what he’s doing with Hakaze and then convince Megumu to do it for him. …Of course, that’s assuming that he’s actually what they say he might be.
Yes! Hakaze finally straight out confessed. I was annoyed last episode, but I have to say that Hakaze delt with her frustration quite well this time. Maybe she was just denying that she was curious in trying to ask questions so that she would give up, but it was nice to see her trying to do something about the situation instead of just sitting there blushing and calling herself an idiot. The confession was great as well, with her going “I love you, but I don’t want to hurt your girlfriend, so make me give up.” I’m a bit surprised that Yoshino just straight out told Hakaze about Aika. He had no problems with telling Evangeline though, so I’m pretty sure that if it’s not Mahiro, then it’s probably safe for him. He doesn’t seem to be over her in the slightest though and she even said that she’s the only one he’d consider dating. …Even though she seemed like kind of a yandere when she got jealous, she always seems to tell the truths about characters in those flashbacks. Pfft and there they go trying to figure out who Yoshino’s girlfriend is. Their deductive reasoning was pretty good until they started throwing married women and lolita complexes into it. Megumu definitely dropped a huge shock onto all of them, so I guess we’ll find out the next episode as to where that goes and if Mahiro will continue denying it or not.
…There’s just something funny about the fact that these 4 guys sat around for half an episode trying to seriously figure out who Yoshino’s girlfriend is.
So yeah, a not so eventful episode, followed by an episode that answered pretty much every question I had. I was worried since thing have been moving pretty slowly ever since the midway point of this series, but this might be the starting point for… something. Maybe everyone will try to kill Yoshino now? I don’t know. Nobody minus Hakaze and maybe Mahiro would have a problem with it (even Junichi said he could do it). Of course though, Hakaze is the last person you’d want to cross in this series so that might act as a deterrent. I still have problems seeing this end happily for everyone, but with all of the mentions of the Tempest (which had a great ending), maybe that’s a hint. They do mention the parallels of Hamlet and the Tempest a lot. They’re probably trying to parallel that with the ending for Zetsuen in general.
…And now we wait (no very long because I took forever with this) for the results of the end with the truth about Aika and Hakaze’s feelings being out. …Plus whatever this screencap means.