This episode, Mahiro’s fingers do their best ‘Genesis’ impression
|Yeah, the animation quality kind of took a dive this episode. The parts that mattered looked pretty good though, so I’ll give that to BONES. Despite the uh, QUALITY, the plot finally picked up and Yoshino’s character got really interesting really quickly. Plus there was some nicely animated Genesis vs Exodus action, so ignoring some of the hands this episode, it was pretty great overall.|
This is probably the first time we’ve seen Yoshino act so… emotional and yet, he revealed just how empty inside he is. He’s kind of right though in the fact that nothing would have changed had he thrown a fit and reacted to Aika’s death. The only thing that would have accomplished would be making himself feel better and getting the grief out. Though we’ve seen that Yoshino doesn’t think that way. He figured that the most logical thing to do would be to continue on as normal, and thus he did. Maybe that wasn’t the healthiest thing to do emotionally, but it helped him get by. There wasn’t any sort of denial, there was only acceptance. Which sounds pretty mature in text, but hearing how he also thinks that there’s no possible way to be happy without Aika in the world, you can tell that her death definitely hit him hard (not to mention those eyes he had when talking about all of this). This is also a pretty great explanation for all of the flashbacks we’ve seen over the course of Tempest. Yes, they were helpful to the plot at the time, but they also served as a huge hint to how in Yoshino’s mind, there’s not much else to life now that she’s gone. We hardly knew what was going on in his head, other than the Aika flashbacks because that was the main thing on his mind at the time.
He’s finally planning to tell Mahiro though (maybe, judgeing from how he was speaking at the end of the episode), so maybe Hakaze lending him a shoulder to cry on is helping him start to move onwards…
That line about the two of them having lost an important thing from the start was a good one.
As for the other recipient of the shocking news, Mahiro. …I have friends who clean obsessively when they’re upset, so watching him here was kind of funny in a way. He certainly seems to still want to deny the truth though, even when it’s shoved in his face. Maybe he might not think it’s a credible theory since it came from Megumu of all people, but even then, the arguments towards the fact are pretty undeniable. Everyone else seems to accept the fact pretty easily. I think Mahiro just needs a good talk with Yoshino about it before he truly accepts the fact that they were dating (which is what I assume his phone call at the end of the episode was about). Now to his credit, Mahiro doesn’t look like he’s out to kill Yoshino over it, I think it was just a shock to him since he’s been in denial for so long.
Hakaze has finally taken control of the situation, but the fact that she’s doing all of this for Yoshino’s sake is still kind of frustrating. At this point, I’m just glad the her existence is still important to the plot as a part of Genesis as opposed to being solely there to fawn over Yoshino (though that line is kind of blurring as well). As for learning about Aika’s relationship with Yoshino, it was great the her first reaction wasn’t glee that her love rival was dead, but instead an immense feeling of guilt. It makes her just that much better as a character and even though she’s ambitious, she knows where to draw the line. I’m glad that Yoshino doesn’t blame her for everything that happened to Aika too, where it seems like everyone else would in similar situations.
Psh. The next thing you know, they’ll be trying to convince us that Dragonball had something to do with aliens too.
Tempest has been a pretty interesting show with a ton of plot twists overall, but if Genesis and Exodus are aliens like Evangeline suggested… Well, in a show about mages and fate, aliens just seem kind of silly. It’s kind of like saying that something like Penguindrum was all caused by aliens. It just seems like a weird theory to throw in there. Though I guess Madoka Magica was technically all caused by aliens and that didn’t seem too weird at the time, so maybe Tempest could work with it without it being cheesy.
…And if you didn’t already link the magic in this show to FMA, then they’ve even thrown alchemy into the mix! Whatever that thing Evangeline found is, it looks important. Somehow. Personally, I think Hakaze’s plan to test the Tree of Genesis probably should have been implemented about 5 episodes ago after the Tree went wild, but now we’ll see if she’s expendable or not. Even if she doesn’t seem to be testing it directly for some reason. Her plan with pushing Megumu to his limits is interesting. …Though I’m not entirely sure what she’s accomplishing by doing this dressed up in front of a bunch of people as opposed to training with him in a gym (or considering that both of them can fly, in a secluded field) or something.
Interesting to note, apparently Megumu doesn’t have to sacrifice things from civilization in order to work his magic, while Hakaze still does. I wonder if this means something. You’d think it would be the opposite since Genesis is slightly more awakened than Exodus and you’d think that Exodus would need more help for it’s power. …Ignoring the fact that Genesis is the one who’s currently consuming civilization. What I’m saying here is that Exodus doesn’t need anything at all for Megumu to use it’s power while Hakaze does and Genesis is already kind of awakened.
…Which brings us to Aika, which brings us to the fact that her death seems to have set everything off. …whcih brings us back to her murderer. I don’t think the claims that it’s Hakaze’s fault really have anything to them now since she’s not fighting against Genesis because of Aika’s death in a way. Maybe it’s Yoshino with his supposed heart of Exodus, but a lot of that seems to have also been caused by the death (though I don’t know how ‘empty’ he was before Aika died. He seems pretty empty because of it). Whatever the case, Aika still has a lot to do with the storyline.
This was the best episode of Tempest in a while. Not that I’m saying that the others before this were bad, but in comparison, this just shone above them. Again, I’m glad that Hakaze is over her lovesick maiden phase. …Or at least she’s not bumbling over hiding her feelings anymore. I like this confident Hakaze better, even if she keeps saying things like she’s fighting Genesis for Yoshino’s love. Yoshino has kind of moved forward too in a way now that he’s had a good cry about his girlfriend dying on him. It seems like Yoshino and Hakaze have finally moved forward after a very long stand still and now I guess it’s just Mahiro left. Maybe his confrontation with Yoshino isn’t going to be as violent as I originally thought it would be, but hopefully all of the characters can start walking forward before this reaches it’s climax. …Whenever that’s going to be. Maybe it will result in a 4 episode dialogue standoff again. If Tempest can pull it off once, I’m sure it could do it again.
The next episode? More of this, apparently.