Back to the island we go
|Another great episode! I guess now that Hakaze’s learned time travel, she can just use it whenever. …Provided she has military grade weaponry around. Oh and the ending of the episode… that was great in itself.|
I admire Hakaze’s amount of dedication to Yoshino and all of that, but for someone who doesn’t seem to have had nearly as much angst as the other main characters, that line sounded like something you’d find in a tragedy. She’s perfectly willing to become the villain for her ambition. If this kind of thinking came from anyone else’s character, the self sacrifice here would seem stupid, coming from Hakaze though, the idea seems… kind of noble. It’s needless sacrifice, but she’s doing it all for love. Which is probably where I’m drawing the whole Shakespeare tragedy feeling from since all of his characters seemed to like doing things in extremes (something that’s carried over to Mahiro and Yoshino too. …Aika probably counts as well, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about her yet). I guess her actions kind of feel necessary too since everything in this anime likes to relate back to fate. Having something happen for no real reason seems almost unfathomable since they’ve put so much emphasis on the fact that everything that’s happened has been interconnected.
So into the past she goes, and now every other character (or at least Yoshino and Mahiro) has to sit around and wait for her to reveal the truth before they can move on with their part of the plot. I’m kind of wondering where she got those clothes once she got off the island, but it’s not that important to the plot overall. What’s more concerning now is the truth behind Aika’s death.
…But before we go into that, Genesis’ convenient plot device that got Hakaze off the island turned out to be even more convenient since it means that she could use Samon’s extra sacrifice to get herself across a near ridiculous amount of ocean in a very small amount of time. It’s handy now that Samon is on her side too since otherwise, she’d have to search for Samon’s hidden piece of technology. Even though she’s not really under as strict of a time limit this time, it’s still handy having Samon there. Who could have thought during the time she was on the island at the beginning that Samon would one day be willingly working with her.
There’s a distinct possibility that she might kill Aika though, which means that they all might not be on the same side still at the end of this. Everyone’s motives are showing how different they are again. Mahiro still wants his revenge and has no problems with killing Hakaze. Yoshino still wants Aika’s death to have meaning and a happy ending, so he’s going to stop Mahiro if that happens. Hakaze seems to want to make things right again, which is why she’s so okay with killing Aika for Yoshino and Mahiro’s sake and also why she’ll atone if it’s still somehow Genesis’ fault. It’s a strange relationship that they have that they can openly declare all of this to one another, but it’s that allies instead of friends relationship playing out again.
…Which brings us to the ending. Yep, Aika is the Mage of Exodus. I’m way past surprise since I found this out around the midway point for this anime, but maybe a few of you were. Were there hints about this beforehand? …Er, other than Aika way of talking like she knew everything that was going on, the hints in the OP and the fact that she’s been extremely important for unexplained reasons, the hints haven’t been too obvious. I think the plot twist here was pretty damn good. Looking back though, she’s always been a rather omniscient character. She seems to have thought about her death based on Yoshino’s flashbacks (the one with the two of them at a festival). She was also the one to state that everything that happens has meaning earlier in the series, which turned out to be a rather large, if not THE main idea behind the plot and the Trees. There are still questions about her death in general, but I’m sure those will be answered the next episode. …And then I can finally talk about her Shakespeare counterpart. It feels like forever since I’ve talked about specific plays of Shakespeare in Zetsuen no Tempest, even though I think I talked about Hamlet and the Tempest’s endings not too long ago.
So another great episode from Tempest and a bigass cliff hanger. What could this mean for the other characters? Well, Mahiro always seems to be in a position where he’s been left out of the loop by Aika, but in Yoshino’s case, I’m curious to see his reaction. Another question I guess I have is ‘why Yoshino’? I believe that she really did like him in that odd way of her’s, but did she also have ulterior motives due to the whole Heart of Exodus thing? …Though that Heart thing might just be baseless speculation to lead us away from the truth in general. Aika seems to know exactly what the future was going to hold. It will be interesting to see what insight she has to add to Tempest’s plot as a whole.
So let’s see how it gets to this