…The battle planning just wouldn’t be complete without that giant log.
|…The characters should have pissed off Megumu earlier. His outburst and subsequent asskicking of Yoshino and Mahiro pretty much made the episode for me. Man, that training with Junichi really payed off. The rest of the episode? Well, at least they have a plan in motion…|
I had wondered about the other characters blaming Hakaze for being the cause of death since her going into the past was the reason Aika figured things out and killed herself, but luckily nobody threw around blame here. Really, when they were blaming Hakaze because of her link to Genesis earlier in the series, it bothered me. I’m glad it was Mahiro of all people too who said that he and Yoshino might as well be to blame as well if Hakaze was going to put it all on herself.
Mahiro went beyond pretty much every expectation I had for him earlier on in the series. As brash and irrational he seemed in the first half, as we got to know more about his character in the second half, he turned out to be a pretty rational guy. That line about him going any further being irrational being proof. He accepted the fact that Aika’s boyfriend was Yoshino fairly easily, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that he was able to accept Aika’s death as well. Like how he accepts some of Yoshino’s actions and betrayals because they turned out for the best, it looks like he put the same kind of trust in Aika’s actions as well. Yoshino took things well as well. Of course, Yoshino is known for taking things well, so this wasn’t anything really new. And so the world finally makes sense again for the two of them… Though of course, they’re not out of the plot yet just because their reason for joining it is gone.
Yoshino noting how Mahiro was acting like he first did at the beginning of the series was interesting. Just because his original motive for finding the murderer is gone doesn’t mean that Mahiro is unmotivated. He’s not just an empty shell now that he can’t exact revenge. He just really wanted the world to make sense again for himself. I don’t think his actions of ‘taking responsibility for his imouto’s actions’ are really necessary (or maybe that’s just his way of rationalizing his involvement from here on), but even though he’s a regular person doesn’t meant that he’s no longer involved with the plot. I liked Samon’s explanation of how the two were just in the right place at the right time. They didn’t really need to be special quite like Hakaze or Aika are, but they’ve become important through a series of events and they’re not running away from that. I’m kind of curious as to what they intend to do in the final conflict since Kusaribe magic apparently doesn’t work around the core though. I assume this extends to talismans as well, so unless they’re going to do something like distract the ships, I can’t see what else they would do.
…And then there’s Megumu. Dear lord his outburst was awesome and I guess as people, Mahiro and Yoshino needed him to hit them. Sure, they both have unusual personalities, but on the inside, there’s no way that the truth behind Aika’s death didn’t affect them. I mean, look at how they reacted at the end of the last episode, let alone the rest of the series before this. They probably won’t show any change on the outside (since they were keeping their feelings to themselves anyways), but I’m sure Megumu yelling at them helped them in it’s own way. Besides, the scene just wouldn’t have felt right without his emotional outburst. I mean, I know we had the three main character’s reactions at the end of the episode in the past (plus everything else that’s happened), but someone needs to mourn that results of Aika’s actions really screwed Yoshino and Mahiro over.
Anyways, back to Megumu. Even now, he seems to fit the Yuki Kaji character stereotype (since all of the pathetic characters he’s played have always seemed to become badasses at one point or another).Funny how a character who wasn’t even introduced until the midway point of the series is now possibly THE most important character. Without Megumu, there would be no defeating the Tree. …Which I imagine will be difficult considering that logic itself sides with it.And of course, Tempest has the rest of the world siding with Genesis, so we now have an ever bigger enemy than just Genesis itself. You might blame Hakaze as the one who caused this rift due to her fighting Megumu publicly, but personally, I think Genesis would have the world on it’s side anyways since it’s earlier actions all seem like it was more of a benefit to humanity and it can twist things like that.
I know that we have the final battle to get through and all, but this episode also really raised the question as to what will come after all of this? It’s kind of hard to predict what exactly will happen and the characters don’t really have a past defeat of the Tree to draw from. If anything though, I imagine that this fight with Genesis will have more of an impact than any before internationally. Since it’s only in recent history that the entire world has been as interconnected as this and I don’t think Genesis has made an appearance like this in a recently. Will it cause wars? Who knows. I’m curious to find out though.
I’m glad that we’re still getting flashbacks of Aika now too. Especially ones that are showing off her character thoughts more. The one this episode with her first meeting with Mahiro and Yoshino was great here. While they could have shown this earlier, I think it’s rather fitting that they show it after the results behind her death were revealed. All three of them had a rather odd relationship with one another, but it worked really well for them.
I’m not entirely sure how many episodes of Tempest we have left, but now we definitely have a pretty good idea of what’s coming up for the ending. This seems awfully straightforward for this show, but other than maybe having a few character deaths, I can’t think of any other places this plot can throw twists in (watch me be wrong). Will it end as a tragedy? Probably not considering the fact that the Tempest seems to be getting the most emphasis and that ended well, but with the prospect of more war coming up, who knows.But hopefully we get a universally happy ending. …Because whatever is written in those goodbye letters to Yoshino and Mahiro is almost guaranteed to make me tear up regardless to how the fight with Genesis goes.
…I have no idea what to expect next episode based on that preview though.