Zetsuen no Tempest – 12
「しばし天の祝福より遠ざかり」 (Shibashi Ten no Shukufuku Yori Tooza Kari)
“Absent Thee From Felicity A While”
To say the least, there are not enough fingers on my hands and not enough toes on my feet to count the amount of times this series has surprised me in some shape or form. Time after time, it’s the same thing. I keep thinking I’ve finally grasped the answer to a question… just to be given a big flat “CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE FAILED AGAIN” over and over again. Really, there’s just no guessing where this series is going to go—and that’s not even the best part. No. The best part is the fact that not a single development or twist is forced and every single explanation makes sense within the confines of the established world—a perfect demonstration of story telling mastery few series are capable of doing.
This week… well, this week it’s just more of the same, really (and then some). First off, we get the revelation that Hakaze was born as the Tree of Genesis sensed its own revival—chosen as humanity’s representative and the one who determine when the Tree of Genesis’ revival will occur. As Hakaze states herself, “the Tree of Genesis is (thus) not such a cruel deity to cause civilization’s doom.” One would reason that this makes the Tree of Genesis the obvious choice in terms of which of the trees to support, but nope, not at all. Because in the end, there’s also the possibility the Tree of Genesis is merely making it look like the Tree of Zetsuen gave birth to the mage and the latter isn’t at fault at all.
But wait! There’s also the potential that it was indeed the Tree of Zetsuen’s work. But hmmm, what about the Tree of Genesis’ uncanny ability to influence logic to a point where it could merely shoot over an offering to Hakaze when she finds herself unable to find Samon’s? Wouldn’t that go back to pointing to the Tree of Genesis as the culprit behind Aika’s murder? Not to mention, what about the sudden attack on Yoshino and Mahiro? Were they really tossed out just because they served their purpose of bringing back Hakaze? Why isn’t Samon killed then? Which side is correct!?
The answer? We just don’t know. And this is exactly what I’m talking about. It’s just impossible to know with this show, but every development isn’t farfetched or nonsensical either. Sure, the Tree of Genesis is the one wrecking havoc at the moment, but what’s to say it’s not merely responding to the Tree of Zetsuen’s revival and trying to ensure its own survival?
Either way though, at least Hakaze’s back (what a grand return it was!) and we get a battle of immense proportions on top of everything too. At this point, I’m seriously wondering if both trees would lead to civilization’s destruction, and the point of everything is to take this chance to incapacitate both trees. But then again, I haven’t been right often with this series, so what can I say? We got Junichiro running around in the background too, Aika magically appearing in a voice over at the end… and it’s just like, wow. Just one of those series where you just gotta sit back and enjoy the ride it seems, and if this episode demonstrated anything, the best’s yet to come. And if the world doesn’t end tomorrow (the timing of this episode really seems quite appropriate doesn’t it?), we’ll be continuin’ coverin here on RC through Zetsuen’s second cour. Yup, you heard that right. Zetsuen’s going to be a 24 episode series and a new OP by Kylee will debut starting with the next episode. Sadly however, there will be a two week hiatus before the series resumes though, which is a darn shame.
In any case, just one last thing before I go (last but not least!). I’d just like to express my gratitude to Guardian Enzo for helpin’ out on Zetsuen last week, as well as BakaMochi, who returns as the capper for this episode. Thanks guys! :D