「全てのことには、わけがある」 (Subete no Koto ni wa, Wake ga Aru)
“Everything Happens For A Reason”
At some point, you’ve probably been in scenario that made you go “Oh, what a coincidence!” or something similar. Chances are you didn’t go start pondering about life’s mysteries and fate afterwards… but the question is, at what point do things cease to be mere coincidence and start delving into something more? And if there’s one thing that Zetsuen no Tempest continuously provides commentary on, it’s that.
And in fact, it’s now such that even the characters themselves are wondering the exact same thing we are. Because when so many little things combine together, you really just can’t help but wonder. The fact Mahiro and Yoshino are together in the first place… that talisman from Hakaze being the same as the pendant Aika picked up for Yoshino… there’s just so much here to ponder about. And the thing is, you just can’t know… which is exactly why it works out so well as a thematic device. There’s so much hinting at Mahiro/Yoshino being the ones that save the world, but at the same time, because you just don’t know whether or not they’re really being guided by fate or not, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s entirely possible that they fail in their mission in order to give someone else a chance instead (say, Hakaze) or something of the sort, and it’s just something that makes the series much more intriguing as a result.
Furthermore, the tie in with Hamlet and the various Shakespeare quotes add in a nice touch regarding this too. I know some people have expressed some dislike at what they consider a great literary work being used as a device in “some random show,” but you do have to at least admit that to some degree, the way they incorporate it (at least in this episode) is pretty nicely done. Point in fact is the quote from Aika to Yoshino:
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Hamlet spoilers below:
It’s just amazingly symbolic, as Hamlet was originally the one who said this quote. And seeing as how we all know what happens to him and what happened to Aika… there’s just that symbolic link there. And in considering how Hamlet ultimately meets his demise after righting his world’s wrongs… you can’t help but wonder about the possible link between Aika and her role in righting the wrong’s of Tempest’s world. And it’s when you ponder this that things get even more interesting, because in many ways, she actually IS innately linked with everything. Her death was the reason Mahiro went to look for the murderer in the first place, and from there, is the reason why Mahiro stumbled upon Hakaze’s wooden doll as well. And the rest they say, is history. From that respect, Aika really is linked with righting the world’s wrongs, because she started Mahiro and Yoshino on this path in he first place. Not to mention, there’s also the massive effect she had on our main protagonists and how they’ve developed and how they react to various scenarios too.
And looking forward, as Mochi pointed out to me earlier… one wonders if perhaps there was indeed a reason for her death… specifically in regards to the one big twist we get at the end of this episode, which is that Hakaze is supposedly actually dead. And as our first major twist of the series, it’s undoubtedly something that really makes you go “what the heck!?”… which is exactly what I’ve already seen in some places. From a personal standpoint, we’re finally almost at the point where I chose to stop reading (I was reading some chapters in order to write the preview for this series), and I’m quite interested to see where the series goes from here. There’s quite a bit of ways to go from this development to say the least, and it’s something that could conceivably elevate this series to some fairly decent heights.
And on that note, I have to say… as someone who read the manga up until this point, it’s actually been quite a fairly good adaption for the most part (in comparison to what I remember from the source material). They’ve stuck to the script for the most part, but at the same time, Bones just hasn’t hesitated to make some changes or shift the sequence of some events around. Normally, such decisions would have some rather negative results… but really, from what I’ve seen, the noticeable changes really have been quite good decisions on their part, which was a tad bit surprising. There were a few questionable things in terms of presenting our main protagonists early on… but nothing really particularly major. In the end, Bones really has done a fairly good job (especially with their animation), and well, I guess they do deserve some props… which is what I’m giving here.
Side-tracks aside, the only real thing to say at this point is to reiterate what I said above. Things really have some intriguing potential to develop at this point and Zetsuen’s slowly rising on my priority list of series to watch as a result. We’ll see have to see how things develop, because there’s the chance Bones decides to do some kind of original ending too. I won’t know exactly if it turns out to be one (please, no spoilers if it does) from an event standpoint, because I haven’t read past the events of next episode, but it’ll also be interesting to see Bones can maintain the current style and pace if they do decide to go original in some respect. Because if there’s one thing that things with original endings seem to do, it’s that they end up being unable to preserve the atmosphere before that original material, and it ends up typically obvious when they do. Guess we’ll see.
Last but not least, I’d like to thank BakaMochi once again for helping me with the caps for this episode and the series so far. Really just saves an enormous amount of time, and it is perhaps the only reason there’s even coverage of this series at all. So if you guys are enjoying this series and/or this coverage, please do take a moment to express some gratitude for her efforts! 😀