「タイムマシンのつくり方」 (Taimu Mashin no Tsukuruikata)
“How to Make a Time Machine”
I don’t know about you, but I think this is the episode that pretty much throws Zetsuen no Tempest into the ring as one of the better series of the entire year. There are just few series that can pull off plot twists left and right without making it seem like total malarchy or resorting to Deus Ex Machinas, but Zetsuen manages to do all of this and then some. And in a time where many series fail because of their inability to reach their full potential, this series not only proves that it can be done, but also demonstrates to us the amazing results that happen when you do. Because in the end, that’s the key to Zetsuen’s and its ability to constantly exceed expectations, which is that it exploits every element of the world it has established over the previous nine episodes. No revelations are left hanging, no questions (and no possibility) left unanswered. Everything that has happened until now has a reason, every discussion loaded with extra meaning—there’s just nothing wasted with this series for the most part, and it’s just damn amazing.
But that’s enough about that for now, as it’s time to actually move on to the developments of this episode. Reader beware, because it’s gonna be a wild series of explanations.
First off, we get the reveal of Yoshino’s theory, which pretty much amounts to the following:
The Tree of Genesis grants Hakaze full protection because it preserves logic. Because Tree of Genesis has not fully revived, it’s preservation is flawed, leading to the Tree of Zetsuen getting to this point and Hakaze being at a disadvantage. However, this doesn’t mean she has lost. Goes back to things we’ve mentioned this before, the fact of the matter is that Mahiro picking up that doll and both him and Yoshino helping Hakaze is too much to be a simple coincidence. Combining this with the fact that Samon seems to have known that these two were talking to Hakaze from the start, as well as the fact he seemed to have expected their arrival, thus means that he knew this situation would occur and that he would need a counter measure. This then confirms that his victory has not been confirmed and that there’s still a way to bring back Hakaze.
And to say the least, it makes a heck of a lot of sense. Granted, much of what he said was already mentioned previously, but it doesn’t change the fact that the theory’s pretty much air tight for the most part. Either way, the result is that Mahiro’s slowly starting to see where Yoshino’s coming from, and Samon’s plan slowly begins to unravel…
…which brings us to the ultimate reveal that the entire point of his theory wasn’t necessarily to provide a concrete reason for everything, but rather intended as a ploy to make Samon panic, and thus reveal that there is indeed a way to bring Hakaze back. And to this end (as Samon attests with his many hilarious reactions), Yoshino succeeds beyond his wildest imagination. Granted, some of his theory ended up being incorrect involving the time prison itself (actually real rather than an illusion), but wow. That was a darn ingenious plot from Samon to say the least, because if he manages to trick Hakaze into believing that all was lost, then all logic would thus make it so that there was no way for Hakaze to win. But in the end, it just emphasizes how ridiculous Yoshino was to be able to turn everything around the way it did, as well as how he is indeed the ultimate wild card in this equation. In turn, this brings us to our current scenario…
…which is that it’s up to Hakaze and Yoshino to think up exactly how Samon was able to construct the time prison (and how to bring her back from it) before Samon find the identity of Aika’s killer. Suffice to say, time’s ticking as a result, and it’s gonna be damn interesting how this works out. Considering how the next episode’s preview seems to be demonstrating that the killer is closer than ever expected (perhaps Hakaze herself or Junichirou?)… well, let’s just say that the twists look like they’ll keep coming, and I’m darn eager to see what it is. Zetsuen just keeps showing itself to be beyond predictable where it counts and I just keep feeling better every week that Mochi and I decided to pick up coverage of this series. Guess we’ll see how things work out eh?
Extra: Here’s a meme. I should’ve done this last week but alas.
Author’s Note: Sadly, finals are coming shortly, and there is a slight chance of no coverage for Zetsuen next week. It seems highly likely that BakaMochi will be able to return and step in for the post next week though, so all hope is not lost! The Tree of Genesis’ logic is still in effect after all! (Okay. I admit. That was a bad joke).