「徘徊する亡霊」 (Haikai Suru Borei )
“The Wandering Apparition”
Starting things off this week on Zetsuen no Tempest, we get some flashbacks from the past—and it’s an interesting one. No, I’m not talking about it being interesting because of how ridiculous it was of Aika to tease/lure/test Yoshino with her “you may check if I’m wearing panties, if you’d like” sequence. I mean, that was interesting too, but yeah I mean more of intriguing due to the insight it gives into her personality.
See in some ways, Yoshino hits the nail right on the head when he says Aika’s personality is a terrible one. Indeed, one could easily consider as such. However, there’s just something about her that makes me think it’s just not that simple. I still can’t pinpoint exactly what it is, but there’s… just something. It’s like she’s not human at all—like she lived life in “matter of fact” kind of way—like she knows everything and has the ability to twist you around and around her pinky at her will. And so it’s like she’s on another level compared to everyone else and gets misunderstood as a result.
Either way, I’m really beginning to seriously consider the chance she was indeed the Mage of Exodus in the past and passed it down to Megumi following her death (perhaps, willingly?). Because in the end, it’s not a stretch to say that the cause of everything—the focus of all the logic—may not be on Hakaze… but on Aika instead. Considering all the twists and what not in Zetsuen so far, I wouldn’t put it beyond the series to end up telling us that she intentionally killed herself or let herself die in order to set into motion a series of events that would change the world. Of course, it’s pure supposition at this moment and just a grain of salt, but yeah, things would fit nicely if it turns out to be true, as it also explains why Aika would still bother going out with Yoshino when she considers him the most dangerous person she knows.
Moving on though, this episode continues the trend of somewhat differently toned episodes since the start of the second season. We get some Hakaze x Yoshino shenanigans in the form of priceless Hakaze facial gestures and jokes by the Kusaribe clan, the continued suspicion of Yoshino as the Mage of Exodus, and the start of Samon and Co.’s worldwide debut of the Mage of Exodus. I’m still wondering a bit what the ultimate purpose of the latter is though.
Notably, there’s the “spy in the clan”, Sana, and “do you believe in ghost topics” to discuss, but I feel like they both ended up as pretty straight forward developments for the most part so I’d like to put those aside for now and leave the rest of this post into discussing Hamlet and The Tempest.
Having read Hamlet a while back, I was admittedly smacking myself a bit for not remembering the fact that in the story does indeed have the scenario where the a sister’s lover ends up fighting her brother after her death. It reasons that this symbolizes the inevitable clash between Yoshino and Mahiro, as they both fit the respective parts, but… I really find myself doubting that the series will be work out in such an obvious manner. I suppose that this is where The Tempest comes in though. Going back a few episodes, there was that discussion where it was said “the story doesn’t have to end in a tragedy,” and it seems like even if Yoshino and Mahiro end up fighting one another for whatever reason, it’s likely they’ll resolve it amongst themselves before facing whatever final scenario awaits them. With the discovery of a said key about how the Tree of Genesis and Zetsuen both came about though… there seems to be a scenario arising where it may be either possible or necessary to destroy both trees to preserve the world, or something that involves the trees are both part of one separated whole. Regardless, it seems more and more likely that both trees are not inherently bad… and it’ll be interesting to see how the series develops with the room it has left.
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