“The Dancing Princess”
Looking back throughout Zetsuen no Tempest, it’s been fairly obvious just how important Fuwa Aika’s been to this story. In many ways, she’s the reason this entire journey existed after all, and the one factor that completely threw Samon’s plan into disarray. What I didn’t expect however though, was just how much she would continue to influence things even now. I mean, darn, I figured she’d continue to play some part… but shucks, Aika’s pretty much completely orchestrated the sequence of events we see this episode, the revelation of her as Yoshino’s girlfriend leading to Hakaze’s attempt to test the Tree of Genesis, as well as the now inevitable confrontation between Mahiro and Yoshino. To say the least, the future’s likely going to be molded from the results of these events, and it’s just pretty darn spectacular when you realize that the person responsible has been dead since before the series started! Few series manage to have such spectacular tie-ins even with people that are constantly on the screen, yet Zetsuen manages to do it with someone who ain’t even alive! Just… bravo.
But yeah, the general feeling I got after watching this episode was just… “Wow.” After mixing a bit of seriousness and comedy through the past few weeks, we’d been getting the feeling that things would start escalating soon, and boy did it escalate quickly — chock full of some great developments as well.
For one, it was nice to see Yoshino show some semblance of emotion — to Hakaze no less. In ways, his inevitable emotional release was building up for quite a bit, and it’s just great to finally see him actually express the feelings he keeps holding back with a smile. To top it off, it was just incredibly symbolic that the person he ends up expressing it to is someone who also has feelings for him, as well as the only one who really can do something about the situation — a situation that Yoshino has been lamenting he could do nothing about for years. In this respect, one really starts to wonder though. The fact that things fall so nicely into place regarding this matter really make you wonder if he’s indeed a Mage of some sort… or at least someone special enough to be beyond the logic of either tree.
Interestingly enough though, if there’s one major general development, it’s how things have seemingly turned all of a sudden against the Tree of Genesis. Its own Mage is intent on testing it, Samon originally worked to try and destroy it, and the Mage of Exodus is also present with the power to trash it as well. Of course, there’s been bits and pieces hinting that the Tree of Genesis might not be “good” at all in the grand scheme of things, but the question becomes: which one of the trees is really good or bad? Are either of them even capable of being categorized as good or bad? Is this just some kind of struggle between life and death between two Gods that just have humanity caught in the balance?
Are there “aliens” at work!?
In the end, there’s just a lot of uncertainty involved at the moment — and as Samon mentions himself, for the future as well — and I guess I can’t say anything else except that the story has done superbly in being able to pretty much do whatever it wants at will. Zetsuen’s just shown an ability to give us twist after twist — twists that have made us consistently question everything we’ve seen before — all while not pushing the envelope of what would be considered acceptable in its own universe and logic and not forcing anything to develop at all. On that note though, it looks like the future holds quite a bit of intrigue in the possible developments, and the ending looks like it’ll be good one — even if it turns out its an original one. Guess we’ll see how it goes eh?