By golly, we’ve done it!
The final entry in the A to Z challenge.
How will I ever select what anime to watch next, without the alphabet to guide me?
More on that in the future.
Until then, let’s talk about the final entry in this 26 anime gauntlet – Zetsuen no Tempest.
There’s A Lot Going On Here…
What are the tags for this anime? Action, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, Magic, Mystery, Shounen… can we fit anymore? How could one 24 episode long anime fit so many different categories? I don’t understand it either. But Zetsuen no Tempest somehow manages to fulfill all of these roles, and maintain a coherent, enjoyable story.
A lot definitely happens throughout the anime. We start out simple enough… only for the anime to begin throwing it’s plot at you pretty early on. It can get a bit overwhelming at first. There’s this stuff about a tree, and another tree, and how the world is somehow controlled by them, and there are people who can use magic, that are influenced by one of the trees, and a girl was murdered two years ago while another girl is stranded on an island… and then a lot of stuff happens from there.
That said, once the world design sinks in, and you get a grasp of the situation, man, what an amazing ride this anime is. I didn’t expect to watch such a thrilling and exciting anime, and not just for the action. The mystery elements in this anime are top-notch! I won’t spoil them, but they get quite convoluted at times due to a certain factor… The satisfaction gained from just watching this anime play out made it worth the watch. My suspect #1 ended up being absolved, only for the unsuspected to be the suspect!
What can I say, this anime has it all, and does it all well.
Zetsuen no Tempest has it’s cake, and it eats it too.
From relatively early on we get a sense of what the drama in this anime will revolve around. One of our protagonists, Mahiro, had a younger sister, Aika, who secretly dated his best friend, Yoshino. She died two years prior to the start of the anime, but her legacy lives on in the form of Mahiro’s desire for revenge. Needless to say, despite not being around, Aika comes up quite a bit and is the centre for a lot of the drama that takes place in Zetsuen no Tempest. Of course there’s more than that, but I won’t go into spoiler territory.
Aika was a very interesting character, as we get to see a lot of her through flashbacks. I also loved her hair, because of the hime cut. Which automatically qualifies her for the position of best girl. Sorry everyone else.
I also really liked Mahiro as a character. He’s logical, but he’s not logical. Completely driven by vengeance, and yet willing to listen to a well thought-out argument, and weigh it against his own desire for revenge. He’s violent, angers quickly, but is also not scared of putting himself out there and taking action. A risk taker. I think Mahiro really helps this anime to shine, although there were many other characters I enjoyed. The other protagonist, Yoshino, was very interesting as well. Much more secretive than Mahiro, which made him harder to read.
Finally, I loved Samon, a character that is met a little later on in the anime. I won’t spoil anything, but I’ll just say that I loved his reactions to Mahiro. Samon has a vision for the world, and when Mahiro just gets in the way for some petty revenge, Samon ends up in several moments of disbelief. Think of Samon as the one who craves order, while Mahiro brings chaos. Samon’s reactions to the chaos are just hilarious, as he becomes visibly shaken.
I touched upon it a bit earlier, but I feel like I need to add one more section to this review before getting to my rating. So I’ll try to expand upon what made the mystery elements of this anime so fun.
At several points in the anime, there is an overarching question that needs to be answered. Or even multiple questions. In fact, there is ONE question that exists for almost the entire anime – who killed Aika Fuwa? And as the story develops, the number of suspects will naturally increase as well as narrow down…
What we end up with is a very intriguing anime that leaves these questions unanswered for long enough to allow you to develop your own suspicions. I’m sure this isn’t groundbreaking or anything, but I can say that the satisfaction of getting the answers I craved was awesome. I didn’t even know this anime was going to have mystery elements, or was tagged as a mystery anime. I just naturally watched it and had these thoughts about what could happen, or who could be implicated in something.
“How did X happen?” is another type of question, and then the anime slowly introduces evidence. Even the characters at many times end up debating various questions that are introduced in the anime, which further hypes up the answer. And what a thrill it is to get the answer!
I’m going to need some good mystery anime recommendations.
It’s a genre I haven’t explored enough, and never knew I needed until now.
Zetsuen no Tempest has it all, and does it all very well.
This is an excellent anime, one that I’m absolutely glad I watched.
It’s also the perfect title to end the Anime A to Z challenge with.
I’m giving Zetsuen no Tempest a 9 / 10.
While a little overwhelming at first, once you absorb all the information it throws at you, it becomes an absolute pleasure to watch and a thrill to experience. A 24-episode treat that I would call a sure-thing when it comes to anime. You just can’t go wrong here.
I’ll also give Zetsuen no Tempest the Jack of all Trades award, for providing some excellent drama, mystery, action, magic, and more!
This concludes the Anime A to Z challenge. What a journey it’s been!
I still have one more post to write that will be more of an overview of the challenge.
So stay tuned for that!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!