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Blast Of Tempest Episode #24 Anime Review

Since it started half a year ago, Blast of Tempest has brought some big ideas and exciting twists each week. With so much on its plate, I wasn’t sure if it would be feasible to believe it could wrap everything up in a satisfactory manner in its final episode. The fact that the manga just ended meant that at least it wouldn’t have to make up its own ending in the middle of some bigger story, but that didn’t necessarily mean the manga wouldn’t have the same problems I thought the anime might. The final episode has now aired, and while it unsurprisingly wasn’t perfect by any means, it actually managed to do a very impressive job of bringing together a lot of what had been thrown into the mix throughout the story’s run to bring it to an appropriate ending. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #23 Anime Review

Well at this point I’ve almost managed to completely forget about the time travel nonsense a few episodes ago, so that makes things a little bit. The major focus on Aika and the past has faded away, and now our characters are looking straight toward the future. It’s a good time to do so, too, since there’s only one episode left after this one. I have no idea how closely this has been following the manga, but it feels like this is probably reaching the same point of conclusion as the source material. There’s a very strong sense of finality in the air throughout the episode, and despite all the setup and slow character moments, it actually gets a fair amount into the final mission in the last few minutes. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #22 Anime Review

The previous episode had me hoping that the blatant time paradoxes that came from it would manage to be explained away somehow. Unfortunately, this episode doesn’t really make any attempt to do so, and Mahiro and Yoshino seem even less surprised by what Hakaze learned than she did. There is some dialogue regarding the causes of her death and how each person may have contributed to it, but it all dodges the issue of each cause being a part of the paradox, rather than a solution or more logical explanation. Overall, this scene felt a bit too cold, but that was clearly by design, as Hanemura soon interjects to bring some more emotionally-driven feelings to the table. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #21 Anime Review

This episode was very exciting. Right off the bat, Aika is making big reveals while attacked Hakaze, and soon agrees to listen to what Hakaze has to say and work it out with her. After negotiations break down, they start back up where they left off and proceed with a fairly spectacular fight, and Hakaze’s visit to the past reaches its inevitable conclusion in a powerful way. Unfortunately, the answer that is given at this point is that of a time paradox. I know this series has always been a fantasy and it’s even been illogical in ways that contradict its own world-building, even referencing its own impossibilities and building plot devices to work around that. The time travel aspects have been increasingly less believable as well, but the big concern for storytelling when things move to time travel is how to avoid paradoxes. And at least judging from this episode, it doesn’t look like Blast of Tempest is making any greater attempt to avoid this than any of the other questionable choices in its storytelling before. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #20 Anime Review

Now that the full cast has reunited and is all working together as one collective team, it’s finally time to face the bigger issues that have needed to be worked out this whole time. Hakaze’s solution for this is to go back in time to see who actually killed Aika! A lot of the magic revolving around Hakaze has required a higher level of disbelief suspension than even the standard magic we’ve dealt with, but the one instance of time travel that has been accomplished so far struck me as the pinnacle of that. Because of that, returning to that concept, and specifically the ease with which Hakaze seems able to pull it off exactly as she hoped she could, again makes my eyes want to roll into the back of my head. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #19 Anime Review

Most of this episode is about Mahiro and Yoshino joining back up after a quarter of the series apart. This is a big deal; after all, they spent the entire first half of the series together yet haven’t seen each other for all this time. At least some of the others from each side have been talking now and then. But before any of that, Hakaze meets up with Samon and crew and they discuss some of their respective theories and opinions on various matters. It’s mostly more of what we’ve been seeing and hearing for a while, but one comment I found particularly interesting was a simple one that speaks to more universal ideas, at least for storytelling than simply the constructs of this specific story. Hakaze and Evangeline have a discussion regarding the possibility of portraying the Trees as some sort of alien technology, and question the segregation of "magic" and "science", as the magic they’re familiar with could very well be just as easily explained by science if humans had reached that point of understanding yet. While the real world doesn’t experience phenomena that most would consider magic, certain things that can now be explained and created by science would seem magical to people from previous generations. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #18 Anime Review

One thing I’ve noted throughout the run of Blast of Tempest is that the main characters seem to be far more unaffected by the tragedies surrounding them than real people in their shoes should be. Well the time for the series to address that has finally come at this late point. Obviously the fact that Yoshino was dating Aika was something that took far too long for anyone else to find out, and it had to be absolutely spelled out for anyone to even believe it possible. There were a lot of basic immediate results this would be sure to bring, Hakaze thinking a little differently about how her feelings may affect others and Mahiro’s actions toward Yoshino being two very notable ones at the moment. However, after a bit of dreading that she may have already killed Aika unintentionally, Hakaze’s reaction is actually a little deeper, bringing up Yoshino’s actions in hiding this fact and seeming less vocal about the situation despite their closeness. This provides the opportunity for Yoshino to completely break down, revealing that he had already done so when the tragedy struck, but also releasing all the emotions he’s bottled up. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #17 Anime Review

Okay, this show is still pretty focused on being a comedy for the time being. Given the Shakespeare theme, that’s probably for the best, because if it can’t focus on comedy for a big part of a second half, it’s destined to end up a tragedy, like the first half seemed to end with and it seems likely that such a fate would rather be avoided. Yes, there are serious moments sprinkled in there – obviously the main plot point is still a very serious affair – and a lot of the comedy stems from that, but overall, it feels like the series really doesn’t want to take itself overly serious anymore. As I’ve said before, this probably isn’t really a bad thing, but with so much of this kind of content in the past several episodes, I always have to wonder when it will return to something to really care about. After all, there are some major issues to deal with before the series is through, and those will need to be addressed in a much more serious light. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #16 Anime Review

Blast of Tempest is starting to mix in a lot more comedy as it moves along its second and ultimately more critical half of the story, and it’s made it pretty clear that this won’t be changing in the immediate future. Hanemura being such a central part of the story almost guarantees this will continue to be the case for some time since, with the way his character is written, it’s hardly even possible to imagine him being present without doing something silly and ridiculous. There’s also Hakaze’s developing feelings for Yoshino, which have been providing comedy more and more, possibly reaching its peak where it becomes something serious later in this episode. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #15 Anime Review

In telling a generally serious story, this series hasn’t necessarily avoided humor altogether in the past. There’s often a moment here or there that lightens the mood, keeping things a little more balanced, although occasionally feeling out of place with the extremely serious nature of everything else going on. This episode provides far more of this than ever before, but interestingly also offers a commentary that works just as well for its own storytelling as for the world at large. The obvious point that’s attempting to be made is that, even though there’s constantly tragedy all over the world, those who have the luxury of being removed from all that generally don’t bother to acknowledge it at all, simply going along with the comfortable lives they’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy. Although plenty of the big events in this story can be compared to the real world, this is the first time I can think of such a direct and heavy message being put out there. And in a similarly meta sort of way to when the plot was working out however certain characters felt like it should and this plot convenience was actually explained in the mechanics of the world itself, this episode shows a world ripped apart by magic, having just suffered the loss of more people than in any one instance in history, and yet our usually serious characters have lightened up and are even being a bit silly. In both cases, I can’t say I’m sure the show was actually making a point to reference itself, but I’d like to believe it was. READ MORE...