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Blast Of Tempest Episode #14 Anime Review

After a major cliffhanger and a two-week break, the last episode of Blast of Tempest ended up being mostly a recap episode. It was a lot better than a lot of full-on recap episodes, but I’m ready for some fully new material. This episode gives us that and, like the previous episode implied, things are looking better than they have been for a while. While there wasn’t much new last time, there was a new cliffhanger to leave us wondering about things for a week, and this episode picks up right from that point. Samon wants Mahiro to kill Yoshino, and now we get plenty of time to find out why. The episode consists largely of cutting back and forth between Mahiro and Samon’s group, now including Evangeline, and the pair of Yoshino and Hakaze, then joined by a character we got a brief glimpse of last time, Hanemura. While Samon explains the situation and his group’s thoughts on what may be going on, Yoshino and Hakaze run into this new character, a boy who thinks he may be the "mage of Exodus" but isn’t sure of anything that’s going on. Samon’s theories involve the possibility of Yoshino serving the same role, which makes for some major uncertainty when he learns that this new person has emerged to fill that hole. This should force Samon to reevaluate the situation and come up with some new objectives, which would then change the course of this second half of the series from the direction that it seemed like it may have been heading toward. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #13 Anime Review

Blast of Tempest ended its first half on a giant cliffhanger. The instrument of apocalypse has started on its path of destruction, starting with the two main characters of our story. After waiting for two weeks, we’ve finally reached the first episode of the second half… and it’s a recap episode. Well, kind of. I hope nobody saw what the episode was doing for most of the first half and decided to skip it and check back in next week. With any luck, the beginning of the episode showing that there was more going on here than just the recap style it eventually settled into steered people away from that idea, perhaps begrudgingly at first. The episode brings us into a dream-like state of limbo that Mahiro has found himself in after seemingly dying, and in it he communicates with some sort of apparition of Aika. Before long, he starts reflecting back on the period of time in which we’ve followed him through this story, bringing us to our standard recap format. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #12 Anime Review

This show is really something. As with many of its kind, there are many instances in the story that seem far too convenient for the sake of progressing it, or for making sure things work out for the protagonists, even when the writing was focused on making it seem impossible for them to get out of the situation safe and sound just moments before. However, while most would simply hope the audience has suspended its disbelief enough to accept what’s happening, or perhaps provide some later explanation as to how this supposedly makes sense in the context of the story, Blast of Tempest goes for a more direct approach. Specifically, the story itself is about how the "logic" of the world is determined by how each seemingly random occurrence could best benefit certain special mages, and by extent, the protagonists of the story with whom one of these mages is working alongside. In an amusing way, it brings to mind the "probability-altering missiles" from Gurren Lagann, made all the more amusing when the plot device in question materialized as an actual missile in this episode. However, Gurren Lagann is as hilariously ridiculous as possible all the time, and it’s one of its biggest appeals. Blast of Tempest is not like this at all, and instead plays everything very seriously. Because of this, such a manner of writing does not work with this series nearly as well. However, this isn’t a big deal, because it’s been a constant of this series. It’s just expressed particularly explicitly in this episode. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #11 Anime Review

This week, Blast of Tempest offers us yet another half-hour of Yoshino, Mahiro, and Samon standing in place and talking to each other and Hakaze. I suppose that this episode does at least accomplish a little more than just having Yoshino make things up to sway Mahiro slightly more to the side he was initially on. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty more of that, but they mix things up a little more this time. After seeing Samon’s reactions, Yoshino determined that there had to be some way to bring Hakaze back, even if he himself knew he was just making crap up the entire time. As he discusses the possibilities, Hakaze listens intently, Mahiro seems fairly apathetic, and Samon continues to appear in pain because of his secrets being almost inadvertently unraveled little by little. While I’ve been struggling to suspend my disbelief as new concepts are introduced to the magic of this world for dramatic impact in its revelations, the lines pertaining to the logical, even scientific specifications of this ridiculous magic crossed the line of things I can take seriously. Yes, there’s time travel, and that’s rather silly, but the characters’ thoughts are far too down-to-earth for such a fantastic setting that lends itself to these impossible ideas. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #10 Anime Review

I should probably mention up front that I may have difficulty finding a whole lot to say about this episode. This is because, in fact, nothing really happens in its entire run. This isn’t to say it’s some kind of recap episode or anything like that. No, this is entirely new content, and it doesn’t even contain a second of flashbacks or pointless filler material as far as I can remember. However, the entire episode consists of the small group of characters we’ve been focusing our attention on standing in place and talking, and ultimately, there’s not all too much accomplished by the end of it. This mass amount of exposition is in some ways at least partly necessary for the immediate conflicts in the plot. Yoshino needed to explain himself, in order to convince Mahiro to join his side and take down Samon, saving Hakaze if possible. However, in some ways Yoshino’s actual reasoning was not so necessary, as Mahiro’s real motive is the secret behind Aika’s love life that had been largely hidden from him. Still, without a game plan Yoshino’s claim wouldn’t mean anything, because Mahiro still cares about his revenge more than pretty much anything else. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #09 Anime Review

Last time, we got a bit of a shock when we found out that the Hakaze that Yoshino and Mahiro have been following for the entire series was in fact from two years in the past, something that even she couldn’t comprehend herself. This changes things a lot for everyone involved. Mahiro has no loyalty, and has no problem switching sides immediately if it works out better for him, the broken Hakaze has little drive to try to stop him from doing so after this stunning revelation about her personal discrepancy from the "real" world as it exists in the present, and Yoshino has been staying behind Mahiro and letting him make all the decisions. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #08 Anime Review

This episode returns to the plot, and in a big way. After several episodes of wandering about and remembering the good old days, our heroes finally reach the enemy, right as the big action is starting to go down. There are some military types with tanks trying to take care of things already, but this kind of heavy artillery is comically misplaced in a world of spectacular magic. Then again, the all-powerful talisman that Mahiro had to retrieve in previous episodes is in the form of a machine gun that any of those soldiers could easily be carrying, so I suppose it doesn’t look any more out of place than that. After spending all this time on this journey, Mahiro and Yoshino finally come face to face with their previously unseen enemy, Samon. This is the time for the protagonists to make their demands and for the antagonist to resist and face off with them while spouting some grand speech about how the protagonists are the ones in the wrong. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #07 Anime Review

This series has somewhat of a strange composition. Plenty of episodes will go by without any real background on the current events, then an entire episode in the middle of all the action will be dedicated to memories of the past. We had one earlier on, in which Yoshino and Mahiro met as small children for the first time, and now, after alluding to certain events involving her many times throughout the series, we finally get a full episode focused on Aika’s past with the two friends shortly before the tragedies began to strike. It’s obviously a good time for this, after the previous episode left off with a scene of Aika and Mahiro getting a little close for siblings, but the episode didn’t develop exactly the way I expected it to. This issue was thankfully at least addressed fairly early on, rather than being teased and not followed through with until late in the episode (or worse, another episode later). The episode spends almost no time before continuing on that scene, but it amounts to little more than Mahiro denying Aika’s advances and Aika saying it was fine since they weren’t related by blood, and hardly even acted like "siblings" at all. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #06 Anime Review

The previous episode ended with Junichiro telling Yoshino and Mahiro that Hakaze was dead, and Samon cryptically saying that he had made sure anyone who he wanted would think this was true. Hakaze was as surprised as Yoshino and Mahiro, as well as the audience, although all of them knew this couldn’t possibly be true. But there was a little bit of mystery that made it seem like there could be some truth to this, that the Hakaze we know could be something different from a normal human (at least as "normal" as the rest of the main characters in this series). I was pretty surprised that the "proof" that Samon used to convince Junichiro that Hakaze must be dead was a skeleton that he claimed was her, and Junichiro was so confident just by looking at the shape of the skull. Obviously there’s still a lot more to this, because it would be incredibly silly to think that Samon would simply be using some random human skeleton to trick people into thinking that Hakaze is dead, especially if they just believed him based on that, especially when faced with people claiming otherwise. Yoshino and Mahiro are just as confused, both by what’s really going on with Hakaze and how bones could be enough to convince the person closest to her without question, but I’m still surprised that they didn’t immediately pull out the magic doll and have Junichiro talk to her directly. Surely a direct conversation between the two of them could leave no doubt. READ MORE...

Blast Of Tempest Episode #05 Anime Review

After exploring the origins of the friendship between Yoshino and Mahiro in a quiet little break from the aggressive eventfulness of the series, the characters are ready to move on with the plot. The preview from the previous episode promised some more action, and while this episode doesn’t offer as much of that as I expected after seeing it, there’s definitely more of it than the previous episode. It also showed that we’d see more of Aika, meaning either that there would be more flashbacks or that she was somehow in the present more than it seemed. Her presence ended up being the more logical of the two options, although I wouldn’t completely dismiss the other one as impossibility. Scenes of her and Yoshino from the past are interspersed with scenes of Yoshino and Mahiro walking through the much less idyllic present. READ MORE...