Pocket Picks #5: To Be, or Not To Be…

Blast of Tempest, a show that aired through the Fall season of 2012 and the Winter season of 2013, is a show that I hold quite closely in my heart. Not only does the show include elements and quotes from something that I hold quite dear to me, but it’s got a genuinely good, if not somewhat dense, story to it as well.

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“Yoshino Takigawa, an ordinary teenager, is secretly dating his best friend Mahiro’s younger sister. But when his girlfriend Aika mysteriously dies, Mahiro disappears, vowing to find the one responsible and make them pay for murdering his beloved sister. Yoshino continues his life as usual and has not heard from Mahiro in a month—until he is confronted by a strange girl who holds him at gunpoint, and his best friend arrives in the nick of time to save him.

Yoshino learns that Mahiro has enlisted the help of a witch named Hakaze Kusaribe to find Aika’s killer and of the existence of an entity known as the “Tree of Exodus.” The witch’s brother selfishly desires to make use of its power, in spite of the impending peril to the world. However, Hakaze is banished to a deserted island, and it is now up to Yoshino and Mahiro to help her save the world, while inching ever closer to the truth behind Aika’s death.”

– MAL

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Upon initially watching Blast of Tempest, you may be instantly enamored with the beautiful, ethereal artstyle and engaging, mysterious story hooks, and you may also find an initial dislike of the series due to the slow paced, somewhat confusing/disorienting first episode, and general lack of initial story progression. It’s one of those stories that takes a while to get going, and it takes until almost the very end of the series for all of the mysteries introduced in Episode 1 to be resolved.

If you choose to stick with the show through the initially high difficulty of entry, however, you will be treated to a beautifully written story, some amazing action sequences, and a whole lot of references to one of my personal idols: William Shakespeare. With a flurry of quotes and plot points in honor of the genius author, the show keeps a thespian like me entertained from start to finish, searching for every gem I can possibly find.

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I asked several of my blogger friends what they thought about the show, but most haven’t even seen it, showing just how underrated and overlooked this show really is! The only one who can recall seeing it is TPAB, and here’s what they had to say about it:

“Zetsuen no Tempest… I saw the anime 5 years ago, I don’t remember much about it. Tempest is inspired by a Shakespearean play… Hamlet maybe? I remember there was a witch in a barrel…”

TPAB (in all their 2 a.m. glory)

Barring the somewhat muddled and incoherent early-morning memories of Panties-kun, everyone I know who’s watched it (which is basically me and like 2 of my close friends), have nothing but praise for the show. It’s really one of the more interesting and unique shows i’ve ever seen, and I believe it deserves some recognition.

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If you’ve seen Blast of Tempest, please, let me know your thoughts about the show. If you haven’t, give it a shot! You might find something that you really enjoy! It’s not for everyone, but I definitely had a great time with it, and I hope you guys will, as well!

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3 thoughts on “Pocket Picks #5: To Be, or Not To Be…

  1. I know I watched this and I actually have it but I’ve never really gotten around to a rewatch. As much fun as I had the first time following the twists and turns and picking up the references I just don’t know that this show will be as fun the second time. I really should get around to it and then I should write a review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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    1. Yeah, it’s one of those shows where the main draw is the mystery, and it did a great job keeping me hooked until the end. While I haven’t had a chance to rewatch the show recently, I do feel like the emotional impact might be lessened simply by knowing what’s going on behind the scenes. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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