Alright, let’s get these 12 Days posts started. As I said before, I will be posting one “good” moment and one “bad” moment for each day. The times will be random, but unless real-life gets in the way, only two of these posts (one “good” and one “bad”) will show up on a given day.
Blast of Tempest’s second half was a lot better than its first half in terms of quality. That first half wasn’t that bad in retrospect, but the second half didn’t take itself nearly as seriously and I preferred the characters being friendly with each other and Hakaze crushing on Yoshino as opposed to “quoting Shakespeare and pretending they were oh so deep”. It was a lot of fun, even if the ending was kind of “there”.
But what really impressed me was the “twist” regarding Aika. Now, it’s kind of predictable if you’re paying close attention to the show, but the way Tempest executed it was pretty damn awesome. Hakaze travels back in time to learn the answer to Mashiro’s personal vendetta and follows Aika around, only to discover that Aika is one very elusive girl. After some chasing, Aika gets the drop on Hakaze and reveals herself to have magic powers as well. That’s pretty damn awesome in of itself, especially given how much ass she kicks with it, but it turns out that she’s also the original Mage of Exodus that the whiny kid, Megumu, inherited his powers from. I have to admit, I didn’t quite see that coming, even though it’s obvious in retrospect.
What sold me to the scene though was the reveal that Aika actually killed herself. Well, not quite the itself twist persay. It’s why she killed herself. Basically, by talking to Hakaze and learning what happens in the future, she realizes that she has to submit to her own fate and transfer her powers as the present time dictates. There is some “don’t let the future control you” stuff that comes from Hakaze’s mouth, but Aika will have none of that. It plays out like the kind of resigning to your doom stuff that I really enjoy in stuff like No Country for Old Men or Shin Mazinger Z, whilst looking down on stuff like Kanon or Steins;Gate for avoiding the natural order of things for some Disney Princess ending. You can’t change your dark fate, but you can accept that there’s nothing you can do. That’s the kind of time-travel story that works, guys.
In fact, it gets me thinking: What would have happened if Hakaze never time-travelled to the past and told Aika about her fate? Would she still be alive? Would we be watching a different show otherwise? Is the time-travel the actual and only catalyst that spawned Aika’s decision?
I could speculate further, but time-travel is just too complicated for a simple guy like me.