I called it.
Pretty great episode. Too bad Aika’s dead, she is the best character.
But Hakaze ain’t so bad herself. With all her talk of logic and saving civilization, she really couldn’t care less and I love it. “Aika, you want to kill yourself?!! I won’t let you! Don’t you dare kill yourself or I’m going to kill you!” In any other show this would be a “people die if they are killed” moment, but with Tempest’s focus on logic and all the emphasis it has placed on Hakaze being the avatar of the world’s logic this scene was quite effective.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t really follow all the metaphysics here. Apparently the Tree of Exodus predates the Tree of Genesis, yet the Mage of Exodus draws power from the Tree of Genesis itself? The Tree of Genesis gives power to the mage of Exodus so that humanity can overcome the Tree of Genesis’ trial and survive. My understanding is that the two trees’ creators were acting in opposition, which is why I’m confused over how the two Trees work so harmoniously together.
For a while now I’d been confused over the translation of the names of the Trees. But now the names make more sense. The Tree of Genesis is what holds civilization back in a state of genesis, while the Tree of Exodus empowers humanity to emerge from its beginnings and continue on.
Aika’s dramatic yet somewhat deadpan reaction to everything is great. “I’m going to die? I’ve solved the mystery! What a surprising incident!” While she fights Hakaze, she’s also just calmly thinking about random stuff related to Yoshino and Mahiro. She’s going to die but she doesn’t give a crap.
She’s even excited to learn that Yoshino is suspected of being the mage of Exodus. S.
For once, this show’s gratuitous use of Shakespeare didn’t bother me. When Mahiro and Yoshino quote Shakespeare, it seems totally out of place. They just don’t seem like people who memorize lines from Shakespeare. But when Aika quotes the bard it feels perfectly natural. She was born to deliver soliloquies. Everything she says sounds like it has come from a drama.
I wonder now if the awkwardness of Mahiro and Yoshino quoting Shakespeare was intentional. These lines never really belonged to them. They were Aika’s lines, and they were only trying to imitate her.