While watching this episode, I was reminded of another show that loved to pull off convoluted plots: Code Geass.
Code Geass’ plots left me hanging off the edge of my seat. Zetsuen’s plots make me nap until we get back to the romcom stuff. What’s the difference?
A big part of it, I believe, is how Zetsuen spends more time discussing the plot than actually executing it. Code Geass does the opposite. It plays its hand close to its chest, usually leaving the viewer in the dark. Then it looks like Lelouch is going to bite the dust, he pulls a remote control out of his pocket, presses the button, and the enemy fortress collapses. Say what you will about the logic of it all, but Code Geass was exciting. Zetsuen no Tempest, on the other hand, manages to make conspiracies boring.
I feel like it’s not a very bright idea to shoot one of your two kidnappers in the back when you don’t appear to have much of a chance of getting the other.
No wonder Hakase keeps staring at Mahiro’s ship.
I like the way they put the crumbs around his mouth. Makes the whole idea of him saving the world single-handedly look a heck of a lot more questionable.