Why does this show feel the need to heavy-handedly mention Shakespeare at every opportunity? Can’t their show stand on its own merits? I don’t get it.
Take the quote above. What the hell is that supposed to have to do with anything? Usually when you quote something you take a good quote that says something about the topic under discussion. “Seems, madam! Nay it is; I know not ‘seems.'” This is an awful quote. In context it means something, but out of context it’s completely useless. It doesn’t even sound particularly good. Zetsuen no Tempest appears to flip to a random page of Shakespeare and choose a line. “Oh, look, it’s Shakespeare, this is some brilliant writing!” No it’s not. Not when you just take a random not-particularly impressive line out of context.
Then we have Mahiro’s interpretation of Hamlet. There are many different, equally valid ways to interpret a piece of literature. So how does Mahiro interpret Hamlet? That Hamlet’s mistake was believing in ghosts. Come on dude. Seriously? The ghost is just a plot device. He doesn’t matter at all. His dad could have written a letter before he died and it would barely have changed anything.
What’s even more amusing is the rest of the cast’s evaluation of Mahiro: “He denies the existence of ghosts, but loves Hamlet.” How are these two statements supposed to be logically connected? I don’t believe in ghosts. I like in Hamlet. Is this supposed to make me a hypocrite or something? Am I not allowed to like A Christmas Story either? Does the fact that I don’t believe in wizards mean I’m not allowed to like Harry Potter?
With all that said, I did like the non-Shakespeare parts of the episode, which was most of it.
Hakaze coming back is the best thing that happened to this show. It’s amazing how much it better it got when they turned from four episodes of arguing on a fallen log to comedy.
Hakaze’s internal monologues are hilarious. All the crazy plotting of the previous episodes, applied to flirting.
BUUUUURRRRRNNNNNN. Best line this episode.