Zetsuen no Tempest – 03

Mahiro manages to retreat from Natsumura into a parking garage, where Yoshino meets up with him. Mahiro leaves the tiki walkie talkie with him so Hakaze can quickly school him about magic. Yoshino learns that Kusaribe magic is defensive, but can be used in many ways, including as a weapon. The military sends helicopters to quarantine the city by bombing all bridges and tunnels in and out. Mahiro saves Yoshino from Natsumura by timing one such bombing just right. Hakaze confirms that Aika’s killer was a member of her clan.

We have no doubt Aika loved her brother just as she loveed Mahiro, and would want them to look after each other if anything ever happened to her. Yoshino thought the same thing, and knew he couldn’t just turn his back on Mahiro. So this week he makes the choice not to run, but to stand by Mahiro’s side. It turns out, once he gets a crash course in Kusaribe magic, he proves quite useful and in fact vital to saving Mahiro’s reckless ass.

Mahiro’s quick wits impress Hakaze, whose expectations were quite low after spending time with Yoshino. When he asks her if her magic can resurrect the dead, she wonders if part of him wants to do just that with Aika, but she tells him no; her clan protects the world’s logic; they don’t perform miracles. (They don’t shoot fire or ice or summon monsters, either). We like the magic system involving the offering of the “fruits of civilization” to invoke the powers of the Tree of Genesis, and the importance of preventing Samon and his followers from reviving the Tree of Exodus. It’s great stuff. And the soundtrack is amazing.

Rating: 9 (Superior)

P.S. We don’t know what kind of magic Hakaze was using, but the song she and the kids were singing was hauntingly beautiful.

Car Cameos: This series didn’t skimp on models, though they’re not as pretty as K’s. There’s a whole slew in the parking garage, among others, a Toyota Aristo, Nissan Primera, Nissan Cima, Mitsubishi Montero, and Honda NSX. Evangeline’s one scene has her driving a tomato red VW New Beetle. In the tunnel where Natsu-san gets defeated, there’s a Mitsubishi Outlander and Lancer, Toyota Camry, and more.