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Blast of Tempest Season 1 (2012)
絶園のテンペスト (Zetsuen no Tenpesuto)

Synopsis

The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenage high school student whose older step-sister-(who was also the longtime girlfriend of his childhood friend Yoshino Takigawa) was mysteriously murdered along with their parents one year before. Mahiro is contacted by Hakaze Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown deserted island by her followers and agrees to help Hakaze in exchange for her help to find out the culprit responsible for the tragic death of his family. Upon learning of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand up against the rest of the Kusaribe clan who intends to awaken the “Tree of Exodus” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.
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Overview

An anime adaptation by Bones aired on October 2012 to March 2013.

Several dialogues and plot elements in Zetsuen no Tempest pay homage to two works of William Shakespeare, Hamlet and The Tempest, which are two stories about retribution, albeit with completely opposing outcomes.

Alternative title

– Blast of Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
– Zetsuen no Tenpesuto
– Blast of Tempest
– The Civilization Blaster
– Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
– 絶園のテンペスト
– Forsaken Tempest
– Буреносен удар: Унищожител на цивилизации

TL;DR Review

Blast of Tempest (Japanese: 絶園のテンペスト Hepburn: Zetsuen no Tenpesuto) is a Japanese manga series written by Kyō Shirodaira and illustrated by Arihide Sano and Ren Saizaki.

The animation is great and quite vibrant. The fighting animation flows incredibly well and kept you engaged. There is some use of 3D CGI blended into the anime, but not a lot.

There are four theme songs. The two opening themes are “Spirit Inspiration” by Nothing’s Carved in Stone and “Daisuki na noni (Even though I love you)” by Kylee, while the two ending themes are “happy endings” by Kana Hanazawa and “Bokutachi no Uta (Our Song)” by Sako Tomohisa. I especially like the two opening songs and the final ending song.

Not to dash anyone hope but this is not a yaoi anime, despite all the fan arts you may find online. You can skip episode 13 to around the 20 minutes mark, as it is mostly a recap episode.

I would say the action sequences are the highlight of Blast of Tempest. It is flashy but satisfying to watch. I just wish the rest of the series got this much attention.

The writing is a bit hit or miss and can be convoluted. Character dialogs can be weird and pretentious at times. Who quotes Shakespear while fighting?

The tone keeps changing throughout the series. At the first few episodes, it was an action mystery. Midway through it switches to a dull philosophical and theoretical debate. The second half becomes more a comedy romance then wrap up to be an action anime once again. Despite not knowing what it wants to be, it was still enjoyable enough to binge watch.

If you like contemporary fantasy with philosophy, comedy, romance, and a lot of dialogues, then I recommend Blast of Tempest. This anime contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Blast of Tempest Season 1 (2012)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Spirit Inspiration” by Nothing’s Carved in Stone (eps 1-12)
– “Even Though I Love You (Daisuki na no ni)” by Kylee (eps 13-24)

Closing Theme

– “happy endings” by Kana Hanazawa (eps 1-12)
– “Our Song (Boku-tachi no Uta)” by Tomohisa Sakō (eps 13-24)
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Featured Video

Blast of Tempest Season 1 (2012)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Mahiro Fuwa
"What would you ask a grave, which can never reply? What do you pray for? Saying anything after someone's death is far too late."
Yoshino Takigawa
"It's not over yet. If we don't end it, nothing can start. Even if nothing at all begins, we must still put an end to it."
Hakaze Kusaribe
"Even if he hates me, being able to die with the knowledge that the one I love will never forget me… there is no greater happiness a woman could desire."
Yoshino Takigawa
"How much weight can a simple promise carry?"
Mahiro Fuwa
"O anger, turn to heat, dry up my brains! This mad thirst for vengeance must be quenched… no matter how cruel and merciless I must become!"
Yoshino Takigawa
"Tomorrow's promise will never come. I wonder how many of tomorrow's promises have disappeared as though they have never existed."
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