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.
– Zetsuen no Tenpesuto
– Blast of Tempest
– The Civilization Blaster
– Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
– Forsaken Tempest
– Буреносен удар: Унищожител на цивилизации
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
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
– “Even Though I Love You (Daisuki na no ni)” by Kylee (eps 13-24)
– “Our Song (Boku-tachi no Uta)” by Tomohisa Sakō (eps 13-24)
Blast of Tempest Season 1
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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