Type: I’ve actually only read Hamlet.
Synopsis: So it turns out that the good tree in the first part is actually the evil tree, and the evil tree is now the good one in the second part. At least, I think that’s what a happened. Anyway, the main guy Yoshino spends the second half traveling with bravado filled turned love sick Hakaze Kurasibe while other main guy Mahiro trains Megumu Hanemura, a character where supposed to care about but don’t really. Oh, and the magic killer trees may be from space.
Pros: The second half of the show if definitely the funniest. I guess that since the show got all that pesky plot out of the way in the first half, they could focus more on humor. Take for instance the time when Hanemura calls Mahiro on his sister complex, which brought me so much joy. This part also treats the topic of Yoshino dating Mahiro’s sister with more maturity than I thought it would have. Speaking of Mahiro’s sister, in ep. 21 we finally get to meet the infamous Fuwa Aika, who tuned out to be way more likable than the flashbacks made her out to be. There’s also a particularly awesome fighting scene in ep. 21 that’s well worth the watch.
Cons: In this half of Blast of Tempest, the scope of the show becomes broader. Civilization is back on track, and the whole cast more or less switch to the same side. This took away from the tension and uniqueness of the first half, and made the rest of the anime seem more cookie cutter. It honestly felt like two entirely different anime. Still confusing and convoluted though. Then there’s Hanemura, a “chosen one” character that mainly serves as comic relief and has a girlfriend we never meet. I also disliked the portrayal of Hakaze Kurasibe. Once she actually had a physical presence in the plot, she went from a charismatic leader to typical in-love heroine. She weirdly had more agency when she wasn’t around. (Though it was funny that she and her brother had the same style of overthinking.)
Watch it?: You kinda need to for completion’s sake, though Ep. 21 is highly recommended (3/5)
MVP: Fuwa Aika’s Murder Mystery
Still very intriguing
Best Episode: Ep. 21 “Femme Fetale” (I honestly didn’t expect to like Aika that much)