Zetsuen no Tempest ~ Review
“An amazing story that brings the best of anime and… Shakespeare!!?”
Yes, it may be hard to believe just by reading the subtitle that I have so conveniently placed at the top of my review, but there is a little bit of Shakespeare involved in this series. And when I say that, I don’t mean that the series is an anime take on Shakespeare’s works. This series in fact, so cleverly takes the best of Shakespeare and turns it into an amazing and unique story of love, revenge and trust.
Zetsuen no Tempest (or Blast of Tempest) revolves around Fuwa Mahiro, a normal high school student who comes home from school one day to find her sister, Fuwa Aika’s, bloody body in their house. At the time, Mahiro’s childhood friend, Takigawa Yoshino, was secretly dating his sister until she was brutally murdered. A year on, the two find themselves in a situation, where the entire world collapsing under a magical tree called the Tree of Exodus, and a magical clan called the Kusaribe clan, led by their queen, Kusaribe Hakaze. While Hakaze has been stranded on an island after retaliating against the clan’s ideals, she gets in contact with Mahiro and Yoshino who decide to help her in return for finding the culprit behind Aika death, as well as saving the fate of civilization and ultimately the rest of the world.
The anime is famous for its connection with Shakespeare’s works, as well as the amazingly complex story and plot twists along the way
The series ran for 24 episodes during the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 Anime Season (October 2012 – March 2013). The series is based off a manga serialization written by Shirodaira Kyo and illustrated by Sano Arihide and Saizaki Ren. The anime series is animated by Bones Studios, who are best known for such works as Eureka Seven, Soul Eater and Ouran High School Host Club.
The anime features a wide range of famous voice actors and actresses including Uchiyama Kouki who voices Takigawa Yoshino (and is also known as the voices of Orimura Ichika from Infinite Stratos and Soul from Soul Eater), Toyonaga Toshiyuki who voices Mahiro (and is also known as the voices of Ryuugamine Mikado from Durarara!! and Matsuoka Shun from Kimi to Boku) and Sawashiro Miyuki who voices Hakaze (and is also known as the voices of Inaba Himeko from Kokoro Connect and Canaan from CANAAN), as well as a whole range of other famous voice actors including Hanazawa Kana, Kaji Yuuki and Yoshino Hiroyuki.
Although it is not actually official, there are many many clues within the series that shows the series has taken parts of Shakespeare’s plays into itself. For instance, there are many quotes from Shakespeare’s plays that are said by the characters, as well as an actual reference to “Hamlet” and “The Tempest” (thus the name of the title containing the word Tempest). In all, this anime was very enjoyable to watch, not only for the plot but also for its clever connection to Shakespeare’s plays while seemingly being very different from anything Shakespeare ever wrote. The series has some great plot twists that you may not see coming, as well as having a very creative and complex plot with great character development. If you haven’t watched this series, please give it a watch. I guarantee that you will love it, because I sure did.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 9.5/10