Anime Zetsuen no Tempest | Blast of Tempest

The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose family was mysteriously murdered one year before and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakase Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown desert island by her followers, and agrees to help Hakase in exchange of her help to find out the culprit for the death of his family. Upon learining of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the Kusaribe clan who intends to awake the “Tree of Zetsuen” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.

Type: TV (24 episodes x 24 minutes)
Studio Bones
Aired: Oct 5, 2012 to Mar 29, 2013
Watch Online: Crunchyroll | Hulu

Anime Zetsuen no Tempest, Blast of Tempest

Blast of Tempest Episode Synopsis

Episode 1: The Mage in the Barrel

Hakaze Kusaribe, the Magician of Genesis, awakens on a deserted island after being abandoned there inside a barrel. Some time later, while visiting the grave of his girlfriend Aika Fuwa, Yoshino Takigawa is confronted and threatened by a woman named Evangeline Yamamoto who asks him about the whereabouts of his friend, Aika’s brother Mahiro. Mahiro arrives at the scene, and the two escape just as almost everyone else is afflicted by a strange disease that turns its victims’ bodies into metal.

Episode 2: He Said She Was Very Beautiful

Yoshino learns from Mahiro that he accepted Hakaze’s offer to find Aika’s murderer for him in exchange for helping her stop the resurrection of the Tree of Exodus, which is being orchestrated by Samon, the man who betrayed Hakaze and ordered her exile. Upon using magic to track the culprit, they learn that somehow there are no traces leading to the perpetrator, which leads them to believe that a member of the Kusaribe Clan is responsible. As the duo wanders through the ravaged city looking for more magic talismans left behind by Hakaze, they come across Samon’s aide Natsumura and, ignoring Hakaze’s orders, Mahiro confronts him head on.

Episode 3: There Are Things Even Magic Cannot Do

Mahiro has a hard time fighting Natsumura while Yoshino learns from Hakaze how to activate the talismans. Yoshino manages to regroup with Mahiro and drive off Natsumura.

Episode 4: The Cursed Pair

Mahiro and Yoshino take shelter in an abandoned house. As Yoshino prepares food for them, he reveals to Hakaze the history of how they met and became friends.

Episode 5: Everything Happens For a Reason

While looking for more talismans, Yoshino and Mahiro are confronted by members of the Kusaribe Clan led by Samon’s aide Tetsuma. After they manage to escape, the duo meets Hakaze’s friend Junichirou Hoshimura to fetch a powerful talisman she left with him. Much to their surprise, Junichirou reveals to them that Hakaze is already dead, a fact that he personally confirmed.

Episode 6: The Paradox of the Skull

Still wondering about Junichirou’s revelation, Yoshino and Mahiro take the special talisman he gave them and prepare themselves to confront Samon directly, but Yoshino is captured by the Japanese Army and while he has another meeting with Evangeline, Mahiro confronts the military to rescue him.

Episode 7: The First Kiss

Once again reunited, Mahiro and Yoshino take shelter in an abandoned bus, where Mahiro reminisces about his days with Aika when she was still alive.

Episode 8: The Hour of the Princess’ Suppression

As the Japanese forces gather around the Tree of Exodus near Mt. Fuji, Mahiro and Yoshino take advantage of their attack to bypass the barrier protecting it. But before them and the tree lies Samon, who shows them Hakaze’s skeleton. Hakaze learns that she is already dead and contacting them from the past. Samon also reveals that his true objective is to prevent the revival of the Tree of Genesis, which, according to him, is a bigger threat to the world than the Tree of Exodus.

Episode 9: Boyfriend

Believing that Hakaze cannot help him anymore now that she is dead, Mahiro strikes a bargain with Samon instead, promising to surrender in exchange for having Aika’s murderer delivered to him. Meanwhile, Natsumura confronts the military, subduing all opposition until Evangeline, armed with some talismans, appears to challenge him. Remembering Aika’s words about Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and its coincidences with the current situation, Yoshino convinces Mahiro to terminate his deal with Samon and rejoin Hakaze’s side should Yoshino find a way to bring her back. In exchange, he promises to reveal the identity of Aika’s boyfriend.

Episode 10: How to Make a Time Machine

As the conflict with the military intensifies, Yoshino make use of all the information at his hand to prove that there is indeed a way for Hakaze to be brought back to the present as part of a countermeasure devised by Samon himself to ensure that he could count on her help should his plans go wrong.

Episode 11: Daughter of Time

Junichirou confronts Natsumura to protect Evangeline as the rest of the army falls down by the Iron Sickness. Meanwhile, Samon confirms Yoshino’s suspicion that there is a way for Hakaze to be rescued by having the rest of her body leave her skeleton behind in the island and fuse herself with the skeleton currently in their possession. While Hakaze searches the island for an offering left there to perform the ritual, Samon is informed that no member of the Kusaribe Clan had killed anyone recently, which clears all suspicions upon them regarding Aika’s murder. Upon hearing of this, Hakaze concludes that her death could only be the work of a magician whose power does not come from the Tree of Genesis, but from the Tree of Exodus instead.

Episode 12: Absent Thee from Felicity Awhile

With no conclusive evidence about who may be Aika’s murderer, Hakaze looks for the offering with no success until a missile lands on the island thanks to the Tree of Genesis’ providence, which she uses to perform the ritual to switch her skeleton on the island with the future skeleton beside Yoshino and safely reach Mt. Fuji. Just as she arrives, the Tree of Genesis starts spreading its branches through the entire world, destroying all man-made objects it touches and attacking the Tree of Exodus. Before Hakaze come up with a plan to calm down both trees, both Mahiro and Yoshino are critically wounded by their attacks and she turns her attentions to saving them with Samon’s help instead.

Episode 13: Philosophy of Dreams

Mahiro has a nightmare regarding all events so far and the first person he meets upon waking up is Samon who reveals to him that one month has passed since the Tree of Genesis awakened. As Samon asks Mahiro if he could kill Yoshino if necessary, a construction worker hears rumors about the Mage of Exodus and reveals his magic abilities to a co-worker, and contemplating whether or not he is the one.

Episode 14: Happy New Year

It’s New Year’s Day and Mahiro is brought by Samon to his associates to discuss his proposal. As they question the potential threat Yoshino can be due to Hakaze’s newfound infatuation and trust on him, the pair travel around Japan looking for the remaining fruits of the Tree of Exodus. After paying a visit to Aika’s grave, Hakaze and Yoshino come across Megumu Hanemura, the same boy from the construction site and learn about his powers. Hakaze then challenges him to measure his powers and to see if he may be Aika’s killer as they suspected.

Episode 15: You Seem to Be Plotting Something

Megumu is brought before Mahiro and the others who questioned him about his alibi during the time of Aika’s death. As Takumi and Samon devise a plan to use Megumu’s powers in their favor, Mahiro spars with him to increase his ability. Meanwhile, Junichiro got Hakaze to realize that she has fallen in love with Yoshino.

Episode 16: The Wandering Apparition

Following Samon and Takumi’s plan, Megumu performs a public demonstration of his powers where he destroys a huge branch of the Tree of Genesis before a huge crowd. Meanwhile, Hakaze is informed about a spy appearing at the Kusaribe Clan’s village and departs there with Yoshino to investigate. Still in anxiety regarding her feelings for him, Hakaze finds herself in a dire situation when one of the village’s children is held hostage in a possible attempt to have the clan reveal their magic powers. Despite seeing Yoshino risking his life to save the child, Evangeline, Natsumura and Tetsuma just watch from afar as they are suspicious that he may be somehow related to the Tree of Exodus.

Episode 17: Marine Snow

Megumu travels around the world destroying branches of the Tree of Genesis while stirring up the public opinion and the commotion caused by him allows Takumi to regain his position in the Japanese government. Meanwhile Hakaze is still in distress due to her feelings for Yoshino, and worries about the safety of his girlfriend. As Samon, Mahiro, Junichiro and Megumu discuss how to deal with the possibility of Yoshino being connected to the Tree of Exodus, they deliberate about who may be Yoshino’s secret girlfriend to have some leverage over him and no conclusive evidence is found until Megumu expresses his suspicions about said girl being Aika, which Yoshino confirms to Hakaze after she confesses her feelings for him.

Episode 18: The Dancing Princess

Upon learning that Yoshino’s girlfriend was Aika, Hakaze starts blaming the Tree of Genesis for her death and decides to aid Samon’s plan. When Megumu appears to destroy another branch, a disguised Hakaze appears before him to test his powers and soon after she flees, allowing him to destroy the branch and stir up further the public opinion. Meanwhile, Takumi, Evangeline and Tetsuma discuss about the mysterious stone found in the Kusaribe Village and its connection with both trees. Upon learning that Mahiro has finally awakened, Yoshino departs to meet him, knowing that the time has come to tell him all the truth about his relationship with his sister.

Episode 19: The Object of Desire

As the full resurrection of the Tree of Exodus is at hand, at last Mahiro and Yoshino come face to face and both express to each other their true feelings toward Aika. But while Yoshino is still determined to prevent that Aika’s death may result in another tragedy, Mahiro still upholds his resolve to enact revenge at any costs. Once again reunited with the others, Hakaze announces her plan to return to the past in order to find out at last who killed Aika and why.

Episode 20: Who Did It?

By the same method she used to travel from the past to the present, Hakaze returns to the past on the same island where she was left stranded and makes use of the offering left there by Samon to return to civilization. Just a few hours left before the time of Aika’s death, Hakaze meets with her by chance and much to her astonishment, she learns that the original Mage of Exodus is none other than Aika herself.

Episode 21: Femme Fatale

A huge branch of the Tree of Genesis appears in the middle of the ocean, which Samon and the others conclude to be the tree’s main core. Meanwhile in the past, Aika learns the whole truth from Hakaze and decides that to ensure that the present stay unaltered and her powers are transferred to Megumu, she must commit suicide. Hakaze tries to stop her to prevent Mahiro and Yoshino from suffering, while Aika claims that she intends to kill herself with the sole purpose of protecting them. After a vicious confrontation, Hakaze is defeated and knocked unconscious. Upon awakening, Hakaze rushes to Aika’s house just to find her already lifeless body and a letter addressed to her, containing a message that shall be delivered to Mahiro and Yoshino once the Tree of Genesis is destroyed.

Episode 22: Aika Fuwa

Once returned to the present, Hakaze explains to the others the truth about Aika’s death and the Tree of Genesis. Much to the others’ surprise, neither Mahiro nor Yoshino seems surprised or angry with Aika’s decision to commit suicide, nor do they blame Hakaze or anyone else for what happened, but they are curious about the content of her final message to them. Meanwhile, the world’s most powerful nations decide to protect the Tree of Genesis and establish a naval defense perimeter around its main core, in case of an attack by the Mage of Exodus. Upon learning about the situation, Mahiro come up with a plan to have Megumu reach the core and destroy it without bringing casualties to the fleet. As Mahiro and Yoshino reminisce about their first meeting with Aika, their friends prepare themselves for the final battle against the Tree of Genesis.

Episode 23: The Battle of Genesis

Although they apparently have no need to involve themselves further, Mahiro and Yoshino convince Hakaze and the others to let them assist with the task of destroying the Tree of Genesis. With Hakaze and Megumu distracting the naval forces according to Mahiro’s plan, the others manage to hijack the small boats positioned closer to the main core and take them away to safety. However, as Megumu approaches the Tree and prepares himself to deal the final blow, one of the captives manages to draw a pistol and shoot at Yoshino.

Episode 24: To Each, Their Own Tale

Despite being shot in the arm, Yoshino, together with Mahiro and the others, manage to draw away the naval fleet and allow Megumu to face the Tree of Genesis with no distractions. When Megumu is about to be defeated, the Tree of Exodus transforms itself into a giant sword, which he uses to destroy the Tree of Genesis for good. One month after the trees disappeared, Takumi provides assistance to the now powerless Kusaribe Clan. Megumu finds the courage to reconcile with his girlfriend and they start dating again. Mahiro and Yoshino learn the contents of Aika’s final message, in which she thanks the two for everything they’ve done with her and asks them to move on with their lives. While Mahiro starts dating a girl he saved from the Iron Syndrome, Hakaze leaves the Kusaribe village and reunites with Yoshino.

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