Ranked #297

Zetsuen no Tempest

Alternative Titles

English: Blast of Tempest
Synonyms: Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
Japanese: 絶園のテンペスト


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2012 to Mar 29, 2013
Premiered: Fall 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Bones
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.211 (scored by 98,066 users)
Ranked: #2972
Popularity: #130
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One day, a sorceress princess was stuffed into a barrel and banished.
One day, a single girl was suddenly murdered, and the culprit still runs free.
And one day, a battle spanning time and space over magic and revenge began!
Sanity and madness, sense and intelligence, self-confidence and convictions.
The tragic tale of this irrational world starts now.

The Kusaribe family is a family of sorcerers under the protection of the "Tree of Origins". Their princess, Hakaze Kusaribe, was the greatest sorceress of their family. But Samon Kusaribe, a member of their family seeking to resurrect the "Tree of World's End", a tree that opposes the "Tree of Origins" and controls the power of destruction, stuffs her into a barrel, and banishes her to a deserted island. From the deserted island, she sends a message out to sea, which is picked up by Mahiro Fuwa, a young boy who's sworn vengeance upon the criminal who killed his little sister, Aika. Mahiro agrees to help Hakaze under the condition that she find Aika's killer with her magic. But once Mahiro's best friend and Aika's lover, Yoshino Takigawa is rescued from danger, he too gets dragged into this tale of revenge.

(Source: Aniplex USA)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Fuwa, Aika
Fuwa, Aika
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Takigawa, Yoshino
Takigawa, Yoshino
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Uchiyama, Kouki
Uchiyama, Kouki
Fuwa, Mahiro
Fuwa, Mahiro
Sanpei, Yuuko
Sanpei, Yuuko
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Kusaribe, Hakaze
Kusaribe, Hakaze
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki


Ando, Masahiro
Ando, Masahiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Tamura, Koutarou
Tamura, Koutarou
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(24/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Mage in the Barrel
Mahoutsukai ha, Taru no Naka (魔法使いは, 樽の中)
Oct 5, 2012
2 He Said She Was Very Beautiful
Kanojo wa Totemo Kirei Datta, to Shounen wa Itta (彼女はとてもきれいだった, と少年は言った)
Oct 12, 2012
3 There Are Things Even Magic Cannot Do
Dekinai Koto Wa, Mahou Ni Mo Aru (できないことは, 魔法にもある)
Oct 19, 2012
4 The Cursed Pair
Bachiatari, Futari (罰あたり, ふたり)
Oct 26, 2012
5 Everything Happens For a Reason
Subete no Koto ni wa, Wake ga Aru (全てのことには, わけがある)
Nov 2, 2012

Opening Theme

#1: "Spirit Inspiration" by Nothing's Carved In Stone (eps 2-12)
#2: "Daisuki nano ni (大好きなのに)" by Kylee (eps 14-23)

Ending Theme

#1: "Spirit Inspiration" by Nothing's Carved in Stone (ep 1)
#2: "happy endings" by Kana Hanazawa (eps 2-11)
#3: "Boku-tachi no Uta (僕たちの歌)" by Tomohisa Sako (eps 13-24)

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Dec 9, 2012
This my first time ever writing a review here on MAL. I felt the need to write one because this show is by far the most underrated show of the season. The story is original, the characters are great, and the artwork is beautiful. There is quite a bit of action in Zetsuen no Tempest but it's the dialogue that will keep you on the edge of your seat, especially in the later episodes. It's what happens when there is no real "bad guy" and both sides are desperately fighting for what they truly and honestly believe is right. These shows are always so much read more
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Apr 4, 2013
“What’s past is prologue.” - The Tempest - William Shakespeare

Nothing could say more about Blast of Tempest than Shakespeare’s The Tempest which is heavily referenced throughout the series. Blast of Tempest is a story about overcoming entrapment in the past, both figuratively and literally.


One thing that can be said about Blast of Tempest is that it follows a logical premise that manages to feel legitimately inspired despite its fair share of twists. Even though the story involves magic, the series defines a strong logical framework that both empowers and entraps its characters.

Above all, our character’s personal history is a major factor in the read more
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Apr 5, 2013
Zetsuen no Tempest is an action/supernatural/shonen anime by studio Bones, known for its previous works Eureka Seven, Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Driver, etc. Tempest starts out as a very promising shonen anime with interesting characters and an elaborate setup in a world full of turmoil. Preferring to skip the dramatic buildup, Tempest throws you right into the action and chaos right from the very first episode. Its steady pacing keeps the viewers on the edge of their seat and eager for more of the story. It’s too bad that Tempest doesn’t keep this up for the whole series. Halfway through, the show takes a serious dip read more
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Dec 24, 2013
How should I say this... This anime was one of the best that I've seen. Whenever I have nothing to watch, I would turn to Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of the Tempest/ The Civilization Blaster). The ending was perfect, the story line was amazing, but the best of all were the characters.

Let me go into detail...

Story: The story was put together in a great yet questionable way. There were many parts of the anime that could be related to the famous works of Shakespeare. With plot twists that would leave you confused, the story was never boring. The twisted tale of love, hate, revenge and read more
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There's this feeling nothing else I've watched quite captures of the balance of the bond shared between two male leads being closer than anyone, yet at risk of being damaged beyond repair by how strongly the feelings for  read more 
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•both contain unexpected/or expected twists/plots, and they do contain the usual portrayal of genres, but they both contain something indifferent that keeps the viewer on edge.
•they are similar in the duo protagonists driven for  read more 
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I must say I enjoyed Znt much more than GC. In my opinion, ZnT is GC done right: that is, even if they share plot similarities, the stories differ completely, the direction of Znt was well executed, not containing any of the flaws, plot holes and fanservice of the former. Also, the  read more 
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Two anime fond of shaking that age-old spear that is Shakespeare. One is the loosest of adaptations (RxJ); the other takes inspiration from Shakespeare's work as it happily throws around quotes from Hamlet & The Tempest (ZnT).

It's HIGHLY DOUBTFUL Shakespeare would've envisioned flying horses, trees fighting and the like. And you aren't going to find dialogue that tries to be faithful to the source material's old English roots unless you watch RxJ dubbed. BUT, both anime are tragic love stories given an anime twist, so they're still easy to link as anime. 
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