The point of view begins with Hakaze, a witch who ended up on a deserted island. Changing point of views, we now look at Yoshino and Mahiro. Yoshino and Mahiro were best friends, but one day Mahiro suddenly disappeared. Yoshino assumed that he found a clue to whoever murdered his family. Despite the close bond they had, Yoshino has no idea where Mahiro is. However, one day when Yoshino was putting flowers on Mahiros' family's grave, a woman questions Yoshino about Mahiro at gun point. According to the woman, Mahiro got involved with some serious issues that will inevitably put the human race in a catastrophic situation, and the Japanese government is desperately looking for Mahiro. Apparently some sort of "magic" is involved. What happened to Mahiro? And who is this Hakaze girl? What does Hakaze have to do with this?
"𝕱𝖎𝖓𝖎𝖘 𝖆𝖚𝖙𝖊𝖒 𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖖𝖚𝖎𝖘 𝖗𝖆𝖙𝖎𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖕𝖗𝖎𝖓𝖈𝖎𝖕𝖎𝖎" - If there's a beginning, then logically, there's an ending. (Correct me if I'm wrong. My latin is rusted as a mummy.)
The Apocalypse is one of my favorite books from the Holy Bible. There's something so enticing and exciting about the world ending. It raises many questions such as: What am I going to do? How much time do I have left? And the people whom I love, what about them? And many, many others.
Zetsuen no Tempest (or Blast of Tempest/the Civilization Blaster if you prefer) is about the world ending, vengence, and many other stuff that I'm
not afraid to say that I adore. It's premise reminded of Kara no Kyoukai: the Garden of Sinners (which is just as good as this series') but a bit more perplexing.
Zetsuen no Tempest has many genres and manages to blend everything perferctly together. Drama, romance, tragedy, and comedy. Yes comedy. It may not be tagged as such but you know the drill. Drama is time till tragedy (?) and comedy is tragedy plus time. The tragicomic story begins with a murder and mystery, I mean MANY mysteries. The murder of the beautiful Aika Fuwa and the mysteries which are, you know, far too many too list.
The Tempest and Hamlet are the main inspirations for this great series. And if you haven't read/watched'em you surely should. Zetsuen no Tempest has a confusing and complex story that is hard yet easy to understand. Pretty contradictory isn't it? Well you should forget such word when reading this story, because the story is just too wonderous to be tainted by such trivial (buzz)word like 'contradiction' and its many synonyms.
The Civilization Blaster feasts on contradictions like ravens and vultures feast on a dead corpse. And I mean it in the best way possible. Every contraction is killed on sight, just kidding, it takes some time for this to happen. And if it didn't it, it wouldn't be fun. The Status Quo is shook and jolted left and right constantly. So you shouldn't expect anything to make sense at first. Even tough it eventually does indeed do.
This series is pretty unique in the romantic department. Instead of a love triangle or a/n (unnecessary) harem, rather we have a love polygon featuring all of the main cast. Mahiro loves Aika (yes there's some pseudo-incest in this series). Hakaze loves Yoshino, Aika loves Yoshino, you know what screw it, this series should be called 'Everybody Loves Yoshino' because believe it or not, they do. Now on a more serious note. This series features a pretty uncommon romance, no melodrama, mature ways of dealing with relationships and a really satisfying conclusion (or an unblissful ending, depending on which pairing you were rooting for, of course).
It's imposible to talk about the English poet and dramaturge William Shakespeare without talking about plays. And Zetsuen no Tempest obviously has many allusions to plays. Mahiro is based of Hamlet. Yoshino is based on Horatio. Hakaze is based around Prospero. And Aika is based of Ophelia. They're all expies of said characters but they still manage to be characters on their own, if you know what I mean.
Even though this series questions the logic of nearly everything. It is pretty simple to understand once all pieces are put together. Don't expect everything to be answered right away and you should also expect some questions to be left unanswered, because, you know, that's how life works. And Zetsuen no Tempest touches heavily on the 'life and death' subject. Sometimes saying some beautiful and touching things and sometimes reminding us of Shirou Emiya's (in)famous quote "People die if the are killed'' or the apotheotic hero Kenshiro Kasumi's illustrious "Your are already dead." No seriously, every time someone talks about Hakaze's life status something not so smart comes out of their mouth. According to this series logic saying stuff such as:
"Although you are alive, you are also dead" and "Considering the fact that you were also meant to be dead, but currently live" makes total sense. And no, I'm not mocking the series, no sarcasm here I swear. It makes complete sense, and that's just another reason to love this series. Because it is pretty hard for such thing to happen in an unconventional yet satisfying way.
•Confusing doesn't even begins to define it;
•Shakespeare quotes errwhere;
•Unique and remarkable romance;
•Simple and easy to understand.
This series has no actual protagonists. Just like Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu and Fate/Zero, we have both sides of a story which have just as much importance as the other one. But Mahiro is obviously meant to be the closest thing that we have to a hero. Or should I say a nominal hero?
His thirsty for vengeance may make him look like an antagonist. But he's, in fact, just a well intentioned extremist. I mean, you couldn't and shouldn't expect to someone to be calm, quiet and have a black and white morality when the person you love/d the most is found dead before your eyes, in your own house, on a casual and erratic day of your life. But Mahiro is not a villain, of course. He just looks like one (red eyes are never a good sign). Or the closest thing to one, actually.
Aika's death hits him hard, but he has his ways of dealing with such tragic and undeserving misfortune. Being a sis-con and having wrath as his main cardinal sin are some of the flaws that I found about him. But that doesn't make him a bad character at all. He's my personal favorite character because of his steadfast and ardent personality. His ability to fight with fists and brains. His more than come-hither and endearing design and slinky fashion sense. And also for being an ideal model of how you should write a (pseudo)main character for a Shounen series.
The cold and emotionless (pseudo-)protagonist of the series. He shares the spotlight with his best friend, Mahiro, as the only characters that can be said to be the main characters from this series. But remember there are no actual main characters in this series.
Book smart and street smart, Yoshino is cunning, astute and one of the smartest characters in this series, if not the smartest. He's able to deduce, analize and solve everything that comes his way. His unbeknown casanova status and his innabilty to display emotions, no seriously he rarely does, are some aspects that irked me about him, but they didn't make me dislike him as character nor as a person.
Charming, intellectual and able to heuristically figure out a copious ammount of mysteries, riddles and enigmas. Yoshino Takigawa is how you should write a (quasi-)protagonist of a Shounen series.
A fierce and strong redhead, and the Ohime-sama of the series. The princess of the Kusaribe clan. Said to be the strongest magician of all time. Of all time! Hakaze is put on a barrel and tossed into a deserted island for reasons that are subsequently unraveled later on. Her roвυѕт( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and vigorous personality are just too amazing to not comment on. She's upfront and direct about her opnions and feelings but not so much when the subject in question is love or romance. She's kind of a damsel in distress but not exactly one. She's more like a badass in distress. Since staying still and doing nothing is not her thing. Just like every female (and/or male, if I may add) character in this series.
Love hits her hard, but not on a unhealthy way and she becomes not as great as she used to be because of this, but just a little bit and she still remains a good character. Despite what some detractors may say about her, her (quasi-)tsundere antics were cute and rarely annoying. What a woman indeed. Hakaze is a shining example of how to write a female character.
With the quote above the beautiful, gracious and snarky star of the show managed to define the entire series in a single sentence. Aika is how you should write a female character. Strong, independent and witty, oh so witty. She's a really mysterious character and she always manages to steal every scene she's in. There are many things to be said about her. But I don't want to ruin the story for you with spoilers.
She's a postumous character. This series begins with a tragedy, the tragic death of Mrs. Fuwa. Whodunit? Whydunit? And Howdunit? The answers to these questions are going to blow you away. While Mahiro is my favorite, I have no shame or remorse to admit that she's easily the best character from this series. She's just too magnificent not to love/adore. And the only flaws I found about her are the same as Yoshino's, minus the casanova part, obviously. Definitely the best girl from this franchise.
Just wanted to post this marvelous quote for no reason at all. It was just too bloody awesome for me to forget about it. He's a nice character though, just like everyone from the supporting cast. But Megumu and Samon are also noteworthy characters, the former has the biggest development in the series, while the latter is great. Saying anything else about him would be too spoilerific so I decided to refrain from doing so. Evangeline and Natsumura are also pleasing in their own distinctive ways.
The friendship between Yoshino and Mahiro is realistic and amazing. They're fighting against the greatest threat the world has ever known, but that doesn't tarnishes their friendship not even a little bit, I mean why it should? They deal with nearly everything together as one, physically and psychologically. There's some lowlevel homoerotization between them. But I can assure you that it won't bother you much, like in some sports manga that tend to overdo it, which is something that I, personally, have a strong dislike towards to. They're best friends and know each other since 4th grade after all, so some occasional touching and some ambiguous lines should be expected to happen between them.
The interactions between the main cast as well as the supporting cast were a wonderful thing to sit through. Amazing dialogues and some delightful monogologues. Friendship, romance, betrayals and very realistic, believable and human-like characters. This series lacks nothing!
The only problem is that character development takes some time to set foot in but when it does, oh boy, it sure does. The entire main cast develops. Especially the main duo, Mahiro and Yoshino. But it takes some time, so you should expect them to be kind of static for quite some time.
•Aika is the best character from the franchise;
•Mahiro is nearly a villain but in a good way;
•Yoshino is very, very smart and cunning;
•Hakaze is better on the first part of the story;
•The supporting cast is beyond amazing (especially Junichirou and Megumu).
The art of Zetsuen no Tempest is beyond beautiful and Ren Saizaki is a fantastic artist. The characters all have unique and eye-cathing designs. There are handsome lads and beautiful ladies. Every character changes clothes lots of times, and that's something worth pointing out. It's not every series that does that, especially if we're talking about a Shounen series. The drama scenes felt so raw and touching and the comedic scenes were very funny, especially with the characters adopting some chibi attributes every once in a while.
The action scenes were a spectacle. But more importantly the fact that everyone was very charming (and almost superhumanly smart) and realisticaly drawn (I'm talking about body and face proportions) makes Zetsuen no Tempest a feast for the eyes for those who enjoy appreciating good-looking pieces of art. And let's face it, the Civilization Blaster is a work of art in the art department. And somehow it managed to get better and better as the time went by.
•Awesome art and character designs;
•Bishounens and Bishoujos;
•Well coreographed fight scenes.
Zetsuen no Tempest ~the Civilization Blaster~ is very often called a 'pretentious' series, and while I can't deny it, this doesn't change the fact that this is an unique and refreshing series. It has a great cast of characters with distinct personalities and amazing interactions between them. Everyone is a badass (physically and intellectually).
It covers a multitude of genres (Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Psychological and many others). But the main charm of this story is the dialogues, they're so captivating, enthralling and entertaining to read. While the action scenes were fun to watch/read, the psychological battles featured in this manga are my favorite aspect about this series.
Clever, well-thought-out, engaging and I even dare to say breathtaking. Zetsuen no Tempest is a marvelous story that contains lots of tatics, planing, logic thinking, psychological warfare, and many other stuff that are far too many to list (and all great in their own ways). It intrigued me, it fascinated me and more importantly it entertained the hell out of me. Shakespeare would sure to be proud of two of his works coming together and becoming such a great and compelling story as this one.
Pretentious? Maybe. Magnificent? For sure. Zetsuen no Tempest sure was a blast to read (and re-read). The mysteries, the plot, the arguments, oh the arguments. Everything was beyond perfect. A must-read for fans of mystery, drama and romance, that's for sure. And finally I can say what I really mean: Zetsuen no Tempest is an enigmatic and perplexing masterpiece. And one of my favorite series of all time.
•Smart and well thought out series;
•Many great elements;
•Certified work of art/masterwork (but a bit pretentious).
Story - 10/10
Characters - 10/10
Art - 10/10
Enjoyment - 10/10
Overall - 10/10
Similar recommendations for those looking for stories centered around tragedy, mystery, drama (and some comedy (?)):
Fullmetal Alchemist, Mawaru Penguindrum, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch, No.6, Kara no Kyoukai: the Garden of Sinners, Pandora Hearts (and Caucus Race) and Steins;Gate.
Another great work from the author who made spiral.Zetsuen no tempest is another great battle of the brains manga with two ridiculously smart main characters a dead girl and a stranded girl in a shakespearian play.Yes I know it sounds weird and I can't say much without spoiling anything but the manga is great.You will also see many shakespeare references mostly from Hamlet.Art is great,characters too pretty,and decent story so far.Overall if you enjoyed spiral,death note,case closed or any other mystery manga you'll definitely enjoy this
What to say, what to say, really its hard to describe this manga. I am glad I picked up on it just this very day when looking up manga BONES(creators of Eureka 7, Eureka 7 AO, and Wolf's Rain) was adapting into a anime series. I think the anime can turn out really good, as BONES good at its adaption(for all of the ones I've seen). It had some magic fights, but also has mind battles. Well back to the review!
The story is great(9/10) the story has that kind of touch that really hits you in the chest. In this world there are 2 trees
that have the power to bestoy magic, "Tree of Beginning",which gifts magic for protecting the world's law the it set and "Tree of Zetsuden", a tree that gifts magic for destruction for breaking the laws. One or the other will awaken and bring a whole new world to being, either good or bad. A main character ,Yoshino, a boy out for revenge for his step-sister's and his parent's murder, who found a magic wooden figure that allowed him to talk to the main heroine, Hazake. Hazake is the princess of the Kusaribe Clan, to gifted magic by the "Tree of Beginnings" to protect, and keep an eye on the "Tree of Zetsuden", betray the "Tree of Beginnings" and plan to resurrect the "Tree of Zetsuden", cast away their princess, Hazake, on a deserted island, where high level magic is impossible, to make sure she doesn't stop them and resurrect the "Tree of Beginnings", as she is fated to do so. 2 years later, a year after Yoshino's family's death, Yoshino makes contact with her with a talisman she made in hopes of stopping her older brother. Along the way, remakes contact with Mashiro, his friend and secret boyfriend of his sister, who gets absorbed in this epidemic. This is the first arc(in opinion) it is currently in its 2nd.
The art is well done, great(9/10) as MAL says, each character has a good design, which shows almost no fatal flaws in remaking it for other scenes, and those badass scenes, may not give too great of detail, whats written there completely changes it. The most detailed pieces in opinion are during magic fights(again opinion), there is a good deal of detailed pieces as well for turning points in the mind battles.
The characters are great(9/10) as well! There are the 2 main male leads, who are too fucking badass for words!(opinion) Mashiro, is 1st one introduced to us looking for his friend and lover to his sister, he is always calm and collected and takes most of the mind battles though he is able to take quite a bit of combat quite well like the other, Yoshino. He is the one I think is more badass(opinion again), he is out for revenge for his family's murder which all is related to the story, he is also the one who takes out all reasoning for his revenge he will cross anyone in his way and is more fluid in combat, due to his personality before and after gives, in the mind battles he can think as quite good, but not as good as Mashiro, they make the PERFECT(opinion) duo, one can take mind battles, the other does all fighting, though they don't have a "buds for ever" connection, its close enough to make them trust each other more than others, but the one who keeps their teamwork in check is none other than the main heroine, Hazake. Hazake is the reason they got all in to this mess, they became the her troops to do as she needed to get off a deserted island, she also gifted them with magic to help them, but only so much. She also is the main heroine, she is not as badass, but keeps herself up there. With her gifting them the strength to go up to par with their enemies, the 3 can fight together, Mashiro can think up a perfect plan as they go, Yoshino dishing out the most 1 hit damage, while Hazake dishes out more rapid attacks, but also fuels them.
All this makes its outstanding(10/10). You get a real touch for the characters, though I got lost in the story at times, you can easily figure things out along the way as well. this manga won't disappoint its like Death Note plus magic and BADASSARY!
why, more 9s than 10, I gotta stay truthful over all. In truth I would give it 10, I LOVED IT, but gotta give it more truth than opinion. The Shakespire references confuses me at times, its great definitely worth reading if you like action, and Death Note.