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I love how humor is becoming more predominant in the plot lines of Zetsuen. It’s probably an allusion to the ‘Tempest’ idea of a “happy ending”. Or maybe it’s being done to throw us off of the tragedy that awaits in the next few episodes. No no, that’s just a paranoid thought. Moving on.
Last week, Yoshino had serious screen time to vent all his emotions to Hakaze – and to us – about the grief he felt regarding Aika’s death. And in this episode, Mahiro got the anticipated screen time to relate his feelings. The Mahiro I saw on screen was much different from the Mahiro I pictured in my brain.I thought he’d jump on Yoshino and give him a few punches until he felt appeased. But Mahiro was really mellow as Yoshino explained everything to him, although he had a couple flinches here and there of jealousy, his maturity to the subject really surprised me. Especially since it was such a touchy one, knowing that he had such strong feelings for Aika.
Mahiro isn’t that much of a jerk and he gained a lot more respect from me in this scene. Additionally, his shocked and jealous expressions were funny moments to diffuse the possible tension that could have hung between them. Even when Yoshino willingly offered himself to be Mahiro’s punching bag, he declined
The character development for Mahiro at this point shows just how strong he is. Unlike Yoshino, he didn’t cry, although there were telltale signs that he was about to, his character is not that vulnerable. His sadness is palpable but there are no tears to really determine the true gravity of his feelings and there is still a level of control to his tone when he speaks. The reconciliation between them highlighted the quality of their friendship and I was glad he didn’t do anything drastic.
Fraulein has a theory concerning the Tree of Genesis and Hakaze met with her to discuss this. To summarize, she believes that another planet sent out this unmanned power (Genesis) to destroy civilization once it reached a certain point and ensure that its life forms abide in peace and remain confined to their home planet. Meaning that she believes some unknown form of science is at the heart of the Tree’s origins rather than magic. Her theory has loopholes because if that were the case, the Tree of Exodus wouldn’t exist on the same planet, which Hakaze pointed out. So, the origins of the Trees remain a mystery, and their true purposes.
Maybe the Tree of Exodus came to stop Genesis from destroying civilization and keep the world as it is, as Samon believes. There is one fruit remaining, whichever Tree absorbs it first will more than likely reveal both Trees’ true intentions and significance.
Hakaze continues to provide a great deal of humor with her love for Yoshino. She has now taken to claiming him as her own, pulling his hand to her bosom and outright flirting with him. Yoshino’s comments on Aika’s differences to Hakaze, angers Mahiro and adds more to the humor.
Although she doesn’t have to worry about competing, she is aware that Yoshino’s feelings will more than likely remain with Aika. Otherwise, she has come up with a plan to find Aika’s killer: by returning to the time before Aika was killed.
Hanemura didn’t seem too happy about this, and Yoshino also looked a bit worried. These reactions are very puzzling. I’m guessing Hanemura is worried since he isn’t cleared from the suspicions and also concerned that everyone is acting based on feelings rather than logic. As for Yoshino’s expression, I can’t really think why he would seem unhappy about Hakaze’s decision. Maybe he’s just wondering about it, rather than worrying.
He’s become more expressive since unleashing his pent up grief, and it’s really awesome to see him portray other emotions rather than just smiling all the time.