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Blast Of Tempest Episode #16 Anime Review

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Blast Of Tempest Episode 16
Blast Of Tempest Episode 16
What else should a powerful mage do but publicly cosplay as a superhero?

What They Say:
The mage of Exodus has finally made his flashy debut destroying a tree in front of millions. During the performance, Hakaze mind is elsewhere as information of a spy infiltrating the Kusaribe village and reporting of a ghost sends her heading home.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Blast of Tempest is starting to mix in a lot more comedy as it moves along its second and ultimately more critical half of the story, and it’s made it pretty clear that this won’t be changing in the immediate future. Hanemura being such a central part of the story almost guarantees this will continue to be the case for some time since, with the way his character is written, it’s hardly even possible to imagine him being present without doing something silly and ridiculous. There’s also Hakaze’s developing feelings for Yoshino, which have been providing comedy more and more, possibly reaching its peak where it becomes something serious later in this episode.

Although it seems like this shouldn’t really mix with the serious matters at hand all that well, having a greater balance works a lot better than in earlier parts of the series when it was taking itself way too seriously, making it a little embarrassingly painful to watch it play out at times. Now, things get intense when it makes sense, but the show sits back and has a little fun when it doesn’t need to focus entirely on the big picture, which actually makes for a much more natural flow than simply a straight-laced and stuck-up attempt at storytelling that always tries to keep you taking it entirely seriously.

This episode isn’t lacking in intense moments, either. As the episode moves toward its climax, there’s a major issue to tackle relating back to some of the characters and settings introduced earlier in the episode, and everyone has to step it up and remember how dire these situations can be in order to avoid further tragedy. This ultimately ties into Hakaze’s feelings for Yoshino, forcing her to accept them and for the series itself to treat them as a much more serious matter than it has been, at least for the moment.

The series still has its problems, even if it’s improved a lot of things. Although I always find Aika’s scenes to be fascinating in many ways, there are also some things that fall flat. Her sexual provocations are clearly to get a reaction out of Yoshino, but it reminds me how she toys around with the two boys, and leads me to like her less than I want to. This episode also brings the Shakespeare references back to the forefront for a bit, and tries to weave it into the plot as it has been for a while, but it still feels unnatural and shoehorned for the most part, although possibly less than in the past.

In Summary:
Comedy, drama, and action are again blended fairly smoothly in this episode. Aika’s scenes are interesting as always, but also have some questionable moments that diminish the overall feeling a bit. And as Hakaze accepts her feelings, I wonder if we might be getting more serious focus on that in the future, rather than treating it clearly as comic relief as it has been.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Toshiba Satellite L655-S5191 PSK2CU-1C301U Notebook PC.

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