If I were to pick an album that suits Zetsuen no Tempest perfectly, it would be “Strange and Beautiful” by Aqualung. It fits too – not that many people bought the album, either.
“I cannot read the future at all” here is rather poignant, I think – the lament of a man hopelessly unable to cope with the vagaries of the human heart. For Hakaze it’s rather different – it’s her own heart she’s unable to cope with, though unlike Samon she’s quite aware of the irrational behavior it’s causing her to engage in. It seems that with the unburdening of his secret at last something breaks in Yoshino, and he crumbles under her somewhat self-absorbed assault on his false front. Mahiro’s way may not be healthy but at least he’s acting on his feelings – for Yoshino, life has been a lie both to himself and to the world. Even as she holds him in her arms as he sobs, it must be clear to Hakaze that Yoshino shows no outward signs that his feelings for her are in any way similar to his feelings for Aika. An acknowledgement of his own pain is one thing – a willingness to love someone else quite another.
copping a feel of Yoshino’s earlobe at last she sets out to “test” the Tree of Genesis but I’m with Jun-niisan on this one – it looks as if she’s pretty much decided to take out the Tree one way or the other. Her first step in this is to try and force Hanemura to sack up enough to be able to complete his job, assuming he really is the Mage of Exodus – and she does this by dressing as a sort of Onmyouji and confronting him as he’s about to conduct another staged deforestation in Yokohama (a gorgeously drawn and animated sequence in grand BONES tradition). Her theory clearly is “that which doesn’t kill Hanemura makes him stronger” – we’ll see if that holds up over time.
dragon/snake mythology – I’m tempted to dismiss it as a joke. But with Zetsuen no Tempest, anything is possible, and that’s a big part of its charm. It’s a series that never asked for a suspension of disbelief – it left believability behind from the beginning – but instead celebrates the fantastic with unapologetic exuberance.