Some may have been surprised at the events this week on Zetsuen no Tempest, but I think they were actually fairly predictable.
non-frontation. There's the Hamlet angle, of course, and the simple fact that the poetry of the moment more or less demanded it. In purely practical terms I think time was the key here, though not exactly in the same way it usually it with Zetsuen. If Yoshino had walked into the room right after Hanemura blurted out the truth the old Mahiro would certainly have won the day, but intentionally or not, he did exactly the right thing - stormed out of the apartment and spent a lot of time thinking about what had happened and his role in it. Call it "maturity" or whatever you like, I think Mahiro simply realized that Yoshino had done nothing wrong about from having the same taste in girls he has - that, and that the better man won. There was nothing stopping Mahiro from pursuing Aika openly, or at the least having a better relationship with her - that nothing more happened between them was no one's fault but his own (and certainly not Yoshino's).
"For how long must I be troubled by such things?" - didn't see coming) is an interesting contrast being set up between the two boys, with Yoshino representing The Tempest and Mahiro Hamlet. Whether Mahiro still has his heart in the revenge idea is debatable but for now, those are the paths they've chosen. Their reconciliation, in spite of the anti-climax aspect, was beautifully handled - if it had wavered between conflict and resolution it wouldn't have worked, but because it went all-in (Zetsuen always goes all-in) on peace it did. It was quiet and reflective, slightly emotional but not too sentimental, the exact opposite of what one might have thought would happen.
food fetish which has been at the back of my mind for weeks. Why are so many of the events in this series framed around food? Cafes, restaurants, set teas at hotels, cooking – is there a deeper meaner here or, as I suspect, is this simply a matter of Zetsuen adding otherwise irrelevant detail simply because it adds a layer of style to the overall experience (Samon’s sword-hilt pounding being another example). It seems to me that BONES, Okada and the mangaka very much realize that this is a series that’s framed around the actual experience of watching it – rather than the individual parts, it exists only as the immersive whole. In a show that dependent on atmosphere there really is no such thing as irrelevance or too much detail – it’s all part of the deal. And thank goodness for that – I wouldn’t have them change a thing.