Anime Spotlight: Blast of Tempestby Justin Sevakis, Sep 21st 2012
“The time is out of joint: O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!”
- Hamlet, by Shakespeare
One day, a sorceress princess was stuffed into a barrel and banished.
One day, a single girl was suddenly murdered, and the culprit still runs free.
And one day, a battle spanning time and space over magic and revenge began!
Sanity and madness, sense and intelligence, self-confidence and convictions.
The tragic tale of this irrational world starts now.
The Kusaribe family is a family of sorcerers under the protection of the “Tree of Origins”. Their princess, Hakaze Kusaribe, was the greatest sorceress of their family. But Samon Kusaribe, a member of their family seeking to resurrect the “Tree of World's End”, a tree that opposes the “Tree of Origins” and controls the power of destruction, stuffs her into a barrel, and banishes her to a deserted island. From the deserted island, she sends a message out to sea, which is picked up by Mahiro Fuwa, a young boy who's sworn vengeance upon the criminal who killed his little sister, Aika. Mahiro agrees to help Hakaze under the condition that she find Aika's killer with her magic. But once Mahiro's best friend and Aika's lover, Yoshino Takigawa is rescued from danger, he too gets dragged into this tale of revenge.
VA: Kouki Uchiyama
Yoshino used to live a normal high school life, but after his friend Mahiro gets him involved, he decides to help them save the world. He's able to asses matters calmly, which helps him keep Mahiro from acting recklessly. He used to date Mahiro's departed sister, but they kept that a secret from him.
VA: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Mahiro is a young boy who makes a deal with the sorceress Hakaze in order to find the one who killed his sister and their parents. With Hakaze's advice, he's able to make use of magic through magic tools. He's full of self-confidence and his actions often surprise others.
VA: Miyuki Sawashiro
Hakaze is the princess of the sorcerer family, Kusaribe, and the most powerful sorceress in history. She was caught in a trap by Samon, a member of her family who opposed her ideas, stuffed in a barrel, and banished to an uninhabited island where she couldn't use magic.
Aika is Mahiro's sister who was murdered last year. She was lovers with Yoshino, but they pretended to dislike each other to keep Mahiro from finding out. She often quoted Hamlet and The Tempest.
- Original Creators
(Published in Monthly Shonen Gangan,
- Masahiro Ando
- Series Composition
- Mari Okada
- Character Design
- Tsunenori Saito
- Michiru Oshima
- Art Concept Design
- Tomoaki Okada
- Color Design
- Shihoko Nakayama
- Art Design
- Ayumi Satō
- Art Directors
- Chief Animation Directors
- Director of Photography
- Go Kanbayashi
- Ayumu Takahashi
- Sound Director
- Wakabayashi Kazuhiro
- Animation Production
- "Blast of Tempest" Production Committee
©Kyo Shirodaira,Arihide Sano,Ren Saizaki/Zetsuen Project,MBS
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