Zetsuen no Tempest already ignited the senses long ago, and now it merely indulges in the raging sensations it has created itself – this episode reveals nearly nothing, despite showing our protagonist realizing so much.
The fight continues – delinquent Mahiro is still battling against a “real mage”, and it unsurprisingly looks that the situation isn’t particularly ideal. Mahiro may embrace the idea of needless combat against hostile parties – however, his magic stems from talismans as seen last episode, and the lifespan of these talismans is a facet questionable. It seems only logical that with a limited supply of power, there’s a severe disadvantage for our leading characters in comparison to the antagonist forces of the Kusaribe clan who have no currently known restrictions.
Regardless however, Mahiro is the sort who sets contemplation second, and action foremost – thus of course, he still intends to fight in spire of whatever risk or imbalance against his favor there may be.
On a lesser concern, hunger is starting to encroach upon him – although this problem is met with an immediate solution. A hand manifests from nowhere and hands Mahiro a “Znickers” candy bar – and this friendly problem solving appendage happens to be Yoshino’s. It’s uncertain what occurred in respect to Yoshino’s deal with the unemployed bishoujo – yet it seems Yoshino is now taking whatever action he has in mind.
Now the problem we face as viewers is that we have no idea what Yoshino is doing – and for that matter, no one does. Neither does his friend Mahiro understand, nor the world’s greatest mage, nor the unemployed bishoujo – the only one who understands is Yoshino himself, yet his mode of thought is not explicitly, or even indirectly, unveiled to us this episode. The only aspect which is clear as sky during this spectacle is that Yoshino intends to somehow save Mahiro from the magical nuisance assaulting him.
Interestingly, whilst Mahiro is off fighting against against the mage – Yoshino manages to receive a conversation with Kusaribe, the stranded bishoujo, and she herself admits to be intrigued by Yoshino. Everyone who encounters this fellow seemingly takes fascination with the exception of Mahiro who knows him best – minus the fact of his girlfriend.
There’s a few minor details mentioned in the midst of all the activity of the episode, such as how Kusaribe magic works only to heal, sustain, or do something or another in relation to “the logic of the world” – yet we’re not shown any immediate results, and no substantial developments come of any of this information in this episode. It of course is sure to have more meaning later on – as for now however, the episode is predominantly Yoshino literally running around, listening to Kusaribe explain some repetitious details to him whilst he makes unspecified revelations.
This ultimately works out for Yoshino as he uses his wit to secure escape from the “real mage” for both him and his friend – and the two then are seen riding a train, a scene where we learn something fairly foreseen in advance. The one who massacred the imouto has ties to the Kusaribe clan – and whilst the individual in question remains unidentified beyond that criteria, it’d be no shock if the perpetrator proves to be the one who cast away our cute mage bishoujo, Samon.
That’s a matter for another time however seeing as the episode ends there – yet there’s one more detail worth mentioning, the mid portion of this installment features Yoshino seemingly chasing the concept of resurrecting the long-gone Aika-chan for a moment. The idea fails to go anywhere for better or worse – and on a somewhat relevant note, there was no flashback of Aika-chan this episode save for a short portion in which Mahiro recollects a time when he was sick.
Now all of that being said, there remains a single consistent detail – Mahiro keeps making expressions, both verbally and otherwise, which imply he’s baffled by the events ongoing around him as if he were anticipating something else to occur, or they’re going against a set of rules he had in mind. Accounting for that, this episode doesn’t tell us anything as much as it tantalizes us with what we already know – Yoshino is the one who holds the most knowledge.