Genre: Drama, Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Romance
Original Name: Zetsuen No Tempest
The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose sister was mysteriously murdered one year before, and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakaze Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown deserted island by her followers, and agrees to help Hakaze in exchange for her help to find out the culprit for the death of his family. Upon learning of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the rest of the Kusaribe clan who intends to awaken the “Tree of Exodus” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.
Several dialogues and plot elements in Zetsuen no Tempest pay homage to two works of William Shakespeare, Hamlet and The Tempest, which are two stories about retribution, albeit with completely opposing outcomes. During the confrontation between Samon and Mahiro amidst the revival of the Tree of Exodus, Yoshino recalled a flashback in which his girlfriend quoted from Hamlet. He replied that it was too unlucky to quote from, and she replied that the situation between him and Mahiro was similar to The Tempest. This realization allowed him to challenge Samon and turn the tides in his favor.
The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, Mahiro is Aika’s step-brother and Yoshino’s best friend. Mahiro’s family—consisting of his father, mother, and Aika—were all found dead one year before the beginning of the series. In exchange for help with finding the culprit responsible for killing Aika, Mahiro agrees with Hakaze’s plan to stop the resurrection of the Tree of Exodus with Yoshino’s help. With little care for the destiny of the world, Mahiro’s only desire is to locate and kill the murderer of his family, especially for Aika’s sake. Though he is not related to Aika by blood, Mahiro claims he never had any romantic feelings for her, even if his actions imply otherwise.
Mahiro’s setup and behavior includes allusions to Prince Hamlet, as just like the main character from Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, he is prone to abandon all morals and reason for the sake of exacting his revenge. It also includes allusions to Laertes, the brother of Hamlet’s beloved Ophelia who also seeks revenge for the deaths of his father and sister.
Mahiro’s friend who joins his quest to stop the Tree of Exodus in exchange for the means to avenge his family’s murder. Just like Mahiro, Yoshino can’t overcome Aika’s death as he was her boyfriend, a fact he always kept a secret from Mahiro by her request. Yoshino has a more calm and collected character in contrast to Mahiro’s reckless behavior, resorting to manipulation and deceit when needed.
Yoshino’s setup and behavior includes allusions to Horatio from Hamlet, who is the eponymous protagonist’s closest friend and confidant. It also includes allusions to Ariel from The Tempest, who works behind the scenes and serves as the magician’s primary means of communication and obtaining information.