Who Killed Imouto?: A Theory on Zetsuen no Tempest’s Murderer

Worst period ever.

So, Tempest continues to chug along, whining about logic while having a plot that has yet to make much sense at all. Well… maybe its better to say that the story has yet to congeal into an identifiable form, instead preferring angsty Shakespeare quotes and hackneyed grabs at heart-strings over actual plot development. So, we’ve got a really angry guy with a dead sister, his closest friend who secretly was dating her, and a supposedly-powerful mage in a shredded dress, all against a backdrop of, uh, flying, enchained eyeball fruit. Well, alright.

Quite frankly, I think Tempest is a bad show. It was at first at least a bad show that was entertainingly so, but now it has simply become tiresome and a chore. Through episode three, I thought my curiosity about Aika’s murderer could sustain me, but, alas, episode four made me hate the characters guts to an extent that I’d just as soon watch them both get tied to St. Catherine wheels, broken to bits, and then left by an actively erupting volcano.

However, my dislike of the show doesn’t prevent me from talking my theory on who killed Aika.

Honestly, I think Mahiro killed his sister. Its demonstrated that even prior to her death, Mahiro wasn’t the most stable of individuals out there, given his propensity for violence and his crappy social skills. He also behaved extremely possessively toward Aika, such as when he stated that he wouldn’t allow Aika to have a boyfriend. And he became very angry when she asked him what kissing is like.

As such, my guess is that Mahiro figured out that Aika had a boyfriend, and then killed her in a jealous rage. Either he’s managed to completely blank this out after the fact, or, likelier, he’s so far off his rocker that he doesn’t consider himself responsible – no, the person truly responsible is Aika’s boyfriend, for sullying her. This could also potentially explain why Hakaze was unable to track the killer, as she’s channeling her power through Mahiro, and his mental state may affect the efficacy of the magic.

Another data-point in my argument is that in the different shots of the dead Aika, she isn’t wearing the same clothing. See above picture versus below:


One could suggest that we shouldn’t take this so literally, in a sense – after all, surely Aika wasn’t splayed in front of a stained-glass window. But why change the outfit at all in the first place? It isn’t as if this is a money-saving type move. She’s in completely different clothing. It could mean nothing, but it appears to serve as a reminder of how little we know about her death, and how what we do know has been filtered entirely through her former boyfriend and her maniacally homicidal brother. Do we know anything absolute about her death other than that it occurred?

I might as well chuck in Hamlet, given Tempest’s delight in quoting it. E Minor has talked about this before, positing Mahiro as parelleling Laertes, with Yoshino as our would-be Hamlet, and perhaps Aika as our Ophelia. I actually originally floated this theory on that post, and pointed out, too, that Mahiro ultimately placing blame on Aika’s boyfriend would fit with the Hamlet allusions – Laertes blames Hamlet for his sister’s death, and he enters into a duel with him to avenge her. It is also worth noting that Laertes is fairly possessive of his own sister, as well. There’s a slight hint of incest lingering around the whole thing (although it seems more common in recent productions of Hamlet to focus on the incestuous undertones in Hamlet and Gertrude’s relationship; for a particularly mainstream example, see the 1990 movie version with Mel Gibson).

I should touch on Hakaze’s claim that Aika’s death is somehow connected to the cult. I really don’t think this has much bearing, ultimately, since, as I said, I believe the channeling of her magic through Mahiro has affected her ability to track the killer.

Anyway, you’ll just all have to let me know what ends up happening. I just can’t keep forcing myself through these wretchedly boring episodes. Too bad.

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4 Responses to Who Killed Imouto?: A Theory on Zetsuen no Tempest’s Murderer

  1. On Hakaze’s claim: in light of your theory, it occurs to me that she could be straight up lying to Mahiro about what her magic has detected. Given that Mahiro is currently her contact with the outside world, she has a really strong motive to keep him moving and pointed straight at the cult instead of confronting him with the truth and losing him. Much the same is true if the results were just inconclusive (or blocked) because of Mahiro’s state of mind; better to keep Mahiro motivated and going in the necessary direction than have him flailing around somewhere useless.

    Somehow I suspect that Tempest isn’t this clever and dark, though.

  2. alsozara says:

    Question. Are you still watching K? Because I honestly find the idea of finding that show watchable and this one not totally incomprehensible.

    To clarify, I don’t think Tempest is a particularly good show.

  3. T.U.L says:

    I just have to say that for Mahiro to kill is sister and blank it out would not fit the story. Its more likely that Yoshino is the killer if its either of those 2 since Yoshino has been explained at several occasions to “be able to kill and remain calm at any given time” AND the fact that Aika changes clothes in shots is related to the fact that its differrent places that they show thus they show other stuff. Or what im trying to say is that your theory is not valid in any way. There ae as many theories out there that there are people but yours has been the most clueless and havent used any REAL details to give it points to be convincing. Im not saying that the stuff I wrote has more points im just saying that it would make more sense than yours given the details you get in the series.

  4. Yup says:

    Mahiro did not kill his sister. The theory is really interesting though. If she actually was murdered in her school uniform by Mahiro, it’s interesting to think that he put her in that white dress to represent “purity” or something like that in contrast to the “stained glass”.

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