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Zero no Tsukaima – 13 (END)

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Summary:
Right after Louise learns about the impending war, Saito tells her that the solar eclipse will be in three days. If all goes well, then that’s when he is going to be returning to his own world. However, to his surprise and anger, Louise acts happy for him despite how she really feels. Meanwhile, there is talk of surrender in an emergency meeting between the leaders of Tristein. Henrietta doesn’t want to surrender and instead offers to command the troops herself. Back at the academy, Saito is staring at the moons, thinking about the three days when Derfflinger asks him if his feelings had been moved. Assuming that Derfflinger is referring to how he feels about Louise, Saito denies it, but Derfflinger was actually talking about this world. In any case, he’s alone at the moment because Louise and the other students are in a meeting with Osmond and the teachers about the war. Louise is surprised to learn that Henrietta is personally taking control of the troops, and she decides to go join her friend. But first, she returns to her room and finds Saito sleeping. After touching his face, she says her goodbye and leaves.
The next morning, Saito wakes up and finds only a note from Louise. Remembering how Louise had left the meeting, Kirche thinks that she joined Henrietta in the war. Since he’s not an inhabitant of this world, Saito feels that the war has nothing to do with him, yet his mind is filled with his moments together with Louise. The day after, Siesta is at her home at Tarbes thinking about the solar eclipse tomorrow and how Saito will be gone by the time she returns to school. Her thoughts get interrupted when she sees a giant battleship approaching in the skies above the village. By that night, word reaches Henrietta, Louise, and Guiche and so they set out. Then, on the morning of the third day – the day of the solar eclipse – Saito prepares to take off in the Zero. Kirche asks if it’s really ok for him to do this since he’ll probably be separated from Louise forever. Before Saito can reply, Colbert comes by with the four barrels of gasoline that he spent all night making. Colbert happens to mention the enemy battleship at Tarbes, which alerts Saito because that’s Siesta’s village, and that Henrietta’s forces are on the move.
With the intent of going to help, Saito gets into the Zero. Kirche tries to advise him against it because of the chance of the airplane getting damaged and him being unable to return home. But Saito thinks he’ll figure out those problems when the time comes, and so he has Colbert use his magic to get the propeller turning. It’s only after the Zero starts moving that Saito realizes that he doesn’t have enough room inside the school grounds to take off. Fortunately, Tabitha uses her wind magic to lift the airplane up before it can crash in to the walls. What’s more, Tabitha decides to go with Saito and calls Sylph, so Kirche tags along too. Meanwhile, Henrietta’s forces meet up against the battleship over Tarbes, but her griffins get easily shot down and her ground troops take a shelling from the battleship above. Just as Henrietta seems to be losing hope and thinking about Wales, the solar eclipse begins. The troops hear a buzzing noise getting louder and louder, and Louise spots the Zero in the sky. Hiding in the forest with her family, Siesta realizes that Saito is here. He gets to work immediately and starts shooting down all of the enemy dragons. Seeing the Gandalfr at the helm of the mysterious new dragon, Waldo and Fouquet realize that it’s necessary for them to enter the battle. Just as Saito downs the last enemy dragon, Waldo appears on his own flying mount. To counter Waldo’s magic, Saito leans out of the Zero’s cockpit with Derfflinger so that he can absorb it. But when Saito manages to fly behind Waldo, he realizes that he’s out of ammo.
Below them, Fouquet is laying waste to the ground troops with her golem. Guiche runs away, but gets stopped when Sylph lands in front of him. He sees that Kirche and Tabitha are here, but so does Fouquet. Tabitha keeps Guiche from running away and quietly suggests alchemy. Guiche brings out a wave of flower petals which Tabitha proceeds to spread all over the golem. Through alchemy, Guiche turns his petals into oil, which Kirche then lights on fire. The golem collapses after being engulfed in flames, and Fouquet runs away. Louise, who has been trailing Saito from the ground, arrives at the trio and gets Tabitha to help her. Back in the air, Waldo has landed a hit on the Zero’s left wing, causing a gasoline leak. Waldo readies a larger magic attack, but before he can fire, his dragon gets shot with the combined powers of Kirche and Tabitha. From on top of Sylph, Louise jumps down towards the Zero, and with a little magical help from Tabitha, she’s able to grab onto Saito’s outstretched hand and get pulled into the cockpit with him. With the two moons now fully covering the sun, Louise admits that she couldn’t leave Saito alone in this danger.
In the dark skies, Waldo flies his dragon straight for the Zero, proclaiming that he will bury the Gandalfr and the legend. In response, Saito declares that he doesn’t care about the legend, the nobles, or the commoners and that he only values protecting Louise because he’s the Zero no Tsukaima (Zero’s familiar). Louise is on the verge of crying upon hearing these words, but she’s barely able to shed a tear before Saito’s rune starts glowing and symbols start flying out of it. Derfflinger calls for her to awaken, saying that since she’s the master of the Gandalfr, she’s also a user of Void magic. As if in a trance, Louise stands up in the cockpit and points her wand outward. Unfortunately, Derfflinger says that Saito has to buy her some time to use her magic, so Saito flies around taking hits from Waldo until Louise is ready. When the time comes, a whiteness emanates from Louise and envelopes the sky, vaporizing Waldo and setting fire to the enemy battleship. Afterwards, the Zero makes a crash landing onto a grassy field. As it comes to a stop, Saito notices that the solar eclipse has ended, but instead of worrying, he turns to Louise and smiles.
With the battle over, Tabitha and Kirche survey the burnt hull of the Reconquista battleship. They notice an injured man stumble towards them – Cromwell. He uses his Ring of Andvari on them, forcing the two girls down to their knees, but before he can do anything else, Cromwell gets knocked out with a stick. The person who saved the pair is actually Guiche. Saito has meanwhile brought Louise out of the Zero and sits with her in his lap in the middle of a field. She wakes up and sees the Zero wreckage, but Saito doesn’t mind very much. Louise ends up calling him an idiot and a stupid dog, but she surprises Saito by also kissing him. Louise claims that this is proof of their re-contracting. In the aftermath, Kirche, Guiche, Tabitha, and Louise all get commendation medals from the royal court. When Louise rushes back to show Saito, he’s nowhere to be found. Wandering around, Louise sees Kirche with a group of boys around her, Tabitha inspecting the Ring of Andvari, and Montmorency yelling at Guiche. She finally finds Saito talking happily with Siesta, and proceeds to pull out her whip in anger, calling him a dog once again. Nearby, on the grassy school grounds, lies the broken Zero.

They certainly had a lot of material to cover for this final episode, but they got through most of it. Saito did indeed join the battle with the Zero, giving up his chance to go home, and Louise did indeed get to show off the Void magic that we’ve been hearing about. The enemies are defeated, and everyone is happy again, all in the course of less than 30 minutes. It was fairly predictable, but there really weren’t many surprises that they could have pull with so much to get through and only one episode to do it in. Heck, one of the biggest oddities of the episode was the use of the loud sound effects in the opening song.
But given the short nature of this series, there’s a lot more that they could have covered. I personally would have liked to see more story for Henrietta, Tabitha, and Siesta, all of whom have so much potential as characters, but didn’t really get enough development in the animated version. That’s what the novels are for I guess. Actually, volume 9 of the novels came out this month and had some nice images including this one of Henrietta (maybe not quite as good as her Xena, Warrior Princess outfit from this episode) and the cover with Louise (I’ll avoid the obvious joke about the pussycat).

Final Thoughts: When I started this series, what drew me in initially were the similarities with Shakugan no Shana, including how Hino Satoshi and Kugimiya Rie voiced the two main characters. But after a few episodes, that wore off and this show became really good in its own right. Unfortunately, what will likely plague this show as a whole is its relatively short length – had it been given a 26 episode run instead of the 13 it got, I might have called this a great show instead of just really good. Well, there’s always hope for another season. Or maybe I’ll just settle for another Hino Satoshi/Kugimiya Rie series. :)

September 24, 2006 at 3:25 pm
40 comments »
  • September 24, 2006 at 3:29 pmroarr

    whhaaa cant wait till the sub comes T.T ne who so i guess satio stays in this world..

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:33 pmshirousama1

    I have to watch this when it’s subbed, but I thought that Saito went back?

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:37 pmdxanato

    Lousie power is crazy!!! If the big blast white lite is her doing. I can’t wait to see this episode.

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:40 pm*Chi*

    Well, I’m glad there are still the novels, especially since Tabitha is still waiting for her happy end..
    All in all Zero no Tsukaima was a funny series with a good mix of action and comedy, drama was not a big part of this series (except Tabitha’s story).
    The one fact which is definetly clear: 13 episodes are just too less to cover the whole story.
    Well, I’m not bothering myself if there’ll be a second season or not.
    This anime just helped me to find a good novel. Even if this series is over-average, it’s no much for the novel!
    So just Simoun, Utawarerumono and Strawberry Panic left for me of this season..

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:46 pmAL

    Where’s Fouquet?

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:49 pmGhostedge

    Sad to see this end so soon. It had so much potential to be a neverending series, or at least a much longer one. They had so many interesting characters, and the thirteen EP barely shows us a glimpse into their background. I would like to have seen more of Kirche, Charlotte(Tabitha), Monmon(Montmorency), and Guiche, especially concerning their backgrounds and character development.

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:53 pmFlamez121

    Hmmm… Does anyone know where I can find scanlations for Zero no Tsukaima? I want to read the actual full length story…

  • September 24, 2006 at 3:56 pmOskarAnly

    Ah, louise has an awesome power, so this is the “void” magic.

  • September 24, 2006 at 4:03 pmGeneral Cox

    i agree with Chi, an anime like this needs more than 13 eps to make a good story, although i did feel that shakugan no shana got long winded at the end, there should be a happy medium of something like 18 eps so they can cut the rubbish eps ^_^

  • September 24, 2006 at 4:04 pmHaesslich

    If that’s Henrietta…. holy crap! Saito apparently isn’t one for full-figured women (Henrietta, Jessica, Siesta) if this is true.

  • September 24, 2006 at 4:16 pmKiraTakuto

    This episode was awesome! Henrietta in battle armor and btw Fouquet wears black underwear XD. As for Wald, GOOD RIDDANCE LOLIPEDOFIN.

  • September 24, 2006 at 4:43 pmkiryuu

    Row 13 Column 3 (Cap 39)…

    Did Louise kiss Saito voluntarily?! o_O; Saito certainly looks like he wasn’t expecting it ^^

    Look forward to this ep once the subs get there. They’re up to 11 so it shouldn’t be a long wait ^^

    I might grab the raw though just to check things out.

  • September 24, 2006 at 4:48 pmjounin

    A group finished the first chapter: http://zntnovels.elwiki.com/Table_of_Contents

    I don’t think it’s the same group that Sushi-Y is in. Anyways, there isn’t much to read since it’s only 1 chapter and not very much happens in it. I’m waiting for the later volumes that cover the huge war.

    Agreed. 13 eps is not enough. But the way they tied everything up makes a second season incredibly doubtful. It’s a shame too since I’d love to see this scene animated:

    http://img111.imageshack.us/my.php?image=07177tt4.png (was always rooting for SiestaXSaito)

  • September 24, 2006 at 5:06 pmKiraTakuto

    kiryuu, yea Louise kisses Saito voluntarily. I think it’s because she ‘set Saito free’ before she left and she says she’s reinitating the contract. Or at least that’s what I think is happening.

  • September 24, 2006 at 5:19 pmasian182

    *sigh* i thought the series would give way 4 more of a second series i guess i was wrong anyway good series, so much 4 the war and deeper plot

  • September 24, 2006 at 5:23 pmpâgan

    Just finished the raw just to see what happened. I know no Japanese whatsoever. But I can speculate away. Spoilers:

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 24, 2006 at 5:33 pmroarr

    dam, btw ne one know if there are subbers who are subbing the Zero no Tskaima manga??

  • September 24, 2006 at 6:03 pmbartuc

    crap ending like shakugan

  • September 24, 2006 at 6:05 pmAL

    can someone give me a link to a raw?

  • September 24, 2006 at 6:08 pmKaito

    Well, there goes another good series.
    They did pretty well with only 13 episodes so I guess we really shouldn’t be complaining that much. With the way it ended, I doubt there’s going to be a sequel though. Too bad we never got to see Saito play ‘Hero’ and fend off an army alone. =P

  • September 24, 2006 at 6:25 pmGhostedge

    Ya after episode 13 a second season just won’t fit. But maybe they can make a “gaiden” or something.

  • September 24, 2006 at 6:47 pmMentar

    I see no reason why a second season would be unfeasible after this ep. In fact, I’d say it’s perfectly possible – after all, the Saito-triangle is only semi-resolved, and the story could easily continue from there.

    Some really cute moments… and for some reasons I always get this urge to laugh when I hear Louise curse Saito. “Baka! Aho inu!! *chuu*” had me in stitches ^_^

  • September 24, 2006 at 7:15 pmJJ41

    I think a second season is possible as well. I don’t think the war would end with just one small battle.

  • September 24, 2006 at 7:33 pmSyaoran

    WE WANT MOOOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!^^

  • September 24, 2006 at 7:53 pmClamp-X

    oh nice sound effects in the op.. i like it =]

  • September 24, 2006 at 8:16 pmGil

    Henrietta is hot, yo!

    Isn’t Tabitha supposed to return the ring Cromwell stole to the lake(where her mansion is)?

  • September 24, 2006 at 8:16 pmcclragnarok

    As the RPGs have taught us, the most powerful magic spells (like Flare, Ultima, and Meteor) are usually non-elemental.

    What Louise used this episode looks a lot like Ultima to me.

  • September 24, 2006 at 9:40 pmctjanus

    Woot, they finally showed the full picture from the intermission!!!

  • September 25, 2006 at 12:05 amj23knight

    Nice ending! but a bit rushed! I think there will be a 2nd season to this good anime! :D

  • September 25, 2006 at 1:09 amHudson

    So Satio can still have a chance to be with Siesta eh. cool!

    but one little thing. a Zero wasn’t known for it robustness. It would have gone up in flames from the 1st shot it got right through it’s wing/gas tank. and they didn’t have self-sealing tanks either.

    but all in all this anime was decent. not the best but good enough to be liked. 7.5/10 i give it. (would have given it a 9/10 if Satio had ended up with Siesta in the end!)

    her’s the hope of a 2nd season!

  • September 25, 2006 at 6:03 amKenta

    I didn’t know the princess was such a … well-rounded person. This show seems to emphasize the bust size between Louise and everybody else a little too much… o_O

  • September 25, 2006 at 9:44 amqin

    does the ring of andvari in the books help heal tabithas mother?

  • September 25, 2006 at 6:38 pmmokka

    i think that was a very good ending, i really like it , but i prefer an ova , i believe that a seacond seasond would be too much….it´s justt ok with 13 eps.

    and finally louise kiss saito…i been expected that ..so much

  • September 26, 2006 at 5:34 amsleepy

    YAY ! Louise kissed Saito !!! XDD

  • September 29, 2006 at 10:38 pmAnima015

    i wish they would come with a second season.:(

  • September 30, 2006 at 12:08 amJason Isenberg

    A good ending to a good show. Sad to see that the plane got totalled because it would of done marvellous for their army. But Saito probably with his skills he could fix it back in no Time. For some people who dont know what type of plane it is its a Japanese A6M5 Type 0 Model 52 or for short mitsubishi A6M5 which is seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A6M_Zero

    Still I enjoyed this alot and yes hopes to another season! ^_^

    Cheers!
    -Jason-

  • September 30, 2006 at 10:22 amHeero_yuy_S.O.S. dan leader of cebu

    it’s nice but I really want it to be a much longer series

  • November 22, 2006 at 6:09 amfedyfausto

    http://www.zero-tsukaima.135.it

    this is a first italian web site of this naime ^_*

  • June 3, 2007 at 11:41 amananymous

    Guys, stop moping around about Sieesta. Altough it is hevily implied siestaxsaito, louisexsaito is probably what they were trying to get through to you. you can be so mean sometimes.*sniff*

  • June 25, 2007 at 3:12 pmDVD

    This is a pretty funny series they just pretty much making fun of Harry Potter i hope they make a season two.