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Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~ – 12 (END)

Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   01 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   02 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   03
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Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   10 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   11 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   12
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   13 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   14 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   15
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   16 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   17 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   18
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   19 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   20 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   21
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   22 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   23 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   24
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   25 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   26 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   27
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   28 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   29 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   30
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   31 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   32 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   33
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   34 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   35 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   36
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   37 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   38 Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~   12   39

Summary:

In midst of the chaos, Louise almost gets killed by one of the mind controlled soldiers, but Saito saves her. The two then escape with the rest of the Tristain forces back to their base at Rosyth as the Albion army captures South Gotha. Henrietta also gets away safely and meets with Cardinal Mazarini while Agnès explains what happened, including how the enemy has 70,000 troops on the way. Nevertheless, Henrietta insists on holding off on leaving until the last boat back to Tristain so that she can make sure everyone else is safe. Mazarini then goes privately to Louise to ask for her help as a rear guard to protect them while everyone else gets away. Louise takes the job even though it’s not an order, but Saito is completely against it and points out that she’ll be sacrificing herself. Although she doesn’t want to die, Louise feels that dying while protecting her allies is honorable for her as a noble. Saito is conflicted because of his own desire to protect Louise, but she tells him to escape.

Saito decides to stop resisting and suggests that they have a drink to celebrate before they separate for good, so Louise goes as far as to say that she wants to get married. She picks out a pair of Éclair d’amour flowers before heading to the church, but when she’s praying there, she doesn’t notice Saito putting some of the sleeping potion into her glass. As for the actual ceremony, Louise isn’t quite sure what to do, but she knees Saito in the crotch for wanting to kiss her. Instead, she feels that they should hold hands and say their vows, so Saito tells her that he loves her and that he’s glad to have been able to meet her. Louise in turn admits that she had at first been wary of him as her familiar, but she’s now glad that it was him. She also says that she loves him, but right as those words come out of her mouth, Louise faints because of the potion. Julio is waiting outside the church, and Saito hands Louise off to him. Saito intends to face the enemy by himself, but he’s not doing it for honor. He’s doing it because he told Louise that he loves her, and he feels that he has to go for that to stay true.

Louise wakes back up on a boat leaving Albion, and upon learning from Julio what Saito did, she has to be restrained because of how much she wants to go to him. By now, Saito has fought his way to the front lines of the enemy force and jumps right into the middle. Although he battles valiantly, Saito is vastly outnumbered and soon gets mortally wounded. As the enemy prepares to finish him off, Saito thinks about Louise and how he doesn’t want to die after all. Back on the ship, the glowing Éclair d’amour flower that represented Saito dims and withers. In the aftermath, everyone else makes it back safely to the academy, but there’s a heavy air all about because of the loss. Louise’s sisters try to get over it, but Saito was too important to her, and Louise just wants to be alone. While she’s crying over the dead Éclair d’amour though, it suddenly starts glowing again. This can only mean one thing, so Louise runs out to the front of the school and sees Saito standing in the distance.

The two run to each other and are happily reunited, but Louise’s attitude soon changes when she learns that he was saved by an elf. It seems that the same girl that Guiche was talking about had recognized Saito as God’s left hand Gandalfr, though Saito remembers her mainly because of her large chest. Louise gets angry because she thinks Saito likes big breasts, and it doesn’t help that Saito starts staring at Siesta’s chest when he sees her again. This anger leads to more explosive bursts of magic from her, and for now, things look back to normal.

 
 
 

So there were a couple of minutes toward the end of the episode where I started wondering if the writers actually had the balls to kill off Saito. Turns out that they didn’t, and so we got what I call the deus ex machina ending where Saito was saved by the elf (Tifania, voiced by Noto Mamiko). I wouldn’t have minded so much if it didn’t come in the last few minutes of the episode, making it seem like it happened just so that Saito and Louise could be reunited. This is where not having enough time to flesh out the story hurts because I think things would have been a lot better off if Saito had been “killed” at the end of last episode, and the reunion was this episode.

That’s not to say that this was a horrible ending (Saito’s battle scene and death were pretty good), but it wasn’t great either. Was it too much to ask for them to actually end on Louise X Saito instead of having her be mad at him like usual? I realize that that’s how their relationship works, but for crying out loud, she was just reunited with someone she thought was dead and had been crying over all this time. Along those lines, I also wish they hadn’t used the normal ED and had instead shown an aftermath montage of the characters like they did at the end of the first season.

Final Thoughts: This entire season didn’t seem like it was very well thought out – they focused on Agnès too much in the middle and let the more important stuff at the end get rushed through. I probably wouldn’t think so poorly of this if the series was 26 continuous episodes long since that allows more room for other stuff, but I suspect that they would have followed the novels a lot closer if they had that many episodes to work with from the very beginning. The 13 episode single season format is just too short to waste time on anything that’s not moving along the main plot. Since the war’s not even over yet and since Sheffield is still out there, I get the feeling that they came in with every intention of there being a third season. Right now though, I’m not too keen on watching more of this series. Maybe I’ll feel better about it by the time they announce another sequel (if they do).

September 23, 2007 at 2:48 pm
135 comments »
  • September 26, 2007 at 3:30 amDdadain

    It’s pretty obvious that there’ll be a 3rd season.

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 26, 2007 at 9:38 amFirstimer

    Why do they always have to end with Louise being angry about Saito’s pervertedness… Whats wrong with making it more peaceful? From season1 >> season2, it has deprived significantly. If they do make a season 3, i hope it doesn’t deprove even more!

    PS: Whats the anime thats taking over Znt’s timeslot?

  • September 26, 2007 at 8:55 pmNeko

    The light novels have been licenced by Seven Seas Entertainment but unfortunatly they havent posted any realease dates yet, plus they only have 4 of the 12 curently novels even listed. I hope they come out fairly quickly since I’m dieng to see the writen version.

    http://www.gomanga.com/manga/zerosfamiliar.php

  • September 27, 2007 at 7:34 amAkiraman

    Despite the sidetrack in the middle I did enjoy this season on a whole. I really liked the music.

  • September 27, 2007 at 12:58 pmAexile

    Loved the ending! They really didn’t finish any of the story though, so if there isn’t a 3rd season I’ll be dissapointed. Rozen Maiden still doesn’t have a season 3 though, so it really wouldn’t surprise me if this stopped here.

  • September 27, 2007 at 1:31 pmDanter

    It would have been wonderful if Saito had really died at the end of the series, just to revive him in the next one… But i was completely amazed by the battle scene… it was incredibly well done… perfect until louise goes mad again and tries to kill off saito with her void magic…

    I think the series was still pretty good

  • September 28, 2007 at 10:03 pmRokou

    I hope there is a S3. S2 wasn’t so well planned out.

  • September 29, 2007 at 9:35 pmcleanwater

    season 1 was very good. i enjoyed it alot but season 2 wasn’t that great :/ I hope season 3 is alot better

  • October 13, 2007 at 9:11 amZeromanangel

    I to never read the the light noval but did find the series storyline kinda weak all together. But whats the ending it was poorly done maybe season three?

  • October 15, 2007 at 10:33 pmlkg

    I have a feeling that season 3 will explain the weird ending. There will be flashbacks…. Anyways that is the only way they can turn the ending from a bit shameful to logical and great.

  • October 24, 2007 at 10:53 pmrawrrr

    so much unexplained stuff
    this season they just squashed everything together
    i liked the frist one better. it was more planned out

  • October 29, 2007 at 2:20 pmSora no Kaze

    They deserve a Season 3. The battle and fights were rushed to quickly. When I saw the last episode, I was like WTF! why didn’t they show this awesome action for one whole episode or in fact, why did they wait so long to show it.

    Saito, you make any modern kid who wants to be a swordsman proud ^_^.

  • November 3, 2007 at 4:25 amHmm..

    I can’t wait..!!
    wish they release season 3… Hmm… >.

  • November 19, 2007 at 11:41 amLouis’s FAN

    OMG,I JUST FINISHED THIS ANIME!!! IF NO SEASON 3,I’LL KILL THE WRITER!!! OMFG! !@#$@#%$!

  • November 30, 2007 at 5:32 pmI like Cake ^.^

    If you don’t worry about the somehow messed up story, you still got an amaizing anime with great emotions I think, and like everyone else I’d like to see a 3rd season coming, but as we might all know, its not most likely that there will be another season.

    Keep those emotions,

    so long

  • December 6, 2007 at 8:57 pmbmanamanamanaman

    is there gunna be a season 3? im so bored and ummm idk i just wanna watch a season 3 =D

  • December 19, 2007 at 5:50 pmVanhaln

    What’s up with Saito? Going thru all that to be with Louise cause he so in love with her and he checks out a girl 2 seconds after he gets back? That dudes a DOG!

  • December 21, 2007 at 8:31 amHoho..

    they will release zero no tsukaima 3rd season..
    they will release it at 2008.. but i don’t know exactly..
    huah.. can’t wait!!

  • December 21, 2007 at 8:40 amHoho..

    at 2008, we will see many anime airing.. like xxxholic 2nd, zero no tsukaima 3rd, code geass 2nd, vampire knight, minami-ke 2nd (okawari), gunslinger girls 2nd,sayonara sad sensei 2nd, the melancholy of suzumiya haruhi 2nd, otome wa boku ni koishiteru, higurashi 3rd,kanokon, persona, etc..( and maybe FMP! 4th..)
    next year you will see many anime with second season.. so wait for a bit..
    HUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUA!!!!

  • December 21, 2007 at 8:42 amHoho..

    wakssss.. i forgot to and the second season to otome wa boku ni koishiteru..
    sorry for being noisy..
    by3..

  • December 21, 2007 at 8:43 amHoho..

    wakssss.. i forgot to add the second season to otome wa boku ni koishiteru..
    sorry for being so noisy..
    by3..

  • January 2, 2008 at 1:21 amCarvo

    OMG, OMG, OMG!!! ON WIKIPEDIA IT SAID THAT ZERO’S FAMILIAR WILL HAVE A THIRD SEASON!!!! CHECK IT OUT!!!!

  • January 2, 2008 at 8:29 pmlilian

    What about henrrieta????? she will meet someone????

  • January 18, 2008 at 4:06 pmGotank

    Hmm, yes, the fact that Saito was randomly revived by an elf at the end was a little meh, and rather obvious that it was writers’ intent on making a season 3. However, that doesn’t mean the conclusion is bad; in fact, I think it’s one of the best endings to any anime I’ve seen thus far. I didn’t like season 2 very much, but this episode is definitely its saving grace and an end to the season on a very high note.

  • February 16, 2008 at 2:41 amxercy

    I have just found out that there WILL be a season 3. It seems to also include the fairy Saito met with in the flash back. fairy vs. louise vs. siesta!!! :D

  • February 16, 2008 at 8:00 pmnobody

    to answer lilian, i read somewhere that in the novel currently, Saito’s harem include, Louise,Siesta,Kirche,Henrietta, and Tiffania(elf) and yea season 2 ending would probably be more dramatic as a cliffhanger but maybe at the time the producer wasnt sure if there’s gonna be a season 3 or not and they dont want to end the series with a sad ending

  • March 5, 2008 at 12:25 amneKomimi

    There is a third season, people!

  • March 5, 2008 at 1:33 amdj

    Plz let there be a 3rd 4th 5th etc etc season i love this show so much also where can i get books from

  • March 20, 2008 at 7:15 pmSnufflupagus

    Great Anime but they did rush the ending to much

  • April 18, 2008 at 2:17 pmmr.poop

    i dont think there is going to be a 5th season. i read the 13th novel and its getting pretty close to ending i think. i absolutely agree with everyone that they rushed ending way too much. in fact its nothing like the novel, and i have no idea how they are going to fix that up in anime. In the novel louise and siesta become close because of this event, and they learn something that is extremely crucial to the series.

  • April 18, 2008 at 2:22 pmmr.poop

    If you check out the op theme you cam learn some cool stuff. i saw it before i read the novels, so dont get mad, if i gave something away to those of you who hate that.

  • May 13, 2008 at 3:48 amCommenta

    D**n…… Looks like the ED is made like that on purpose…..
    They’re sayin’ :

    “A BAD ED, ISN’T IT DEAR AUDIENCE????”
    “IF WE MAKE THIS END TOO SOON, IT WILL LOSE ITS MEANING…”
    “SO WATCH SEASON 3 PLZZ!!!!!JULY 2008!”

    And the audience say :
    “HOPE 4 A GOOD ED!!!” OR Will you guys will prolong it even more?

    Well Guess What? -That’s Called Marketing Strategies~ ..Hehe.. I Can’t Wait..

  • May 13, 2008 at 3:51 amCommenta

    D**n…… Looks like the ED is made like that on purpose…..Playin’ with other’s feelings
    They’re sayin’ this precisely :

    “A BAD ED, ISN’T IT DEAR AUDIENCE????”
    “IF WE MAKE THIS ANIME END TOO SOON, IT WILL LOSE ITS MEANING…”
    “SO WATCH SEASON 3 PLZZ!!!!!JULY 2008 (Correct?)!”

    And the audience say :
    “HOPE 4 A GOOD ED!!!” OR “Will you guys will prolong it even more?”

    Well, Guess What? -That’s Called Marketing Strategies~ ..Hehe.. I Can’t Wait..

  • July 11, 2008 at 1:16 pmpunkrose

    I was really disapointed about the second season 2. but I did like the fact that Saito went 2 war 4 her, but their married. arn’t they? y is he still flirting with other girls?

    I might watch the third series.

  • November 5, 2008 at 1:12 pmTii-kun

    ahhh sem duvidas um dos melhores
    finais que se poderia esperar pra esse anime tão legal… ^^

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