Zero no Tsukaima ~Princesses no Rondo~ – 11
Inside Gallia, Kirche uses her charm to entice some information out of a drunk soldier concerning where Tabitha is. This information brings them to a place called Alhambra, and in order to take out the garrison there guarding Tabitha and her mother, they decide to use alcohol and sleeping drugs. The plan is to get all the men drinking while the girls dance, and everyone is given tasks to do to prepare for the big night – except for Louise and Saito. This offends Louise, but Kirche explains that she’s acknowledging that they’ll be depending on Louise to use her legendary power against whatever enemy they have to go up against. Kirche goes as far as to show respect to Louise in a formal way, and this causes Louise to blush and point out that she’s abandoned her nobility. Saito later walks in on Louise trying on a skimpy dance outfit, and although she’s initially embarrassed, she likes the feeling and tries to get him to look at her. He ends up unable to control himself and forcing her onto the bed, but before the two can do anything, they’re interrupted by Guiche.
Meanwhile, in Tristain, Agnès frees Colbert from prison and lets him return to the Ostland where the students are waiting. Agnès explains that she can’t forgive him, but she also knows that if she killed him, then his students would hate her, and that would continue the chain of hatred. She is thus taking the opportunity to break that chain. Back in Alhambra, Kirche tries to convince the baron in charge of the garrison to let her group entertain the troops, and the baron only agrees after stating a certain condition. Kirche agrees to the condition, and though the plan to get everyone drinking starts without a hitch, it soon comes time to fulfill that condition: send Louise to the baron’s room. Louise insists on doing it, so Kirche gives her a small vial of the sleeping drug to use on the baron. Louise puts the vial in her bra, but after she gets to the baron’s room, she realizes that she doesn’t have it anymore – it had dropped out of her bra almost as soon as she put it in. This leaves her in a bad situation because the baron is now trying to come on to her.
Saito ends up finding the vial, and Tiffania realizes what happened when she sees it. The two save Louise right as the baron is trying to kiss her, and when the baron threatens Louise’s life, Tiffania uses her magic to make him forget. With the baron knocked out and most of the guards accounted for, the group is free to proceed with their plan. However, Bidashal finds them before they can do anything, and he proves too powerful for their magic. Since Bidashal is using a Counter magic, Louise prepares a Dispel while Saito protects her. She then casts it on Derflinger, and this allows Saito to break through Bidashal’s shield, but Tiffania stops him short of killing his opponent. Tiffania believes that Bidashal must have some reason for doing what he did because she remembers how her mother had told her that elves aren’t a race who likes war. Bidashal doesn’t resist and reveals where Tabitha is, but he also warns the group that Joseph is a cruel man, so things aren’t over yet. Nevertheless, the group finds and is reunited with Tabitha who is quickly reduced to tears. Sheffield later reports to Joseph about what happened, but he doesn’t care and wants instead to play with his new toy, the Jörmungant.
So I was under the impression that this series was going to be thirteen episodes. That would have meant three episodes (including this one) to rescue Tabitha and fight Joseph and whatnot. As it turns out however, Tabitha got saved in the last five minutes of this episode after the gang spends most of the time getting rid of all the regular guards, and that included an entire battle with Bidashal. I’m not going to say that they wasted time because taking out those guards was an important step in the plan, but the fight with Bidashal and the actual rescue turned out to be fairly anticlimactic. On the bright side, my fears about a redux of Agnès angst were unfounded. In fact, that entire scene ended so uneventfully that I wonder why they even bothered to revisit the conflict – maybe it was just to give Agnès closure and to completely wrap up that subplot. In any case, next week will be the finale that should have some sort of showdown with Joseph and the Jörmungant. I suspect there’s too much stuff for one episode since they have to give everything a conclusion as well, but I’ll reserve judgment until I see it.