Zero no Tsukaima F – 02
「アクイレイアの巫女」 (Akuireia no Miko)
“The Priestess of Aquieleia”
They are wasting no time on diving into some pretty major plot developments this season. Of course, it makes sense being that this is the last one, but you still don’t usually see an invasion brewing that is intent on blotting out all that is pure and kind until at least episode four. Not that I’m complaining!
This episode brings us the start of the Pope’s two-week long celebration, not to mention the official debut of Louise and Tiffania in their Index cosplay. I have to say, I heartily agree with Saito’s sentiments – Index-Louise is just too cute! Though I have no idea where he got the “Lemon-chan” thing from. Possibly Saito has been watching too much Ano Natsu de Matteru. Once again, not complaining!
But anyway, the hijinks don’t last too long, and soon Louise has gone off on her own (again) and been captured by the knife-wielding gothloli, Jeanette (Takamori Natsumi). Meanwhile, Saito, who has been seriously negligent for not yet reinventing a tracking device to slap on Louise, gets in a fight with one of the other Elemental Siblings, Doudou (Iguchi Yuuichi). I’m really enjoying the Elemental Siblings inclusion into the story so far. They keep proving themselves to be both powerful and not idiots, preferring to use actual tactics like stealth, subterfuge, non-suicidal distractions and even poison to get things done instead of charging around blindly like Saito is wont to do. Plus I have a soft spot for characters who fight magic-users without using magic themselves, which is why I’ve always liked Agnes.
Oh, and there’s also this. Jeanette has, ahem, good taste.
Overall, I am obscenely pleased with the balance this season is showing. While I still enjoyed the previous ones even when they were 90% slapstick and ecchi, this season is managing to balance plot, fanservice and comedy quite well. Actually, you could say that it’s a bit light on the fanservice, with only Tiffania really holding down the fort, but I don’t mind. I feel fanservice works best when it’s done infrequently, otherwise it starts to lose its punch. And with plot developments like King Joseph capturing Louise with the aim of raising an army of demons and invading Romalia on the horizon, there should be more than enough to keep us entertained without overdoing the fanservice. I just hope they’re not raising the stakes too high, too quickly. If King Joseph is already invading countries, how much bigger can things get? I looking forward to finding out, though.
ED: 「キスシテ↑アゲナイ↓」 (Kiss Shite Agenai) by 釘宮理恵 (Kugumiya Rie)
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