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「災厄の目覚め」 (Saiyaku no Mezeme)
“Awakening of a Natural Disaster”

There was something very poignant about Siesta saying how she wants all of them to eat delicious food together, fight over the bed together, and age together. For a show that can be so juvenile, bringing up the image of everyone growing old together showed potential for great depth and maturity. It also made me very, very worried. I had good reason to be. Statements like those are typically like a giant, flaming death flag waving across the sky with all the subtlety of a Chinese military parade through the middle of Tiananmen Square. It says “You want everyone to grow old together? Prepare for someone not to last the week.”

So, this episode. While Zero no Tsukaima has traditionally kept a pretty light tone, this episode starts with the city of Aquileia burning. Lightness of tone? Gone. Yet while the damage inflicted was horrific, I found it less terrible than when Joseph was blowing chunks out of the country earlier this season. The problem here is with the villain. To me, human villains will always be the most threatening antagonists. While Joseph was undeniably a monster in a moral sense, he was still a person like you or I, so the fact that he could have become so warped as to kill so many is much more disturbing. It makes one imagine how close other people could be to the edge, or even wonder if we have that within ourselves. The Ancient Dragon, on the other hand, is a force a nature. It’s an actual monster, with no indications of thought put into anything it does. It’s just a mindless beast that can be killed without any moral quandaries. Compared to the madman who thinks, a beast can never be as frightening.

…I digress. The first major event of this episode was Louise finally telling Saito about the risk of using Lifdrasil’s power. Now I say “finally”, but Louise knew for all of one day before she told Saito, so she actually did exactly the right thing. It would take me about that long to wrap my head around the situation enough to say something, so I give her full marks. Louise may be super tsun a lot of the time, but she always does what’s right for Saito in the end. And you know what? Saito decided to use his Lifdrasil power anyway. Just like I said he would! It just goes to show you how wrong the Pope was to keep that from Saito. A true hero stands up even when he might die, and Saito recognizes that if he doesn’t stand up then others are liable to die in his place. Kudos.

Yet the death flags that Siesta inadvertently raised had to come home to roost somewhere, and they didn’t waste any time doing it. Of the two character deaths, it was the destruction of Derflinger that was both the most epic, and the most saddening. Saito and Derf taking on the Ancient Dragon’s blast head-on was impressive to say the least, and it was another one of those moments where Saito proved himself to be a hero. But more than that, it was clear how much Derf’s demise effected Saito, which enhanced the feeling of the scene. It’s sometimes difficult to remember how much those two have gone through together, since Derf so seldom talks, but think about it – throughout most of this series, Derf has always been there for Saito. When he was fighting with Louise, Derf was still there. When he was sleeping on the couch, Derf was still there. When he was training, fighting, and nearly dying, Derf was always there. Hell, when Saito charged an entire army by himself, he wasn’t even truly by himself…Derf was there. And hearing how proud Derf was of Saito, right before he shattered? I’ll admit that I gave a silent salute to Saito’s fallen aibou.

But if I had one qualm about Derflinger’s death, it was that he died because of the Pope. I don’t think I’ve made any secret of this, but I have never much liked the Pope. Not only did he use Louise, Saito and Tiffania to bait Joseph into making a move earlier this season, but he kept the truth about Lifdrasil’s power from Saito, which was both stupid and wrong. So whereas I was saddened by Derf’s death, about all the Pope’s demise got out of me was a shrug and a “good riddance.” Not very nice of me, I’ll admit, but the Pope didn’t deserve the trust he received from Saito and the others.

My big question now is, where do we go from here? With only two void mages and a single familiar left (and presumably Julio, though I doubt he’ll keep his lame Windalfr powers without his master around), how exactly are they going to take out this big ‘ol dragon that has been giving them so much grief? I mean, it’s not real smart, as evidenced by how it walked right into a canyon and let itself get buried in a ton of rock, but it still has plenty of raw power at its claws. Perhaps even more power than before, if eating a void mage gave it a power up. There’s also the fact that we’re running out of episodes, and the preview doesn’t even mention anything about their new foe. Is this the note we’re going to end on, with Saito and the others pitted against a mindless beast? Some good stuff happened this episode – Derf, I salute you! – but I’m worried. I want there to be a fitting end to this show that I’ve enjoyed so much. Come on J.C. Staff, you’re the ones who made Ano Natsu, so I know you have greatness in you! Bring it to bear on these last few episodes, please.

 

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March 11, 2012 at 12:32 am
45 comments »
  • March 11, 2012 at 12:43 amJ-Luke

    Perhaps the sunken jet fighter may become the key to solving the problem. With Derflinger gone, it may be an option to consider (like the Zero-sen from season 1).

    • March 11, 2012 at 12:45 amShrubbery

      Exactly my thoughts, why else would they have shown it. Can’t be just for the trollz

    • March 11, 2012 at 9:58 amStilts

      Ahhhh, of course, you’re right! Totally forgot about that. That’s what I get for writing a post late at night, heh

    • March 11, 2012 at 10:02 pmZero

      Thought the same thing if anything can beat that dragon it would be a fighter jet. But i don’t know how the hell he would go about fixing it. Its freakin water logged and even if they manage to get it out of the water they don’t have the technology to fix it. Plus they don’t have jet fuel either unless they do a cope out and say there was fuel still in the tank. But a fighter jet vs a dragon would make an epic ending, i hope they make it happen though.

      • March 12, 2012 at 10:56 amJ-Luke

        They would probably go about the same way as they did with the Zero in season one: replicating the fuel and using magic to make it flyable again.

  • March 11, 2012 at 1:55 amblack_cat1

    So J.C. chose to end Zero no Tsukaima in their own way huh? Don’t tell me Saito will use nuke to kill that ancient dragon.

    • March 11, 2012 at 5:19 amSerapita

      Well, there’s that plane at the elven lake. It might be put into some good uses.

      • March 11, 2012 at 6:48 amblack_cat1

        I don’t know which weapon will be used. In the novel

        Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 11, 2012 at 4:03 amDD

    am a little lost here (I know its off topic but please bear with me) this anime is rated PG13 yet in several episodes (including this) I see screens of teen unmarried characters waking up in the same bed?? or are my misunderstanding something here?

    • March 11, 2012 at 2:42 pmPerlaNemesis

      Don’t worry about that too much. I don’t think they have done anything else aside from just sleeping.

    • March 12, 2012 at 2:35 amShiba

      Does someone really care if they are unmarried?

    • March 12, 2012 at 2:49 amKmainichi

      Yes

      誤解

      You hentai dirty mind you.

  • March 11, 2012 at 4:12 amKusabi

    Uhh, watching Derflinger’s demise and yesterday’s Persona 4 grief moment is too much for me to bear (sorry for the pun). In life or death, you’re always an eternal aibou for Saito, Derflinger. Now rest in peace…

    Off topic but, Stilts, what do you say about Negima! final chapter? Have you read it?

    • March 11, 2012 at 4:29 amThe Moondoggie

      Offtopic too…

      OMG Stilts, read the final chapter quick!

      • March 11, 2012 at 6:42 am0927123

        Why, Akamatsu WHY??

      • March 11, 2012 at 9:57 amStilts

        SAY NOTHING!! I’m going to read it shortly. My thoughts will be forthcoming then.

      • March 11, 2012 at 1:29 pmKusabi

        Oh, one more thing, Stilts. Please blog Sora no Otoshimono Movie.

      • March 11, 2012 at 5:46 pmThe Moondoggie

        *After several hours later….*

        So Stilts how about blogging the last chapter. I’m sure a LOT of people here have qualms on WHO NEGI ENDED WITH.

    • March 11, 2012 at 2:51 pmLoL

      A suggestion about negima last chapter Stilts: be sure you don’t have anything that can be used like a blunt weapon, for your computer’s sake.

  • March 11, 2012 at 5:23 amSerapita

    Come on J.C. Staff, you’re the ones who made Ano Natsu, so I know you have greatness in you! Bring it to bear on these last few episodes, please.

    J.C. Staffs is prone to weird ‘original idea’ for the adaptation… Don’t forget what they did to Yumekui Merry…

    • March 11, 2012 at 6:02 amMutare

      Yumekui Merry… ugh… those were very dark times…

      • March 11, 2012 at 6:25 amKusabi

        Agreed. The Yumekui Merry’s plot was somehow confusing AND boring one for me. No interesting characters whatsoever, even Merry herself. I thought people gave a little too much hype on it.

      • March 11, 2012 at 7:08 am0927123

        I’ve read it here somewhere that J.C. staff excels at original stories like Ano Natsu and suck at adaptations.

      • March 11, 2012 at 7:22 amKusabi

        Except for Bakuman adaptation, I think.

      • March 11, 2012 at 7:27 amKusabi

        And Hidan no Aria OVA was pretty scary too…

  • March 11, 2012 at 5:30 ampokpokza

    pope is soo stupid why didn’t jump together holy crap. It make that Dragon even more powerful.

  • March 11, 2012 at 5:42 amKratos

    Saddest death of the serie. I think I know exactly how he felt, having your best friend die.

  • March 11, 2012 at 5:47 amCroos

    I think the Pope is evil. Now he is the dragon i think. Its like one of those guys who plot everything and pretends to be a hero were in it was all plot from him in the first place.

    • March 11, 2012 at 8:52 pmdiaz

      I was thinking the same.
      The dragon was headed to the capital, searching for something.
      The pope studied all the legends related to the dragon. He’s probably the one who woke him up.
      The pope wanted to give his void power to the dragon for somekind of reason.

      All the other characters just played in his hands.
      He’s the last boss.

      :)

  • March 11, 2012 at 6:03 amMutare

    manly tears were shed for derf =(

  • March 11, 2012 at 7:26 amU Doh

    Probably DerfShow Spoiler ▼

    • March 11, 2012 at 7:30 amblack_cat1

      Yeah
      Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 11, 2012 at 2:59 pmThe_Magus_Killer

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 11, 2012 at 10:18 pmSuppa Tenko

        Derf will never come back as a katana. Katanas are over rated and as any proper hero in a show with french people, broadswords are the way to go.

        Ah, epic times, during Saito’s last charge in the season 2 finale. Though the LN version is a lot more epic and emotional mostly with the follow up events and the conversation between General Hawking and Henrietta.

        Still looking forward to MSN final chapter post.

  • March 11, 2012 at 8:19 amdeafvader

    So eating a live person should make your teeth red… not your eyes….

  • March 11, 2012 at 9:57 amewok40k

    Derf was great sword-friend: had keen blade and sharp tongue… I am afraid the huge death flag Siesta waved can affect some more people, in extremis even solving the double master problem our familiar has to deal with…

  • March 11, 2012 at 10:10 amrasone0104

    poor derf we will all miss you and shal for ever hate that 3 eyes Lao Shan Lung for killing you.

  • March 11, 2012 at 1:29 pmKira

    I hope they Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 11, 2012 at 2:34 pmrandom viewer

    How is Julio suppose to survive that fall?
    Why did the dragon decide to use its third eye now when it could have used it before to keep in control of its dragon army? Yea, I agree it’s not smart.
    I don’t think the Pope gave it much thought to jump together with Julio when it’s hard to keep calm in emergency situations. He was just thinking of Julio’s safety. Actually, Julio should have just grab the Pope off that dragon as a good familiar would do.
    I’m just frustrated that Derf is gone now.

    • March 11, 2012 at 8:09 pmThe Moondoggie

      If they just jumbled the LN story around for ZnT4 I’m sure we’ll get to see Derf again before the end. Is this 13 episodes only?

    • March 12, 2012 at 12:44 amI laughed when

      “You must survive”
      *push*

      Falling to death > Eaten by dragon

  • March 11, 2012 at 10:16 pmZero

    Frankly i don’t think anybody really cares that the pope died. I know i didn’t good riddance if you ask me. He’s only used and mislead the main characters ever since he appeared on screen.

  • March 11, 2012 at 10:53 pmhaseo0408

    Salutes Derflinger! You have been the best companion a protagonist could ever hope for, so for all I care that dragon bastard is going down no matter what, well at least the dragon had the dicensy of killing the Pope, that´s one manipulative man I´m not gonna miss, I even prefer Joseph over him because he´s honest with himself about being a monster, the Pope jusy smiles and lies to everyone. In a side not, what Siesta said about being all of them together might something to do with the wedding scenes, so I might be right about Saito and Louise getting married but thr rest of the girls might have a final saying in the matter.

  • March 12, 2012 at 11:00 amKmainichi

    Nom, nom, nom, nom.

  • March 18, 2012 at 11:05 pmWhee

    lol derf’s death was pretty sudden.
    Good, i wasn’t the only one who cheered a bit when the pope got chewed on :3