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Zero no Tsukaima – 12

Summary:
Having returned from Albion, Louise gives Henrietta the ring from Wales and tells her what happened. Louise tearfully takes responsibility, but Henrietta thanks her instead of blaming her. Upon returning to the academy, Louise goes to the headmaster to report on what happened. She finds Colbert there requesting some time off so that he can go investigate a legendary dragon at the village of Tarbes. Once Colbert gets Osmond’s approval and leaves, Louise tells the headmaster about Albion and the Reconquista. A curious Louise then asks him about the descendent of the Void, even though she admits to not remembering who said it. Osmond recalls that Void is the legendary lost element and even mentions the Gandalfr. Back in her room, as she is getting dressed, Louise feels that Saito couldn’t be the legendary familiar. He enters the room when she’s still not completely dressed, causing Louise to get flustered. When Saito complains about how there’s more laundry, Louise yells at him, but then wonders why they’ve returned to being like this after that kiss. Things are made worse when Louise’s panties fall off because the elastic broke. Saito remembers how he had heard a snapping when he was doing laundry previously, causing Louise to pull out her whip again. The two get into an argument that ends in Saito leaving and both of them pissed at each other.
Outside, Saito takes out his anger by kicking the giant pot that is now his bath. It is there that he sees Siesta again, dressed to leave because she’s going to be visiting home. In talking with her, Saito re-raises the topic of Siesta’s great-grandfather and the other world. She tells him a story about two dragons, just like Colbert did, except in Siesta’s story, one of the dragons disappeared into a solar eclipse and the other one was her great-grandfather’s and is now a family heirloom enshrined somewhere. Saito immediately asks Siesta to take him with her so that he can go investigate this dragon. Kirche, Tabitha, and Guiche overhear the two of them talking, and Kirche is really interested. Louise meanwhile finds herself alone and thinking about how to apologize for earlier. However, she is shocked to see Saito with Siesta riding horseback out of the school gates. Louise learns from the cook that Siesta is going home to Tarbes, and although she’s angry at Saito at first, she soon remembers that she’s heard the name Tarbes somewhere.
Having reached that village, Siesta brings Saito a map and mentions that the treasure is actually a dragon’s celestial robe that her great-grandfather used to fly here from the other world. The two then get interrupted by Kirche, Tabitha, and Guiche who are here for the treasure. They arrive at a cave and go inside, only to find someone else there too. But as it turns out, that person is just Colbert, and he’s brought Louise. In fact, he’s searching for the same thing they are. Louise makes it a point to tell Saito that she came here as an assistant to Colbert and not because she’s chasing him. The group soon makes their way out of the cave and into a forest on the other end where they find a large shed. As Colbert is opening the lock, Tabitha and Saito notice an inscription on a nearby stone monument that says “Navy Ensign Sasaki Takeo.” Saito is able to read it because it’s written in his native Japanese. By now, Colbert has unlocked the door and gone inside where they find something they’ve never seen before. Saito can’t believe what it is: an airplane – a Zero.
Having put the pieces together, Saito admits that he felt something nostalgic when he first met Siesta. He now knows that her black hair means that she is Japanese. In other words, Saito and Siesta’s great-grandfather are from the same world. With the Zero, Colbert suddenly says that Saito might be able to return to his former world. He recalls that the story said one of the dragons disappeared in a solar eclipse, but wonders why the other one didn’t make it. Based on what Siesta tells him, Colbert reasons that it’s because this Zero missed the timing on the solar eclipse. When the solar eclipse ended, the Zero couldn’t return to its former world. However, this also means that if Saito were to take off into a solar eclipse, he might end up back in his own world, at least at least that’s what Colbert guesses. Louise has been shocked through this entire conversation because of the prospect of Saito being gone. Meanwhile, Henrietta goes to see her mother, Grand Duchess Marianne, about the stolen letter. Marianne reveals that she has already received an announcement that the engagement has been broken off. Henrietta blames her own actions for what happened, but her mother already knows how much pain Henrietta has gone through after losing the man she had feelings for. As Henrietta is crying in her mother’s arms, a man rushes up to them with something important to report.
Back at the academy, Saito and company have brought the Zero onto school grounds. As Saito is thinking about fuel, he recalls the dragon’s blood that Colbert had shown him before. When he gets it from Colbert, the professor thinks that there’s no mistake that it’s dragon’s blood, but Saito corrects him because it’s actually gasoline. Afterwards, Saito climbs into the cockpit and seems to recognize the controls. Derfflinger reminds him that it’s because he is able to use any weapons. He notices that Louise is standing in the distance, staring at him, but when she sees him looking back, she walks off. On her mind is still the thought of him being gone. As Louise approaches the front of the school, Guiche rides in on horseback and reports the bad news: as a new nation, Albion has changed it’s name to Reconquista and declared war on Tristein. At that very moment, Cromwell, Fouquet, and Waldo are discussing their plans to conquer Tristein. Everything is set to begin in three days – the day of the solar eclipse.

Note: What’s written on the side of the Zero is 「辰」 (tatsu), aka. the zodiac sign of the dragon.

Preview:

Two main things going on this week as we head towards the final episode. One is Saito and company finding the Zero and the subsequent possibility of Saito returning home. The other is Saito’s relationship with Louise. As expected, it hasn’t changed much on the surface – and I don’t think it ever will because of Saito and Louise’s personalities (and because it makes them more fun to watch). But on the inside, Louise is now thinking about Saito a lot, especially that kiss. If only her attitude towards him was just a little better.
Given that they’ve only got one episode to finish things up, I’m guessing that Cromwell/Fouquet/Waldo will be stopped by a combination of the Zero and Louise’s legendary void magic. Saito will also be presented with the option of returning home, but I doubt he’ll actually be able to do it (whether it’s because of his choice or because of the circumstances that develop). Regardless of what happens, it feels like they’ll be hard pressed to fit everything into one episode in a satisfactory way, but I’m hoping that it can be done. They only need to show Louise’s true powers, defeat Cromwell and company, get the ring back, resolve Saito and Louise’s relationship, resolve Saito leaving (before the solar eclipse ends), and maybe give Henrietta a happy ending too. That’s doable…maybe.

September 17, 2006 at 3:12 pm
33 comments »
  • September 17, 2006 at 3:22 pmtypicalz.

    the preview makes me owry about how its goanend

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:31 pmHaohmaru

    Next is last right. This really ended fast. I’m looking forward to the subbed episodes. It looks pretty good from what I can see.

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:36 pmasian182

    well well well never expected saito 2 be a playboy, then again who wouldnt be suprised that the guy has his own harem, and finally the airplane hmmmmmm….. looks like one from WWII but dont kno which side its from

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:37 pmOskarAnly

    it seems like a very interesting episode. i still need to watch it.

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:38 pmordnance11

    It’s a Zero fighter. WWII Japanese.

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:43 pmjounin

    Finish a war in 1 ep? Bad pacing if that happens. Second season maybe? Now Saito has 2 Zeroes.

    One other thing…when are we going to see Siesta in the Japanese school girl outfit like in the OP? She wears it in the novel for whatever reason.

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:45 pmBatt!tz

    haha. nice one jounin

  • September 17, 2006 at 3:48 pmHudson

    But the question still remains who will Satio end up with in the end?

    IM STILL HOPING FOR A SATIO/ SIESTA ENDING!!!!!!

  • September 17, 2006 at 4:04 pm*Chi*

    Yeah, fly the plane!
    I still wonder why they put Saito x Siesta scenes in although last episode proofed, that he likes Louise.
    Maybe fanservice or maybe just a hint, that there is some love trouble in the novel.
    Who knows..
    So next week will be the final episode. Hope for lots of fighting scenes!

  • September 17, 2006 at 4:09 pmKiki.Chan

    *ekk!* Next week is the last episode. I already have my fingers crossed for a Saito/Louise ending. >.

  • September 17, 2006 at 4:11 pmjohn_sama

    WOW! that episode looks nice ^_^
    ooohhh Siesta and Saito together in one horse…
    this makes up for the last episode XD

  • September 17, 2006 at 4:17 pmAL

    Same here Hudson, i’m also hoping for a SATIO/ SIESTA ending but its most likely going to be a SATIO/ LOUISE ending.

  • September 17, 2006 at 4:45 pmbartuc

    its gonna end like shakugan no shana. ends with many questions and no second season

  • September 17, 2006 at 4:50 pmSilk

    I knew something was going to happen with the underwear back when Saito was washing it and he heard the snap. :D He broke the panty band…naughty boy!

  • September 17, 2006 at 7:59 pmnanami-chan

    omg…thats so sad! he’s gonna leave them while they fight for tristein!

  • September 17, 2006 at 8:51 pmHudson

    a comment about the plane and a theroy.

    I can see it now, Satio sees Tristein being attcked mercaioulsously by Reconquista. He turns the Zero around (Thereby missing his chance to go back home) and lets loose it’s 2 20mm cannons and 2 7.7mm machine guns on the invading army and saves the day with a bloody end. He becomes an instant celebraty and becomes an honorary Noble and marries Siesta, he waits until the next solor ecplise and goes home in the Zero with Siesta in his lap.

  • September 17, 2006 at 9:04 pmTetsusaiga

    omg, airplane.

  • September 17, 2006 at 10:46 pmHypernova

    Whereas last season was all about yuri, this seasons’ theme seems to be fantasy/Si-Fi.

    9th screen cap is awsome, talk about cought with your pants down…

  • September 17, 2006 at 10:55 pmOskarAnly

    i just watched the episode, right now there are a lot a questions in my mind.
    Is Saito really gonna leave? If he leaves, then, will they make a second season?
    Will Louise confess Saito about her feelings?
    I just can’t wait for the final episode

  • September 18, 2006 at 12:06 amHudson

    “9th screen cap is awsome, talk about cought with your pants down…”

    Actually this would be “cought with your pantIESs down…” lol

  • September 18, 2006 at 1:10 amSilk

    There is like no way they can fit everything into that one episode. I smell a second season brewing….or maybe that just a false hope D:

    SaitoxLouise FTW

  • September 18, 2006 at 8:11 amBaka Hentai

    I can just imagine it: Saito manages to neutralize the military threat, but the aircraft is damaged and crashes and explodes, and then the episode ends with the message “Zero no Tsukaima returns in April 2007!”

  • September 18, 2006 at 8:16 amdxanato

    There to many thing to be complete in 1 episode if they do it would be rush to much imho. I would like to see as second season but idk if they are doing another season.

  • September 18, 2006 at 8:34 amRonbo

    Saito won’t leave! The invasion and the solar eclipse just happing to fall on the same day is just to much of a coincidence. He will be forced to make the choice of either returning home or saving everyone. And Saito already made that choice when he swore to protect Louise.

  • September 18, 2006 at 8:47 amRonbo

    What I figure will happen is that Saito will use the Zero to ward off the attack until it runs out of ammunition or gas and then Louise will unleash her void magic on Cromwell, Fouquet, and Waldo sending them to Saitos world where they have no powers. It also wouldn’t surprise me a bit to discover that Siesta is related to Saito through her grandfather somehow.

  • September 18, 2006 at 9:37 amNeco

    You know considering how technological handicaped this dimension is its a surprise that some one invented elestic bands for underwear. If I’m not mistaken in our middle ages underwear was tied with rope / ribbon.

  • September 18, 2006 at 3:59 pmGil

    Soooooooo that’s what the snapping sound was.

  • September 18, 2006 at 6:50 pmIko

    Hey, I was wondering, did the part with the Zero and the solar eclispe even happen in the novel? If it didnt, then we might make some sorta conclusion or if it did then we might, hopefully, have another season.

  • September 18, 2006 at 10:04 pmStranger

    @ Iko
    As far as I know, the solar eclipse and the appearance of the aircraft Zero never happened in the novel. I have just finished reading book two of eight (the author is still writing book nine), and I will keep reading. The ending scene in book 2 is Saito and Lousie’s kiss. So we never know whats gonna happen in the future, and I am looking foward to a season 2. I do not hope for a rush ending. Maybe its like Shakugan no Shana a lack of closure ending.

    Not really a spoiler but I’ll mark it for those who haven’t seen episode 11.
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  • September 20, 2006 at 3:25 amcbhl

    Methinks Siesta’s great-grandfather person or whatever stayed back because he loved … whoever his wife was and decided to stay back in Treistein instead of returning to our world. Me also thinks that the next episode will end the same way – Saito will stay ‘cuz Louise is there.

    Besides, how would he be able to show his face in Japan with the rune “Gundalfr” inscribed in his hand?

  • September 20, 2006 at 6:11 amYyi

    >cbhl: why wouldn’t he? It looks kinda gothic.
    As much as he deserves to return home, I’m rooting for a SaitoxLouise ending.
    If he does return home, his Gundalfr rune powers might disappear, I wonder how he’ll be able to land the plane then.

  • September 20, 2006 at 6:35 amsleepy

    SAITO X LOUISE !!! :x

  • August 16, 2007 at 11:40 amRuu

    ;;-;; I personally like Saito/Louise. And by the way, there’s only one solar eclipse in every hundred years or so. (Or even more, but I’m not too sure.) So crush that idea with ‘Saito goes home with Siesta in his lap.’ ;;-;; ^^ :O XDDDDDD *attack of the smilies*