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Zero no Tsukaima ~Princesses no Rondo~ – 09

Summary:

In light of Tabitha’s disappearance, Saito and the others are looking around outside Tristain Academy when suddenly a naked girl falls out of the sky. To everyone’s surprise, this girl – whose name is Irukukwu – immediately hugs Saito and asks him to save her sister Tabitha. After they take her inside and give her something to cover herself up with, Irukukwu explains that Tabitha was stripped of her Chevalier position for letting Saito go, and Tabitha’s mother was taken away as well. Saito is immediately willing to help, but the others are less than convinced because they suspect that this could be a trap, and they don’t think Irukukwu looks like Tabitha’s little sister. In order to prove herself, Irukukwu runs back outside and disappears. When everyone else catches up, they find Sylphid there, and Sylphid vouches for Irukukwu. This is enough for the group to decide to go save Tabitha, but they need to get permission from Henrietta first since they’re technically her imperial guard. Saito is confident that she will understand, and so he, Guiche, Maricorn, and Louise go to persuade Henrietta.

Meanwhile, in Gallia, Bidashal brings Tabitha as part of a deal to get Joseph to listen to his request. Bidashal explains that the evil Gate of Shaitan has become active recently, and his people prophesize that when the four devils come together, the power of a true devil will awaken. This power is what everyone else knows as Void power, and Bidashal wants Joseph to stop those trying to get close to the Gate. Joseph forces Bidashal to make some more concessions in exchange for doing this, and Bidashal agrees. For the time being though, Joseph turns his attention to Tabitha whom he plans to have follow the same fate as her mother. Tabitha wakes up sometime later under the watch of Bidashal, and he takes her to see her sleeping mother. Bidashal tells her about how she’ll have to drink the same medicine that drove her mother insane, and until then, he gives her a book to read about a young hero who saves a girl that was captured by a dragon.

Back in Tristain, Henrietta refuses the request to go to Gallia because she doesn’t want a war with them. Saito reacts by giving her back the cloak that signifies his Chevalier title, and after Guiche and Maricorn follow suit, Henrietta has them arrested and locked up. Saito remains confident that Louise will be able to figure something out, but when Louise talks privately with Henrietta, things don’t go quite that well. Henrietta tells Louise that she doesn’t want to lose anyone else important to her, and this prompts Louise to ask her how she feels about Saito. Louise insists on Henrietta answering as a friend and a woman instead of as the queen, so Henrietta admits that she’s lonely and might have wanted to depend on someone. Since Henrietta doesn’t know if just any person would have sufficed, Louise decides to speak up about how Saito is her familiar, and if Henrietta wants them, then she should be ready to face the consequences. Seeing how important Saito is to Louise only makes Henrietta more wistful over how she doesn’t have someone like that.

Henrietta nevertheless tries to get Louise to reconsider the Gallia plan, but Louise refuses because of the group’s desire to save Tabitha. Then, just like Saito and the others did, Louise hands over her cloak and disavows her nobility. Henrietta has no choice but to arrest Louise as well, and so Louise joins Saito, Guiche, and Maricorn in prison. This leaves them little in terms of options, so they try to dig their way out with spoons. Fortunately, Sylphid witnessed everything earlier from outside the castle, and a short while later, Irukukwu returned to the academy to tell everyone else what happened. They decide to use the Ostland as a distraction while Kirche and Colbert break Saito and company out of prison, and the plan goes off without a hitch. Once everyone is reunited, Derflinger makes Irukukwu tell everyone the truth about her identity, so Irukukwu transforms into Sylphid. Derflinger explains that Sylphid is actually a legendary rhyme dragon who has high intelligence, has an excellent sense of what is linguistically appropriate, and can manipulate aboriginal magic.

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Despite there being more new developments this week than last week, I though the pacing was still somewhat sluggish. I was expecting a little more urgency since Tabitha is in enemy hands and since there are only a few episodes left, but our heroes get sidetracked dealing with Henrietta. At the end, they’re basically back where they started, with the only difference being that they don’t represent Tristain anymore. There’s technically also the fact that they now know that Irukukwu = Sylphid, but the problem I had with that subplot was that the secret was so completely obvious, and I’m not convinced that it was time well spent. Having said that, I do have to admit that Irukukwu is a very cute character.

The most interesting parts of this episode was in the conversation between Joseph and Bidashal about the Gate of Shaitan and the void magic users. This appears to be part of the overarching plot, but I think a conversation like that would have been more suited for early on in the series rather than later so that the plot could be developed better. Since Tabitha still has to be saved, I doubt that they’ll get as far as gathering all four Void magic users (at least one of whom still hasn’t been revealed) and whatever else happens from there. What it feels like instead is that the writers/director are setting up some background for a fourth ZnT series where maybe (just maybe) things will finally come to a conclusion. Then again, the novels are still going, so who knows….

September 1, 2008 at 4:50 am
40 comments »
  • September 1, 2008 at 5:04 amShinn Agami

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:13 amkyoshiro21

    yup its sylphid.. but i dont know what does cause her to have human form though

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:31 ambakaranger

    dragonwoman?

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:35 amecchi

    the dragons cute

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:36 amtacdo

    Not at all where I had expected this episode to head.

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:54 amCherubium

    I don’t know why, but she reminds me of Shana. Gah I don’t understand it @.@

  • September 1, 2008 at 6:04 amsusiria

    i mistook sylphid with sheffield at firt lol anyway this is getting slightly better

  • September 1, 2008 at 6:30 amsomeone you met outside

    OMG!! Its konata!

  • September 1, 2008 at 6:36 amsibnova

    @someone you met outside thats not Konata. Konata has no breasts.

  • September 1, 2008 at 6:56 amKirakun

    and short haha

  • September 1, 2008 at 7:27 amasian182

    should we congragulate saito now that he has a dragon( really laughing hard at this one) in the his harem romance……….err too early to tell at this point but hey she does have a cute human side to her

  • September 1, 2008 at 7:45 amsomeone you met outside

    Well you never know… Maybe konata is just a late bloomer. LOL!

  • September 1, 2008 at 8:02 amWatcheR

    damn…, thats unfair for Tabitha…, her familiar got bigger boobies in her human form! :D

  • September 1, 2008 at 8:21 amAH He

    LOL @WatcheR, thats funny lol. The thought of being jealous of her own familiar just coz she gt bigger boobies make me laugh

  • September 1, 2008 at 8:49 amDarkReign

  • September 1, 2008 at 9:14 amWatcheR

    p.s.: Saito doesnt care whether a girl has big boobies or not…, but he does prefer them big! :D

  • September 1, 2008 at 9:31 amnobody important

    damnit i want a dragon lady too!

  • September 1, 2008 at 9:44 amWatcheR

  • September 1, 2008 at 10:46 amGStrike-

    Tabitha’s familiar is kawaii desu

  • September 1, 2008 at 10:50 amADIDAS (OR)

    B( . )( . )BS!!!!!!

  • September 1, 2008 at 12:23 pmarigatou

    wth if only Boobnaut animated dragons are the same with Znt. Tabitha’s familiar is MoE.

  • September 1, 2008 at 1:38 pmZemBe

    OH MY CAT!!!!

  • September 1, 2008 at 1:49 pmKaitune

    OMBFG!!! That’s one hot dragon!!! I don’t care if this will make me furry-lover (although dragon doesn’t actually have fur) or not, she is just so CUTE!!!!

  • September 1, 2008 at 2:06 pmMegas

    The harem is now complete…oh wait, we’re missing Tabitha herself…but not for long ;)

  • September 1, 2008 at 4:14 pmSashimi-san

    is it neccessary to watch season 2? or can that be safely skipped?

    I Watched the original, but season 2 bored me after 3 episodes. This season looks more fun but I’d rather not watch it if things suddenly make no sense.

  • September 1, 2008 at 4:40 pmAndy

    As for Sylphid, she’s a familiar that learned low level magic and how to speak human langauge. In the novels, it reavels that she’s always has this power but Tabitha just wouldn’t allow her to use it.

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:21 pmExiled

    Haha maybe all other familiar actually can assume human form? xD

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:23 pmKaioshin Sama

    Why is Konata Izumi in this show now.

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm._.

  • September 1, 2008 at 7:34 pmbigger_is_better

    there’s only 4 episodes left meaning it’s gonna be rushed or either there’s more to come on a near future like a short ova series. now i’m pretty sure all the important characters on the “good” side r now introduce i just hope the ending is totally awesome with a huge suspense that makes the whole dam series worth buying on dvd.

  • September 2, 2008 at 12:55 amKettou

    4 episodes left hmm? Wonder how much will they wrap it all up then, I’m sure there is a lot more to be explained though.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a 4th season either.

  • September 2, 2008 at 2:15 amKaitune

    @._.
    May be Kirche finally manage to do him. LOL

    (Nah… But I secretly hope to because I am a creepy person)

  • September 2, 2008 at 8:35 amfurinyue

    @Sashimi-san
    well u need to watch the 2nd season to noe the character of tiffa, and how the princess develope feeling for saito , is part of the story .

  • September 2, 2008 at 12:15 pmoleg.t

    4 season? i think ther not gonna be… well you see the 3 season is abut 8-13 novels Volume and this is the lest Volumes so i think ther not gonna be 4 season buttt may be i wrong i actually very hoop thet i wrong:P

    bay the way nice episode…!=] little sorry for the princes but nice

  • September 2, 2008 at 1:30 pmreggie

    louise is a b%tch, she low blowed saito for no reason in the beginning, wrong on so many levels

  • September 3, 2008 at 2:08 amJuniot

    why did tabasa change her name?
    I listen espisod 8 it still say tabasa but subtitle it shows tabitha
    please tell me why

  • September 3, 2008 at 7:01 amfurinyue

    @Juniot
    her real name chrlote some thing like tat, her nickname is tabitha, but some other sub they put it as tabasa

  • September 3, 2008 at 8:49 pmTsukiyomi

    i already knew something like this was going to happen(i read the novels)

  • September 3, 2008 at 9:57 pmMeido-san

    ヽ( >∀<)ノ I love her character so cute!

  • September 4, 2008 at 11:57 pmChimasternmay

    kinda late in the comments but ya our Queen H is acting like a bitch for first time, and looks like that she has some secret, like she betrayed someone close or soemthing that she is hiding…

    And we have more development, so the Elves are still out there, in there own place. that Elf Dude referred to something bad happening 6 thousand years ago, which is also the time when Saito’s Sword had a different partner… Probably the Sword loses some memory so he doesn’t know whats happening, or he does and reveals them at times needed…

    only thing to find out is WHo is the Forth Void user… maybe another Elven making it even lol.