Saito Hiraga and Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière go on the offensive after the events of Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo. Together, they face off against King Joseph in the Holy City of Romalia with the help of two others who control the power of the “void”. But in the midst of the many conflicts ahead of them, an ancient evil begins to stir in the shadows.
Will their close bonds blossom into something more or will they be shattered through the ever increasing difficulty of the tasks that they must undertake? Zero no Tsukaima F follows the story of Louise and Saito as they face their final challenges together.
Well, this is my first review, and I don't think I'm good at writing them, but I'll give a try.
I've scored the three previous season to 7, mainly because it was repetitive, and there was not this thing that embraces your mind and take you to an other world.
And then, I've watched this season, the final one. And it is perfect. Louise is becoming more and more mature, even if she keeps her tsundere style which is still funny (although it annoyed me a lot of times, but hey, it's who she is after all). For Saito, it's approximatively the same, he's growing too,
and we really see their relationship evolving...
About the scenes, there is a lot more romantic scenes than before, which is wonderful because their kind of different from the previous season, there is something that makes you feel good, and you're happy for them too in some way.
Since I was also obsessed by the magic scenes with void magic and all that, you should know that there's also a LOT more of these scenes, and I found that they were much more impressive.
I'm also noticing the OST which is just full of epicness (special note for the song "Passion" which I'm listening right now).
I think they did a really good work, this season embraces the whole series, and every episode makes you feel wonderful and the two final episodes are just so much awesome that you can't accept it is already over, and then you see how it was just a nicely dream in which you will go back someday...
Zero no Tsukaima F is the final season of the series and it features a young boy Saito getting abused by his master Louise. Stuff happens, Saito is extremely indecisive about his relationship with Louise, stuff gets fixed. Nothing new is really found in this season and I won't go too much into detail about the summary because hey, you should have seen the previous three seasons before you watch the 4th one, no?
So about the story.. heh. If you have seen the previous seasons, you'll have a pretty good idea what happens. Some stuff happens, maybe some random fanservice here and there, filler episodes
randomly thrown in out of nowhere, a problem occurs and is solved with usually an unrealistic solution that probably has some plot holes. And by plot holes, I don't mean "look very deep into the anime" ones, I mean "wtf how did they just do that it didn't make any sense at all" kind of plot holes. It takes the fantasy genre to a whole new level and again, not in a good way (SPOILER example: Saito stealing a fighter jet from a military base in 2 seconds). Some of it can be attributed to the fact that the majority of the season was rushed but all in all, they really did not need some of the fillers; it was just a waste of time. If you're one of those people that like to have an intricate plot with plenty of BAM moments, this is not the anime for you. The plot is lackluster and very predictable. The ending was a perfect example of this. Personally, I thought the ending was very predictable but it fits the anime. Having said that though, ZnT is NOT about the story. If you have been watching this for the story, then I got news for you, choose something else to watch. The story here is just there to have at least some "meaning" between each episode, nothing special.
Al-right, the characters. The characters are again, nothing special. An abusive tsundere, some boobs, some more boobs, and a loli. This anime throughout the seasons has shown no character development, Louise and Saito were supposedly married at the end of season two but Saito is still an indecisive guy and Louise still blows him up. Usually this would lower the score as dynamic characters are always good but the thing is, it's what the anime is known for. This is why most people have continued to watch though the seasons. Sure, Saito will piss you off every time he ogles some girls breast because he completely lacks self-control or some other stuff that ticks you off. The non-changing character foils that have been constant throughout all four seasons is the selling point of this anime. You don't watch this to see some well thought out strategy like Death Note or the plain awesomeness of Steins;Gate, you watch this too see Saito getting blown up by explosions and the tsundere Louise being her usual self and the relationship between them. I will have to say that it will probably get tiring if you watch this in one go.
The sound doesn't really do much considering most of the BGM is just reused from the previous seasons. In some cases, it certainly does help set the mood and I loved how they reused one of the openings during one of the final episodes. The energetic OP also adds towards the enjoyment of the anime; it fits the mood. Though the EP isn't bad, the usage of it is certainly questionable in some cases. Something some by Rie Kugimiya doesn't really fit certain situations if you know what I mean.
The art wasn't really exceptional and doesn't take away from the anime itself. Not much to comment on this as it doesn't feature any special art style. The battle scenes were too short in my opinion.
I'm a Louise fan so this is probably biased but I really enjoyed the series overall. If I was to use by biased score, this would be a 10/10 just because I'm a huge Louise fan. That's kind of the thing with this anime, either you'll hate the characters (I don't think many people expected much out of the story anyways) or come to love em. The story was really annoying at certain points because of the number of episodes that were just pointless. They could have easily just spent a couple of minutes or not even included certain parts (really didn't need a episode dedicated towards the crowning of a queen) of the anime. The ending however, was probably the saving grace for this anime. I personally value a conclusive ending opposed to some random harem ending. Overall, I think that this season manages to set up the end of the series only leaving some minor plot holes. Watch this with a grain of salt in mind.
Feedback is appreciated as this was my first review.
Zero no Tsukaima F
I thought that i was going to hate this season just like as the third season, but surprisingly this is the best season of the entire anime, everything is improved and i finally enjoyed a lot a season of this anime and for once i didn't found pointless and annoying Louise and Saito's realationship
The story is very good, it was improved on this season, there's just two stories to follow, the mission that the queen Henrietta gave both of the two to see the pope and see what the Pope wants with them and the other story is the finally growing relationship
between Louise and Saito, finally there's not hate-love between them, but more love, more romantic and that was great, finally something that i wanted the producers to make, and both stories are well paced; The story to make all the void magic users to be reunited because there's is a profecy that a big Dragon will destroy the world and only the four void users can stop him, but it's interrupted because one of the Void users is the enemy and will not help them, the things get complicated... meanwhile Louise and Saito's bond gets stronger and stronger and will have a pleasant ending for them, but not for me, because finally they were really close to eachother and i wanted to see that since the beginning.
Art & Animation
The art and animations really improved, it was colorful and brighter, and smooth, it was the best of the four seasons, the overall was very good.
The sound was the same, with little changes but still was good.
Finally they developed Louise and Saito, and it was a big improvement, the other characters weren't behind on improvement neither, finally we get to know more a lot of their background, overall it was very good.
The only season that i enjoyed a lot and wanted every season to be like this, because i felt like they restarted and improved everything on a good way, the ending left me wanting more, because they finally are together and trusth eachother and i liked how Louise changed from being the kind of tsundere that i hate to a calm tsundere like Taiga when she was with Ryuuji.
Zero no Tsukaima F was the season that ran out of ideas. If you haven't seen the previous seasons, I would advise not reading this review; I think there will be spoilers.
You see, it's difficult to keep a harem theme going when the protagonist has already chosen the girl he wants to be with. The show however, attempted to overlook this, I suppose, in an effort to remain consistent. They've done this theme for three seasons, a fourth won't hurt. Wrong. Really, they could have stopped the other girls from chasing after Saito at the end of the first season. You know, when he kind
of married Louise the first time?
I watched this season straight after the third one, which worked to its credit; I could tell the art had been amped up. It isn't amazing, but after season three began to disintegrate into bright coloured blocks of colour to represent faces and clothing, it was something of a relief. So art gets a 6.
Oh the story. Well, really, stories. There isn't one thread here; about six seasons worth of viable plot lines are crammed into 12 episodes. "What a cool idea, let's include that... and that... and that." For example, Louise is kidnapped and rescued within the space of two episodes, while a major villain is also destroyed, but not before bringing in plenty of back-story and a little romance. Breathe, people, breathe. That could have been a season right there. The whole production comes off as breathless and cheap as a result; there isn't enough time for emotional investment.
Additionally, emotion manipulation is taken to new and special places. If you've seen earlier seasons, you know that both Saito and Prof Cobalt kick the bucket. Well, sort of. Well, not really. Saito gets rescued by a fairy-elf-thing and I'm not even going to go into how the teacher evades death here. It makes the pixie-nonsense sound sensible. If you are going to kill off a character, please do not reincarnate them without a DAMN good explanation.
Which brings us to the elf-thing, named Tiffania. (I imagine some sort of play on Titania here). Yeah, it says ecchi in the genre. Yes, I know, I shouldn't complain. But I really, really, really loathe fan-service. Maybe cos I'm a girl and I can just see years of feminism going to waste. But I tolerate it; I understand that people like it, despite not quite comprehending why. But the same applies to fan-service as did to character-killing. If you include it, let it serve a purpose and if that's not possible, let it not be the focus of the show. Tiffania has boobs like "melons" and is the show's very own 'perv-object'. She doesn't do anything. Nada. She only makes Louise constantly voice the desire to have larger appendages and acts as an object for Saito to molest. Presumably for comic value. She's built up to be amazingly powerful, but only performs one lame memory-wiping spell.
The characters also have zero motivation to go fetch her from her forest dwelling. Originally, I assumed that dear "hime-sama" wanted her to bring back Wales from the dead. (Again). But she doesn't even ask for that! So remind me why everyone went looking for her...?
Well, I guess the princess had other things on her mind. Namely Saito. They were doing so well, I thought she and Tabitha might actually escape inclusion into "Saito's Pointless Harem". Nope. He's way to irresistible, apparently.
Finally, on the story front, just how many times did they have to pull EXACTLY THE SAME JOKE? You already know, the one where Saito accidentally grabs the boob of an unsuspecting female and Louise yells "Exploshan!". Cue falling pieces of building, etc, etc. Another point, more general - why is there a direct correlation in this (and many other) animes between the size of a girl's breasts and her level of stupidity? Has the brain tissue been sent to that region instead? Story gets a generous 3.
Oh the characters. Saito is generic, insert-yourself-here-average-anime-boy material. Complete with bluish, generic hair and never-say-die attitude, he's dead-centre bland. This season manages to make him dislikeable on top of that.
Why? He cheats. Again. And again. And again. So when he tells Louise for the millionth time that he loves her oh-so-much, it just doesn't hold water. But nevertheless, she forgives him. If he was so mad about her, could he perhaps try not to grope everyone else in the vicinity?
And Louise. Constantly requires Saito to save her and then, the nail in the coffin moment, admits (while naked) that she's "okay if he cheats on her". WTF. She should have dumped him properly the fifth or so time. Not to lay on the moral point to hard, but could the writers of this please try to portray women in a moderately less pathetic light? Character = 1.
It wasn't entirely awful. But it really requires you to turn off all intelligence in order to accept the bullshit it's shovelling down your throat.