Hello there. This is review number twenty seven and I’ll be reviewing an anime that represented my college life a bit. There were three anime that I enjoyed watching when I was in college and they have a pretty neat backstory with them. They are Ghost Hunt, Welcome to the NHK and Zero no Tsuikama. Zero was an anime I asked a girl to watch because she was a comic book fan and keeps dissing anime. I told her to try it and tell me later if she hates it. She didn’t, she lighted up like a light bulb asking me for more anime. I had a crush on this girl so if she becomes Otaku, we can be closer and I can ask her out.
Life isn’t as rose colored as anime said it would be. She joined the college anime club and completely forgot about me. She’s now a cosplayer and a pretty popular one too. Ugh. F*cking story of my life. So yeah, Zero no Tsukaima was an anime close to me that taught me that you can’t pick up girls with anime. -__-
This is the final season of Zero no Tsukaima. The last time we’ll see Saito and Louise and all great people of this Harry Potter-esque anime. It is twelve episodes long. Let’s read on.
This is the fourth and final season of The Familiar of Zero. Saito and Louise feel their bond deepening as the days go on, and they feel it might be time to take the next step in their relationship… But before that, the Queen has a mission for them. She sends them to the pope, who has both Louise and Tiffania become holy maidens. And with all the interruptions around, by both friends and foes, Louise and Saito’s love will be tested to the limit.
Taking the Pants Off
The fourth season of Zero no Tsukaima was a bit hot and cold for me. While it was nostalgia that made me pick up the anime, I had a hard time enjoying it. I’m not saying that the season is bad. No, it’s actually a nice addition to the series and a wonderful way to end it. The problem is that the plot was a bit rushed. The anime is twelve episodes long and it had four separate arcs in it. Four episodes were dedicated to mindless flirting and romantic scenes. Can you imagine how many episode the actual arcs was given? They were too short. It felt like the anime just crammed as much as possible in the story to make the series work. Some arcs were just too fast for anything to happen. I wandered off at some of the episodes because they weren’t really interesting. The arcs are predictable and when you try to enjoy it, it’s already over. Ultimately, the arcs are just a set up for the ending which is really what people wanted to see.
The first three arcs was about introducing some characters and developing some characters a bit more so they’ll be familiar when the final arc approaches. Every character from the old ones to the new ones was present at the final arc. It was the best part of the series and the only thing I actually enjoyed. The first three arcs were a bit hollow. It’s alright because the ending was satisfying.
There is no more character development in the old characters. They were already familiar faces and their personality was still present in the anime. The new characters aren’t really that memorable. Some are just the same archetype we’ve seen in a lot of anime and they weren’t given much importance because of the fast pacing. They were important for their individual stories but not really that interesting. I didn’t really expect the anime to introduce new characters. I was hoping they present one important story and they build it up until the end. They kind of fumbled hard on that one. It made me realize that the series had nothing more to offer and it just needed to end.
The romantic scenes between Saito and Louise were nice to see. The interaction between the two is something I really missed and their kissing scenes were really the best. The anime had a gag of having Saito and Louise in a private room and when they start getting more intimate; someone barges in and interrupts them. It was funny the first time because Louise would go tsundere and try to kill Saito. They used it atleast five times and it just wasn’t that funny after the third time. I do love the scenes where Saito would make Louise say weird things for his enjoyment. “I’m a little Lemon.” Oh god, I love it.
We all know Saito will end up with Louise but the anime still kept its harem element. Some of the girls in the series started getting aggressive trying to get Saito’s affection. Three seasons has already gone by so I don’t think the anime will be incomplete without the harem. It was out of place seeing the princess and Tabitha try to get Saito’s affection. It’s obvious he’ll end up with Louise so dedicating some time for useless harem and ecchi is just stupid. They could’ve used that to expand the arcs and slip in some ecchi or harem aspect in the arcs but they went with full on mindless four girls liking a guy.
The villains are forgettable. Just like the arcs, they were rushed and there was no real danger in the first arcs. The story is so predictable that you know that the villains will just die in the end. The final villain also just appeared and they expected the audience to just go along with it. I don’t care if they were fighting Godzilla, without a good build up and some hype, the battles are just hollow. Just like the rest of the anime.
Like I said before, I watched this for the ending and I am guessing you’ve already seen the first three seasons so you’re also in it for the conclusion. The ending was really nice and it was worthy of an ending for an anime that ran for so long. It could’ve been better with more episodes like 24 or so and they could’ve tried to avoid predictable plot points but it was a great ending nonetheless.
Sight and Sound
The animation is pretty plain. There was nothing worth noting in terms of animation. JC Staff just presented their typical production value and it was alright. People are already aware of the animation after watching three seasons prior so it was acceptable. The fight scenes aren’t that impressive as well. It provided nothing to the anime. It was just a tool to move the anime along.
The opening song was prefect. It reminds me of the opening song back in season one. “I’ll Be There For You” by ICHIKO really suits the anime pretty nicely. The ending song was a bit different though. It was sang by Louise and I really hate her voice. So the ending was a bit painful for me. The ending sequence was really cute though. Who doesn’t love watching Louise practice kissing a pillow?
3/10 “A decent conclusion for a beloved anime.”
I came to watch the conclusion of an anime that I really love. The story was a bit convoluted and the pacing was fast but the ending was great. So if you’re curious how Zero no Tsuikama end then you’ll enjoy this anime.