Zero no Tsukaima June 4, 2010Posted by coolmikeol in Anime, Manga.
Tags: Louise, magic, Rie Kugimiya, Saito, Satoshi Hino, Zero, Zero no Tsukaima
It’s been a while since I’ve written an anime review, partly because I didn’t have time but mostly due to myself being lazy which I need to work on not being. I really want to write these posts because of the way I feel about the Japanese culture. Anyways, to Zero no Tsukaima.
Zero no Tsukaima or The Familiar of Zero is a romantic comedy set in a magic world apart from Earth. The anime centers around mage and noble Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière and Human commoner and Familiar from Tokyo, Japan, Hiraga Saito. The story starts off with Louise getting ready for a special ritual at the Tristain Academy of Magic that summons a familiar (or protector of sorts) for the rest of their life. Due to her inability to cast any magic in the right kind of way, she is nicknamed Louise the Zero for her success rate and attributes. During the summoning ritual, while all the other mage students summoned mythical creatures to be their familiar for life, Louise summons a human commoner Saito. At first she treats him poorly due to her thinking she just summoned a random person with nothing special, but later finds out (during a battle between Saito and another mage student) that he has the power of Gandalfr, a unique power that allows him to use any item with the intention of being used as a weapon at a high level of skill, also boosting his physical abilities and decreasing his physical damage when wielding the weapon but loses the boost of strength and skill when not holding a weapon, also meaning that he would succumb to any physical damage given to him. The reason why he is a Gandalfr is because a Gandalfr is a familiar who exists to protect a Void Wizard as they cast their spells. His master is Louise and explains why she cannot use normal magic, because her affinity is void magic. The whole series is about these two characters and their friends who encounter many magical battles and romance comedy type gags and stuff.
I’ve been watching some animes that have been voiced by famous seiyuu Rie Kugumiya, like Shakugan no Shana, Hayate no Gotoku, and Toradora!, and so wanted to watch Zero no Tsukaima due to me liking romance comedies and Kugumiya roles. The beginning of the anime was funny but also liked the way how they emphasized the differences between nobles and commoners and used it as a factor in the anime. When Saito battles Guiche, it seems unfair the way Guiche was treating Saito even though technically his status allowed him to. What I loved the most about this battle however is how Saito defeats him to prove that status and class don’t mean anything to him and that it shouldn’t matter at all, as the place Saito is from (the Earth as we know it) does not use class and status to define what a person can or cannot do.
The second season i think is my favorite season on the three because of the ending. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t watched it yet, but it was quite a sad scene and noble one too. The first and third seasons follow close, however the ending of the third season makes me think that they have to make a fourth season because it just seems kind of incomplete, if you know what I mean. The ending of the first two seasons were more ending like while the third season screams “To be continued…”. Only time will tell.
Another thing that I noticed about this anime while watching the first couple of episodes is the voices of both main characters. Of course I know that Louise is Kugumiya, but then listening to Saito, I first thought Satoshi Hino as Sakai Yuji from Shakugan no Shana, and sure enough it was. It’s cool having the same two being the main characters in a different anime. When I think about it now, I know that the third season of Shakugan no Shana is airing sometime later this year and Kugumiya and Satoshi will be working on it. Maybe once they are finished with Shakugan no Shana they will do another season of Zero no Tsukaima?
OK. Overall this anime is definitely another one of my favorites. I do hope for another season of Zero no Tsukaima but maybe as the last one for the series. A couple of things about the anime I don’t like too much is how Louise keeps on being super mean master to super emotional and love struck to Saito. It’s a bit much for me, and wishes sometimes that she be a bit more clear on what she wants from him in order to avoid some of these extreme changes in her mood (though as a tsundere character that’s expected).