How disappointing. One of the best series turned into a cheesy tweenage harem romance. It started out strong, with a good dose of sexual humor to lighten the mood and reacquaint viewers with the main characters, along with their uncanny ability to fall into questionable perverted moments. If real life could have even half the awkward boob grab moments in this series, boys would hit puberty around the age of 8.
So this series picks off where the last one left. The imposter king of Gallia plots to destroy Romalia or whatever the name was of that city. Saito, Liouse, and the rest must stop his evil plans. A pretty basic fairytale story. However, the previous seasons were able to expertly manipulate the situation to make it unpredictable and often hilarious. With perverted humor properly placed throughout the previous seasons, amazing twists, a decent plot, introduction of modern technology, and good fight scenes, they really left the viewer begging for more. Unfortunately ZnT F has none of those. The storyline is downright childish, twists not only predictable but expected, the characters have suddenly lost 40-50 points off their IQ and fight scenes are equivalent to two chimps going at each other with clubs.
Actually, with everything taken into consideration, it seems like the story was simply thrown out the window for this season. Instead it was decided by the higher ups to make this into one of the most cliche, awkward and cheesy harem romances ever to hit the interne...i mean DVDs (down with pirating!! *cough* *cough*). I mean, there are like 7 girls, 2 of them freaking royalty, and yet they just can get enough of our over-passionate, brainless Saito. That guy actually acted like a real guy would in the previous seasons, but now he turned into those dumbass harem protagonists like the ones seen in "Shuffle" and "This ugly yet beautiful world." All the girls are simply dying for his affection, which kind of is justified by the previous seasons but becomes unrealistic very fast.
My main problem with this season is that it over-uses the "i've been kidnapped" cliche. Nearly every episode revolves around either one of the girls being kidnapped and Saito prancing around like a fool trying to rescue them.
The animation was one of the redeeming qualities of this season. They did improve the level of detail and focused on character design and environmental/magic effects. The background still remained pretty bland and undeserving of attention. Nor did the creativity of the magic attacks.
One point to note, the animation while being improved from previous versions, still sucks. And it completely fell apart by the last episode. There was a certain scene in the last episode which was just so horrible that comparatively, stick figures have more depth and colors. They rushed it, and it is fairly obvious...
The sound is mainly orchestral and it fits the theme of this series pretty well. It compliments the medieval fantasy tone of the area. However it is pretty generic and quickly fades into the background almost to the point where you won't notice when it begins to play and when it stops. Sound effects were done better though and had a positive effect, mainly during the awkward "accidental" groping scenes but positive nonetheless.
The characters were effectively murdered. The girls lost all aspects of a multidimensional personality and instead were forced to mold into the love struck tsundere airhead cast. Saito turned into a generic male harem lead and everyone else could have simply been leaves in the wind. I mean the producers didn't even bother giving many of the background characters faces. The horses the main characters rode were given more focus than most humans. When you have a queen and a princess of two different nations stalking...yes STALKING a pervert of a guy, you know one of the producers is 60 and still single. Did i mention cat fights erupt over who gets to sleep beside Saito? Even the maid joins in on the fun... b*tch slapping her mistress, royal princesses and everyone in between just so she can feel her breasts press against Saito's tweenage body.
There is nothing left to say about just how much the characters deteriorated. it hurts for me to go on...
Seeing that it will only be die hard fans who will reach this fourth season, i recommend going along with it. This season will provide conclusions for the series, and all of us have been waiting for a year and a half for this season to come out so why not? It still does have humor and some decent moments but do not expect the level of quality the previous seasons had. Furthermore the series concludes in a insanely ridiculous manner, somewhere along the lines of a "wtf how?" Watch it for the conclusions that are made and nothing else.
Replying to FadeToBlack91: I seriously wish i could analyse it deeper, however, there was no "deeper" to go. The anime was shallow, bland and badly put together. What it wanted to give its viewers was a season of awkward boob grabs and other fanservice with absolutly no story driving the characters. Pokemon episodes tend to have better stories than this whole season put together. As a Romance title it deteriorated greatly, probably due to the fact that the love between the main characters became unrealistic.
I would like someone, ANYONE to give me a logical explanation of the ending. There is no way in hell what happened could have happened at all, and I DARE you to say it was because of "the power of love"...I bloody DOUBLE DARE you. It pisses me off to no end.
I dont understand where all the hate comes from, and i dont understand why some people say this season killed the franchise... ITS SUPPOSED TO KILL THE FRANCHISE, its the last season with an ending that really is one!
It doenst happen very often with animes that tend to be 12 Eposides per Season so im Really glad that there is a "real" ending to it so i can close the chapter and move on, to many animes just left the whole plot open and werent produced anymore.
For me this has become on of my favorites and its the FIRST anime i saw Subbed (only watched dub before) because there was no other way after season 1.
People tend to say this Season has become just another Harem style boring ****, truth is the entire Series build up to this season and some thing were even ovios to happen. If you are the hero that saves the world day after day of course wimen will fall for you.
About the Story, the beginning has pretty few action scenes in it but its nice because it shows character progression and a more private side to it, you cant get emotionally attached to a charactzer if you dont share thier fellings. From the mid on the real action started, and i need to say stealing a F-2 Mitsubishi and killing a giant dragon with it is far from boring in my book.
Also the fact that Saito always kept true to his "Master" and in the end even married her if for me not really a harem this anime reminded me from the sotry much more to Sword art online than Highschool DxD (altough i live them both)
I have to say thank you for this anime and this season it showed me that watching subbed anime can be awesome and it showed me that there are some great endings with anime!
Now, beeing done with it, i feel empty and continue with the hope to find such a glorius masterpiece again some day, to feast my eyes on :-D
Zero no Tsukaima F.
The Familiar of Zero F.
I actually had realistic hopes for the final season. Especially since the first 2 episodes were reasonably solid despite the fan service. But this season managed to teach me otherwise.
My conclusion is now as follows. It's a perfect example of descending quality that was pretty weak in the beginning anyway. Season 1 was clearly the best here and it has lost more and more. I can't decide whether season 3 or 4 can now symbolize the worst of the series.
The course of this season was a little different. Compared to the others, this season has had a solid first 2 episodes, whereas it got worse and worse until the end. The closing episodes of this season were therefore also the worst. Whereby it was exactly the other way around with the other seasons.
Besides that, I think it's impressive that this season has managed to make the others seem completely irrelevant. By 1. The antagonist "King Joseph" received a completely irrelevant conclusion and almost looked like a side character. And 2. the implementation of the prophecy regarding the "magician of the void" has been an abysmal joke.
Story episodes - fan service - even more fan service> a minor event -> you suddenly see Tiffa's nipples ( the anime suddenly need it? -> final boss spawns completely without context and meaningless -> finale begins -> a plot Armor after the other> end.
To be honest, I found it impressive and sad at the same time how massive the last episode was and the main thing was that something was brought to the table. They didn't even bother to explain anything and practically had the characters say "I don't know how and why, but the main thing is that it worked" - very aptly, honestly, that's how I felt for 4 seasons.
Basically very disappointing. Just like the other seasons, had those moments that actually weren't bad. Likewise, approaches could have been expanded better.
You will certainly remember King Joseph, who was involved in all events between seasons 1-3. And also of the prophecy of the magicians of the void. Well nothing was made of it. Not only that Joseph had a completely irrelevant finale, which made all his previous actions appear like filler episodes. No, the prophecy was a bad joke too. Likewise the final fight and the conclusion. To be honest, I can hardly say anything about this, I lack words to describe it.
I don't know if the novel / manga had a different flow and was changed by the studio, but I really hope so.
Animation / images
No significant or positive changes, remained the same level as with the predecessors. Apart from the fact that the first episode had a slightly improved animation style. With Tiffa's breasts, however, they have cut their budget unprecedented.
In the whole season there was one scene that actually made me proud. It was Louis's decision and mindset regarding Episode 11 and its plot. Completely understandable and I like the way she acted. It was by far her greatest highlight.
Otherwise nothing has changed. The characters remained monotonous. There were still characters that I personally found likeable. Like Guiche, Kirche and ... even Tiffa, as long as she wasn't abused for her hardcore fan service again. Unfortunately, the character jokes remained enormously monotonous and offered no variety. The same thing was chewed on over and over again, just as in dialogues.
At least 20x the same relationship problems between Saito and Louise with no real results. Saito makes out with other women, Louise gets angry, Saito gets angry (expresses amusing comedy scene irony) and follows the relationship crash.
The new characters that you also see in the intro were completely irrelevant. By the end, they raised more questions than they could answer.
To be honest, I find it a bit disappointing that the fairly solid Osts from Seasons 1 and 2 have so rarely been reused. One has often inserted into the alleged main scenes, quite monotonous East, which the scenes could hardly underline. Then I should have played the intro song more often as they did in episode 12, would have had at least influenced the atmosphere a little more positively. As a kind of puzzle / minigame theme that is inserted into character deaths.
You can look at this title, but you shouldn't have any expectations. Let alone, if you didn't like the first season, you should generally keep your hands off it.
Had this work landed in more capable hands, one could have created a very worth seeing anime from the setting and the plot.
I REALLY REALLY LOVE IT!
every season has its own story and it's never boring, like in every episode something has to happen!
And the ending is happy so that it self is a thing! Ahhhhh!! Can't stop loving it!
If you watched the third season( princess no rondo) you know that SAITO died in the war, and has been revived by a fairy. This season introduces the fairy, who's actually half an elf and called Tiffania, who also tends to be a void Mage. With that being said, many things will occur needing void magic. And also, there is a lot of funny/sexual scenes. They are mainly about boobs since LOUSIE is flat chested. And ah! The queen Henrietta develops feelings for someone.. I don't want to spoil the entire thing for you, but if you like happy endings, WATCH IT!
I really like this anime alot and is really sucks that this is the final season :'""""( so the only way i will be satifed with the ending if they finally get married if they dont i will be very disapointed like the ending of 5cm per second