Mar 11, 2012

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Zero no Tsukaima F episode 10

Ah Hadena, yet another reliable group. Their releases are almost always on schedule and are pretty darn accurate. They are very good indeed. I wish I could say the same thing about this episode. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching it, but things happened, things that I’m not really happy with.

The episode starts out with yet another morbid scene. It seems that something wiped out an entire city. That’s when Saito’s new enemy revealed itself. He and his friends will now have to face an incredibly powerful and evil dragon that goes by the name of “Ancient Dragon”. It is said, apparently, that this dragon has come to destroy the world by incinerating everything and everyone. Information about this creature has been labelled as a myth, seeing as it has never been proven, so now they will have to find a way to defeat a living legend that’s about to destroy the world as they know it. Sigh… Another enemy appears and what happens? That’s right, just rely on poor ‘ol Saito, he’ll never say no anyway…

The one thing that pissed me off most was the Pope. He is supposed to be this divine being that brings people messages from ‘god’. Why is it that he was capable of asking for Saito’s help like that, knowing that his life force will rapidly diminish by using that power, without telling him the truth about the consequences? I wouldn’t call that a Pope, let alone a good person. Hell, how is that even different than murder?

I couldn’t even believe that Saito actually helped him after Louise told him about the consequences. He helped him without any hesitation. That’s not noble or brave, that’s just plain stupid and reckless. A person always has a choice, always, and Saito definitely made the wrong one. Still, I did like it when that Pope got gobbled up by that dragon. I don’t care if that makes me a bad person. I won’t deny that it put a smile on my face.

However, there’s only one real reason why I didn’t like this episode as much as I could have; my favourite character died. Derflinger has always been my favourite character on this show, ever since he first made his debut in the first season. That crazy magical sword has always managed to amuse me, so it’s sad to see him go like that. He died a hero’s death though, not that I would expect any less from Derflinger. Rest in peace my rusty old friend.

Sigh… I don’t see how the gang is going to beat this dragon. The Pope is most likely dead, Saito lost his faithful companion and wasted a lot of life force on the Pope’s failed attempt to nullify the dragon’s magic barrier, so what is left? I only see one way where Saito and his friends may stand a chance, and that is if Saito were to use that plane he found during his time with the elves. Besides, why else would they have shown us those scenes if that plane isn’t going to be used?  I guess we’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

Zero no Tsukaima F episode 10 screencaps

  1. http://www.whiners.pro/2012/01/the-horrors-of-helping-hadena/

    I loved this episode, because it actually made me feel for the charcters again. I could also literally see the show getting back on the tracks and heading down the tracks full speed again like in season 2.

    Also Hedena’s translations are HORRIFIC, I question pretty much anything you have to say if you think they are accurate let alone readable (I run my own group) I would love to post the review of episode 2 that listed the top 20 mistakes that they made in 1 episode. along with honorable mentions.

    • GameDemon says:

      I personally never had any actual problems with Hadena. Their stuff is always in-sync, fully subbed and pretty early. Sure, I too, despite my lacking Japanese, noticed that there were some irregularities in their subs every now and then.

      However, keep in mind that this is a free service that they provide us with. I don’t think that we are in any position to complain about their accuracy when most of the leechers aren’t even donating. Period.

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