Random Musings on Shakugan no Shana III and Zero no Tsukaima F
Produced by J.C Staffs, Shana and Zero no Tsukaima had been one of the more popular franchises. Back then in 2006, both the shows rocked the anime world and turns the world into Shana/Louise fanatical mayhem. Now, both of these J.C Staff powerhouses had come to an end, as we all know, all good things won’t last forever. As of 2012,
which is ironically the year signifying the end of the world, both franchises had ended with their respective final seasons.
However, does both of these final seasons live up to their expectations? Some may answer yes, some no, and some is completely disappointed, considering them a waste of time. Let’s have a look some of my thoughts for both the final seasons (not a proper review, just some random opinions of mine). Please be warned that there might be spoilers, though I’m pretty late posting this so you should be fine I guess.
For the former, Shakugan no Shana III, the most problematic flaw is that as a whole, the show has no substance. The pacing for example, moves too quick, so quick that it at the end, doesn’t leave any impact at all. There are also too many characters, all introduced very hastily. New Flame Hazes like Sale and Chiara, new Crimson Lords, new Denizens and so on. For Flame Hazes, each of them also have their own respective titles, and it is pretty much impossible to remember all of them. There is no impact whatsoever in the story which the anime was trying to present.
Another thing would be the main characters, or more specifically Sakai Yuji. Everything he did, is completely roundabout. There might be alternative ways to what Yuji is trying to achieve, but he decided to forsake everything and fights the one he loves. In Shana II, he was depicted as an intelligent being, but ironically, I don’t feel any brilliance with his plan in Shana III. Speaking of which, the romance part isn’t even that much developed, it moves unstably too quick. In Shana II’s ending, we didn’t get to see a clear decision by Yuji and by episode 1 of Shana III, he’s already gone, preparing for his big evil come back.
Shana, on the other hand had a great development as a character, by comparing season 1 to 3, her change as a character is extraordinary. Some of the new characters also kick ass, like Rebecca and Southvalley, as for the rest… hmmm… meh. There are also a lot of puzzling things happened for some characters, for example, most non-light novel readers will probably be confused why Lamies, the old man Denizen, would suddenly transform briefly into a young girl.
Ultimately though, I still enjoyed Shana III, not to the level of enjoyment season 1 and 2 was able to bring to me, but still on somehow acceptable levels, I guess the ending for it played a big part, since it is at least quite satisfying. I wonder what would happen if they managed to extend Shana to a season four though? It’s ironic, but watching so much battles in Shana III made me miss the “slice-of-life” moments during the first half of Shana II.
As for Zero no Tsukaima F, it’s quite decent. If you had been catching up with past seasons, then ZnT F would be nothing special. A steamy confession, stuff happens, a misunderstanding, some whips, and some explosions. It’s surprising Saito is still alive after all those onslaught, he must be one hell of a masochist, even besting Sado Taro of MM!
It’s amazing how Saito’s harem keep on growing though, a new one was added during the near end of season 3, which was Tabitha, and in season 4, the big busty Tifania was added in too. Does Saito really prefers small breasts? I doubt so. Tifa is nice though, I like how she is so timid and reserved.
Anyhow, Saito is one of the best harem lead characters in my opinion, and it is no wonder so many girls fawn on him. He is gallant, straightforward, protective and even open-minded, in a pervy and non-pervy way. Unlike Yuji, whom is quite hard to relate to his change of character, it is more easier to relate to Saito. It is easier sympathize with Saito’s sudden change in surroundings in season one, as he slowly worked his way up in the new world, ultimately leading him to the Saito of now we all come and love.
And hooray for lemon-chan.
The ending is satisfying too, but may come off as kinda cliche. I like how Louise was brought to Saito’s world, it seems she was able to do so by the ending without the help of Lifdrasir’s powers. At the end, Louise was brought to Saito’s home, probably to introduce Saito’s new wifey.
As standalone, both Shakugan no Shana III and Zero no Tsukaima F may be a bit disappointing, but they are not totally horrible shows. But both franchises as a whole respectively, had been one massive enjoyable ride. Now that these two had ended, I may had to rely on To Aru Majutsu no Index for my main source of J.C Staff fanaticism.
Here is, in a consecutive order, my favorite seasons for both Shakugan no Shana III and Zero no Tsukaima F:
Shakugan no Shana – 2, 1, 3
(I may be one of the very rare people who actually like season 2..)
Zero no Tsukaima – 2, 1, 4, 3
(Saito’s sacrifice in fending off hordes of armies at the end is remarkable :D)