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Last episode for Grimoire of Zero. Call me crazy, but I liked the show. In anime conversations about lovable protagonist duos, I may come to reference the little witch and her tiger. I won’t remember the rocky animation or the awful plot flow. I will have no recollection of the unnamed big-boobs antagonist since the anime industry will bring me too many boobs for my own sake. I won’t even care about the info dumps and the world, Wenias was it?
This was the last time the Grimoire of Zero closed its pages in the anime version, and I still think this was a marketing season (BUY THE LIGHT NOVEL) but at least it was an anime I enjoyed.
I haven’t forgotten the episode title, in case you were wondering. It is the same as the series so Grimoire of Zero Episode 12: Grimoire of Zero felt odd.
Japanese Title: ゼロから始める魔法の書
I’ve said it before that Grimoire of Zero would have worked a lot better as a two-hour anime movie. Many of the things that felt unconnected in the anime, like the whole diversity thing and the political differences between the witches and the kingdom, are more coherent in the light novel on which the anime was based.
I still can’t believe Zero’s elder brother started a war because HE THOUGHT Zero wanted to reign over the kingdom. This is not how you create a plausible antagonist. Thirteen had all the elements of a good villain but what he lacked was a raison d’être.
I could feel at moments that Thirteen didn’t want to hurt Zero and that their relationship was ambiguous but that didn’t justify the rest of the plot. The last battle didn’t help in patching up the story, as a decade (was it a decade?) of hate was reduced to a festival of peace.
The episode was full of cute moments: Albus’s kiss, Zero’s infatuation with Mercenary, Thirteen burning at the stake only to come down the hidden stairs as though he was part of a magician’s show (oh wait…). And these moments were all that mattered. If we try to explain how magic went away, if they still have a magic, what the frak is that magic academy and all the other loose plot ends, we will upset a delicate balance that can only be achieved by NOT dwelling into these details.
If we must, let’s keep this from Grimoire of Zero: two lovable protagonists went through hell to achieve something and now they go on to more adventures to achieve more of that something.
King, the unsung hero: We may have seen him once or twice in the whole series, but his unquestioned bravery to stay in his kingdom like a captain stays with his sinking ship brought a few tears to my eyes. Ok, I am kidding. Of course, it didn’t. Kill the king.
Boobs, the unsung antagonist: Really, I think that magician was put there just for the fan service.
Ritual: It is a common trope in fantasy narratives to have the casters of very important rituals defenseless for the duration of the chanting. A very recent example is Schierke in Berserk. Usually, the one responsible for the wizard’s protection is someone who is insanely strong and will take armies by himself, a team who hasn’t yet proven it can work as one, or a fear-stricken hero who will, at last, prove that he is capable.
If you are reading my reviews, then you already know how pedantic I get with the post-credits scene. I am a firm believer that even if we don’t know Japanese (most of us don’t) it is our sacred duty as anime fans to sit through the credits.
These people are going through a lot to create these series.
We owe them at least that much.
But it’s not only a matter of principles. Not all anime have post-credit scenes. And not all anime waste those few extra seconds in a preview. In this last episode of Grimoire of Zero, the post-credits scene was a sum of everything that went well with the series, and that was the chemistry between the unnamed protagonists (in case you didn’t notice, we are still calling them by their nicknames, Zero and Mercenary). Now that the fight is over, our duo is off to new adventures. I could think of the moment as the ‘buy the novels’ scene, but it was so much more than that. It was a testament to a bond that only a girl like Zero and a brute like Mercenary could develop. They are a team and they will continue being a team for as long as the original creator wants them to be a team. He loves them too much to let them go.
The essence of this light novel adaptation lay in the relationship between Zero and Mercenary. The rest of the cast had their own moments of glory and the show rushed to give us a fitting conclusion that promised more adventures.
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