While engaged in the manly task of laundry, I chanced upon ep 5 of ZnT3 on the local channel – my 2nd time catching the only episode I’m seen of ZnT3. While there was the usual uninspiring harem hijinks, I was mildly surprised at the sweet moments shared by Saito and Louise at the haunted dolls mansion (Of course I also relished the earlier scenes of Tabita but that’s another tale.) and saw a spark of the magic that was Season 1 which set me wondering
I’m not sure how most view the ZnT franchise but it was akin to Mahoromatic or Da Capo IF for this tanuki – Absolutely LOVED part 1 but am been going through psycho-somatic treatment to forget part 2. ZnT for me is all about Louise and Saito. The wars, parallel worlds and even, yes EVEN the fantabulous haremettes are present to contribute to their love story. Season 1 was focused and managed to weave this main thrust into every ep in the midst of delivering a coherent story, dispensing good harem fun and dishing out endearing characters. I love Season 1 because it was a simple but well-told love story with loving-crafted bishoujos.
Season 2 inherited very little of its predecessor. Uninspiring harem situations, emphasis on side characters the viewers did not care for and most devastating of all, the shabby treatment of the key Saito/Louise relationship dealt a deathblow to my 2D ranking of ZnT. Many would point out that the final 2 eps were actually passable. But this also tells us that the production team was capable of quality which they did not apply to most of the season.
Coming back to Season 3. I have avoided the 3rd season because I know a bad season would leave such a bitter taste that I’d never be able to wash it out with the esteemed Season 1. But I’ve been heartened by what I saw this evening. Should I give ZnT3 a chance? Does the Saito-Louise relationship go anywhere this season? Would I think less of any of the characters if I pursued S3? (I loved Siesta a great deal less after Season 2 since she resorted to dishonourable means to win Saito.) Or would I burn my Louise figures after that?
Would appreciate if those who have seen all 3 seasons shed some light without divulging too much.