A grim tone introduces Episode 11 of Pretear, as Awayuki town is plastered with missing posters of a certain tulip-headed girl missing for three days. That's Himeno the Pretear and Princess of Light, who after the disaster in the Leafe Knights' home of Leafenia, is conducting scattered attacks against demon larvae on Earth. However, Mawata, her stepsister, is on the verge of mental collapse.
Part of the problem is that Mawata had kept all her frustrations and pain inside. Her mother, Natsue, assumed that everything was all right, that Mawata really had it together. All in all, the whole family is clueless to her suffering. But keeping her pain bottled up only goes so far, and finally Mawata lashes out: "You're not my family! You're just strangers living in the same house. I wanted to cry but I couldn't. Nobody knew how lonely I was, how sad I was. No one tried to understand. Ever since Father left me, I was always always alone!" Fenrir and her new servant, the ex-Leafe Knight, then complete Mawata's mental destruction. "Free from everything which made you suffer. Your heart smeared in despair will become a shell which shall protect you from this tainted world of humans." Mawata then becomes the core of the Great Tree of Fenrir, which erupts from the Earth, its source of power being the deep loneliness and despair of those who have lost loved ones.
The battle is fought on three fronts. Mannen, Shin, and Hajime, the three child Knights, fight off the larvae in the city while helping the population to evacuate. Go and Kei fight the larvae in the ruins of the Awayuki mansion, while Hayate takes on Fenrir's new right-hand. And the Awayuki family, finally realizing what Mawata had been going through, are united in trying to rescue her.
"The world which wounded me and made me suffer will soon crumble. Soon, no one will get hurt or suffer, nor love..." For a long time, that was something I wished, for everything to be over so I would never be hurt. However, our brave Tuliphead-I mean Himeno, confronts Fenrir, countering the Princess's argument of never being hurt. "Anyone can hurt someone else as long as they're alive. But if you're scared of that, you can't trust anyone. Even family and friends. There are times when you hurt each other, but they believe in each other, so they can start over and over again." Himeno also hits it on the head in saying that Takako doesn't want to be the Princess of Despair, and being that hasn't helped her, as she's still suffering.
The concept of the White Pretear has a Christ-like similarity, of someone sacrificing herself to defeat despair by forgiving everyone their sins. Yoko Ishida's opening theme is titled "White Destiny" and mentions "the snow of happiness falling over the world," something also created by the White Pretear.
Villain though she is, Fenrir does have a cool scene in which she enters the Awayuki estate. When Mayune demands who she is, Fenrir coolly walks past her, leaving behind a trail of black. And from the black, emerge those cuddly demon larvae (ha ha) that have terrorized Earth. Mayune totally freaks out and runs away screaming. Given the brat that she is, Fenrir scores points for scaring her.
So how does it end? Will the Knights defeat Fenrir and save the world? Will Hayate and Himeno end up together? And will Mawata be rescued?
As a whole, the series tries to encompass preserving the Earth and life from destruction, choosing hope over despair, and learning to trust despite being hurt. What it lacks in brains it more than makes up for in heart, though there are times its shojo audience is apparent. Not bad for its kind, telling the story in 13 episodes without any lag or filler.