Ranked #1046

Zero no Tsukaima

Alternative Titles

English: The Familiar of Zero
Synonyms: Zero's Familiar
Japanese: ゼロの使い魔


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2006 to Sep 25, 2006
Premiered: Summer 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #10462
Popularity: #58
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Louise is a magician at the Tristein Academy, dubbed with the nickname "Zero Louise" due to her inability to effectively use her magic properly, resulting in zero successes. An upcoming test at her academy requires her to summon a familiar, a servant and partner to support her as a magician. Despite desiring a familiar that would be superior to her constantly mocking classmates, Louise ends up summoning Hiraga Saito, your average Japanese boy. Even with Louise and Saito both unwilling to accept each other, they have no choice. Louise cannot attempt another summoning and Saito cannot return to Japan, and so their life together begins. Based on the novel by Noboru Yamaguchi.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Le Blanc de La Vallière, Louise Françoise
Le Blanc de La Vallière, Louise Françoise
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Hiraga, Saito
Hiraga, Saito
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Gotou, Tetsuo
Gotou, Tetsuo
d'Orléans, Charlotte Hélène
d'Orléans, Charlotte Hélène
Inokuchi, Yuka
Inokuchi, Yuka


Iwasaki, Yoshiaki
Iwasaki, Yoshiaki
Takahashi, Tsuyoshi
Takahashi, Tsuyoshi
Sound Director
Suzuki, Youhei
Suzuki, Youhei
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yoshioka, Takao
Yoshioka, Takao
Script, Series Composition

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Louise the Zero
Zero no Louise (ゼロのルイズ)
Jul 3, 2006
2 Commoner Familiar
Heimin no Tsukaima (平民の使い魔)
Jul 10, 2006
3 Feverish Temptation
Binetsu no Yuuwaku (微熱の誘惑)
Jul 17, 2006
4 A Maid's Crisis
Maid no Kiki (メイドの危機)
Jul 24, 2006
5 Tristein's Princess
Tristein no Himegimi (トリステインの姫君)
Jul 31, 2006

Opening Theme

"First kiss" by ICHIKO

Ending Theme

"Honto no Kimochi (ホントノキモチ)" by Kugimiya Rie

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Dec 31, 2014

Do you like Moe? Do you like S&M? Do you like obnoxious female leads? Boy do I have a series for you!

Plot: 3/10

Familiar of Zero is an anime about an ordinary boy named Saito that is forced to be a magical slave to an obnoxious twat that summoned him from Japan to the far away land of extremely generic fantasy Europe. Here he must learn to adapt to his odd new life and learn about the various types of magic users. I am not going to go really in depth with the plot honestly. It soon becomes a very generic harem show and the read more
I found this review Helpful
Jul 23, 2015
Warning: Minor spoilers (that don't really ruin much at all), as you'll see the majority within the first two episodes.

This is a review for all four seasons, posted here to warn you of how much pain you might be coming across. I've watched some pretty bad anime but Zero no Tsukaima and its sequels are very high up. I was spurred to finish it by the suggestion of a friend saying it got better and because I can't stop what I've started. Note - This is my first review and my opinion, think of it as you will.

Story 4/10
Over four seasons half the 50 or read more
I found this review Helpful
Jun 18, 2015
Zero no Tsukaima-- The Familiar of Zero. With a badass name like that, what could go wrong? Awesome action with a really nice romance subplot, now that's what I like in anime. Which isn't what Zero no Tsukaima has. At. All.

Story: 3
To sum up the entire plot in Zero no Tsukaima in one sentence, it would be, "I feel like it'd be a lot better if I was nine." Me, personally, I'm an over analytical prick who over thinks every little thing. But I feel like someone with the IQ of a potato would still find the plot holes in this swiss cheese. To start read more
I found this review Helpful
Aug 7, 2015
I waited too long to watch the entire 4 seasons of Zero no Tsukaima because i just wanted to see the animes with 12 to 14 episodes before the longer ones, i decided to watch it them all fast, that's what i did but don't expect romance since the beginning and that's fine because this is the first season and is reasonable.

Louise is a magician at the Tristein Academy, dubbed with the nickname "Zero Louise" due to her inability to effectively use her magic properly. An upcoming test at her academy requires her to summon a familiar, a servant and partner to support her as read more
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Anime: Shakugan no Shana
Both have Red-haired, tsundere characters who are the lead protagonists, accompanied by a brown-haired powerless male protagonist. Both of them are voiced by the same Voice Actors.

Zero no Tsukaima goes more fantastical, as it is a totally different world set in the medieval ages. ZnT features more of a school environment and a larger cast of side characters. It's also more detailed in expanding its magical universe so you really get a feel of the premise.

In sunmmary, Zero no Tsukaima has more of everything Shakugan no Shana has: Romance, School-life, Ecchi, Magic Rules and Universe, Better Soundtrack, More Side Characters. The  read more 
reportRecommended by cardin
Anime: Toradora!
These two anime are completely different in plot but in characters you can definitely see a similarity... The main characters Ryuji and Taiga have a very interesting relationship.. one of a master and her dog (like Louise and Saito)...
In both anime the characters share a close relationship in which the chibi fearsome female dominates the male...very interesting to watch..
(both females have the same voice actor as well..) 
reportRecommended by sspatel_55
Anime: Dog Days
I am not recomending "Dog Days" to those who like "Zero no Tsukaima", but recomending "Zero no Tsukaima" to those who like "Dog Days". Yes, there have been a lot of comparisons to the two, because they happen to have male main characters summoned to another world, but beyond that, they are two very different series. "Zero no Tsukaima" is better plot wise and uses humor much better, not to mention has really good characters. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
These two share such a similarity! A magic school where a loathed and unpopular female student (who is also a fierce, proud tsundere) stumbles upon a guy, who she makes a magical contract with. It's a story loaded with both ecchi and actual romance, as the two go forth seeking power. 
reportRecommended by DenpaOnna
Anime: Hidan no Aria
The guy in both Anime is accused of being a pervert when he really isn't one or isn't intentionally trying to perv. As for the main female character, she easily becomes jealous, she has a temper and has issues of some kind. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Oda Nobuna no Yabou
-Both feature the male protagonist being transported from present day Japan to an alternate world. In Oda Nobuna, the protagonist is transported back in time to the feudal age of japan. In ZnT, he is transported to another world filled with magic and monsters.

-Both male MCs have strong beliefs and want to protect others.

-The main female lead both have tsundere personalities. In ZnT, she is constantly hitting, scolding, and at odds with the MC. In Oda Nobuna, she has the same traits but the tsundere is turned down a notch.

-Both have a harem feel to it. The harem  read more 
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