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Zero no Tsukaima

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.711 (scored by 149066 users)
Ranked: #9962
Popularity: #51
Members: 235,407
Favorites: 4,258
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comedy ecchi fantasy magic romance


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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Adaptation: Zero no Tsukaima
Sequel: Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi

Characters & Voice Actors

Gotou, Tetsuo
Gotou, Tetsuo
Hiraga, Saito
Hiraga, Saito
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Le Blanc de La Vallière, Louise Françoise
Le Blanc de La Vallière, Louise Françoise
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui


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

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Episodes  0 / 13
Aired  Jul 3, 2006 to Sep 25, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Apr 14, 2008
I decided to watch Zero no Tsukaima because I wanted a leave-your-brain-out-of-the-equation sort of show, one I could sit back and watch without worrying about a negative outcome or depressing and/or disturbing complications. (Yes, for all my talk about artistic integrity and such, I do watch things for pure and simple fun sometimes.) Zero has most of that, but only to a point, and in the end I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of depth this show manages to pull out of nowhere. I went in expecting another Nanoha, or the first season of Shakugan no Shana all over again, and what I got read more
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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
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Yesterday, 4:51 PM
Funny episodes but the overall storyline was too predictable.

I'm sure the creators intentions were for this anime to be light-hearted and straight forward. But the plot was too predictable for my taste. For the fantasy + magic genre, you'd generally expect something from the plot line. I put the series on hold at episode 9 because I got fed up with how obvious everything was. Overall, this is a good tsundere rom-com if you're not interested in a complicated storyline.
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Apr 14, 2013
This is my second review of an anime series. Please spare me. xD;
I don't do many reviews on shows but I would like to review on this one. Since this series touched me a lot and its my childhood. :P

One of the series that expanded my variety of anime after Inuyasha and Shana.


You have Louise, your mage that possess terrible magic and a boy that came from another world. He has to deal with the customs in Louise's world and has to face many obstacles; and with war, I'm not gonna spoil. Or I will try not too.
This series is a comedy, so it read more
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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
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
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
Very similar feel but not exactly like each other. Although Seirei Tsukai isn't as good as Zero no Tsukaima, both have very similar genre and involves a guy who's strong and starting a harem. 
reportRecommended by Aleron
-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 
reportRecommended by Dendritic
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

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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