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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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.731 (scored by 140090 users)
Ranked: #9402
Popularity: #51
Members: 219,953
Favorites: 4,097
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Popular Tags

comedy ecchi fantasy magic romance

Synopsis

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.

Related Anime

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Derflinger
Derflinger
Main
Gotou, Tetsuo
Japanese
Gotou, Tetsuo
Tang, Kaiji
English
Tang, Kaiji
...
Hiraga, Saito
Hiraga, Saito
Main
Hino, Satoshi
Japanese
Hino, Satoshi
Meza, Jonathan
English
Meza, Jonathan
...
Le Blanc de La Vallière, Louise Françoise
Le Blanc de La Vallière, Louise Françoise
Main
Kugimiya, Rie
Japanese
Kugimiya, Rie
Valenzuela, Cristina
English
Valenzuela, Cristina
...
Siesta
Siesta
Supporting
Horie, Yui
Japanese
Horie, Yui
Huynh, Xanthe
English
Huynh, Xanthe

Staff

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



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Dec 31, 2014
literaturenerd
Overview:

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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May 1, 2013
Karpman
Zero no Tsukaima should be an enjoyable action anime based in a majestically magical world, sadly it executes the premise horrendously, clinging to repetitive comedy and a subpar plot. The characters were written poorly; this is evidenced by their shallow nature and monotonous interaction, of which Saito and Louise are the worst offenders.

So, Zero no Tsukaima (after this abbreviated as ZnT) has a premise of a modern Japanese boy who ends up in a fantasy world after being summoned by her master, who happens to be a young, petite girl, with a fiery attitude. And with these two not getting along too well, this should read more
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Apr 14, 2008
Pontifus
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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Apr 8, 2009
Splitter
This one's gonna hurt, folks. My lowest review yet, but you should expect that from a series that capitalizes entirely on cliches without an ounce of originality or effort in any single field. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Zero no Tsukaima.

Getting the technical bits out of the way, Zero no Tsukaima was average in audio and visual. No memorable BGM, forgettable OP, and an irritating ED, but the performances were rather pleasing in some cases. Rie Kugimiya plays the standard tsundere role well, but shines better in scenes where she's interacting with someone that isn't Saito, where her other sides become more apparent, such read more
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Recommendations

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 only thing it doesn't have is Action, which can be a huge-turnoff, so prepare yourself to focus more on the above mentioned factors instead.

I hugely recommend anyone who loves tsundere romance fantasy to watch Zero no Tsukaima. You can't go wrong with one of the 4 Tsundere Wonders.
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..)
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.
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.
If at any point through the 50+ eps of ZnT you got bored, you might wanna check out Oda Nobuna - the concept's kinda similar, but Oda is much more intense and has no filler-like slowdowns...

...and if Oda Nobuna no Yabou leaves you craving for more, there's this pretty good 4-season show called Zero no Tsukaima that has a lot in common and is really worth watching :)
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.

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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