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Discontinued Light Novel Series 'Zero no Tsukaima' Resumes

by Sakana-san
Jun 26, 2015 5:17 AM | 71 Comments
Popular light novel series Zero no Tsukaima by now-deceased Noboru Yamaguchi has been announced to resume until completion. Publisher Media Factory will continue the light novel's publication in its MF Bunko J imprint.

Noboru Yamaguchi died in 2013 at the age of 41, after more than two years of fighting cancer. The remaining plot and ending of the series were assigned to the series' editors by Yamaguchi on his sickbed.

Noboru Yamaguchi began writing Zero no Tsukaima in 2004 with illustrations by Eiji Usatsuka. It was discontinued in 2011 with 20 volumes out of 22 planned volumes due to the surgery and treatment for his illness.

A manga adaptation of the light novel by Nana Mochizuki began serialization in seinen magazine Comic Alive in June 2006, and it ended on October 2009 with seven volumes.

Zero no Tsukaima previously received four TV anime adaptations and two specials. It also received three visual novels for PS2.

The light novel was licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment for English release in 2007 but was later cancelled.

Source: Official site

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Will they just continue the LN or also include an anime adaptation?

Nov 28, 2015 10:21 PM by Saiyan_ichigo

malvarez1 said:
As long as the author left notes regarding the ending, I suppose it's OK.

I Heard that when the series went on Hiatus in 2011 volume 20 was in a rough draft form and was in the Editors hands, Volume was near Compete in Rough Draft form and 22 was a Large Stock Pile of Notes. they did publish the 20th novel in 2012 using what they had, and he told them what was left of 21 and his plans for the ending and 22 was during his time he was being treated up to his death in 2013. So there is a Good Chance things should be fine, no matter who writes it but a good writer will still be good the Have.

Nov 18, 2015 6:55 PM by Sutatenken

AO968 said:
HaXXspetten said:
Heard about it yesterday, was very surprised but I'm curious as to how it turns out. Not sure it's really *needed* though but why the hell not
You know that was an anime original ending they made in order to make up for the fact that the author died before the series was over right? :s

The author passed away half a year after the series was over. And IIRC, he wrote the script for the anime, just in case he would die before it was done airing, so if thatls true, then the ending is as canon as you can get, as far as the anime is concerned. Maybe the LN will deviate from that, we'll have to wait and see.

Either way, I like the idea of the series finally coming to a full closure. Everyone wants it, including the fans, so I see no reason to not do it. Plus, it's a nice tribute to Yamaguchi.

The ending is anime-original overseen by the actual writer, but the story told is very different to, and much, much shorter than, the LN version. They made a branching off fourth season to wrap up the anime before the author died. Both the LN and anime are canon, but they're incompatible to each other.

Sep 20, 2015 9:55 PM by Elvenoob

SNaG21 said:
StormNA said:
I don't know how you can say the 4th season wasn't an ending, that's about as conclusive as you can get. I imagine the LNs will end much the same way.

Probably because the vast majority of season 3 and 4 was pandering harem fanservice garbage. Granted, the LN is not innocent, but it at least tried to give a decent fantasy plot.

Umm... Finish season four before saying that...

Sep 20, 2015 9:52 PM by Elvenoob

OMG IM HYPED NOW!!! Im in love with ZnT since the begining of my anime watching career D: ZnT no.1 and ain't nobodies opinion changing it. And i see Chloe-tsun is still in love with ZnT, she never changed since i met her ;) HYPE HYPE HYPE!

Sep 17, 2015 12:59 PM by Chenbag

It won't be the same but even so is good news for the fans.

Jul 20, 2015 8:27 AM by darkuria

Im excited I knew it right away after it got announced so before it was here on MAL.

Strange to see so much hate here tbh ^^' oh well.

ZnT is very enjoyable I think the light novel is great (and the first and final season of the anime, rest was a bit off and they changed louise quite a lot)

The author left notes his family wants it plus fans so all green lights, dont see anything bad in it.
Hope it leads to more franchise as well

Jul 20, 2015 5:17 AM by Gyarutsundere

Props to the company, the dream of many fans of titles unfinished like this one.

Jul 1, 2015 10:17 AM by Meritas

As long as the author left notes regarding the ending, I suppose it's OK.

Jun 29, 2015 9:05 PM by malvarez1

Wtf!! The author is gone!

Jun 29, 2015 5:43 PM by Meruru_Arls

And I still haven't watched the Anime.
Maybe I should watch it already.

Jun 29, 2015 6:14 AM by Tengai

Dark-Matter96 said:
If only someone would do this to kaze no stigma.

Damn don't remind me I'm still heartbroken for that novel ughg

Damn ;__; I want to see more ayano x kazuma doe ;___;

ZnTsukaima was the only harem I have seen so far, and I regret watching it. so I don't really care if it continues.

Jun 28, 2015 10:11 AM by meownomoto

Whoa, wasn't expecting this xD I'm glad, though :3 I wonder how it'll turn out now ^^

Jun 27, 2015 10:23 PM by -PassingBy-

Wait wat.

Jun 27, 2015 10:15 PM by Wintovisky

Wow, I'm actually curious to see how it will turn out.

Jun 27, 2015 10:02 PM by Dope

It's great that his work won't be left unfinished. It wasn't the best or anything, but I found it to be enjoyable enough. I'm sure he enjoyed what he did and it would be a shame to see it left incomplete.

It would be great if Kaze no Stigma would be completed some day as well, but if I recall correctly there wasn't enough material prepared to actually be able to finish the story. Sure, someone could just go from there with their own original story with their own ending, but for some reason I feel that would be disrespectful toward Yamato Takahiro. I mean, sure, we would have a complete story, but it probably wouldn't be what Yamato Takahiro had envisioned. The world he was creating would be, in a sense, corrupted I guess? I don't really know how to explain it, but hopefully that makes sense. (^_^;)

Still, I can't imagine how it must feel to have put so much time and effort into something only to be faced with the fact that it will probably be left incomplete and there's nothing you can do about it. (; _ ;)

Jun 27, 2015 8:39 PM by RadicalRaccoon

Although I never read the LN, I still wanted it continued... A work dying with his author for me is not how it should end.



Jun 27, 2015 9:54 AM by Immahnoob

Let's just hope they release another season, would like to see what happens when he goes back to the earth after he literally just walked in and stole a jet fighter, no fucks given i guess :/

Jun 27, 2015 9:12 AM by -thinking-

Shueisha should to the same with Togashi's Hunter x Hunter, he's almost dead haha.

Jun 27, 2015 8:52 AM by Ale1212

I'm extremely excited for this however, at the same time I'm worried that the new author won't be able to portray the original author's views in the way the original author intended. Nonetheless I'm excited about this. I hope this also means we get a ZnT movie/OVA.

Jun 27, 2015 8:34 AM by Ryzark

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