The Familiar of Zero

The Familiar of Zero is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 4 anime series, 7 manga series
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The Familiar of Zero follows the adventures of Louise, a student at a magic academy, and her human familiar Saito.

Overview

The Familiar of Zero started as a series of light novels written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka, with the first volume published in June 25, 2004 by Media Factory. It was later adapted into an anime series that was released by Animation Studios and was directed by Yoshiaki Iwaskai. It was popular enough to spur on a second series that aired the following year, this time directed by Yu Ko, and then a third series in 2008 was released by J.C. Staff and once again had Yu Ko at the helm. Media Studio released a manga version in Monthly Comic Alive in July 2006 written and drawn by Nana Mochizuki and is currently an ongoing series as well.

Plot

The Familiar of Zero follows the adventures of the Louise and her familiar Saito at the Tristain Academy of Magic. The world that the story is set in is full of magic and those that can use it are Mages or Nobles, those who can’t are known as commoners and are looked down upon by the magic users. Louise is given the nickname "Louise the Zero" by her classmates, due to the inability to use any of the four common magic elements, wind, earth, fire or water. Early in the school year, the second year students summon their familiars; this is considered a special ritual where a mage summons their eternal protector and partner, which is usually some sort of magical creature. Louise manages to summon a human commoner named Saito Hiraga, leaving her totally humiliated. Louise has no choice but to reluctantly accept Saito as her familiar. She proceeds to treat Saito more like a slave than a familiar, punishing him quite severely over any disobedience.

Not long after being summoned, Saito challenges a noble who disrespects commoners (Guiche) to a duel. Saito is beaten badly at first, but once he wields a sword, he is suddenly able to fight back, defeating Guiche handily. Louise and Saito's relationship develops during the course of the story. Together they face many mysteries and uncover unexpected truths, including the nature of Saito's mysterious ability to wield weapons, and the truth behind Louise's inability to cast magic.

Characters

Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière

Louise is a second year student at the Tristain Academy of Magic and the lead female character. She is called "Zero" by her classmates because she has a zero success rate casting magic spells, often simply causing explosions when casting magic. She is the textbook definition of Tsundere, treating her familiar Saito badly even though she harbors strong feelings for him. She's also something of a bondage queen, though not intentionally, often whipping Saito whenever he says or does something not quite to her liking.

Saito Hiraga

Saito is Lousie's Familiar, summoned away from modern day Japan to Louise's world of magic and unnatural hair color. Back home he was a very ordinary boy without a love life to speak of or anything to make him particularly special. In this new world however he soon finds several love interests and begins to play an important role in the world. It's soon revealed that Saito is a "Gandalfr" which exist to protect a Void Mage as they cast their spells.

Kirche Augusta Frederica

Kirche is a dangerous girl driven by a family grudge towards Louise. She is tall, has fiery red hair and large breasts, in many ways the polar opposite of Louise. Kirche develops an interest in Saito after seeing his duel with Guiche, and tries to win him over, flirting and seducing him. Kirche is one of the first girls to develop at attraction to Saito, giving way to the harem aspect of the series. Later in the series however, she loses interest, making her the only girl to leave Saito's harem.

Tabitha

Tabitha is a quiet girl who is even shorter and slimmer than Louise. She is always holding a book and is very smart and impressive. She has a very grim past; she didn't live a happy childhood and her mother is ill because of an incident she blames on herself. While she largely keeps to herself, as the series progresses she too develops feelings for Saito.

Light Novels

The Familiar of Zero

The Familiar of Zero JPN (Jun 2004)
The Familiar of Zero JPN (Jun 2004)

The Familiar of Zero is the first light-novel series of the Familiar of Zero series. It's written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. It was originally published by Media Factory, and the first edition was released on June 25, 2004. Twenty novels were printed before it went on hiatus due tot he report that the series author, Yamaguchi, revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer. He successfully underwent surgery in August 4, 2011, and announced plans to release more volumes by October 2011. However, Noboru passed away years later in April 4, 2013.

The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures

The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures Vol. 1 JPN (Oct 2006)
The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures Vol. 1 JPN (Oct 2006)

The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures is the second light novel series of the Familiar of Zero series. It's written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. It was originally published by Media Factory, and the first edition was released on October 25, 2006.

Princess Knight of the Wind

Princess Knight of the Wind Vol. 1 JPN (Oct 2009)
Princess Knight of the Wind Vol. 1 JPN (Oct 2009)

Princess Knight of the Wind is the third light novel series of the Familiar of Zero series, but the only one not to bare the Zero name in the title. It's written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. It was originally published by Media Factory, and the first edition was released on October 23, 2009.

Anime

The Familiar of Zero

The Familiar of Zero (2006)
The Familiar of Zero (2006)

The Familiar of Zero is the first anime series of the Familiar of Zero franchise that is based on the light-novel series written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. The series was directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki, and the music produced by Shinkichi Mitsumune. It's a shonen-romance series that is for a teen audience and some fanservice It is produced by the J.C. Staff and Media Factory, and has aired in Japan on various distributors, such as CTC. The first episode originally aired on July 2, 2006. The series ran for thirteen episodes, the last airing on September 24, 2006.

The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Two Moons

The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Two Moons (2007)
The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Two Moons (2007)

The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Two Moons is the second anime series of the Familiar of Zero franchise that is based on the light-novel series written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. The series was directed by Yū Kō, and the music produced by Shinkichi Mitsumune. It's a shonen-romance series that is for a teen audience and some fanservice It is produced by the J.C.Staff and Media Factory, and has aired in Japan on various distributors, such as CTC and tvk. The first episode originally aired on July 9, 2007. The series ran for twelve episodes, the last airing on September 24, 2007.

The Familiar of Zero: Princess no Rondo

The Familiar of Zero: Princess no Rondo (2008)
The Familiar of Zero: Princess no Rondo (2008)

The Familiar of Zero: Princess no Rondo is the third anime series of the Familiar of Zero franchise that is based on the light-novel series written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka. The series was directed by Yū Kō, and the music produced by Shinkichi Mitsumune. It's a shonen-romance series that is for a teen audience and some fanservice It is produced by the J.C.Staff and Media Factory, and has aired in Japan on various distributors, such as CTC and tvk. The first episode originally aired on July 6, 2008. The series ran for twelve episodes, the last airing on September 21, 2008.

The Familiar of Zero F

A fourth and final series was announced and has been set for release sometime in 2012.

Manga

The Familiar of Zero

The Familiar of Zero Vol. 1 JPN (Dec 2006)
The Familiar of Zero Vol. 1 JPN (Dec 2006)

The Familiar of Zero is the first manga series based on the Familiar of Zero light-novels. It's written and illustrated by Nana Mochizuki, and first began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine between August 2006 and October 2010. The first volumes originally released on December 22, 2006. The series ran for seven volumes, the last released in January 23, 2010.

The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures

The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures Vol. 1 JPN (Mar 2008)
The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures Vol. 1 JPN (Mar 2008)

The Familiar of Zero Gaiden: Tabitha's Adventures is the second manga series based on the Familiar of Zero light-novels, and followed the Tabitha's Adventures spin-off light-novels. It's written and illustrated by Takuto Kon, and first began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine between December 2007 and August 2010. The first volumes originally released on March 22, 2008. The series ran for five volumes, the last released in August 23, 2010.

The Familiar of Zero Chevalier

The Familiar of Zero Chevalier Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 2010)
The Familiar of Zero Chevalier Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 2010)

The Familiar of Zero Chevalier is the third manga series based on the Familiar of Zero light-novels. It's written and illustrated by Yukari Higa, and first published by Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive Series. The first volumes originally released on August 23, 2010.

The Familiar of Zero Yoochien Nano!

The Familiar of Zero Yoochien Nano! Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 2010)
The Familiar of Zero Yoochien Nano! Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 2010)

The Familiar of Zero Yoochien Nano! is the third manga series based on the Familiar of Zero light-novels. It's written and illustrated by Masaya Takamura, and first published by Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive Series. The first volumes originally released on August 23, 2010.

General Information Edit
Name: The Familiar of Zero
Name: ゼロの使い魔
Romaji: Zero no Tsukaima
Aliases: Zero no Tsukaima
Zero's Familiar
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