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Zero no Tsukaima anime celebrates its 15th anniversary

July 3, 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of the Japanese premiere of the first season of the animated adaptation of the Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) light novels, written by Noboru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Eiji Usatsuka.

The original light novels were published by Kadokawa Publishing between June 2004 and February 2011 in Japan, with a total of twenty volumes. The literary franchise was unfinished after the death of the writer in 2013, but it was later concluded with two volumes published in February 2016 and February 2017 with another author, who made use of the annotations left by Yamaguchi.

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Between 2006 and 2012, the series was adapted for animation by J.C. STAFF Studios for a total of four seasons and a few additional OVAs. A manga adaptation by Nana Mochizuki was published through Monthly Comic Alive magazine between June 2006 and October 2009. Three additional spin-off manga and three visual novels subsequently emerged.

Zero no Tsukaima Synopsis

Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière is a magician lost in a world of wands, capes and royalty. Although she studies at Tristain Academy, a prestigious school for wizards, she has a major problem: Louise cannot cast magic properly, which earned her the nickname “Louise the Zero” from her classmates.

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When freshmen are required to perform a summoning ritual, Louise’s summoning results in a catastrophic explosion! Everyone considers this to be another failure, but when the smoke clears, a boy named Saito Hiraga appears. Now that he is Louise’s relative, Saito is treated like a slave, forced to clean his clothes and eat off the ground. But when an unknown mark is found engraved on Saito’s hand from the summoning ritual, it is believed to be the mark of a powerful familiar named Gandalfr.

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