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The Familiar of Zero: Box Set

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In a magical land where two moons shine in the night sky, one young student in the magic school, Louise, has acquired the nickname of "Zero". Why? Her "zero" talent! With a near perfect failure rate for her spells, the shock that Louise's summoning spell works equals the surprise of her new familiar, a human boy from Japan! When the boy begins exhibiting some unexpected abilities, why do the teachers get so nervous?

Louise la Vallière the heroine of the supernatural comedy Familiar of Zero (2006) is a sort of Harriet Potter, studying sorcery at a wizard's academy on another planet. Her classmates refer to her as "Louise Zero" because she can't get a single spell to work properly. Second year students are required to summon a familiar that will serve them for the rest of their careers as mages: Instead of a mythical animal, Louise calls up Saito, a teen-age boy from Japan. Although she insults him, beats him, and makes him do endless chores--especially washing her inexhaustible supply of frilly undies--Saito soon falls for Louise (and vice versa, although she's loath to admit it). Somewhere in the background lurks an underdeveloped plot involving a princess, a revolt, evil courtiers, a ring stolen from a lake spirit, and lot of other supernatural trappings that don't add up to much. To take up the slack, the filmmakers fill the screen with jokes about Louise's flat chest, panty shots, jiggle shots of her overendowed classmate Kirche, and bath scenes. Not a weighty series by any means, but Familiar of Zero delivers plenty of fan service for those who crave it. (Rated 13 and older: violence, risqué humor, brief nudity, tobacco use, stereotypical characters) --Charles Solomon

(1. Zero Louise, 2. Commoner Familiar, 3. Feverish Temptation, 4. A Maid's Crisis, 5. Tristein's Princess, 6. A Thief's Identity, 7. Louise's Part-Time Job, 8. Tabitha's Secret, 9. Louise's Change Of Heart, 10. A Princess's Request, 11. Louise's Marriage, 12. Zero Treasure, 13. Louise The Void)

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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon / Funimation Productions
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F2U6XI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Evans on November 18, 2008
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This is such a refreshing, fun series! I loved everything about it. Louise reminds me of Lina Inverse from Slayers but where Lina would blow everything up on purpose, poor Louise just blows things up on accident. Everything seems to go wrong that she touches. Every magic student has to summon a familiar in their second year. It's a huge thing, and the students are so proud when they finally get their familiar, only Louise screws this up too and in all the history of the school, she is the only one who has ever summoned... a human.

The Japanese boy is quite bewildered to be in a new world with two moons and having a girl claim to be his master (of sorts). She starts out treating him like a pet/slave (as other familiars are) but it quickly branches out into more than just that.

Great music, a fun plot, solid animation and nice character designs make for a very cute and entertaining anime. There's plenty of comedy and action and its just a great series overall. HIGHLY recommended!

This box includes the entire season in three full size cases housed inside a collector's box.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Sharpless on March 2, 2009
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Well, some people has given this a low score and for the life of me I can't understand why. For starters the show is fun, lighthearted, and good. It starts off well and it ends well. If you like Anime, than you need to pick this one up.
The rights to this show were first given to Geneon, but they dropped it and Funimation picked it up, and delivered this 3 disked box set. This is not a slim pack, what you get are three full case DVD's with a box that holds all three DVD cases. The box has good art work, and the DVDs them self's have reversible covers. The special features are not really worthy to be mentioned. As with all Anime almost, you get the standard special features. Clean Opening, Clean ending, previews, and some art work, also some promo stuff, but not much.
The video and art of the show is really good, not too flashy, but not dull. The audio is top notch, and the dubbing is superb. As with all Anime there is going to be people that hate the English voice acting, but in this Anime the English dub is really good.
After this season of Zero there is two more seasons, which each has 12 new episodes. Buy this box set, it is a great deal for 13 episodes of a great, and fun Anime.


Just got a letter from Fanimation (I wrote them), they have said that they do not plan to release the other two seasons. :-( I guess not enough people bought this. They probably downloaded this season, stupid so called fans (Pirates) ruin for everyone else.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By CookieCrow on November 16, 2008
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Chances are, if you know anime and are looking at this, The Familiar of Zero, you probably already going to get it. And for good reason too, as you are going to find a welcome amount of what I call "good stuff" and a pretty good plot behind it all. My opinion is really,"You're not gonna go wrong with Zero", but I have to give you an idea of what the Familiar of Zero is about.

Our heroine, the cute and proud Louise, Louise de la Valliere, is absolutely incapable of performing even the most basic spells of magic elements. To her classmates, she is "Louise the Zero" for an unprecedented perfect failure rate with regards to successful magic. She messes everything up, and by "mess" up, I usually mean "blows" it up! You can't help but laugh at her failures and feel sorry for the proud Louise. That is how she presented.

When her class begins to summon all their respective familiars, she summons something completely different--a boy. And, of course, things really go downhill for her after that. She has him do everything for her--And I mean EVERYTHING. I hope you know what I mean. Her temper is fiery, but she is so bossy-cute, you wouldn't mind being her slave. Unfortunate for the boy, as he wants to get away from her. But then again, he has secret powers...

If you don't get this, you ruin the chances that the other seasons of 'ZERO' will get published here in the States. A sad thing, since it is a really good series. There are two more 13-episode seasons after this, just as funny. You really are not going to go wrong when you watch this, trust me. :D
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By guy incognito on February 5, 2009
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The Familiar of Zero is an anime about a girl's experiences, and her classmates, at a magic academy. The plot revolves around her and her helper's day to day lives in the academy sprinkled in with various missions where students (apparently the most qualified despite being novices) go on tasks to root out problems facing them and their friends/school/country.

While the plot itself is dry and not treated very serious, hence it is hard to get drawn into, the bright spot of this anime is the humor. The aim is to throw as many jokes as they can at you in an episode. Be warned that there is a lot of crude humor, whether it be a woman's bust size, misunderstandings of awkward situations, or clothing malfunctions. If this is up your alley, jackpot as this is fanservice 101. But even aside from that, characters, even if 1 or 2 dimensional, are still enjoyable.

In addition to humor, there is some romance sprinkled in, but this is one of my biggest problems with these kinds of anime. Its the kind of romance where the intended couple briefly hooks up, breaks up, loves each other, than hates, there is very little progression in their relationship, and usually its romance followed by humor, not giving the romance a real chance to grow.

Recap, after you watch it you may forget the plot and some of the characters, but you'll have a lotta laughs in the process.
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Anyone know which seasons are in this set?
I know that this is an almost-4-month old discussion but just in case others come across this:

the boxset contains season 1 (of 4 seasons, though, only the 1st was licensed for release in North America) which contains the first 13 episodes of approximately 49 in total.
Nov 11, 2012 by shopping_for_noobs |  See all 2 posts
What happened to the book?
It was possibly stopped preproduction. Check out and you might find it. I hope that helps.
Jan 27, 2009 by Jason Williams |  See all 3 posts
Age appropriate?
Sadly, there is some fan service, and some other scenes that might not be totally appropriate for your 10 year-old daughter, I assure you no nudity, but there's cleavage and some panty shots if I remember.One small problem though, if you do like this, Season 2 had a writer change and it they... Read More
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