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The Familiar of Zero: Box Set
The Familiar of Zero Box Set
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2008     5hr 12min

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 ...  more »


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Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Geneon / Funimation Productions
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Animated
DVD Release Date: 11/04/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 5hr 12min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English

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PLEASE buy this... :)
The Brain Bunker | Tacoma, WA USA | 11/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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"
LOVE This anime!
Alanna Evans | 11/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Enjoyable but forgettable
guy incognito | OC, CA | 02/06/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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."
One of the best anime out there...
Axl Blade | Hickory, NC USA | 11/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Familiar of Zero offers a hilarious and unique story line about a Japanese boy that enters a world of magic. The graphics are pretty good and the voice cast is one of the best. I would recommend this to anyone who watches anime and comedies. It by far my most favorite anime in existence.