The first volume cover
Thrown to another dimension is quite common theme in anime and manga, but “Zero no Tsukaima” is more than that. Packed with romance, comedy, fantasy, war, loli?, and *cough*Ecchi*cough* XD which recommended for guys, this series is really rocks. If your head twisting when you read Lord of the Rings, but still looking for medieval fantasy that light enough for you. You really should check this out.
Too bad for us, who can’t read japanese (and live in the third world country), this novel hasn’t been widely and officially translated yet. But thanks to Baka-tsuki translation, we can enjoy it. Although not all the books have translated yet but you can start to read some volumes, for the rest, just be patient and support those translator. For you in the US though, I heard a publisher already taken this series, but still the first volume won’t come out till this December. Currently there are thirteen volumes plus two volumes side stories in Japan. they are:
• Volume 1 – Zero’s Familiar / ゼロの使い魔
• Volume 2 – Albion of the Wind / 風のアルビオン
• Volume 3 – The Founder’s Prayer Book / 始祖の祈祷書
• Volume 4 – The Water Spirit of Oath / 誓約の水精霊
• Volume 5 – Tristania’s Holiday / トリスタニアの休日
• Volume 6 – The Ruby of Atonement / 贖罪の炎赤石
• Volume 7 – The Silver Pentecost / 銀の降臨祭
• Volume 8 – The Serenade of Nostalgia / 望郷の小夜曲
• Volume 9 – The Ball of Twin Moons / 双月の舞踏会
• Volume 10 – The Hero of Ivaldi / イーヴァルディの勇者
• Volume 11 – A Duet of Recollection / 追憶の二重奏
• Volume 12 – The Fairies’ Holiday / 妖精達の休日
• Volume 13 – The World Door of the Holy Country / 聖国の世界扉
• Side Story Volume 1 – Tabitha’s Adventure / タバサの冒険
• Side Story Volume 2 – Tabitha’s Adventure / タバサの冒険2
First time I interested on this series is probably because the anime series has been aired before, though the first season is quite decent, but after I read the novel, it’s really incomparable. I admit although the anime aired about four volumes in thirteen episodes, it still could catch some essence of the story. But still it cuts down the novel’s colossal settings especially in the war scene and also the details on each character inner confrontation. While the translation not quite perfect, I can still felt what the writer trying to describe.
The novel is about a boy, Hiraga Saito, who thrown into another dimension thanks to the heroine, Louise Francoise le Blanc de la Valliere (gah, what a long name), a wizard in training. It all begin when in another world, where magic rules the land and the sky have two moons, there’s a magic academy called Tristain. It’s a ritual there that every wizard on a certain stage have to summon their own familiar (like guardian or pet, because its usually a monster like salamander, dragon, griffin, etc) and perform a contract that bind them. Louise whose nicknamed “Louise the Zero”, because she always fail in casting a single spell, actually manage to summon a familiar, but she never expect that it was a boy.
Confused, Saito who came from our current day Japan, suddenly have to become a servant of an unknown witch in an unknown world. But this is also a beginning of his new adventure in love, war and the meaning of honor. Along the way Louise, which is a noble, and Saito, who is a commoner, all kind of situation, also all kind of (yummy) girls will pop out and put their love into trials and so do enemies. But they both will found out that each other posses the legendary power, and all friends who will support them along the way will overcome all obstacles.
A wizard and a Boy from our world
As the volume goes, the plot really getting bigger,yet it still easy to follow. I have only read the first and the third volume (and a pack of spoilers of each book). But just by reading people (detailed) spoiler, makes me even more eager to read the complete novel.
So if you curious just go to this Baka-Tsuki link. and read for yourself. But if you happen to like it and it’s available, buy the official book OK?
Louise going to whip you, if you don’t support the writer~♥