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Harry Potter, the anime? Yes please!
It isn’t exactly difficult to understand why the playful Zero no Tsukaima was such a hit, with it’s medieval setting and cute wizards, tsunderes, muggles and plenty of romantic comedy – it’s basically Harry Potter paired with Love Hina. Oh, did I say muggle? I meant peasant.
In case you want to dive deeper into the world of fantasy, romance, might and magic, here’s a list for you:
Similar Anime to Zero no Tsukaima / Similar Anime to The Familiar of Zero
1. Doggu Deizu (Dog Days)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2011 – Jun 2011
Doggu Deizu might appear to be targeted toward the younger crowd, but this light-hearted fantasy/comedy is definitely worth a watch. The Republic of Biscotti is threatened by an invasion by the Galette Leo Knights, and the young ruler of the kingdom, Firianno Biscotti, decides to summon a hero to assist her in preventing the pending attack.
Much like in Zero no Tsukaima, the hero turns out to be a regular high school student named Shinku Izumi. Well, to be fair he isn’t exactly your average Joe, as he happens to be a top athlete at his school, a good fit for the role as a defender of the Republic.
The anime is sure to charm you with it’s initial cuteness – a spell protects the soldiers of both sides from harm, instead turning them into ball-shaped cats (which are, somewhat impropriately, called «beast balls»). Later on a plot-twist makes the storyline more dynamic, and might even offer some touching moments.
Doggu Deizu OP
2. Oda Nobuna no Yabou (The Amibition of Oda Nobuna)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2012 - September 2012
Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582) was a samurai lord from the Sengoku-period (Warring States period) in Japanese history, and is seen as an important historical figure that contributed to uniting Japan. His successor, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, saves Sagara Yoshiharu, a high school student that (for so-far undisclosed reasons) has been transported back in time, altering the course of history.
In this alternative reality, Oda Nobunaga does not exist, and the titular Oda Nobuna, a girl, has taken his place as a samurai warlord, in a world where female samurais are commonplace.
Despite being a regular student, Yoshiharu is obsessed with a video game set in the Sengoku period, giving him extensive knowledge of the time period he happens to be in. Not only does he start working for Oda Nobuna, he also eventually manages to charm several girl samurais harem-style, in this historical romantic comedy.
Oda Nobuna no Yabou PV
3. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance (Blade Dance of the Elementalers)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Yet again we’re at a magic academy, where noble-born maidens train to become spirit contractors. You’ll know this is an ecchi by the fact that breast-touching and panty-peeking finds place within the first five minutes of the first episode, when the main characters Clair and Kamito meet for the first time.
Normal guy meets wizard girl, wizard girl initially takes a dislike to slightly perverted normal guy, harem then forms around slightly perverted guy – the premise is simple.
This anime is indeed very similar to Zero no Tsukaima, both when in comes to plot, characters and setting, so if you want more where that came from, be sure to check it out.
Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance PV
Any Animes Like The Familiar of Zero / Any Animes Like Zero no Tsukaima ?
4. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: March 2009 – March 2010
Sword-wielding mecchas, what else could you possibly want from an anime? If your answer is «harem», «girls», or something in that vein, don’t worry, we’ve also got you covered.
Even though it’s technically a continuation of the long-running Tenchi Muyo franchise, it doesn’t require much background knowledge to get into, and can be viewed as a stand-alone series. A boy is, yet again, transferred to the magical world of Geminar from earth, and eventually ends up at an academy training pilots for the Sacred Mechanoids, the main tool for warfare in Geminar.
As the pilots are mostly female, this skilled, exotic stranger becomes the object of desire for many of the students at the academy.
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Opening
5. Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2011 – July 2011
Kinji Tooyama studies at Tokyo Butei High school, which basically is the Japanese equivalent of Galtvort, only for mercenaries.
He’s off to a bad start though, as someone planted a bomb under his bicycle seat that will go off is he slows down, in an apparent allusion to everyone’s second favorite Keanu Reeves movie. His savior literarily drops from the sky in the form of a parachuting girl who is, yes you guessed it, a pink-haired tsundere transfer student.
Hidan no Aria has has plenty of sexual innuendo and ecchi-style humor, so if you like action, guns, girls and/or skirts, check this out.
Hidan no Aria Anime Trailer
6. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi (Okamisan and her Seven Companions)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2010 – September 2010
In true meta-parodical fashion, the narrator of Ookami-san pokes fun at traditional fairytales (as well as the main characters’ respective breast sizes). In this romcom the plot centers around a somewhat unusual society at Otogi High School – the Otogi Bank offers help to students in need, but requires favors in return, in a fashion that would «turn loan-sharks pale» (you’ll find out later what this means).
The titular Ookami Ryouko is one of the main members of the club, and is a tomboyish girl with violent leanings. A proficient boxer, she handles bad customers with her Nekoneko knuckles (cat-shaped boxing gloves). At the beginning of the series, the shy, clumsy Morino Ryoushi reveals that he’s infatuated with Ryouko, and is later recruited as a member of the bank, against her will.
The male protagonist of this series is different from the ones mentioned above: he suffers from Scopophobia, the fear of being stared at by others. Adapted from a light-novel series, this anime is wacky, crazy and, of course, hilarious.
Ookami-san to Shinchini no Nakama-tachi PV
This is our recommendations for anime like Zero no Tsukaima. Hopefully, the list should have something for everyone, and, if you have any other suggestions or thoughts, make sure to share them in the comment section!