[Thirsty Thursday] Top 5 Zero no Tsukaima Ecchi Scenes

Introduction

Saito Hiraga was having a bad day; his laptop broke and needed to be repaired. He would even need to get a part-time job in order to afford the repair and his day was about get a lot worse. He was suddenly whisked away to another world, falling several stories through the air and ending up as the servant as the worst wizard ever, Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere. Louise is a mage who not only has a terrible attitude but is also so bad at magic that her classmates at the Tristian Academy, a prestigious school for noble magicians, call her Louise the Zero. The day she is supposed to summon a familiar, a servant that will follow her with undying loyalty (most often an animal, like a phoenix or dragon), she somehow summons lowly commoner dog from another world named Saito.

After a long period of adjustment, the two begin to warm to each other (what else would you expect from a romantic comedy?). The story is a classic boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy falls in love with abusive girl, girl eventually can’t live without boy. We also get a hell of a harem cast along on the way, with plenty of adventure and ecchi fun. The tale of Familiar of Zero hit the air in 2006 and has become a classic example of the “life in another world” genre as well as supplying one of the best examples of the tsundere architype in Louise. It also offers plenty of excellent “lucky pervert” moments on Saito’s part that give us plenty to choose from for this ecchi list.

5. Season 3 Episode 5 The Alluring Girls Bath

Saito has had a fight with Louise (which happens a lot) because he thinks she doesn’t trust him. That is a correct assumption when it comes to the jealous and possessive girl. The other boys at the school decide to cheer Saito up; they drag him down a long tunnel to show him a crack in the wall of the girl’s bath, a crack that would have been exposed if Guiche hadn’t used his magic to tunnel to it. The group of boys witness a strange request from the shapely Tiffa. She asks Louise if she can touch her breasts, concerned that her own don’t feel real due to their large size. The boys can’t hear very clearly and only see Tiffa and Louise feeling each other up. We hear the term “Wow, girl on girl action,” from one of the boys. Tiffa and Louise’s shared examination goes well beyond anything in reality. We hear some squeaks and moans that are sure to make us think the naughty things. We know this scene is pretty standard but it’s a staple that makes our number five slot on this ecchi list.


4. Season 1 Episode 9 Louise’s Change of Heart

Montmorency, one of the girls in Louise’s class, is upset that her boyfriend Guiche is constantly flirting with other girls. She excels a making potions, so it’s only natural her insecurity drives her to create a love potion. She intends to slip it in to Guiches’s drink and make him see her and only her. Around the same time, Louise sees Saito soaking in a large bath tub that he fashioned out of and oversized and discarded cook pot with Siesta, one of the school’s maids. Louise then in a moment of frustration goes to vent to Montmorency and ends up drinking the love potion. When Louise next sees Saito she completely falls in love with him. Saito attempts to do some chores, Louise’s laundry, and comes back to their room to see little Louise reclined on her bed in a negligée. We even hear Saito say something like “please at least put on some underwear.” He tries not to look and take advantage of her in her current condition, even when she tells him he can do anything to her for at least an hour and she’d just pretend it didn’t happen. You have to give the girl credit for being tsundere even under the effects of a love potion. We may not get a lot of gratuitous shots in this scene, but the ideas it puts into our heads are more than enough to give this scene an ecchi tag.


3. Season 4 Episode 6 Trouble at the Outdoor Bath

It is a hard and fast rule that if you make an anime and it has plenty of hot girls it must have a hot spring episode. Saito has been given an estate as a reward by the queen. The estate is in the middle of nowhere and is a bit run down, but Saito discovers a hot spring on the property and creates an outdoor bath out of it. He wastes no time in inviting all their friends from school over for a party and we are quickly led to believe that this will end up being a classic hot spring episode where some boys try to get a peek at the girls and get punished. Though that does happen, it’s not the ecchi scene we are adding to our list. Louise and Siesta (Saito’s overly devoted maid) see a figure creeping around the estate and discover it to be Louise’s childhood friend and Queen of Tristin, Henrietta. We’ve meet Henrietta several times throughout the series and it’s no secret to us that she has feelings towards Saito. Henrietta says she’s there to try the hot spring and so she and Louise decide to bathe together. Louise then confronts Henrietta about her feelings towards Saito and words and accusations are exchanged. The two noble women then exchange slaps, chest bumps, hair pulling and grappling in the open bath, all while naked. Louise v. Henrietta is one of the few bath scenes we can remember that has a cat fight, and for that it lands in the top five ecchi scenes for the series.


2. Season 3 Episode 6.5 (OVA) Seductive Beach

A fan service OVA is just what this series needed. The setup, like most fan service OVAs, is pretty flimsy and in this case anachronistic as a school from medieval society goes on a beach trip and the Queen and her female guard Agnes accompany them. The headmaster of the school, an old perv, convinces all the girls that they should wear the “traditional uniforms” for water rituals a.k.a. bikinis. We see a lot of the traditional beach activities by the rather buxom cast, splashing in the water, watermelon splitting and even beach volleyball where the focus isn’t just on the bouncing of the ball but the bouncing of the boobs. The girls do try to turn the table on the guys for ogling them in their skimpy outfits, but all that goes to pieces when a giant octopus shows up and we get some tentacle play. We watch a large portion of the female cast get groped and placed in most embarrassing positions by the octopus until Saito can save the day. The OVA lives up to its title Seductive Beach and even though the plot is as thin as the strings on the bikinis it is absolutely perfect for an ecchi episode.


1. Season 2 Episode 6 The Queen's Vacation

Queen Henrietta has been aware for some time that the kingdom of Tristian has many enemies and not all of them are abroad. The young queen and her trusted musketeer Agnes devise a plan to flush the traitors into the open, a plan that could put Henrietta herself in jeopardy. A key part of that plan is to have the queen disappear from the palace, forcing the guard to do an all-out search. Her bodyguard is her trusted knight and friend Saito. The two head out into the night, Henrietta disguised in Louise’s ill-fitting school uniform, it being several sizes two small. The two take shelter from a rainstorm in a boarding house. Henrietta asks Saito to put his arm around her to warm her up, though we already know that she has a sweet spot for Saito and it may be a calculated move on her part. Moments later we hear the royal guard pounding on the door demanding to search the room as they look for the missing queen. Henrietta makes a quick decision to help hide her identity and keep the guards from asking too many questions. She peels off her shirt and pounces on Saito pressing her half-naked self against him and begins making out with him. We get the impression that the make-out session lasts beyond the guards’ attention in the amorous couple’s room. The make-out moment between a queen and her crush is enough to place this ecchi moment at number one. Some of us even hope that in an alternate timeline Henrietta and Saito get to live happily ever after.


Final Thoughts

The Familiar of Zero does have some flaws such as pulling the same gag over and over and over again. The story also has its good parts, the relationship between Saito and Louise definitely evolves over time, in some ways its similar to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Louise playing the part of the Shrew. Louise has one of the nastiest personalities in anime (aside from the outright villains) and takes a long time and a lot of Saito’s understanding to mellow her into something remotely cute. We, as an audience, often have trouble understanding why -- with all the other women in Saito’s life, women that are much nicer and actually deserve him -- Saito sticks with Louise. But we all know couples like that where one partner sticks with the other even if their partner doesn’t seem worthy of the devotion. We know regardless of the strange relationship there are plenty of laughs to lighten the mood and keep us coming back for the four seasons of Familiar of Zero.

Zeke Changuris

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Author: Zeke Changuris

I’m a journalist, writer, photographer, video producer, social media manager and above all a storyteller. I’m located on the east coast of the United States but travel the world with the love of my life. I’ve been a nerd since birth with a love of history and science. I fell in love with anime, watching ROBOTECH and Venus Wars in the 80s when our only source was secondhand VHS dubs. A crazy new thing called the internet changed that, giving me access to new and amazing anime every day. I love to write for work and pleasure. I’m living the dream of every kid, getting paid to watch anime and loving every subtitled line.

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