Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero). This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

10. Dog Days
9. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
8. Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou
7. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
6. Sword Art Online
5. Oda Nobuna no Yabou
4. Seireitsukai no Blade Dance
3. Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
2. Toradora!
1. Shakugan no Shana

10. Dog Days

Synopsis – Dog Days takes place in the world of Flonyard, an alternate Earth inhabited by beings who resemble humans, but also have the ears and tails of specific animals. The Republic of Biscotti, a union of dog-like citizens, has come under attack by the feline forces of the Galette Leo Knights. In an effort to save Biscotti, Princess Millhiore summons a champion from another world in order to defend her people. That champion is Cinque Izumi, a normal junior high student from Earth.

Agreeing to assist Biscotti, Cinque retrieves a sacred weapon called the Palladion and prepares for war. In Flonyard, wars are fought with no casualties and are more akin to sports competitions with the goal of raising money for the participating kingdoms. Cinque is successful in his role as Biscotti’s champion but learns that a summoned champion cannot be returned to their homeworld. The scientists of Biscotti will endeavor to find a way for Cinque to return home, but until they figure something out, he must serve Princess Millhiore by continuing to fight as Biscotti’s hero.

Similarity –Both Main male character goes to another world other than Earth.
Both worlds have magic there, but Dog Days’ magic is more random, whereas Zero no Tsukaima’s magic is based more on wizards.
Both male main characters want to get back to their own world.
Both main female characters don’t want them to go.
Both main male characters are summoned to the new world.

9. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

Kore wa Zombie Desu kaSynopsis – Not every zombie is the monstrous, brain-eating type.

One night while walking home from the convenience store, regular high school boy Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial killer and is just as suddenly brought back to life by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. One small caveat: he’s now a zombie. Things get even weirder for him when he accidentally steals a magical girl’s uniform, and thus her powers! Haruna, the ex-magical girl, orders him to fight evil creatures known as Megalo in her place until they can figure out a way to get her powers back to her.

It seems that life is just going to get stranger and stranger for poor Ayumu from here on out in Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?.

Similarity – Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? and Zero no Tsukaima both take a male lead and force him into a crazy supernatural situation as he is forced to fight through life-threatening battles and tsunderes. Each show has very compelling action moments as well as some very funny and or awkward situations which get them mislabelled and treated as perverts. Each show does a great job of taking an old concept and mocking it with great ranges of funny and enjoyable characters and concepts, though Zero no Tsukaima takes itself a little more seriously than Kore wa Zombie Desu ka

8. Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou

Campione Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no MaouSynopsis- Some people suddenly find religion, but for 16-year-old Kusanagi Godou, it’s that REALLY old time religion that’s found him! As the result of defeating the God of War in mortal combat, Godou’s stuck with the unwanted position of Campione!, or God Slayer, whose duty is to fight Heretical Gods whenever they try to muscle in on the local turf. Not only is this likely to make Godou roadkill on the Highway to Heaven, it’s also a job that comes with a lot of other problems. Like how to deal with the fact that his “enhanced status” is attracting a bevy of overly-worshipped female followers. After all, they’re just there to aid him in his demi-godly duties, right? So why is it that their leader, the demonically manipulative sword-mistress Erica Blandelli, seems to have such a devilish interest in encouraging some VERY unorthodox activities? Get ready for immortal affairs, heavenly harems and lots of dueling deities taking pious in the face as the ultimate smash, bash, and thrash of the Titans rocks both Heaven and Earth.

Similarity – The concept of these two great shows are completely different – one having magic and alternate universes, and the other having gods and slaying them – however, the style of character development, the flow of the story, and of course the humor is very similar. Both of these two shows are harem, and it is obvious which heroine the main character will end up with. Unlike many other harems, the main male characters in these shows end up with one female.

7. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

Synopsis – After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, he can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake—Aqua is completely useless!

Unfortunately, their troubles don’t end here; it turns out that living in such a world is far different from how it plays out in a game. Instead of going on a thrilling adventure, the duo must first work to pay for their living expenses. Indeed, their misfortunes have only just begun!

Similarity – Both series involve a human male lead being summoned/ reincarnated to an alternate fantasy world…
Both female leads (Aqua & Louise) have an amazing abusive personality…
Both have Harem/Comedy combo ( the shows themselves proves that this combination is awesome )
Both have Mages/Dragons/ Swordsmen/Spells ( a so-called RPG feel in them )

6. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online
Synopsis – In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.

Similarity – The lead characters from both series fall in love and fight together along with a few other companions. The main protagonist finds himself dragged into a world very different from his own. Both take place in a fantasy environment. Both have a lot of romance, action (including sword fights), and comedy.

5. Oda Nobuna no Yabou

Synopsis –The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one-day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the female counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who was killed.

Similarity – Both shows have a lot of similarities.
For one thing, both shows are Tsunderes, meaning that they have a dominant female over the male. In both cases the girl is a short and cute person with high standards who always bosses the main character around, calling him insults like Monkey or Dog, even though they really care for that person.
The second similarity would be that both main characters are from a different world(modern Japan), having accidentally fallen into the world they are now, thus giving them the knowledge that helps a lot through the adventure. The only difference here is that while in Zero no Tsukaima, the main character is from a different world completely and has landed into a fantasy world with 2 moons, in Oda Nobuna no Yabou, the main character comes from the future and has landed into the past during the wars in Japan.

4. Seireitsukai no Blade Dance

Synopsis – Seireitsukai no Blade Dance takes place at a very prestigious school for holy shrine princesses called Areishia Spirit Academy. At this school, the girls train to be elementalists and try to form slave contracts with spirits so that they can compete in battles against one another. Only females have this privilege… at least until now.

Kamito Kazehaya is a normal guy in pretty much all respects except for the fact that he’s the first man in 1,000 years to be able to form a contract with a spirit (which he “stole” from a shrine princess named Claire Rouge). Additionally, the headmaster of the school, Greyworth, has summoned him to enroll and is forcing him to participate in a special tournament that will take place two months down the road. With Claire demanding that he become her contracted spirit, will Kamito even manage to survive the entire two months until the tournament takes place?

Similarity – Zero no Tsukaima has a strongly similar core mechanic right down to character compositions, with our main heroine being an uppity tsundere redhead who’s enslaved or is at least trying to enslave some poor sword-wielding male as her spirit companion. While Louise doesn’t have Claire’s fire magic (unless you count generating explosions as “fire magic”) Bladedancer doesn’t yet have Zero’s grand scope and while both are haremish comedies they do their humor quite differently, beyond inflicting gratuitous violence on our the male lead protagonist of course.

3. Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

Synopsis – Dreaming of changing the world for good, Akuto Sai transfers to Constant Magic Academy where he befriends a virtuous ninja clan member, Junko Hattori. On the way to the academy, they vow to make the world a better place together; however, the situation suddenly takes a turn for the worse upon his arrival—it is prophesied that he will become the Demon King!

As word of his destiny spreads, the school begins to fear him, and Junko’s trust in him falters. While Akuto is determined to not let his predicted future control his fate, it seems as though everything he says and does only serve to reinforce the fact that he is destined to be the Demon King. Moreover, he is surrounded by a harem of beautiful girls who each have their own plans for him, ranging from bringing him to justice to simply showering him with love. With his newly awakened powers, Akuto must cope with his constantly growing list of misfortune and fight to prove that his fate is not set in stone.

Similarity – Main characters are males, powerful and sometimes a bit of a doormat (gullible, easily manipulated by women etc). Both possess some sort of power and both are the next successors of a role (demon king, Gandalfr). Tons of fan service and whatnot as well as embarrassing moments mostly relating to the girls in the story. Side characters have big boobs.

2. Toradora!

Anime Like Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)Synopsis – Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the “Palmtop Tiger.”

One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga’s best friend!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they embark on a quest to help each other with their respective crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.

Similarity – These two anime are completely different in plot but in characters, you can definitely see a similarity… The main characters Ryuji and Taiga have a very interesting relationship.. one of a master and her dog (like Louise and Saito)…
In both anime, the characters share a close relationship in which the chibi fearsome female dominates the male…very interesting to watch..
(both females have the same voice actor as well..)

1. Shakugan no Shana

Synopsis – The world has become a slaughtering ground for the Crimson Denizens, mysterious beings from a parallel universe who thrive on the life energy of humans. These merciless murderers only leave behind scant remainders of souls called “Torches,” which are mere residues that will eventually be destroyed, along with the very fact of the victims’ existence from the minds of the living. In an ambitious endeavor to put an end to this invisible, hungry massacre, warriors called Flame Hazes relentlessly fight these monsters.

One fateful day, Yuuji Sakai ceases to be a regular high schooler—he becomes trapped in a crevice of time and is suddenly attacked by a Denizen. Coming to his rescue just in the nick of time is a nameless hunter who seems no different from an ordinary young girl except for her blazing eyes and burning crimson hair. However, before Yuuji can learn anything more about his situation, he discovers that he has already been reduced to a Torch—merely a scrap of memory waiting to be extinguished.

Similarity – Both have Red-haired, tsundere characters who are the lead protagonists, accompanied by a brown-haired powerless male protagonist. Both of them are voiced by the same Voice Actors.

Zero no Tsukaima goes more fantastical, as it is a totally different world set in the medieval ages. ZnT features more of a school environment and a larger cast of side characters. It’s also more detailed in expanding its magical universe so you really get a feel of the premise.
Zero no Tsukaima has more of everything Shakugan no Shana has: Romance, School-life, Ecchi, Magic Rules and Universe, Better Soundtrack, More Side Characters. The only thing it doesn’t have is Action, which can be a huge-turnoff, so prepare yourself to focus more on the above-mentioned factors instead.
I hugely recommend anyone who loves tsundere romance fantasy to watch Zero no Tsukaima.

Also read,10 Anime Like Shakugan no Shana ( Burning-Eyed Shana )

Credits – MAL



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