The BEST Episodes of The Familiar of Zero

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Network: CTC (JA)

Meet Louise, a budding magician. The students at the Tristein Academy call her "Zero Louise", due to her current record of zero successes with magic. In fact, her magic tends to go spectacularly wrong. Now, as an important test of her aptitude for magic, she must summon a familiar to be her servant. At this critical moment, she summons up all her magic and wishes for a familiar that is "devoted, beautiful and powerful", and gets... Hiraga Saito, an ordinary Japanese boy. It's difficult to say who is more surprised and dismayed, but the rules don't allow for second attempts. Louise is stuck with her strange familiar, and he with her.

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The Farewell Wedding Ceremony

#1 - The Farewell Wedding Ceremony

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 24, 2007

Louise is secretly approached by one of Henrietta's advisors and is asked to hold the enemy off while the Queen escapes. Knowing that it is a suicide mission, Louise plans to send Saito to safety, but not before marrying him. Catching wind of her plan, Saito uses a sleeping potion on Louise after they wed and asks Julio to take care of her and sets out to meet Albion's advancing troops. Louise faints before she can tell him she has always and still loves him. Despite his valiant efforts, Saito falls in the battlefield. Back at the academy, Louise collapses in grief at Saito's death, however, suddenly the magical flower that is connected to Saito unexpectedly comes back to life. Louise runs out and meets Saito who is very alive. When Saito fell, the Fairy, who resembles an Elf, saved him, revived him from death and healed him back health. While explaining, Saito mentions the fairy's large breasts which then Louise uses as an excuse, flies into a jealous rage, forgets about being sad about him and starts trying to explode Saito yet again.

star 9.00
140 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Chinatsu Houjou
Wings of Freedom

#2 - Wings of Freedom

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 22, 2008

Louise has a nightmare where she loses the ability to cast magic. Awakened, she goes into the forest to attempt to cast explosion. Saito finds Tabitha reading a book, and she began to teach him the words, but Louise interrupts, telling Saito that she can no longer use magic. Tabitha saids that she will protect Saito since Louise is unable to do so. In Tristan, Henrietta dispatches the Ostland and Colbert to rendezvous with Saito, carrying a type of cannon (which seems to be a German Flak88 from WW2), and Agnes offers the assistance of the Musketeer Force. Silently, Colbert hopes the weapon will not be needed. Saito, under Tabitha's guidance, learns to read quickly, while Louise broods over her inability to cast magic. Overhearing Tabitha telling Saito that under the influence of Gandalfr, the heart will experience changes, Louise wonders if Saito loves her because of Gandalfr's influence. Just before crossing the border, a Square-class golem, with Sheffield on its shoulder, lands in front of the carriage and blocking off the route into Tristan. Slyphid and Tabitha take to the air, in order to lead Sheffield away. Guiche, Kirche and Tabitha's attacks prove ineffective against the golem, which is protected by Counter, but they manage to halt the golem's advance with their spells. Saito realises her objective is Louise, and tells her to stay back, but she jumps out of the carriage as Malicorn pulls it back. She is grabbed by the golem, who began to crush her unless she uses her magic. Saito's attacks are easily stopped by Counter, and Louise decides to sacrifice herself for her friends. Saito leaps to attack the golem again, and this time, his attack damages the golem, which releases Louise, and Slyphid saves them in time. Colbert has unloaded the cannon, which Saito examines using his Gandalfr powers, and quickly fires at the golem, but the round is stopped by Counter. Colbert, Kirche and Maricom unleash their most powerful spells, and manage to stop it's advance. Der

star 8.89
105 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers:
The Familiar of Zero

#3 - The Familiar of Zero

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 2012

Saito is trapped in Japan while his friends fight against the Ancient Dragon. Even if he is able to return to Halkeginia, will he make it in time?

star 8.84
103 votes
Writers: Shogo Yasukawa
Zero Louise

#4 - Zero Louise

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 3, 2006

Despite being from a famous magic family, Louise has never been able to successfully cast a single spell. On the day of her familiar summoning exam, she bungles the summoning and accidentally summons a human from Earth. The poor victim of her mistake is Saito Hiraga, a typical high school boy.

star 8.83
221 votes
Writers: Takao Yoshioka
The Spy's Seal

#5 - The Spy's Seal

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 6, 2007

Louise's sisters move in and make Saito do the work. Siesta makes a pass at Saito when Louise shows up. Just when Louise was about to strike him with a newer whip an explosion happens. A thief stole something from the principal's office and the principal marked the woman with a magic seal on her chest. Saito tries to do it secretly but Louise finds him and tries to hurt him again. Then a commotion in her eldest sister room gets their attention. The thief is found out and when everything is done and over with because Saito didn't tell her what he was ordered to do along with other things that was justifiable she beats him with her new whip out of spite.

star 8.82
103 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Yuji Kawahara
The Queen's Holiday

#6 - The Queen's Holiday

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 13, 2007

Saito and Louise are ordered to be at Scarron's inn to receive further instructions. They take their previous positions and costumes back, and are surprised by Gulio's appearance. Saito runs into Henrietta who asks him to protect her as she poses as a commoner in order to lure out one of her enemies. Saito and Henrietta evade detection from the soldiers searching for the Queen by behaving like sweethearts, while Louise learns of the details of the Queen's mission from Agnes. In a theater in town, while Scarron and his girls are in the middle of performing a play, Henrietta confronts her enemy.

star 8.81
104 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Chinatsu Houjou
Mountain Pass on the Border

#7 - Mountain Pass on the Border

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 8, 2008

Saito and company take refugee in the Charming Fairy Inn while the search for them continues. A plan is created to use the Ostland to fly towards Germinia as a decoy, while Saito goes across the border directly. Scarron provides disguises for them, while Colbert, Seista, Gimli and Reinard proceed to liberate the Ostland. Siesta shows doubts at first of not having any powers but gets encouraged by Saito that she could still help. She hugs him so Louise kicks him in the groin from behind. In Gallia, Joseph and Sheffield uncover a massive object, which Joseph calls Jormungand, covered with pulsing veins and with a single large eye. Posing as a travelling circus, Saito and company cross the border, while Louise broods over no longer being an aristocrat, realising she only has Saito left. Back at the castle, using Siesta as a distraction, Gimli and Reinard take out two guards and they board the Ostland, after dispatching two more groups of guards.

star 8.80
101 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Rika Nakase
The Sleipnir Ball

#8 - The Sleipnir Ball

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 18, 2008

Siesta, in an effort to win Saito, challenges Louise to a contest. If he can locate Louise at the Seipnir ball, she will relinquish her advances towards him. Louise accepts, telling Saito that if he succeeds, she will allow him to “continue what he started before”. The ball arrives, and each participant takes a turn at the mirror of truth, which transforms him or her into their ideal self. Saito, on the way to the ball, notices a dark shape flying over the academy. Believing Louise to be in danger, he rushes in and begins to search for her. Locating her on the balcony, he has a brief conversation with her before the two kiss. Sheffield then arrives and disrupts the ball, destroying the mirror and reverting everyone to their former selves. Saito then discovers that the girl he kissed is not Louise, but is in fact Princess Henrietta, who had taken Louise's form.

star 8.80
105 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Rika Nakase
Her Majesty, the Queen's Zero

#9 - Her Majesty, the Queen's Zero

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 9, 2007

Louise tries to prevent Saito from looking at other girls, but her plan fails. The newly crowned Queen Henrietta assigns the code name 'Zero' to Louise for a mission. When they get home Louise insists she tell him about the misunderstanding that Agnes said. When he tried to explain she beat him until morning causing bruises all over his body. The next morning, Saito and Louise are informed that Henrietta has been kidnapped.

star 8.80
109 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Yuji Kawahara
Pursuit Aboard the Ostland

#10 - Pursuit Aboard the Ostland

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 25, 2008

Colbert is alive. He was saved by Tabitha before death. Using knowledge from the dragons plumage he constructed an air ship with an advanced engine. Louise is still suspicious about what she witnessed between Henrietta and Saito and enlists the help of Siesta and Tiffania to capture Saito and force him (by using magic) to reveal what happened the previous night. Pursed across the ship (under the mistaken impression the magic will remove his clothes) by the increasingly desperate trio he is finally cornered and it is revealed to all about Tabitha's involvement in the previous nights escapade. Saito and Henrietta have difficulty meeting each others eyes throughout the episode but the episode concludes with Louise's resolution to trust Saito while Siesta is still concerned.

star 8.80
103 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Shogo Yasukawa
The Underground Secret Document

#11 - The Underground Secret Document

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 20, 2007

Henrietta is convinced to sign a declaration of war against Albion. News of a victorious battle for the Tristain and Germania allied forces reaches a town that Louise and Saito are currently in. Saito discovers a sailor uniform on sale at a clothes merchants shop, and buys it, opting to give it to Siesta rather than to Louise. Upon returning to the academy, the two join Agnes and Julio on exploring a secret archive hidden beneath the school, which Agnes was denied permission. Agnes wishes to obtain the information there regarding her home town of D'Angleterre's burning to help carry out her revenge against those involved. Eleonore is picked to open to lock to the entrance. As the group heads farther down, they are joined by Siesta, who is wearing the sailor uniform Saito gave her earlier. After discovering that Saito gave the sailor uniform to Siesta because Louise lacked the chest size to make it look good, Louise blows a part of the cave in the way they came. With little to do but move further, the group finds the archives and are sent to look for the records regarding the town of D'Angleterre's burning 20 years ago. When Siesta trips and makes a mess of the books, Eléonore returns them to their proper place with magic, which triggers the archives' security system and begins to bring the bookshelves to a close. Agnes finally finds the information regarding D'Angleterre's burning, but a part of the page that lists the person who led the attack is missing. The group narrowly escapes the collapsing of the bridge that led them to the archives. Upon realizing that Louise had blocked their way out from before, Julio grants Saito permission to have intimate moments with Siesta. Siesta is happy to oblige and Saito also thinks it to be a good idea, however, Louise is watching and is preparing to blow something else up. When Saito points out that the cave in she made earlier is in the opposite direction, Louise tells him to shut up and blows them up anyway.

star 8.79
104 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Yuji Kawahara
Captive in Alhambra

#12 - Captive in Alhambra

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 15, 2008

Using her talents at persuasion, Kirche discovers that Tabitha is being held in Al Hambra. Upon arriving there, the gang decide upon a plan of attack.

star 8.79
103 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Shogo Yasukawa
Tabitha's Little Sister

#13 - Tabitha's Little Sister

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 1, 2008

A nude girl falls from the sky and introduces herself as Tabitha's younger sister. Is she really who she says she it?

star 8.78
101 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Mariko Kunisawa
Crisis at the Institute of Magic

#14 - Crisis at the Institute of Magic

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 27, 2007

Albion sends hired mercenaries to make a surprise attack on the Magic Academy and take all of the people from the royal families hostage. Saito and his friends plan on how they will rescue the people taken hostage as it will take too long for the reinforcements to come from the palace. It is discovered the captain was one of those who attacked Agnes's town D'Angleterre's and burnt it to the ground 20 years ago.

star 8.77
102 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Mayu Sugiura
The Priest's Sword

#15 - The Priest's Sword

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 23, 2007

Julio Cesare transfers to Louise's school and shows an interest in her. He challenges Saito to a fight in which the winner gets to kiss Louise. Saito receives special training from Agnès but Louise shows up and attacks Saito in a jealous rage yet again. He fights against Julio the next day, but Julio loses on purpose.

star 8.77
105 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Yuji Kawahara
The Fairy of the Forest

#16 - The Fairy of the Forest

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 14, 2008

While they are traveling to the village where Tiffannia is living, they meet up with Siesta who is carrying cooking supplies and food. At the same evening, while they were having dinner, Louise gets into another fight with Saito and walks off. Agnes, who was making a wooden sword, asked Saito to train a little bit. The next morning while they are traveling, Saito sees Tiffania and chases after her. At first she doesn't recognize Saito but after shouting her name a few times, she turns around and hugs him. Louise and Siesta are jealous when they see how big Tifannia's breasts are. The same evening Louise tries to ask who she is, and Saito explains that she saved him during his battle. Out of spite, Louise starts to fondle Tifannia's breasts. But when Saito stops her, Louise runs away and Siesta follows her. After forming a temporary alliance against Tiffania, the two get attacked by Sheffield.

star 8.77
104 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers:
The Familiar's Mark

#17 - The Familiar's Mark

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 7, 2008

Saito's runes disappear before his, Louise's and Siesta's eyes. While on a trip to the castle, they are attacked by Sheffield, who is revealed to be the familiar of an unseen Void mage that she refers to as "Master Joseph". After arriving at the castle, Saito is given a paper by the princess that would make him a knight and effectively a noble. He, however, turns it down on the issue that he does not believe he can protect the princess or Lousie without the familiar's contract. When asked about the disappearing runes, he tells them about the elf, whom he recalls as Tiffania. Derflinger tells them where they may find her so Louise and Saito prepare to depart. That night while worrying about recent events, Louise awakens to find Saito awake outside on the balcony. She tells him that she is afraid of him leaving again, especially with the disappearance of the runes.

star 8.77
107 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers:
The Three Vallière Sisters

#18 - The Three Vallière Sisters

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 30, 2007

Eléonore drags Louise, Saito, and Siesta back to the Vallière house, where Louise is announced to be engaged to a duke. Saito goes to talk to her at night but instead finds her sister who beats him like Louise does. Saito confesses his true feelings to Louise, makes out with her in a childhood boat, fights his way out of the Vallière residence, and heads back to school with Louise. She doesn't believe him about what happened in an earlier incident and beats him again while Siesta tells herself she is the only one for Saito.

star 8.76
106 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Mayu Sugiura
The Atonement of Flames

#19 - The Atonement of Flames

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 3, 2007

Colbert sensei and Saito devise a plan to enter into the building and save the hostages. Benubiro explains to Anies how his captain Snake of the Flame ruthlessly burnt the women and children to ashes. The team use their combined magic to enter the building. During the attack, Benubiro recognises Colbert-sensei who is in fact his captain Enja, Serpent of the Flame. The two enemies begin a heated battle. Agnes becomes furious and charges towards Colbert sensei. Benubiro fires a lethal fireball towards Agnes to stop her from interrupting them, Colbert-sensei pushes her away from the blast and is struck in the crossfire. Agnes takes her revenge for her town upon Benubiro and defeats him. Colbert-sensei in his last moments explains what had occurred on that fateful day. He had been given orders to destroy D'Angleterre's Town as it had been reported to be struck with a deadly plague. After discovering there was no plague, he discovers a girl (Agnes) the only survivor and he carries her to safety. Agnes is still infuriated and she holds up her sword to strike a final blow to Colbert-sensei, but he dies before she can do so. Louise and Saito are saddened by the death of their teacher, whereas Agnes is still undecided if she will ever forgive him.

star 8.76
104 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Mayu Sugiura
The Silver Pentecost

#20 - The Silver Pentecost

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 17, 2007

Henrietta's forces enter South Gotha and claim it. Scarron's traveling tavern sets up shop, and Saito and Louise are reunited with Siesta, Jessica, and Guiche. Guiche shows off a medal and relates a story of coming back from the dead, which no one believes. Using the Ring of Andavari, Sheffield causes some of Henrietta's troops to attack the city from within.

star 8.76
103 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Yuji Kawahara
The Vow of Wind and Water

#21 - The Vow of Wind and Water

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 16, 2007

The supposedly dead Wales appears and takes Henrietta to Albion. He uses his vow from their earlier days to convince her into following him. Saito and Louise goes to rescue Henrietta. Wales, later revealed to be revived and controlled by Cromwell's ring, is defeated by Louise with a dispel spell. Wales is released from the control of the ring and asks Henrietta to make a new vow with him before dying again.

star 8.76
107 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Chinatsu Houjou
Louise The Void

#22 - Louise The Void

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 25, 2006

The enemy is starting attack villages and another solar eclipse is about to happen. The empire has formed an army with Louise and Guiche to avert the attack. Saito finds out and uses the plane to come to their aid, but he has to give up his chance to return home. He was able to use the machine gun to eliminate most of the enemy, but ran out of ammo and couldn't take down Wardes. Louise unlocks her magic, destroying the entire enemy force. After the battle, the solar eclipse is over and the plane is nearly destroyed. Saito ends up staying.

star 8.75
145 votes
Writers: Takao Yoshioka
Enemy on the Snowy Alps

#23 - Enemy on the Snowy Alps

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 10, 2007

Henrietta has a special mission lined up and Louise and Saito are the perfect candidates. But Saito hesitates to go into battle because of what Mr. Colbert mentioned before.

star 8.75
104 votes
Directors: Yuu Kou
Writers: Yuji Kawahara
A Thief's Identity

#24 - A Thief's Identity

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 7, 2006

Worried that the princess may be blamed for Fouquet's theft, Louise volunteers to go out and catch her. With Kirche, Tabitha, and Saito tagging along, they travel to the last sighting of Fouquet with Longueville. There, they discover the hiding place of the Staff of Destruction only to have Fouquet's golem appear. Wishing to show her worth, Louise tries to take it head on with a spell, nearly being crushed in the process. Only by Saito's quick reflexes is she saved. Her confidence broken, Louise breaks into tears. Saito is moved by this and begins attacking the golem in her name. After discarding Kirche's sword and drawing Derflinger, the runes on his hands glow once again and his ability greatly increases. Louise tries to help by taking out the Staff of Destruction, which turns out to be a "M72 Light Anti-tank Weapon system(LAWs)" rocket launcher from Vietnam War. Immediately recognizing it, Saito grabs it and quickly uses it, blowing up the golem.

star 8.74
125 votes
Writers: Takao Yoshioka
Zero Treasure

#25 - Zero Treasure

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 18, 2006

The gang has located a rare dragon, which Siesta's family has kept a map. It turns out to be a Mitsubishi Zero-sen, a Japanese aircraft use in World War II. They bring it back to the school. Colbert said someone earlier used another aircraft to fly during the solar eclipse and disappeared. Saito concluded that the person returned home and this is his chance for him to return home also.

star 8.73
117 votes
Writers: Takao Yoshioka