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Zero no Tsukaima

Alt titles: The Familiar of Zero

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In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise (along with all first year students) was charged with summoning a familiar; and instead of a cute magical creature, the familiar arrived in the form of... Saito Hiraga, a normal Japanese boy who was abruptly teleported from his own world?! Can both Louise and Saito come to terms with their new and complicated "relationship" and (more importantly) help Saito find a way home?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi TV 2007 Sequel
Zero no Tsukaima: Princess no Rondo TV 2008 Same Franchise
Zero no Tsukaima: Princess no Rondo: Seductive Beach DVD Special 2008 Same Franchise
Zero no Tsukaima: Princess no Rondo Picture Drama DVD Special 2008 Same Franchise
Zero no Tsukaima F TV 2012 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Zero no Tsukaima (Light Novel) 2004 TBD
Zero no Tsukaima 2006 TBD
Zero no Tsukaima Gaiden: Tabasa no Bouken 2007 TBD
Zero no Tsukaima Chevalier 2010 TBD
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Masahiro FUJII Character Design
Yoshiaki IWASAKI Director
Shinkichi MITSUMUNE Music

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Zero no Tsukaima babyeinstein12 7/10 Sep 15, 2009
The Familiar of Zero babyeinstein12 7/10 Sep 15, 2009

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Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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ap19

The characters in ZnT and Shana have identical personalities and voices. In Shana, the orthodox style of weaponry/culture is replaced with oriental-style magic and arms.

cema

Both Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima have a similiar female protagonist. Though they both have feelings for the male protagonists, their attitudes towards the male protagonists are rather cold.

Also, the "she" and "he" live together in both of these series, which gives you a hope for fluff that might happen between the characters.

ermeyers

Controlling women. That's it. In both ZnT and Shana there are controlling female protagonists that more or less make the male protagonist their slave. There's decent fan service in both of them. Plus, in both, the female protagonist has small breasts which they are very sensitive about. That adds some very good comedy to both series. If you liked one of these, then you should definitely check out the other.

abunai

The female lead characters in both Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima are of the type generally known as つんでれ (tsundere, from tsuntsun plus deredere, "aloof"+"lovestruck"); that is, girls who are at first distant and cold, but later (or privately) soften up and become loving. This female stereotype is very popular with some anime fans -- and if it's your thing, then these two anime have excellent examples of the type.

Another similar trait is the status of the male lead characters. Both are suddenly whirled into a world of supernatural events and horrifying threats. Both find themselves completely subservient to the female leads, with little or no social status left to them. And both grow under the pressures imposed by their situations.

Of course, there is also the common voice acting cast to mention -- both anime feature the same central cast of seiyuu, in roughly the same parts: Kugimiya Rie and Satoshi Hino as the lead characters, with Kawasumi Ayako in a strong supporting rôle -- as well as the capable animation direction by Fujii Masahiro.

In short, if you like either of these anime, you are sure to like the other.

APWZ

Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima share similar characters, the same voice actors, and a similar plot. The story lines are different, but if you like one, you will like the other. It's not even close to a gut feeling, it is the truth!

Strifelife

The main female characters in ZnT and Shana have very identical personalities; they are afraid to show their true feelings to the protagonists. When they aren't showing their true feelings, they are very cold and distant. Plus, both of them have small breasts and feel very sensitive about them. There are also love triangles in both anime.

The only difference is the worlds.

But, I guess you get my point; the main characters are very similar. If you liked one, you'd like the other.

rockenroll4life

When comparing two separate anime that are similar you can expect a few similarities, story line, animation style, or even plot. But when looking at the similarities between Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima a huge array oh similarities unfold. Both anime consist of love triangles, sword fighting, same voice actors, and talking inanimate objects (Alastor a pendant and Derflinger a sword). Though the similarities are uncanny there still are there differences. In the case of Zero, Saito is charged with protecting Louise, male protecting female. In the case of Shana, Shana is charged with protecting Sakai, female protecting male.

Through the similarities and the differences you can see that overall these animes are incredibly alike. Mostly this is do to having a similar theme which is just rehashed and given a fresh story, giving the viewer a whole new story.

Overall these anime share more in common than a lot of other anime. It is in my honest opinion that if you enjoyed either one, I believe you would enjoy the other. So check them out when you have the time and enjoy! ^_^

xwinterwolfgalx34

Both shows have a similar feel, a seemingly cold much more powerful (at least at first) female (Shana in SnS and Louise in Znt) take on a much weaker male (Yuji in SnS and Saito in ZnT) as their partner. They even seen to be falling in love when in both series an annoying female character (Kazumi in SnS and Siesta in Znt) decides to go after the male lead.

Kael

Both of these anime combine magical elements with school life activities. The characters have very similar personalities and the humor follows the same vein. If you liked one you'd probably like the other.

spark011789

They are very similar in a lot of ways. Shana and Louise are both tsundere characters. There are also similarities between Yoshida and Siesta. The storylines both involves the male protagonists being thrown into some kind of supernatural realms.

Soulx45

It has nearly the same concept, with the boy and girl (soon to be lovers) fight against a common enemy. but Shakugan is a very good anime one of the best that iv seen.

TropicalMist

I first watched Shana before Zero, and in a great need for closure, I decided to try Zero hoping for the same feel in anime.

For one... I thought they were really different, much more different than I was led on to believe. However, there were very obvious similarities too. Shana and Louise were both strong, dominant females. Both have problems with their feelings for Yuji/Saito and there's also the other female characters that go crazy for the guy. As for plot, both have their supernatural aspects. Both deal with the idea of dying and how "killing is bad". In general, if you liked THAT part of the anime, then yes! I bet you'll enjoy one as much as you enjoyed the other.

And of course... there were the differences. Shana was more about plot, a lot of action and VERY little character development (IMO)... while Zero was more comedy, romance and OBVIOUS character development. I guess it's more of your taste in anime. I personally liked Zero more. It had it's sad moments... but the plot carried through. Shana was a little slow for me, and it had a lot of fillers (while Zero was MEANT to have fillers). However, both leave potential for third seasons (I think Zero does have one coming out), so watch for that!

shoahunter

Both shows focus on stubborn girl who struggle admitting her feelings to the clueless boy who helps her out, (a common plot) and let us not forget the superior girl with large breast that also love him. Ahh, the ever so common love triangle. Anyway; although they have common plots these shows differences are few, and are almost siblings plot wise. So if you like one you'll with out a doubt want to check out the other.

Shiryou

Both series, Shakugan no Shana ???????? and Zero no Tsukaima ????????, are very similar in many ways. Firstly, both main characters are girls whose personalities are very alike. They are short-tempered and don't get along with the male protagonists at the beginning. However, as the series progres, so are their relationships.

In addition, both series are produced by J.C. Staff, and main characters are voiced by the same seiyuu ????. Kugimiya Rie ?????? as female protagonists, Hino Satoshi ????? as male protagonists and Kawasumi Ayako ?????? as supporting character.

So, if you like one series, or any of those seiuu, you should check out the second one also.

CarLoSG

both series tell us how is the aventures of the two principal characters, and the hard job that they have to find who is the real person that they love. all this in a world involve into the magic and mystical creatures.whitout forget the funny side.

xkub4

These animes are really similar. Both are about magic, fights and romance of 2 main characters. Seiyu are same, animations too - same studio.

Adonia

Well, if you like Shana then you'll probably like Zero no Tsukaima....  tiny, unreasonable girl falls for bewildered guy who has no idea what the *$#@ is going on but feels the need to protect said girl.  Spoiled girl abuses guy... guy continues to act like knight... meanwhile they kill a lot of lmagically charged creatures.  There is very little character development (didn't Saito have a family...?)

azanimefan

one word.  Tsundere girls.  both anime focus on relitively powerless males, pulled into a powerful girl's world, the powerful girl being a tsundere character... add in some shonen action, harem commedy, and some moe and you have two anime that are very similiar in many ways.

Omurqi

Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana are two shows with a similar premise. The guy gets thrown into a strange world, meets a tsundere girl who acts all high and mighty there, and during the anime the guy tries to get stronger in order to help the girl. Art-wise, they are also very similar in their character design and quality of the animation. Both shows have plenty of tsundere and action, Zero having more of the first and Shana more of the latter. If you liked one of these, don't miss out on the other!

Firedemon11

the main characters are very much alike, but its a different plot in a different world, its also geneon which made both of the animes

eaper

Both of the animes are made by JC Staff, involve supernatural powers, an underlying love story, and strong female lead characters voiced by the same actress (in Japanese).

korychi

Both Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana have characters with similar roles. They both have a leading female character with a male character that assists the female when it comes to combat, with the male and female having a slightly obvious romantic interest in each other. There is also a female character in both that is jealous of the leading female character's good relationship with the male character.

Larkawolfgirl

I did not look it up but I think both of the main girls have the same Jappanese voice actor. The girls both act very similar. They both are in love with the main guys but don't know exactly to show it. They both yell at them a lot and feel down a lot as well. Both shows make you feel good and love the characters. Both involve fighting. The guys are also thrown into a magical world against their agreement. Thus these shows have the same feeling to them.

AsylumAngel

Both animes have a simular set of main characters, both of the girls in this series have a out going and forward personality, while the guys both have a attitude to move forward and try the best they can to assist in anyway possible. So if had injoyed one of the series, more or less you will like the other to some extent.

ciller

In Zero you have an master-server positioning same goes for Shana. The master is in love with the server and shows tsundere behavior. Server has in the both the beginnings no real feelings for the master but wants to help and protect them even if they gonna feel pain for that reason. The difference later on is that in Zero the server is gonna love the master too, while in Shana it stays a mystery what will happen. In both of series it is also that that the server actually comes out of a different world then the master in Zero it really is an other world and in Shana it comes close to living in different worlds. Both the series are just to beat the super evil enemy witch require the master and server work together with also other characters to save the world from lose it's peace.

That are the reasons why you would like the other if you liked the first. You still will like the other even if you didn't like the first because the storyline is not very equal.

Kirisawa

Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan No Shana are practically the same. A magical girl treats an ordinary boy as her 'pet'. Then, she realizes she was in wrong and falls in love with him, vice versa. In both animes, Shana and Louise face constant enemies throughout the show. They both had no idea what love was like, nor any special feeling for the male protagonist until late in the series. Both girls also have rivals for the love of the male protagonist. The rivals for both shows are much the same, and also look alike except the fact in Zero No Tsukaima, the rival for Saito's love looks much more mature, but inside she is a very shy, unconfident girl who does not think she will be able to win his heart. In Shakugan No Shana, Kazumi is the same age as Shana and also feels that way about Yuji.

bebe4styll

Despite the fact that Zero no Tsukaima gives a merrier atmosphere and it is less about the fighting, Shana resembles it in a few ways. Those ways mostly involve the main characters and how they treat each other. In both animes, the girl looks almost the same, and has the same mischievous behaviour towards the boy, who has to be taught by her and mostly do as she commands. However, love comes between them while they are both too shy to admit it.  If you liked one, you should like the other!

BlackVoid

ZnT is so similar to SnS that it could be sued for copyright infiringement.

That is, if it wasnt made by the same studio.

Honestly I dont need to go into much detail to explain why you'd like one from the other, just know this: If these 2 were any more similar JC Staff would sue themselves.

KittyEmperor

Both series have a tsundere female character who has supernatural powers and the male lead who has has some sort of special ability that the female falls in love with.  Both are made by J.C.Staff and both feature the same female lead voice actor at least in the japanese version.

shinigamidono

This two shows are essentially the same in every aspect aside from the setting. You have your male lead who is powerless and the female lead that looks down on him because of his lack of power at first. The male then becomes stronger in order to protect the female all the while getting abused and whipped by the female... and eventually they fall in love. Even the voice actors of both the male and female leads are the same people in both shows. If you have watched Shana, and you start to watch Zero, you will be expecting an "Urusai Urusai Urusai" at just about every point int the show. it's a little disappointing that it never comes :) If you liked Shana, you will like Zero no Tsukamia and vice versa. There is no ands, ifs, or buts.

budda22

Both of these anime's are made of the same company, and both of them has the same setting with a male and female as the main charactars, with a second female falling in love with the male. Both of the animes also have the same rawing style and is a comedy in its own ways.

Kuchikii

Shana has the same seiyuu like in ZnT. It describes simillar story, but it takes action in other world and time.

WinterSnowfall

A young man not yet ready to protect what is important to him but willing to give his all to do so and a "important" young lady with dominative behaviour, you'll see this in both animes, with a comical effect in Zero no Tsukaima and a maturing one for Yuuji in Shakugan no Shana.

bunnylovesanime

Shakugan no Shana is like Zero no Tsukaima in several ways. The first is that both shows feature a girl with a magic power who is assisted by a boy who appears to be powerless.  Second is that both series have a strong tsundere realtionship between the girl and boy. It is safe to say if you are fan of one you will like the other.

Drasticc

Pretty much you got similar stories here.  Okay the heroine encounters a young Japanese boy and gets more than what they bargin for.  A relationship builds in the midst of magic battles as well as a potential harem brews.  Great romance and standard plot lines for the two similar animes.

Suimin

Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana both have rather harsh main tsundere heroines. The male lead is dragged into a supernatural reality from the very beginning, and drives the tsundere (and viewers) mental with his overly optimistic attitude. If you like tsundere, you should check both of these out.

MyImmortal

Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana I'd recommend for the same reason as Toradora, except one more thing, for these two the male protaganist is sent off to another world where the female leading character is already use to. Both worlds are a place of magic and stronger beings. And the male characters wind up stuck in this world with the female characters both having to help each other

lauryl

This comparison is obvious...same sort of dynamic between the two lead characters, and not only because they are voiced by the same voice actors (in Japanese, anyway.)  ZnT is the "original" Shakugan no Shana clone...well, I'm mostly adding this opinion to make sure people who have seen one go check out the other, if they really liked it.

Btbowler

If you liked the story type here, normal guy brought into a not so normal world, then you should consider the other series.  Both are beautifully drawn anime series, and both have characters you'll grow to love.

Cululush

Nearly identical cast, and similar themes. Although they have their obvious differences, they're also very similar. Same love-conflict situation, main love interest is a Tsundere, fantasy elements, talking objects, et cetera. Shakugan no Shana has a lot more drama and a lot less fan service compared to Zero no Tsukaima, which is the main difference IMO.

AJoX

i don't know,but this is so much alike ZnT ! there is fighting,romance a little perv moment's and that makes it perfect ! Worth watching belive me ! (sry 4 bad eng.)

Kyrok

Both of these series share the same type of formula, a seemingly normal guy's life becomes entwined with that of a girl who has a much more crazy fate. Both Shana and Louise are extremely similar to each other and that's not even counting that they have the same voice actress. If you like romance, comedy, fantasy, action, etc. then you will like both of these series.

Bestanimeserie

Both shows have the same sort of setting becuase they both have a fantasy setting / person in a strange world. And the characters are quite similar

Louise & Shana are both tsundere protaganist so if you liked one of them you will most likely like the other

Saito & Yuuji are also quite the same they both have to adapt to a diffrent aspect of life and both have to learn how to fight. also both feature talking items in shana it's a talking pendant or amulet and in Zero no Tsukaima it's a talking sword

Overall both shows have share most of the same things so if you liked one you will most likely like the other too.

abimesina

they are Similar in genre : person from strange world, tsundere, fantasy, action, magic.. If you like Shakugan no Shana, you would also like to watch Zero no tsukaima (vice versa)

YoakeCassidy

They both have an action story with a main romance, the same kind of animation and a little bit of a harem feeling to it.

RosePrincessMay

 the main female characters have similar personalities and voice actors. The main male charcters are both classed "person in a starnge world" and though the plot is different they both have the same feel to it. If you liked one you will (probably) like the other

indimental

If you like Shana you will like Zero too and vice versa, because the two main characters are some magical girls with the same personality who always shout "Shut up!" and are getting in love the in a similar way.

MaraRuizu

If you like romance shows with a supernatural, tsundere girl and a normal boy, either one of these is a good choice. Furthermore, both deal with the boy's feelings as he tries to become strong enough to protect the girl. Shakugan no Shana has a much darker tone, though.

gruntnapper

Both involve swordplay, and both can be considered action/romance. Also both have use of magic.

JiaLiKao

Both anime revolve around the premise of a male lead entering a reality or world that parallels his own by way of the female lead. Both involve multiple females vying for the male's love, whilst the male also attempts to gain power and better himself for the girl that brought him into his reality. Shakugan leans a bit more to the serious side, while Zero no Tsukaima involves a bit more ecchi and comedy.

BushidoPizza

Both share similarites in not only their plots, but also in the way the characters interact with one another. In both, you find a male lead whose world is more or less entirely turned upside down and must learn to adapt to these new challenges, and usually involve a mix of sword and magic battles. They both feature various love triangles between the main and those around them, and share an occasional school style setting. Also, they share similar art styles and voice actors.

While there are some differances, they are small enough that the similarites shine through!  

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Toradora!

Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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neutrino

If you like Tsundere, then ZnT is the quintessential series you must watch, although it makes any other like it seem redundant.  There are a lot of similarities between Louise and Taiga, including the same voice actress even.  To me, ToraDora is more intelligent, but both are fun series.

cassiesheepgirl

If you enjoy watching shows with a central Tsundere character treating some poor unwilling guy like a slave and calling him a dog, then both of these series are for you! Both are set in a school environment and whilst Zero no Tsukaima is more ecchi and has a large fantasy element that Toradora! doesn't have, both are comedy series. In both situations you find youself feeling sorry for Saito and Ryuuji, and gradually beginning to like Louise and Taiga - and their tempers! If you enjoyed one of these series then it is well worth giving the other a try.

jaysah925

the heroine of both anime are very similar: short, has a fiery temper, and little to no breasts (sorry that came out wrong *sweatdrops*) if you enjoyed the funny (yet sweet) moments between Louise and Saito, you'd definitely enjoy the budding (?) romance between Ryuji and Aisaka (aka the slavedriving of Ryuji) Isn't it sweet?

Tokuwa

Seeing both series, there are quite some obvious connections: Female and male lead characters share a similar type of interaction, the female being highly dominent and somewhat spoiled - the male being a pure-hearted nice guy who is treated badly, yet in the hearts of both female leads, they do have a deeper affection for their respective "dog". Both series evolve around this element, yet in different interpretations.

Hence, If you like the tension between the characters of one series, you may just love to see this constellation in a different setting and this is the chance! While Zero no Tsukaima has an all-fantasy setting with more exaggeration, action and male-lead-torture, Toradora! chooses a realistic setting with more true-to-life moments and a deeper, less predictable approach in character behaviour - so both have unique qualities.

chamomille

There are similar characters in both anime - selfish girl who doesn't get along with other students very much and a kind boy who is often abused by her and treated like her slave. Together they try hard to overcome various problems and develop a special relationship. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

TropicalMist

Although these two anime have very different plots and characters, I feel that essentially they're still very similar in the romance departments (as well as the main character designs).  Simply put, both these stories revolve around a slice-of-life (or adventure) type of feel... with the underlying of romance just waiting to reveal itself in the end.

I feel that both the main guy and girl in the stories are really similar... in the way that says that they're both unaware of their own feelings.  It takes awhile for development to kick in, but finally we see the final result of character development in the end =) Both leave the story pretty much settled and there's nothing left to be said so it's a pretty solid ending (except in ZnT, there's still much to be said about the war).

Jedo

These 2 titles have characters which can easily be identified as a "Tsundere". In the case of ZnT, you have Louise who is quick to torture the male lead for small transgressions. Despite her violent behavior, she always finds the time to show us the 'dere' side of things. In Toradora, there is a very similar female lead in the form of Taiga. Although she sees nothing wrong with using a wooden sword to assault Ryuji, she is also able to capture Tsundere fans' hearts with ease.

Aztek

Why? thats rather simple: you have a tsundre female lead that at first doesnt want to acknowledge their love and a male lead that gets exploited by the female with most of the time comical results. And to top it off Louise and Taiga have the same voice actor!

Jinatious

Toradora and Zero No Tsukaima. They share the same type of character roles, but one thing I feel everyone is mixing up is how similar the characters are.

Ryuuji is a completely different type of character than Saito. While Saito and Ryuuji do have one thing in common, a tsundere female who takes their lives by the reigns, the characters themselves are different.

Toradora takes a more realistic approach towards it, the tsundere nature is more subtle in Taiga then with Louise. ZnT has a more fantasy feel and more action and adventure. Toradora lacks action (For the most part) and replaces it with deep character progression.

All in All, if you like ZnT you may like Toradora or vice versa. They share the same elements but the characters are, by no means, all that similar. At least, not to me.

mammothb

Both are typical tsundere female lead. there is also the feeling of the male lead wanting to protect the female lead. 

goldy496

This should be a fairly obvious recommendation.

First, let's start with the voice actors. Both Taiga and Louise are voiced by the queen of tsundere voices: Rie Kugimiya. Minori and Henrietta are both voiced by Yui Horie.

Next, let's talk about similar elements. Both would qualify as romantic comedy, with a good amount of drama inserted in. Whereas Toradora is a school setting, Zero no Tsukaima is a fantasy school setting, with plenty of action and battling. The core idea is the same though: Boy meets girl, girl and boy like each other, girl takes the entire season to decide that she likes boy.

eaper

Both made by JC Staff with the several of the lead females with the same voice actresses (Taiga and Louise; Minorin and Siesta), a slowly emerging couple, and a slight harem feel (although Zero is much more of a harem).

Omurqi

Toradora! and Zero no Tsukaima are two romances with a tsundere girl as main character. While Toradora! lacks the fantasy aspect of Zero, I felt it had what the other lacked: a good, relatable cast and the focus actually on the romance rather than some watered down action. If you enjoyed Zero no Tsukaima for its comedy and tsundere lead, but felt it lacked something, definitely check out the -much better- Toradora!

VickyVicarious

I haven't watched much of ZnT yet, but so far I recognize several elements very much in common with Toradora. Louise and Taiga, the female leads, are similar both physically (short, thin, long hair, flat) and in their somewhat violent tempers and habits of calling the male lead "dog".

Saito and Ryuuji, however, are pretty much nothing alike. Toradora also takes a far more realistic attitude towards its story; part of this is probably just the setting, as it is set in a regular high school whereas ZnT is in a fantasy world. But their 'moods' are also very different in some ways, with ZnT being more needlessly humorous and over-the-top and Toradora taking itself more seriously (a little too much at times, I felt).

One thing that really annoys me about ZnT is the whole caste system between "aristocrats" and "plebians", and especially the way Saito is treated (he sleeps on STRAW and eats on the floor!), but I hope that will eventually get better. (Besides, I just kind of love Saito.) Toradora is definitely better in terms of equality even if Ryuuji is bullied somewhat by Taiga. Still, if you like one series, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other.

fat10

If you liked Zero no Tsukaima, you should also enjoy Toradora!. In Toradora! there isn't a magical world, quite the contrary, it is demonstrated the reality of a life of students. But it is also a great story of romance, where I think the characters overcome the Zero no Tsukaima. It is exciting and makes us want to see more and more.

Slimjim

Tsundera-romances are always fun to watch, and these two shows are no exception. While both may have completely different settings, the overall theme is the same: the girl is initially aggressive (and at many times incredibly violent) towards the guy, but eventually they grow attached to each other and start falling in love.

I love these shows because they offer endless humor, but at the same time offer those heartwarming scenes that just make the show totally worth watching. Romance fans and comedy fans alike will most definitely enjoy these shows.

Watching guys getting beaten relentlessly with blunt objects in the name of love was never such a rewarding experience.

Rilkar

Both shows are romances that are intended for a male audience and have a short tsundere as the female lead. And both are based off of light novels. If you like one you should watch the other.

mapletree

Very similar anime. Both have tsundere main characters. Both have the same genre. If you like toradora you'll definitely like ZnT and vice versa. ZnT has a magical twist and action but Toradora is funny too. both have guys that are abused in some sort of way

bunnylovesanime

Zero no Tsukaima or Louise the Zero and Toradora are very similar in a lot of ways. First off you have the female main characters they look and act very similar. Second you have the male lead characters both are super similar in how they behave.   Both of these comedies feature a great romance with lots of humor and side characters. IF you like one you will like the other.

neverafall

The characters personalities are very similar such as Louise and Taiga. Both of them are great animes with compelling plots! I think everyone should watch them!

MyImmortal

I'm simply going here by the main female character. If you loved Taiga you're going to love Louise and vice-versa. They are voiced by the same actor and both tagged as tsundere characters, really great ones if I may add. Also the relationship they grow with the male protaganist can both be funny and dramatic in similar ways.

cahbayb

Lousie and Taiga are basically the same character: small, violent, flat-chested and they even look the same except for the hair. They both face stuggles in school and find love.

Foxxylover

You will love the characters in Zero no Tsukaima and in Toradora! Both of the main female characters are very abusive to the main male characters in both anime. There is romance. Its really cute. And I know you will love it! Trust me this is one you don't wanna miss! So go out there and watch it already!

069JLU

From the art to the charachter to the staff to the actresses to the whole aura of the show everything practically screams louiseifiedness!

wargiam

These anime are really alike even though thier plots are nothing alike. The main womans voice actress is the same even. They are the Two most must see romance animes i can recommend.

KarnowoB

Simply put... Take Louise, keep the same voice actress. Make her better. And you get Taiga. Toradora is Rie Kugimiya at her finest and if you enjoyed her in Zero no Tsukaima you'll love her in Toradora!

MaraRuizu

Both features tsunderes who's "tsun" crosses the line into domestic violence, all while it is treated as comedy. They also feature a dog motif for the poor recipient of the tsundere's violence, who ends up doing a lot of house-work. All in all they aren't very similar other than that though, as Zero no Tsukaima is a lot more... filled with panty shots. However, Louise and Taiga are very similar.

Ravencloud85

Both animes have the "dainty" female lead and the often confused male lead that gets forced to deal with them and have lots of good humor in both. Just watch and see for yourself.

RosePrincessMay

the main characters are quite similar: the females are tsunderes are somewhat spoilt and treat the male main characters as their slaves. the male main charcters do not enjoy this (who would?) but both sides grdually come to love each other. You will love Toradora if you liked Zero no Tsukaima and vice versa

ParalleledPerception

I'm simply recommending these two cause of the tsundere and comedy aspects. They both revolve around a female and male character lead who at first, can't stand each other and get into many hilarious situations. As time goes  they start to grow on each other. They both have their good shares of comedy, romance, and especially tsundere moments. Not to mention the female protagonist share the same voice actor. If you liked one I'm sure you'll like the other.

   Cheers,

     Danny 

tmj1234

They both have a love hate relationship where the male gets into some sticky situations with girls resulting in him getting hurt :)

Shadow000Ninja

I watched Zero no Tsukaima first a long time ago. Season 4 came out and i rewatched it completly, I was so hungry for more if this wonderful show i watched Toradora. Either way is a perfect matchup. Both shows are fantastic and if you like one you will definatly like the other. 

WATCH THEM BOTH! THEY'RE AMAZING!

BushidoPizza

Although not really similar in plot, both Zero no Tsukaima and Toradora! are remarkably similar to one another. Both have the classic tsundere (though Taiga is much better, personally), a school setting, romance, and of course plenty of comedy.

If you liked one, the other is a must see!

Hayate the Combat Butler!

Hayate the Combat Butler!

When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!

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venin

Simple: Both main characters are sort of like knights for their princesses and both series have good humour and action. Well, you can probably get a much better idea if you watch them yourself :)

Cilk530

It's easy to get into the mood in both of these stories. Zero no Tsukaima has a fantasy setting, and Hayate the Combat Butler has a more modern setting. The male leads also show many similarities, but the female leads are even more similar; the fact both Loiuse from ZoT and Nagi from HtCB share a voice actor seem to emphasize this fact. If you liked one of these, you're sure to enjoy the other.

Cetonis

If you liked Zero no Tsukaima, there's a pretty good chance you'll like Hayate as well. They both involve some guy becoming the fighter/servant of a young girl. Louise and Nagi are also extremely similar characters, so the two series often feel quite alike to one another. However, Hayate for the most part avoids the ecchi jokes that are rampant in Zero, instead opting to poke fun at various popular anime. So unless you enjoy such ecchi jokes, consider Hayate a big step up.

airbornemist6

Both have a strong and arrogant female protangonist intent on winning the heart of her servant. They also share an aspect of humor. Hayate no Gotoku's humor is largely based on parody, whereas Zero no Tsukaima's sense of humor is mainly situational. The main difference in the humor is the age groups the animes are aimed at. Zero is a seinen whereas Hayate is shonen.

APWZ

More lolita anime? Both has a funny thing to them. Similar really neverending plot. Theres no doubt that if you like one of them you will like them both.

Kael

The lead female characters in both series are very similar. I would put both of these anime in the harem comedy/ school life category. Funny, lighthearted, and easy to follow- there's not a ton of plot in either one.

Betelgeuse

Both series are a humorous story of a boy in service of a young girl who loves him but does not know how to handle him because she is from a rich family where she's always been the boss of servants and doesn't know how these are thinking. Punishments and orders can thereby sometimes be unreasonably big yet funny, and he endures them. Strange situations also appear due to unusual abilities of the side characters which require him to take action to protect his master. Their drawing style is also alike, so if you like one, you'd also like the other.

Kyouko

If you are a fan of Rie Kugimiya's, then you are sure to enjoy either of these anime. Both series main female is voiced by her, and she prefroms excellently in either one.

Also, both of these series are comical and enjoyable to watch. Basically, if you really liked one of them, then you're going to love the other. Very comical, yet somehow both have a storyline at the same time.

Both involve a girl who is deeply in love with the lead male, while the male is more apparently interested in some other female.

Oehr

Spoiled girls everywhere! Nagi and Louise both are egoistic skewed girls with a dog - err boy at their side who have to do anything they want. With the story advancing, the "tenant" is getting closer to their pets - romantic comedy is on the way!

Overall, both series are very similar when it comes to fighting, love, spoiled girls and whatever. If you liked one, you'll like the other too!

ciller

in both series the caraters have kind of the same position. also the style of jokes are the same. the drawing style is too of the same kind. The thing that says the most is the master-minion relation of a young girl that has an older boy as a minion. Not to forget the tsundere in both relations. Both they are wonderfull series without a doubt, so watch it!!

batmannoLuckysocks

Both have the protagonists in a romantic relationship. Both the males are considered low class in the animes and this is frequently commented on. Both have a bit of fan service but not heaps so it's ok to watch in your living room. Both main characters only 'real' desire is to protect their masters. I could go on but the point is they are both the same sort of romantic comedy type anime.

Dog Days

Dog Days

In the magical land of Flonyard, animal-eared inhabitants battle each other for resources in harmless war games. One region, Biscotti, has fought valiantly but is on the verge of financial ruin when its princess, Millhiore, makes a decision: she’ll summon a champion who can fight for their honor! Through a magical portal comes Shinku, a once-typical middle school student who’s eager to join the cause. But soon, both Millhiore and Shinku make a terrible discovery: those who are summoned can’t return home! Now, as Shinku continues to train and fight for Biscotti, he and the others must also try to find a way for the boy to someday get back to his loving friends and family.

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NightShroud

Both of the animes, have a male protagnoist person in a strange world whom was summoned by a girl with magical capabilites, both are faced with battles and magic, wrapped around with Comedy, Fantasy, and a little light ecchi.

Rilkar

Both shows are about a guy who get summoned to a fantasy world and has to help fight in a war there. And both shows have lots of cute moé girls. If you like one you should watch the other.

ikunsdespair

If you liked Zero no Tsukaima, you'd also like Dog Days because it has almost the same story in the beginning. In Zero no Tsukaima, Louise summoned a familiar from the human world who happens to be a special one because of its ability and in Dog Days, The Princess summoned a Hero from the human world to help them win the "war". Both stories have "a Person in a Strange World". Both stories include Fighting scenes that mostly uses Magic.

ShadowRegalia

Both of these series have a normal school student summoned to another strange world where he must fight. One of the only major things the two shows don't have in common is the fact that Dog Days is VERY light-hearted, (no blood, explict scenes, etc)

Reigns

Both of these animes have a human boy being summoned to a fantasy world. The males both fight in order to protect the country, and fight along side their authority (princess / owner). Both Very upbeat and friendly!

scizorg45

These series are so alike it's not even funny anymore. The similarities: Young boy gets ported to strange world with magics by young girl of somewhat same age. Young boy is made to fight stuff there. There are lots of girls who have an interest in this young boy. Need I continue or will you watch these nice, colorfull and lighthearted series?

Thrawn

In dire trouble and with an urgent need of a hero, someone to stand by you, who do you call? Some random guy from another world of course! These otherworldly heroes (Regular ol' humans) are summoned to do some tasks of some sort, be it fight alongside their summoners, some daring duty of courageous acts of possible valor or inexplicably woo some of the dames in their new world, intentionally or uninentionally. Their good deeds are many, the action is plenty, babes by the loads, these two young lads are the heroes called upon and are going to do a heroes work to become heroes in their own right.

Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari

Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari

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Shizune

If you liked any of either Zero no Tsukaima or Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari you are almost bound to like the other one, although there are mechas in Isekai you have almost the same plot and good visual content. I really recommend that you see them if you like on or the other, you will enjoy it

jiropracter

These are the points these animes have in common

  1. Ecchi, Harem Genre
  2. Main Character is from a different world
  3. Main Character plays important role in saving alternate world
  4. Main Character wants to go home

If you liked this anime you will like the other.

JenKenos

Both titles follow the story of a rather clueless boy, in a strange world, who's being tortured in many funny ways by a horde of females. In addition to that, both plots develop in the academy of a fantasy world.

JAhU

There are so many similarities between Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari and Zero no Tsukaima that I don't even know where to start. I think I'll limit myself to pointing out that the protagonist in both of those series is a Japanese boy summoned (against his will) to a medievalish fantasy world. Chances are that you'll like one of those if you liked the other.

P.S. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari has much more likable characters though.

RAQ154

If you liked any of either Zero no Tsukaima or Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari you are almost bound to like the other one, although there are mechas in Isekai you have almost the same plot and good visual content. I really recommend that you see them if you like on or the other, you will enjoy it

Adoondas

Person in strage world that has a koshijin, and abilities that surpass the other characters from his faction.Also he is able to fight like no other.

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