In anime you sometimes find amazing characters who will always bring a smile to your face. Characters like Mr. Kimura, the high school girl loving classical Japanese teacher, from Azumanga Daioh or Ayame Sohma, Yuki Shoma's older brother who runs a romantic costume shop in Fruits Basket. These are some of the more memorable characters I've ever seen and I'm happy to say that you can add Belldandy, the giant mole, from Zero No Tsukaima to the list.
In all seriousness I finished the first season of Zero No Tsukaima today. I found it to be mostly enjoyable. My biggest problem with ZNT is that I found the heroine, Louise Francios, to be an annoying character. She's the typical tsundere girl, she's rude, uncaring, and even abusive to the main character Saito Hiragi. She does go through a change of course, but I always found myself wondering why I should be sympathetic to such a stuck up person who can't even use magic. However she did grow on me towards the end even if it was mostly because of the Saito. He balances out her craziness and is a pillar of stability, even with all the drama of him being removed from his home and taken to another world. He has a certain Tenchi like charm, he's just a normal kid in way over his head, but he's relaxed and a easygoing. He also shares Tenchi's way with women. Saito has many girls chasing him because of the power formed by his bond with Louise.
Oh Yeah! Did I mention that this show takes place in a Harry Potter-esque world where magic is real and all the nobles (wizards and witches) go to magic school. The commoners (muggles) are forced to serve the nobles. There are tons of things this anime shares with Harry Potter but what's really important is that most of the story is pretty original. Zero No Tsukaima really doesn't take itself very seriously. It pokes fun at all it's characters flaws but the romance at throughout the series is handled with maturity.
Even for such a paradoy type of show ZNT definitely has some serious things to say. Most of the problems in this world revolve around nobles abuse their power over commoners who can do nothing. The nobles in the show never see Saito coming and he refuses to give in to the powers of the nobles. I'm going to start the second season now but I wanted to look back at what was an enjoyable 13 episodes. I only hope the next season is even better.
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