Review: Familiar of Zero F

Once well-meaning but blundering after being pulled from his high-school life to accompany Louise as her familiar in Halkeginia, this fourth and final season of Familiar of Zero sees Saito Hiraga maturing into his role as the fateful hero. He wears his new lordship well, when he isn’t flip-flopping between ogling and raucous embarrassment in any woman’s presence, and though the petty jealousies, beatings and boob envy are all present, the ecchi has mostly been set aside in favour of letting relationships blossom.

He and Louise are at the heart of this flourishing, as Saito comes good on his promise to stay by her side in a fairytale ending. But as ever, the love story isn’t without its obstacles, and these are erratic in terms of maturity. Tabitha has suffered the worst of the shortcuts, losing her quiet grace to selfishness and insolence when called upon to take over the Gallian throne, wrestling for Saito’s affection as a temporary flight from her responsibilities. As she doubts her own place in the world and in the hero’s life, the half-elf Tiffania is in a similar bind. Freshly discovered as a Void user, when she calls for her own familiar she ends up in a triangular tangle with His Lordship and Louise. But this connection sends him Super Saito all in good time, as under the suggested terror campaigns an ancient beastie waits to strike.

In the shadow of the final battle, new possibilities are awakened that can only be mourned as the thrilling ecchi fantasy that could have been. Saito’s maid Siesta makes an unexpected move towards likeability as he and Louise set off to face their potential doom. Her sweet words reflect a truly titillating dimension that would have livened up the otherwise ero-blandness. If they had been living together as lovers, rather than on an envious battleground, the theme of true love might have been explored in a more complex and beautiful way.

The character models tend to look scrappy against the backgrounds’ pastoral majesty, and much of the European semi-historic fantasy is inept compared to, say, Maria the Virgin Witch and its exploration of true and mythical demons. But you can forget about this in later episodes, especially when synth sounds cut through the sweetness of the sparkly string-and-voice score. Laced in darkness, they bring a realisation that you want these characters to win, and after dredging through the repeating jokes, the show leaves you keen to see more in its final minutes. Still, at its best, Familiar of Zero deserved that last moment of satisfaction, and it makes it even better that it’s tender enough to shed a tear or two.

Extras: Trailers and clean opening/closing animation

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7 Comments on Review: Familiar of Zero F

  1. The Otaku Judge // April 29, 2016 at 22:13 // Reply

    I liked the first season, but the quality dipped after that. The ending was nice for fans though, as I understand the books never had a finale.


  2. my own brand new harem anime concept features a normal 29 year old man named Adam Johnathon he is hired to be a teacher at Aurelius academy his main students include a half human half snake girl, a half human half spider girl, a medusa, a half human half fly girl, a half human half crab girl, a female ogre, a siren, a female chimera, a slime girl, a harpy, a half human half cat girl, a half human half hell hound girl, a female mimic, a female cupid, a giantess, a half human half snow spirit girl, a cyborg, a robot girl, a female living doll, a nine tailed fox spirit girl, a goddess, a superhuman magical girl, a succubus, a mermaid, a genie, a half human half raccoon dog girl, a female ghost, a female zombie, a female gnome, a half human half dragon girl, a half human half unicorn girl, a female centaur, a half human half mandrake girl, a female dwarf, a Valkyrie, a female grim reaper, a alien girl, a female elf, a female vampire, a female angel, a female fairy, a female immortal clone of king Arthur, a female orc, a female werewolf, a female ninja, a female space pirate, a female knight, a female samurai, a sexy female clown, a psychic fortune teller girl who can use telepathic powers, a female exorcist, a female priestess, a shrine maiden, a female alchemist, a witch, a female cyclops, a sexy female maid, a feral girl who was raised by wolves, a sorceress, and a exhibitionist girl who wears nothing expect for a shirt she has a clit hood piercing, a clit piercing, a labia piercing, a triangle piercing, a navel piercing, and nipple piercings, she has super large breasts, a big ass, she has light brown skin and she has very long claret red hair.


  3. later some new transfer students come in that include a half human half hyena girl, a female ghoul, a female half human half griffin girl, a female sphinx, a female kappa, a half human half weasel girl, a two mouth woman, a female dryad, a slit mouthed woman, a half human half badger girl, a long necked female mutant, a female half human half rabbit girl who wears a playboy bunny outfit, a female half human half behemoth person, a half human half leviathan girl, a half human half scorpion girl, a half human half owl girl, a female pixie, a female leprechaun, a sexy banshee, a female changeling, a female brownie, a female gremlin, a female hobgoblin, a female goblin, a female sexy imp, a female bogeyman, a female gargoyle, a female troll, a female satyr, a half human half basilisk girl, a female hind, a female gorgon, a female minotaur, a half human half phoenix girl, a half human half sea serpent girl, a female titan, a half human half cockatrice girl, a female headless horseman, a half human half salamander girl, a old wise hag who can turn into a sexy vixen, a female sprite, a half human half swan girl, a half human half deer girl, a half human half moth girl, a half human half sewer dwelling alligator girl who wears nothing expect a ragged sackcloth dress, a half human half squid girl, a half human half octopus girl, a female yeti, a half human half white tiger girl, a half human half jaguar girl, a half human half giant anaconda girl, a half human half hydra girl, a female sylph, a vengeful hungry hitchhiking ghost girl, a female living shadow, a female toilet or bathroom dwelling poltergeist, a female mummy, and a invisible girl are the newest students to join this unique school.


  4. the other faculty members also include a female mad scientist, a insane cannibal man, a sexy female time traveler from the year 2129, a sexy female cowgirl, a handsome male lumberjack who serves as a physical education teacher, a sexy female necromancer, a old wise druid priest who is the school headmaster, a female shaman, a female gladiator, a female caveman who was frozen in ice for millions of years until the ice caps melted away she still look very young as well, a disfigured hunchbacked woman, a magical talking sword that can control air, wind, ice, cold, earth, stone, electricity, magnetism, fire, heat, other metals, plants, water, the weather, darkness, shadows, gravity, sound, light, time, and space it can transform itself into a sexy human girl who can control probability, energy, has superhuman senses, can turn intangible, use hypnosis, use telepathy, telekinesis, use superhuman speed, superhuman strength, stretch herself incredible lengths, and change her size from giant to a tiny version at will. these are the staff members of this unique school.


  5. later some other faculty members also appear include a half human half ferret woman, a half human half lion woman, a half human half pig woman, a half human half monkey woman, a half human half mouse woman, a half human half raccoon woman, a half human half sheep woman, a half human half bear woman, and a woman who uses prehensile hair instead of normal clothes.


  6. another faculty member of Aurelius academy is a half human half parrot woman, a bald albino woman who is deaf and blind she uses her magical familiar spirit who can transform into a raven or a sexy young girl, a hermaphroditic alien being who has horns, pointy ears, forked tongue, a demonic tail, four arms, fangs, claws, and leathery demonic wings, a woman with a halo and feathery angel wings who once was a wrinkling elderly woman that died a was reborn as a demigoddess, and a scaly alien woman with fish like fins and stinger tipped tentacles who enjoys swimming. there is also a tribal slave girl with a nose piercing,a lip plate, and some earrings.


  7. the tribal slave girl also has a magical slave tattoo and wears body paint instead of normal clothes she also has freckles, a mole and has a collar plus shackles she also has scars due to severe whippings and bruises due to beatings by her master who is the chieftain of her tribe she later gets sold to the school headmaster she becomes his assistant she also enjoys getting kicked just for pleasure and she also like cutting herself being strangled or drowning yet she cannot die and can heal herself instantly from any physical injuries due to the chieftain also is a powerful sorcerer who cursed her body, her clit was also enlarged and her labia was stretched permanently she also likes having her body being groped and even raped by strangers.


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