Comparing Novel to Anime
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First heres a list of all novel volumes and chapters currently out:


Volume 1 - Zero's Familiar / ゼロの使い魔
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Insert & Back Cover
Kingdom of Magic

Chapter 1 - I'm a Familiar
Chapter 2 - Louise the Zero
Chapter 3 - Legend
Gandálfr

Chapter 4 - A Familiar's Day
Chapter 5 - Kirche the Ardent
Chapter 6 - Tristain's Arms Dealer
Chapter 7 - Fouquet the Crumbling Earth
Chapter 8 - The Staff of Destruction
Volume 2 - Albion of the Wind / 風のアルビオン
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Chapter 1 - A Secret Boat
Chapter 2 - Her Majesty's Melancholy
Chapter 3 - A Childhood Friend's Request
Chapter 4 - Port City - La Rochelle
Chapter 5 - A Rest Day Before Leaving
Chapter 6 - The White Country
Chapter 7 - The Prince of a Dying Country
Chapter 8 - The Eve before the Final Battle in Newcastle
Chapter 9 - The Final Battle
Volume 3 - The Founder's Prayer Book / 始祖の祈祷書
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Chapter 1 - Lineage of Zero
Chapter 2 - Louise's Lovesickness
Chapter 3 - The Founder's Prayer Book
Chapter 4 - Love Triangle
Chapter 5 - The Arsenal and the Royal Family
Chapter 6 - Treasure Hunting
Chapter 7 - Dragon's Raiment
Chapter 8 - Colbert's Laboratory
Chapter 9 - Declaration of War
Chapter 10 - The Void
Volume 4 - The Water Spirit of Oath / 誓約の水精霊
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Prologue
Chapter 1 - The Saint
Chapter 2 - Saito Goes Shopping in the Triumphant Town
Chapter 3 - The Sailor Outfit and Louise's Jealousy
Chapter 4 - Tabitha's Secret
Chapter 5 - The Strength of a Love Potion
Chapter 6 - The Water Spirit
Chapter 7 - The Ring of Andvari
Chapter 8 - Reunion with Falsehood
Chapter 9 - Confrontation of Sadness
Epilogue
Volume 5 - Tristania's Holiday / トリスタニアの休日
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Chapter 1 - The "Charming Fairies" Inn
Chapter 2 - The Encounter with the Flame and the Friendship with the Wind - [50% Translated]
Chapter 3 - Tristania's Holiday
Volume 6 - The Ruby of Atonement / 贖罪の炎赤石
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Chapter 1 - Homecoming
Chapter 2 - Cattleya
Chapter 3 - Duke de la Vallière
Chapter 4 - Commanding Officer Guiche and Officer Cadet Malicorne
Chapter 5 - Flame of Twenty Years Ago
Chapter 6 - Sortie - [35% Translated]
Chapter 7 - The Illusion of ダータルネス
Chapter 8 - The Atonement of Flame
Volume 7 - The Silver Pentecost / 銀の降臨祭
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Chapter 1 - The Temperature Difference between the Two - [30% Translated]
Chapter 2 - Elf
Chapter 3 - The Shinto Priest of Romalia
Chapter 4 - The Emperor and the Secretary
Chapter 5 - The Ancient City of South Gotha
Chapter 6 - Truce
Chapter 7 - The Reason to Fight
Chapter 8 - King of Gallia
Chapter 9 - Rout
Chapter 10 - The Place of Courage - [5% Translated]
Epilogue
Volume 8 - The Serenade of Nostalgia / 望郷の小夜曲
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Chapter 1 - Each End of the War
Chapter 2 - Saito's Morning - [20% Translated]
Chapter 3 - The Golden Elf
Chapter 4 - The Visit of the Shinto Priest
Chapter 5 - The Gandalfr Disappearing
Chapter 6 - The Nations Conference
Chapter 7 - Louise's Decision
Chapter 8 - The Users of Void
Chapter 9 - Myozunitonirun
Chapter 10 - Swordsman
Epilogue
Volume 9 - The Ball of Twin Moons / 双月の舞踏会
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Chapter 1 - Louise's Fear
Chapter 2 - The Elf of the Forest
Chapter 3 - The Meeting and the Parting of the User
Chapter 4 - The Title of Chevalier
Chapter 5 - The Knight Corps of the Water Spirit
Chapter 6 - The Feelings of the Queen
Chapter 7 - Solicitation
Chapter 8 - The Ball of Sleipnir
Chapter 9 - The Confrontation of the 怪鳥
Epilogue
Volume 10 - The Hero of Ivaldi / イーヴァルディの勇者
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Chapter 1 - 『オストラント』号
Chapter 2 - Elf
Chapter 3 - Anxiety and Jalousy
Chapter 4 - The Queen and the Knights
Chapter 5 - Siblings
Chapter 6 - Six Persons in Prison
Chapter 7 - Settlement of the Past
Chapter 8 - The Old Mansion of Orleans
Chapter 9 - Alhambra Castle
Chapter 10 - The Hero of Ivaldi
Epilogue
Volume 11 - A Duet of Recollection / 追憶の二重奏
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Chapter 1 - Von Zerbst
Chapter 2 - The Queen and the Duke
Chapter 3 - Karin the Heavy Wind
Chapter 4 - The Vallière Family
Chapter 5 - New School Term
Chapter 6 - Private Lesson
Chapter 7 - The Pope of Romalia
Chapter 8 - Jörmungand
Chapter 9 - Reunion in Westwood
Chapter 10 - The Heart of the Duet
Epilogue
Volume 12 - The Fairies' Holiday / 妖精達の休日
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Prologue
The White Country(Albion)からの編入生

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Knight Corps of the Water Spirit, Charge!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Right To Use Saito during a Day

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Volume 13 - The World Door of the Holy Country / 聖国の世界扉
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Chapter 1 - Romalia
Chapter 2 - Saito's Decision
Chapter 3 - 『オストラント』号の上で
Chapter 4 - 二つの騎士隊
Chapter 5 - The Persuasion of the Pope
Chapter 6 - Long Spear
Chapter 7 - World Door
Chapter 8 - Meaning of the Smile
Epilogue
Volume 14 - Aquileia's Saint / 水都市の聖女
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Chapter 1 - The Flower Bed Squadron’s Rebellion
Chapter 2 - The Third Annual Enthronement Ceremony
Chapter 3 - An Elven Gandalfr
Chapter 4 - The City of Water or The Capital/Metropolis of Water
Chapter 5 - Six Thousand Years Ago
Chapter 6 - Tiger Street 虎=Tiger 街道=Main Road/Highway
Chapter 7 - Aquileia’s Saint/Holy Woman
Chapter 8 - The Steel Tiger
Chapter 9 - The Memory of the Bond
Epilogue


this are the names of the volumes and chapters out so far, they really jumbled it up with the anime. The first series had volumes 1 and the story ended with the end of 3 but volume 4s plot happened in the first season so they moved that volumes story to happen before volume 3. But the end of vol 4 with Wales and the princess happened at the start of season 2. Season 2 had volumes 5 6 and ended with 7 where Siato dies at the end of that volume. Season 2 stuck with the volumes better it seems.

Looking at what we have seen from episode 1 of season 3 it looks like the story picks up in line with the novel at volume 8 since it hints with the whole "The Gandalfr dissapearing" title and the mention of elfs. It also shows chapter "The users of void" and "Myozunitonirun" (brain of god girl) who were also mentioned in first episode.

So looks like season 3 will probly have volumes 8 through 10 or 11 and that means there is plenty for 4th season which would have up to volume 14. Hopefully more volumes of the novel will be out and 5th season can happen.

Now here is the compiled differences between the anime and manga:

For season one:
The count Mott situation with Siesta never took place.
The familiar exhibition never took place
The love potion arc wasnt suppose to happen tell after the Lexington ship crashing (this includes the water spirit oath and Tabitha's secret; also noted is that the reason behind Louise drinking the potion was due to the Sailor uniform Saito gave to Siesta, NOT the bath part)
The Fairy Inn story happened after Lexington as well
The original reason for going to the Fairy Inn was actually because Henreitta wanted to know what the commoners opinion of the kingdom and how they were dueing due to the Albion situation after the Lexington problem (It wasnt suppose to be about investigating nobles)
Wardes originally lost his left hand to Saito in there battle at Newcastle
Wardes was shot down by Saito's Zero and was saved by Fought instead of being caught in Louise's Explosion void magic

MAJOR PLOT ERRORS:
Crowell was originally never on the Lexington when they invaded and than later lost his life in season two (Crowell was the new emporor of Albion which makes him kinda important to the plot)
The reason Crowell took over Albion and than went after Trysting was because his ultimate goal (which was never said in the anime but was said in the novel) was to take over the nations and unite them in order to go to the holy land that was taken from the humans by the Elf's (I think they should have said something to this as Elf's are getting more important now, but Siesta's remark about them asking if it was a Fairy Tale makes me worried about this plot hole)
The whole twin moons opening a path to Saito's world was never true in the novel, Saito only went in the Zero in order to stop the Lexington and saves Siesta.

Season Two:
Saito was originally rewarded with money from Henreitta for having destroyed the Lexington this money was what he used to buy the Sailor uniform for Siesta (Thinking about it logically in the anime, where did Saito get the money to buy them originally? Louise wouldnt give him money and his job is being her dog) Also noted he bought 3 sailor uniforms, one was taking by Geisa who gave one to Monmon (hate her name) that she showed off in class. The other went to the fat guy with blonde hair and the owl familiar, this was how Louise learned of Siesta getting one and starting the whole love potion problem in the novel.
During the love potion arc (really wish they had done this in the anime) Louise gives Saito about 10 hicky marks on his neck and chest and forced him to give her one, this was left out of the anime.


Important information to some unanswered questions:
Louise and void magic-
Def says this in the novel, the reason why Louise couldnt use void magic explosion again was because she used up all her magic, Louise further explains that mages can only use a certain amount of spells a day and when they sleep there will power goes back up (for easy rpg sake lets call it mp) Say a mage has 100 MP and they are a line mage, each line spell they cast (ex. Fire-Fire) costs 50 MP. Meaning they can only use that spell 2 times a day before they run out of power. When they upgrade to a Triangle mage the original line spell (Fire-Fire) costs only 25 MP in which they can use it 4 times a day and Triangle spells (ex. Fire-Fire-Earth) are the ones that cost 50 mp. Finally at square mage the original line spell can be used up to 8 times a day the Triangle can be used 4 times and the square spells 2 times. Fairly simple

How this all relates to Louise is that for Louise to use her most powerful spell Explosion (the big version) she needs a massive amount of downtime before she can cast it again, this time could take even a year before the next use. If you remember in ep. 1 of the 3rd season Ottoman said that 8 months had passed since the Albion war started and ended, meaning Louise had a bit over 8 months to recover her magic to use Explosion, this explains why she couldnt use it in season two but was able to use it in season three (sad thing is she just wasted her big guns now in the first episode)

In the novel, Louise and Saito do have feelings for each other, but they never own up to it and are always misunderstanding each other, Louise loves Saito but doesnt get why he flirts with the maid and Saito just thinks Louise sees him as a Familiar and nothing else.

In conclusion:

Its hard to say exactly how the anime will go because it altered the story vastly by killing Cromwell. But there is still plenty of material left and even if the anime is not doing things in order its still following the story fairly well.

Also needing to note Episode 5 and 6 are taken from volume 12 "Right to use Saito during the day" because pictures I have posted that you see in episode 5 and 6 come from the later parts of that volume.


Edit: I also just want to add that season 2 should have ended with Louise seeing the flower come back to life but not having Saito come back physically yet. It gives the watcher hope for the third season to see what happens. Plus because they didnt do that the 3 season couldnt do the chapter "Saito's morning" which was a dream saito had while he was pretty much dead of where he was back in his world but the everyone from Louise was with him and there were still some magical elements in Saito's world. Now its highly unlikely we will ever see it
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DAMMMMNNNN... man is the novel really good?? cuz i havent read it yet and i dont think i can catch up to where they are now....
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The novel so far is only translated to volume 6 Chapter 4 - Commanding Officer Guiche and Officer Cadet Malicorne so you can easily catch up. But yes the novel is in my opinion much better than the anime because its the original work and the level of Ecchi'ness is on a much higher level than shown in the anime
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go to:
http://www.baka-tsuki.net/project/index.php?title=Zero_no_Tsukaima#Volume_1_-_Zero.27s_Familiar_.2F_.E3.82.BC.E3.83.AD.E3.81.AE.E4.BD.BF.E3.81.84.E9.AD.94
they have the first 4 volumes there fully translated into english
i havent read them yet too busy : P
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5th volume is almost done as well just one chapter left
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the novel translate version is behind the anime, so it's not that far ahead, but it's alot more detail compare to the anime, and apparently Colbert didnt die in the novel
Posted 8/10/08
You can't compared the both....Anime always tend to trim down on its sexual content(if excessive) and content due to time limitation....It's sad but the truth behind anime and it's counterpart...the novel/manga....
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sasukesrg wrote:

You can't compared the both....Anime always tend to trim down on its sexual content(if excessive) and content due to time limitation....It's sad but the truth behind anime and it's counterpart...the novel/manga....


True...they trim both sexual and brutality content from its novel side...such as bleach where part of the manga is much more gruesome than in the anime...
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they should have put more detail in so we can have like a 26 episodes season, but oh well
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ya the novels r really good and also i agree that a 26 ep season would be better
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Well its not so bad as long as they keep coming up with new seasons. So Colbert might not have died in the novel, wont know tell Baka Tsuki translates the next few chapters of the novel which are almost to his part.
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The one reason people says that
"Reading is good for you.....lol...."
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Colbert didn't die cause you can see him in picures of the later volumes. And yeah the novel is much better but ain't that normally cause books have the tendency to describe every little feeling which enrichen the story. I think we can say he's death in the anime, not?

The things that dissapointed me when I've started reading the novel when season 2 ended. In the novel Saito is much cooler when fighting Wardes and actually fights 4 clones of him and creates an aura around him. And the fact that he was on a ship when Louise was getting married he saw what was happening.

Then after he rescues her and sits on the back of that dragon and kisses Louise when she's fake-sleeping he's totally grossed out bye himself and decides to never lay a hand on her again. It's one of the parts I enjoyed the most him beeing totally confused calling himself a mole who only looks pervertedly at his master who can't possible have feelings (ever) for a familiar. This is also the part where he bonds a lot with Siesta and he actually goes treasurehunting with her & the others cause he got in a fight with Louise. Wish I could've seen him owning those orcs.

Man I wish it would've just aired every week like the popular shonens like OP / Bleach / Naruto / D-gray man... Cause the anime butchered a lot of the novel (especially action scenes) but well I guess I should be glad enough to watch Saito on screen at all.
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It can be hard though, anime often doesnt show the internal feelings a person has so its usually left up the the viewer to wonder what they think and often people dont think of the inner thoughts but the outter actions and base the person only on that.

Only piece of work that has been able to capture a novel perfectly has been Haruhi, because Kyon's internal feelings are the narration for the whole story.
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