About two weeks ago, at a Funimation panel, they were showing off some anime that they had recently dubbed. One of the anime they showed caught my eye, but I completely forgot what it was called.

As far as I can remember, the plot went something like this:

By some random circumstance, this guy (I assume he's the main character), a human, becomes this girl's spirit familiar (or something). Then they go to a special school.

Yep, that's what my brain remembers. If anyone has any clue as to what I'm talking about, please help.

I was at ACen 2015 (15-17 May, so two weeks ago) when I heard about this. I honestly don't remember anything about how it looked like, but the series couldn't have been more than 3 years old.


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Given it was recent and from Funimation, I'd argue that it's Tokyo Ravens, rather than Familar of Zero. Both are good series though, so do check them out.

  • Licencer panel was Funimation, and Tokyo Ravens is distributed by Funimation.

  • Tokyo Ravens original run was from October 9 2013, to March 26 2014, which is quite recent. Familiar of Zero has been out for more than 3 years, given that it has 4 seasons.

  • The male protagonist, Harutora Tsuchimikado, fits the normal guy setting. He was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power to sense spiritual power whatsoever.

  • He takes up on a promise he made long ago to become Natsume's shikigami (familiar).

  • As Harutora becomes Natsume's shikigami, he has to follow her back to Tokyo and attend the Onmyo Prep School (which is a specialized school) with Natsume.

Figured I'd give a small quip from work...

  • Please add a quick description of the anime itself into your post. Take the above answer for Zero no Tsukaima as inspiration. We’re looking for good answers that provide the content and context in the answer not by a link to Wikipedia ;) The edit-button is at the bottom left of your answer, next to share ^^ And welcome to Anime & Mange SX
    – Jan
    Jun 1, 2015 at 17:37
  • @CharlesCoulton: I have edited the special school part to point to the fact that they goes to Onmyo Prep School. School during summer break is not abnormal for students failing their exam.
    – nhahtdh
    Jun 1, 2015 at 19:49
  • I agree!! Tokyo Ravens fits the description of the question more!!
    – Arcanyx
    Jun 2, 2015 at 10:20
  • @HotelCalifornia I feel you should change the accepted answer to this one because this was the real answer to your question.
    – Jan
    Jun 2, 2015 at 15:42

It could be The Familiar of Zero

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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.


By some random circumstance, this guy (I assume he's the main character), a human, becomes this girl's spirit familiar (or something).

This would be Hiraga Saito, as the description of the series points out he is an ordinary Japanese boy and becomes the Familiar for Louise

Then they go to a special school

Saito starts going to the same school as Louise, Tristein Academy, because he is now no longer of Earth but instead another world


at a funimation panel, they were showing off some anime that they had recently dubbed

FUNimation Entertainment did at one time have the licenses to distribute The Familiar of Zero, however these licenses have since expired and now owned by Section23 Films (Since 2014)

  • Yup, first one that came to my mind.
    – Cattua
    Jun 1, 2015 at 5:20
  • Weird that they were talking about it this year then... Well, in my head it had the animations from nobunagun, so I guess anything goes x_x Jun 1, 2015 at 6:24
  • @HotelCalifornia it's the reason why i put in the contradiction. the Proofs match to what you describe but the Contradictions state that FUNimation hasn't had the licences since Since 2014 and i am unsure when you saw this panel
    – Memor-X
    Jun 1, 2015 at 6:34
  • I saw the panel about two weeks ago, like it says in the question. I guess there's two possibilities as to why they were talking about it: 1) the two people holding the panel just mentioned an anime that they liked or 2) funimation is rereleasing the episodes it holds the license to. I'm thinking that it was probably the first one, but I really don't remember. Jun 1, 2015 at 6:58
  • @HotelCalifornia i didn't see your edit when i posted my answer but as to the second point in your comment having not seen the series itself and only just owning the DVDs i have yet to confirm is FUNimation is even credited but if they were talking about an anime they recently dubbed then it would be The Familiar of Zero unless by "recently" they mean early last year as it was 7 May 2014 that Australia got the DVD, one would assume the US had it a lot sooner and it could have possible been streamed even sooner than that
    – Memor-X
    Jun 1, 2015 at 22:08

That sounds like Zero no Tsukaima or The Familiar of Zero.

Visit its Wikipedia article to verify whether it matches your description.

It's one of my favorite, and it already has season 2.

  • welcome ^^ Hope you enjoy it too :)
    – name me
    Jun 1, 2015 at 5:22
  • It has seasons three and four, too.
    – Jan
    Jun 1, 2015 at 11:54
  • Well, IMHO season 2 was worse and 3 was yet worse, but the looks are pretty indeed. BTW, the devil-may-care Kirshe is actually the most known Russian Empress ;-) Actually you may have fun just opening Wikipedia and reading about the historical persons, whom Japanese turned into those typical anime magic girls. It is I think no less interesting than the plot itself.
    – Arioch
    Jun 1, 2015 at 16:27
  • oh didn't know about the season 3 and 4! what should i expect with those season?
    – name me
    Jun 2, 2015 at 2:30
  • @nameme Season three was much like season two, apparantly, with little plot progression and lots of fillers. Season four stepped up the pace and got through a lot more source with more plot. But basically, we’re just watching it for a tsundere loli, so it doesn’t matter what actually happens, right?
    – Jan
    Jun 2, 2015 at 15:41

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