Grimoire of Zero (ゼロから始める魔法の書, Zero kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kakeru Kobashiri and illustrated by Yoshinori Shizuma. The light novel won Grand Prize at the 20th annual Dengeki Novel Awards. ASCII Media Works published 11 volumes from February 2014 to December 2017. The series has received a manga adaptation illustrated by Takashi Iwasaki published ASCII Media Works' seinen manga magazine Dengeki Maoh from December 27, 2014 to December 10, 2017 and collected into 6 tankōbon volumes. A spinoff manga series, Zero kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho Nano! (ゼロから始める魔法の書なの) illustrated by Yasuoka was published in the same magazine from October 27, 2015 to March 27, 2017 and collected into 2 tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox premiered April 10, 2017 and ran for 12 episodes to June 26, 2017.
The Dawn of the Witch (魔法使い黎明期, Mahōtsukai Reimeiki) is a sequel light novel series written by Kakeru Kobashiri and illustrated by Takashi Iwasaki, with partial character designs by Yoshinori Shizuma. It is published this time by Kodansha starting in August 31, 2018 and is now up to 5 volumes thru April 2022. A manga adaptation with art by Tatsuwo has been serialized in Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius since July 2019 and collected in 5 tankōbon volumes through April 2022. An anime adaptation by Tezuka Productions premiered on April 8, 2022 and is expected to run 12 episodes.
Year 526 of the Liturgical Calendar. The world knew that witches existed, and that they practiced the notorious art of sorcery. Nevertheless, the world did not know anything about the study of magic.
Our story follows a half-man, half-beast mercenary; humans mockingly call his kind the "fallen beasts." He always dreamt of becoming a human, but one day, he met a witch who would change his life forever.
"Do you desire a human form? Then be my escort, mercenary!"
The witch introduced herself as "Zero," and explained that she was searching for a one-of-a-kind magical tome that bandits had stolen from her lair. Entitled "The Book of Zero," the grimoire supposedly contained valuable magical knowledge that could be used to effortlessly bring the world to its knees.
Thus, in order to realize his dream of becoming a human, the mercenary must accompany Zero on her journey—despite her being one of the witches he so loathed.
This is the story of a haughty sorceress and a kindhearted beast.
- Official light novel webpage (in Japanese)
- Official manga webpage (in Japanese)
- Official anime website (in Japanese)
- Official The Dawn of the Witch light novel webpage (in Japanese)
- Official The Dawn of the Witch manga webpage (in Japanese)
- Official The Dawn of the Witch anime webpage (in Japanese)
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