Media Factory’s MF Bunko has updated the official website for Zero no Tsukaima on Wednesday revealing that they will will release the 21st volume of Noboru Yamaguchi’s Zero no Tsukaima fantasy comedy series on February 25, 2016. It will be the first new volume in to be published in five years.
Author Noboru Yamaguchi passed away at age 41 on April 4th, 2013, after a two-year battle with cancer. 20 volumes of the series were published, short of an intended 22. An unidentified new author is now writing content based on the manuscripts left behind by Noboru Yamaguchi. Eiji Usatsuka, who has drawn illustrations for the series since it began in 2004, will return to illustrate the cover art of the 21st volume (pictured above).
Zero no Tsukaima is a fantasy and comedy-oriented series of Japanese light novels written by Noboru Yamaguchi, with illustrations by Eiji Usatsuka. Media Factory published 20 volumes between June 2004 and February 2011. The series was left unfinished due to the author’s death on April 4, 2013, but the series is planned to continue to its conclusion with a different author. The story features several characters from the second year class of a magic academy in a fictional magical world with the main characters being the inept mage Louise and her familiar from Earth, Saito Hiraga.
Between 2006 and 2012, the series was adapted by J.C.Staff into four anime television series and an additional original video animation episode. The first anime series was licensed by Geneon Entertainment in English, but the license expired in 2011. Sentai Filmworks has since re-licensed the first series as well as picking up the other three series. A manga version drawn by Nana Mochizuki was serialized in Media Factory’s manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive between August 2006 and October 2009. The manga is licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment for release in North America. Three additional spin-off manga were also created, as were three visual novels.
Louise is a magician at the Tristein Academy, dubbed with the nickname “Zero Louise” due to her inability to effectively use her magic properly, resulting in zero successes. An upcoming test at her academy requires her to summon a familiar, a servant and partner to support her as a magician. Despite desiring a familiar that would be superior to her constantly mocking classmates, Louise ends up summoning Hiraga Saito, your average Japanese boy. Even with Louise and Saito both unwilling to accept each other, they have no choice. Louise cannot attempt another summoning and Saito cannot return to Japan, and so their life together begins. Based on the novel by Noboru Yamaguchi.
Source: Zero no Tsukaima website