[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃



In Japanese:


「あんた誰?」――才人が目を覚ますと、可愛い女の子が才人を覗きこんでいた。見回すとあたりは見知らぬ場所で、魔法使いみたいな格好をしたやつらが、才人と女の子を取り囲んでいた。その女の子・ルイズが才人を使い魔として別の世界へ「召喚」したらしい。訳がわからず面くらう才人に、ルイズは契約だと言って、いきなりキスしてきた。俺のファーストキス! と怒る間もなく、手の甲にヘンな文字が浮かび、才人は使い魔にされてしまう。仕方なく、ルイズとともに暮らしながら、元の世界に戻る方法を探すことにした才人だが……。才人の使い魔生活コメディ!

In English(this is just copied from myanimelist, but I assume it will be somewhat representative of the book too):


Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière is a self-absorbed mage in a world of wands, cloaks, and royalty. Although she studies at Tristain Academy, a prestigious school for magicians, she has a major problem: Louise is unable to cast magic properly, earning her the nickname of “Louise the Zero” from her classmates.

When the first year students are required to perform a summoning ritual, Louise’s summoning results in a catastrophic explosion! Everyone deems this to be yet another failure, but when the smoke clears, a boy named Saito Hiraga appears. Now Louise’s familiar, Saito is treated as a slave, forced to clean her clothes and eat off the ground. But when an unfamiliar brand is found etched on Saito’s hand from the summoning ritual, it is believed to be the mark of a powerful familiar named Gandalfr.

Wild, adventurous, and explosive, Zero no Tsukaima follows Saito as he comes to terms with his new life and as Louise proves that there is more to her than her nickname suggests.


Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/ゼロの使い魔-MF文庫J-ヤマグチ-ノボル/dp/4040683021/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547937016&sr=1-4&keywords=ゼロの使い魔

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Personal Opinion

I really like fantasy books, or at least books with some kind of fantastical/supernatural elements, and this seems like one of the easier ones I’ve found. It also doesn’t have a huge amount of vocab according to floflo, which might mean not as much to look up/learn… but to be honest, the reason I’m nominating this is mostly just that it seems like one of the least weird books I own.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Doesn’t seem to horribly difficult
  • Has a vocab list on floflo
  • Not too horribly long at 262 pages
  • Has some pictures and furigana for those who like those things


  • It being a fantasy book probably means some somewhat more uncommon vocab
  • Similarly, it may not appeal to everyone
  • What gets furigana and what doesn’t seems somewhat arbitrary at times

Pictures(the amazon preview also has some in case you can’t appreciate my amazing photography)

First Three Pages of Chapter One


Additional Pages


Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)
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