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10 Anime Like Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)

Updated on June 18, 2017
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Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero) | Source

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (roughly translating as Grimoire of Zero) tells the tale of a mysterious witch and a vagrant beastfallen who have been joined by fate’s guiding hand in the name of a greater purpose. Normally, witches and beastfallen are mortal enemies. But due to some unforeseen development, the witch named Zero and the beastfallen named Youhei have come in terms with one another.

Zero is now the employer while Youhei is now her mercenary. Together, they shall support one another and try to find the Grimoire of Zero—an enigmatic book that can cause the destruction of the world if it falls in the wrong hands.

Seeing that you’re here, you must be looking for more anime like Grimoire of Zero. Luckily, this is the right place for you. Ten titles are listed here. All that is left now is for you to watch them and mark them as “watched” in your anime show watchlist.

Anime Similar to Grimoire of Zero

1. Junketsu no Maria
2. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?
3. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
4. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
5. Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)
6. DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
7. Berserk
8. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
9. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
10. Guin Saga

1. Junketsu no Maria

Junketsu no Maria
Junketsu no Maria | Source

The Story: This is the story of an all-powerful young witch named Maria. More than anything else, Maria hates conflict, especially war. But, as witches are prohibited from interfering in the affairs of humans, punishment awaits to those who breaks the rule. Nevertheless, Maria tries to stop the war with her magic, garnering her a curse from archangel Michael—the moment she loses her virginity, her magic will be gone.

The Similarity: Did anyone say witches? Well, Junketsu no Maria has a fair amount of those. In fact, the main character is also a powerful witch! This one takes place in the olden ages so witch hunts are also a thing. But, the witches in this show don’t seem to care. Only Maria cares! And just like Zero, Maria is also trying to do something big—all for the sake of preventing conflict, war, and certain doom.

2. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? | Source

The Story: In a certain world, humans have virtually already become extinct. What remains now are beasts and other strange races. Everyone lives on floating islands far away from the dreadful surface. Then, a mysterious man named Willem suddenly appears. His mission is to protect some rare weapons. Unbeknownst to him, the weapons are actually some unfortunate, fragile, young girls whose shoulders are burdened by the fate of the world.

The Similarity: If you are fascinated by beasts, then there’s a lot of them here in this show. However, unlike in Grimoire of Zero (where beasts are quite rare), most of the denizens of this show are beasts. As I’ve said in the synopsis, humans have virtually already become extinct. But what of the beasts? What’s the mystery behind them? These are the most important questions for both shows.

3. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu | Source

The Story: Natsuki Subaru chances upon an eerie event in his life. From the ordinary world that he always knew, he gets transported into a fantastical world out of the blue. Armed with only a grocery bag and his useless phone, he must survive his new circumstances. But more than the fact that he’s in a virtually impossible situation, what awaits him are inconceivable events and struggles that are way more than anything anyone could imagine.

The Similarity: Just look at the names and you’ll immediately see the similarity. Oh, yeah, they sound very much alike. As a matter of fact, they sound so alike that they have already (and are currently) causing confusion to many people. Well, good thing the translations are different so all’s well that ends well. Now going back to the topic at hand. The main resemblance we have here is the existence of mythical creatures like, say—witches—and the fantastical adventure.

4. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha | Source

The Story: Humanity is at war with the demons, and neither side is about to give up yet. Fortunately, a hero is born. The hero makes his way straight to the Demon King’s Castle, but what he finds there is an unimaginable surprise. First of all, the Demon King is, in fact, a Demon Queen. Yup, she’s a woman. Second, she’s not as bad as everyone makes her out to be. She’s actually not the real enemy! Lastly, she wants to hero to join forces with her to bring peace upon everyone once and for all. Woah, what an unexpected twist!

The Similarity: Just as witches seem to be the enemies in Grimoire of Zero, demons also seem to be the enemies in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. You’ll also see that the main female characters are quite the same. One is the source of magic and witchcraft while the other is the queen of all demons. Then, the main male characters who are supposed to be their mortal enemies come and go on a peculiar journey with them. Whew, such bizarre situations can only be found in both.

5. Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)

Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)
Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf) | Source

The Story: Holo is a wolf-deity harvest goddess who ensures a yearly bountiful harvest for the town of Pasloe. But, as time went on and the people of Pasloe became more self-sufficient, Holo was gradually forsaken. One day, a merchant by the name of Kraft Lawrence came to Pasloe. Realizing that she wants to go home and see how much the world has changed, Holo joins Kraft in his travel. Thus, a new adventure trailed by mystery and unexpected turns begins.

The Similarity: For some reason, Ookami to Koushinryou (translating as Spice and Wolf) has the same feel and vibes as Grimoire of Zero. Well, if you’ve already watched both, then I’m certain that the thought is mutual. Aside from that, the relational element, as well as the journey itself, are similar. Just for yourself if you have any doubt.

6. DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)

 DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) | Source

The Story: The “Dungeon”—it is a place where adventurers flock in hopes of gaining power, wealth, and fame. One of the adventurers is a young man named Bell Cranel. His dream is to become a really great adventurer. With the support of the goddess, Hestia, he travels from level to level in order to reach his enormous ambition. Hestia has a goal as well—it’s to make her name known and make her Familia grow to glorious heights. And so, the grand dungeon-crawling adventure begins!

The Similarity: So, I’m corresponding this show with Grimoire of Zero in terms of character relationship. If you must know, the relationship between the main characters of this and that are quite similar. It’s kinda one-sided with ladies trying to grab the attention of the gents. Yes, their relationships are kinda like that. But, they still try to help one another. Actually, they’re all partners in everything. So, only time can tell now whether these characters end up together or not.

7. Berserk

Berserk | Source

The Story: Ever since he was young, Guts has walked the path of survival. Day in, day out—Guts lives only to fight and survive. He’s unfortunate, ill-fated, hapless, and cursed. Yes, he’s branded for death. This is his story of revenge. This is his story of redemption. This is the forbidding story of the “Black Swordsman” Guts.

The Similarity: I’m laughing out loud here because the way Berserk and Grimoire of Zero are similar is too uncannily amusing. You see, Youhei seems like a rip-off of Guts. Yeah, they’re both mercenaries with big swords—and they’re very strong! And yes, Guts also has a short-heighted witch by his side. The difference we only have with both is the level of cruelty, gore, tragedy, and violence. I’d say Berserk has an overload of those.

8. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin | Source

The Story: In an age where Makai Knights and Alchemists exist, turmoil was brought upon by people shackled by greed. In a desperate attempt to gain power and enslave everyone, a witch hunt was decreed. And so, horrors were left to feast upon the people in the absence of the Makai Knights and Alchemists. But then, a Makai Knight donning the Garo armor has appeared. Is he the savior? Or is he another knight bearing false hope?

The Similarity: If you ever get a chance to pick this title up and watch it, you’ll discover that it’s also about massive witch hunts. And here, it’s not just witches who are being hunted but Makai Knights as well. And mind you, Garo is darker than Grimoire of Zero as there are more hideous monsters here, as well as clear dreadful scenarios.

9. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis | Source

The Story: Humans, demons, and gods—all of them are at the mercy of the merciless dragon, Bahamut. Luckily, the Bahamut was sealed and the key was split between the demons and gods. One day, a loony bounty hunter by the name of Favaro stumbles upon a mysterious woman. The mysterious woman’s name is Amira, and she has half of the key capable of unleashing destruction upon the world—the key to the seal of Bahamut.

The Similarity: What’s so similar with this and that? Well, I’m sure you’d agree that both titles seem to be uninteresting and non-special. But then, as you watch both, you just can’t help but crave more. Suddenly, they seem like they both are actually really special—not in a way that’s like the other really mainstream and popular anime, but close enough. Both shows are bizarrely good and actually pretty decent to spectate.

10. Guin Saga

Guin Saga
Guin Saga | Source

The Story: The Mongaul army has attacked the city of Parros! There’s no time left, save the children! And so, twins Rinda and Remus were teleported to somewhere else through the aid of strange device hidden in the palace. Then, a problem manifested—Rinda and Remus were sent to Roadwood! In the face of overwhelming danger, the twins were luckily saved by a mysterious leopard-headed man. He has no memory, no certain identity—only a destiny that will soon be known to all.

The Similarity: Say no more, the similarity is very obvious with this one. I mean, just take a look at Guin and Youhei. Guin is a leopard-headed man while Youhei is a beastfallen. Yeah, they both resemble ferocious animals, and their bodies are bulky. Also, they are both destined to do something grand that no one could just ignore and shrug off.

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