Cygnus Maidens (キグナスの乙女たち) is a spin-off of the Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei series.
The series moves away from the Shibas and focuses on Iba Alisa, now Juumonji Alisa the half-sister of Juumonji Katsuto who came about due to their father having an affair before remarrying after the death of his first wife.
The series currently consists of a three chapter prequel released as a web novel on Sato Tsutomu's (佐島 勤) official website and is due to be released as a series of light novels.
List of Web Novel Releases
A three chapter prequel has been release so far, the first part releasing on the tenth of July, 2020 and the second part releasing a week later on the seventeenth.
Prequel Part One
Sunday, February 24th of the year 2097.
Juumonji Katsuto, arrives at the New Chitose Airport that was still surrounded by snow alone with a small travel bag. He takes the Cabinet from the airport towards the Tomakomai area. He then switched to a private rented car and drives inland along the river. Katsuto got off the main road which was clear of snow and proceeded along a snow-covered side road for about ten minutes. Finally, he got off the car in front of a veterinary clinic.
Hanging on the house next to the clinic was a nameplate with the name Tookami.
Katsuto had announced his visit in advance and received confirmation, so he quickly enters, but it is obvious he was not welcome. Sitting across from him is the head of the household who isn’t hiding his annoyance, but Katsuto hides a sigh with a poker face as he doesn’t blame them for their attitude as this is the Juumonji Family’s fault.
Tookami Ryoutarou remained silent after his formal greeting, which Katsuto had to endure until the one he was waiting for appeared as he lacked the conversation skills to tease the tension. Fifteen minutes passed like this.
Two voices announce their return home from the entrance, one cheerful, one quiet.
Katsuto wonders which of the two is the one he’s waiting for, though he suspects it’s not the cheerful one.
The two voices ask to enter and upon seeing the one he’s waiting for, Katsuto’s poker face is crushed. Katsuto could not hide his surprise at the appearance of the girl who sat diagonally to him, next to Ryoutarou. Not her looks as he was expecting the light golden hair and green eyes as his father had told him her biological mother was a blonde Russian. What caught Katsuto’s eyes was the dense magical presence the girl irradiated.
Not because she was emitting a lot of power, but because he felt a strong energy condensed into the small body.
This is a trait that is seen in magicians of the ‘Ten’.
If his intuition is correct, this girl is hiding within her the talent of a magician comparable to the ‘Ten’ and this shook him.
Ryoutarou prompts the girl and she greets Katsuto.
“Pleased to meet you. I am Iba Alisa.”
Katsuto immediately introduced himself in response to the girl’s first greeting.
“My name is Juumonji Katsuto. I am your half-brother.”
But the way he expressed himself, as if it was someone else’s business, was entirely inappropriate for the relationship between them.
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This event began on Saturday, February 23rd of 2097. The weekend after the incident, which began with Hakone terrorist attack targeting the Master Clans Conference, ended with the death of Jiedo Heigu. The current head of the Juumonji Family, Juumonji Katsuto, was summoned by his father, the former head, Juumonji Kazuki, to his study. Katsuto may be the new family head, but the family’s business is still run by his father.
Katsuto reports on the clean-up of the terrorist incident but is stopped as he’s about to leave, but his father struggles to tell Katsuto what he needs to talk about. After being prompted by Katsuto several times, Kazuki tells Katsuto he has a half-sister.
Katsuto asks if his father means Kazumi, his half-sister by Kazuki’s second wife, Katsuto’s mother being his late first wife. Due to the age difference and Katsuto’s training, he isn’t close to his siblings.
Kazuki clarifies that he means a girl called Iba Alisa, who is turning fourteen in September, and lives in Hokkaido.
Hearing this Katsuto confirms this means she was born the year after Kazuki married Keiko, his second wife.
Kazuki remarried when Katsuto was five, fourteen years ago in December.
Kazuki tells Katsuto he broke up with Darya before he remarried.
Tatsuki turns fourteen in February, meaning he’s in the same year as Alisa, but half a year younger.
Katsuto says if this means Kazuki was cheating on Keiko, then it’s not an excuse. Saying this Katsuto has switched from a from the formal speech used for the previous family head, to a casual one used for speaking to one’s father.
Katsuto goes on to ask if Darya was a partner in an affair.
Katsuki reluctantly admits it was an affair and tells his son that Darya is a defected Russian. His current wife, Keiko, was carefully selected by Kazuki’s late father, the founder and head of two generations of the Juumonji Family, Juumonji Gai, though at the time Kazuki was already the current family head. Kazuki and Gai had no blood relation. Kazuki being a test tube baby born from an artificial womb, couldn’t reject the wife chosen by the man who had raised him as a son. Katsuto doesn’t condemn Kazuki and asks why this was hidden until now.
Katsuki explains that he didn’t know that Darya had been pregnant and that she had disappeared after the breakup and he had respected her wishes. After stepping down as family head, Katsuki looked into Darya to check she was well, but discovered Darya had died eight years earlier and their daughter was being cared for by a couple who helped her after she’d defected.
Katsuto asks if Kazuki plans to take her, and Kazuki tells Katsuto the decision is his, explaining that the girl has likely inherited the magic of the Juumonji so it’s the decision of the family head.
Katsuto decides immediately, as those who inherit the magic disposition of the ‘Ten’ must learn how to use it well, or they may lose their life if the ability of the ‘Ten’ runs rampant. The decision made, Katsuto asks for the details of his sister’s home so he can negotiate.
Katsuto had decided to go himself as the family head.
Kazumi tells Katsuto he’ll provide a map later, but the families name is Tookami. Katsuto recognises the name and Kazuki confirms they are the Toogami family from the Extra Families, who were chased out of the Tenth Research Institute.
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Alisa was not disturbed at hearing she was Katsuto’s half-sister and explains that her mother told her that her father lives faraway and is a great magician who loved my mother, but they had to separate due to circumstances beyond their control.
Katsuto explains that their father is the former head of the Juumonji Family of the Ten Master Clans.
Alisa tells Katsuto she doesn’t know if she can use magic. Ryoutarou explains they avoided having Alicia experience magic and Katsuto should understand why.
Of the magicians developed at the former Tenth Research Institute, only the Juumonji Family were granted ‘Overclock’, a technique to surpass the limits of the Magic Calculation Area. And this ability is why they are considered the strongest of the Tens. However, the trade off is that using Overclock burns out the Magic Calculation Area, shortening their lifespan as magicians such as happened to Juumonji Kazuki, forcing him to retire as a magician.
Katsuto explains that if Alisa doesn’t study the magic, she inherited the risk overheating is far worse due to the synergy with Overclock. As she doesn’t understand, Katsuto explains that ‘Overheating of the Magic Calculation Area’ is a disease unique to magicians and can be life threatening and because she’s the daughter of the previous family head, the risk of serious symptoms cannot be ignored. When Alisa asks if she’ll die, Katsuto explains they understand why Juumonji magicians tend to overheat and have countermeasures and if she learns the Juumonji techniques, she won’t die even if she loses her magic due to overheating.
Katsuto then tells her this is what he wants to teach her but not the main reason for his visit and then invites her to join the Juumonji Family.
Alisa turns to Ryoutarou and he tells her she should do what she wants to.
Alisa asks why now.
Katsuto explains that they only learned about her existence the other day when the retired former head looked into her mother as, now free of his responsibilities as family head, he wanted to deal with his biggest regret, what happened with Darya.
Alisa asks if they were abandoned.
Katsuto explains it was an affair and she’s free to hold a grudge against Kazuki.
When Alisa gets upset by Katsuto’s detached attitude, Ryoutarou steps in and explains Darya courted Kazuki three years before she was born and just after Katsuto’s real mother died. That they’d urged her not to date Kazuki but she didn’t listen.
Katsuto steps in and states all the blame lies on his father, Kazuki.
With Alisa calmed down, Katsuto goes on to say she has a legitimate reason to hate their father and a right to collect on his debt to her, and so should meet him at least once. If she doesn’t want to live with them, he’ll prepare an apartment for her in Tokyo. That once she’s learned to control her magic she can return here. Katsuto ends pay promising he doesn’t intent to force her to live as a member of the Ten Master Clans.
Ryoutarou is so surprised it shows on his face. Alisa is also surprised to receive such a convenient offer.
Alisa turns to Ryoutarou and he tells her to meet her father once and then decide. Katsuto confirms this is ok.
Alisa asks for time to think so Katsuto agrees to return in a weeks’ time. And everyone agrees.
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Immediately after Katsuto leaves, Marika, also thirteen, rushes in to see Alisa. The atmosphere between the two is more like that of sisters than friends. After been scolded for leaving the door open by Ryoutarou, though not registering him at all, Marika asks what Katsuto wanted. Alisa explains Katsuto told her she’s his half-brother and invited her to live with them in Tokyo. Hearing this, Marika becomes emotional and grabs Alisa, telling her she doesn’t want her to go, getting very close.
Alisa kisses Marika on the nose.
In response, Marika slides out of the room like a cat, she’s completely flushed.
Alisa teases Marika a little, such playful flirting being common between the two up until recently.
Alisa then explains that she doesn’t want to leave Marika’s side either, but she is unlikely to live long as is. Ryoutarou corrects, stating it’s not certain Alisa will die, but it is possible so Katsuto intends to teach her how to prevent it.
Marika asks if that means Alisa has to move to Tokyo and when she affirms it, Marika gets really upset.
Ryoutarou tells the pair to leave it for now and discuss it properly with Serika, his wife, later after the pair have changed.
Alisa, wanting some time to think, agrees immediately. Marika agrees as well, albeit reluctantly.
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Marika went back to her room and starts to get changed.
Her room was originally her elder brothers, having previously shared with Alisa in elementary school. When her brother Ryousuke went to a non-magical university in Tokyo, she got the room. And then in January last year, when Ryousuke went to study in Vancouver he disappeared. Despite being missing for over a year the family aren’t worried as those with magicians cannot study abroad unless it’s an exchange program. As the Tookami are from the Extras, they cannot expect to work as magicians in Japan without hiding their special magic and former number which isn’t possible for the Tookami. So the Tookami chose not to live as magicians. However, if you can escape Japan you can open other paths in life. Ryousuke sent a letter saying as much which is why they believe his disappearance was voluntary.
Despite this, Marika lamented his absence right now.
He was a great elder brother who pampered her, but Alisa liked him even more and if he were to be against her leaving, Alica would stay.
No, she corrected herself, Alisa might go to be close to Ryousuke and then return with him to Hokkaido.
Their parents wanted him to succeed the veterinary clinic and marry Alisa and Alisa isn’t against the idea and she is already aiming to become a veterinarian. And given that Marika is poor at studying and Ryousuke was studying engineering, Alisa could well have been the one to succeed Ryoutarou even if she didn’t marry his son.
Of course, neither Ryoutarou nor Marika will force Alisa to take over the clinic. Marika simply doesn’t want Alisa to leave, leaving her conflicted as she understands it would be wrong to stop Alisa leaving, especially if it reduced the chances of something bad happening to Alisa.
The Tookami know Alisa has a genetic component that causes premature death, including Marika who had been warned in case of an emergency. This element comes from her mother Darya, who has a modified body made in the New Soviet Union. The NSU’s techniques are more advanced but are weaker in the aspect of magical factors making them less stable than those from the USNA and Japan as the mind has to be magically skupted to match the modified body as an embryo.
Alisa’s mother, Darya Andreevna Ivanova defected nearly two decades before, so obviously she received no such treatment and so suffered from abnormalities, ultimately ending in her death. As a second generation, this treat looms over Alisa as well. Do if there is a chance to lower the risks added by the Juumonji genes, it has to be taken.
But still Marika doesn’t want to part from Alisa.
Overwhelmed by her feelings, Marika stops getting changed and sits down having only removed her uniform.
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Alisa separated from Marika in front of her room and sat down on the desk in her own room. She simply sits there for a while exhausted by the conversation with Katsuto.
Eventually she manages to motivate herself into getting changed while she thinks about the situation.
Though she felt death through the experience of losing her mother who she was close with, Alisa is only 13 years old. Her own death is an event that is still far away.
But even if she doesn’t feel herself dying, Alisa understands what death is. Death. Bereavement. It means that she will become a memory. It means she’ll never meet her family, the Tookami again
That she didn’t want to die was the conclusion like that that Alisa came to.
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The subject of Katsuto’s proposal came up at the Tookami Family table after eating and cleaning up.
Ryoutarou takes the lead in the conversation and lays everything out first.
That Alisa’s half-brother Katsuto wishes to take Alisa.
That the Juumonji didn’t know of Alisa until just recently. This angers Serika, not as a Tookami, but as a woman sympathetic to Darya.
Ryoutarou adds that Katsuto wishes to teach Alisa techniques to prevent a magic illness characteristic of the Juumonji family, explaining ‘Overclocking’ to the others and how it overworks the Magic Calculation Region in exchange for reducing the duration the can be magicians for, though Marika struggles to follow the explanation of the Magic Calculation Area and Alisa has to give an analogy.
Ryoutarou pauses to ensure his daughters understand magicians aren’t superior to normal humans, but neither girl harboured such views.
Ryoutarou continues his explanation of the Magic Calculation Region and gets to the point, that the Juumonji can increase its activity beyond the it’s limits, overclocking it. The meaning being the same as the computing term.
Alisa asks if doing this reduced one’s lifespan.
Ryoutarou didn’t hesitate in confirming this, saying it’s referred to as overheating and can happen to any magician but Overclock increases the risk of it.
He then explains that if the Magic Calculation Area stops working, the person won’t be able to perceive the world normally and if they’re lucky, they’ll just go insane as the original role of the Magical Calculation Area is to split the world into pieces of a size people can process and recognize.
Ryoutarou goes on to explain that Overclock is innate from birth and to prevent it running wild, you need to learn to control the ability.
Alisa asks if this means Katsuto was correct and Ryoutarou confirms Katusto was telling the truth about Overclock and confirms only they can teach her to control it.
Serika asks why Alisa can’t learn the skill and then return and Ryoutarou says that Katsuto affirmed she could do so, which shocks her. Seika then says they should take the offer.
Roytarou however, states that is isn’t so simple as taking the secret techniques of a family won’t be readily accepted by others even if Katsuto agrees. He also points out they want to take responsibility for a blood related daughter so they can only interfere so much.
Marika asks Alisa if she’ll be ok, and Alisa assures he it’s still Japan so they will see each other again and can call each other, though both end up crying.
Prequel Part Two
|Sunday the third of March.
Just like last week, Katsuto was driving a rental car manually to the Tookami household. The snow has been cleared but as a result, visibility is poor due to the walls of snow so Katsuto is driving slowly.
A person suddenly appears on the road ahead.
Katsuto stops the car without an accident thanks to his slow speed.
Katsuto wonders who it is but from the face realises that she’s a middle school girl glaring at him though he knows not why. The pair are currently over ten meters apart. Katsuto decides to get out of the car to see what she wants.
At the same time as he opened the door, the girl walked to the car and stops two meters away from him.
The girl first apologises and then confirms he is Katsuto and then introduced herself as Tookami Marika.
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As the time for Katsuto’s planned visit drew near, an unsettling atmosphere filled the Tookami household, though it’s the adults that are restless, Alisa is studying at her desk as she’s aiming to become a veterinarian.
Serika calls out to ask Alisa if she knows where Marika is. Alisa says she doesn’t and Seika comments that she appears to have gone out. Alisa confirms Marika doesn’t have club and apologises for not being able to help. As Alisa was being entrusted to him, the family intended to show the minimum of family manners to Katsuto. Though Serika comments Marika’s absence is likely a good thing as Marika would likely be rude.
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Katsuto tries to be gentlemanly as he talks to Marika and she comes out and asks directly for a favour, though her tone makes it clear it’s a demand.
Katsuto tells her he’d rather discuss it at the home where he’s heading.
Marika declines so Katsuto reluctantly agrees to hear her out then and there.
Marika asks Katsuto not to take Alisa to Tokyo.
Katsuto points out Alisa will be in danger if she doesn’t learn to control the magic she inherited.
Katsuto was feeling guilty, having properly investigated the Tookami family’s circumstances this past week he understood Alisa and Marika were like sisters. In fact, he didn’t want to split them up but Alisa was in danger so he couldn’t give in to her plea.
Marika admits he heard about the risk from her father but still doesn’t want to be separated and asks why they can’t just send a tutor.
Katsuto is moved by how pure Marika is, but states he cannot agree to have their families magic leave the family.
Marika tries to appeal to Katsuto with emotion, but it doesn’t work, and he explains he can’t just do it because he’s the family head, it doesn’t work like that.
Hearing this Marika steps back to a distance for a running jump and declares she’ll make Katsuto listen with force and psion light surges from her body.
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Ryoutarou and Serika suddenly call out to one another and confirm they both felt powerful magic being released and can both tell it’s their daughter even at this distance.
Both are confused as their daughter has received no training to use magic. Not just because formal training starts in High School, though there are prep schools and private ones that teach the basics, but because she wasn’t taught at home.
Ryoutarou realises it might be from her inadvertently learning the basics in her martial arts lessons. Alisa then jumps into the kitchen to see what’s going on, intuitively knowing Marika is involved, and wanting to go save her. Ryoutarou rushes to grab his car keys, more worried about what will happen to Marika’s condition after using such strong magic without training than what caused her to use the magic.
The three get into the car and Alisa tells them where Marika is and they realise it’s the direction Katsuto is coming from.
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Along with a torrent of surplus Psion light, a magic barrier formed around Marika’s body, the Toogami’s single-body armour magic, ‘Reactive Armor’
37 years ago, the Toogami family were exiled from the Tenth Research Institute as “Extras” because the goal of the Tenth Research Institute was to develop magic for the defence of the capital city and important people but the Toogami could only make barriers around themselves.
But there was more than meets the eye.
Clad in invincible armour and capable of rushing deep into enemy territory, the military leaders saw the potential use for suicide attacks and assassinations, at least unofficially.
But the version Katsuto was seeing didn’t look strong enough for that.
Marika flies at Katsuto with a kick.
He blocks with the Phalanx and Marika’s barrier shatters.
And then an enhanced version rebuilt in a moment to meet the strength of the Phalanx. The barriers struggle until Marika’s movement magic expires and she’s thrown back by the repulsion of the barriers. Marika somersaults to land on her feet.
But what catches Katsuto’s eye, is that the rebuilding of the barrier was unintentional and automatic. Katsuto realises the Toogami’s Reactive Armor has the same basic theory as the Phalanx but differs in that the Phalanx ‘continuously recreates barriers’ while the Reactive Armour ‘forms stronger ones’. Katsuto wonders what the upper limit is and realises that if this limit is low that would be the reason it’s used for suicide attacks, as they’d be left defenceless amidst the enemy.
While Katsuto is thinking this, Marika attacks again, this time trying to ram him using serval magic types in parallel. Though her instincts are great, her skills and abilities are not normal.
Marika is sent flying again when her support magic expires.
She charges again, using a flurry of punches. But the Phalanx doesn’t break. She can’t breach the barriers fast enough and her own start to shatter.
When it shatters for the seventh time Marika withdraws to a distance of five meters, her barrier gone.
Normally a magician will prepare another magic to cancel out the active one, but Marika didn’t do this so Katsuto concludes it was done unconsciously as she’s near the limit where her life will be in danger. Katsuto concludes the true limit for Marika’s barrier is likely eight or nine times.
The barrier renovation limit for Phalanx, which follows a similar system, differs between users, but Katsuto’s limit is 999 times in the lab, though may be higher in a fight.
Katsuto turns his attention to the more pressing matter of Marika who still intends to fight which was risky.
There’s a reason why formal education for magicians starts in high school. It is said that for two years before and after puberty, with two more years after that as a safety margin for girls, it is better not to put too much burden on the Magic Calculation Area. It is an established theory in Japan that magic harms physical growth during the period of 9 to 13 years old on average for boys and between 8 and 14 for girls. During this period, magic training requires especially attentive care.
– Though the USNA has not adopted this standard as the basis for it is weak.
The girl in front of Katsuto’s eyes is right in the ‘period when you shouldn’t use magic’.
Katsuto decides he has to settle this quickly before she harms herself by just blowing away the magic barrier and its reconstruction mechanism with the Offensive Phalanx. Though Katsuto isn’t good at such delicate work, he can’t afford to be picky.
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Ryoutarou senses the psion wave produced by the clashing barriers. All three of them in the car could ‘hear’ the barriers clashing as a sound resembling the echo of a gong ringing.
Alisa asks if it’s Marika.
Ryoutarou confirms it seems to be her and Katsuto, though Katsuto is just taking the attacks at the moment but even just that is dangerous for Marika, so they need to stop here.
Ryoutarou has lost all composure and is stomping on the accelerator despite the car being at its top speed, though it will still take nearly five minutes.
Alisa closes her eyes and at that moment sees Marika’s back. This surprises her and when she opens her eyes again, she sees the inside of the car.
Serika asks what’s wrong, but Alisa isn’t calm enough to answer and simply closes her eyes again.
Alisa sees Marika again as psionic light is released from her body and Katsuto raises his hand towards her.
“Don’t!” Alisa yells as she unintentionally releases powerful magic.
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Marika is about to attack again and Katsuto realises her Magic Calculation Region must be under a heavy burden as she’s ignoring protocol and if she isn’t stopped, she may never recover. In order to end it there, Katsuto increased the output of his Magic Calculation Area and prepares to use the Offensive Phalanx, carefully configuring it to counter Marika’s barrier. Katsuto fires just before Marika has chance to jump.
At that moment Alisa’s shout echo’s in his heart and Marika is protected by a dome shaped barrier, blocking his attack.
Katsuto cancels his magic.
Moments later, the dome barrier disappears, and Marika’s dumbfounded expression makes it clear it wasn’t her. Though Katsuto already knew as the dome was a Defensive Phalanx.
Marika’s barrier disappeared when she lost the will to fight when faced by this unexpected situation.
As if to announce the end of the fight, a tall off-road vehicle came up from behind Marika and stopped.
Ryoutaro gets out of the car, while Serika helps an unsteady Alisa.
Seeing Alisa’s state affirms to Katsuto that she used the Defensive Phalanx and that her talent was on or exceeded his level and that not starting her training immediately would be dangerous. Aptitude that is way too high also means that she’s likely to run wild, like a girl who was his junior in high school who had extremely strong phenomenon interference power and often unintentionally froze reality.
Alisa’s risk is even higher than that junior’s. If she doesn’t learn techniques to at least control her magic activation, she’s very likely to destroy herself and it’s too dangerous to wait.
Alisa rushes to check on Marika while Serika scolds her daughter and Ryoutarou apologises to Katsuto.
Katsuto accepts the apology and asks if Marika has been trained. Ryoutarou says no and when Katsuto begins to suggest it, Ryoutarou tells him Marika will be educated immediately. This incident having been enough to let go of any emotional baggage and put the children first.
Chapter 3 After the small fight between Katsuto and Marika, Alisa and Katsuto had a meeting with the Tookami Family.
Here too Marika heavily opposed Alisa travelling to Tokyo. But when it was brought up that she too was one step away from her magic running out of control, she finally was unable to disagree on Alisa being taken in by the Juumonji Family.
Alisa will go to Tokyo during spring break and will attend a middle school in Tokyo for the next year.
Sunday the thirty-first of March.
Alisa has arrived at the New Chitose Airport’s lobby and is leaving Hokkaido for the Juumonji Family household in Tokyo.
Alisa and Marika have a very emotional and tearful farewell. Serika has to pull the pair apart and though they’ll be in touch in the meantime, Marika reaffirms their promise to see each other in two years.
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Today is the day the nine Magic University-affiliated High Schools hold their entrance exams nationwide.
At Hachioji’s First High School a large number of students also gathered to take the exams. Most of them are basically middle school graduates from Kanto, but some of the students who have come to take the exams in hopes of making it in are from further away.
From as far south as Ishigaki and as far north as Hokkaido.
Despite there being schools closer to home, the people who are aiming for First High are not few, and a big reason for this is because this is the alma matter of Shiba Tatsuya. Still only 20 years old, Shiba Tatsuya has become well known not just in Japan but around the world, not just in the military field but also in technology and academic fields, he has become a magician young people strive to be like, especially for those aiming to be Magic Engineers.
Seeking to be like him, many boys and girls from around the country gather here, greatly raising the competition at First High.
Despite this, Alisa’s looks make her stand out making it easy for Marika to find her and make good on their promise to attend the same high school.
To the students around them, these two are their rivals in these exams. But any middle school student watching these two close friends heading to the school building, whether they were male or female, found themselves smiling.
(Maidens of Cygnus – Prequel End)
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