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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Raihousha-hen (魔法科高校の劣等生 来訪者編) is the manga adaption of the 'Visitor Arc' from the 9th, 10th and 11th volumes of the light novel. The adaptation is by Magico! (マジコ!). It was serialised for 43 chapters in GFantasy Magazine, running from November 2015 until June 2019. An extra chapter, featuring a four page epilogue for the arc, was later released and included in Volume 7 of the manga.
Shiba Miyuki's classmate Kitayama Shizuku is on her way to study abroad. For magicians, this is normally impossible, since allowing the genes of someone who can use magic outside their home country's borders is tantamount to giving up national secrets. But it's allowed to happen in one case: exchange programs. And that's how Angelina Kudou Shields has arrived in Japan from the USNA to study at First High.
Around the time Lina arrived in Japan, magicians began getting attacked by a mysterious being who leaves his victims drained of blood. Will Tatsuya be able to discover the identify of the 'Vampire'?
The USNA investigates the cause of Scorched Halloween and 2 high schoolers are named as suspects. Over a month after the Yokohama incident Tatsuya and friends are having a Christmas party and Shizuku has announced she will be taking part in an exchange program with the USNA until April.
Back home, Miyuki asks if Tatsuya thinks the exchange program is suspicious given the timing. Tatsuya agrees, reminding her Yotsuba Maya warned them the STARS were mobilising to investigate. He reassures Miyuki not to worry too much.
Over in Dallas, STARS are chasing Lt Fomalhaut, a deserter. He is stopped by Angie Sirius. She demands an explanation for the desertion and murders in Dallas. Fomalhaut attacks her with pyrokinesis and the other STARS trap him with Mirror Cage. Sirius executes him.
Back in Japan, it’s New Year's Day and Miyuki head out in traditional garb to meet their friends for the traditional shrine visit. Leo, Mizuki and Honoka greet them and are surprised by how well Tatsuya pulls off a Haori Hakama. Councillor Ono and Kokonoe join them and Tatsuya gives introductions.
Miyuki is drawing a lot of attention at the shrine but there is another girl giving a different sort of look. Miyuki notices Tatsuya looking over and gets jealous. Tatsuya assures her he isn’t interested like that and is only looking as the girl seems suspicious. Miyuki looks and realises her outfit is wrong for the times and realises it’s true. The girl makes eye contact with Tatsuya as she leaves.
At home, Tatsuya suspects the girl may be Angie Sirius. The girl from the shrine, Lina, gets home and is scolded by her roommate Sylvia for her inappropriate outfit. They discuss the mission to investigate the Shiba's and Sylvia gives Lina a crash course on fashion.
At First High, rumours of the new exchange student are flying all over the school. At lunch Honoka introduce Lina and she joins the group for lunch.
Later in the week, everyone is astounded that Lina can compete with Miyuki in magic, something even the seniors could not manage. Miyuki’s higher interference strength allows her to win 4-2 over Lina’s slightly faster times. Mayumi, who is watching, feels trouble is brewing. At lunch, Miyuki scolds Lina for getting too competitive. Lina objects and Tatsuya steps in saying it’s good in the matches but to keep it there. Tatsuya thanks Lina for providing Miyuki with a rival. Tatsuya asks about Lina’s relationship to Elder Kudou and why she uses Lina not Angie.
At home, Miyuki is worried about her magic measurements. Tatsuya says her CAD cannot keep up as she’s growing too fast thanks to Lina. Miyuki asks about lunch and Tatsuya confirms he is sure she is Angie Sirius of the thirteen apostles.
Inspector Chiba is investigating the 5th death in a series of killings that seem to be vampire victims.
A Foreboding Disturbance
Tatsuya tells Miyuki he thinks Lina is Angie Sirius. He speculates from her skill set that it’s likely she has another mission besides investigating the siblings. Tatsuya says to make use of Lina as a rival.
Lina gets home to find Mikaela Hongou, a fellow investigator, has visited. They discuss their lack of progress and Lina mentions Tatsuya seems to suspect her but doubts her suspicions.
At school, Kanon asks Tatsuya to give Lina a tour so she can see how the disciplinary committee works. Lina asks why Tatsuya is pretending to be a course two student when he’s said to be one of the strongest combatants in school. Tatsuya points out that combat isn’t determined by the things covered in the testing criteria. Lina attacks Tatsuya to test him and is restrained. She apologises and lets slip she’s met the president of the USNA. Tatsuya drops the subject and moves on.
Leo is out for a walk and bumps into Erika's brother, Inspector Chiba Toshikazu. They head somewhere private and Toshikazu tells Leo of a string of serial killings where the victims are found drained of blood. Leo knows nothing but agrees to inform the inspector if he hears anything.
Lina gets an emergency call from Canopus. The deserters are in Tokyo and Lina’s primary mission now is to eliminate them and that reinforcements are en route. Lina accepts the mission.
The Vampire Case
The news about the Vampire Murders is in the papers and it becomes a hot topic. Mayumi and Juumonji discuss the issue. The Saegusa know of 24 victims and Juumonji realises Magicians are being targeted. Juumonji suggests contacting the Yotsuba but Mayumi informs him her father broke the rules last month and the two houses are at odds. Mayumi requests an alliance and Juumonji accepts. At lunch Honoka comments that there have been vampire attacks in the USNA as well, but they've been covered up.
At the USNA embassy, Major Sirius answers a summons. At a meeting, she discovers the brain of the traitor she executed had been physically altered to the point it was no longer human and the extra part would act as an antenna.
In a park at night, the vampires stand over a body when three people penetrate the barrier they had set up. The vampire intercepts two of the magicians. They try to force a surrender and they discover cast jamming doesn’t work as the vampire doesn’t need a CAD. They are about to be defeated when Angie Sirius steps in to assist.
Upon realising the opponent is Angie Sirius, the Vampire tries to flee. Sirius attacks but stops after sensing the presence of a second Vampire. In the park, Leo senses something wrong and calls Inspector Chiba. He tries to leave but finds the unconscious victim and gets attacked by the second Vampire. After the vampire grabs Leo, all of Leo's strength drains from him. He lands a hit, but it isn’t enough to finish off the Vampire. Angie Sirius arrives just as Leo passes out.
Next morning, Erika awakes to a text from Toshikazu. She’s mad and rushes to the hospital. Everyone else receives texts from her about Leo. Tatsuya decided to visit after school.
At the hospital, Juumonji and Mayumi disable the police surveillance equipment before talking to Leo. The girl who was attacked was apparently related to the Saegusa. Police higher-ups have told Toshikazu to back off which is frustrating the Chiba as it seems the Saegusa are hiding evidence.
Later, Tatsuya and company all visit Leo and discuss what happened. Leo says he’s not sure, but he thinks the Vampire was female. Hearing the details, Mikihiko says he thinks it’s a Paranormal Parasite, or Demons as referred to in ancient magic. Mikihiko requests permission to examine Leo’s ethereal body (soul). Mikihiko does the examination using magic and is surprised Leo is conscious, as a normal person wouldn’t be. The gang leave and Erika speaks to her brother and decides to take action.
Searching in the Dark
That evening, Sirius debriefs the two magicians she rescued and confirms the Vampire's physical and magical abilities were both enhanced. Sirius heads to a changing room and switches to Lina by deactivating Parade. Lina discusses the Vampires and how it makes no sense to attack the Japanese, as they are fugitives fleeing the USNA.
Tatsuya is training with Kokonoe. The disciples notice Tatsuya’s Taijutsu is on the same level but Kokonoe wins in strategy. Kokonoe uses Genjutsu and brings Tatsuya down. They briefly discuss Spirits and Parasites.
At school, Mikihiko and Erika are exhausted. Tatsuya asks Honoka to call Shizuku and they and Miyuki call her about the Vampires. He asks about what happened in the states. Shizuku says it's like an urban legend there. Tatsuya tells her Leo was hurt and that he thinks the Vampires came from the USNA. Shizuku agrees to investigate.
That night, Erika and Mikihiko are out hunting Vampires with a Chiba task force but are working independent of the Saegusa/Juumonji forces. Mikihiko messages Tatsuya just in case.
The Battle Begins
Sirius is chasing the Vampire with help from Sylvia and the hunters. They manage to corner and kill the first Vampire but a second Vampire launches a surprise attack. When the attack fails, it flees and Sirius gives chase.
Erica and Mikihiko are Vampire hunting and sense magical combat nearby. They rush to the scene to see Sirius and the Vampire fighting in a park. Erika rushes in and attacks Sirius who dodges in an instant. Erika quickly realises that she’ll lose if she’s forced on the defensive. Mikihiko meanwhile faces off against the Vampire ‘White Mask’ who lunges into close combat. Mikihiko evades with magic and tries to counter with a Lightning attack but the Vampire absorbs and fires it back. Mikihiko dodges the first attack but his barrier won’t make it in time for the second when the Vampire's spell is suddenly dispelled. Erika lands a hit on Sirius, but she has armour and pulls a gun. Erika knocks it away and dodges a magical attack. Erika lands a solid hit on Sirius’s shoulder but is blasted by her magical counter attack and is knocked down. Both then notice Tatsuya on his bike taking aim with his CAD.
Sirius tries to attack Tatsuya with magic, but it is erased. The Vampire flees, and Sirius uses a bright flash to stun everyone to escape. Tatsuya takes aim but realises her EIDOS data is fake. After she flees, Mikihiko gives Erika his coat as her clothing is damaged from Sirius’s attack magic. Erika is upset when she finds out Mikihiko called Tatsuya for backup. Tatsuya tells them to move before the Saegusa/Juumonji forces arrive and gives Erika a ride on his bike, leaving Mikihiko behind.
Sirius has made it back to the field trailer and debriefs the hunters. She tells them to send Sergeant Sullivan’s (the Vampire) body or autopsy report immediately. They confirm the identity of ‘White Mask’ is unknown but they can track their Psion signature now. As Sirius applies healing magic, she realises her shoulder is completely broken and wonders why Japanese high school students are so strong.
At home, Tatsuya requests that Miyuki call Yotsuba Maya to discuss the situation. He asks Maya about the Kudou family’s secret technique ‘Parade’ because his Elemental Sight was blocked. He also requests reinforcements. Maya gives him permission to contact the 101st Military Battalion.
At school, Juumonji and Mayumi call Tatsuya to a meeting to ask him about the night before. Tatsuya confirms he was out and engaged in combat with a Vampire and a third-party magician after being called by Mikihiko. He mentions Leo and states he cannot help unless the Saegusa share information. Mayumi brings up the alliance and agrees to share information if he’ll join. Tatsuya agrees but states if he’s lied to, he’ll pull out.
After the meeting, Tatsuya reflects on the situation. Meanwhile, Mayumi questions why Juumonji agreed to let Tatsuya act independently as he may join the Chiba group. Juumonji states that won’t happen as long as they uphold the deal.
Tatsuya mulls over the information he has received on the ‘Vampires’ and the third-party interference he received in the meeting with Juumonji and Saegusa as he makes his way to the Student Council room to meet Miyuki for lunch.
He arrives to find Lina, who he believes is Angie Sirius of STARS, is leaving. Settling down for lunch, Miyuki and Honoka tell him Lina was there to discuss Hattori’s suggestion of her joining the Student Council temporarily, as the solicitation by the clubs is getting out of hand. However, it seems she doesn’t want to spend any time on campus after school.
That evening, Tatsuya uses access privileges to view Tokyo by live satellite feeds while tracking all three parties hunting Vampires: STARS, the Chiba, and the Saegusa/Juumonji forces, thanks to help from Fujibayashi’s hacking skills. Tatsuya notices that STARS have better tracking abilities for the parasites and predicts where they will be headed after analysing the data. As he gets up to leave, he asks Miyuki to stay at home and wait for him. After he leaves, she continues to monitor the satellite feed wishing she could ‘see’ him the way he can ‘see’ her at all times. The doorbell chimes and Miyuki discovers that Kokonoe is outside.
Tatsuya arrives at a park to find Sirius and the Vampire in combat. He shoots the Vampire, bringing it down, but Sirius turns on him with hostility and pulls out a gun as Tatsuya brings out his CAD. She fires, so Tatsuya decomposes the bullet and then destroys the spell disguising her, leaving Lina standing there in her true form.
Miyuki and Kokonoe, en route to Tatsuya’s location, discuss the reason Kokonoe is taking action when his policy is non-interference, and Kokonoe reveals that it’s to protect a secret technique Sirius inherited.
Meanwhile, Sirius, turned back into Lina, and Tatsuya face off in the park. Tatsuya disarms Lina by dismantling her gun and tells her he doesn’t want to fight but Lina attacks him regardless. Tatsuya realises she’s reactivated Parade and, while dodging the knives she’s throwing, decides the best way to counter is an area effect attack and throws a grenade into the air, shocking Lina and putting her on the defensive. Using the pause, he destroys her barrier and pins her to the ground.
Tatsuya begins disarming her by removing her CADs when Lina activates Dancing Blades, and the knives she threw hurtle towards Tatsuya but are disintegrated just before they touch him. Tatsuya rips off her mask and Lina screams. Tatsuya stands her up as he removes her glove CAD to find himself surrounded by four police officers demanding his surrender.
Tatsuya thrusts Lina into one of the policemen and leaps over him, kicking him in the face and knocking him unconscious, shocking Lina and the other three. Tatsuya points out if they're helping her, there is no reason to hold back, regardless of whether they are real. Lina reveals her true identity as Major Sirius and is handed a gun by one of the ‘officers’ and resolves to kill Tatsuya since he now knows her real identity.
Miyuki interrupts before the fight can resume, giving Lina pause as the three ‘officers’ attack with knives. Tatsuya slices one open and Miyuki freezes the legs of the other two as Kokonoe knocks them unconscious. Tatsuya and Miyuki banter with Lina until Tatsuya suggests a duel. If Lina wins, she goes free. If Tatsuya wins, she answers some questions. Miyuki interjects and insists to be the one dueling. With the participants and terms set, Lina agrees to the duel.
A Magnificent Duel
The Shiba's ride Tatsuya’s bike while Lina is in the car with Kokonoe and his men. Kokonoe tells her he only cares about keeping secret techniques secret and not to share the Kudou Parade, and he cares not for the conflict between her and the Shiba's.
The group arrive at a dried riverbed where the duel will occur. Kokonoe advises he will act as referee and confirms the terms and is about to begin the duel when Tatsuya asks for a moment. He then walks up to Miyuki, pulls her into an embrace and kisses her forehead, releasing the power she uses to seal Tatsuya’s magic temporarily so she can fight at full strength. Tatsuya returns to Kokonoe so the match can begin.
Lina, thinking Miyuki is a typical magician, plans to get close, but is interrupted by a sudden blast as Miyuki launches a barrage of spells at Lina without pause, forcing Lina onto the defensive. After the second spell, Lina sees an opening and closes in, but realises it is a trap. She stops and tries to fire a button like a bullet, but it’s blocked by Miyuki’s Deceleration Zone. Lina throws out her knives and attacks with Molecular Divider but they're blocked. Lina then activates Dancing Blades, firing the remaining four knives, but again they hit the shield surrounding Miyuki and are all blocked. In a desperate bid, Lina decides to go all out and launches Muspelheim, a causing a firestorm, while Miyuki counters with Niflhiem, a storm of ice. Both seem deadlocked but Miyuki quickly seizes the advantage.
Seeing Lina try to use a second CAD, a fatal mistake, Tatsuya ends the match using Gram Dispersion which causes a huge blast of air which will cause both severe burns and frostbite. Miyuki shields both Tatsuya and herself. Kokonoe points out he broke the rules, but Tatsuya counters that the no killing rule was about to be broken had he not acted. Lina admits defeat but since the rules were changed she’ll only answer yes or no questions.
It’s Sunday, and Tatsuya and Miyuki have called a meeting in First High’s Student Council Room. First to arrive are Erika and Mikihiko, shortly followed by Juumonji and Mayumi. Both pairs are surprised to see each other, and Erika is first to ask for an explanation. Tatsuya states he has information to share on the Vampires.
Tatsuya tells them he shot a transmitter into the parasite's body last night and gives them both a card with the details to allow them to track it, as they only have three days before the signal stops. He then confirms that the ~10 vampires are USNA deserters, from which Mayumi infers the other group will be from STARS. Erika asks what the plan is, but Tatsuya states he won’t interfere with the other groups but cares not what they do or who takes down the Parasites. The other three are not pleased by Tatsuya’s neutrality but Juumonji agrees and the Shiba's take their leave. Juumonji then takes the initiative to discuss the situation with Erika and Mikihiko alone.
In her apartment, Lina is feeling very dejected. Sylvia sums up the night before, with four men neutralised and that Lina was missing for three hours. Lina states she was defeated by both Shiba’s and three Ninja. Lina vents about the poor intelligence that she had been provided with, which perks her up. Sylvia tells her no STARS reinforcements will be sent and that the other teams are making no progress finding the target. This brings up Mia who has been busy with work and will be visiting First High tomorrow and suggests Lina meet her for lunch.
The Shiba's are heading home, and Miyuki notices Tatsuya looking pensive. Tatsuya explains he regrets not taking action against Lina earlier because he may have been able to avoid Leo’s injury had he taken the initiative, despite knowing such retrospective thoughts are pointless. Miyuki is glad and points out he has more human emotions than he realises as he is showing kindness for people other than her. This embarrasses Tatsuya and he tries to hide it much to Miyuki’s delight.
Shizuku is at a party in the United States and is approached by Raymond, a classmate. After some pleasantries he tells her he has information and they head outside to talk privately. There he confirms that the Parasites originated in the USNA and about the Micro-Blackhole Experiment in Dallas that appears to be the cause.
Back in Japan the Shiba’s are having coffee when they receive a call from an inebriated and Shizuku in her nightwear, much to Miyuki’s dismay. After putting on a night coat, Shizuku apologises for calling and then tells them of the Micro-Blackhole Experiment. Miyuki, like Shizuku doesn’t understand the relevance, so Tatsuya explains string theory and why the experiment was so dangerous due to weakening the dimensional membrane. He explains the Micro-Blackhole could open a hole for extradimensional beings to enter, which is likely what the parasites are.
Elsewhere, Mayumi is now coordinating the efforts of the Chiba and Juumonji ground teams, who are now cooperating in the parasite hunt rather than competing. Reflecting on it being due to Tatsuya forcing them to talk to each other, Mayumi decides to take revenge for being treated like a child.
The following day during lunch, Mizuki is listening to Erika complain about the parasites. Mizuki redirects the conversation by asking why Erika is avoiding Tatsuya. Erika states it’s because he stayed neutral between the Chiba and 10 Master Clans, when she thought he’d take her side without being asked, so she feels like she’s been cheated on. Mizuki points out Tatsuya is largely indifferent so won’t take the first step and will back off if he thinks she’s avoiding him. Mikihiko arrives with lunch for the pair, sent by Tatsuya, proving Mizuki’s point. The three are about to eat when Mizuki is suddenly senses an intense aura. Mikihiko puts up a barrier for her and she explains to the others she senses ‘evil’. Realising it’s likely a ‘vampire’, Erika and Mikihiko spring into action. Mizuki asks to join them so Erika goes to get their CADs while Mikihiko goes with Mizuki to protect her.
Meanwhile, Lina is in the canteen, looking forward to seeing Mia, when she senses the presence of a vampire, having fought them several times. Realising it’s near the gate where Mia should be, Lina makes an excuse and leaves the group. Back at the office where STARS are operating from, Sylvia finally gets a match on the Psion readings from the vampire and confirms it to be Michaela Hongou (Mia).
Inside a truck entering the school, the Parasite Michaela Hongou (Mia) telepathically communicates with its counterparts and informs them that despite the school’s anti-stealth field, Mia is confident she hasn’t been detected, but going there was a mistake.
On the roof, Tatsuya is having lunch sitting with Miyuki and Honoka, having sent Mikihiko to deliver lunch to Erika and Leo, whilst leaving the canteen due to the uncomfortable atmosphere. While the girls pretend to be cold, Tatsuya is thinking about the issue with the Parasites until Miyuki suddenly sits up, having felt Mia’s presence. Mayumi calls a moment later and confirms the ‘Vampire’ is on campus and tells them that it's with the delivery group from Maximillian Devices. The pair activate Flight Devices and rush to the scene, leaving Honoka behind.
Lina arrives to see Mia, intending warn her about the parasite. Tatsuya, who is observing nearby is confused as to how Lina doesn’t know Mia IS the parasite when Mia starts trying to waft away some of Mikihiko’s spirits, giving herself away to him. He reports this to Juumonji as he, Erika, and Mizuki watch on and puts up a barrier to isolate the area. Realising what’s about to happen Tatsuya calls Mayumi to have the cameras deactivated.
With the barrier up Erika sprints into action aiming to take Mia out with a quick attack, but Lina pushes her aside and tries to stop Erika, but she’s blocked by Juumonji. Erika continues her attack as Silvia calls Lina with magic and tells her Mia is the parasite. Shocked, Lina watches on as Erika stabs Mia through the heart. Realising something was amiss, Erika leaps back and sees Mia regenerate the wound near instantly.
Lina is shocked to see Mia’s regeneration, but before the fight can continue, Mia is frozen solid in an instant by Miyuki. Lina discreetly calls in backup before cutting the line as Tatsuya approaches her. He then states they’ll be taking Mia into custody and confirms he didn’t kill the other Maximillian employees, just incapacitated them to reduce the witness count. Erika claims custody of Mia and is surprised when Tatsuya agrees.
Mikihiko suddenly calls out a warning as a surprise attack is launched but Juumonji blocks it and Tatsuya disables it. Everyone is confused as Mia is frozen, but she suddenly disintegrates as the Parasite escapes her body and creates a lightning storm to attack everyone. Juumonji, Tatsuya, Miyuki, and Lina are all able to block the attacks, but Tatsuya is unable to find the Parasite's body to retaliate.
Watching on, Mikihiko doesn’t understand why the parasite won’t flee, until they realise its targeting Erika, who can only dodge, to take a new host. Mizuki, seeing Erika struggling, resolves to use her special sight to help find the parasite. Mikihiko is reluctant but agrees to release the barrier and Mizuki quickly finds the parasite and so Mikihiko attacks it, causing it to shift its target to Mizuki. Mikihiko is about to be overwhelmed when Tatsuya shoots the parasite and blows it away, ending the battle but allowing the parasite to escape.
The parasite that was in Mia finds its way to the school’s robot maid.
The next day, Tatsuya arrives for class, but Erika is still sulking due to the events of the day before, specifically because Tatsuya let Lina leave. Tatsuya simply points out that it was the best option given the circumstances and makes it clear if Lina becomes an threat she’ll be dealt with.
Meanwhile, Lina is reporting to her superiors and is getting heavily reprimanded for not being able to secure Mia nor notice she was infected despite living next door. Lina is barely containing her anger when Colonel Balance steps in to defend her. Balance points out Lina’s skill set is not suited to this mission, so she is not responsible. Balance goes on to point out the fact Lina lost is an issue so she should be given a chance to vindicate herself. She states Lina will need more support and, to that end, Balance will stay in Tokyo and the Brionac will be made available for use.
After the meeting, Lina removes her disguise and is met by Silvia. Silvia apologises for failing in her duties and not identifying Mia in time. She then tells Lina she is returning to the USNA for a medical to confirm she’s not infected. Balance arrives and she explains the reason Silvia is returning but Lina isn’t is because of their skill sets. If they are infected, Sylvia could leak intel to the enemy here whereas Lina could do a lot of damage domestically. Balance leaves Sylvia and Lina so they can say their goodbyes.
At the Kokonoe Temple, Miyuki is watching Tatsuya, who is having Yakumo train him so he can attack the parasites directly. Tatsuya is struggling and Yakumo points out this technique is one where an affinity is needed but Tatsuya does have at least some compatibility but as Tatsuya can see the target, he might be better off making a new technique. Miyuki interjects saying he should do both.
Kuroba Mitsugu receives a call from Yotsuba Maya to discuss the current situation with the parasites. Kuroba confirms that there are 12 parasites, of which 4 were neutralised by the USNA and one by Tatsuya, leaving 7 still active. Maya orders Kuroba to kill the parasite hosts and observe the parasites after being released from their hosts.
At the Shiba residence, the siblings watch the news as a report is given on the vampires. The truth that the situation was caused by a USNA military undertaking an experiment into ways of countering the great bomb. It’s also revealed the vampires are magicians possessed by creatures summoned in the experiment. Realising the severity of the situation, Tatsuya heads over to the phone to make a call.
Lina is heading to school with a headache caused by the stress of the current situation, when she finds herself ambushed by the Shiba’s. They bring up the report on the news and Lina confirm it’s inaccurate, validating Tatsuya’s theory the goal is to manipulate public opinion. Lina is perplexed on how it leaked until Tatsuya mentions ‘The Seven Sages,’ much to her ire. Lina states the group is also an enigma to the USNA. The discussion moves to the parasite hunt and Lina states they have eliminated four to date and that they were not deliberately created by the USNA.
That evening, the remaining parasites are discussing their preparations to evacuate in the morning using their hivemind when they suddenly start going silent, one by one, until all have been neutralised in a matter of moments by Kuroba Mitsugu and his team. With all seven down Kuroba orders the men to observe the parasites for as long as possible.
St Valentine's Day
The Shiba’s are meeting with Fujibayashi, who is visiting to inform them of what is happening politically, as the various powers move, but his identity should be safe. This leads to them discussing the recent attack in Yokohama, where the GAA attacked Japan despite not being able to fight off the USNA and Japanese allied forces, allowing the three to conclude the USNA agreed to react slowly in order to weaken Japan. Her business concluded, Fujibayashi heads out, giving Tatsuya some Valentine's chocolate as she leaves.
At school the next day the student council is working as usual. It's noticed Honoka is struggling, and thinking she’s ill, Nakajou kindly tells her to head home. Honoka feels guilty as she’s really just distracted, but Miyuki encourages her to head out too (Miyuki being the only one who knows it’s so she can prepare for Valentine’s Day). On the way home, Miyuki relays this to Tatsuya, but he’s not too pleased by Honoka’s efforts. Miyuki tries to cheer him up at which point Lina interjects to discuss all the hassle she’s been getting over who she’ll give chocolate to, and the trio discuss Valentine’s Day.
Elsewhere, Mayumi’s little sisters watch Mayumi in the kitchen making chocolates but, seeing the ingredients, rapidly conclude they are intended for a victim, not a lover.
The following morning, Miyuki joins Tatsuya for his training with Kokonoe and watched him practice a new technique intended to allow Tatsuya to strike at parasites directly. It’s going well but will be a while before it’s concluded. With the training concluded, Miyuki gives Kokonoe his obligatory chocolates, much to his delight.
Later, on the way to school, Honoka greets the Shiba’s, and Miyuki, realising her intent, makes an excuse to allow Honoka to be alone with Tatsuya. The pair head to school until Honoka works up the nerve to ask for some of his time.
A Maiden's Love
Honoka and Tatsuya head to just outside the Robotics Club for some privacy where Honoka gives Tatsuya her Valentine’s chocolates and is given a gift in return. Her elation however causes a reaction in Pixie, the dormant robot in the clubroom. Honoka then rushes to show Mizuki her new hair ties.
Meanwhile, Tatsuya is feeling guilty about giving her a gift purely to stop her confession again. As he arrives at his class, he sees Leo has returned to school. Mizuki hands out her chocolates to the boys, leaving Mikihiko a bit disappointed. Erika isn’t thrilled its Valentine’s and so teases Mikihiko about being popular at the Dojo.
Later Class 1-A have physical education and Lina takes the locker next to Miyuki to discuss Valentine’s, having been really bothered by how much attention she’s getting despite Miyuki not being hassled at all. This leads to Miyuki joking perhaps it’s because she’s not appealing, which leads to the pair comparing their bodies in an innocent, yet over-familiar manner, which flusters the other girls.
After school, Tatsuya heads to the canteen to meet with Mayumi, where she’s accompanied by a rather ill-looking Hattori. After accepting a glass of water from Tatsuya, Hattori heads away. At this point Eimi and Subaru arrive and give Tatsuya a bag of obligatory chocolates from the girls who participated in the Nine Schools Competition and depart.
Alone at last, Mayumi gives Tatsuya a very ominous box of chocolates and waits for him to taste one. Tatsuya then indicates they need to discuss something privately. The pair head to a meeting room and discuss the Vampire situation, the Vampires having seemingly become more vigilant. Tatsuya tells Mayumi he thinks they may have some type of shared perception. Their business concluded, Tatsuya tried to leave, but Mayumi grabs him and forces him to try a chocolate and is pleased with the result.
Honoka is running errands for the student council in a very elated mood when she bumps into Eimi. She tells her about the hair ties from Tatsuya. Before heading off, Eimi then tells her he was with Mayumi and it looked like she had chocolates for him. This leaves Honoka a bit concerned as Mayumi could be a real rival, Miyuki ultimately being blocked due to being his sister. This wave of emotions causes a reaction in the dormant Pixie and it begins to stir.
Heading home, Tatsuya’s chocolate haul is examined by Miyuki and Honoka as Lina looks on, feeling she’s intruding. The group arrive at the station and Honoka heads off first, leaving the other three to wait for a car. Tatsuya is lost in thought on how he and Lina are both trapped in inescapable fates as living weapons of mass destruction, until Miyuki attracts his attention as Lina seems to want something. Lina, however, is hesitant, but Tatsuya is immediately distracted by ‘eyes’ on him and holds Miyuki close.
The ‘eyes’ were a USNA spy satellite and the operator is thrown by the unshakable feeling Tatsuya looked directly at the satellite, but upon replaying the video, it’s dismissed by Colonel Balance who is more concerned with Lina’s expression when Tatsuya hugs Miyuki.
Lina returns home with her chocolate for Tatsuya (intended as a thank-you for saying quiet) still in her bag and her emotions in a mess, unable to comprehend why seeing the hug was so unsettling. Reaching her apartment, Lina realises someone is there and goes in on alert, to find Balance waiting for her.
Fragments of the Real Intention
Colonel Balance and Lina sit down to discuss the current situation and Balance states she’s concerned Lina I becoming to attached to her target. Lina denies this. Balance tells Lina the vampires are being put on hold for the moment and that the missions focus is shifting back to the original assassination of the SCM responsible for Scorched Halloween, believed to be Tatsuya. She tells Lina she’s authorised to use Brionac too.
Erika is home thinking about school and her friends and how fun things are now, when her older brother, Naotsugu visits her room. He informs her that Tatsuya is being monitored by the JDF and that he’s got orders to protect him if he’s attacked. He also suggests she keep her distance. Erika perplexed as Tatsuya is JDF but points out she’s in the same class so avoiding him would be difficult.
When the Shiba’s get home, Miyuki confiscates the chocolate and sends Tatsuya to his room until she calls him for dinner. When he’s summoned, he’s greeted by Miyuki in a Tyrolean dress, which leaves him thinking it’s a bit overkill, but he compliments her and plays along and is treated to a chocolate feast, Miyuki having cooked with chocolate rather than make some.
After dinner Miyuki tries to clean up but the alcohol in the dessert has gone to her head and she stumbles but is caught by Tatsuya before she drops all the plates. Tatsuya takes over and tells her to sit down, and she feels guilty for troubling Tatsuya and has an internal dilemma over her feelings for Tatsuya and the part of her that wants more than a sibling relationship.
It’s morning and Pixie has started to awaken. Rumours that Pixie is acting strange circulates the school and it gets to the point the Student Council is called to investigate. Tatsuya arrives and inspects the unit, which has been confirmed to be emitting Psions, which should be impossible. Pixie is still following commands and is on standby and they want Tatsuya to check for tampering, like Electron Silkworms.
Tatsuya’s group from class, the student council and Kanon take Pixie to a maintenance room and Tatsuya is given the run down, that Pixie was caught on camera self-activating, tried to access the student database and appeared to be smiling, all of which shouldn’t be possible.
Tatsuya orders Pixie to activate so he can further investigate, and upon seeing him Pixie launches at Tatsuya and hugs him, much to everyone’s amusement. Miyuki, however, wasn’t pleased but quickly calmed down when he pointed out if he dodged Pixie would have hit her instead.
Directing Pixie to the examination bed, Tatsuya has Mizuki examine her and she confirms that the missing parasite from Mia is in Pixie, and that it’s linked to Honoka. They speculate that her emotions have been imprinted on the parasite causing the phenomena. Pixie herself confirms this and then answers Tatsuya’s questions, confirming she retains knowledge only when changing host and that she wishes to serve Tatsuya, based on Honoka’s prayer as the parasites are passive and any goal they have is from the host. As Pixie reveals Honoka’s innermost feelings Erika and Miyuki restrain her to stop her interfering with the questioning. Once the questioning is finished Tatsuya orders Pixie to act like a normal unit for the time being, and Pixie happily complies with her ‘masters’ wish.
It’s after school and Tatsuya is taking Miyuki to her etiquette class in a self-driving car. They discuss Pixie and what to do with her, with Tatsuya deciding to wait until they can confirm she’s telling the truth before risking taking her anywhere.
While Miyuki is in her class Tatsuya waits in a diner using Elemental Sight to monitor Miyuki’s safety, when he notices he’s being observed from a distance away and that a van of armed hostiles is approaching.
Lina is waiting with the Brionac as the men get into position. The plan is to attack and lure him to her location. Thinking about what’s happened she wonders if Miyuki is really the stronger of the two and is worried by the abilities he’s shown so far, which imply his magic may be a lot stronger than expected.
The soldiers arrive at the diner, but Tatsuya throws them off by casually walking out past them, they quickly get over the shock and attack, but Tatsuya dismantles their guns turning it into a brawl. Realising the men are enhanced he decides to use magic, but Chiba Naotsugu arrives first to assist Tatsuya. Tatsuya holds back and allows Naotsugu to subdue the assailants, which he does in moments. Just as he finishes them off Naotsugu is suddenly hit by a plasma beam, he blocks it but is left paralysed. Tatsuya looks to the source of the beam and sees Lina.
Heavy Metal Burst
Honoka is on the phone to Shizuku to discuss the events in which Pixie told everyone her innermost desires, although Shizuku is less than amused due to the time difference. Honoka is very upset by how her innermost feelings were laid bare but Shizuku points out for her it’s a good thing as she needs to be more aggressive with Tatsuya, as if Miyuki admits her feelings are romantic before Honoka has Tatsuya’s affections then she’ll lose. Honoka is sceptical but Shizuku tells her Miyuki admitted she loves Tatsuya and that the sibling relationship only inhibits physical intimacy, but it doesn’t stop them from staying together.
Meanwhile Tatsuya and Lina are facing off on the street. Lina is holding back to avoid collateral and turns to run. Tatsuya realizes she wants to fight elsewhere and follows, leaving the paralyzed Naotsugu behind. With Balance watching on over the monitor, Lina leads Tatsuya to a park and demands he surrender. He refuses so she fires Brionac and incinerates his arm. Tatsuya leaps behind a bush and Lina slices it down with Brionac, revealing Tatsuya.
Tatsuya recognises Brionac as a recreated legendary weapon using FAE theory. Upon hearing his conclusion Lina again asks him to surrender but Tatsuya refuses as he won’t become a Guinea pig like the soldiers earlier. Lina starts to fire but Tatsuya, with his regrown arm blocks Brionac with his Silver Trident and the spell misfires and explodes, blowing Lina back. Tatsuya regenerates both his hand and CAD and incapacitates Lina.
Tatsuya approaches the unconscious Lina, heals her wounds and then picks her up, reflecting she’s not cut out to be a soldier if she is going hold back and show mercy.
The Scent of Battle
Lina wakes up in the utility van her unit was using as a staging point to find it empty and all the recordings scrubbed, her injuries gone. Bewildered she speculates as a student of ninja’s its makes sense Tatsuya be a master of illusions and assumes it was some type of mental attack.
Back at his car, Tatsuya is reporting to Hayama about the assassination attempt. He reports after incapacitating Lina he assaulted the van with the backup team, who after a brief fire fight were all killed by Tatsuya. He also reports that upon his return with Lina, all five bodies were gone. He and Hayama speculate it was whomever was watching him, likely someone working for Saegusa Kouichi. Stating Tatsuya is not at fault and that it’s too early for Miyuki to be revealed, Hayama states the Yotsuba will deal with the USNA, which should stop Saegusa too. The conversation ends with Tatsuya sending the backup data he pulled from the van.
Tatsuya goes to pick up Miyuki and once they’re alone she gets upset, having detected the scent of battle on Tatsuya. Tatsuya calms her down and she apologises for getting worked up as she knows Lina cannot beat him. Tatsuya tries to confirm this and blurts out that he won’t lose with Miyuki waiting for him, much to her delight.
Lina returns to her apartment frustrated by the events of the night and having to get back without a CAD. She tries to contact Balance, but no one answers. Worried, she heads to HQ to find it empty with all the staff missing.
The Shiba’s watch the news over breakfast, where it’s reported that a USNA ship was adrift and near Japan. Tatsuya casually remarks on the ship, but he realizes it’s the work of the Yotsuba Clan and is impressed at the speed they acted to suppress the USNA, obviously having preparations in place before the call was made.
Miyuki who was playing dumb, excuses herself and reflects on the fact she asked Yotsuba Maya for aid and asked her to keep it a secret from Tatsuya. Looking in the mirror she reflects on the fact she must marry and that she detests the thought of being with anyone but Tatsuya, that all of her is his and his alone, lamenting her wish can never come true.
At school, Tatsuya leads a disguised Pixie to a classroom to question her further. He asks about the vampire murders and learns the parasites were trying to reproduce by attaching to the target's astral body, with the blood loss being a side effect. She reports they have been unsuccessful so far. Tatsuya asks about the group and Pixie confirms they have a group consciousness, both individuals and one whole, but Pixie is now isolated due to her robot body. She confirms she could sense others if she’s close enough and vice versa.
At this point, an upset Erika arrives and enters the room. She brings up Naotsugu’s defeat and wants information. Tatsuya tells her he lost to the USNA’s Angie Sirius and to leave it alone, referencing the ship on the news. Realising what he means, Erika is shocked as only the most powerful in the country could pull off such a stunt. Deducing on which of the Ten Master Clans could do this, she realizes Tatsuya is from the Yotsuba clan. Before she can ask, Tatsuya cuts her off and they end the conversation with Tatsuya glaring and telling her to drop the subject.
Upon leaving, Erika reflects on the realisation of who the Shiba’s are, and regrets ruffling the feathers of such a dangerous group, as the glare she was given made it clear that the subject was taboo and contemplates what to do now.
Initiating the Strategy
In the basement of a hospital the three remaining parasites perform a ritual to revive those without bodies. It is successful but one does not awaken, so they decide to find the missing parasite.
Tatsuya calls Hayama to thank him for the help with the USNA. Tatsuya is warned that Section Three are targeting the parasites on behalf of the Saegusa and is reminded that protecting Miyuki is the priority.
After school the Shiba’s and Honoka go to collect Pixie in order to use her as bait. Tatsuya had wanted to go alone but Miyuki and Honoka insisted on joining him when he got permission. Erika and Mikihiko would be helping later. Tatsuya has Pixie change into casual clothing while Miyuki queries why Honoka is in uniform. They decide to head to Honoka’s apartment after this so she can change into something more appropriate. Tatsuya gets scolded for watching Pixie change and then the four head for Honoka’s apartment.
After leaving Honoka’s apartment the four head out to Aoyama Cemetery, confident the other parasites won’t tolerate Pixie’s current state of being. Honoka is feeling more confident thanks to Shizuku and is enthusiastic when Tatsuya leaves it up to her if anyone tires to stop them as she’s skilled with optical camouflage.
Erika goes to see her older brother Naotsugu and tells him Tatsuya is a member of the 101st and was told not to speak of it by Major Kazuma as it was a military secret and suggests he be careful in his investigation into Tatsuya. Her warning given, without mentioning the fact he’s a Yotsuba, Erika gets ready and leads her disciples to join Tatsuya.
The Demon's Contract
Section Three are watching Tatsuya as he advances to the cemetery, They have identified all three of them and that Pixie is a HAR.
Meanwhile Balance is bewildered by the events the day before where their operations centre was gassed and she woke up on a disabled ship. He thoughts are disturbed when she receives a visit from Kuroba Ayako, who is representing the Yotsuba. Confirming she means the Yotsuba, an infamously powerful family feared globally for its radical methods, Ayako advises that she wishes for the USNA’s current actions to stop as it would be inconvenient if it were to cause a conflict and hints it was the Yotsuba who kidnapped her and hijacked the ship. Ayako then offers a deal, arrange the withdrawal and the Yotsuba would have a friendly relationship of mutual cooperation with her personally.
Tatsuya and company arrive at the station close to Aoyama Cemetery and he realises they are being watched and tailed, including a pair of non-human eyes. Tatsuya is about to warn Honoka and Miyuki to be careful with magic use to avoid attention but Honoka jumps the gun and takes out all the people watching with her magic.
Watching them through the camera’s, Fujibayashi Kyoko and Kudou Retsu observe the groups progress and comment how like tends to attract like with regards to unusual people and abilities.
The Shadow of Ambition
Tatsuya and company walk along the road next to the cemetery when three people confront them. Miyuki and Honoka cover the sides and rear as Tatsuya converses with the three Parasites. Marte offers to end hostilities against the magicians of Japan in exchange for the missing parasite residing in pixie. Tatsuya asks his intent and Marte tells him he intends to destroy the machine and free the parasite. Tatsuya asks Pixie and she strongly protests as she doesn’t wish to stop being her and wishes to remain in the HAR. Tatsuya tries to glean more about the parasites intent and the conversation ends with Tatsuya bringing up Leo’s injury and refusing to give up Pixie.
Tatsuya’s refusal leads to a fight, Marte tries to use magic but is stopped by Tatsuya and taken down in moments with his limbs disabled, and using the new magic from Kokonoe, Tatsuya strikes the parasite via the heart to incapacitate it. Miyuki freezes the clothes of the parasite which attacks her, stopping it, whilst Pixie moves to defend Honoka and, due to the resonance between them, launches a magical blast which sends the third parasite flying. Tatsuya incapacitates the second parasite a moment later as she starts getting lose. The feedback from Pixies attack causes Honoka to get dizzy and collapse.
Looking on Fujibayashi and Kudou saw the attack from Pixie and realise she’s possessed by one of the Parasites, a fact which Kudou Retsu took great interest in.
The Night's Spectators
Yotsuba Maya was also watching the events at Aoyama Cemetery. She summons Aoki and orders him to purchase Pixie, no matter the cost, as she must not fall into the hands of the other clans. After he leaves Hayama tells Maya he is concerned she’s overusing Hlidskjalf and suggests having Tatsuya locate the mainframe, but Maya says it’s too soon.
Tatsuya has restrained the three parasites but Honoka is still down from Pixie’s magic attack when Mikihiko, Erika and Leo arrive at Aoyama Cemetery. They discuss the situation and agree to restrain the parasites at Mikihiko’s place. Seeing the state of Honoka and Pixie’s clothing they agree to leave the scene to Erika’s group.
Heading back in a four-person commuter the group discuss the attack Pixie used and Tatsuya reveals she was the one who supplied the psions for the magic and it worked much in the same way as when a magician uses a CAD. He theorises there is a connection between Honoka and Pixie and that the hair ornaments seen to be the medium.
Jet Black Raid
Upon touching her hair ornaments Honoka causes a resonance with Pixie, confirming Tatsuya’s theory and that his buying Pixie was the correct decision.
Back at Aoyama Cemetery Erika, Leo and Mikihiko are guarding the parasites when two police officers arrive and demand to know what’s going on, but Erika calls them out on the fact all the police were pulled out of the area, meaning they’re fakes. The ruse revealed a third man attacks Mikihiko from the wall but is blocked by Leo. A fourth man shots a net at Mikihiko but he blocks the first attack and dodges the second volley, and lands on the attacker’s head, knocking him out and landing on top of the wall. Looking back, he sees Leo locked in combat with the third man while Erika takes on the two fake officers. A smoke bomb is suddenly dropped on the group, Mikihiko blocks it with a barrier and blows the smoke away to reveal the parasites being lifted into a blimp by a mechanical claw.
The three parasites are being taken by Section Three’s blimp but Mikihiko stops Erika from attacking the blimp, the attackers having escaped. Watching from their base via the cameras the unit’s leader orders the captured parasites be secured.
Meanwhile Fujibayashi and Kudou who were also watching realise the assailants were Section Three and acting under the orders from Saegusa Kouichi. Kudou Retsu speculates Saegusa is interested in the parasites due to the Yotsuba having taken an interest in them, with the Kuroba family having been involved. He tells Fujibayashi that the Kuroba are the Yotsuba branch family dedicated to intelligence gathering. Kudou then tells her to leak the intel and leave it to the Yotsuba.
Back at home Miyuki visits Tatsuya in his room to talk. Miyuki has been rattled by the parasites and is conflicted by the relationship between them and magicians and what magicians are as due to what happened with Pixie, parasites themselves can use magic. Tatsuya reassures her pointing out that although in Japanese magic may have the duel meaning of demonic power, in English it means skill of the mage, so she’s overthinking it. Tatsuya realises she can’t sleep as she’s worrying that she’s an inhuman monster which really embarrasses her. He jokingly offers to stay with her until she falls asleep, but Miyuki agrees so Tatsuya ends up holding her hand until she does.
Tatsuya arrives at school the next day and is immediately taken to the roof by Erika, Leo and Mikihiko who confess to losing the parasites the night before and explain what happened. Tatsuya realises it was Section Three who attacked them but without narrowing it down they cannot reclaim the parasites, so he decides to set a trap.
Elsewhere Balance is on the phone to Ayako and is informed the parasites are on the move again and three were captured by Section Three. Ayako sends profiles of the three captured and upon seeing one was formerly USNA military, she decides to send Angie Sirius.
At school Tatsuya is thinking about the situation with Section Three and wonders what their objective is and if it involves the Saegusa. Realising the only aim of the military is to win the only objective could be weaponizing the parasites, it didn’t matter who was pulling the strings, the act would benefit the anti-magician movement.
Tatsuya meets with Mayumi to discuss the situation. Mayumi was unaware Section Three had ties to the Saegusa and asks what he wants. Tatsuya advises he doesn’t want the parasites back but warns her to tell them the repercussions for using the parasites will be on them. Mayumi agrees to speak with her father but tells Tatsuya she doesn’t have enough authority to act on her own. The conversation ends with them discussing their parents.
Upon returning home Tatsuya takes a shower to process the text he got from Mayumi telling him that the Section Three facility holding the parasites had been wiped out. He decides to tell Miyuki and hacks into Section Three to see the recordings. They watch as Lina, as Angie Sirius, storms the facility and executes the captured parasites and destroys the three bodies. Miyuki is horrified to see the USNA military are using a 16-year girl to assassinate people, even Tatsuya disapproves of them using her. The feed is suddenly disrupted by the appearance of a young man who introduces himself as Raymond Clarke of the Seven Sages.
The Seven Sages
Raymond Clarke has intercepted the Shiba’s hacking of the attack on Section Three. After introducing himself and mentioning Shizuku he tells them he tipped of Lina to the parasites, but it seemed she already knew. He then tells them the man behind the anti-magician movement is Gide Sage Hague (Gu Jie) who is also the leader of Blanche and a leader of the No Head Dragon syndicate. Clarke points out the seven sages are independent and not affiliated beyond their access to the Hlidskjalf hacking system that’s has backdoor access to the Echelon system that collects information globally. He says as Blanche and the No Head Dragon branches in Japan were dealt with, Gide Sage Hague is using the parasites to create chaos so he can set up a new foothold in Japan and speculate the goal is to get rid of magicians. He then asks Tatsuya to dispose of the parasites by luring them to the training area behind First High the following Sunday night.
Next day Tatsuya is visited by Aoki at school. Aoki confirms Tatsuya bought Pixie and tells him he’ll pay double as Maya wants it. Tatsuya quickly confirms they’re alone and connects their terminals to communicate privately and admonishes Aoki for risking exposing him and Miyuki when school would be out in a few hours. They negotiate over Pixie with Tatsuya pointing out she’s part of a rental agreement so cannot be sold off which is why he bought here to block third parties. Aoki conveys how seriously Maya want’s Pixie when he offers a contract to reserve Pixie should she be sold, for a yearly fee, which would be arranged through Tatsuya’s father.
As Tatsuya heads back to class he sees Lina.
The Beginning of the Night
Although it wouldn’t be obvious to most, Lina was looking drained. Tatsuya subtly confirms she was aware of what was to happen that evening. Lina makes she stance clear and ends up leaving upset when Tatsuya agrees.
At the Yotsuba main house Hayama receives a call from Aoki informing him of what transpired. Hayama reports Tatsuya has purchased Pixie and she cannot be acquired at this time. Maya decides it’s fine if she’s in Tatsuya’s care. Hayama voices concerns but Maya reassures him. Hayama informs her the parasites killed by Lina have already revived and that they mean to fight at First High, so Maya decides to send Ayako.
When Mayumi arrives home her father is in a meeting with Nakura, who is relaying the details of what happened. How the captured parasites are dead and were killed by Angie Sirius of STARS. They agree there is nothing to be gained by staying involved.
Tatsuya returns to school at the appointed time, not fully convinced he can trust Clarke. With him are Miyuki, Erika, Leo and Pixie. Mikihiko meanwhile, is guarding Mizuki and Honoka, who are providing support. The five then jump the fence into the training area.
The five make their way through the forest whilst receiving guidance from Mizuki’s group who are tracking the parasites from the school’s roof. They detect Lina moving in to engage and the group head out to meet the parasites at full speed.
They arrive to see Lina engaging two parasites and after her initial slash is blocked, she defends with a shield as a third fires at her from in the trees. She throws a knife at him, but he dodges and shoots again. Tatsuya takes aim but Erika rushes the position. The parasite shoots whilst dodging but can’t hit Erika who keeps closing. He drops to the ground and is slashed and stabbed by Erika whilst a second is taken out by Tatsuya before she can shoot Erika. Tatsuya then uses Farstrike on the parasites core and calls Mikihiko who uses a lightning strike to seal the first parasite.
Watching on from the trees, Chiba Naotsugu watches them seal the parasite but looks back to see a fourth group, one of armed men, approaching and tries to decide what to do.
Mikihiko seals the second parasite but then Tatsuya suddenly runs to Lina’s location, arriving to see her kill the third parasite. He asks Mizuki to track the parasite, but it’s gone. Erika catches up whilst Tatsuya is trying to explain to Lina that they need to seal the parasites before they are killed or finishing them off will be more difficult, but she refuses to heed him as she only cares about finishing the mission.
Erika comes out of the trees and asks if that was Lina. Tatsuya reiterates they need to keep the hosts alive until the sealing is done. Erika cannot commit to doing so as she is trained to kill and doesn’t want them to suffer. Tatsuya doesn’t see the difference but accepts this.
As Lina advances, she reflects on the situation. She’s supposed to be the strongest yet lost to the siblings. She feels she’s failed the girl she was before becoming Sirius.
Miyuki, Leo and Pixie were catching up when they realise that they have been surrounded. Leo calls Mizuki, but is told it’s not the parasites. Miyuki states they should simple meet the enemy, which surprises Leo, but Miyuki has absolute faith Tatsuya will come if things get out of hand. Ordering Pixie behind her, Miyuki pre-emptively blankets the area in magic, creating ‘diamond dust’ everywhere. Leo is shocked and truly beings to realise how overpowered Miyuki is, like an elephant stomping on ants.
The unknown men come out of the bushes and surround the three. One of them attacks Leo with a knife and it’s deflected but he uses his other hand to launch a spell. Leo dodges and blocks again before scoring a blow to the attacker’s face. Two more close on him and attack together. Leo manages to strike one and knock them back but the second is poised to strike.
Leo is attacked by two assailants at once. He blocks one and is about to be stabbed by the other when Erika arrives and blocks the attack. Leo thanks her but she points out Miyuki had it covered regardless. Erika reveals Tatsuya is taking out the enemies flanking them and tells Miyuki to join him. Miyuki confirms Pixies orders and heads out, leaving the men to Leo, Erika and Pixie. Erika is about to begin when Naotsugu takes the field.
Meanwhile Tatsuya and Lina are fighting six of the parasites, Tatsuya blocking their magic whilst Lina attacks, with bodies of the new groups’ members strewn around the place, victims of the parasites. The exchange continued but Lina was struggling due to the parasite’s sheer speed. Miyuki arrives and locks the area down with Area Interference, allowing Tatsuya and Lina to neutralise three each. Just as Tatsuya is about to seal them, they suddenly self-destruct.
Erika, Leo and Pixie are surrounded as Naotsugu enters the encirclement. All the men immediately recognise him as a Chiba, the Sword Magicians. Naotsugu reflects on the relationship between the two and how she was poorly treated by the rest of the family. He decides to test Erika first by releasing Ki, which she counters with her own, and then strikes at high speed, which she blocks. Erika jumps back and Naotsugu turns to the men surrounding them and states he’s on a mission to protect civilians and demands their affiliation and purpose.
Suddenly there is an explosion as the Parasites near Tatsuya self-destruct. Mikihiko and Mizuki shout a warning that the main body of the parasites is approaching them. Erika tries to warn Naotsugu but he doesn’t understand, it’s the other men are the ones who react to the warning. A parasite bursts out of the ground aiming at Pixie but is blocked by Leo and Erika stabs him from behind. A second parasite launches at Pixie and is intercepted by Naotsugu and brought down. The host suddenly bursts as he self-destructs. Tatsuya calls Pixie to his location but orders the others to hold position. As Pixie runs towards Tatsuya the two released parasites follow her into the night.
Of the twelve parasites, one is in pixie, two are sealed and nine have escaped their hosts. The nine remaining parasites chase Pixie as she follows Tatsuya’s order and runs to join him. Tatsuya calls Honoka and asks her to help Pixie, she opens her connection with Pixie creating a barrier. Tatsuya looks on as a fused mass of parasites tries to penetrate the barrier being generated by Pixie, with Honoka’s aid, a barrier made possible by the will Honoka granted Pixie, a will derived from the elemental bloodline and her desire to remain an individual, apart from the parasite whole and belong to Tatsuya.
Lina and Miyuki arrive, they cannot see the massive parasite but can sense the parasite attacking. Miyuki scolds Lina, pointing out this happened as she didn’t listen and just kept killing the hosts, leaving the parasites to rampage. Lina still won’t listen as she was just following orders and decides to clean up the parasites on her own and attacks with bullets and spells to no avail. The parasite strikes back but is blocked by Tatsuya’s magic and Lina’s barriers. Miyuki is trying to suppress the parasites magic, but she cannot see it to target it directly, nor go all out which would hamper the other two, leaving the three on the defensive as Tatsuya tries to think of a plan to avoid a battle of attrition.
Scattered into the Void
The battle is ongoing and Mikihiko, watching on, tells Tatsuya he’ll cast a seal but he’s not sure it’ll hold. Tatsuya asks him to hold out for ten seconds. Mikihiko casts the anti-magic spell Garuda Flame and a torrent of magical flames engulfs the parasite whilst Honoka channels more of her power to Pixie.
With the Parasites suppressed Tatsuya grabs Miyuki and pulls her close to synchronise their senses, allowing Miyuki to use Tatsuya’s eyes to ‘see’ the parasite mass so she can target it directly. Miyuki then uses Cocytus to freeze the parasite, shattering it and ending the battle.
Lina has fallen to her knees in total shock. She realises Miyuki used an overwhelming MI attack to kill the parasite and is bewildered. Tatsuya offers a deal, keep quiet about the siblings and in turn they and the rest of the group will protect her identity as Sirius, to which Lina agrees. He then sweeps Miyuki off her feet and as he turns away, he offers to help Lina escape the military should she so wish in the future, leaving her shocked as he walks away carrying Miyuki.
The End of the Night
Watching Tatsuya walk away with Miyuki, Lina considers his words, she doesn’t regret killing the deserters and freeing them from the parasites but then it dawns on her she doesn’t have to be the one two do it, someone else could.
Miyuki is a bit flustered by the affection being shown by Tatsuya and so starts talking to end the silence. She asks why Tatsuya offered to help Lina and he explains he felt sympathy as, like him, she had no choice in being where she is and so offered a hand, although he may have overstepped. Miyuki tells him she may come around in the end as she won’t have been unaffected by recent events. After putting her down the Siblings walk on hand in hand.
Meanwhile, two groups are facing off against each other over the two sealed parasites, one led by Kuroba Ayako and the other Kudou Retsu. Ayako politely introduces herself and states it seems they are both here for the parasites so suggests sharing the spoils. Kudou is impressed by her maturity and agrees to her suggestion of one each.
When the Shiba’s arrive a little later the parasites are gone. Mikihiko and company apologise for not watching them, but Tatsuya isn’t bothered they were taken. He notices a black feather left by Ayako and has an idea of what happened. With everything now resolved the group take Pixie back and then head home.
It’s graduation day for the third years and Tatsuya is having a coffee in the canteen waiting for Miyuki, having been banned from helping by Miyuki. Tatsuya is thinking of the Seniors with Juumonji, Mayumi and Ichihara going to the Magical University and Mari heading for the Defence Academy.
Tatsuya is unexpectedly approached Kobayakawa, the girl who fell at the Nine Schools Competition. She thanks Tatsuya for the advice to join the army as a support officer, something Mari was supposed to keep secret, allowing her to use her magical expertise despite losing the ability to use magic. She tells him it really helped her come to terms with what happened. Tatsuya gives her a salute and wishes her well in the future.
After the party for the seniors concludes Miyuki, with Mari, Mayumi and Juumonji in tow. Mayumi pretends to be annoyed he wasn’t at the party, but he points out it’d be inappropriate. Lina arrives and objects and after some banter Miyuki reveals Lina misunderstood her instructions to arrange the entertainment and got on stage as the entertainment herself singing several songs for the seniors, much to Lina’s embarrassment.
Sometime later Miyuki, Honoka, Tatsuya, Erika, Leo, Mizuki and Erika head to the airport to greet the returning Shizuku. They spot Lina and the Shiba’s go to say goodbye while the others wait. Lina is surprised to see them but after some banter they part on good terms, with a firm belief between the three that this isn’t a final goodbye as they will see each other again someday.
Shizuku arrives a little later and is welcomes by a teary eyed Honoka and the rest of the gang.
A Certain Day's Visitor
One day the Shiba’s are visited by an unexpected guest, Sakurai Minami. Minami is the spitting image of Honami, their late mother’s guardian who died in Okinawa. Minami gives her greeting and passes Tatsuya a letter from Yotsuba Maya.
The letter indicates Minami is going to First High and will be living with them as a live-in maid and trainee guardian, referencing the purchase of Pixie showing they need help with the chores. Tatsuya can almost hear Maya laughing as he reads the letter explaining why Minami was there.
Upon seeing them finish reading Minami bows and politely assures them she’ll be dedicated in service, the Shiba’s a little bewildered wondering what the coming year will bring.