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Introduction

Yotsuba Maya (四葉 真夜) is the twin-sister of Shiba Miya, and the aunt of Shiba Tatsuya and Shiba Miyuki. She is the current Head of the Yotsuba Family. [1] She is one of the strongest Magicians of the modern era in the world, known as the "Queen of Night" and "Demon King of the Far East". [1][2][3][4][5]

Maya is one of the Seven Sages, an operator who has access to Hliðskjálf. [6]

Appearance and Personality

While she is actually in her 40's, her appearance gives off the impression that she's in her 30's. [1] She looks to be 30 years old but is actually 47 years old in February of 2097. [7]

Unlike Miyuki's beauty that defies description, Maya is a woman full of feminine charms and enchanting mature beauty. [1] She wears a wine red formal one piece dress. [7]

She is so fearsome that even her cousin, Kuroba Mitsugu, is terrified of her. It is mentioned that she has a good sense of humor and a willingness to join in on a good joke. [8]

Background

The Yotsuba Twins being students of Retsu

Though it was for a short period of time, both Maya and Miya were students of Kudou Retsu when they were young because of Retsu's closeness with Yotsuba Genzou. [9] Saegusa Kouichi was also under his tutelage. [10]

When she was around twelve, Maya was kidnapped while visiting Taipei as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the Asian Branch of the International Magic Association. Her fiancé, Kouichi, who was with her during the kidnapping, lost an eye trying to save her. [11]

Maya was raped and experimented on by her kidnappers from Dahan's infamous Kunlunfang Institute. [11] After she was recovered, Maya's elder sister, Yotsuba Miya, turned all of her experiences into information, separating the emotions from the memories to prevent the experience from overwhelming her sister's battered psyche. As a result, she claimed that Miya had killed her, as experiences are what make up a person and their personality. [11]

Due to that incident, Miya and Maya no longer had the warm sisterly bond they had shared before the incident. Maya also lost the ability to procreate due to the experiments, and her betrothal and relationship with Kouichi were called off (due to the loss of her emotional bonds as well as her inability to bear children). [11] Maya is single and has never married. [12][13]

Before Yotsuba Eisaku's death, he names Maya as the third Head of the Yotsuba Clan and continues Tatsuya's combat magician training then performs the Artificial Magician Experiment with Miya on Tatsuya. [14]

After the Scorched Halloween, Maya orders Tatsuya to cease contact with Kazama Harunobu for the time being and for Tatsuya to drop out of First High School to stay at the Yotsuba Main House. Tatsuya refuses to follow the latter order as it is the same as admitting that he is the cause of destruction of the enemy fleet on the Scorched Halloween and a brief confrontation occurs between the two but in the end Maya permits Tatsuya to continue going to school. [15] Maya later permits Tatsuya to contact Kazama after the battle against Angelina Kudou Shields, Head-Captain of Stars. [16]

Maya also spends a great amount of time researching magic especially when it comes to magic that will bring her closer to the mysteries of Mental Interference like the parasites and wants to obtain a sample despite Hayama telling her that this will cause discord with the Senate.[17] Maya orders Aoki to purchase Pixie but Tatsuya made the purchase first so Ayako is given a mission to acquire a parasite which she does after having an agreement with Retsu that they take one parasite each that was sealed by Tatsuya's group. [18]

From left to right: Yuuka, Tatsuya, Miyuki, Maya, Fumiya, Ayako and Katsushige

On December 31, 2096, Maya have dinner with Tatsuya, Shiba Miyuki, Kuroba Fumiya, Ayako, Tsukuba Yuuka and Shibata Katsushige where she names Miyuki to be the next Head of the Yotsuba. [14]

"When you lose Miyuki, you'll break apart. Your mind was designed to be that way. And when you break, you can burn the world. That's why, please protect and cherish Miyuki-san with your hand for life. Actually, I don't really care either way."

—Maya to Tatsuya

After dinner, Maya reveals to Miyuki that Tatsuya is her son and they will be engaged leaving Miyuki elated and is sent to her room to prepare for tomorrow. On her private study, Maya admits to Tatsuya that it was a lie but he is her son spiritually and when his powers was revealed by Eisaku, she was cheering to the point of wanting to dance out of joy that Tatsuya can fulfill her revenge on the world. Maya then talks about the Artificial Magician Plan on Tatsuya, the modified body of Miyuki and she doesn't care if Tatsuya destroys the world or protects Miyuki since either way her revenge will be complete. For this, Maya in an unusual passionate tone tells Tatsuya that he will marry Miyuki and she will take no objections. Although Maya had no intention of announcing that Tatsuya is his son this New Year Gathering, the Scorched Halloween, the mobilization of Stars and the activities of Retsu and Zhou has changed has greatly changed the situation between him and the Yotsuba. [14]

During the Yotsuba Clan's New Year Gathering, Maya announces that Miyuki will be next clan head and Tatsuya is her son who will be engaged to Miyuki and later asks Tatsuya to demonstrate his new magic Baryon Lance. [19]

During the 2097 Ten Master Clan Conference, Maya declines Kouichi's proposal of Tatsuya marrying Saegusa Mayumi and rebukes Ichijou Gouki's proposal that Miyuki marries Ichijou Masaki for being disrespectful, that can be interpreted as calling Tatsuya inferior in comparison to Masaki but makes compromise to allow Masaki to go after Miyuki. Maya then reveals Kouichi's collusion with Zhou Gongjin and points out that this is inappropriate for a Ten Master Clan head collude with Zhou who has already caused much harm to Japan where the other clan heads agrees with her. Retsu then intervenes by confessing the crimes of the Kudou Family which exceeds in severity compared to Kouichi's collusion and asks the case with Kouichi to be conluded with the Kudou leaving the Ten Master Clans. Maya sees through Retsu's intention and gives consent although Maya intends to strike Kouichi firmly she is not driven by that goal but recommends the Kudou's replacement to be the Shippou Family who is well known by the other heads to mutually have a bone to pick with the Saegusa Family. [7]

"Dr. Clark. Even with your 'Hliðskjálf', you do not know the real abilities of Shiba Tatsuya?" "...Unfortunately, that seems to be the case. It seems that the nickname "Untouchables' is not just for show." "Untouchables" was the nickname given to the Yotsuba family. Before Tatsuya even came up, for reasons unrelated to him, Clark had already targeted the Yotsuba family as an enemy that should disappear at all costs. In truth, the Hliðskjálf terminal was handed over to Maya so that Clark could collect information about the Yotsuba family. However, the Head of the Yotsuba family did not do what Clark expected. From just the history of the terminal used by Yotsuba Maya, it was difficult for Clark to grasp any details about the real abilities of both Shiba Tatsuya and the magicians that belong to the side branches of the family. [20]

Abilities

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Magical Abilities

Meteor Stream is Maya's innate magic, is a Convergence-Type Magic, which controls the distribution of light in its area of effect. Its power is especially amplified in a closed space such as rooms or tunnels. [4]

Trivia

Maya's CAD

  • Miya and Maya are the first pair of twins featured in the series, in addition to the twins Ayako and Fumiya, the others being the sisters Kasumi and Izumi.
  • It was shown in the manga for the Master Clans Conference Arc that Maya uses a one-handed General-type CAD shaped like a mobile phone.[21]

References

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