Across the globe, people adore the concept of the Magical Girl. Normal teenagers, who come across extraordinary power, to battle mighty evils. This tale is told time and time again, with all kinds of strange and wonderful variations. And now, in an alternate universe, the world of Sword Art Online is about to be given its very own Magical Girls...
Suguha Kirigaya was what you would expect when you thought of your average middle school girl. It was the end of the day, and the girl was currently packing her things up.
"Man, I am never coming to school that early ever again for another 'extreme' Kendo practice with the club," said the bluish-gray eyed girl, passing a hand over her dark hair as she tiredly stood up, her uniform hugging her "surprisingly developed" body in a very interesting way.
"Hey, Kirigaya?" said one of the female students looking out the window. "Isn't that guy at the gate your brother?"
As soon as the girl finished speaking, an abnormally fast blur shoot past her, out the class, into the hall, and straight to the gate.
"Seriously, who's ever that excited to see their brother?" said another student.
"Besides Eromanga-sensei you mean?"
"I think it's best not to think so hard about that,"
Meanwhile, a boy in the same grade as Suguha with thin-rimmed glasses was wistfully looking into the sky with determination.
Okay Shinichi, today's the day that you finally tell Suguha-chan how you feel! He thought to himself. He turned around just in time to see Suguha dashing past him.
"HiNagataKunGoodbyeSeeyaMonday!" she exclaimed before he could get a word out. And just like that, she was gone.
Okay, maybe it's a better idea to just leave a note in her locker.
Meanwhile, once she was close enough to the gate, Suguha quickly stopped, coughed in her hand, made sure her hair and clothes were in order, before calmly walking forward with a collected expression.
"Oni-chan? What a surprise!" said Suguha with "total surprise," as she hugged her brother. Kazuto Kirigaya chuckled as he hugged her back, not noticing the seven other girls staring at him. The black-haired boy was always infamously oblivious to those around him.
"Sorry about that," he said, "I just wanted to surprise you by taking you home today,"
Since their parents died in a car crash when they were infants, Kazuto and Suguha have been living together with their Aunt.
"Y-you didn't have to, Oni-chan... but thank you," Suguha blushed dreamily as she imagined a glittery background behind him. For some reason, she really likes doing that.
Did I mention that she somehow managed to fall madly in love with him at age 12? Three years later, and it's the most obvious thing in the world. At least, for anyone except him. If you haven't figured it out, he has a weird tendency to not notice the obvious.
"Anyway, let's go home!" he said, handing her a helmet and hopping onto his motorbike.
"Kuradeel!" exclaimed the towering figure in a red cloak. "Are the Kobolds ready?"
"Yes, your highness. Illfang is rehearsing with them now," replied the middle-aged man.
"Um, what about you-know-who? Shouldn't we try and find her?"
The king laughed and said, "Oh, don't worry. How much trouble can one little pixie cause?"
At the Kirigaya household.
Suguha pulled out her shinai and got ready to practice. She sighed as Kazuto furiously typed at his computer, working on his game. Kazuto had always loved video games and was already on a path to become a great indie developer.
Someday, Oni-chan. Someday I'll tell you how I feel. Heck, we'd probably get married in just a few years...
As the girl swung her sword about, she lost track of time. Eventually, Kazuto went to bed, leaving Suguha on her own. While she was used to practicing late, she was not expecting what happened next...
Suguha looked around in surprise. She thought she heard something knocking on the window.
There it was again. She walked over to the glass pane but didn't see anything. Out of curiosity, she opened the window a little bit. As soon as she did, a pink blur shot right through the gap between the window and the windowsill and landed smack on the floor.
Suguha gasped when she realized that the blur was actually a tiny 8-centimeter tall little girl, with pink wings, black hair, and a pink flower-like dress.
"What the... little girl... small..." stuttered Suguha. The little girl looked at her.
"Oh my gosh!" she said, dusting herself off. "Excuse my manners. I'm Yui," she bowed respectfully while hovering a foot in the air.
"Uh... hi?" Suguha said, quite stunned.
Yui looked at the girl strangely.
"Are you alright? You look you just saw a ghost,"
Suguha blinked. Yui was still there.
"Oh my gosh... there's a fairy in my dojo..."
"Hey! I'm not a fairy, I'm a pixie!"
"Even still, this is pretty weird..." Suguha rubbed her temples.
Yui cleared her throat.
"Anyway, let's get started!"
"Huh?" Suguha wondered. Yui floated over to her shinai, which was lying on the ground.
"What are you doing?" asked Suguha.
"Is this yours?"
"Good. Now, hold it up"
"Why?" Suguha asked, as she picked up the weapon and held it upwards.
"Cause I need to enchant it before Illfang gets here,"
"No more questions, we've got no time to lose!" Yui touched the tip of Suguha's shinai. "Link Start!"
As soon as Yui said the words, the sword started to glow a bright green color.
"What the..." Suguha stuttered.
"It worked!" exclaimed Yui, "Now let's hope the transformation goes well!"
Suguha was about to say something when she suddenly found that she couldn't speak. Everything around her seemed to disappear and was replaced by a sea of green colors. Light engulfed her sword and it grew longer, shinier, and jewels appeared on the guard. It changed into a powerful-looking actual sword made of metal, with a green emerald just underneath the blade.
Suguha suddenly regained her speech, just as unexpectedly as when she lost it. The colors faded and the enchanted sword was in her hands.
"W-what the heck was th-that?" she exclaimed
Yui examined her in confusion.
"Weird, it only transformed the sword. I guess it still has a few bugs..."
Suguha grabbed the tiny pixie and yelled in her face.
"WHAT THE HECK DID YOU DO?!"
"Uh, I think you should be more concerned with that!" Yui said as she pointed out the window again.
Suguha looked and gasped. Outside the window was a huge red face that resembled a mix between a lizard and dog with glowing red eyes, staring right at the two of them.
"AH!" Suguha shrieked.
"It's Illfang the Kobold Lord!" exclaimed Yui.
"Well, well, well." Illfang grinned, "Looks like I found the annoying little fairy,"
"Pixie," Yui corrected.
"Don't care," said Illfang. "And who's the hottie?" he wiggled his eyebrows at Suguha.
"I'm fifteen, and I'm already in love with someone else," Suguha said quickly,
"Darn it," said Illfang. "Oh well, now how about you hand over the fairy?"
"Pixie," said Yui.
"Why should I?" asked Suguha,
"Because if you don't, I'll kill you and everyone you love!" Illfang pulled out his ax to show he meant business.
"I wouldn't make threats like that!" Yui announced, "Because this girl is a user!"
"A what-now?" asked Suguha,
"Hah! She looks nothing like a user!" Illfang taunted
"The transformation still has a couple of bugs," Yui admitted, "But that doesn't matter, she still has an enchanted weapon!"
"Oh yeah, what exactly does that mean?" asked Suguha.
"It means it's magical, and it's the only thing that can kill Illfang,"
"You're so clueless!"
He punched the window with his huge hand and it shattered. Then he grabbed Yui by the legs.
"Hey!" complained Yui.
"You let her go this instant!" said Suguha, holding the sword out. Despite not knowing whatever the heck was going on, she still wasn't about to let a little girl get hurt.
"Catch me if you can!" said Illfang. He dashed away at a surprising speed. Suguha could now see his rather impressive full height of about 4 and a half meters tall.
"Oh no, you don't!" Suguha jumped out the window after him.
One chase scene later.
After Suguha had somehow managed to catch up to Illfang, he stopped and turned to face her.
"Hehe, take your stupid little fairy," he cackled. He tossed a weak Yui at Suguha.
"Pixie..." Yui groaned weakly.
Suguha grunted and drew her sword.
"Trying to be the hero, aren't you?" joked Illfang.
"Actually, I have no idea who you are, what's going on, or what I'm doing. I'm just making this up as I go along"
"Go" he boomed. "Ruin Kobold Sentinels! Lay waste to that pathetic excuse for a user!"
At once, smaller Kobolds started appearing out of bushes and trash cans all around them.
"Ah!" screamed Suguha, "What do I do!?"
"Aren't you a kendoka?"
"Oh right," Suguha calmed down a bit. She swung her new sword and sliced through one of the Kobolds like butter.
"Kobolds are really weak monsters," said Yui,
"Oh..." Suguha dashed about, annihilating Kobold after Kobold, not even getting a single hit on her.
"You know, killing these guys is so easy that I'm starting to feel kinda bad about it..."
"Oh don't worry. Unlike Illfang, they don't emotions programmed in so they can't feel any pain or grief," Yui assured her.
"Oh right, I should probably explain there's a giant monster attacking"
As Suguha continued with her attack, Yui started explaining everything.
"You see, there's a guy called Kayaba Akihiko, and he figured out how to bring virtual creatures into the real world,"
"Artificial intelligence. Illfang and Kobolds aren't actual monsters, they're just code that was brought into reality. Kind of like video game creatures."
"Okay, but why would he bring evil ones into the real world?"
"He made them, so he can make them do whatever he wants. So he's using them to form a powerful army so he can..."
"Hold the phone!" Suguha said, pausing her Kobold massacre, "He's not trying to collect negative energy or something, is he?"
"What, no! That's ridiculous!" Yui shook her head, "Kayaba wants them to open a gigantic portal he can bring his floating castle into the real world!" Yui started speaking in a dramatic voice, "Then he's going to rain hell upon the human race and burn all civilizations to the ground so he can build a new one on top!"
"Okay, that's bad,"
"What gave you that other idea anyway?"
"That's typically how it goes with magical pixies and transformation sequences. At least in 3rd rate magical girl anime..."
Yui's eyes widened.
"That's it!" she exclaimed.
"There wasn't a bug in the transformation sequence! I just forgot that you needed a username!"
"Exactly! Now, say... I don't know... "Leafa"?"
After this exchange, Suguha's sword seemed to interpret this as "Username: Leafa," and reacted accordingly. Once again, everything around her disappeared and was replaced with the same lime green color. Fantasy-like music played as green "ribbons" of energy exploded out of the ruby in her sword.
Weaving around her hands and feet, the shining energy became white fabric, and then stylish white gloves and boots, with green lines decorating them. As her arms spread to the sides on their own accord, the energy engulfed her torso and turning into a mostly white and green outfit with a skirt, which exposed her lower chest, midsection, and part of her cleavage. A red bow appeared around her neck.
Her hair seemed to grow longer and turned a golden yellow before a piece of white fabric appeared and tied it into a ponytail. Finally, she opened her now green eyes and grasped her sword, while growing a pair of clear green wings on her back.
Then, for some reason, her body took control of itself and she spun in place before striking a "cute" pose and exclaiming
"The winds of the earth are at my fingertips! Leafa, the Sorceress of Swords!"
The newborn magical girl blinked a few times before she realized that her body was under her own control again.
"THE HECK?" she exclaimed.
"THE HECK?" exclaimed Illfang and the Kobolds.
"Hah!" Yui cheered, "I knew that watching Sailor Moon was a good idea! Every good magical girl has a cool name!"
She pulled out a small tape recorder.
"Observation #1: To initiate the full transformation, the user must state their username. However, the weapon can transform regardless,"
"Uh..." Illfang hesitated. "Well, that was something."
Suguha, or should I say, Leafa, examined her new outfit. Then, quite surprisingly, she started to grin.
"I think it's time to serve up some justice!" she said.
Leafa dashed at Illfang at a speed faster than you can read this sentence. Then she jumped up to his face and kicked him with unimaginable force.
"OUCH!" Illfang screamed. Then he growled and gripped his ax. "You just earned yourself a one-way ticket to ax-town!"
"Bring it on, dogface!" exclaimed Leafa. "I'll show you what happens when you mess with innocent people! Time for a serious beatdown from yours truly!" she struck another pose.
"Uh, where did that confidence come from?" asked Illfang.
"I don't know," Leafa chuckled. "All I know is that I want the innocent protected, and the evil punished!"
And another pose.
Yui pulled out her tape recorder again.
"Observation #2: The transformation not only seems to affect the appearance and powers of the subject but also their personality. The shy and serious Suguha has become a confident and witty Leafa. As to what this could entail, I have no idea,"
"Winds of Fury!" Leafa acted as if she had rehearsed all of this. She twirled her sword like a baton, and powerful gusts of air flew from the spinning weapon.
The Winds of Fury grew into strong gales and Illfang braced himself against them. His minions were not so lucky, and they got blown into oblivion.
"NO!" he exclaimed. "Darn it! Stupid Kayaba didn't program the minion respawner! Oh well, I guess I'll just have to use my ultimate technique!"
Illfang dropped his ax and shield and grabbed the sword behind his back.
"Behold, the Kobold Odachi!" He jumped up and hopped from rooftop to rooftop, getting faster and faster until finally yelling "Super Hyper Kobold Mega Jump Attack!"
Leafa yawned as the huge Kobold flew at her.
"Sheesh, that was so silly that I'm not remotely intimidated. You should make your attacks less verbose. For example, Sylph Slash!"
Leafa's sword glowed brightly and she used it to draw an X shape in the air and launched it at Illfang. The attack stopped Illfang in mid-air with a satisfying WHAM!
With no more inertia, Illfang plummeted to the ground.
"OW!" he yelled. "I'll get you for that!"
"Not today!" Leafa cried out. She dashed straight past the Kobold Lord, slashing him deep with her sword as she whizzed by.
"ARGH!" exclaimed Illfang. Leafa turned around to repeat the process. He tried to block or attack her with his odachi, but she was just too fast. She kept up the pace, landing blow after blow on his large red body. Eventually, Illfang started to get tired, and Leafa made her final attack. She jumped fifteen meters in the air and brought her sword down on him.
"Ariel Ace!" she yelled, as her sword forced into Illfang like a chisel.
Illfang gave out one last scream before disintegrating into blue polygons that faded into nothing.
Leafa chuckled and brushed the hair out of her face.
Yui turned on her tape recorder a third time,
"Observation #3: The user seems to gain knowledge of their attacks and abilities instantly upon transformation,"
Leafa walked up to the pixie.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
Yui put away the tape recorder.
"I'm documenting this experiment as I go. We're gonna need all the knowledge we can get."
"This is literally the first time anyone has ever done something like this. I hardly know anything about what I'm doing!"
"I see," Leafa thought for a moment, "Why do I feel so confident and bold all of a sudden?"
"I don't know. Why don't you go home and..."
"Ah! Oni-chan! I need to make sure he's okay!" screamed Leafa before flying back to her house, with Yui holding on to her hair.
"ILLFANG IS DEAD?" exclaimed Kayaba, he slammed his fist onto the arm of his throne.
"Uh, yes my Lord," said Kuradeel, shaking in fear. "It seems that our little pixie friend has been more trouble than we anticipated,"
"We need to do something about this user,"
Kuradeel thought for a moment.
"What if we sent a bunch of disposable monsters at her one at a time and hope that the next one will be able to kill her?"
"That's ridiculous, we could be doing that for who-knows-how-long." Then Kayaba grinned. "Although, you may be on to something..."