|Gallery | Relationship | Quotes|
|Relatives||Katsura Karin (adoptive sister)|
|Occupation||Spy / Assassin|
|Affiliation||China / Yamato|
|School||National Magic Academy|
|Light Novel debut||Light Novel Volume 4|
|Manga debut||Chapter 45|
She was most often seen wearing the Swordsmanship Division’s uniform. Given she was well known on the battlefield, it is likely she was actually older than 15 but she still managed to pass for a first year.
She was an agent of China and was fanatically loyal to them. She became famous on the battlefield for her ability to brainwash her enemies and turn them against their allies. She thought nothing of doing the same to innocent people too, supplying them with Divine Protection to make them harder to kill. Her relationship with her adopted sister Katsura Karin really illustrated her nature, she treated the orphan like dirt. She was able to plant the idea in her mind that Karin was her “puppet” and not a human being. Karin became desperate to receive her sister’s acceptance and went to great lengths to get it, though she never did. When in danger, she coldly forced Karin to act as her meat shield to protect herself.
She was both a sociopath and a sadist. It was clear her teammates during the tournament were terrified of her. When giving an opponent a savage beating during a match she was laughing the entire time. When she lost her temper she very nearly committed murder that day, despite the public setting. When Karin was captured she abandoned her without a second thought to save her own skin. When she later became a prisoner herself, she did her final duty without a second thought. Given the look of peace on her face, she may have welcomed death, suggesting just how miserable her life had been.
After Katsura Karin became an orphan she was adopted by her family. But she wasn’t treated kindly, not even allowed to take the family name. She was bullied and forced to train in the martial arts. When they entered the National Knight Academy it was to act as spies for China. There were many people on China’s payroll in the Japanese government. Through them they learned of the existence of a King at school. Karin and Hayashi dressed in black and began running around at night assaulting students. Karin’s assignment was to track down and assassinate the young King in a way that couldn’t be traced back to them or to China.
Hayashi would attempt to drive her victims into Magic Intoxication and put them under her control as useful pawns. None of the students suffered lasting harm from these assaults to avoid a major investigation. None of these attacks were caught on camera because their insider information notified them where they were. Hayashi made a deal with Mibu Akira and her friend Asamiya Anna. They were well known delinquents at school who really wanted to get stronger. When Hayashi offered them Divine Protection which would boost their power and almost make them unbeatable they accepted without really considering what her motives were. Karin eventually found Hayashizaki Kazuki and tied to kill him. He realized she was trying to hide the style and magic she was using so he let her hit him once. It turned out it was more dangerous than he thought. The attack stopped his heart and Karin escaped, thinking her job done. She didn’t realize the girl he was on a date with could use rare healing magic. He was able to fully recover and had discovered she was using Chinese Kenpo.
Volume 4 Edit
It was arranged by the new Board Chairman of the National Knight Academy Takasugi Takayoshi that the election for Chief Student Council President would be preceded by a tournament. Each candidate would form a team made up of two people from the Magic Division and two people from the Swordsmanship Division. This contest was meant to display the fighting and leadership skills of all the candidates. All students would then get to vote based on their impressions of them. There were several with fine reputations at the Academy and they got together at the Witch's House to discuss it. But in the end only three decided to enter the race.
The new Headmaster Mr. Amasaki had nominated Hayashizaki Kazuki. His teammates were the Headmaster’s step-daughter Rank-A Amasaki Miō as well as Sword Division President Hikita Kōhaku and her best friend Tsukahara Kazuha, an incompetent swordsman who was also an Illegal Magician. The strongest candidate Magic Division President Otonashi Kaguya partnered with Rank-A Hiakari Koyuki. Also joining her was former Sword Division President Hayashizaki Kanae and her fellow former council member Torazō Yamada. The third candidate was Magic Division Vice-President Hoshikaze Hikaru, who teamed up with foreigner Rank-A Charlotte Lieben Frau and former Sword Division Vice-President Kamiizumi Iori. This left a space on her team vacant for another swordsman. Kimura Tomomi was delighted to accept her invitation.
They all gathered for the meeting where the candidates would officially enter the tournament. Kazuki was approached by a pair of powerful sisters who always worked only as a pair. The twins were identical except Ryūtaki Miyabi was an Elf. She showed interest in Kazuki because he had defeated Nyarlathotep, who had corroded the mind of the former Headmaster and was trying to force her to become his research subject. As a result she was throwing herself at Kazuki while her sister Shinobu objected. Her interest in him only increased when she realized what kind of relationship he had with Koyuki, who was also an Elf. They were teamed up with identical twin boys from the Sword Division, Takasugi Shūsui and Takasugi Harunari who were the sons of the Board Chairman. Like him they were extremists who advocated for depriving the Magika Stigma of all civil rights and brainwashing them to keep them in line. These positions were extreme but Miyabi hated the Japanese government after learning of their connection to the Elves and favored chaos. Another team was led by Mibu Akira who partnered with Asamiya Anna. They were delinquents who had been enrolled in the school against their will after receiving an Enigma. The swordsmen in their group were Karin and her foster sister Shizuka. Karin looked at Kazuki in shock and he easily guessed why.
16 teams signed up when teacher Liz Liza Westwood called the meeting to order. She laid out the ground rules for the tournament. Magic users couldn’t bring in weapons. Swordsmen could only use standard magic and Sacred Treasures were banned. This was particularly restrictive for Kazuki’s team which otherwise would be a much more imposing group. A lottery was used to set the bracket for the tournament. The Headmaster became worried after seeing the list of candidates. All but 3 of the 16 people were irresponsible or untested people. He worried they were all on the payroll of the Board Chairman. If he could install a puppet he could seize full control of the school. By doing so he could not only use that to derail the key reforms they were pushing for but he could influence generations of Knights in the wrong direction, just as the former Headmaster had done. Such theories were impossible to prove, as was their suspicion that he was among a number of Chinese agents who had infiltrated the Academy.
Kazuki finds somewhere secluded to wander off alone. He succeeds in drawing out the assassin. He is able to keep a cool head and completely sees though her technique. She grows increasingly frustrated and he is finally able to unmask her by name as a first year in the Sword Division and a participant in the tournament. Even when she employs her Summoning Magic she can’t compete because she was unable to maintain her calm and her Diva orders her to retreat after giving her praise to Kazuki.
Kazuki’s team fought in the first match. His tactics concentrated on covering for each other and relying on teamwork. This went exactly as planned and they won without much trouble. In the second match Kaguya’s team dominates the other side, employing the exact strategy Kazuki predicted. In the third match the twin brothers covered the twin sisters until Lunatic Labyrinth drew them all into a mental world where the other side lost quickly. In the fifth match Hikaru’s team used excellent teamwork and skill to defeat the opponents easily. In the sixth match, Mibu’s team while facing Shiraha Sekairi stunned everyone when their swordsmen didn’t even participate. The spell casters were trained enough in Chinese Kenpo to counter the enemy swordsmen and were able to dodge incoming magic. It became a decisive victory for them.
The second round began with Kazuki’s match against Kaguya. In a direct confrontation they could never win, but he had seen through the weaknesses of their opponents. Again using teamwork and the tactics Kazuki devised they are able whittle down the other side and they finally gang up on Kaguya and win. The twin sisters won the second match exactly as they had before. Hikaru faced Mibu’s team next. The swordsmen on that team had hidden their true power before. While Hikaru and Lotte weren’t disadvantaged in magic, their opponents kept mysteriously getting back up every time they were beaten. It was clear they were cheating somehow but the Board Chairman refused to declare the match forfeit without proof. Hikaru received a savage beating from Hayashi who was able to pierce Defensive Magic and injure her gravely while laughing about it. Kazuki called for the match to end, while everyone else was slow to react. Realizing Hayashi intended to murder Hikaru, Mibu just barely managed to end the fight with her magic first.
After the battle, Hayashi was questioned about the method she used to injure her opponents so badly. She apologizes for going overboard and promised to share the technique with the school if their team won, knowing that idea would appeal to voters. Hayashi had brainwashed a number of the participants in the tournament before it began. She then had 10 of them who were already eliminated surround and attack Kazuki and Hikaru while they were on a date. A squad of German Knights led by Beatrix Baumgard jumped in to help Kazuki. They recognize the brainwashing and Kazuki notices Karin and Hayashi hiding nearby. The Germans recognize the latter as one of the most dangerous operatives of China. She can not only brainwash people but grant them Diving Protection that allows them to fully recover whenever they are defeated. The professional Knights lack any methods to free those poor girls without killing them. But by kissing Hikaru Kazuki is able to do a full summoning of Baal. The girls are drained of magic power and pass out, free of control. This attack affects Karin too but Hayashi is able to withstand it. Their plot foiled, Hayashi teleports herself and Karin away. The Knight Order had taken those freed girls into custody and promised to investigate the matter.
The day of the semi-finals arrived. Kazuki confronted the twin brothers with dangerous ideals in the first match. They were unable to prevent the casting of Lunatic Labyrinth and they were all drawn into a mental world. Lunatic Labyrinth ended, the brothers were out already and the sisters were dropping Burning Icicle on the party from the sky. Miō was trying to defend them but her magic wasn’t very effective. Kazuki cast Storm Fort to remove the threat. The sisters cast their Union Magic but Kazuki cleaved the incoming attack in two. The audience cheered and Miyabi was stunned and impressed. She landed and immediately surrendered over her sister’s objections; they had no way to win any longer. Her sister and the twin brothers question why she surrendered like that. Kazuki had seen through her true motives. She admitted she was testing him and his worthiness as a leader. Miyabi clearly confessed her love over her sister’s objections. It was revealed that her sister refused to recognize her as an Elf. Her mind wouldn’t accept reality and she wouldn’t spend time with anyone but Miyabi. But this fact also saved Miyabi from the loneliness other Elves experienced. She suggested that Kazuki should conquer them both. As expected the most dangerous team won the second match against Yumeno Shiori and progressed to the finals.
The Knight Order discovered that many of the tournament’s participants had been brainwashed and had been left with no memory of their actions. It also seemed that this brainwashing was also why they had all entered the tournament in the first place. They had also investigated the background of Karin and Hayashi, who hadn’t been arrested because Kazuki’s word alone wasn’t enough proof. The Germans had told Kazuki Hayashi was a well known agent, so her identity was probably fake. The final match would be their last chance to assassinate Kazuki. They might end up going overboard and exposing their true colors.
Volume 5 Edit
Before the finals a series of exhibition matches were held. This allowed the eliminated teams to display their talents again. It wound up being Kaguya and Hikaru in a battle for third place. In the end only the leaders were left. Those two had fought many times and as always it ended with Hikaru’s loss. Before the final match Kazuki spoke to his friends about the plot behind the scenes. He also told them that the swordsmen on the opposing team were contracted with Divas from China. Kazuki also confirmed that it was Divine Protection by Hayashi’s Diva that allowed Mibu and company to continually regenerate magic. They couldn’t win unless they could beat Hayashi first or cut off that blessing. It was possible that Hayashi had brainwashed her entire team and if so Kazuha should be able to free them. But they would forfeit the match if she used Summoning Magic before the spies did, so they needed to force their hand.
Liz Liza-sensei acted as referee. As was the plan Kazuki took grave risks to take on Hayashi and Karin alone. His team displayed excellent teamwork holding the magic users back. He was able to utilize numerous types of magic at once, shocking the audience and frightening Hayashi. She forced Karin to act as her meat shield, who suffered terrible pain as a result. Kazuki managed to attack Hayashi directly and forced them to use their Summoning Magic. Despite the danger the Board Chairman still refused to stop the match, having a logical argument prepared. Kazuha generated a weapon she was able to use to cut off the Divine Protection from the magic users. Though Kōhaku was forced to withdraw due to the damage she took while protecting her. But due to an attack by Mibu, who had never been brainwashed, her weapon was lost before Kazuki could use it to free Karin. Hayashi forced her sister to use a dangerous wide-area attack despite the risk to innocent people. Miō managed to rescue the enemy magicians and Kazuki did the same for Kazuha. In that desperate situation he had only one choice. He apologized to Kazuha before kissing her. Doing a full summoning of her Diva allowed him to disperse all the dangerous magic, free Karin from control and force Hayashi to escape while vowing revenge.
A few days later the Board Chairman and his entire family had vanished without a trace. That night news reports stated there had been a massive coordinated strike on all Knight Order posts in western Japan by a mysterious force including mysterious Illegal Magicians. All of western Japan had now been conquered by this unknown army and was now under a complete communications blackout. The former Board Chairman appeared on TV announcing that western Japan was declaring independence and calling itself Yamato. All the politicians with secret ties to China appeared to be involved in this plot and had made and alliance with Loki. They were claiming legitimacy under the banner of the Japanese Mythology rather than the 72 Pillars, which gave it the appearance of an authentic Japanese independence movement. The Japanese Divas appeared to have fallen into a Wild God state. Their contractors had apparently all joined this movement too, although Kazuha had avoided this fate.
Third year students serving in the Knight Order led by Kodzuki Kanon fled back to the Academy to request assistance. Kazuki agreed to lead a volunteer force of high-ranked students to reinforce the border. They wound up with 150 volunteers along with the German Knight squad led by Beatrix Baumgard, who were after Loki. On their way to the front lines the group fell into a perfectly executed ambush. Hayashi was leading the assault and Kazuki and Kanon were almost killed by friendly fire when he realized too late that some of those third years had been brainwashed before being returned to their unit. Beatrix risked her life to protect Kazuki and Kazuha managed to free those girls. The Yamato forces fled as the Knight Order arrived and several prisoners were taken.
Since China had spies everywhere it wasn’t hard for Kazuki to guess there was a traitor high up in the Knight Order leaking all their movements to the enemy. Kazuki was worried because Loki, Joka and Nyarlathotep were all on the same team. The fact that the Divas had abandoned the prisoners they captured so quickly conformed his suspicion. Kazuki knew those three Diva specialized in manipulating minds and hearts. By combining their powers and techniques he realized they could probably grant new hosts to enemy Divas without much trouble any time they were killed or captured. Meaning they were sure to lose a drawn out conflict with Yamato. He realized their only chance was to seize the element of surprise by launching an assault with only people from the Academy before the traitor knew they were onto them.
Kazuki and his close friends raided their classmates’ rooms and confiscated their cell phones. After all, Kazuki suspected an information leak and he couldn’t be sure the spy wasn’t among the students. Kazuki was able to lead the students across the border and surround the enemy headquarters because Yamato was convinced their informant was in a position to warn them in time. Thanks to Kazuki’s brilliant but unorthodox tactic the building was destroyed and its occupants were thrown into chaos as they faced attacks from multiple angles. Kōhaku sent a signal when she located Hayashi. He carried Karin and raced there. With a little assistance from Miyabi Kazuki totally overpowered Hayashi and even cut through her escape magic, impressing even Joka. In the end she shamelessly ordered Karin to protect her again. But Karin knew what real love and friendship was now and fought her sister instead. Karin spent years watching her every move, hoping to impress her, so as a result Karin defeated her easily and Kazuki made sure to capture her alive. Kaya appeared on the back of a dragon and ordered the troops to retreat. A few hours later, Hayashi was found dead in her cell, having taken her own life. As Kazuki comforted Karin he noticed there was a peaceful look on Hayashi’s face that he had never seen while she was alive.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Swordsmanship: She entered the school as a swordsmanship student. She was said to have displayed no more than average skill and failed to stand out prior to the tournament. When fighting seriously she does so unarmed.
Chinese Kenpo: She is a master of Chinese Kenpo who originally taught her foster sister. As an assassin she specializes in techniques to pierce Defensive Magic and kill her victims in one strike.
- Shinkyaku: By stepping on the earth powerfully, the recoil is changed into energy.
- Sunkei: Palm heel strike which is extremely powerful.
- Tetsusankou: Counters the opponents attack and launches a powerful kick.
- Koukaimon: A powerful attack using her elbow.
- Gaimon Chouchū: She steps forward and strikes the opponent's face with her elbow.
- Kosoushou: Stabs with a claw to the neck.
- Zesshou Mouko Kouhazan: Final attack of Chinese Kenpo which disconnects the opponent's magic powers.
10 Inherent Powers:Edit
Level ?: Earth Violent Formation: This power causes the earth to crack, bedrock to shoot out of the ground and the land to ripple. This is effective for attack or defense.
Level ?: Sky Formation Transfer: This allows the user to teleport themselves and at least one other person.
Level ?: Yinglong Invitation: Summons an ancient lightning clad dragon.
Level ?: Five Color Sphere: Creates a powerful sphere with the power to rewrite the world and cause instant death.
Divine Protection: She was capable of giving the power of immortality to allies. By doing so, it was rumored those she blessed could fully recover, even from death, up to 70 times. She frequently used this skill to give China a massive advantage in battle and she was among their most feared agents for that reason.
Brainwashing: This power was capable of brainwashing enemies and suppressing their emotions, forcing them to fight for China. She apparently had to drive her victims into Magic Intoxication before she could employ this. She was well known for employing this in territory battles to aid China. Once they were freed from control, her victims had no memory of their actions while they were under control. This technique wasn’t perfect, as those placed under control behaved very strangely.