''Magical Vacation'' (2001) for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance was the first entry in a Creator/{{Nintendo}} role-playing game series that takes place on Kovomaka. The main characters are a group of trainee mages that attend the Will-O-Wisp magic school. They can interact with elemental spirits and cast elemental spells.

In the first game, the students are on summer vacation (hence the name) when they are attacked by TheHeartless which splits up the students. It's up to the main character to travel through different planes of existence to rescue their fellow students. While previewed in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'', this game never met a Western release.

The UsefulNotes/NintendoDS sequel, ''Magical Starsign'' (2006), takes place 800 years later, when one of the teachers disappears. The students find a six-pack of magical spaceships in a part of the school and get lost in space, having to reunite with each other and rescue their teacher. This game was released in the west.

Also, for some reason, a great deal of things in the games are made out of gummi. Including the power-ups and the [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Keystones]].

A fan English translation for ''Magical Vacation'' was released on June 7th, 2016, by the aptly named romhacking.net member Magicalpatcher.
!! This series provides examples of:
* AmbiguousInnocence: Farina in ''Magical Starsign'' is ''unspeakably'' creepy. She barely ever speaks, and for the majority of the game her dialog box face graphic is the same blank expression. She's a magical prodigy, which is unusual enough, but you learn about this when she ''wordlessly vaporizes'' a monster that was enchanted to revive endlessly after your party beats it, destroys a second one, and then helps Pico escape. Her pet frog died and her nursemaid put it into a potted plant's soil as fertilizer, after which she began gathering animal corpses and packing them in. Later in the game, she beats up the pirate otters stranded at Assam and exercises dominion over them. [[spoiler: But worst of all is when, stemming from those last two examples, she nurses a holy tree sapling by burying said otters and ''her own neighbors'' up to their necks in soil and letting the sapling slowly suck the life out of them, with '''[[SelfMadeOrphan her own father]]''' closest to the sapling.]] An unidentified member of your party even [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] her creepiness in the team's diary.
---> Where did Farina go? Did she take off again? She sure was a weirdo. I probably shouldn't say that. Oh, well. Nobody's going to read this.
* AnIcePerson: Sorbet uses ice and water magic.
** Blueberry in Vacation.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: General Knucklestorm. Magnus Muzzleflash.
* AxCrazy: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Magnus Muzzleflash]], a "murderous psychopathologist and a gun-toting pox" who doesn't think twice on gunning down his own troops if they get on his way. He was actually in prison due to his crimes against the galaxy before Abalon required his services.
* BlowYouAway: Lassi. See also RazorWind.
** Candy in Vacation.
* BonusBoss: Fighting the Gummi Girl isn't required to pass through the story.
* BonusDungeon: The Glissini Caves, which house the game's strongest monsters, including [[spoiler:an even stronger version of the final boss]].
* BookEnds: While searching for their teacher, the player character and Lassi land on Erd, where they face antagonistic robots in a tower with no electricity before discovering that they are the subject of a Spiny mole prophesy to kill a large insect, the Ant Queen. Which they do, and then go on to "Where the stars sleep" to restore the power (The star is a windmill which Lassi turns with magic). It's all very easy and mostly PlayedForLaughs. Later, The same tropes are PlayedForDrama in the endgame, with [[spoiler: the same robots threatening to go berserk and war with the entire solar system when they run out of batteries; prophesies of doom eroding the party's resolve, ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth Shadra, and the party despite all reason reigniting the Sun itself.]]
* BossDissonance: After Cassia, Starsign allows the player to decide which of two planets to visit next, which is actually a choice between:
** EasyLevelsHardBosses: Puffoon has low leveled random encounters, but a very difficult boss.
** HardLevelsEasyBosses: The forests of Gren are long and winding, with higher leveled random encounters, but lower leveled bosses compared to the alternative.
* BossRemix: The final boss theme of Magical Starsign is a remix of the "trouble" theme that usually plays when the Pirate otters are up to no good.
* ButtMonkey: Mokka gets kicked around a bit. He takes everything in stride, though. "Bad things always happen to me. Sometimes, I lose my head. Things happen."
** Cafe-au-Lait in Vacation also shares this trope.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: [[spoiler: The final boss is a giant butterfly. It's supposed to create a new sun after it finishes eating the old one, though there are implications that this isn't actually the case. Your party killing it causes the sun's light to intensify, solving the robot apocalypse problem and saving eveyone in the solar system in the process.]]
* CastingAShadow: Dark elemental magic. In addition to the usual stylings it also often involves a gambling motif.
* CerebusSyndrome: The game is mostly lighthearted and fun until the second visit to Erd, at which point it becomes very creepy and existential.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Semolina's clip ends up being a conduit that allows her to speak through Mokka from beyond the grave.]]
* ComicallySmallBribe: An early clue that the police are corrupt.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: There's a wind planet that looks like it's made of cotton candy, a jungle village full of cat people, places named after food, as well as corrupt police, a robot society that kills people for fuel, and an eldritch worm that is eating the sun from the inside out.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Ganache Nighthawk, Miss Madeleine and optionally your own character can use dark magic.
* DarkMessiah: Master Kale [[spoiler: wants to speed up the upcoming apocalypse because he thinks the world has gone off its proper course. With the RobotWar set to start in a few years, Sorbet finds it hard to argue with him.]] Depending on your interpretation, Farina might fit too.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mokka.
* DeusExMachina: The party defeating the final boss causes the sun's light to intensify, singlehandedly stopping the [[spoiler:robot apocalypse]] and [[spoiler:dissolving the gummi mist]].
* DishingOutDirt: Mokka uses Earth magic.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Semolina immediately volunteers to be made into a CosmicKeystone, and does so before the party can try to stop her. And Sorbet reveals if Semolina hadn't done it, she would have.]]
* ElementalPowers: The main system of magic. The full list of elements in the game is earth, machine, bug, wood, poison, beast, thunder, water, beauty, sword, wind, sound, fire, love, darkness, and light. The sequel trims it down to earth, fire, wind, water, wood, light, and darkness.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors:
** In ''Magical Starsign'', the elements are effective against one another like this: Wind -> Earth -> Water -> Fire -> Wood -> Wind. Dark and Light are weak to each other.
** ''Vacation'' has 16 elements, including Earth, Machine, Bug, Wood, Poison, Beast, Thunder, Water, Beauty, Sword, Wind, Sound, Fire, Love, Darkness, and Light. Love is neutral to all elements, Dark is stronger than the others except for Love and Light, and Light has no weaknesses.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The Book of the Darned.
* GotMeDoingIt: Both Lassi and Lord Persimon SLURP just like the Salamanders and essentially say this trope's name.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence:
** The first SpacePolice detective the party faces is Mugwort, an [[FunnyAfro afro-wearing]] lizard with bell-bottom pants and platform shoes. He even strikes the classic Disco pose when casting.
** Also one of Picos best head-gear the "Disco wig."
* GreenThumb: Chai uses Plant magic.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Everyone looks at Chai as the weakest team member because sissy plant magic is "hardly galactic hero material". Then he ''breaks open a gargantuan boulder that the Earth mage couldn't even move''...'''using a single sprout'''.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Brie Pourri and a good portion of the Space Police.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: You get to name your entire party if you want.
* HpToOne: One party member starts this way in the final boss battle, in addition to losing access to some commands. [[spoiler: It's Mokka, after he inflicts ExplosiveInstrumentation on himself.]]
* HumanResources: [[spoiler: Robots? Their battery cores are made from gummified humans. Even your RobotBuddy Mokka.]]
* InverseLawofUtilityAndLethality: Subverted: everyone's magic is useful in combat and in exploration.
%%* JackOfAllStats: Your character and Chai
%%* KillItWithFire: Pico, who also fits PlayingWithFire.
%%* KillItWithWater: Sorbet
%%* LightIsNotGood: The Space Police make a good example.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Parodied, a [[{{Redshirt}} dwarf]] tells this to a [[{{Mook}} Pirate Otter]]. [[FridgeBrilliance A dwarf who'd inherited an exile on Cassia...]]
* MagicKnight: Especially Pico, who can have a good mix of attack and IQ, but Mokka, the main character, and Chai can pull this role off as well.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: At one point on Nova, Grenadine says: "Right, so, space is like this big onion, ya see? You know, onions got lots of layers? Well, you start peeling those layers off, and all you get is tears. But we do it anyway! You can't stop peelin' the layers, or else you've got nothing to eat! You feelin' me, kid?"
* MightyGlacier: Mokka. Slow as hell and has almost one and a half times as much health as anyone else. Also has the best defense out of anyone else.
* MissingSecret: It seems like there should be 30 Putty Peas, but there are only 29.
%%* MoodSwinger: Sorbet.
* MoodWhiplash: The light-hearted, goofy gameplay gives way to a cutscene where a likable side character [[spoiler: commits suicide by letting herself be eaten by a plant]] to allow you to continue on your way. The game itself gets fairly dark towards the end, but after the aforementioned scene they head back to light-hearted for a few hours of gameplay. Oh, and you still get the cheerful "You got a Cosmic Keystone!" jingle. Right after said scene, [[spoiler:Sorbet tells you she was about to make the sacrifice needed.]]
** [[spoiler:The fact the main ingredient in a robot power core is a gummy made from magic users, right there in black and white, within something you need to read for plot purposes?]] Which becomes a lot more of a [[WhamEpisode shock]] when you learn [[spoiler: that's why there's ruins on Erd and that the robots will eventually move on to other worlds when they need more.]] Oh, and when you find what's left of them? [[spoiler:You can go upstairs and fight a girl who happened to be one of the ones that lived through the process. [[ICannotSelfTerminate Who asks to be killed.]]]] Then the game goes back to normal for a while.
* NonStandardGameOver: Touching the giant ball of lava kills you instantly. Mokka is kind enough to warn you about this.
-->'''Game:''' and friends turned to ashes and left this world behind.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: ''Magical Starsign'' revolves around the party trying to save their teacher, Miss Madeline. After defeating the planet-devouring worm holding her captive, they find [[spoiler:they were too late and she dies]]. It's even worse when she was ''successfully'' saved in the previous game.
* NPCRoadblock: The otter blocking the team from getting to the waterfall on Cassia after thawing the place out.
-->You can't go past here. Back when the town was frozen, you could, but not now. I know that doesn't make any sense. Just roll with it.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Pretty much every employee in the Space Police HQ.
* PointOfNoReturn: After you defeat the giant larva boss you can't leave Chromagar Cave, though you ''can'' leave after you enter its room but before you fight it.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: [[spoiler: [[BigBad Kale]] used to be one of Miss Madeline's best students until he turned evil for reasons unknown]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Pico and Sorbet. Also the closest thing to a canon couple the game gives us.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The sequel has an 800 year timeskip. The same teachers are still teaching at the magic school, and they still look the same. It's lampshaded by Chai.
** An NPC in the beginning mentions a teacher named Pistachio. Pistachio was a party member in Vacation.
* RecycledInSPACE: Magical Starsign takes place in space, while the first game took place on different planes of existence.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: Oh, though you saved Miss Madeline from her fate? Too bad, she has to join TheLifestream just as you finally rescue her. Kinda goes double due to all the effort you went to in order to save her in the previous game.]]
* SingleBiomePlanet: Kovomaka is diverse, the other planets in the galaxy consist of a jungle, a volcano, a tropical island, windy plains, and rocky barrens.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Detective Beignet, the first member of the Space Police the Starsign party meets, is happy to declare that the pirate problems are outside his jurisdiction and overstates his abilities, but is otherwise quite friendly. [[spoiler: He's shocked when the main organization comes around and [[PoliceBrutality mistreats the civilians]], is initially unaware that the police and pirates are actually allied - though he soon finds out, and spends the latter 2/3rds of the game [[FriendOnTheForce getting you past security to places where you can do the most good]]]].
* SpacePirates: The Pirate Otters. Right down to rehashing 18th century pirate wardrobes and accents.
* SpacePolice: The Space Police, though they're quite corrupt at first.
* SquishyWizard: Every party member except for Mokka could fit, but Lassi and Sorbet are the best examples.
** Pistachio in Vacation.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Sorbet and Semolina. Especially Semolina, though. At least with Sorbet her inner thoughts surface more often than not.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Brie Pourri is quite the scantily-clad police officer that doesn't go unnoticed by some of the [=NPCs=] in Bena Rikashi. [[spoiler:Her boss sprite only serves to cement this.]] [[http://magicalstarsignmagicalvacation.wikia.com/wiki/Brie_Pourri Her official art is even worse.]]
* SuicideIsPainless: [[spoiler: Talk to the villagers after Semolina becomes a CosmicKeystone. They reveal she wasn't very happy with her life. Sorbet reveals the same thing about herself.]]
* TakenForGranite: Or gummi, in this case. Chromagar Cave at the end of the game is practically made of gummis, and its atmosphere will gradually coat a person in layers of gummi until they're completely turned into the stuff. You can even see several unfortunate pirates who have succumbed to this fate.
* TerribleTrio: Pirate otters, who sometimes come in Terrible Quartets, too.
* ThemeNaming: Every town/race has a different theme. The dwarves are named after sauces, the otters are named after famous musicians (mostly rockers), and the residents of Bena Rikashi are named after elements, metals, and the like.
** In addition, all the playable characters in Magical Starsign (except for the protagonist, [[HelloInsertNameHere who you name]]) are named after foods.
** Not only that, but the spiny moles are all named after cheese. This is even Lampshaded when one digs a tunnel and the map title for it is "Gorgonzola's Hole-a".
** In Vacation, the heroes' first names are foods, while their last names hint to their elemental powers, either by something simple like 'Blueberry Lakeside' or the color that represents said element, such as 'Candy Mintblue'.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Caldarroste, a bumbling pirate otter wannabe and Lord Persimon, Chard's "512th-in-Commander"
** Gil Mudflap and Abalon Demar also count, though they're much less recurring.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Book of the Darned. And it used to be standard curriculum, too.
* TwoTeacherSchool: We see Madeline and Gran Degree and that's about it.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Master Chard at Cassia is by far the hardest boss faced to that point in the game.
* WarmupBoss: The Antlion on Erd.
** ''Vacation'' has The Enigmas on Valencia Beach or Demice in Mimoretto Forest.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue:
** Pico is held back at Will-o-wisp Academy for eight years in a row, and ultimately drops out, becoming a great hero traveling across the galaxy and fighting monsters.
** Sorbet is granted a scholarship and finishes her education, joining the Space Police to restore it's honor alongside Brie Pourri and General Knucklestorm.
** Lassi delves into rocket science, though is ridiculed for her flawed theories and articles. Nonetheless, she manages to finish a rocket of her own and travels the galaxy to discover new worlds.
** Mokka assists Lassi, ultimately converting his body into a part of Lassi's rocket.
** Chai grows bored with studying at Will-o-wisp Academy and stows away on Lassi's rocket to secretly join them on their journey.
** The Protagonist works with the dwarves of Razen to convert the Kahve Ruins into a giant radio telescope. After discovering a signal that was coming from Lassi, he/she sets out to follow them in a prototype rocket designed for a single occupant to investigate.
* WizardingSchool: The main setting.
* WorldTree: [[IncrediblyLamePun Yggsalad.]]