Light Novel: Fire Girl

Seiran High's Exploration Club note 

"I think you've lost if you fall in love."
Homura Hinooka

Fire Girl is a Japanese light novel series published under the famous visual novel company TYPE-MOON and written by Meteor Hoshizora of World Conquest Zvesda Plot fame with art and character designs by BUNBUN (Not to be mistaken for SAO's abec despite similarities in art styles).

Homura Hinooka had no interest in school clubs. The mere thought of participating in club activities that would just tire her out was absurd to her. Because of this, she makes a decision not to join in any school clubs in her first year of high school in Seiran High, a famous university prep school widely known to have a high rate of participation to club activities. Homura's first year of high school life since then has been dull and listless.

One day, as she was walking home alone from school, a boy in her grade, Takumi Touya, suddenly stops to invite her to join UNPIEPnote , or their school's Exploration Club, a club dedicated to exploring the uncharted planet Imaginary Earth Nutella, a world that's twice as large as Jupiter, urging her to be their club's resident Magician. Homura reacts as well as you'd expect.

Initially wary of the invitation at first, Homura readily accepts and she finds herself thrust into a grand adventure of a lifetime. Along with Touya, the beautiful club president Mayo Misasagi, and the golem girl Ameno, Homura sets out with her newfound friends to investigate the uncharted planet. But being an Investigator for the club isn't an easy task. What dangers await her and her friends in the mysterious planet Nutella?

The first volume was released alongside Fate/Apocrypha during the winter 2012 Comiket. The novels have three volumes with seven books (two in one volume for the first two volumes and three books for the last one) and are released as separate parts, with Parts 1 following Homura and her friends' lives in school, and Parts 2 detailing her adventures as she explores Nutella.

An ongoing translation for volume one can be found here.

Part 3 of the final volume will be released on 1/29/16

Fire Girl contains the following tropes:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: The trip to Imaginary Earth when teleporting there is...trippy to say the least. You know it's that intense when you can hear the grains of your skin grate against each other.
  • Action Girl: Misasagi-senpai, Homura, and Sachi Kamikoma from Hiyoshi High's Exploration Club are the main examples from volume one. Other female characters who pop up in later volumes are this as well.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: Plenty of ruins and remnants of a lost civilization are found in Nutella, and UNPIEP exists to studying and exploring these remains by sending in Investigators from various Exploration Clubs in different schools.
  • Adventurers Club: UNPIEP's Exploration Club, natch, with different branches from various schools.
  • Alliterative Name: Let's see, we have our heroine Homura Hinooka, her fellow club member Takumi Touya, and their senpai and club president Mayo Misasagi.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: Imaginary Earth looks a lot like Earth from the ancient times.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Orie Kujou, Homura's classmate since middle school, comes across as a cold person towards everyone she speaks to, especially towards Homura.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Tsuyu Hinooka, Homura's younger sister, to Homura, but it's also inverted as well.
  • Another Dimension: Imaginary Earth Nutella.
  • Badass: You have to be this as a requisite to be a member of the Explorations Club, since its members brave the dangers found in exploring an uncharted planet. If you aren't one from the beginning, you grow to be one thanks to the Exploration Club's activities.
    • Badass Crew: The Exploration Club of course. And it's not just limited to the Seiran High group either.
  • Beach Episode: The first half of volume 2.
  • Big Bad: Subaru, the witch Homura and co. encounter on Nutella, is the primary antagonist of the second half of volume 1.
  • Big Labyrinthine Building: The Exploration Club's building, or their "club room", is huge. The building houses a variety of facilities for the club members to use: a training room, an astronomical dome on the roof deck, and even a hot springs room. And that's only some of the rooms mentioned.
  • Call to Adventure: The plot kickstarts when Touya gives Homura an invitation to join the Explorations Club as their Magician.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Spirit Stone Misasagi gives Homura. Also counts as a Macguffin.
  • Children Are Special: Well, teens are special, but only teenagers around high school age groups are allowed to explore Nutella. Even then, they need to go through special qualifications to be a member of the Exploration Club.
  • Cooking Duel: Homura competes in one in the first volume under Fujimori-sensei's insistence that she needs to win in any contest in their School Festival so she'll approve her admission in the club.
  • Custom Uniform: The Explorer Club's Investigator outfits are basically just the students' winter uniforms with a few differences in design plus traveling gear. According to Misasagi, the reason their Investigator getups resemble their winter uniforms is due to Imaginary Earth having colder temperatures at night.
  • David Vs Goliath: Homura the new, rookie apprentice Magician of the Exploration Club vs Subaru, the powerful witch and princess of Nutella.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed, but Homura has a tendency to be a bit goofy at times. Touya has some shades of it too, but in a different way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Orie Kujou. Homura is one as well, though she tends to hold back her tongue most of the time out of politeness. Her snarking is mostly evident from the novels' narrations however, and she'd be a First-Person Smartass too if only the novels were narrated in first person.
    • Her sister Tsuyu is one too, even more so than her more polite sister.
  • Dismotivation: Homura starts out as a disinterested girl who had no goals to look forward to in her high school life. That all changes when she's invited to the Explorations Club.
  • Dual Wielding: Touya's main method of fighting is dual wielding two kendo swords.
  • Dude Magnet:
  • Easing Into the Adventure: The first eight chapters of volume 1 part 1 delves into Homura's normal life and relationships when she got the call. It isn't until chapter 9 that the plot starts to turn its heels for Homura.
  • Fantasy Character Classes: Used by the Exploration Club's Investigators to classify their specialties. Homura is a Magician Class, Touya is a Light-Weight Warrior class, Misasagi is a Magical Warrior Class, and Ameno is a Thief Class.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Homura and Tsuyu respectively, despite Homura being the older sibling, it's Tsuyu who carries most of the responsibilities at home while Homura is satisfied just lounging around.
  • Foreshadowing: When Homura, Touya, and Misasagi discuss protocol over what to do if they encounter wild animals, Touya comments that he'd rather not encounter something like a bear since "fighting a lump of muscle like that is no joke." Sure enough, on the second half of the first volume...
  • Furo Scene: The Explorer Club girls from different schools bond together in a bath house along with Subaru on her castle on Nutella in a chapter during Volume 2 part 2.
  • Imagine Spot: Some chapters contain vivid and detailed descriptions of Homura's wild imagination. The best instance of this trope was her initial image of the Exploration Club's president before she met her in person: she thought her to be a giant first, then a mountain gorilla for some reason, then there was her reaction when she actually sees her...
  • Japanese School Club: The Exploration Club. Seiran High, Homura's high school, is particularly known for hosting a variety of different school clubs, with student rate participation being an all time high.
  • Large Ham: Takara Rokujizou, the Student Council President of Seiran High. When she appears, expect her to chew the scenery. Fujimori-sensei is also this too at times, but in a more zen way.
  • Last Name Basis: Nearly everyone refers to each other by their surnames only.
  • Lethal Chef: Homura. Justified in that she's an inexperienced cook.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the other Type-Moon works. Though that doesn't mean it doesn't have any dark moments either.
  • Meaningful Name: Homura's first name literally means "flame", plus she specializes in Fire Magic, hence the title of the series.
  • Mistaken for Romance: When Touya first dropped by the Hinooka household to help get Homura into shape for the Exploration Club's activities, Tsuyu immediately assumed that he's Homura's new boyfriend or a stalker. Homura shuts down her sister's assumptions quickly though.
  • Plucky Girl: Homura. Despite being somewhat lazy, she isn't the type to give up on getting what she wants and quickly rises to challenge the occasion.
  • Punny Name: Admit it, Imaginary Earth's official name being Nutella probably brought out a few snickers. Even better, one of its planetary rings is named Bagel.
  • Savage Wolves: Homura's party encounters sentient Savage Wolves in the 2nd half of volume one, much to their dismay.
  • School Idol: Homura. While it's slightly downplayed due to her being a little Book Dumb, Homura's definitely a popular student thanks to being considered as the cutest girl among the first years (though she herself says that she can't compete with someone like Misasagi-senpai), and while she doesn't join in any sports clubs herself, her fitness training with Touya shows that she can easily adjust to strenuous activities.
  • School Festival: The Shinryoku Festival in Seiran High, where lots of contests take place.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Implied between Homura and Tsuyu as both sisters want something the other has.
  • Slice of Life: The first halves of all three volumes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Sisters Homura and Tsuyu are said to each resemble their mother and father respectively.
  • Student Council President: Takara Rokujizou
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: UNPIEP monitors its members due to the classified nature of the Exploration Club.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Touya became briefly afflicted with this during Homura's first trip to Imaginary Earth. Can't blame him though.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The Exploration Club members use a Transport Ring to directly teleport themselves to Imaginary Earth.
  • True Companions: Seiran's Exploration Club eventually.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Played straight during the Shinryoku Festival Bento-making contest. Homura makes weird-looking udon as her contest entry, and is the last one sampled by Rokujizou, the Student Council President, for not being as eye-catching or delicious-looking enough compared to the other entries. When she and Misasagi tried it however, they both declare it to be the best tasting dish presented and Homura wins first prize as a result.