Light Novel: Fire Girl
"I think you've lost if you fall in love."Fire Girl is a Japanese light novel 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 six books (two in one volume) 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.
— Homura Hinooka
Fire Girl contains the following tropes:
- 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.
- 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 start, you grow to be one thanks to the Exploration Club's activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Kujou: I hate how boys gather around when Iím with you even though they have no business with us.
- Homura is really popular with boys no matter where she goes. Lampshaded by Kujou much to her annoyance.
- When Touya's friends heard that he was having lunch with Homura,they all strangled him and flipped him over for being so lucky as to get to eat lunch together with her.
- Fantasy Character Classes: Used by the Exploration Club's Investigators to classify their specialties. Homura is a Magician Class, Touya is a Swordsman Class, Misasagi is a Magical Warrior Class, and Ameno is a Thief Class.
- 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.
- 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.
- Savage Wolves: Homura's party runs into a whole pack of these in the second half of volume one unfortunately for them.
- 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.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: UNPIEP monitors its members due to the classified nature of the Exploration Club.