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''Hibiki no Mahou'' (or ''Hibiki's Magic'') is a fantasy manga series that centers around a young girl named Hibiki. This manga is a collaboration between writer Jun Maeda, mostly known for his contributions to many Creator/KeyVisualArts {{visual novel}}s, and Rei Izumi, artist for ''Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight.''


In ''Hibiki no Mahou'', Hibiki is the apprentice to a skilled wizard by the name of Shirotsuki. Hibiki has absolutely no talent for magic, however, and her only real skill is making tea. Despite this, she serves and studies with her teacher everyday in his humble research facility in the woods until one day, one of his magical experiments [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]]. The facility burns to the ground, Shirotsuki's soul becomes trapped within the body of a gusk (a squirrel-like animal) and Hibiki is essentially forced to fend for herself. With nowhere left to live, she goes to the big city, and finds herself taken in by the famous Kamisaid Magic Academy, where Hibiki is (forcibly) granted the position of professor.

And thus begins her journey into the world of magic.....

''Hibiki no Mahou'', while considered cute and {{Moe}}, breaks free of this appearance by delving into the darker side of magic and its consequences on magicians and normal people alike. Major themes throughout the work focus on love and deep bonds between people, sadness, and inspiration and hope.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AllLovingHero: Hibiki seems physically incapable of harboring negative feelings towards anyone. Best demonstrated in chapter 14, where [[spoiler: she gets possessed by a "demon" who claims that he's going to take complete control of her body and every time she protests to anything he tells her to do, he responds by ''threatening to kill someone''... She still considers him her friend by the end of it. Granted, at the end of the chapter it's revealed that he was lying, never had the power to harm her in any way, and had been slowly dying throughout the entire chapter, but still...]]
* AmnesiacLover: Shirotsuki and Yui. Especially heartbreaking because he forgets her ''multiple times''.
* ArtificialHuman: Shi-chan.
** Yukko is known for attempting to make these in order to [[ReplacementGoldfish recreate her dead child]].
* ArtInitiatesLife: When Shiiraasan gets her hands on a packet of magic crayons. [[spoiler: But they can't create living things, leaving her with only a drawing when she tries to draw the person she wants with her most...]]
* BigSisterInstinct: [[spoiler:Misaki when Hibiki is grievously injured in a magical experiment. She is shown at her most emotional while trying to convince Ahito to go heal the poor girl.]]
* BirthdayEpisode: In which the characters celebrate Ikko's and Hibiki's birthdays, as Hibiki's was the day before. [[spoiler:Or was it?]]
* BreatherEpisode: ''The Magic of the Mind'', a largely inconsequential single-chapter story placed right in the middle of two extremely dramatic three-parters, one of which revolves around [[spoiler:a childhood friend of Asuma's whose ambition drove him to an early grave]], and the other being about [[spoiler:Ahito's DarkAndTroubledPast seemingly coming back to haunt him... oh, and Hibiki getting caught up in an accident that almost kills her.]]
* BlessedWithSuck[=/=]CursedWithAwesome: Using magic always comes with a price of some kind. It can be physical, such as healing someone at the cost of your own eyesight, or mental, such as losing your memories. Ahito fits the former, Shirotsuki, the latter.
** Actually, Ahito's sacrifice seems to be simply his 'life'. The loss of eyesight is probably because of the experiments that were performed to give him magic in the first place.
* BloodFromTheMouth: When Ahito was experimented on as a child, the pain he suffered through often involved him coughing up blood.
* BodySurf: Shirotsuki's research was based on finding a way to live forever through swapping souls between bodies.
* CastFromLifespan: Ahito, Asuma, and Shi-chan most notably suffer from this.
* ChildMage: Hibiki, although she isn't very good at magic.
* CoolShades: Ahito has a pair of these, although they do seem to serve the purpose of blocking his healing eye power when he's not using it.
* {{Curse}}: Ikko specializes in these.
** Ahito finds a cursed harmonica later on.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Ahito has one, which caused him to hate magic.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the 'magic academy' genre, and using magic as a whole.
* DemonicPossession: Hibiki becomes a victim of this for one chapter.
* EquivalentExchange
* EyeScream: Ahito's surgeries involve a needle to the eye.
* GeometricMagic: Shirotsuki specializes in magic circles.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Yui, Shirotsuki's lover.
* HeroicWillpower
* IdenticalStranger: Setsuna is the spitting image of Mizuki, to Ahito's shock.
* IllGirl: Mitsuki; the more she slept the deeper she slept.
** Riku also qualifies, although he is not a girl.
* IKnowWhatYouFear: Shirotsuki hits Ahito with a spell that has this effect to stop him from attacking Hibiki.
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: Possibly, in chapter 20. The entire academy is under the influence of a spell that causes everyone to say everything they're thinking out loud, and [[spoiler: at one point Hibiki is about to tell Ahito ''something''... and just before she can finish the sentence Shii-chan shows up and sprays an antidote on her. Afterwards she doesn't even remember what happened while she was under the effect of the spell.]]
* MagicalIncantation
* MagiciansAreWizards: Asuma is as capable of sleight of hand tricks as he is powerful and very real magic.
* MakeAWish: The demon girl that appears at the intersection once used to grant wishes to passersby, until she stopped when people started becoming greedy.
* ManlyTears: Poor Shirotsuki...
** Ahito too, regarding Mizuki's fate. [[spoiler:Again when he and Shirotsuki are able to save Hibiki's life.]]
** Asuma as well regarding his friend Yuushin. In general, there is a lot of crying in this series.
* {{Megane}}: Shirotsuki and Ahito
* MoodWhiplash: Awww, look at the cute characters! ...Why are these stories so sad!?
* MyGreatestFailure: His inability to save Mizuki continues to haunt Ahito into the present day. [[spoiler:Finally seems to move past this when he realizes that by insisting his power can't save anyone, he might just lose another important person - Hibiki.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: The squirrel-like gusk that currently holds the soul of Shirotsuki, Hibiki's teacher.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Once more, Shi-chan.
* ThePowerOfFriendship[=/=]ThePowerOfLove
* SmallGirlBigGun: The homunculus Lord Shiraasan (a.k.a. Shi-chan), who often wields a ''rocket launcher.''
* SmarterThanYouLook: Asuma. Shows shades of it as an adult, but even as a child he scored first place on exams while still having time to goof off happily.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the Tokyopop release of the manga, Ikko (イッコ) and Yukko's (ユッコ ) names were translated as "Itsuko" and "Yutsuko." However, this is incorrect, since both names contain a sokuon, a symbol that doubles the consonant that comes after it. The sokuon in their names is shown as a small "tsu" (ッ). The translators interpreted the sokuon as a full-sized tsu, instead of doubling the "コ" that came after.
* SugarApocalypse: The cute character designs contrast with the serious tone and subject matter.
* SwissArmyTears: Yutsuko's daughter's magic tears are used in a potion to save Shi-chan.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Hibiki does this for Ikko when a spell goes awry, putting herself in critical condition as a result.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ahito and his baby cakes.
* WizardingSchool: Kamisaid Magic Academy.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Inverted, as using magic too much can shorten your life span or potentially kill you on the spot.
* WoobieOfTheWeek
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Asuma's sacrifice for his magic is that he ages much more quickly than normal.
** Shiraasan qualifies, despite looking like a five year old. This is because she's probably closer to a few ''weeks'' old instead.
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