Arcana Magi Zero is a Web Original consisting of a Short Story Trilogy and a series of five chapter stories. It is the first series of H-M Brown's Arcana Magi Universe that started in 2009, and is a part of the Seiryu Universe.
The Short Story follows the origins of Alysia Perez and her adopted sister Megumi Miyazaki: how they got their magical items to become Guardians of the Gate to the Shrine of Four Mythic Elements and then pay a visit to an old mage to learn more about themselves in relation to their powers and their destiny.
It became a series during the fifth anniversary of Arcana Magi Universe set a few years after the trilogy. The city of Newark became encased in a dome setting off an event that takes the Alysia and Megumi back to the Shrine of Four Mythic Elements.
Arcana Magi Zero is available via this link.
Here there be spoilers!
Arcana Magi Zero provides examples of:
- And I Must Scream: Alysia was aware that she had turned to stone and suffered from trauma as a result.
- Art Initiates Life: Megumi can bring art to life using her artbook, such as using fireflies to act light sources.
- Blow You Away: Alysia uses wind spells, like Air Blast.
- Calling Your Attacks: Announcing your spells, more like it.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Alysia.
- Cool Old Lady: Madam Karin Mayweather, the girl's thinks she's cool at the end.
- The Corruption: The Nocture, corrupted mana that summons creatures to feed off of living mana. The feeding isn't fatal to humans, but it causes trauma.
- Empty Shell: The end result of the Purge spell, which strips you of emotion.
- Healing Hands: The Healing Sight spell used by Karyn Mayweather.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: What Megumi's Fable Artbook allows her to do.
- Light 'em Up: The Sunshine Spell.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Different types of magical groups have different ways of drawing Mana and casting spells. For instance, Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki are Circular Magi, so all their magical powers come from Magic Circles.
- Magical Girl: Alysia and Megumi.
- Playing with Fire: Alysia's Pyro Maelstrom spell.
- Plucky Girl. Genki Girl.: In "v.1 - Alysia Perez, the Awakening", Alysia starts off as a Plucky Girl. She went through many trials and errors learning her new powers while trying to find a way to undo the enchantment. Then she fought back. In "v.3 - It's So Wonderful, It's So Beautiful", Alysia becomes a Genki Girl and after her visit with Madam Karin Mayweather, the above quote says it all.
- Power Gives You Wings
- Significant Birth Date: Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki were both born on February 29th, 2000, which made Megumi wonder if she and Alysia shared a common greater destiny as Guardians of the Gate to the Shrine of Four Mythic Elements.
- Taken for Granite: Everyone and everything in the museum turned to stone.
- The Four Gods: They are known as The Four Mythic Elements.
- Theme Naming: The girl's magical items are named Saga and Fable.
- Transformation Sequence: When Alysia Perez calls for Saga and Megumi Miyazaki calls for Fable, their magic circles would go through their bodies forming their magical outfits and armor.
- Transformation Trinket: Saga is a bracelet with four marbles attached that turns into a staff and Fable is pendant, also with four marbles attached, that turns into a magical artbook. Both trinkets transforms Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki into their magical outfits and armor.
- The Wall Around the World: Newark gets sealed off from the rest of the world by a flaming forcefield.
- Winged Humanoid: Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki sprout wings after they transform. Megumi Miyazaki fought three Winged Humanoids when she returned home.