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A Gaiden Game spin-off of the Lunar series, Lunar: Walking School was released for the Game Gear, Sega's handheld system, in 1996. It serves as a Prequel, set about 300 years before the events of the first game, and focuses on two young girls named Ellie and Lena who are scouted to attend the Magic School of Iyen Island, and their various misadventures there. With its episodic approach to storytelling and its mild Tone Shift in the Lighter and Softer direction, it has similar feel to a children's cartoon.

In 1998, Lunar: Walking School was remade for the Sega Saturn under the title Magic School Lunar! (and the punctuation is part of the title.) This version extensively expands upon the original game, with overhauled visuals and music, extra playable characters, and the addition of voice acting. Many gameplay systems are redone to be more in line with the main games, and while the plot outline is the same, some events are completely removed with new ones taking their places.

This Gaiden Game contains instances of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Professor Dadis, to an absurd degree. The heroines apprentice themselves to him, even though he seldom remembers who they are and is rarely able to teach lessons since he can't find his supplies.
  • Academy of Adventure: The game's primary setting, Iyen Island, is home to a Wizarding School. Plus it is a weird place (a drifting island that drifts from port to port, with some sort of semi-predictable schedule, even!) where weird things happen on an nearly continual basis.
  • Adults Are Useless: Aside from being a source of spells, the teachers generally serve little purpose, with it constantly falling upon your party's shoulders to solve every issue that arises.
  • All Men Are Perverts: One of the first things the male students do is band together to steal all of the girls' food and laundry, based on the notion that this will keep them from 'overeating' and force them to wash their remaining clothes in the buff. This plot point is notably absent from the Saturn version.
  • Arranged Marriage: Senia's father attempted to force her into one, leading her to become a Runaway FiancĂ©.
  • Big Eater: Lena, to the point where she agrees to attend the school purely because they offered free food.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Between Senia and Azu - also an Interspecies Romance since Senia is a beastwoman and Azu is a regular human.
  • Damsel in Distress: Elenora repeatedly ends up in this role.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Ellie specializes in Fire magic, Ant and Winn specialize in Ice, and Senia has Lightning.
  • Floating Continent: Iyen Island, the main setting of the game, is able to move over the water. The island makes stops at different locales, broadening the types of adventures the heroes can get into.
  • Floating Mask: D, the personification of Demon Castle D, manifests as a mask. Naturally, its design changes between the Game Gear and Saturn versions.
  • Gaiden Game: Both versions of the game have a smaller scope and gentler tone than the other games in the series.
  • Ghost Ship: In one of the new chapters in the Saturn version, the heroes explore a ghost-riddled shipwreck on a cursed island.
  • Graduate from the Story: As to be expected in a game about school, in the end the characters leave to seek their fortunes in the world at large. Ellie and Lena (and Blade in Magic School) get accepted to continue their studies in Vane.
  • Height Angst: Lena is a bit sensitive about her height. Naturally, this leads to Ant teasing her about it.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Barua takes an immediate interest in Winn, and repeatedly attempts to claim him for herself.
  • Item Crafting: Light Water, Protect Water and Mystery Water do nothing on their own, but can be combined with various herbs to make different items. This only applies to Walking School, as items were completely removed from Magic School.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Old Glen gets some time to reassure and comfort the heroes before passing away from their wounds.
  • Onscreen Chapter Titles: Both the Game Gear and Saturn versions feature these, though the chapter titles vary between them.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Memphis manages to steal the power of the Blue Dragon, he gets a transformation to go with it. Unfortunately for him, he can't hold onto that power long, turning into a Clipped-Wing Angel in the process.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: In Magic School, this is the relationship between Memphis and Glen.
  • Regenerating Mana: Simply standing around lets you recover MP, and upgrading your robes increases the regeneration rate. Defending also restores your MP.
  • Rich Bitch: Layla, a stuck-up magic school upperclasswoman.
  • The Rival: Ant and his two cronies seem to think that hassling the heroines is their mission in life.
  • Secret Test: When they first arrive, the students are put through one as an entrance exam, where the island appears to be uninhabited. This leads directly to the boys banding together to steal the girls' food and extra clothing, without suffering any punishment from the teachers after The Reveal. Notably removed from the Updated Re-release.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Ellie gets a new, more heroic looking outfit in the last two chapters of the remake.
  • Straw Misogynist: Your rival Ant and his friends quickly establish themselves to be condescendingly sexist twerps. Iason, the Dojo teacher, is also obsessed with manhood.
  • Squishy Wizard: As all of your party members are spellcasters, none of them are particularly good at dealing physical damage.
  • Translation Convention: A meta example - the Japanese title of the Game Gear version, Lunar: Sanposuru Gakuen, would be more accurately (and arguably more evocatively) translated as Lunar: Strolling School. But since a higher-profile game in the series is frequently abbreviated "L:SSS", referring to this one as "L:SS" would cause confusion.
  • Updated Re-release: Magic School Lunar! heavily expands and revamps the original game, removing some events completely while replacing them with others.
  • Wizarding School: Iyen.