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The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first light novel
(Gakusen Toshi Asutarisuku)
Genre Action, Harem[1][2]
Light novel
Written by Yū Miyazaki
Illustrated by Okiura
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint MF Bunko J
Original run September 25, 2012 – present
Volumes 14
Written by Yū Miyazaki
Illustrated by Ningen
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run May 27, 2013August 27, 2016
Volumes 5
Anime television series
Directed by Kenji Seto
Produced by Isao Sato
Masahito Ikemoto
Masayuki Nishide
Shousei Ito
Soichiro Umemoto
Yōsuke Futami
Youhei Hayashi
Written by Munemasa Nakamoto
Yukito Kizawa
Yukie Sugawara
Music by Rasmus Faber
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original network Animax, Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, ABC, CBC
Original run October 3, 2015 June 18, 2016
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
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The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (Japanese: 学戦都市アスタリスク, Hepburn: Gakusen Toshi Asutarisuku, lit. "Academy Battle City Asterisk") is a Japanese light novel series written by Yū Miyazaki, and illustrated by Okiura. Media Factory has published ten volumes since September 25, 2012, under their MF Bunko J imprint. The series was later serialized from January 2013 in Media Factory's seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive where it was adapted into a manga. The artwork for the manga has been done by Ningen, three volumes have been collected into tankōbon. Eventually an anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures was made which began airing on October 3, 2015. The anime aired for two seasons at twelve episodes each from October 3, 2015, to June 18, 2016.[3][4] Other media adaptations include a video game called The Asterisk War: Houka Kenran which was released in Japan on January 28, 2016.

It has been licensed by Aniplex of America in North America.


In the 21st century, Earth is in a rapidly declining economic state and the Integrated Enterprise Foundation (統合企業財体, Tōgō Kigyō Zaitai, also "Integrated Empire Foundation"), a megacorporation, is created after the impact event Invertia (落星雨 (インヴェルティア), Inverutia) destroyed most of the planet's cities and resulted in humans gaining superpowers to become the Genestella (星脈世代ジェネステラ, Jenesutera). The city of Rikka (六花), also called Asterisk, has six academies where the Genestella participate in tournaments called "Festas" (星武祭 (フェスタ), Fesuta). Battle performances at Seidoukan Academy (星導館学園, Seidōkan Gakuen), the city's fifth top-ranking academy, are falling significantly and student council president, Claudia Enfield, is determined to find a solution. Kirin Toudou is the academy's top fighter, but Claudia, as well as Lieseltanian princess, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, are close behind.

Meanwhile, Ayato Amagiri investigates the disappearance of his sister, Haruka, a former student at Seidoukan. During his first day at the academy, Ayato is forced to fight Julis after discovering her half-dressed when returning her handkerchief to her. Claudia voids their duel and enrolls Ayato in Seidoukan. After rescuing Julis from a plot to cripple the Phoenix Festa, he sets out to become her protector and close friend. Eventually, Ayato wins against Kirin and is named the new top student at the academy. After Ayato participates in the Phoenix Festa with Julis to solve Seidoukan's performance crisis, they continue to participate in various Festas and also fight threats outside of the academy.


Seidoukan Academy[edit]

Ayato Amagiri (天霧 綾斗, Amagiri Ayato)
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Erik Scott Kimerer (English)
Ayato is the top student at Seidoukan Academy, nicknamed <Murakumo>. He wields the <Ser-Veresta>, with which he shows too high an affinity. He transfers to Seidoukan Academy to investigate his sister's disappearance and to figure out what he is supposed to do (he later says that it is to protect Julis).
Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld (ユリス=アレクシア・フォン・リースフェルト, Yurisu-Arekushia Fon Rīsuferuto)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Japanese); Kira Buckland (English)
Julis is the pink-haired fifth top-ranking student of Seidōkan Academy, also known as <Glühen Rose>, and is the First Princess of Lieseltania, a small country located in western Czech Republic. Her full name is Julis-Alexia Marie Florentia Renate von Riessfeld. She wields a rapier-type lux called <Aspera Spina> which she uses during the Phoenix tournament and bears the image of a flower for her power - control over flames. However, due to the last battle during the Phoenix Festa, Julis begins using a new rapier, <Nova Spina>.
Claudia Enfield (クローディア・エンフィールド, Kurōdia Enfīrudo)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)
Claudia is the blond-haired second top-ranking student of Seidoukan Academy and its Student Council President. She recommends Ayato's transfer to the academy. She has held the position of Student Council President since junior high and wants to win the Gryps to make her wish came true. She uses <Pan-Dora>, an Ogre Lux which allows her to see into the future during duels
Saya Sasamiya (沙々宮 紗夜, Sasamiya Saya)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams (English)
The blue-haired daughter of Soichi and Kaya Sasamiya, Saya is Ayato's childhood friend. She moved abroad six years ago due to her father's career. She seems to be an air-headed stoic who has trouble waking up in the morning and is directionally-challenged. She uses a 38th generation Lux grenade launcher Helnekrom but later switches to a type 41 Gleaming.
Kirin Toudou (刀藤 綺凛, Tōdō Kirin)
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa (Japanese); Brianna Knickerbocker (English)
Kirin is a silver-haired student and a student at Seidoukan Academy. She is a shy and quiet girl who becomes the academy's top student as a 13-year-old and has not lost to anyone until Ayato challenges her a second time.
Eishirou Yabuki (夜吹 英士郎, Yabuki Eishirō)
Voiced by: Yūma Uchida (Japanese); Max Mittelman (English)
Eishirou is Ayato's roommate. Well known as a member of the academy's newspaper club, he's also a member of the Shadow Star, a secret police force that works for the Integrated Enterprise Foundation (which is essentially the world government).
Lester MacPhail (レスター・マクフェイル, Resutā Makufeiru)
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
Lester is the ninth highest-ranking student at Seidoukan Academy. He is ranked 5th until Julis defeats him. His Lux is an axe named Bardiche Leo.
Silas Norman (サイラス・ノーマン, Sairasu Nōman)
Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
Randy Hooke (ランディ・フック, Randi Fukku)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Kobushi (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)
Kyōko Yatsuzaki (八津崎 匡子, Yatsuzaki Kyōko)
Voiced by: Yūko Kaida (Japanese); Johanna Luis (English)
Kyōko is the homeroom teacher of year 1 class 3. She is a former student of Le Wolfe and a Strega who led Le Wolfe's group to Le Wolfe's only Gryps victory.

St. Galahadsworth School[edit]

Ernest Fairclough (アーネスト・フェアクロフ, Ānesuto Feakurofu)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)
The President of St. Galahadsworth Academy, holder of title <The Holy Knight>. He is the leader of the Team Lancelot in the Gryps Festa. His device is <Lei-Glems>
Laetitia Blanchard (レティシア・ブランシャール, Retishia Buranshāru)
Voiced by: Saori Onishi
The Vice-President of St. Galahadsworth Academy, known as <holy Woman> or <Witch of Light Wings>. She is also a member of Team Lancelot.
Elliot Forster
A young prodigy, Elliot Forster, also known as <Shining Sword (Claíomh Solais)>, St. Garrardsworth’s rank #6.

Jie Long Seventh Institute[edit]

Fan Xinglu (范 星露, Fan Shinrū)
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
Inheriting the title <Divine Revelations>, she is the young president of the Jie Long Seventh Institute.
Li Shenyun (黎沈雲, Rī Shen'yun)
Voiced by: Satsumi Matsuda (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English)
Li Shenhua (黎沈華, Rī Shenfa)
Voiced by: Risae Matsuda (Japanese); Lauren Landa (English)
Zhao Hufeng (趙虎峰, Jao Fūfon)
Voiced by: Juri Kimura
Song Ran (宋然, Son Ran)
Voiced by: Eiichiro Tokumoto
Luo Kunzhan (羅坤展, Ruo Kunzan)
Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami

Arlequint Academy[edit]

Ernesta Kühne (エルネスタ・キューネ, Erunesuta Kyūne)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese); Cassandra Lee Morris (English)
A student from Arlequint Academy and leader of Pygmalion (Sculptor Faction).
Camilla Pareto (カミラ・パレート, Kamira Parēto)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
A student from Arlequint Academy and member of Ferrovious (Lions Faction).
Shuma Sakon (左近洲馬, Sakon Shūma)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese); Lucien Dodge (English)
AR-D (アルディ, Arudi)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)
RM-C (リムシィ, Rimushi)
Voiced by: Haruka Yoshimura (Japanese); Laura Post (English)
Hilda Jane Rowlands (ヒルダ・ジェーン・ローランズ, Hiruda Jeen Rooranzu)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English)

Rewolf Black Institute[edit]

Dirk Eberwein (ディルク・エーベルヴァイン, Diruku Ēberuvain)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (English)
The student council president of Rewolf Black Institute.
Korona Kashimaru (樫丸ころな, Kashimaru Korona)
Voiced by: Moe Toyota
<The Tyrant>'s secretary, she has the ability to predict the future using cards.
Irene Urzaiz (イレーネ・ウルサイス, Irēne Urusaisu)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
Rewolf's third-ranking student. Former owner of <Gravi-Sheath>.
Priscilla Urzaiz (プリシラ・ウルサイス, Purishira Urusaisu)
Voiced by: Juri Nagatsuma (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos (English)
Irene's younger sister. She has the ability to heal herself and provides blood for the <Gravi-Sheath>.
Ophelia Landlufen (オーフェリア・ランドルーフェン, Ōferia Randorūfen)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese); Ryan Bartley (English)
An artificial Genestella and a childhood friend of Julis.
Moritz Nessler (モーリッツ・ネスラー, Mōrittsu Nesurā)
Voiced by: Masayuki Kato
Gerd Schiele (ゲルト・シーレ, Geruto Shīre)
Voiced by: Kenichiro Matsuda

Queenvail Girls' Academy[edit]

Sylvia Ryuneheim (シルヴィア・リューネハイム, Shiruvia Ryūnehaimu)
Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
Also known as "Melodious Witch" (戦律の魔女 (シグルドリーヴァ), Shiguru Dorīva) and The Supreme Songstress, as the world's top idol, she is the Student Council President and the top student of Queenvail Girls' Academy who is very persistent.


Light novels[edit]

The series is written by Yū Miyazaki and illustrated by Okiura. It is published by Media Factory. The first volume was released in September 2012, and as of April 2018, fourteen volumes have been released.[5][6] Yen Press licensed the novels for publication in North America.[7] The first English volume was released on August 30, 2016.[8]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 September 25, 2012[5]ISBN 978-4-04-066697-6August 30, 2016[8]ISBN 9780316315272
2 January 25, 2013[9]ISBN 978-4-04-066698-3December 20, 2016[10]ISBN 9780316398589
3 May 24, 2013[11]ISBN 978-4-04-067093-5April 18, 2017[12]ISBN 9780316398602
4 September 25, 2013[13]ISBN 978-4-84-015417-8August 22, 2017[14]ISBN 9780316398626
5 March 25, 2014[15]ISBN 978-4-04-066311-1December 19, 2017[16]ISBN 9780316398657
6 June 25, 2014[17]ISBN 978-4-04-066779-9April 24, 2017[18]ISBN 9780316398671
7 November 25, 2014[19]ISBN 978-4-04-067168-0August 21, 2018[20]ISBN 9780316398695
8 May 25, 2015[21]ISBN 978-4-04-067609-8December 11, 2018[22]ISBN 9780316398718
9 September 25, 2015[23]ISBN 978-4-04-067779-8March 19, 2019[24]ISBN 9781975302801
10 March 25, 2016[25]ISBN 978-4-04-068033-0
11 August 25, 2016[26]ISBN 978-4-04-068415-4
12 August 25, 2017[27]ISBN 978-4-04-069337-8
13 March 24, 2018[28]ISBN 978-4-04-069613-3
14 April 25, 2018[6]ISBN 978-4-04-069614-0


A manga adaptation by Ningen was published from 2013 to 2016 and has been compiled into five volumes. It was released in English by Yen Press.[7] A manga adaptation of the spinoff Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Gaiden: Queenveil no Tsubasa novels by Shou Akane premiered in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in August 2014, and ended in September 2016.[29] The spinoff manga adaptation was collected in four volumes.

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 22, 2014[30]ISBN 9784040662749July 26, 2016[31]ISBN 9780316315289
2 November 22, 2014[32]ISBN 9784040662749October 25, 2016[33]ISBN 9780316398763
3 September 19, 2015[34]ISBN 9784040678054March 21, 2017[35]ISBN 9780316502757
4 March 23, 2016[36]ISBN 9784040682228June 20, 2017[37]ISBN 9780316471732
5 September 23, 2016[38]ISBN 9784040685489September 19, 2017[39]ISBN 9780316473422


Directed by Manabu Ono and Kenji Seto, an anime adaptation of the series was broadcast from October 3 to December 15, 2015, with a second season following from April 2 through June 18, 2016.

Four pieces of theme music are used for the two seasons: two opening themes and two ending themes. The opening themes, "Brand-new world" and "The Asterisk War", are both performed by Shiena Nishizawa.[40][41] The first ending theme, titled "Waiting for the rain", is performed by Maaya Sakamoto,[42] while the second ending theme is "Ai no Uta (Words of Love)" (愛の詩) performed by Haruka Chisuga.[43]

Aniplex of America licensed the series for an English-language release in North and South America and simulcasted the series on Crunchyroll's streaming services.[44] Aniplex released the series on DVD and Blu-ray in four compilations, each containing 6 episodes, from September 20, 2016 to April 25, 2017.[45][46]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Original air date[47]
1"Witch of the Resplendent Flames"
"Kaen no Majo" (華焔の魔女)
October 3, 2015
At Seidoukan Academy, Ayato Amagiri, a young male Genestella, grabs a handkerchief dropped from a dormitory window. When Ayato returns it to its owner, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, he inadvertently discovers her putting her clothes on. Julis challenges Ayato to a duel, but the duel is interrupted when the Seidoukan student council president, Claudia Enfield, intervenes as Ayato is not yet officially enrolled at Seidoukan. Ayato and Claudia discuss his sister Haruka, who has disappeared and led Ayato to transfer to Seidoukan. Ayato is introduced to the class. After school, Lester MacPhail challenges Julis to a duel.
2"Ser Veresta"
"Seru Beresuta" (セル=ベレスタ)
October 10, 2015
Lester withdraws his challenge when Ayato intervenes. Julis explains that while she is a princess, she is fighting because she needs money for her country. Ayato meets up with his childhood friend Saya Sasamiya in class. Claudia appears when Saya is arguing with Julis to decide who takes Ayato on a tour around town. Julis takes Ayato on a tour with Saya. While on the tour, Julis and Saya get attacked by a hooded man and they easily defeat him. Later that day, Claudia takes Ayato to select his weapon. With Lester unable to wield the Ser Veresta, which is an Ogre Lux that Haruka previously wielded, Ayato grabs the Ser Veresta and displays his compatibility with it.
3"A Holiday for Two"
"Futari no Kyūjitsu" (二人の休日)
October 17, 2015
Ayato is asked by Claudia to find out who is responsible for the attacks that have been happening to Seidoukan students. Ayato and Julis go out on a date. Julis explains that she is fighting for money because she needs it to start up some welfare projects. The two meet with Lester demanding a rematch with Julis, but he withdraws because of his honor code. On the way home, Ayato and Julis get ambushed by Le Wolfe students. Julis easily defeats them. She discovers that a hooded man hired them to attack those Seidoukan students.
"Tokihanata Reshi Mono" (解き放たれし者)
October 24, 2015
The hooded men turn out to be robots built by Silas Norman of Arlequint. Silas's motive is to injure as many of the top fighters using his robotic fighters so that he would have an easier time winning the Phoenix Festa. Julis takes on Silas's robots, but she is overpowered by their great numbers before Ayato intervenes and rescues Julis. Ayato unleashes the power of the Ser Veresta. However, he realizes that his power only lasts for five minutes because of the shackles on his power cast by Haruka. Meanwhile, Claudia corners and captures Silas.
5"Lightning Blade Speed"
"Shippūjinrai" (疾風刃雷)
October 31, 2015
In a meeting between student council presidents, Claudia strikes an agreement with Arlequint to form a partnership in research and development. Meanwhile, Ayato bumps into Kirin Toudou, who is the highest ranking student of Seidoukan. Witnessing her uncle Kouichiro attacking her, Ayato intervenes and asks him to stop abusing her. Kouichiro accepts if he can defeat Kirin in a duel. Ayato holds back in his duel and loses to Kirin. Ayato finds out from Julis that Kirin is the top fighter in Seidoukan Academy despite her age.
6"The True Face of the Girl"
"Sugao no Shōjo" (素顔の少女)
November 7, 2015
Julis lectures Ayato for challenging Kirin, but she commends him for his actions. Ayato and Kirin have a training session together. Kirin explains that Kouichiro is an ambitious man who is plotting to use her to become a board member of the executive committee. Kirin also explains that she is fighting for her father, Seijiro, who was detained after using magic in self-defense. During the training session, Ayato and Kirin get attacked by shapeshifting lizards and end up falling underground.
7"Decisions and Duels"
"Ketsui to Kettō" (決意と決闘)
November 14, 2015
Ayato defeats the dragon that sent the shapeshifting lizards to attack him and Kirin. While trapped underground, Kirin explains her story about Seijiro: she was held hostage by a criminal that Seijiro killed to rescue her; he was arrested as a result. The two are rescued by other people. Upon hearing that Kouichiro is using her as a pawn in his plot, Kirin decides to follow Ayato instead of her uncle. Kirin challenges Ayato to a duel. Both fighters goes all out with Ayato emerging victorious. Following the duel, Kirin decides to train with Ayato and pair up with Saya for the Phoenix Festa as both are fighting for their fathers.
8"A Holiday for Two, Part 2"
"Futari no Kyūjitsu Ni" (二人の休日②)
November 21, 2015
Saya and Kirin struggle with their teamwork during a training session. Instead of continuing their training, the two go on a shopping trip together to strengthen their bonds. Saya buys a gun from a used Lux store. Saya and Kirin head to the pool to help Kirin learn how to swim. While at the pool, Kirin accidentally bumps into Violet Weinberg of Queenvail. An enraged Violet fights Saya but is easily defeated. The next day, Saya and Kirin return to training with their teamwork greatly improved. The match selections for the Phoenix Festa are announced with Ayato and Julis not having to fight Saya and Kirin until the finals.
9"The Phoenix Festa"
"Fenikusu" (鳳凰星武祭)
November 28, 2015
Irene Urzaiz of Le Wolfe is released from prison. She is given orders by the school's student council president, Dirk Eberwein, to defeat Ayato in the Phoenix Festa. The tournament begins with Ayato and Julis quickly winning their first match with a single strike by Ayato using the Ser Veresta. Following the match, Ayato has interviews with the media. Ayato is determined to keep the time limit of the Ser Veresta a secret. In the next match, Ernesta and Camilla easily win their first match using their robots RM-C and AR-D.
10"The Tyrant Vampire Princess"
"Ramirekushia" (吸血暴姫)
December 5, 2015
Saya's father, Souichi, tells her that he has a new gun prepared for her, but it would not arrive in time for her first match. Ayato and Julis go off to get some practice. While rushing to catch Saya and Kirin's first match, they see Irene brawling in the streets. Irene approaches Ayato to pick a fight with him, but her sister Priscilla arrives to apologize. Saya and Kirin win their first match. Ayato and Julis win their second match with only Julis attacking. The next match has Lester and Randy against Irene and Priscilla. Irene defeats Randy. As part of the plan, Priscilla's blood is drained to power Irene's Ogre Lux, the Gravi-Sheath. However, Irene sucks blood from Priscilla to recharge her Gravi-Sheath. Irene easily defeats Lester and wins the match.
11"Power and Its Price"
"Chikara to Daishō" (力と代償)
December 12, 2015
While searching for Saya, Ayato is met by Priscilla, who is being pursued by gamblers. Ayato helps Priscilla shake her pursuers. Irene arrives and tells Ayato that they are opponents for the next match. Irene attacks Dirk for failing to ensure Priscilla's safety as part of the contract, but her attack is rebuffed. Later that day, Ayato and Julis get invited to dinner at Irene and Priscilla's apartment. Irene tells Ayato and Julis her problem. Irene owes a massive debt to Dirk. She has been gambling at the casino to help pay it off. Later that night, Ayato sneaks into Claudia's apartment to ask about Irene's weapon. He learns that Ogre Luxes can change the wielder's personality.
12"The Gravi-Sheath"
"Guravishīzu" (グラヴィシーズ)
December 19, 2015
Irene recalls the time she received the Gravi-Sheath from Dirk shortly before the fourth match with Ayato and Julis. Julis unleashes her Rafflesia attack after some strategical tactics, but Irene survives the attack. Irene sucks Priscilla's blood. The Gravi-Sheath possesses Irene and causes a massive gravity flux on the battlefield. Ayato withstands the gravity attack and destroys the Gravi-Sheath using the Reverse-gouging Shell attack to win the match. Ayato used his powers past the five minute limit that he suffers from its side effects. The side effects are now public knowledge. Dirk decides to form a partnership with Ernesta and Camilla. Priscilla lets Irene know that she will become a fighter someday to fight alongside Irene. Meanwhile, Steering Committee chairman Madiath Mesa reveals that he has a scheme. By winning, Ayato is interfering with Madiath's plan. When Julis asks Ayato if he is okay, he says he is okay. Ayato later appears to be in pain. Ayato vows to Julis that he will protect her. After that, Ayato and Julis attempt to kiss, but Claudia, Saya, and Kirin walk in interrupting them.

Season 2[edit]

No. in series No. in arc Title Original air date[47]
131"Divine Revelations"
"Banyū Tenra" (有天羅万)
April 2, 2016
Ayato and Julis fight Song Ran and Zhou Kunzhan of Jie Long. Julis creates a wall of fire to turn the match into two one-on-one battles. In a coordinated attack, Julis makes a hole in the wall. Ayato and Julis take out each other's opponents. Following the match, the maid Flora Klemm shows up in the locker room to meet Julis.
142"Corrupt Ruler"
"Akuratsu no Ō" (悪辣の王)
April 9, 2016
Julis explains her background and relationship with Flora. One day, Julis visited the orphanage Flora is from. Julis' visit improved everybody's outlooks on life. As a result, Julis explains that she is fighting in the tournament to support the orphanage. The next day, Ayato, Julis, and Flora go out on a shopping trip together. Ayato is asked by a Rewolf student to meet Dirk, who reveals that Haruka was seriously injured fighting in an illegal underground tournament called the Eclipse Festa.
153"Breaking the Memory Barrier"
"Tsuioku Tōha" (追憶闘破)
April 16, 2016
On the night before the match, Ayato and Saya recall the time they trained together with Haruka. Ayato and Saya could never beat Haruka. The match against the twins Shenyun and Shenhua of Jie Long begins with Ayato activating his powers and knowing about his time limit. Shenyun creates clones of himself to force Ayato to use up his energy. Shenyun traps Ayato in his talisman cage. Julis fights Shenhua. Following the hit Ayato took from the exploding talismans, Shenyun is about to finish off Ayato with his time limit having been reached until Julis rescues him.
164"Never Back Down"
"Yuzurenu Omoi" (譲れぬ想い)
April 23, 2016
With Ayato battered, Julis struggles to defend him as she gets chained up. In response, Ayato unlocks the second level of his seal that allows him to sustain his powers for an hour. Realizing that the attacks are illusions, Ayato closes his eyes to withstand the attack and defeats Shenhua. Ayato defeats Shenyun after extending the reach of his weapon to destroy his fireball barrage. Following the match, Saya explains that her father lost most of his body in a lab accident. Saya and Kirin begin their semifinal match against AR-D and RM-C by reading their moves, which is something all previous opponents were unable to do.
175"The Tyrant's Puppet Strings"
"Akuratsu no Kuri-ito" (悪辣の繰り糸)
April 30, 2016
Saya unleashes her Lux cannon, but AR-D's barrier reduces the damage. The two robots, AR-D and RM-C, combine and overwhelm an exhausted Saya and Kirin. Following the match, Flora is kidnapped. The captors demand that Ayato put a freeze on his Ser Veresta that would make him unable to use the weapon ever again. Claudia comes up with a plan to apply for the freeze and then to stall the process for as long as possible until Flora can be rescued. Saya and Kirin go out to search for Flora.
"Honsō" (奔走)
May 7, 2016
Ayato and Julis win their semifinal match against Elliot and Doroteo of St. Galahadworth without using Ser Veresta. Saya and Kirin continue to search around for leads with help from Eishiro. Ayato meets Irene in secret. Camilla recalls the past when she lost her limbs in a terrorist attack. Ernesta installed prosthetic limbs to replace them. Going off based on Irene's speculation, Ayato goes to Rotlicht. Rotlicht is cornered by mafia men. A mysterious girl suddenly appears.
197"Battle Song"
"Senritsu" (戦律)
May 14, 2016
Ayato and the mysterious girl escape the mafia. One person followed them. That one person is easily defeated. The mysterious girl reveals herself as the songstress Sylvia Lyyneheym. Sylvia sings a song to locate Flora. Ayato passes on her location to Saya and Kirin as they decide that they will rescue Flora themselves to allow Ayato and Julis to concentrate on their match. Saya and Kirin arrive at the hideout. Saya and Kirin are attacked by an endless army of shadows when Lester arrives to cover for them as they proceed deeper into the hideout.
208"The Phoenix Showdown"
"Fenikusu Kessen" (覇凰決戦)
May 21, 2016
In the match, Ayato and Julis form a strategy to force AR-D and RM-C to merge as quickly as possible and defeat them during the merge. During the merging process, Ayato defeats RM-C. However, Ayato fails to defeat AR-D. AR-D's transformed version makes him stronger than before. Meanwhile, Saya and Kirin rescue Flora after defeating the shadow master Wernher in a tough battle. With Flora rescued, Claudia announces the news over the microphone. Ayato activates the Ser Veresta now that the freeze has been cancelled.
219"Clinching Victory"
"Kecchaku" (決着)
May 28, 2016
Ayato and AR-D battle. Deciding that speed is the key to victory, Julis transfers her energy to the Ser Veresta. Ayato performs the Moon of Carnage technique to defeat AR-D and win the Phoenix Festa. Ayato is presented the trophy from Madiath. Meanwhile, Eishiro kills Wernher. After the battle, Ayato and Julis are congratulated. Camilla and RM-C approach Saya asking for a rematch wanting to settle things with a fair fight. Ayato makes a request to Madiath to search for Haruka. Shortly afterwards, Madiath goes his separate ways from Dirk and reveals that he is secretly in possession of Haruka's body.
"Rīzerutania" (リーゼルタニア)
June 4, 2016
Ayato, Julis, Claudia, Saya, and Kirin travel to Lieseltania for the winter break. Julis returns to her home to meet up with her brother Jolbert and sister-in-law Maria. Ayato meets up with Saya on the rooftop. Saya apologizes for cutting off communications between them when she moved away. Claudia asks everybody to form a team of five for the upcoming Gryps Festa and they accept. Later that night, the Riessfeld family puts on a ball that everybody attends. Ayato is approached by Gustave Malraux, who implores him to leave Claudia's team. Ayato refuses and is attacked by Gustave's chimera. Eventually, Ayato, Julis, Claudia, Saya, and Kirin destroy the chimera and Gustave retreats.
2311"The Lonely Strega"
"Kodoku no Majo" (孤毒の魔女)
June 11, 2016
Jolbert asks Julis to marry Ayato and reveals that she has to abandon the Gryps Festa, as Julis might not be able to handle the added political pressure with her reputation earned by winning the Phoenix Festa. Julis visits the orphanage that she wanted to save with Ayato. On the way back home, she encounters her old friend, Ophelia Landlufen. Julis and Ophelia have a duel with Ophelia's miasma attacks overpowering Julis. Ayato steps in to fight Ophelia until Gustave arrives and uses two chimeras to fight Ayato and Julis. When Claudia arrives and easily defeat the chimeras, Ophelia and Gustave flee.
"Saikai" (再会)
June 18, 2016
Ayato wakes up three days later after fighting Ophelia and is informed about her history with Julis. In a flashback, a young Ophelia befriends Julis. With the orphanage in desperate need of money, Ophelia is sold off to be experimented on by the Arlequint scientist Hilda Jane Rowlands. Ophelia is artificially made into a Genestella that wilts any plants that she approaches. Back in the present, the Lieseltanian capital is under attack by Gustave's chimeras. Gustave uses a hydra monster to attack Julis. Ayato, Julis, and Saya defeat the hydra monster while Kirin captures Gustave. With everybody heading back to Seidoukan Academy, Julis informs Jolbert of her intentions to change Lieseltania. Julis commits herself to fighting in the Gryps Festa. Back at Seidoukan Academy, Ayato sees Haruka's comatose body and encounters Hilda, who informs him that she can heal Haruka. Ayato refuses her offer and participates in the Gryps Festa.

Video game[edit]

A PlayStation Vita simulation game by Bandai Namco Games titled The Asterisk War: Houka Kenran was released in Japan on January 28, 2016.[48][49]


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