|Miho Kagami (Scenesys ID: 220) (ACTIVE?: Yes)|
|"The magician of light and hope flying faster than the breeze, Life Witch Joy! If you're not willing to see reason, then I'm sorry, but in the name of the Life Blessing, I will halt the threat before me!"|
|Name:||Miho Kagami||AKA:||Life Witch Joy|
|Gender:||Female||Theme:||(OC) Curse Hunters|
|School:||Seishou Public School||Grade:||9|
A transfer student from a small town near Kyoto, Miho found herself slightly out of her depth in metropolitan Tokyo, floundering with social anxiety ... until she learned that the girls in her family carry a Death Curse and a Life Blessing, each held in balance by the other, passed down from mother to daughter by her great grandmother and namesake, Miho Oujino. She decided to wield the Life Blessing for her own, and develop her knowledge and powers and skill as a magician; now, as Life Witch Joy, she defends the world from the forces of darkness, in particular those forces associated with an artifact of doom called the Shadow Jade.
Healing Powers, Super Speed, Analytical Hero, Cute Witch, Cheerful Snark, Open-Mouth-Insert-Foot, Personable Once You Get To Know Her, "Well Okay, There's One Particular Cute Girl Smiling At Me", Halfway Out Of Two Closets, Only Mostly Blind Without Her Glasses, "This Is WHO I AM!"
Blood Type: O-negative
Birthday: April 30, 2003
Likes: Close friendships, mashups, interesting combinations
Dislikes: Noise, crowds, and noisy crowds
Favorite Food: Pizza, for all the possible contrasts
Least Favorite Food: Anything that's too bland or too simple
Favorite Subject: Science
Least Favorite Subject: English, mostly
|PiD: Fantoma of the Opera!||February 16th, 2019||Lacrima, Jiaying, Ariel, Kunzite, Miho and Rei go punch an invisible vampire ghost so hard the opera house he was hiding in crumbles! But something else is amiss!? Perhaps!|
|PiD: Shadow Manor Search!||February 10th, 2019||Lacrima, Ariel, Miho, Kokoro, Rei and Kazuo and Jiaying all explore the old creepy shadowy manor place that appeared during Lacrima's birthday party in search of answers to; 'Why is Lacrima feeling so weird about it suddenly.'|
|Back On Track||January 28th, 2019||Miho invites Aki over for some after-school (after-club) jogging. Things get a little bit out of hand when they realize they have only one water bottle. Fortunately, it turns out that you can't die of embarrassment.|
|Snitches on Witches||January 19th, 2019||Masu gets caught in a witch's labyrinth and... well... learns what it's like to feel true despair. Fortunately, Rashmi, Millie and Miho arrive on the scene to rescue her at a time she needs it most. Though the scars this witch leaves could have consequences none of them yet realize...|
|Curry Worry||January 15th, 2019||Lacrima drops by Rashmi for half the curry menu in order to self medicate the feelings over watching Ryo kill Dr. Murano in 'Things You Can't Take Back'. Rashmi's familiar Chandra tries to help in various ways and Miho is there too to learn and deal with the news!|
|Puella Magi Erato reporting for duty!||January 5th, 2019||Sky Jack, Life Witch Joy and Princess Runealy meet up in the middle of a witch's labyrinth, aiming to save the captured civilians. And, with a bit of luck, a little hard work and a whole lot of skill, they manage to do just that! Additionally, they run into a brand new Puella Magi, Erato. Oh dear... Kyubey got another one.|
|Handling the Life Blessing||December 15th, 2018||Cure Tide and Life Witch Joy cross paths in the park, where Joy is figuring out another modification to her costume. She gets it ready just in time for a strange white panther-youma to attack!|
|You Can't Die of Embarassment, Can You||December 13th, 2018||Potential Content Warning: Trans and LBGT triggers, Aki and Miho go on a date and both manage to not die of blissful embarassment.|
|Youma so bad that we beat her up||December 10th, 2018||Masu runs into a Youma who DOESN'T like her. Unfortunately, she's not able to become Tarnished at the moment. Fortunately, Joy and Mara are there to save the day!|
|What Does Jade Smell Like||December 5th, 2018||Miho drops into the ECFH in her new form, heals Millie, and in general is a good friend.|
|The Tengu and the Witch||December 2nd, 2018||A crow tengu unexpectedly comes from the Night Harbor to attack Jiaying and Miho! But its accusations of wrongdoing are utter nonsense, and on top of that, it seems strangely ... corrupted. On the bright side, Miho's training in the use of the Life Blessing has paid off, and she can't wait to show it off ...|
|Biiiiggg O(resky)- Action!||November 28th, 2018||Miho Kagami goes out to look at manga, but comes home from a giant robot and also aquires a date from Aki Kurosawa. Haruna's evil plan unraveled but for the better. Maybe.|
|Mages, Mahous, and Witches||November 25th, 2018||Miho catches up with Hokuto about her Life Blessing training, and describes a decision she's made about where she wants to take her magical career.|
|Another night in!||November 24th, 2018||Unmei decides to host another big event with some friends! So of course a giant flaming tiger and other things break in and crash it. It'll be fine, though. Maybe she can stay with Lacrima for a bit? Wait. NO! MIHO! YOU CAN'T JUST TEXT MAMORU ABOUT IT!|
|New Face, Old Tales||November 9th, 2018||A Thundersmith and a Quakedancer talk for the first time in over a decade. It gets a little tense. But curry solves everything.|
|The Scent of Magic||November 8th, 2018||Millie tracks a strange minty scent to a group of trees where Miho is practicing magic. Miho quickly discovers the nature of Millie's particular ability.|
|Snakes and Stones||November 1st, 2018||The sandaconda don't want none unless you got... earth powers, apparently.|
|Processing... processing...||October 26th, 2018||Masu, Miho and Jia meet a new girl, Hotaru! And utterly TRASH her poor, innocent, harmful muffins. So cruel. So mean. So heartless.|
|Those who are Forsaken||October 19th, 2018||A night of Maeko attempting to 'help' turns into an emotional 'fight'/conversation between Maeko, Prism Princess Orange, and Life Mahou Joy! Also Maeko attempts to tempt Joy to the dark side with an offer to help but it doesn't do anything|
|A Different Set of Tai Chi||October 17th, 2018||Miho and Masu head off to a park outside of Tokyo to practice Tai Chi ... and then Masu learns the identity of that magical girl who keeps showing up to interfere with her.|
|Hauntsicord||October 13th, 2018||Lacrima's Birthday goes exactly as expected. Except for the vampire ghost.|
|I feel this meeting was fated||October 9th, 2018||Masu, while making more robots, meets Fate and Miho. The group talks about robots, VR training and meditation!|
|Joyful Practice||October 6th, 2018||Miho meets Hokuto so that the two can find out definitively whether the Minase family's methods of controlling one's energy will work with the Life Blessing.|
|Subject 23: Unbearable||September 30th, 2018|| Jupiter, Mars and Joy decide to ruin Tarnished's plans. Using the bear-necessity of tactics, they manage to purify a truly un-bear-able foe. After they bear-ly teach her a lesson, the dark magical girl has no choice but to flee.
|The Confluence||September 23rd, 2018||Something strange is behind a locked door in a Tokyo subway station, and some people investigate.|
|Magical girl movie night!||September 15th, 2018||Unmei, Miho, Lacrima and Icela have a movie night. It's fun, they watch b-movies and no one dies. Win win win.|
|How to (De-)train Your Dragon||September 13th, 2018||As all efforts to fix Lamya's collar turns fruitless, the gang goes to Lacrima's suggestion of Riventon. The collar gets fixed! Riventon gets some brownie points with some people. Lamya hears Miho and Rashmi may have found her princess. ALL IS GOOD!|
|How I Met Your Princess||September 10th, 2018||Miho Kagami finds Nakusu Miki searching worried for a book she lost. She learns she is most likely the missing princess that a dragon and a not so nice Saint are looking for.|
|Take two and call me in the morning||September 8th, 2018||Tarnished opens her own health store! Unfortunately, there are always little magical girls running around and ruining all her best plans. Sigh. Seriously?! Why would -- OH MY GOSH MERCURY'S SPINE! I'm so sorry!|
|Back to school (and other spooky subjects)||September 4th, 2018||Miho, Maria, and Jiaying chat over lunch.|
|O Strange New World||August 30th, 2018||Arina meets a couple inhabitants of Earth.|
|Catchup Time||August 30th, 2018||Miho and Hokuto chat a bit about current events, Sailor Earth, and what needs to be done to learn how to better use the Life Blessing.|
|Fate and Romance||August 29th, 2018||Fate heads to the ECFH to deliver an invitation, and finds Miho there. They strike up a conversation, and happen to bring up a difficult subject: Fate's feelings for Nanoha.|
|Nature of Hope||August 26th, 2018||Alexis meets Miho at the ECFH to talk about recent events and give some advice... and introduce someone.|
|Nature of Consequences||August 25th, 2018||A visit to the farmers' market is interrupted in the worst possible way by someone seemingly seeking retribution-- only for everything that has happened to Alexis in the past month to suddenly make so much more sense.|
|An upgrade... technically||August 23rd, 2018||Tarnished performs her first experiment with the roboyouma. Turns out dark energy and red bull don't mix. Oops. Thankfully, Alex and Miho are able to put a stop to it before it becomes a danger to normal folk.|
|Naru's paints||August 21st, 2018||(CW: One instance of quickly-corrected misgendering) Masu meet Naru, Miho and eventually Mamoru in the park. There, they discover her deep, dark secret... Will their friendship survive?!! Yes. Yes it will. I mean, this is Mahou-mush, not emo kids and their enemies mush.|
|Post-Ryo Healing||August 21st, 2018||After getting stabbed by Ryo during The Legend of St. George and the Dragon (pt. 1), Lamya flies to the ECFH. It takes Life Mahou Joy and Asclepius working together to heal her -- and to break the order he gave her.|
|The Doctor Is IN||August 18th, 2018||Mamoru's back in his body and has had a week to recover, and people come by. The conversation ends with a new rule being instituted in the ECFH: Coffins are BYOC.|
|Recovery... Or lack thereof.||August 17th, 2018||After The Nature of a Hero, Rashmi, Miho and Lacrima all come 1) Make sure that Alexis is okay 2) Explain to Lacrima what happened 3) Talk about Ryo.|
|No One Fights Like Saint George||August 15th, 2018||Lacrima invites some friends for a picnic. Ryo has other deadlier ideas.|
|The Pen is mightier than the wand||August 14th, 2018||Unmei and Miho hang out at her place... and Unmei realises she's an IDIOT!|
|Roof muffins||August 14th, 2018||Some chatting on the ECFH roof about Erf, Princesses, dragon slaying, purification and muffins. Amongst other things.|
|The Nature of a Hero||August 14th, 2018||(CW: German cursing) Alexis' frustrations and anger reach their apex, and Rashmi and Miho have to stop him from making the biggest mistake of his life.|
|Ends of the Earth||August 12th, 2018||Part Three of Three: When everyone wakes up in the false reality, Sailor Earth flips out and turns into a seriously giant Witch, trapping Mamoru's soul inside her and everyone else in her Labyrinth.|
|Mirai's Last Dance||August 11th, 2018||Part Two of Three: After stealing Mamoru's soul and combining it with her Jewel Seed and three Grief Seeds, Sailor Earth plunges the world into a false version of the Golden Kingdom and holds a grand ball in her own honor as Empress Endymion.|
|Spears, shakes and life choices||August 8th, 2018||After a harsh day of training, Kyouko and Unmei get some nice smoothies. There they meet Miho and Unmei learns something new...|
|Seeking One (1) Haunting||August 7th, 2018||In Which Rashmi and Friends Follow Ridiculous Directions to the Palaces and Are Joined By a Ghost and Some Shitennou|
|Thank You All For Coming To My Dead Talk||August 5th, 2018||After Sailor Earth ganks Mamoru's sailor crystal, his body is transferred to the Palaces and Life Mahou Joy pours her healing energy into restarting his heart.|
|Hello Darkness, My New Friend||August 5th, 2018||The morning after Thank You All For Coming To My Dead Talk, Miho and the others wake up in Kunzite's palace just in time for Mamoru to show up in ghost-form. Then something even more surprising happens!|
|Oh Brothers!||August 4th, 2018||Part One of Three: Sailor Earth tries to make Kukai Souma's brothers into her new Shitennou. When a Barrier cuts her off from the Earth for a second time, she just solves her power problem by stealing Mamoru's soul. Oops.|
|Triage||July 30th, 2018||Kyouko isn't used to ribs that don't heal on their own, so Life Mahou Joy gives her a hand.|
|Nature of Justice||July 28th, 2018||(WARN: MGS reference overflow, Stahlritter has a potty mouth and Hulda is a horrible manipulative bi--) The agents of TEDDY BE-- er, I mean, a group of Mahou join Stahlritter in Metal Gear Solid-ing up a suspected Raskoph Compound to try and find some answers on what the Raskophs are up to. They don't find anything fun, and Stahlritter almost loses it.|
|Going Batty!||July 25th, 2018||Life Mahou Joy teams up with Cure Tide against a bat-youma! And then Miho puts her foot in her mouth. Again.|
|Opening doors and meeting people.||July 21st, 2018||Jiaying's plans never survive contact with anything. Miho gets new powers, Jia gets to sleep for a while. Plans to take Sora and Norie on a tour were ruined.|
|Just Go Home, Ryo!||July 18th, 2018||Ryo Okana starts stuff with Alexis Raskoph. Then a bunch of others get involved. Uh oh!|
|In 'N Out||July 10th, 2018||After asking Rashmi if she happened to have a way to get in contact with Virtue, Miho finds herself crammed into a booth at the Game Crown, given a new special phone, pep talks, fries, cake, and friends. Two of whom she is now out to. And somehow, this helps her feel better about mahouing in general!|
|The Great Gull---Girlfriend Conspiracry Committee!||July 9th, 2018||Haruna and Hannah try to plot dumb for Aki's blind date with Miho. Miho is super less than impressed. WAY WAY less than.|
|Green and Mint||July 1st, 2018||Miho and Moriko meet in the Park, and have a chat about magic and trans stuff.|
|Virtuous Advice||June 25th, 2018||Miho stops by the ECFH and talks to Kyouko and Naru about how to handle the pressure of being magical.|
|Everything's Patching Up Rashmis.||June 21st, 2018||After the events of Dark Knights and Stars, Miho comes to the ECFH to heal an extremely hurting Rashmi, and in the process calm an extrmely agitated Stahlritter. Success, and Miho learns more stuff, lots of which can boil down to 'Mahou Theory Is Complicated'|
|Shadows of Jade||June 13th, 2018||Cute Witch Kazeko defeats a leftover Shiniko familiars that had been buffed up by a shard of the Shadow Jade, almost before Miho and Rashmi arrive on the scene. Miho and Lamya meet for the first time. (Miho is definitely human.)|
|A Visit to Manor De Crima||June 10th, 2018||Miho pays a long-overdue visit to Lacrima and Jiaying's home. They discuss Miho's powers, and whether she should become the transforming kind of magical girl.|
|Cursed with a Blessing||June 3rd, 2018||Hokuto Minase shows Miho Kagami the fruits of her research into the Shadow Jade over lunch, and Miho wields the Life Blessing for the first time. Jiaying Maki shows up, and is energetic. Miho discovers she's wracked with indecision about whether she wants to become a magical girl.|
|The Perfect CrimeDATE. I MEAN DATE.||May 24th, 2018||Haruna Kurosawa follows up with Miho Kagami after the incident with the weird eel monster. Tells the story of Scorn and Featherfall, and then tries to setup the perfect crimeDATE. She means date, for sister Aki with Miho. Maybe.|
|Seafood Soup||May 20th, 2018||Miho feels something pulling her towards the pier; it turns out to be a youma buffed up by a piece of black jade! Jiaying, Hokuto, and Haruna rescue her, but not before Miho's left arm starts leaking wisps of shadow exactly like the shard, and her right hand starts glowing.|
|Branching Out!||May 1st, 2018||Jiaying and Miho run into Nanoha's new family venture-- a mobile bakery cart on a bike! They talk about the 'M-word'. (Magic!). Pastries are had!|
|Frats & Vampires||April 26th, 2018||Miho visits the ECFH, meets 'Maria', Rashmi and Alexis. Finds out Maria is a vampire. Finds out about Intelligent Devices. And finds out Sailor V is real! (A real jerk!).|
|Internal Screaming Ice Cream||April 21st, 2018||It does, in fact, start in an ice cream parlour. The ice cream never stops. Neither does the internal screaming.|
|The Park is Safe||April 20th, 2018||Kyouko and Naru walk through the park and consider how safe it is these days. Then they meet Miho.|
|Club Conumdrums and New Friendly Faces||April 12th, 2018||New transfer student Miho Kagami meets Sora Hisakata and Maria Hanazawa. They discuss clubs and being new to the area. Just wait till she sees King Penguin Park's giant penguin slide.|
|A Text Conversation (Miho Kagami)||June 3rd, 2018||After meeting with Hokuto and Jiaying, Miho texts a few of her friends (and Haruna) about her newfound powers.|
|Crossed Arms (Miho Kagami)||May 21st, 2018||Miho has always had a habit of crossing her arms and grasping her left arm with her right whenever she's worried or nervous (which was all the time, after she moved to Tokyo). The day after her first close encounter with a youma, she learns where she got it from, and gets a faint inkling as to why.|
|An Ordinary, Strange Arrival (Miho Kagami)||April 10th, 2018||A faint ripple of power was detected on the afternoon of April 10th, as "something" entered Tokyo and began reacting with the magical energies surrounding the city. The cause is unclear; is it Light? Is it Dark? The readings are confusing when they aren't outright self-contradictory.|
Sora Hisakata: A friend she met at school. As Cute Witch Kazeko, she's kind of scary when she knows she's in a Time-Space Barrier. Currently in possession of the second shard, which had buffed up one of the leftover familiars. Participated in the Night Harbor rescue, and during the first fight with Sailor Earth, Miho figured out that she was actually previously the Shadow Witch; she doesn't like to talk about it. Later, Miho came out to Kazeko as trans, and then Kazeko came out to Miho as Sora.
Norie Okana: Miho met her at the same time as Sora, in her "Maria Hanazawa" disguise; Miho subsequently learned at the ECFH that she's the vampire Lacrima and also Norie Okana, but Miho was left with the impression that she has things well in hand, and she helped reassure Miho about the presence of monsters. Helped rescue Miho from the Night Harbor. As a creature of darkness, Lacrima is somewhat afraid of Miho's fairly potent purification powers, and justifiably so; Miho feels very guilty about this, and frustrated that she can't heal Lacrima's injuries. Miho came out to her (and everyone else in the room) shortly before Noroiko manifested for the first time.
Naru Osaka: A friend she met at the park; Miho called her "senpai." Felt like an easy friendship, once the situation relaxed. Kind of an uncompromising cynical pragmatist about the question of whether to henshin.
Kyouko Sakura: Naru's girlfriend, who Miho overheard talking about monsters, and who initially intimidated Miho. Unsurprisingly, she is also an uncompromising cynical pragmatist; Miho no longer wonders how they're together. Miho came out to her (and everyone else in the room) shortly before Noroiko manifested for the first time.
Mamoru Chiba: Possibly one of the bigwigs among the good guys, now that she knows that "good guys" and "monsters" are a thing. (Thanks, Kyouko!) He then proceeded to destroy any possibility that Miho would be intimidated by him, using a mixture of ice cream and flirting with one of his boyfriends (literally a mixture). Miho came out to him in a text a while later. Not long after, when his soul was stolen by Sailor Earth, Miho "healed" his body so that it woudln't just decompose while they were waiting to get his soul back.
Rashmi Terios: A friend Miho met at the ECFH. She helped reassure Miho's concerns about the presence of monsters. Great cook, too. Miho got a good look at Nicomachea and how Rashmi operates when she called her in for backup to deal with the second shard. She is also the first person who Miho healed; Rashmi hugged her afterward. Helped Miho join Virtue, and Miho came out to her as trans. Miho hasn't yet noticed that she feels kind of protective towards Rashmi.
Alexis Raskoph: Norie's surrogate brother, aka the Belkan Knight Stahlritter. Intimidating, and kind of mysterious. Still, he's one of the reasons LacriNorie has things well in hand, and he helped get Rashmi to the ECFH when she got injured, so he can't be that bad. Miho and Rashmi were worried that he's kind of getting lost in revenge, but they managed to talk him down from actually killing someone; this turned out to be a plot by his mother. Miho really cares about him, in spite of the roughness.
Hulda Raskpoh: Alex's Eclipse-mom. Straight-up manipulative bad guy. Has some vague connection to Rashmi? Maybe???
Hope: Alex's adorable corgi. Yes good.
Nanoha Takamachi: Helped run a food cart (well ... bicycle) for her family's pastry and coffee shop, Midori-ya.
Jiaying Maki: One of Norie's housemates, and Sora's girlfriend. Miho met her briefly at the Midori-ya cart; later, Jiaying helped rescue Miho from the eel-youma buffed up by the first shard. She's a little too energetic for Miho's comfort-level, kind of reckless, and oh god has she been clued in to the fact that Miho is trans by her perpetual voice-troubles!? Her recklessness seems to have caused her to get KO'd and transformed into ... a two-tailed fox during the Night Harbor incident.
Haruna Kurosawa: Helped rescue Miho from the eel-youma, and landed the finishing blow. Even more energetic than Jiaying. Now she wants to set Miho up with her sister Aki, of all things. (Miho knows about the Scorn business.) Her antics with Hannah have left Miho very unhappy, to say the least.
Corvus: Haruna's seagull friend/"familiar" from her Scorn days. He and Miho very much see eye to eye about Haruna's ... excesses.
Hannah Sharpe: AKA Miss White. Engaged to Haruna, and hopes to bring out Miho's inner "ladykiller." Apparently intends to enable Haruna's stupid plan of "Aki TOTALLY needs to save Miho from something horrible" by apparently sending a youma after Miho or something!? Miho now hates them both. On the other hand, as Life Witch Joy, Miho can handle herself.
Lamya: Norie's other housemate. A dragon who has trouble humaning. Successfully resisted the urge to touch the second shard with her bare hands.
Kukai Souma: The (figure)head of Virtue. Definitely a cool dude; helped Miho feel a lot better about henshining. Miho's out to him, too.
Ryo Okana: Norie's older biological brother and Absolute Jerk™ who ... is also a reincarnation of some Absolute Jerk™ knight!? Miho refuses to dignify him with honorifics, and usually just calls him that boy. It became worse when he injured Norie and subsequently Lamya in ways they couldn't heal from.
Aki Kurosawa: They had a couple of fights alongside each other, first against a bat-youma and later against a Terribad, and developed a slight mutual crush. They have gone on one (1) date so far. They're trying to avoid Haruna finding out for now, because she would gloat.
Sailor Earth: Miho hated her more than anyone else, but, well ... she's not going to be a trouble for anyone now. She also destroyed Miho's capacity for being intimidated.
Riventon: They only met once; Miho's kind of ... annoyed with him over Sailor Earth, tempered both by the fact that he tried to apologize in a hamfisted way and by his subsequent help with Lamya.
Unmei: Another trans girl! Has magical "transforming into 'fully female'" powers even without henshin. Suddenly became excited about something while Miho was visiting her.
Fate T. Waldia: A princess from outer space! Well ... adopted princess. Seems to be in love with Nanoha. Miho's advice on romance was to describe how she came out as trans to her own parents. And ... that seems to have worked, so yeah!
Ami Mizuno: Miho hasn't had many chances to talk to her, but she feels sort of like a kindred spirit.
Masu Yogoshi: An empath who seems to be very new at magical stuff in general, though they met at a very ... bad time for Miho. Helped Miho with sun-style tai chi.
Tarnished: A self-absorbed jerk who can't see past her own self-righteousness. Nowhere near as bad as Ryo, though. The dark energy glitter bomb, however, was awesome.
Nakusu Miki: Looks like we found Lamya's princess! She's definitely a smart one. Miho definitely wants to get to know her better.
Kokoro Akakuma: One of the "gang" that includes Rashmi, Alex, and Lacrima. Kind of coarse, but Miho doesn't mind so much.
Maeko: A mysterious and kind of worrying doll. Connected somehow to a girl named Misa? Looks like we have another Lacrima-esque situation on hand, although at least in her case purification-attacks aren't actually deadly.
Prism Keeper Orange: Helped her fight Maeko.
Hotaru Kimika: Excitable girl. Terrible cook. Miho was better-judged than those around her simply because her social anxiety prevented her from straight-up objecting to the food.
Noroiko: An evil fox-spirit inside Miho's curse??? And she referred to Miho's alter ego as "Life Mage Joy" for some reason.
Miho Kagami (賀上 命歩 Kagami Miho) is the daughter of ordinary parents, Souichirou Kagami and Kanna Kagami (née Takahashi). She was born and raised in Nishimura, a small village an hour away from Kyoto in the opposite direction from Tokyo. It was peaceful and quiet, and the school didn't even have a whole lot of students in each class. Towards the beginning of middle school, Miho figured out that she was a trans girl; of course, once she made the discovery, she felt as though that it had always been the case, that the knowledge that she was a girl had always been just beneath the surface, waiting for her to find it. "Miho" had been one of the feminine names her mother had considered before she was born, after her own grandmother, Miho Oujino (陰地野 命歩 Oujino Miho).
Her parents were very loving and supportive, almost to the point of overwhelming her, but it was essentially one big complication in her life. If nothing else, it severely exacerbated her troubles with maintaining friendships, and as her third year of middle school approached, she eventually ran out of friends altogether.
... And then Souichirou Kagami was transferred to Tokyo for his job, leaving Miho completely uprooted.
But that's just on the mundane side of things.
The Shadow Jade
When Miho Kagami's great grandmother Miho Oujino was ten years old, she was kidnapped by a spider-demon named Kagekumo, who wanted to use her as a sacrifice in order to free a fox-spirit named Noroiko and activate a powerful artifact of doom called the Shadow Jade. A group of magical girls rescued her, among them one called Life Mahou Wonder, but when Wonder blasted the Shadow Jade with a magical attack, it shattered, sending beams of curse-energy and shards of black jade flying. One beam hit Miho Oujino, inflicting her with a Death Curse. It was a simple curse: as soon as she turned twenty, she would become consumed by darkness and die, and that was if she was lucky to wake up at all. The heroes were unable to remove it altogether, and instead cancelled it out by implanting a Life Blessing, Life Mahou Wonder's specialty.
Miho Oujino was unconscious the whole time, and never learned the full truth of what happened that night. She turned twenty, and both the Death Curse and the Life Blessing faded as her heart became closed to the fantastic. Unknown to both herself and the Curse Hunters, however, she passed both the curse and the blessing on, from mother to daughters, and eventually to Miho Kagami.
What's more, the cancelling-out was not perfect. There was still a chance that the Death Curse would predominate over the Life Blessing; the Life Blessing would prevent its host from dying, but the Death Curse would probably corrupt Miho into some sort of evil being. On the other hand, there was also a chance that the Life Blessing would predominate, granting Miho powers with which to fight the darkness -- although the Death Curse's presence would still leave her somewhat corruptible. On the other hand, if the Death Curse were to be drained completely, the Life Blessing would probably spiral out of control into some sort of fountain of chaotic energy; either way, both the Curse and the Blessing are
Direct access to the Death Curse would help any villains who knew about the Shadow Jade in searching for the shards, which really want to get put back together. In practice, this mostly means a random youma (of any variety) will find a shard, get buffed up, and will be influenced by the shard and by Noroiko to use the connection to draw Miho to it.
Eventually, Kagekumo was able to capture Miho. Realizing that she wasn't alone anymore, and that she owed it to all the friends who had protected her to protect them in turn, Miho used this epiphany as a motive to allow the Life Blessing to awaken fully within her, transforming her into the magical warrior Life Mahou Joy. Much later, she developed her control over the Life Blessing and discovered that her henshin was malleable, allowing her to become more of a magician, Life Witch Joy.
... the fully physically female magical warrior Life Witch Joy. Miho is still trying to figure out how she feels about that, but she kind of wishes she had access to some magic that would enable her to "be fully female" more often.
And then ... right after the worst night of her life, a shadowy fox named Noroiko popped out of Miho's curse and pronounced her doom.