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Administrative Bureau
The coat of arms of the Administrative Bureau
Organization profile
Other namesTSAB (transliteration)
The Bureau
Time-Space Administrative Bureau
TypeInterdimensional government
LocationTSAB Headquarters
Numerous offices across administrated worlds
Established0001 (presumed)
LeaderTSAB High Council (until 0075)
Notable subdivisionsSee Structure
Japanese name時空管理局
(Jikū Kanri Kyoku)
First app.Nanoha (ep.7)

The Time-Space Administrative Bureau (時空管理局 Jikū Kanri Kyoku, officially Administrative Bureau[1]), commonly abbreviated as TSAB or the Bureau (管理局 Kanri Kyoku), is an interdimensional security force[2] formed jointly by a union of several worlds, including Midchilda, where it is based. They also monitor cultural growth and provide disaster relief to each world,[3] especially when it involves magic and Lost Logia.

In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and A's, TSAB is only scarcely represented by the Arthra but StrikerS reveals that the Time-Space Administrative Bureau is a full-out military-like force. The TSAB Main Office is located in the deep dimension space, and the TSAB Midchildan Central Office, in Cranagan. While it is mainly there to provide support for Nanoha Takamachi in the first two seasons, in the third series, Nanoha has enlisted in the organization herself and become one of the most powerful mages there, earning the nickname "Ace of Aces".


TSAB categorizes known inhabited dimensions into administrated worlds (管理世界 kanri sekai) and non-administrated worlds (管理外世界 kanrigai sekai, officially "non-management worlds"). It is present substantially on its administrated planets, where its agents act as the supreme administrative and peacekeeping power. These worlds include:

  • Midchilda (TSAB-administrated world #1)
  • Vaizen (TSAB-administrated world #3)
  • Calnarog (TSAB-administrated world #4)
  • Firstraum (TSAB-administrated world #4)
  • Alzus (TSAB-administrated world #6)
  • Fedikia (TSAB-administrated world #12)
  • Liberta (TSAB-administrated world #16)
  • Ruwella (TSAB-administrated world #23)
  • Supools (TSAB-administrated world #61)

The Bureau agents are also active in non-administrated dimensions. However, they avoid interfering with local politics and have to keep low profiles on non-magical worlds like Earth. Such worlds include:

  • Easter (Non-administrated world #18)
  • Earth (Non-administrated world #97)

Besides, the Bureau uses separate indices for uninhabited worlds (無人世界 mujin sekai), since the 6th world Alzus (administrated) has the same number as the unnamed uninhabited world No.6 (where Tre and Quattro were imprisoned after the JS Incident).[4]

Additionally, the "designated observation world (観測指定世界 kansoku shitei sekai) No.162" is visited in the StrikerS manga, but there is no further explanation on such category.



Main characters wearing branch-specific Bureau uniforms: Ground Forces (Erio, Caro), Enforcers (Fate, Teana), Tactical Instructors (Nanoha, Vita), Navy (Hayate, Rein), Special Rescue Unit (Subaru)

See also the full semantic list of the Bureau's subdivisions.
  • Administrative Bureau High Council were the secret masterminds behind the Bureau until 0075. Very few of the TSAB members even knew about their existence.
  • Administrative Bureau Main Office (本局 Honkyoku),[5] or simply "Administrative Bureau" as shown on emblems or ID cards, located in the TSAB Headquarters, coordinates the activities of various TSAB branches, as well as of Enforcers, Investigators, and Inspectors. The director of the Main Office is believed to be Midget Crowbel, one of the Three Legendary Admirals.
    • Three Legendary Admirals (三提督 San Teitoku)[5]
    • Sailing Force[5] is the TSAB branch in charge of trans-dimensional warships, such as Arthra, Claudia, and Wolfram. They have access to the most destructive technologies available to the Bureau, such as the Arc-en-ciel. Its members around 0075 included Enforcer Fate Testarossa and Admiral Chrono Harlaown.
    • Infinity Library[5] is the intelligence archive of the Bureau. Yuuno Scrya has been its librarian (later a chief librarian) since 0066.
    • Inspection Department (査察部 Sasatsu Bu)[5] is the internal audit department of the Bureau. Verossa Acous has been an Inspector under this division.
    • 4th Technical Department (第四技術部)[5] is the unit which Mariel Atenza has been working in.
    • Medical Centre (医療局 Iryō Kyoku) is the unit Shamal was assigned to before transferring to Riot Force 6.
    • Armaments Service (武装隊 Busō Tai, lit. Armed Forces)
      • Ground Armaments Service, official abbreviation GAS,[6] is the ground branch of the TSAB armed forces.[5]
      • Air Armaments Service, official abbreviation AAS,[7] is the aerial branch of the TSAB armed forces managed by the Main Office. It is considered one of the more challenging and demanding branches of service and the requirements are very high.
      • Public Relations Department (広報部 Kōhō Bu) apparently handles the public relations of the Main Office armed force. Serena Earls is its only known member thus far.
    • Training Corps (教育隊 Kyōiku Tai)[8] is the division responsible for regular training of TSAB employees. Vita is a qualified instructor of the Training Corps.
    • Marine Defense Force (海上警備部 Kaijō Keibi Bu) is the division Hayate Yagami is assigned to after the shut-down of Riot Force 6.
    • Gulf Safety Force (港湾警備隊)
      • Disaster Prevention Department (防災課), formerly Disaster Response Department (災害担当課)
        • Special Rescue Unit (特別救助隊)[9] is the subdivision specializing in rapid deployment disaster relief and search-and-rescue operations. It is where Subaru Nakajima was transferred to after Riot Force 6. It is commanded by Captain Voltz Stan and is in charge of the port areas in Southern Midchilda.
    • Threat Countermeasure Department (脅威対策室 Kyōi Taisaku Shitsu)
      • Special Duty Section 6, an Extra Force (特務機動隊(エクストラフォース) Ekusutora Fōsu) set up for special mission, is a successor organization to Riot Force 6, formed in 0081 to counter the Eclipse incident and the Hückebein family. It is once again commanded by Hayate Yagami.
    • Special Shelter (特別保護施設 Tokubetsu Hogo Shisetsu) is an institution under the Main Office that takes care and educates children with rare magical talents. Erio Mondial spent five years there before joining the Riot Force 6.
    • Orbital Prisons (軌道拘置所 Kidō Kōchisho) are high-security detention facilities orbiting uninhabited worlds where the most dangerous criminals (such as Jail Scaglietti, Uno, Tre, Quattro, and Sette) are incarcerated.
  • Administrative Bureau Midchilda Central Office[10] / Ground Headquarters (ミッドチルダ地上本部 Middochiruda Chijō Honbu, official abbreviation Mid-GH[1])
    • Capital Defense Corps (首都防衛隊) is the division in charge of defending Midchilda. Its commander until 0075 was Regius Gaiz.
    • Maritime Detention Center (海上隔離施設) is a detention facility build far out in the oceans of Midchilda, dedicated to rehabilitation of young criminals (e.g. most Numbers, as well as Agito and Lutecia Alpine). Before being admitted to rehab, all magical abilities of the detainees are sealed (presumably with a powerful limiter).[11]
  • Administrative Bureau Faurus Central Office / Ground Headquarters (フォルス地上本部 Forusu Chijō Honbu)[12]
    • Justice Department (法務局)
  • Frontier Nature Conservation Corps is the branch of TSAB responsible for protection of nature in frontier worlds. Caro Ru Lushe was assigned to its 351 Camp before transferring to Riot Force 6 and returned to it after the dissolution of Riot Force 6, bringing her partner Erio Mondial with her.



The bulk of the Bureau membership consists of (but not limited to) the Armed Forces (武装隊 Busō Tai), complete with military ranks not unlike those on Earth.[13] Ranks lower than Major General are further subdivided into Ground ( Riku) and Air ( ) ranks, according to the service branch of the holder.

Bold font indicates the most recent/senior rank known to have been held by the character:
Rank Holder Unit
Honorary Marshal
Largo Kiel N/A
General Officers
Regius Gaiz Capital Defense Corps
Major General
Carim Gracia N/A
Field/Senior Officers
2nd Commander
(二等佐 c/w Lieutenant-Colonel)
Hayate Yagami (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
3rd Commander
(三等佐 c/w Major)
Genya Nakajima Battalion 108 (Ground)
Auris Gaiz Capital Defense Corps
Fern Corrado (0072) Fourth Ground Forces Academy
Company/Junior Officers
1st Captain
(一等尉 c/w Captain)
Nanoha Takamachi (0075) Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps, 5th Group
Riot Force 6 (Air, on loan)
Fate Testarossa Harlaown (0075) Riot Force 6 (Equivalent, on loan)
Hayate Yagami (0071) Battalion 104 (Ground)
Voltz Stan Gulf Special Rescue Unit (Ground)
2nd Captain
(二等尉 c/w First Lieutenant)
Signum (0075) Riot Force 6 (Air)
Lat Cartos Battalion 108 (Ground)
Nanoha Takamachi (0071) Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps
3rd Captain
(三等尉 c/w Second Lieutenant)
Vita (0075) Riot Force 6 (Air)
Warrant officers
Preparation Captain
(准尉 c/w Warrant Officer)
Griffith Lowran (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Quint Nakajima Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Megane Alpine Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Non-Commissioned Officers
Sergeant Leader
(曹長 c/w Sergeant Major)
Reinforce Zwei (0075) Riot Force 6 (Air)
Vice Granscenic (0076) Ground Headquarters (Ground)
( c/w Master Sergeant)
Vice Granscenic (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Ginga Nakajima (0075) Battalion 108 (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Other enlisted ranks
1st Member
(一等士 c/w Corporal)
Shario Finieno (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Alto Krauetta (0076) Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Subaru Nakajima (0076) Gulf Special Rescue Unit (Ground)
Tiida Lanster (0069) Capital Air Force (Air)
2nd Member
(二等士 c/w Private First Class)
Alto Krauetta (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Lucino Lilie (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Subaru Nakajima (0075) Battalion 386 (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Teana Lanster (0075) Battalion 386 (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Ginga Nakajima (0072) Battalion 108 (Ground)
Erio Mondial (0076) Wildlife Preservation Corps (Ground)
Caro Ru Lushe (0076) Wildlife Preservation Corps (Ground)
3rd Member
(三等士 c/w Private)
Erio Mondial (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Caro Ru Lushe (0075) Wildlife Preservation Corps (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Agito (0076) Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Subaru Nakajima (0072) Ground Forces cadet
Teana Lanster (0072) Ground Forces cadet
Ginga Nakajima (0071) Ground Forces cadet
Nanoha Takamachi (0066) Armed Forces cadet
Fate Testarossa Harlaown (0066) Enforcer cadet
Hayate Yagami (0066) Special Investigations cadet

The term Admiral (提督 Teitoku) was used extensively in the original series and A's for the top commanding officers of the TSAB (e.g. Lindy Harlaown, Gil Graham, Leti Lowran, and much later, Chrono Harlaown), however, it is unknown whether this is just an alternative form of addressing a general-rank officer, or a navy-specific rank, or just an appropriate form of address for someone commanding a TSAB warship.


In addition to the Armed Forces' ranks, the Bureau has a number of official positions outside the standard ladder that, nevertheless, possess considerable authority. Most of them require an official qualification from the Bureau.

Executive Officer (執務官 Shitsumukan, lit. Enforcer)
The Executive Officers are the elite agents of the Bureau, counting among both its top investigators and its most powerful or skilled mages. The requirements to become an Executive Officer are extremely high because Enforcers carry large personal responsibility both in legal matters and in terms of assisting personnel.
Notable Executive Officers include: Chrono Harlaown (0065), Fate Testarossa (0075), Teana Lanster (post-0076)
Investigator (捜査官 Sōsakan)[14]
Investigators lead most criminal investigations within the Bureau's jurisdiction. The title "Special Investigator" (特別捜査官/特別検査官 Tokubetsu Sōsakan/Tokubetsu Kensakan) is given to Rare Skill users working as Investigators.
Notable Investigators include: Quint Nakajima, Megane Alpine (before 0068), Hayate Yagami (Special Investigator, before 0071), Ginga Nakajima
Inspector (査察官 Sasatsukan)[15]
Inspectors handle the internal affairs within the Bureau itself, investigating cases of possible frauds and professional misconduct among its employees. There are Inspectors assigned to each TSAB department, sub-organization, and administrated world.
Notable Inspectors include: Verossa Acous
Commander of Battalion (大隊指揮官)
Commander of Company (中隊指揮官)
Commander of Platoon (小隊指揮官)
Tactics Teacher (戦技教官/戦技教導官)
Tactics Examiner (戦技試験官)
Contract Mage (嘱託魔導師 Shokutaku Madōshi)[16]
Contract Mages are trained magic users outside of the Bureau's ranks who are hired by the TSAB temporarily. Despite that, a mage has to pass a multi-staged exam (cf. "Fate Testarossa Takes Examination") to gain the position but if successful, may enjoy a considerable lenience from the Bureau.
Notable Contract Mages include: Fate Testarossa (0065), Nanoha Takamachi (post-0065), Vita (post-0065)

Mage ranksEdit

Main article: Mage rank

The Time-Space Administrative Bureau ranks its mages depending on how many exams they have passed. At the beginning of StrikerS, Subaru and Teana attend (and fail) their B rank exam. It seems to be the case that most exams are somewhat similar to that. It is implied that most powerful mages are assigned to the Dimensional Navy, which is why it is unusual that Nanoha Takamachi, Fate Testarossa, and Hayate Yagami managed to be placed into the same Ground Forces unit.

Genya Nakajima also mentions that high-ranked mages tend to advance along the armed forces rank ladder much faster than officers with modest magical talents, explaining why a much younger but SS-ranked Hayate outranked him in StrikerS.

Notable employeesEdit


  1. ^ a b Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, DVD, TSAB ID Cards.
  2. ^ "It's a sort of combined judiciary and police force that governs the dimensional worlds." Nanoha, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 02.
  3. ^ Fate, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 02.
  4. ^ Uninhabited World No.6 at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Official Fan Book, characters and character maps sections.
  6. ^ Ground Armaments Service at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  7. ^ Air Armaments Service at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  8. ^ Tactical Instructor Corps at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  9. ^ Rescue Corps at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  10. ^ MGLN StrikerS, DVD, TSAB ID Cards (emblems) and also MGLN StrikerS website.
  11. ^ Maritime Detention Center at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  12. ^ StrikerS Sound Stage X, StrikerS S Guide Book.
  13. ^ TSAB Ranks at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  14. ^ Investigator at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  15. ^ Inspector at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  16. ^ Contract Mage at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.

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