Watashinojinsei no Hitotoki, which translates to 'Time of my Life', is set in the Japanese small coastal city of Tateyama, Chiba - not to be confused with Tateyama, Toyoma - during 2014, starting on Tuesday, the 1st of April and proceeding throughout the year and into the next. The player will step into the role of one of the teenage boys or girls attending Tateyama Secondary Years Academy, where they will become the 'main cast' of the roleplay. The roleplay's core aspects consist of an entirely normal slice-of-life, school days approach with heavy emphasis on drama, love, friendship and the overall joy and hardships of a growing teenager. Expect friendships to be forged, fights to be had, hearts to be broken and there to be more love to fall in than balls to slide into at your local ball pit!
Inspirations for Watashinojinsei no Hitotoki consist of anime, manga and virtual novels such as Toradora!, K-ON!, Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, Katawa Shoujo and many more - for those familiar with the names, you may have an idea of what you're in for! As the main cast, the plot will - on the most part - be driven by all of you and your characters, however I'll be sure to do all within my power to provide as best an experience as possible!
If you have any suggestions what-so-ever, please feel free to PM me! Furthermore, if you're getting bored int he roleplay and want an individual/group event, please PM me aswell and I'll see what I can't do. One thing I would especially like feedback on is operating times for the locations - what do you guys think of that? Furthermore, I intend to add Hamakanaya and the Uraga Channel ferry, Kisarazu, the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line and Tokyo a bit after we're off the ground or as soon as someone intends going on a trip that way, either or.
Story & Setting
As aforementioned, the roleplay will take place in the small coastal city of Tateyama in the Chiba Prefecture - which is actually a real city too not too far away from Tokyo with due thanks to the Toyko Bay Aqua Line - which would be pretty cool to cross, I don't know know about you. I've chosen Tateyama intentionally for various reasons, ranging from the sheer fact that having a beach on the Pacific Ocean is pretty awesome, the towns and cities on the way to Tokyo in progressively grander scale the further you go, nearby landmarks, the train track which goes directly to the ferry which crosses the Uraga Channel to Yokosuka, a mix of urban and rural area depending on where and how you want your character to live and more! If you want the best bet on the area, go ahead and punch "Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, Japan" into Google Maps and have a look, but I'll mention quite a lot of information in the locations section to follow.
I've touched base on this already in the introduction, but the story is a 100% normal, slice-of-life/school day's roleplay. No, there's no vampires hidden among the rank-and-file of varying intentions nor is there a secret extra curriculum for militant exorcists run in the over-sized labyrinth of a school basement ironically run by a demon - it's all good. As a growing teenager between 13-17 - thank you to Zadkiel for the suggestion that there be a broader age range - character development is going to be an un-proportionally major aspect in the roleplay. Although not mandatory, romance is very much encouraged, and keep in mind a feel trip may just be better than wish fulfillment!
Although a very large sum of the plot will revolve around character relationship and interaction, I'll be sure to do as much in my power as possible to usher the plot along. This may just be providing a red string between point to point as applicable, however I'll be including quite a large sum of events that the character may or may not attend - for example, the school may have a festival, the show may come into town, there may be a fireworks display, there might be a convention up in Kisarazu or more likely Tokyo, a favorite band performing nearby on tour, so on so forth! Please remember to include as much information as possible about your character so I can tailor events to match the individual or small group rather than throwing more 'universal' events commonly. A good thing to get some really good roleplay would be clubs - whether you make your own or join a pre-existing one; I can tell you right now that clubs may be offered up to international opportunities later on in the roleplay!
Don't worry, ladies and gentlemen, this won't be a Dungeons and Dragons: Clannad Edition; I use the term mechanics very loosely, more so in the sense of how I'm going to progress things, organize non-player characters, so on so forth.
First thing off the bat I'll cover will be days - it honestly wouldn't surprise me if some of you saw me recording the day and date in the introduction and pondered what exactly I planned to do with that and if it'll work and that's fine. My foremost intention with the time, day and date is for various reasons, primarily recording the day of the week so we know when the weekend is, being able to announce events in events - for example, there may be half price at the bowling alley on the 25th of February between 4 and 6 PM, so you guys can organize what you plan to do with it in advance if you decide to do anything, just like you would in real life, which may mean discussing it with your friends and going out to have fun that night, although something may go wrong. Assuming things aren't moving along, I'll be sure to include events targeted specifically to your character, however I have the intention of including a more 'universal' event at least once a month. The time will be only vaguely kept, namely just enough to keep the day moving and to add a sense of scale. Timeskips are also a perfectly viable option if agreed upon, as unless you have reason to roleplay going through a class - per say, you plan on doing something with a friend - I'm sure you don't want to roleplay being taught something like Pythagoras theorem or E=MC squared.
To add more detail to these 'events', as you've probably caught on by now, they're generally going to fall into two vague categories: individual or group, so for example a favorite band playing in the nearby hotspot that is Tokyo that is specific to you and your in-roleplay friends really like, that can occur as often as need be, exactly how large they are depending on how often they occur; in no shape, way or form are these events up to me, too - you could organise a meet-up with your mates after school, go out and see if you can't perform at one of the local places if you're in a band, run a charity event, whatever you like! I'll accommodate to you more than happily. The second would be universal events that should occur about once a month, such as the school fair or town show. The purpose for events is to bring the characters together and give them something to do as a group, whatever size it may be, or even an individual worst come to worst. It could be a date, a get-together, what-ever.
Somewhere in these walls of texts, I used the term 'non-player characters' somewhere. Ayup, that's right - pretty much, characters that aren't in the 'main cast', so your characters, fall under this category as they are not played by the players. Although you are more than welcome to control these characters to an extent, such as the teacher rambling on to the class, whispering answers to and fro your classmate, playing on the sports field with the boys, your family, so on so forth, I will take it upon myself quite often to control these non-player characters. Pretty much, my concept for NPC's is this: I'll be scattering them about the place as required with a name generated from my random name generator, you can choose to ignore them and interact with them as you will. If you decide to further interact with an NPC, befriend them, make enemies with them, hang out with them, however you may will, I'll take it upon myself to write a character sheet for myself to run off for future interactions where you can learn about them and interact with them just as a member of the main cast; for them to become more than a face in a crowd, just as they would in real life. I have given myself no characters for this very reason - to add depth to to the crowd, so to speak.
Now to get a bit more into it - Monday to Friday, provided there's no public holidays or you don't skip class which you are more than welcome to do if you so choose, there will exist that one thing we all hate: school. Yup, I said it. The basic structure for school hours are:
Morning [7:00 AM - 9:00 AM]
Gates open to students at 7:00 AM, alongside with all school facilities - students can lawfully enter the school at any point during this time frame. It may be advisory to roleplay getting up, getting ready and going to school, however I don't expect paragraphs of detail on this if any at all after the first few days - I'm sure it'll all become commonplace.
Morning Classes [9:00 AM - 11:30 AM]
During this period is your morning classes - you may have one big class or you may have a few smaller classes, it depends on your timetable. As aforementioned, whether or not you go to your classes is up to you - if you're off doing something more interesting, please do post about it, however if you're going individually please do try to write as much as you want about it in as minimum posts as possible in the case that others are waiting for their lunch-break so they can roleplay more than a classroom may allow.
Lunch Break [11:30 AM - 12:30 PM]
That's right, I said it - your favorite part of the day! How many posts this entails depends on what exactly is going on, we might stretch it out or we might skim over it, much like classes. Go ahead and spend this time as you will, I'll accommodate to whatever necessary need be.
Afternoon Classes [12:30 PM - 3:00 PM]
Exactly the same as morning classes, bar it being in the afternoon.
Club Time [3:00 PM - 5:30 PM]
For all those in clubs, in-between 3 and 5:30, rooms are available for club usage. Club meetings is not mandatory every day and you're more than free to go home at 3 o'clock, however if you so intend to hang around the school during this time frame, feel free. Alongside lunch break, this is a great time for social events during a school day.
Closing Time [5:30 PM - 6:00 PM]
From 5:30 and 6, teachers go around and make sure all the students are out before locking the gates and going home at 6 - this is when you are required to go home and the teachers will provide a lift need be. Of course, if you're stealthy enough to avoid the teachers, nimble enough to get in or get it approved beforehand, you could allow yourself a camp-out~
Please don't feel dictated by these time frames - all this does is make a school day a school day, adds pacing, so on so forth. As aforementioned, timeskips are a viable option if none of us are doing things during class times, however if only a few are doing things during class time, please smash it out in as short amount of posts as possible so we can keep it all moving smoothly - that being said, there's no rush and taking our time is always good!
Saturday and Sunday consists of the weekend so you can do what you want. Facilities such as the basketball courts and the soccer field are left open to the public on weekends, however the main areas of the school are locked up. There may also be public holidays, special occasions that permit a day off, so on so forth. What you do on these days are entirely up to you - however please do keep in mind hanging out with mates can be great!
Tateyama Secondary Years Academy
Tateyama Secondary Years Academy resides in the western area of the city, not too far north from Tamura Hospital. The school insignia is a shield with a trim and the school coat-of-arms within that, text within the trim reading the school's name. As current, the following clubs are active within the school:
Student Council - 0 player members.
Student President: Vacant.
Music Club - 1 player members.
President: Mrs. Honda Ayaka (Music Teacher)
Arts Club - 0 player members.
President: Mr. Fukui Hayato (Arts Teacher)
Wrestling Club - 1 player member.
President: Mr. Nakahara Masaru (Sports Teacher)
Sports/Track Club - 0 player members.
President: Mr. Hisakawa Hideyoshi (Sports Teacher)
Cosplay Club - 1 player member.
President: Aiwakawa Sachiko
Book Club - 1 player member.
President: Miss Fujioka Etsuko (Japanese Teacher)
Acting Club - 1 player member.
President: Nikairi Setsura
The school uniform is as follows, by gender:
A male is required to take up a very psuedo-formal-esque appearance, complete with a four-button-tall double-breasted blazer, slacks and lace-up semi-dress shoes. The school blazer is predominantly black with a white trim, the trim being thicker on the upper area of the collar and the cuffs alongside there being a large portion of white with black trim running down the sides of the abdominal region. The school insignia is located on the right side of the breast which is embroidered in white. Underneath the blazer is a white dress shirt, which is required to be buttoned to all but the top button, with which a red tie is to be worn which is to be strictly tied in double windsor. The slacks are required to be plain black, matching the black of the blazer, and the shoes a semi-formal lace-up dress-esque shoe with the ability to withstand and endure the basics of the elements and protect the foot.
The PE variant of the uniform is a white polo top with the school insignia embroidered in black on the right hand side of the breast accompanied with black basketball shorts and runners of choice. A leather apron is provided for all workshop classes and students are permitted to remove their blazer to prevent damaging it for the period of the class.
A female takes a psuedo-formal appearance much like the male, however retains a more sleek and elegant appearance - for example, a single-breasted blazer in comparison to a double-breasted blazer which is all black. As standard, the female is required to wear a black single-breasted black blazer with a three-button-tall column of buttons which, much like the male, has the school insignia embroidered in white on the right hand side of the breast. Underneath this is a white dress shirt with a red bow in place of a tie. A black short skirt of matching color to the blazer is required to be worn with furthermore matching black opaque stockings which run 3/4 up the thigh and lace-up dress-esque shoes exactly the same as the male.
The PE variant of the uniform is exactly the same as the males - a white polo top with the school insignia embroidered in black on the right hand side of the breast accompanied with black basketball shorts and runners of choice. A leather apron is provided for all workshop classes and students are permitted to remove their blazer to prevent damaging it for the period of the class.
As I mentioned somewhere in the previous tabs, there are going to be quite a few locations that I'm going to list here. Feel free to make up your own, whether it be your house or your own hiding spot, and if you want me to add them to the locations list, please tell me! I'll write up a blurb about it or submit yours if you so choose and add it to the reference list; I know I'll be adding more as the roleplay goes on and gains more depth.
That's right, I said it. Complete with the two wings of classrooms that double as club-rooms, the office-rooms - including the nurses office, the peaceful rooftop, the school library, the cafeteria, the soccer field, the gym and the front and back courtyards with suspiciously highly-maintained gardens, all with hallways and walkways in-between.
Ah, of course, the beach... The gentle swells of the shore, the big waves for surfing out in the water, the sand beneath your feet and the surplus of teenage-years fun and shenanigans to be had. The beach is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, however legal swimming is run between 07:00 AM and 07:00 PM.
Kiku's coffee, not too far away from school, is a small family business ran by Mizushima Kiku, where she chooses to name the business after her given name, noting that the family name comes first in Japan. The cafe itself is rather simple - simple yet cute - and employs a small team of locals to run it across it's hours. Somehow, regardless of how quiet it is most the time and how it's nearly unknown and rather underrated among the community, the cafe is rather successful. Kiku's Coffee sells varying coffee products, tea products, breads, cakes and drinks - they're really good, too. Kiku's Coffee opens at 05:30 AM and closes at 11:00 PM.
Boys, let out your groans, we're talkin' the shopping district - unless it's the video game shop, of course. The shopping district in Tateyama, only a short walk from the bustling and prideful city center, houses many of the best shops the city has to offer. It's no Tokyo mall, or even Kisarazu shopping center, but it's a fantastic little place that just the job just as well. Operating times depend on the business, although on the most part they open at 7:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM.
The park, located in the south-western region of the city, is a beautiful and luscious place complete with bright and vibrant trees, bushes and plants, cute wooden benches and shelters, well-trimmed and maintained lawns, the beautiful aroma of a clean forest, so on so forth. Couples stroll hand-in-hand on the windy, concrete walkways, members of both genders jog through with their iPod's mounted to their biceps and their earbuds in, the elderly toss bread to the birds and families walk their dogs and often let them stop to play. The park is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Kuki's Coffee isn't too far away, however not close enough to the park to get all the business it would reap from being nearby - the school is a good walk at this point, however.
Public Library & Museum
The Public Library is a beautiful place in the town. It has a history running as far back as the 1700's, where it still holds information recorded back then today, however re-written into more up-to-date literature whilst the originals have been placed in the Museum section attached to the library by a doorway. Both the outside and the inside have a simple, traditional feel to it - even the new lights find a way to fit in.
The library has public computers that can access the internet alongside a wide selection of books, although nowhere near as much as the Kisarazu or Tokyo libraries. The museum is filled with town history, ranging as far back as the Sengoku Period. Both facilities open at 08:00 AM and close at 05:00 PM.
Anybody remember that one line in that Nickelback song about how he would spend all the change he earned at the arcade? Boo, get off the stage? Oh, okay...
The Arcade, located in the city center, is one of the very few tourism draws that Tateyama has. It ranges from old-style joy-stick-and-two-button games of varying genres to modern racecar-boxes with gearsticks that tilt depending on how you turn and shooting galleries, all for a gold coin a game.
Tateyama Train Station
The local train station. It goes on to Minamiboso.
Minamiboso is theoretically a city that has the feel of a small community township. It's locally renowned for it's shrine and hot springs.
The town shrine is a very important part of Minamiboso, having strong cultural significance - many travel from even Tokyo in order to pay respects at the shrine, however the aqua line doesn't make that necessarily difficult. The shrine has a very strong traditional aspect feel to it with a beautiful and luscious garden alongside it. The shrine holds public ceremonies at 6:00 PM every day of the week however is open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM for those who wish to pay their respects privately.
One of the towns key attractions, the hot springs are much like the shrine with their luscious gardens, however contrary with the very modern springs in themselves.
Minamiboso Train Station
The local train station. It goes to Tateyama and to Hamakanaya.
Characters & Character Sheet
First Years || Class C-1:
Shibata Takao [M] || Fang Sanguis - Liaison for the Ministry of Silly Walks
Kazanari 'Hiraku Rui-Ling [M] || ERode
Joseph Freeman [M] || Sloth
Tsubasa Mika [F] || vFear
Second Years || Class B-2:
Aiwakawa Sachiko [F] || AoStar
Nikairi Setsura [F] || Makatsume Haru
Your Characters full name (Setting is Japan, so remember that family name is first and given names are last.)
Remember that an even ratio as possible for M:F would be good to maintain as relationships will likely be a core aspect of the roleplay - with the exception of varying sexual preferences, which is more than fine - however don't feel forced in the slightest.
Namely as above, just so we can hopefully give everyone a good shot as far as romance goes.
Class & age:
Are you a first year or a second year? The class names are C-1 or B-2, and the ages 13-15 and 15-17 respectively
Club or Student Council:
is your character already a member of a club? (Second years only - Note that first years are not restrained from joining a club, it's just a matter of roleplaying joining one.)
Either post a picture or write a text to describe your characters appearance. Any picture will suffice, although an anime image would be preferred due to the setting and inspirations.
Where and how does your Character live? In the city/urban area/rural area around Tateyama? Poor/middle class/upper class? In a house/apartment/Bunker... ? Who is in their family and maybe what are they like? What was their childhood like? Any happenings of importance? In short: what is their general background. Elaborate here.
How does your character tick? What kind of a person are they? What do they love/hate, what are their hobbies and interests, where and how do they spend their free time? Elaborate here and give us a sense of your character.
If you feel more comfortable writing just one larger text instead of Background & personality separated, feel free to do so!
Now I hate to do this guys, and I don't have many rules, but I just got three things I wanna' throw out there for this.
1: Please be nice to each-other, we're all here for a good time and I really don't want to see us all not getting along.
2: If you're going to RP out sexual content - which, by all means, don't let me stop you - please take it to PM or an IM service or something similar. That's not just me either - RPG doesn't too much want it out in the open, and hey, they're paying for the web host, not to mention how much vBulletin costs.
3: If you're going to be away for more than an odd 2-3 days without notice, we may or may not go on without you - I apologize if we do. It's no problem if you can't post, I do understand things come up and I also understand writers block more than I'd like to. I won't remove you from the roleplay, but please post notice if you can so we can organize some alternatives for you.
Anywho, sorry about the grumble and I hope we all have fun!