~Anime School-Life / Slice-of-Life RP~ [Interest Check]
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The idea for this RP was inspired by Anime and VN such as Clannad, Suzimiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, K-ON and others. Basically it’s supposed to be a slice of life / High school life RP set in present day Japan. Where exactly it goes from there, we’ll see...
I think of it as a story with meaningful, varied characters who each have their individual quirks and traits and are drawn together for their own reasons. They become friends, or at least acquaintances and their individual stories intertwine. I imagine comedy and light hearted banter, underlined by deeper emotions and troubles that each teenager experiences.
For those of you who enjoy visual novels: Think of it as a school life visual novel, only with your own character and more direct effort put in.
Maximum number of participants would be around 6 to 8.
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Setting & Story
The setting is an unnamed city not too far away from Tokyo, around the time of present day Japan. There will be a number of locations I’ll introduce, including of course, the school. The year in which our story takes place is not particularly important, but I will always display which month it currently is.
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The general mood of the story can be from lighthearted and containing comedy down to deep drama and interpersonal troubles. Romance is very much encouraged and may be an integral part of the story. Character development is a requirement, as a person’s teenage years are usually the time in which one forms their personality the most.
The base of the story is easily explained; It is a Slice-of-Life themed story about a group of teenagers in a (as of yet) unnamed High School, who go about their daily lives, experience their teenage years in their own unique way and form individual bonds with each other. As the GM, I will gently usher you through your daily lives, providing a red string to the story and giving you context and content you can work with. Next to pacing the day and time passing, I will occasionally set up larger events that you may or may not choose to attend (example: firework festival in the evening).
While the story is for a large part character and relationship driven, I have, much like in a Visual Novel, a large array of "paths" in my head for your characters that I will guide you through next to your interpersonal relationships. Due to my extensive knowledge of Anime and VN, I have almost limitless material and inspirations I can use to set up interesting occurrences and the like for you.
I'm expecting quite a bit of creativity from your side as far as characters are concerned. It's fine by me to go with archetypes as we all know them, but give your character a deep and believable personality. The different kinds of emotions, heights and lows they will experience will be an integral part of this story.
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First Year class:
Second year class:
There are 2 school classes in one of which you will place your character: One first year class and one second year class. Our story begins with the start of the new school year. We will play through the first few days in full, meaning no large time skips. For the first years this means getting to know each other in your new class during this time and form initial relationships. These may of course still change throughout the story. For the second years, think about what your relationship with your classmates and your school was during your first year. Were you an outsider? A bully? Or simply that nice guy/girl who gets along with everyone? The possibilities are yours to choose.
Your character may enter a school club if they so choose. Choosing a club will be offered to first years at the beginning of the school year as well as to second years that didn’t enter a club in their first year. Second years will also have the choice of already being in a club because they joined as first years.
These are the clubs I had in mind:
Of course, your characters can also attempt to start a new club by themselves…
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The student council is an organization of students within the school who organize stuff for the classes and keep some order. If you are a second year who wishes to already be part of it, write it in your CS. If you wish to enter into the Student Council as a first year, you'll have that possibility in the IC, though you have to announce your intentions so that I'm aware of your efforts. Like with all the clubs, I have some nice ideas for the student council.
SL and PL
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The, as I call them, SLs and PLs are a number of pre-set locations I am going to introduce in order to give your characters an advanced sense of setting. These locations mainly serve as pre-sets and can be chosen to be used or not to depending on your liking. I am simply introducing these to offer your characters chances to bump into each other “randomly” outside of school or to give them regular hang out places that they may use. Of course, your characters can also visit and spend time at other locations in town as long as they make sense.
SL = School Location
Way to School
PL = Public Location
Moonbucks / Coffee Shop
Arcade (Gaming Center)
I of course encourage you to submit your own ideas! I wouldn’t want you to hang out in places you don’t like! When you come up with a location that sparks interest you may either write a description yourselves or ask me to do it.
Don’t forget that your house also counts as a location.
While your characters are undoubtedly the main characters in our "show", there are of course other people around, like in real life; In your class, teachers, the nurse, outside of school the nice waitress in your regular cafe, a girl/guy you see every morning on your way to school etc etc. In order to bring our world to life and not just leave interaction and happenings solely to you guys, I will employ a number of these, as I call them, NPCs. This term is by no means derogatory, but simply describes the fact that these characters are not played by you people and are "secondary" characters in our story. Your characters are the center of all our attentions, but these people on the side you may interact with as you would with any other character; You may dislike them, they may become your friend, they may weird you out. I will make fairly obvious which of the people you encounter count as NPCs and which really are just "sideline" that can be forgotten or overruled right away. (Example: a guy from your class walks over to you and gives you the handout from class and walks away again. That could be anyone. With an NPC I would go into detail, describe him, give him a name, maybe let him have a special trait and spark up some sort of interaction.) In the OOC there will be an initial list of them, though this list will slightly grow during the IC, as you encounter new people.
Your Characters full name (Setting is Japan, so remember first name is last name and vice versa)
Class & age:
Are you a first year or a second year? The class names are C-1 or B-2, and the ages 15-16 and 16-17 respectively
Club or Student Council:
is your character already a member of a club? (Second years only)
Either post a picture or write a text to describe your characters appearance. (considering the heavy Anime tone of this RP, an Anime pic would be much preferred to 'real life' pictures)
Where and how does your Character live? In the city/urban area/rural area around Tokyo? 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!
So, that's the idea. Now, I wonder if there will be any takers. Scratch that, this RP is way more popular than I had ever anticipated xD