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Kumagawa:World As Myth
「Easy there, Zenkichi-chan! We can't start busting out the Shōnen Jump references this early on in the story
—Misogi Kumagawa and Zenkichi Hitoyoshi in the first chapter
by Mister Trickster
is a For Want of a Nail Medaka Box
The nail is that Misogi Kumagawa met Zenkichi Hitoyoshi in a hospital nursery instead of Medaka Kurokami. Thirteen years later, Zenkichi and Kumagawa both attend Hakoniwa Academy, where the two get involved with one Itami Koga, another student hoping to join Medaka's Student Council...
A re-imagining of the Medaka Box
story, the fic swings between Lighter and Softer
and Darker and Edgier
than the source material. The fic is also something of a love letter to secondary characters, with several of the lesser used characters from the original manga becoming Ascended Extras
Tropes found in this fanfiction:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Played with. The Student Council have a lot of clout among the students, but they still have to answer to their adviser.
- Implied by Ezumachi to be played straight at Suisou Academy.
- Action Girl: Medaka, Onigase, Yobuko
- Aloof Big Brother: Kei to Koi, Maguro to Medaka. Though in both cases, it doesn't seem to be by choice.
- Ascended Extra: Lots. Aso and Kanoya go from minor characters to supporting characters. Koga, Ezumachi, and Yobuko become members of the Student Council.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Just about every committee chair, captain, and vice-captain introduced is able to hold their own in a fight.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Medaka displays shades of this when she figures out Ezumachi's Abnormality.
- Ax-Crazy: Hyuga, behind his Stepford smile.
- Badass Abnormal: Medaka, Ezumachi, Hinokage, the Thirteen Party.
- Badass Normal: Zenkich, the Judo Club, the Enforcers.
- Berserk Button: Kumagawa apparently got "a bit hysterical" when Zenkichi was almost drowned in mud by Tangeshima. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Koga getting shot sends Medaka into War God Mode.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kumagawa terrifies Shiranui when he only threatens to "get serious" with her.
- Big Bad: Initially appeared to be Hanhaba Shiranui, but she later seems to be more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist in regards to keeping Medaka away from the Flask Plan.
- Possibly Hanten Shiranui, at least for the Zero Sum Prestige arc.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Kanoya in the first chapter.
- Big Damn Heroes: Zenkichi comes to Kumagawa's rescue during his fight with War God Mode Medaka, and later Hyuga does the same.
- Break the Cutie: Happens to Koga. She seems to be getting better.
- Brick Joke: In the first chapter, Zenkichi snaps his head around "at a speed that promised severe neck pain later on." At the start of chapter 2, he is complaining of neck pain. See Chekhov's Gag below.
- Catch Phrase: Zenkichi's "just this once" and use of "devil" as an adjective.
- Kumagawa's "Once again, I couldn't win."
- Call Back: Several to the original manga.
- Chekhov's Gag: Zenkichi's neck pain in chapter 2.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Hyuga, for the fight with War God Mode Medaka.
- The Chessmaster: Hanhaba Shiranui.
- Cool Big Sis: Nabeshima to Zenkichi. Yobuko to Onigase, at least when the former isn't being a Yaoi Fangirl.
- Cool Loser: Kumagawa, though he is less of a loser here than he is in canon.
- Darker and Edgier: Medaka in War God Mode is portrayed as much more of a berserker then in the manga, even going so far as to attack the other members of the Student Council.
- Demoted to Extra: Akune and Kikaijima are mentioned, but do not make an appearance. Hansode Shiranui and her grandfather don't even get that much.
- Distant Prologue: The prologue is split up into three parts. One kicks off the plot. One happens fifteen years before. And one happens one hundred and fifty years before.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Every eventual member of the Student Council is introduced in the prologue.
- Ensemble Cast: The Broadcast Club, the Student Council, the Enforcers, and more!
- First Name Basis: Kumagawa calls everyone by their first name. With the honorific "chan".
- For Want of a Nail: The whole basis of the fic.
- Four Is Death: Kumagawa is a senior of Class 4.
- Freudian Trio: Kumagawa (the Id), Zenkichi (the Ego), and Medaka (the Superego).
- Genki Girl: Koga.
- Genre Shift: From Chapter 5 and onwards, the plot starts to become more serious.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Zenkichi and Kumagawa.
- Hidden Badass: Kumagawa, Zenkichi after it is discovered he has a Style.
- Hive Mind: How Hanhaba Shiranui describes the Not Equals.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Hanten makes a situation appropriate pun after each team's loss in the Inter-Club Competition.
- Knight of Cerebus: Koi Munakata. Her attack on the Kendo Club marks the genre shift, and the first thing she does after making her appearance is shoot Koga.
- Large and in Charge: Hinokage is still Student Council president in this version.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Kumagawa tells Zenkichi to do something action-y so that they can become more popular. Cue WAM's version of the genre shift.
- Kumagawa claims that the Broadcast Club needed an entire meeting to find out Kanoya's first name to cover up a minor retcon. Specifically, Kanoya's first name had not been revealed when the fic was begun.
- Zenkichi wonders if Koi's character was designed by a mangaka who got their start as an ero-artist.
- Onigase asks Nabeshima if she thinks they are in a manga.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Kumagawa and Aso.
- The Man Behind the Man: Hanhaba Shiranui for Koi Munakata.
- The Medic: Health Preservation Committee chairwoman Aoki Aka turns up more than once.
- Hitomi Hitoyoshi counts as well.
- My Beloved Smother: Zenkichi sees Hitomi as this.
- Noodle Incident: Zenkichi and Kumagawa got up to "something" ten years ago. It involved rice pudding.
- Older than They Look: Hanhaba and Hitomi.
- Only Sane Man: Zenkichi, most of the time at least.
- The Ojou: Hanhaba Shiranui is unerringly polite to everyone and never uses contractions in her speech. Played with in that she is much older than usual for the character type, though she is pretending (successfully) to be a high school freshman.
- Overprotective Dad: The Kurokami patriach. Though he may have good reasons.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Apparently why the chairman doesn't want Kumagawa for the Flask Plan.
- Reality Ensues: Because the Student Council has taken over disciplining rule breakers, the Public Morals Committee is on the decline, and is later disbanded.
- A broken window and blood stains all over the walls mean a classroom has to be cordoned off.
- The academy has to hire guards to keep students off the roof after guns are found there. Classrooms also cannot be used due to damages.
- Retcon: Kumagawa had a legitimate reason not to use Kanoya's first name until chapter 6, which had nothing to do with the fact that his name had not been revealed in the manga until that point.
- Running Gag: Kumagawa taking the roll call for the Broadcast Club.
- Schedule Slip: The author originally had a very in-depth update schedule on their profile. Then the fic went on hiatus for 6 months. New chapters however, were and still are only posted on Mondays.
- Shipper on Deck: Yobuko seems to like pairing her male classmates together as more than friends.
- Six Man Band: Medaka forms one with Zenkichi, Kumagawa, Ezumachi, Yobuko, and Munakata to shut down the Flask Plan; the Flask Plan Invasion Party™. May also double as Three Plus Three.
- Shout-Out: Oh boy, here we go. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Beelzebub, Bakuman。, Death Note, and Biohazard 6. And that's without the shout outs from the original manga!
- At one point, Kumagawa compliments Medaka on her "ballistics".
- Nabeshima uses Karen's trick from Nisemonogatari to win at rock-paper-scissors.
- Shown Their Work: Kumagawa makes references to Biohazard.
- Story Arc: Two so far. Arc one is called Kuudou Hinokage’s Successor, and arc two is called Zero Sum Prestige.
- The Stoic: Ezumachi very rarely loses his cool.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Kumagawa and Zenkichi on occasion. Kumagawa and Kanoya seem to be becoming this.