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.
- A-Cup Angst: It comes up rarely, but both Nabeshima and Onigase are sensitive about their chest size.
- 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.
- Bait and Switch: The Chapter 8 cliffhanger implies a battle between Zenkichi and Koi. Come Chapter 9, we have a fight between Nabeshima and Choujabaru.
- 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: So far, one for each story arc:
- Big Bad Friend: Hanhaba to the Broadcast Club in general, Zenkichi in particular.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Kanoya in the first chapter.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Kumagawa's Loli-radar lets him track down lolis.
- Hitomi's parent senses let her track down Zenkichi and Kumagawa (Kumagawa even lampshades this).
- Big Damn Heroes: Zenkichi comes to Kumagawa's rescue during his fight with War God Mode Medaka, and later Hyuga does the same.
- Bigger Bad: The story seems to be setting up Iihiko Shishime as this.
- Boring, but Practical: Kumagawa's Minus is a giant screw. That can subdue even War God Mode Medaka.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Kumagawa recognizes when bold font and italics are used in dialogue.
- Ajimu seems to be aware of the events of the original manga.
- 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, both to the manga and the original one-shot.
- Chekhov's Gag: Zenkichi's neck pain in Chapter 2.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Habataki Hyuga.
- 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.
- Damsel in Distress: Koga, more than once.
- 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.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Jounan, in just about every one of his fights. Even gets lampshaded by Nabeshima.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Every eventual member of the Student Council is introduced in the prologue.
- The chairs of the Beautification Committee, the Diet Education Committee, and the Health Preservation Committee are all referenced much earlier than in canon.
- Ensemble Cast: The Broadcast Club, the Student Council, the Enforcers, the Judo Club, 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.
- Maguro's lab is on the fourth floor of the Flask Plan labs.
- Freudian Trio: Kumagawa (the Id), Zenkichi (the Ego), and Medaka (the Superego).
- The Gadfly: Kumagawa, naturally.
- Genki Girl: Itami Koga.
- Genre Savvy: Ajimu considers Kumagawa an Ensemble Darkhorse.
- 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 describes the Not Equals.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Hanten makes a situation appropriate pun after each team's loss in the Inter-Club Competition.
- After being called an oddball among six oddballs among thirteen oddballs, Itoshima labels himself an odd square.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite the changes to their pasts, (most of) the original cast from the manga still end up attending Hakoniwa Academy.
- 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.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Hanhaba Shiranui has replaced Hansode Shiranu.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Kumagawa tells Zenkichi to do something exciting 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.
- Lighter and Softer: The humor here is much more character driven, with Zenkichi and Kumagawa taking the roles of the Straight Man and Wise Guy.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Kumagawa and Aso. Maguro and Oudo are described like this in universe.
- Logical Weakness: Ezumachi's Abnormality works by manipulating the senses though paint. If his target doesn't notice the paint, his Abnormality has no effect.
- The Man Behind the Man: Hanhaba Shiranui for Koi Munakata.
- Meaningful Name: Hinokage's successor, aside from being the title of the first arc, refers to both Medaka and the unrevealed thirteenth member of the Thirteen Party.
- 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.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Koi Munakata's Abnormality, Homicidal Instinct.
- 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 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.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Yoshinogari's fondness for dropping from the ceiling comes from the anime.
- Suisou Academy is mentioned as being Hakoniwa's sister school; this was only true in the original one-shot for the series.
- Precision F-Strike: Used to describe how much War God Mode Medaka's punch hurts.
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The violent Unzen and the phlegmatic Choujabaru.
- 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: The Broadcast Club room being impossible to find and/or mistaken for a storage room.
- 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 six 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 Koi 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, Biohazard 6, Detective Conan, 1984, and A Certain Magical Index. 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.
- Choujabaru's project name, Ante Matter, may be a reference to Homestuck.
- Shown Their Work: Kumagawa makes references to Biohazard instead of Resident Evil.
- The Stations of the Canon: An example of the trope done right. While they are dealt with in different order and some are only alluded to, every request from the original manga still makes its way into the suggestion box.
- Stealth Pun: Hinokage mentions that Maguro thought Unknown Hero deserved analysis. Analysis is also the name of Maguro's own Abnormality.
- Story Arc: Two so far:
- Arc One - Kuudou Hinokage's Successor
- Arc Two - Zero Sum Prestige
- The Stoic: Ezumachi very rarely loses his cool.
- Title Drop: Hanhaba calls Medaka Hinokage's successor, while at the end of the Kuudou Hinokage's Successor arc, Hanten mentions Hinokage's successor in the Thirteen Party.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Kumagawa and Zenkichi on occasion. Kumagawa and Kanoya seem to be becoming this.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hanhaba in regards to keeping Medaka away from the Flask Plan.