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Manga: Hana No Miyako

A Tsukihime spinoff manga authored by Takeru Kirishima, who also did the Melty Blood manga and Melty Blood X.

Taking place in a high school entitled the Asagami Academy (the same one Akiha attended in Tsukihime, albeit a bit different now), where student rankings are decided by strength, with higher rankings meaning more privileges. A few of the highes ranked students form the Crimson Moon Committee, who pretty much run things. The principal freely admits that this is barbaric, interferes with actual education, and leads to lower rankers being treated like dirt, but won't actually do anything about it.

As the title would imply, the main character is Miyako Arima, now a few years older. Miyako is attempting to be as normal and unnoticed as possible, after having spent most of middle school beating people up. Naturally, she repeatedly screws up and gets into fights.

And then, things spiral completely out of control as soon as she gets involved with the other protagonist of the series: a small girl of Miyako's age by the name of Shiki Nanaya.

Tropes

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Crimson Moon Committee. Though, they aren't technically the student council.
    • Camelot International School apparently also has one, although we only ever see the president.
  • Academy of Adventure: Asagami.
  • A-Cup Angst: Gila shows shades of this. Amusing, since the person who provokes this reaction is, of all people, Akiha.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Gila likes Arturia, who considers Arc his 'Guinevere', and Arc would rather they both stayed far away from her.
    • Kunitsuna and Ami both like Miyako, who would rather that neither of them ever came anywhere near her again.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Shiki is completely unaware whenever SHIKI takes over. The only time she even notices the missing time (generally only a few seconds due to convenient interruptions) is in the final chapter of Part 1, and even then she just assumes she blacked out.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Shiki has some choice words for Miyako when she just disappears, immediately after having an intense fight with the number 4 ranker.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Maria's best skill, along with her anki. It's a specialty of the Eltnam familiy.
  • Broken Pedestal: Maria goes through this basically every time she learns anything about Arc. It gets rebuilt pretty fast each time, however.
  • Club Stub: The plot starts with Shiki desperately trying to recruit new members for the Aikido club, and settling on Miyako.
  • Discontinuity Nod: The author was specifically directed to ignore Character Material version of high-school Miyako... But she still joins the Aikido club, and at one point even wears the 'Cap Girl' outfit, albeit under a hoodie.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Kishima has an unfortunate habit of forgetting that she's strong enough to send people flying with her animated gestures. Shiki is always the one on the recieving end.
  • Duels Decide Everything: Asagami Academy in a nutshell, really.
  • Deuteragonist: Amusingly, the title character. Shiki is the real protagonist.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone is pretty certain Shiki and Miyako are an item. They both deny it violently, but it doesn't dissuade anyone much, especially when they say stuff like
    Shiki: Why were you staring at me? Something stuck on my face?
    Miyako: Your eyes, nose and mouth.
    Shiki: Geez, Miyako, you sound like a boyfriend!
  • Expy: Numerous. Shiki Nanaya of Shiki Tohno, SHIKI Nanaya of Shiki Nanaya, Maria E. Sokaris of Sion Eltnam Atlasia, Maki Akasa of White Len, Gila Gilgamesh and Arturia Pendragon of Gilgamesh and Saber, Arc Kizuki of Archetype:Earth, Kureha Kishima of Kouma Kishima, Lance of Lancelot, Kuuga Fujimura of Taiga Fujimara, and possibly Akiha Tohno of Akiha Tohno, if they aren't simply the same person.
  • Expressive Accessory: The icon on Ami's eyepatch changes based on her mood.
  • Extranormal Institute: Asagami is apparently this, being described as a 'nest for monsters'.
  • Future Badass: Miyako is capable of sending a man three times her size flying several metres with one punch, causing earthquakes although that might have been SHIKI and replicating Berserker Li Shuwen's Noble Phantasm, without the TATARI boosts she had during Melty Blood.
  • Girly Bruiser: Fujiya Asagami and Kureha Kishima, who are two of the strongest characters in the setting.
  • Gym Class Hell: Supposedly. It's never seen, however.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Miyako does her best, but things keep happening.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Apparently, Asagami has a Ninjutsu Club. Sakura Kurogiri is a member.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Miyako doesn't appear to remember ever knowing anybody named Shiki prior to this. Although, she does find the name nostalgic despite.
  • Lethal Chef: Ami describes her mother as this, as politely as possible. She claims it's because her mother is Greek
  • Lovable Jock: Multiple, but most notably Mitsuzuri.
  • Meganekko: Miyako started wearing glasses in an effort to be more normal.
    • There's also Hanei and Akiha.
  • 108: Kureha Kishima's stated number of wins. With zero losses.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Shiki. If one thinks of split personalities and implied demon hunter heritage as normal
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Minoru 'The Giant' Mitsuzuri, number 10 in the rankings, is fond of cute things, sewing, tea, and cooking. His profile in chapter 9 hints that he may be transgender.
  • Samus is a Girl: Or rather, Arturia Is A Guy.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Shiki and Miyako are pretty obviously this, but Shiki will deny it to her last breath.
  • School Of Hard Knocks: Obviously.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Miyako recites lines from an old historical drama before fighting some Camelot bullies. Two of them happen to be fans and they yell the corresponding lines as they attack her.
  • Social Darwinism: The Doctrine of Supremacy that Asagami Academy follows.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: SHIKI certainly seems to be this, tanking the Hammer of the Wind King without a scratch and charging straight at Arturia as she prepares the Sword of Promised Victory.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ami is this to Miyako.
  • The Stoic: Miyako acts like this...
    • Not So Stoic: but definitely isn't, especially when she spends over half an hour sitting completely still just to mess with Shiki.
    • Maria is generally stoic, but Ami and Miyako regularly get under her skin
  • Student Council President: Kunitsuna Kugamine is this, but Arc Kizuki fits the trope better
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: the 'Idiot's Trio' are this to Shiki, mocking and teasing her at every turn, but also quick to support her whenever they can.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Miyako, to Shiki.

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