Roleplay: KS The New Generation
A forum RP set in the same universe as the Visual Novel Katawa Shoujo
, but overall having little to do with it. It takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future
(more accurately, in the year 2020, or 15 years after KS takes place), in a high school for disabled students called Yamaku Academy. Naturally, most students there have some sort of disability, mostly real-life conditions such as narcolepsy, missing limbs or seizures, but roleplayers are allowed to make their character... extraordinary, which has led to the inclusion of vampires, werewolves and cyborgs among the student roster. This premise may sound like a recipe for disaster, but in reality, a lot of effort is put to make sure that each roleplayer treats their character's disability with respect. Just because there is a student suffering from vampirism doesn't mean they'll go to war with the lycans. Surprisingly (or not, considering the amount of work that goes into crafting each character), everything fits almost perfectly. The forum focuses on the relationship between the students - their friendships, loves, successes and failures, and how each of those is affected by their condition and personality. Of course, not every character is a student - there are still plenty of adults who live their own lives in the town next to Yamaku.
On July 24th, the forum was officially rebooted, rendering the "Cybernetic Nightmare" arc, as well as some events that happened before it, non-canon. As such, all tropes relating to the previous continuity should be placed in the "Cybernetic Nightmare" folder.
The forum can be accessed here
KS: The New Generation contains examples of:
Cybernetic Nightmare arc
- All Girls Want Bad Boys – Hitomi chose Setsuna, the heir of a Yakuza family, as her love interest over Wade, who, despite his heritage, is mostly harmless.
- All Just a Dream: Implied with the Takeshi arc, when it comes to its relation to the regular continuity.
- Alternate History: The setting takes place in an alternative world that, while very similar to our own, still has a lot of differences, the most prominent one being the advancement of technology and the existence of supernatural beings like vampires and werewolves.
- Alternate Universe: The "Elseworlds" stories in the forum. The Takeshi arc was retconned into one, another takes place in a medieval fantasy realm and there's talk of a third involving pirates.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Takeshi and a few other characters involved in his arc are still around afterwards, but since several major events in their lives no longer happened, they're very different people.
- Animesque: Most, if not all of the character avatars have this aesthetic.
- Anonymous Author: Due to the way the site is structured, one can never be 100% sure who exactly is roleplaying each character.
- Artificial Limbs: Ichiko has a skeletal bionic left arm after losing her real one in a gas explosion. Unlike many examples, Ichiko's is handled realistically, so she won't be going around lifting cars and stuff with it.
- Bishounen: Setsuna
- Blind Musician: Kuriko Hatsuhara is a blind girl with a natural ability for piano and guitar. She also practices every day and has had lessons.
- Bus Crash: After Kurai and Hitomi's roleplayer was permabanned from the forum for various rule infringements, his characters were promptly killed in an apartment fire.
- Several other inactive characters met this fate during the "Cybernetic Nightmare" arc, though since that arc was retconned, those characters may now return (though none have done so)
- Call Back: Since the forum unofficially continues the continuity of a separate KS-themed RP that took place on Facebook, those are bound to happen from time to time when returning characters talk about past events.
- Canon Discontinuity: At the conclusion of the Takeshi arc, the entire arc was effectively made non-canon and moved to the new "Elseworlds" section of the forum.
- Career-Ending Injury: Sayuri was a skilled kendo fighter and wanted to become a professional in the sport, but after a severe growth spurt crippled her legs she had to give it up. She's not too happy about it.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: About half the forum's characters are no longer active. There's even a group for "Missing" characters which is positively huge.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Hitomi certainly qualifies.
- Cloning Blues: Wade is specifically stated to be a clone of his father that was rescued by him as a baby and subsequently raised by his father's ex-fiancee.
- Cool Big Sis: Inna is this to Wade, as much as he hates to admit it.
- Cosplay Cafe: Ai is the owner of an extremely popular chain of maid cafes where all maids are wearing fox ears.
- Covers Always Lie: Other than the shared setting, the forum has very little to do with Katawa Shoujo. Even the setting itself may count, since it has changed considerably during the last 15 years.
- Crossover: With the SCP Foundation, who have a site just outside of Yamaku and are monitoring all paranormal activity in and around the school.
- Also a minor one with Deadpool, considering one of the main characters is named "Wade Wilson" (though that character is NOT the Merc With the Mouth we all know and love), and there's a stickied thread titled "Deadbook: The most popular social networking site in the world that most of the students (and a lot of the adults) at Yamaku use. Bought and renamed by Deadpool in 2015."
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Sayuri seems to fit this trope. Justified as she's not quite used to life in a wheelchair yet and this results in incidents.
- Cyborg: Ichiko Asari, Takeshi Tachibana and Inna Wilson all used cybernetics to repair grave injuries to their bodies.
- Determinator: Sayuri is intensely focused on one day being able to overcome the severe weakness of her legs and being able to walk again, to the point that she risks harming her legs further by constantly getting up out of it and even attempting to cross from one side of her room to the other.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: More or less Sayuri's default state of mind.
- Disabled Love Interest: Considering the setting, most love interests fall under this trope.
- Disabled Means Helpless: Mostly averted.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Chiharu as well as Ellie, just like every other young genius in media.
- Downer Beginning: Most of the students aren't particularly enthusiastic to study at a school for disabled kids.
- Eyepatch of Power: Not really a heroic example, but Ichiko has one after being blinded in one eye by flying debris after the gas explosion that claimed her arm. She certainly sees it as a "cool" status symbol.
- Genius Cripple: Ellie Wilson, being blind and also incredibly gifted for a 6 year old.
- Genki Girl: Ichiko, to an extent.
- Harem Seeker: Pretty much Wade's entire character motivation.
- Hidden Depths: A character rarely gets approved without having at least some level of hidden depth.
- Hikikomori: Megumi is the embodiment of this trope.
- Hospital Hottie: Eos. No pun intended.
- Idiot Hero: Wade. Idiot? Check. Great at physical activities? Check. Always looking for a challenge? Check. Only gets angered if his friends are hurt? Check. The only real subversions are that he's (obviously) not the main character and that he's extremely perverted, or at least acts like it.
- Ill Girl: Inna in her backstory (she spent most of her childhood paralyzed from the neck down) and Nayumi Tachibana in the present (extremely weak body and immune system).
- Interrupted Intimacy: Hitomi catches her father Kurai having a fun time with his girlfriend in the bathtub.
- Jerkass: Christopher's father – an abusive alcoholic who constantly pushed his son way past his limit, which indirectly caused Christopher to lose a leg.
- Kill It with Fire: Kurai and Hitomi Hikari died when a fire started in their apartment.
- Lesbian Vampire: Ai is a vampire and has her own harem of maids living in her mansion. Yeah...
- Like Brother and Sister: Technically, Wade and Inna are not related – Inna is adopted, and Wade is, quite literally, a clone of his father. They lived in separate homes and their interactions were relatively rare... yet the two of them consider each other nothing less than siblings.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Setsuna was never exactly popular despite being incredibly rich.
- Mistaken for Gay: When reality shifted following the (off-screen) ending of the "Cybernetic Nightmare" arc, Wade and Eric suddenly found themselves stuck in the forest butt-naked, a la The Terminator. This fact, combined with some very poor choice of words on Wade's part, caused Chiharu to make that assumption. Ironically, she's not that far off, at least about Wade's sexuality.
- Motor Mouth: Ichiko becomes this when she's upset, her speech speeding up to near-unintelligible levels until she finally runs out of breath and forces herself to try and calm down.
- Ms. Fanservice: Kuriko appears to have been shaped into one.
- No Antagonist: Obviously. But that doesn't mean there's no conflict.
- Averted in most of the "Elseworlds" arcs so far.
- Nose Bleed: After Yuuji and Satoshi see Rachel in her two-piece bathing suit both suffer severe nosebleeds; Satoshi's is so severe he nearly dies of blood loss. Later lampshaded by Christopher, and then again by Sayuri who likens the scene in the pool to a horror movie because of all the blood.
- No Social Skills: Megumi and Nayumi.
- Not a Morning Person: Chiharu describes herself as such though this has not been shown yet.
- Parental Abandonment: Tiberius Hawke has a serious case of missing mom and dad; his father was murdered before his eyes and his mom sent him across the world in grief.
- Panty Shot: Yuriko accidentally shows her panties to Wade, which causes him to get a severe nosebleed.
- Kuriko also does so. There seems to be a thing about characters ending in "riko" showing their panties to Wade...
- Plucky Comic Relief: Wade and Tiberius are the most obvious examples.
- Prince Charming Wannabe: Wade.
- Princely Young Man: Setsuna, being the heir of a huge Mafia family.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Following the ban of their roleplayer from the site, Kurai Hikari and his adopted daughter Hitomi Hikari died off-screen, while Hitomi's brother Taizai left the town out of grief.
- Word of God said this wouldn't be the last time an inactive/banned roleplayer had their character(s) killed off, though this may no longer be the case after the reboot.
- Replacement Love Interest: Kurai went through several of these after the only two women in his life that mattered left. One came back, though.
- Shared Family Quirks: Izumi closes his eyes when embarrassed or ashamed like his father used to. Also, like his father he loves the outdoors almost to obsessive extents.
- Shout-Out: Way too many to even begin listing. There's not a single thread that goes by without someone referencing something. Probably one of the biggest meta examples is the "Cybernetic Nightmare" arc, parts of which were shout-outs to Metal Gear Rising. Considering the name of the admin conducting the arc (Raiden), this isn't exactly surprising.
- There's even a new "Elseworlds" area that's one big Shout-Out to .
- Silk Hiding Steel: Sayuri. She may be quiet, well-mannered and passive most of the time, but don't get her mad.
- Sitting on the Roof: Yamaku's rooftop is one of the more popular locations.
- Spiritual Successor: To a failed RP community that roleplayed on Facebook.
- Split Personality: Chihiro/Porcelina.
- Statuesque Stunner: Both Nagisa and Sayuri are 6 feet tall and rather attractive. The effect of Sayuri's height is somewhat diminished by her wheelchair.
- Super Hero Origin: Due to his unsocial behavior from birth, Satoshi is bullied and developes a dislike for people. Soon after he stops looking for friends he is able to unconciously study human nature indiscrimitely and develop a talent for reading who people likely are through their eyes and body language, which later makes him become very social and friendly since he understands how people think and react to many different situations.
- After his daughter enters high school and starts hanging out with boys, genius scientist Takeshi Tachibana decides that the only way to protect her purity is by donning the guise of CAPTAIN TRIANGLE! Naturally, it's Played for Laughs.
- Tall Darkand Snarky: Tiberius Hawke is over 6' tall, an incredibly gifted musician and fancies himself as rather a ladies' man.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Sayuri seems to have a habit of doing this. The first time round, Yuuji even managed to hold an entire conversation with her while she was still sleeping, much to the surprise of both parties.
- Satoshi manages it as well, though it's less coherent on Sayuri's part.
- The Sociopath: Maki Ito is a high-functioning sociopath... among other things.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Sayuri is prone to doing this - albeit temporarily - by bolting from her wheelchair and standing up, usually just to display her full imposing height when angered. The weakness of her legs means she can't sustain it for more than a few moments, though.
- Tsundere – Yuriko was specifically created to be one.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: Setsuna offers to share his umbrella with Nayumi. She accepts, but only because not doing so would ruin her sketchbook.
- We All Live in America: Since pretty much none of the roleplayers are Japanese, mishaps happen from time to time. One of the admins even had to go out of his way and explain that Japanese Valentine's Day is NOT celebrated the way it is in the West.
- Yandere: Hitomi shows shades of this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ai used to have blue hair in high school. She stopped dying it when she went blind.
- Ichiko also has light blue hair which she claims is natural. Lampshaded when Nayumi expresses doubt that her hair is naturally that colour.
- Eric also has blue hair. There's a lot of blue hair at Yamaku.
- Chiharu used to have blue hair, but like Ai, she has stopped dying it, allowing her hair to return to its natural black color.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Touka suffers from MELAS syndrome, which is caused by mutations in her DNA. She has five years to live, at most. The oldest she could possibly get is twenty-two years old.
- Body Horror: Numerous examples, but most prominently, Takeshi Tachibana's victims.
- Chekhov's Gun: Sayuri's kendo blade, which was mounted on the wall of her dorm room by her parents. She promptly (and clumsily) took it down and cast it aside, but after students started disappearing, Sayuri retrieved the blade and began practising self-defence with it again.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: It's later implied that she takes the blade with her when the students go to storm Takeshi's compound.
- Cyborg: Oh, SO many of them. Unsurprising, considering this is the primary theme of the arc.
- Face-Heel Turn: Wade Wilson defects to join Takeshi. It was later revealed that he defected right back to the side of the students after learning exactly who Takeshi's boss is, but kept around as a double agent.
- Foreshadowing: Wade tells Sayuri about a recurring dream he has where one of his allies kills him. Considering who his actual allies are, this wouldn't be all that surprising.
- Freak Out: Sayuri has a pretty big one after hearing of Satoshi's disappearance and tries to barricade herself and Chihiro/Porcelina inside their room.
- Get Out: Nayumi chases Taizai out of her room after he asks to see her cybernetic arms.
- Necromancer: Eric is able to resurrect humans as twisted cybernetic beings called "Husks". Part of his deal with Takeshi is that Takeshi will teach him how to improve the quality of his Husks.
- Ripple Proof Memory: Eric and Wade are the only ones with memories of the pre-reboot universe; to everyone else, the events of the Cyber Night arc are All Just a Dream.
- Stockholm Syndrome: After Satoshi "abandoned" her to escape from Takeshi's compound, Kuriko has disavowed him and sided with Eric and Takeshi.
- Suicide Mission: The final assault on Takeshi's compound was heavily implied to be this. While it was never actually played out, the dreams of several of the involved characters generally depict everybody - or almost everybody - getting killed.
- The realization that just about everyone was going to get killed off during the arc's conclusion was partially what led to the Retcon that established the arc's events as being non-canon.
- Surprise Pregnancy: As Andrea learned, having sex without protection while you're ovulation may lead to certain... complications in the future. Subverted in that it was the lack of her period that tipped her off and not morning sickness.
- Manipulative Bastard: Takeshi Tachibana fits this trope to a T. To start off - he somehow managed to convince Robert, Vivian and Lucas to give up their humanity and become full-body cyborgs serving him. He also somehow manages to convince Wade Wilson to betray his friends. A flashback revealed exactly how he did it - by finding something Wade would be emotionally invested in (namely, his sister's hidden past) and exploiting it.
- Obfuscating Disability: Masato uses a cane to help disguise the fact that he is actually Takeshi Tachibana.
- The Mole: Takeshi informs Satoshi and Kuriko that he has an informant within the school, and so Satoshi, Wade and Tiberius set about trying to track down the mole. Turns out the mole was Wade all along.
- And then it turns out he's actually a ReverseMole who's been working with Takeshi just so he can get information on how to defeat the cyborgs.
- And then it turns out the entire thing was a dream. Or was it?
- Unwilling Roboticisation: The primary theme of the arc. More or less all the cyborgs involved have been manipulated to some degree, but the trope fits Nayumi Tachibana the best, as she was literally kidnapped and forced to undergo the transformation process.