20 Minutes into the Future, Japan has been taken by storm by the social network Real Account, commonly called "ReaAcc" by the populace. ReaAcc has become an ubiquitous part of the nation's culture, having combined all functions of other SNSs into one platform and received support from the government, businesses, and the public. The service has become an essential part of everyone's life, and naturally a big concern of many, if not all of its users, is the followers they accrue. The number of followers one possesses is critical to establishing an online standing.
Kashiwagi Ataru may be an Ordinary High-School Student in real life, but on Real Account, he has over 1500 followers...he gained by falsifying information on his public profile. But hey, at least he's #4 in nationwide score rankings for "No Answer"!
For the most part, Ataru has no social life outside of Real Account. But his online presence garners him enough attention by the social network's creators for him to be whisked away with the ten thousand most popular users into cyberspace. There, he will have to compete in a ReaAcc-hosted death game televised across the country. The key to staying alive? Followers willing to put their lives on the line for the participants...and how many care enough to make the commitment?
Created by Okushou and Watanabe Shizumu, the series started off in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2014 before moving to Weekly Shonen Magazine (and changed the main cast) in 2015. In 2018 the series moved back to Bessatsu.
Tropes in Real Account include:
- Action Girl: Nanako.
- All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs: During the Re-ACA Live Broadcast.
- Bloodsplattered Innocents: Ataru and Yuuma when they were kids.
- Bystander Effect: Largely in play and one of the biggest dangers present to the participants. Followers can opt out of following a player at any time, if they value their lives over his. It's incredibly evident in chapter 1, with people leaving others to die to save themselves and yet not associating their actions as contributing to murder. Considering that the creators intended for the game to be a social experiment, it's not surprising that this was invoked.
- Characters Dropping Like Flies: A LOT of people are introduced, gets a few lines in, then promptly drop like flies.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Ataru and his sister Yuri's parents are shown to have died before the start of the series. How Ataru and Yuri get by is so far unexplained, other than evidently having a home and a mention that they are poor.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The contestants in the 2nd group didn't exactly have the best circumstances before entering this game. So far, we have:
- An AV actor who failed her father's standards of being first and forces her to marry another "loser". Then Played for Laughs as they lose their virginity to each other and she discovered that she can achieve "first place" by popping another man's cherry, divorcing him, discarding her name and becoming a well-known AV actor.
- A beauty who initially had a twin that was very pretty while she herself was very ugly (along with forcing her to wear a mask). Then a fire happened in which the twin dies saving her (that time she was trying to kill herself) while she herself underwent surgery that ended up making her as pretty as her deceased twin.
- A serial killer who wa initially a housewife, whose Start of Darkness was a burglary gone wrong killing everyone in her family except for herself. While she eventually killed the burglar, she realized that her bloodlust was stronger than the love of her family.
- A cultist who was originally a web programmer, indirectly participating in the First Real Account game to save his boss trapped in the game. The boss dies (along with some of his co-workers) when he failed the Re-ACA's Live Broadcast, with him only surviving because his boss preemptively blocked him before his death.
- A fashionista who's a severe case of So Beautiful, It's a Curse, cemented with her stepfather killing her mother just to prove his love to her.
- A box wearing boy who lives in a dice cube. Every week the cube is played in an illegal casino, with the number rolled on it marking his amount of food for the week. Years later he decided to settle the score by gambling his life and rolling the dice cube by himself. While he lost first, a plane suddenly crashed their location, leaving him ad one of the only survivors.
- A dog, who turned out to be the traitor for the second Real Account game. He lives with an owner who trains his intelligence and is recorded to the internet, but accidentally found out that his owner has a video record of murdering his pets and plans on making the dog his next victim. When the owner came back he decided to kill the dog, but was saved when a representative of Real Account asked him to become a traitor for this session.
- Deadly Game: One where one's survival depends on the number of followers he has. If the participant dies in the course of the game, he will dies in the real world, with his followers dying alongside him. If his following count drops to zero, the participant dies alone.
- Epic Fail: Yuuma's "Ultimate Derpface!" during the Re-ACA's Live Broadcast. Not that we get to see it. Also, Ayame explaining moss to the viewers.
- Honor-Related Abuse / I Have No Son!: A wealthy businessman can be seen in chapter 1 saying "He was a worthless son. It's no big deal."
- Humans Are Bastards: What the game's host, Marble, seems to set out to prove.
- One-Hit Kill: Yuuma and Ayame are alive because they follow each other, if one of them decide to unfollow the other, s/he's dead. Because of that they don't want any other followers so they won't pull others down with them.
- Ordinary High-School Student: The protagonists.
- Police are Useless: Not one police officer appears onscreen, although it could be justified that they cannot handle the chaos, it is implied that they are also in on it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!!: Attempted. They... didn't get far.
- Split Personality: Yuuma (actually Ataru) has a very psychopathic one.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Aiji to Ataru (actually Yuuma.)"I'm begging you, don't let anyone besides me kill you, Kashiwagi Ataru!"
- Twin Switch: By Yuuma and Ataru.
- Yaoi Genre: During the Re-ACA's Live Broadcast.
- Yuri Genre: Same from above.
- Year X: Presumably, the manga is set in the year 20XX.