Ryugu Academy is a roleplay that began construction on March 15, 2014 and has been subsequently worked on. The intent of the roleplay was to reunite all of the old Raishonettes after Raishon Academy went down under. There is no official thread as of yet, and the project is a long ways from coming to fruition. Scheduled to open in one year.
Ryugu Academy takes place in the year 2015. The secret world of mythical creatures has introduced itself to mankind, though they were already very much integrated into their society to serve their own agenda. However, with this revelation came something more startling - the idea that there were private 'academies' funded by circles of investors, devoted to training these creatures, as well as their hybrid offspring, to fit in with mankind. At the current moment, only three academies have unveiled themselves to be such schools, offering admission to humans in hopes that one day, peaceful co-existence could be achieved. Ryugu Academy, in particular, went as far as to offer scholarships that paid for everything to human students. They received 24 applicants, all of whom were accepted and made into their own class.
In truth, Ryugu's reasons were a bit more than the altruistic statements would have led one to believe. The Headmaster, who's power was to give others powers, had planted special technology inside each student meant to replicate the internal changes that took place whenever he gave someone a power. Each student would receive two, and were looked after by an adviser who would report details if any other changes occurred. While this was going on, students noticed that their 'human' counterparts had special abilities like them, and began to spread rumors about them.
Things got worse when, you know, all 24 of them vanished out of the blue. Though, by then, Ryugu already had a lot going against it, such as monsters attacking the school that students were threatened to keep quiet about, students who transferred out never being heard from again, and the occasional death here and there.
Another set of mysterious students have been invited to the school, seen all around as replacements to the missing twenty four. Several groups have gathered around to help the school out - the Knitting Club, who researches in secret about the missing students and the new students, the Black Battler Club, a fraction of the Battler Club that goes monster hunting, and the Security Council, which keeps students safe whenever a monster penetrates the school walls. The induction of the new student set seems to kick off a series of strange and shocking events that will occur on Ryugu-jima, as well as the resulting panic, romance, heated confrontations, and insanity.
Ryugu Academy contains examples of the following tropes:
- Bread and Circuses: The Headmaster deliberately pushes a lot of money into the Student Council and has told them to keep the masses busy, in an attempt to distract students from all of the bad things (see below) he's done. It gets mixed results.
- Boarding School: The setting of this piece of work.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: The AIs themselves and the Headmaster, being able to provide powers to others.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Not only do they all exist, but every single one of them that was not a human teamed up to keep up the illusion that they don't.
- Fiction500: Nearly every member (ranging from businessmen to politicians) of a circle is this. To the point where funding a private school and their multibillion dollar project of installing translator chips that double as tracking devices are literally just pocket change to them.
- Grey-and-Grey Morality: Various instances, but the most particular: In Ryugu!verse, it's actually not atypical for those who transfer/leave private academies to find themselves threatened/bribed into silence, if only to keep the secret world a secret, even after it comes to the surprise of no one.
- And this is exactly why Headmaster Haruki is able to get away with so much; his world has pretty much accepted his methods has perfectly acceptable, even though his reasons don't exactly line up with instances where it'd be okay.
- Homage: To Raishon Academy
- How Do I Shot Web?: Depends on whether or not you're an AI Holder or a 'normal' student. If you're a 'normal' student, the knowledge comes naturally to you...eventually. If you're an AI Holder, the knowledge is something that you have to study and test and learn about.
- Interspecies Romance: In Ryugu!verse, this is actually part of the reason why Ryugu Academy and others like it exist; either students are part monster or something else entirely. The exception being AI holders, who are neither of these things.
- The Masquerade: Since ancient times, mankind has lived with various mythological creatures...
- Hide Your Otherness: However, at some point these species integrated themselves with Mankind to keep their world a secret...
- Meaningful Name: Ryugu Academy is named after the person conducting the reboot. (As Ryugu is Japanese for 'Dragon Palace')
- Monster of the Week: Chimera are rather large creatures that inhabit the forests of Ryugu-jima and, on occasion, attack the school. Justified in that they are typically Killed Off for Real when this occurs.
- Monster Roommate: In Ryugu!verse, this isn't uncommon, though people don't usually know they're a monster. In Ryugu Academy, however, this is what everybody is to the AI holders.
- One Person, One Power: All 'normal' students have one power, with their versatility varying between each student. (Explanation as to why below)
- Our Ancestors Are Superheroes: The in-universe explanation as to why 'normal' students have powers is that at some point in their family tree, their ancestors did the squiggle dance with another species, making it so that even those who deem themselves humans aren't exactly 100% human.
- Ordinary High-School Student: The previous AI holders were just ordinary humans that were given powers on their first day. This had mixed results.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: The AIs. Justified, in that the AIs copied their original hosts' brains during their time together
- Replacement Goldfish: The new AI Holders are seen as this. Even the Academy makes no secret of this, what with their 'unique' patches match the old AI holders.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The go-to explanation as to why many atrocities (ranging from bribing students into silence to destroying high schools just so that a specific student would end up going to Ryugu) occur without reprimand.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The reveal of the existence of the Fantasy world has gotten mixed results. You have two other academies preaching for unity between monsters and humans, Ryugu Academy who uses humans for their experiments, and a magic world that, though known to the world as real, hasn't exactly entirely blown their cover.
- Haruki personifies the situation pretty accurately: on one hand he preaches altruistic ideals to students and staff and is pleasant guy to talk to, but on the other, he's responsible for 24 missing people, the threatening of students, and pretty underhandedly manipulated the events in the new AI holder's lives just so that they would wind up at Ryugu Academy.
- Stable Time Loop: The AIs are made. An AI malfunctions and sends itself and the other AIs back in time. New AI holders come, specifically because they had those AIs.
- Undisclosed Funds: In Ryugu!verse, all private schools for monsters/mutants gain their funding through a circle of investors who are also monsters/mutants. In Ryugu Academy's case, they seem to procure so much money that even shameless spending cannot even dent.