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Discussion topic for the RP between myself, HH, and Sunset. If anyone else is reading this and is interested, we may have 1 more space.

 

So the idea at the moment is we'll use Iwatobi high school, just for the sake of ease, and because the Japanese setting is pretty essential to the bishounen image. The canon characters won't be a part of it unless we want to perhaps drop a mention to them being past students (so this would be set in the future, if we did do that). I think we can just ignore them, but if someone has a good idea and wants to drop a reference then that's fine.

 

Anyway as for characters, we probably don't need sheets, but I think we should at least describe the basic idea of our characters here so we all have an idea what sort of role each character will occupy, and we can try to work out the interplay between characters before we post, so we're able to make a bit of reference to each others characters.

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Yippeeee~ 

 

So whose characters are worked out? I'll think more about mine when I'm a little more awake. 

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I think only my character's worked out, and only barely. XD

 

The basic concept, as mentioned, is that he's a new student in Iwatobi High. When people asks him about his past, he avoids their question. He has a passion for swimming and the boys soon find out that he can out-swim even their fastest swimmer. They discover afterwards that he's lost his memory of the past and followed his father here.

 

I... haven't decided what his actual past is. XD I know the history sounds really cheesy but I thought that's in line with what KyoAni would've done with Free!.

 

As for name, he shall be Nakahara Aiko. Female names ftw!

 

Er, personality I haven't really thought of. I guess he shall be a nice-guy type. The kind who's quiet and doesn't socialise much, but will become your BFF once you get to know him, and always seeks to please his friends. And probably a teacher's pet too.

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Hm I'm now considering the idea of a delinquent guy, perhaps forced into the swim club as a means of keeping him off the streets and improving his behaviour through the magic of teamwork. Essentially a Rei sort of position as the swimming newbie, but instead of eager to learn and friendly this guy will be (initially) lazy and inhospitable.

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Sounds good! C: 

I was gonna say we could play up the amnesia thing in the usual way by having one of the guys know Aiko from the past somehow, but I guess it's not that easy if he just moved into town. Maybeee he lived there as a kid and his dad moved them back to see if it'd help him regain his memory...? Just an idea, I dunno if you had something else planned in that regard. 

 

I'm having the urge to play a more feminine or quirky sort of character, I guess. I'm stuck on the details but I'll keep thinking. (Read: I'm trying not to make him too much like Nagisa. I:) He'll probably be the one pestering our delinquent to participate and have fun. : P And he's going to have a girly name too because it's too much fun. 

 

Are either of you guys going to play more than one character? We need another swimmer, don't we? And I guess a uh... whatever Kou's title was, I don't remember. I wouldn't mind making an extra if one of you doesn't want to. 

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I was thinking it'd be perfect if you were gonna play a more bubbly character, cos mine and HHs are looking to be pretty much the Haru sort who aren't so interesting without a Nagisa/Makoto type to take initiative and all. So that's handy you're thinking of something like that xD.

Yeah initially me and HH would've played 2 characters each to get our team of 4. Not sure how to work it with 3 though. But your mention of a Kou sort of role gives me the idea. One person can play the fourth swimmer, one person plays Kou's role (was she the club president? I forget her actual title), and one can play a role sort of like their old swim coach, the retired expert who can help train them.

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Okay, I'll go that route then. :3 Oh man, I just had a cute idea. My dude might just have to be a little astrology know-it-all and talk about how everyone's this way or that way because of their sign all the time. (Finally, a place to utilize all this extraneous knowledge.) That covers quirky at least, right? : P Maybe he's into lots of "mystical" or superstitious things. He's probably a little naive. 

 

And I'm cool with us all taking on another character. If we want the extra ("old swim coach" slot) to be around the same age instead, so they can be more involved, it could just be another student outside of the swimming club that's friends with them/one of them. Orrr I dunno I guess it could be a graduated student that's just a few years older than them, maybe used to be in the swim club. I'll leave that one up to you guys since I don't think I'll be taking that character. 

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Yeah your character idea sounds great. I can just imagine how much superstition would come into things like competition swimming. He could have all these little rituals he insists must be done before they compete and all, which is apparently a common thing among athletes anyway.

And I could take that extra character, assuming HH doesn't want it either. It doesn't even actually need to be an older character at all, I'm actually thinking of taking the whole theoretical aspect that Rei loves so much, and having a character that's an expert in that (to actual effect rather than Rei's uselessness at applying it). Additionally this character wouldn't be a good swimmer himself at all, and would likely be extremely bossy (which would work well because he'd be telling the swimmers everything they're doing wrong, and they'd be disgruntled that he acts like such a know it all when he himself doesn't actually swim). In fact maybe it can even be a girl similar to Kou, and her reason for being so expert at the technical theory side is that she has studied male swimmers extensively for... reasons.

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Oh is DayDay going to follow my suggestion of making his character have a phobia of water? That was what I told him that time, that maybe his character has a secret phobia of water that he refuses to tell anyone in order to look cool, which explains why he can't swim. And in the story we discover the phobia and help him overcome it (and then of course heartwarming music plays in the background).

 

As for Aiko, hmm! I was thinking his amnesia could be more conspiratorial, in that his father purposely moved him out of his hometown so that he would forget everything completely. So maybe halfway through the tale we can have him meet someone from his past, either because that person also moved in here or one round of the swimming competition was held there, that kind of thing.

 

So if DayDay's playing the "coach" character, do we still need a manager? And does Sunset want to play the extra swimmer or the manager?

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Well the coach character was more just to make it even so we each have 2. I'm not sure what the manager could otherwise do, it does seem very similar a role to the coach

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If we want to make it even, rather than having a manager, we should have an antagonist. Someone who doesn't want the Swim Club to happen, and so when they're riding on their victory this person tries means and ways to thwart them and get them to disband the club.

 

(I think I watch too many Japanese dramas; just thought you should know that Water Boys 2 provides very good inspiration ;D)

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Yeah! I wonder what kinda thing would be best for an antagonist... Maybe the president of another club? Something to do with both clubs needing more funds, but the school's budget will only cover one of them, or something. Otherwise I'm not sure who would want the club to disband (or fail) so badly, unless it's some personal rivalry. 

 

Day's character could be the manager, right...? I mean, if she knows a lot about swimming but can't do it herself, that seems like a good spot for her, unless you don't think she'd want to actually be in the club. If that's the case, I think there could still be a manager, really. They could be a sort of bossy duo over the team. : P 

 

I think I'm leaning toward playing the extra swimmer, if that's all right. HH, if you already had an idea for another swimmer, just let me know, cause I haven't thought of anything concrete yet. c: 

 

As for my first character, though, his name will be Mazuka Teiko. He's kinda skinny (but toned from swimming, I suppose) and he ignores the school dress code when it comes to the length of his hair. It's probably like... nearly down to his shoulders or something, straight and light-ish brown - he'll wear it in a little ponytail often. He likes reading people's fortune with Tarot cards and talking about the supernatural (but he won't touch Ouija boards). He's talkative and a little too free of spirit for more straight-laced people. Aaand he might wear glasses sometimes. That's about all I got, hahah. 

 

So, obligatory question - in DD's initial PM about this RP he mentioned how the yaoi undertones would, well, stay as undertones, like in the show. Does that mean there won't be any openly (or secretly) gay characters? I know I sound like a rabid yaoi fangirl and that's... well yeah that's because I am. I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE BEFORE WE START. hahaha 

I don't mind if we don't get into the yaoi business, I'm just kind of a sucker for romance and wondered if it would factor in at all. 

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Yeah you can play the extra swimmer! I'd like to play the antagonist anyway. I think it's a great idea about the school budgeting thing, cuz it's really humourous and realistic (my university does face such problems aha). Maybe it's something geeky like the Astronomy Club, so that we can have thin bespectacled pale guys. XDD

 

Well I suppose if you want romance that's fine too. It's just that having a canon couple means fans can't do their own shipping (not that people would want to but who knows). If we do have romance though, my antagonist should end up with someone! Even if it's the manager girl. o3o

 

I think I'm starting to love my antagonist more than the swimmer.

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Toned from swimming of course. You can't not be toned from swimming, at least in the anime world, haha.

 

I should expand on my character idea a bit more too, I realise I didn't say much at all. Basically I was thinking he's this troublemaker guy who ends up forced into the club, and as HH mentioned, she gave me the idea that he will be afraid of water, and will extremely resist any attempts to get him to actually swim (he'll just turn up to the club meetings because he has to, but refuse to do anything but lay back and get a tan or something). And of course he won't admit he's afraid of water, at least not until a while in when its forced out of him (I'm thinking probably he gets pushed into the water and ends up having a panic attack that reveals his fear, and having this weakness exposed will go towards breaking down his resistance to the club members). When he does end up getting over his fear and swimming with the team, he'll become really motivated and competitive (probably finding a rival in an opposing school's swim team, or perhaps the 4th swimmer on ours - the other two so far don't seem they'd stoke much of a fierce rivalry. I'm thinking the Gary Oak sort of rival, that acts smug and makes the guy furiously competitive).

 

Hm the president of another club competing for funding is a good antagonist idea. It could also simply be the president of another club competing with the president of the swimming club over who is the better president, or maybe they have history and our president was the vice president of the other club formerly, and quit because she thinks she can do a better job, so the other president has their own reputation at stake if their former underling surpasses them.

 

The thing with an antagonist as a played character rather than an NPC is that how much are they going to have to do? Theoretically most of the action will center around our club and its members, I don't think an outsider would have that many chances for scenes.

 

I liked that bossy duo of managers idea though. We could have two people in charge with differing management styles, and they could clash constantly. They could both be girls even, and they could also clash over their fangirling of the guys (imagine the scene where the guys go to buy swimsuits, only they're deciding on a uniform swimsuit, and there is the two girl bosses arguing over which ones the guys look better in and should be the team uniform - also cue the more perverted of the pair wondering if they could just go without swimsuits entirely).

 

And yeah the thing in the PM about the yaoi aspect was just cos we were under the belief you were not a yaoi fan and didn't want you to think that that's what this was going to be, which is the immediate idea that springs to mind I think.

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Well the thing about having 2 characters is that we don't have to play both of them often.

 

Hmm I don't know about 2 quibbling girls; sounds like the scene for plenty of catfights. Which aren't altogether a bad thing, but it feels very Archie, which gets annoying towards the end. Unless 1 of the girls is radically different from the other somehow.

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Well it's just I assume our fourth swimmer will have as much focus as the other three, and so unless these other two characters we're pondering have plenty of stuff to do too, it'll just be Sunset doing twice the work managing two swimmer characters while we have extra characters who don't appear as much

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Hummm, well. I did imagine they would clash, but maybe that's not the focus. Maybe they're actually really close and just have different tastes/disagree on small things a lot (like swimsuit aesthetics)? But they're friends/a good team and they get over it quickly/make some compromise or whatever. Seems like they'd both be happy to watch the guys at any rate : P But I agree it shouldn't give off the whole catfight vibe. Not sure how that'd work out best. But if they're good friends outside of the club (or become that way), it makes for a little more harmony. 

 

An errant thought I had was that one of them could be male. Ogling the guys could still be part of their bonding if we're letting the boy love run free after all. I think that would be cute but I'm not playing either of those characters so you guys do whatever sounds good to you!! 

 

What if the rival club's meeting room is right next to the swim club's or something? Since they're going to school together all the time there should be plenty of ways to involve the antagonist more if we want to. 

 

But, wait, I just realized we sort of added an extra character. ...didn't we? We got 4 swimmers, 2 manager figures, and 1 antagonist. Is someone playing three? Or am I somehow confused. I: 

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Ah, no HH suggested the antagonist instead of a second manager figure. So we're looking at one manager, then either another manager or an antagonist.

 

Anyway that's a good idea, some way to cause the other club to constantly be intruding upon the swim club. Maybe they could actually share a room/practice space. So like the swimming pool is right next to the venue the other club conducts their activities at.

 

Another idea I just had is maybe the antagonist could be like an inspector sort of role. Monitoring the club to make sure they're not squandering funds, or to ensure they're abiding school regulations, or even just acting as a reviewer who is deciding which clubs will get to continue to exist. Something like that gives the antagonist a mandate to pry in and attend meetings whenever they like, and if they're really uptight I'm sure it'd be easy to have them decide they want the club to be shut down.

 

Another idea I also just had is perhaps the antagonist wishes to start a club that requires a special location (like a tennis court), but there is no more room at the school, and so they make the case that the swimming club should be shut down and the pool converted into their desired venue. This would especially work given it is a good point that it'd be a waste to have a pool area for just 4 guys.

 

Or some combination. Maybe someone is inspecting and judging the value of the club in order to determine whether they should keep the pool or use the space for more school services.

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Oh! Okay, I see. My bad. 

 

Those are good ideas, DD. I think the antagonist would have more presence if they were a rivaling club president rather than an inspector of sorts, though. While that would give them the opportunity to sabotage a few more things, I feel like they'd lack a real reason without having a club of their own to promote. Or it could... somehow be both? I have no idea. 

 

I just keep imagining him coming around during practice to taunt them and be a jerk. If it is another athletic club, maybe the pool is attached to/right outside the gym they practice in. If it's like that, maybe they even have to share a locker room sometimes. Although it did seem funny to have the rival club be a bunch of geeks... 

 

I'm going in circles here, so I'm gonna sleep and let you guys talk it out : P

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Okay, I think at this point anyway I'll just leave it up to HH. Since she's claimed the antagonist, she can choose from all these ideas what she would like to have a go at most. I don't think it matters too much anyway, the swimmer guys will still be the main characters.

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I don't think we'll have to worry about the antagonist not having anything to do. I mean, wasn't Rin kinda like the antagonist in Free! too?

 

And yeah, it's a good idea to have their clubrooms be really close and cause the antagonist to intrude on them all the time. And the antagonist will spy on their meetings, or just brazenly walk in on them. Yeah, I think I'll make him a gung-ho, brazen sort of guy who doesn't care if people dislike him.

 

And clearing away a swimming pool to make a field for stargazing should be legit too.

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Well that all sounds okay. I think we can just go with that, and start nailing down character specifics. I think I'll make some sort of sheet for mine, since we're gonna have a fair few characters to keep track of

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Sounds good! I'll make some for mine, too. We can go into as much detail as you guys care to, doesn't really matter. Just let me know what I should include c: 

 

Also, I guess it doesn't matter if they happen to be in different grades, does it? I can see there being a few age differences, but maybe some of them are in the same class. I was thinking of Teiko as a junior, but if the majority ends up being younger, I'll bump him down. My other character will probably be a little older, though. 

 

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You know, I just realized how similar Aiko and Teiko sound.... ;;; That doesn't bother you, does it, HH? My bad, haha >__> 

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Oh I thought DayDay was saying we didn't need sheets at first. I'm bad at coming up with templates to present my characters in (also I make up many of their details on the spot).

 

Oh Sunset different grades is fine. Free! was like that too. And "ko" is a common enough girly suffix in Japan so it's okay. Many Japanese names kinda sound alike anyway. XD

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Actually yeah, thinking more about it we don't really need sheets. I was thinking like "what if I need to know what grade/age other characters are and it hasn't been mentioned IC yet?". But I realise we're going to have a pretty relaxed pace, so if that sort of thing came up we could just ask in this thread for any extra details we needed.

 

So yeah nevermind, I think we can just get right in when we're ready. Who should start it off? Perhaps more importantly, what is our sort of opening scene going to be?

 

Given my character is going to be (possibly) the only inexperienced new guy to the club, I could start it off with my character heading to the meeting, ending my post off as he arrives, which would let you guys start with the goings on of the meeting preceding and after his arrival - quite possibly discussing the need for a fourth person (maybe there's some story as to why there's only 3 of them, given they'd have needed to have had 4 at some point to have even had the club running up until now).

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