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PostSubject: Juu's OC(s)   Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:42 am

Full Name: Tochikura Kaede
Nickname(s): Kai/Kai-chan/Kaede-kun/etc
Birthdate: June 9th, 1995
Age: 17

Physical appearance: Kaede is full Japanese, giving her natural straight black hair that reaches down to her waist. She often wears a blue beanie that she either puts on directly or tucks her hair up into. Kaede occasionally will dye the tips various colors but they often get hidden under the beanie. She has three pairs of ear piercings with generic studs. When she's not at school, her typical outfit is mostly black and grey and dark colors consisting of fitted jeans, sneakers and a loose sweater bearing a cartoonish orange skull. Her height is 5'3" and her weight is around 130 lbs. Her body not completely thin, somewhat average, but she does not have definite curves so her waist is generally straight. Her eyes are a steel grey shade and mono-lid with a slight almond shape, and she often wears big thick-frame glasses over them. She has light freckles that spread over her cheeks and fade off around the nose, and her lips are thin. Her face is sort of boyish, which coupled with her unisex name and neutral figure and plain clothes is why Kaede is often mistaken for a boy.

Personality: Kaede is rather reserved around people, and while she does show some blatant emotion, it takes an effort to get it out of her. She tries not to let other peoples' opinions get to her, but it's difficult in a brutal high school environment, especially when she has a reputable detention record and low-spectrum grades compared to the ones who are striving to get into Tokyo U. However, Kaede can get very defensive when it comes to her insecurities, especially when other girls point out to her face that she's more like a boy than a girl. Kaede sometimes wishes she could be more girly, to fit in, but she reminds herself that she can't allow herself to become selfish like the ones who tease her. So she remains very much the introvert, only associating briefly with a few classmates at school from whom she can copy homework. It would take a very special person to get her to open up about herself.

For the most part, Kaede goes unnoticed, and she makes a point to hide herself throughout the day. Nevertheless, Kaede is the quiet observer, and as such she tends to be very opinionated. While she will keep these strong opinions to herself, that doesn't stop her from mulling over them in her mind while she watches her classmates interact. She does not see herself as above them, but rather she is distant from them entirely. Instead of interacting with people, she devotes herself to her art at school and to caring for her eight-year-old brother Aki at home. Kaede is not very fond of her father, who does little to help them survive throughout the day even though he does pay rent on the apartment.

Background: Kaede has lived in Ikebukuro all of her life. Her father and mother, Masayoshi and Chiyo, were a rather happy couple until Kaede started to grow older and more distant – she didn't want to play with other kids, but instead wanted to stay inside and draw. This caused a distance to grow between the Tochikuras. So they tried conceiving another child in the hopes that things would work out better this time. However, soon after the child was born, Masayoshi's job could not support the four of them, and Chiyo couldn't take the pressure. She packed up her things and left him with their two children. Kaede hasn't seen her mother since.

From then on, Kaede was forced to take care of the new child, Aki, because Masayoshi won't. Their father tends to hole himself up and absorb himself in his work as a translator, only coming out to eat whatever is in the kitchen, occasionally shower, pay rent, and go back to his office where he sleeps. For a short time, Kaede dropped out of school so she could care for Aki in his toddler years. Eventually she returned to finish her education (and is currently at sophomore level), as per motivation not to become like her father. She is largely independent and takes care of herself (For not really going anywhere, her father makes enough money to support them – though he doesn't give them the love and care they need. Kaede basically takes money from his account and uses it at she pleases).

It was around this time that Kaede heard about the Dollars and the work they were trying to do to better the city. She followed them, joined, and began to believe that the Dollars had the potential to become something even greater. She began to contribute to their efforts, ignoring most of her schoolwork or paying classmates to do it for her.

Eventually, Kaede realized that she could also contribute her art skills to spread the news of the Dollars. By day, she went to school maybe a couple times a week, but at night, she began to work on intricate chalk drawings on Ikebukuro sidewalks, cleaning up various spray paint vandalisms along the way and replacing them with her own chalk ones. Kaede carries a water bottle with her in case she needs to quickly rid herself of any evidence. At age fifteen, she took up smoking to relieve anxiety.

Over the recent few years, she has continued to lay her chalk drawings over the streets despite how quickly they may get destroyed or washed away – it's the fact that they get noticed that counts for her. Kaede keeps this hobby a secret from everyone, including Aki. She comes home just in time to tuck him into bed and tell him stories, so that he will have the pleasant childhood she couldn't; and when she can, she teaches him to draw.

Close relationships: Her father, though "close" isn't exactly accurate. They rarely confer with one another. Kaede has a few friends but no one close. She is very protective of Aki.

Current occupation: none besides student/art vigilante

Gang: Recently joined the Dollars because of their initial motivation to help others and get out kind messages, but does not approve of the violence that some supposed "Dollars members" sometimes engage themselves in.

Strengths:
• Kaede is an exceptional artist with a particular affinity for sidewalk chalk art.
• She's a decent runner, since she's had to run from the police on a few occasions. So far, she's been caught once but she was able to get away and hasn't been caught since.
• Kaede is quick with her tongue, able to think on her feet and come up with excuses to get herself out of sticky situations.
• She is independent for the most part and can pay for her own things if need be.

Weaknesses:
• Kaede may be able to take care of herself on the streets, but she is still small and not physically strong, and in any case it makes her vulnerable to the wrong kind of people.
• Kaede's distance from people in her school have thus far prevented her from making friends. Though she doesn't outwardly show it, she hates that she can't strike up a conversation without getting nervous and eventually giving up.
• She is constantly absorbed by her own business that her schoolwork declines – she reads and is booksmart but generally would fail most of her classes if teachers didn't snap her out of it.
• Kaede started smoking when she was 15 and hasn't been able to quit; she is somewhat weak-willed and it's hard for her to discipline herself.

Fears/Insecurities: Kaede is scared of being caught and arrested for "vandalism," since she has a little brother to take care of and it's likely that her father will not take care of him in her absence. She also fears that her father will leave them. She is insecure about her femininity (or somewhat lack thereof). She is slightly lonely; she doesn't really like the part of herself that's awkward and unable to make friends. She has tried to make friends, but she doesn't have very much confidence or self-esteem and in the end she gives up; by now, she's pretty much stopped trying. Kaede is closest with her brother because she doesn't have to try around him or be someone she's not to please him.

Likes: Art & chalk. The feeling of chalk dust against her fingers. Salty foods that are easy to eat.

Dislikes: People who try too hard/have huge egos/buy a lot of expensive things "just because they should."

Driving force: To take care of her brother, and to help the Dollars make the statement it needs.

Hobbies: Sometimes she deliberately gets herself into detention so she can clean the chalkboard.

Describe your character in three words: quiet, virtuous, opinionated

If your character were stranded on an island and could only bring two things with them, what would they be?: chalk, cigarettes, and a lighter.

If your character could change anything about themselves, what would they change?: Kaede would want to be a little more girly, as she doesn't see herself as pretty, but she also would want to keep true to who she is.

Your character opens their fridge; what do they see?: a lot of processed foods, microwaveable dinners, things that will last a while and do not perish quickly. also, something similar to lunchables for Aki.

Sample Roleplay:

Kaede tended to absorb herself in her artwork. She was currently working on a 3-dimensional illusion on the sidewalk — she'd done the sketch during history and math class — in the dark. It was best at this time of night, when people were rarely out and about, not to mention she wouldn't get in trouble this way.

But then there were footsteps. There shouldn't be anyone out here, not to mention the area she'd picked was somewhat secluded this time… It might have lasted a few days, had she been able to finish it. But the footsteps drew closer, so Kaede stuffed her pack of chalks into her pockets and ran, careful not to smudge her work. As she rounded the corner on light footsteps, she poured water over her hands and rubbed them together to wash the chalk away.



YOU AS A PERSON:

Name: Juliet/Juu
Gender: boobs
Age (if you're comfortable): 18
Experience: About 6 years of roleplaying~
Location (if you're comfortable): California
Anything else you'd like to add?: This is the first OC I've made in a looong time. Bear with me xD


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PostSubject: Re: Juu's OC(s)   Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:48 pm

There are a few questions I have about her first
How does she afford things she wants? You mentioned she can yet she has no job(not one that pays) so how does she afford it?(Especially the expensive smoking habit) Does she steal money from her father? Steal from others?

What year is she in for Highschool? Most 17 year olds are in their last year however if she dropped out to care for her brother for a couple of years I imagine she would not be with students her own age.

You mention she is only close to her brother and is very distant but I'd like to know if she's secretly very lonely or hates this about herself/longs deeply for companionship and more than just looking 'more feminine to fit in'
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PostSubject: Re: Juu's OC(s)   Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:54 pm

For not really going anywhere, her father makes enough money to support them (though he doesn't give them the love and care they need). Kaede basically takes money from his account and uses it at she pleases.

Hmm, I imagine she's dropped down to a sophomore in high school.

She is kind of lonely, she doesn't really like the part of herself that's awkward and unable to make friends. She has tried to make friends, but she doesn't have very much confidence or self-esteem and in the end she gives up; by now, she's pretty much stopped trying. Kaede is closest with her brother because she doesn't have to try around him or be someone she's not to please him.

Does all of that make sense? ^^;
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PostSubject: Re: Juu's OC(s)   Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:57 pm

Yup~, Accepted then~(just remember to add those parts in somewhere when you get the chance ^^; )
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PostSubject: Re: Juu's OC(s)   Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:00 pm

I edited in those parts. Thank you! :D
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