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The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Tetsuji on Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:47 pm

It's an incredibly gifted class this year, so many bright young minds and pupils to lead the village one day. the voice spoke mysteriously from a small lookout overhead, the window hardly large enough to see the full field and no where near large enough to see anyone within from outside. A small nod in agreement came and some other muttering among familiar voices of the school sensei after the fact, much more formal and seemingly projected than they were yelling at the academy's students to keep them in line. How many do you think will graduate out of this bunch here? the voice spoke down overhead of a group of students that began to line up at one end of the field with various wooden boxes that were neatly organized with practice kunai and shuriken.

A small pause and from next to the voice a new one rang out sounding like the principle of their academy, "We're not entirely sure, though, most of them show incredibly promise so we expect a very high graduation rate." A small chuckle came from the first voice and a nod along with it, Good, I'll be looking forward to see how they progress then. the voice cut off and crossed his arms as he looked out over their practice, taking in the view and a slight memory of the training he'd done as well when he was younger.




Below that the students of the academy began to line up at the ushering of two of the chuunin sensei, various students lining up around the boxes of kunai and shuriken and on the other end of the field were a variety of different targets lined around. Some were just general targets in circles and shades of black, red, and white while others were human forms with boxes on their person to mark their critical locations at the head, chest, and neck.

The instructors gathered themselves together and marked themselves on each side of the field as the one on the right of the class began to yell out, "Alright! We're doing shuriken practice in anticipation of your graduation exam! In order to pass you'll be expected to throw accurately and with great form! Treat this practice as a practice exam that you will be graded on!" the emphasis around the word 'will' hung in the air for a second as Tetsuji formed his mark around the box and reached down to grab a kunai from it. Feeling it in his hand as their sensei continued to yell out about not starting yet or whatever else there was to their assignment for the day. "You need to land 5 objects within the second rung of the targets to pass today's assignment! Split up into groups for each of the targets and trade off partners and targets so you get practice on both types!"

Tetsuji flipped the single kunai in his hand and stepped to the right nearest a target that was circular and near the ground with three rungs and a bullseye in the center of it. The kunai rotated briefly in the air as he breathed out heavily and relaxed himself, the blade landed away from his hand and he noticed the slight glint of it on the grey iron in his hand. The blades weren't really that sharp and aside from their tips wouldn't really cut into flesh that badly, still, Tetsuji stood at the ready to throw the kunai and waited for the signal to begin their practice.


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Post by Kyoshi on Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:10 am

”It's an incredibly gifted class this year, so many bright young minds and pupils to lead the village one day." the voice spoke mysteriously from a small lookout overhead, the window hardly large enough to see the full field and no where near large enough to see anyone within from outside. A small nod in agreement came and some other muttering among familiar voices of the school sensei after the fact, much more formal and seemingly projected than they were yelling at the academy's students to keep them in line. ”How many do you think will graduate out of this bunch here?” the voice spoke down overhead of a group of students that began to line up at one end of the field with various wooden boxes that were neatly organized with practice kunai and shuriken.

A small pause and from next to the voice a new one rang out sounding like the principle of their academy, "We're not entirely sure, though, most of them show incredibly promise so we expect a very high graduation rate." A small chuckle came from the first voice and a nod along with it, ”Good, I'll be looking forward to see how they progress then.” the voice cut off and crossed his arms as he looked out over their practice, taking in the view and a slight memory of the training he'd done as well when he was younger.




On the field below, Kyoshi was staring up at that same lookout, his right hand resting across his brow to shade his eyes from the sun. I wonder why they make such a big deal out of shuriken practice? Oh well, as long as they’re watching…The young Sarutobi’s thoughts were violently interrupted by the sound of his name being shouted at him from across the field. The chuunin sensei were lining up the other students and Kyoshi has wandered off to see if he could catch a peek into the lookout. Having been unsuccessful, he had no problem spinning on his heel and shouting back. “Sorry Sensei, I’m coming!” Taking one last glance over his shoulder at the lookout tower, he let out a short sigh before sprinting toward where all of the other students were lining up.

As he ran into his place in line, he took a moment to glance around the field in which he found himself. They were surrounded, though not by enemies thankfully. On the contrary, the instructors had surrounded them with targets of all different shapes and sizes. There were circular bulls-eyes, human shaped dummies, marks on trees, and various other forms that had Kyoshi’s head spinning for a minute. He was snapped back to the task at hand when one of the chuunin instructors began calling out to the group. "Alright! We're doing shuriken practice in anticipation of your graduation exam! In order to pass you'll be expected to throw accurately and with great form! Treat this practice as a practice exam that you will be graded on!" Kyoshi slowly nodded along as he digested the information. He had never been one for taking test, but practical exams like this one were alright in his mind. As long as he did not have to write out the theory of shuriken air travel afterward, he should be fine. "You need to land 5 objects within the second rung of the targets to pass today's assignment! Split up into groups for each of the targets and trade off partners and targets so you get practice on both types!" Kyoshi smiled as he reached into one of the boxes containing the practice equipment. Grabbing one kunai and one shuriken, he flipped the kunai in the air a couple of times to get a feel for its weight.

Stepping over to the nearest target, he could see that one of the other students already has his eye on it. Glancing about, he could see groups of three or four students forming around each target, so with a shrug, Kyoshi stepped up to the boy ho he certainly recognized, but could not find the name of. He has long, black hair that fell down his back in a large ponytail, as well as equally dark clothing. As Kyoshi stepped up beside him, he greeted him with a smile. “Hey, finally a practical exam to work on, right? Mind if we share this target?”

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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Aka on Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:35 pm

A young boy with spiked hair stood in his family’s garden. In front of him, one of his mothers stood, a grin upon her gentle face, and a stance that simply suggested combat. The boy meanwhile, stood somewhat slumped, rubbing at a bruise upon his face.

The basic techniques that all shinobi must know. To join the academy, knowing these is not important. But, you are the sort of kid that’ll go through the academy at blinding speeds. For that, there is no need to be slowed down by such techniques. Now, we will keep going until you either tap out, or you succeed in the substitution technique.

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A teacher smacked the day dreaming boy on the back of the head to get his attention back to reality. “Listen up kid, you have to do shuriken practice just the same as everyone else, no matter how great you think you are.” The man’s words stung to the prideful boy. Still, the boy, despite his young age, scoffed at the superior shinobi, showing him his middle digit which resulted in another smack on the head. “Right, right… Got it, shuriken stuff…” As if getting the hint, he walked off, towards where the others had begun to gather upon a field.

It's an incredibly gifted class this year, so many bright young minds and pupils to lead the village one day. the voice spoke mysteriously from a small lookout overhead, the window hardly large enough to see the full field and no where near large enough to see anyone within from outside. A small nod in agreement came and some other muttering among familiar voices of the school sensei after the fact, much more formal and seemingly projected than they were yelling at the academy's students to keep them in line. How many do you think will graduate out of this bunch here? the voice spoke down overhead of a group of students that began to line up at one end of the field with various wooden boxes that were neatly organized with practice kunai and shuriken.

A small pause and from next to the voice a new one rang out sounding like the principle of their academy, "We're not entirely sure, though, most of them show incredibly promise so we expect a very high graduation rate." A small chuckle came from the first voice and a nod along with it, Good, I'll be looking forward to see how they progress then. the voice cut off and crossed his arms as he looked out over their practice, taking in the view and a slight memory of the training he'd done as well when he was younger.

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From beneath, Aka walked into the group, getting in position as the Chuunin sensei called his name. From there, he waited rather impatiently, crossing his arms and tensing his shoulders as his eyes gazed around at the people who would be his peers. Pushing ahead to be one of the first to grab the weapons from the box, he gave a smug grin as he looked around, expecting to have his fellow students clamor to be his partner. Instead, to the ego filled child’s dismay, nobody was interested.

SMACK


He felt the twang of pain from when he repeatedly took the hit to the face, refusing to stop the training until he’d got it right – if he didn’t do it then, when would he?

SMACK

The memory made him growl silently to himself as nobody approached him. He didn’t stand out enough. Still, he couldn’t just shout out, as much as he wanted to. He didn’t exactly feel like getting lectured right now. Gripping the kunai tightly in his right hand, while his left hand fondled and span the shuriken between his fingers, preparing to suck up his pride and stubborn nature just enough to get this class on shuriken techniques out of the way and done with. A quick scan. Groups formed quickly, as he expected – although he expected it to revolve around him, much to his chagrin.

Pointing rather obviously at several different groups, he began to point and speak to himself. “Eenie, meenie, minie, moe.” After continuing this little jingle to choose where he went, the boy stepped with heavy steps towards a duo that had moved together and started to form some semblance of a group – small enough that he could probably butt in and become the star of the show. Digging one of his heels into the grass to loosen the dirt, the boy smirked, pushing off with his left foot to slide forwards and between the two. “Hey! You two! You want to be a good team, so I will happily offer my presence! No need to thank me, just don’t make me look bad!” He rather loudly declared.

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Post by Akame on Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:32 pm

"You know, for someone that is nearing graduation, you sure are taking your time." The shuffling of papers were heard as both Akame and his older brother were inside one of the empty classrooms. "You had a good record, but fighting? On school grounds? That's new.."

"They were bulli-"

"Bullies or not, it's not your job to break it up, it's the staff's job, especially since you helped one of... nevermind that. The point of the matter is that I'm not only your brother, I'm your legal guardian too. Mother entrusted you to me, and it's my job to offer discipline."

Akame stood ready to hear what was coming. While he was never physically harmed by his brother, he knew that as both his guardian and an instructor the older male had a wide array of ways to actually punish him. For a moment, he felt a hint of regret drop like a raindrop onto him, leading to the corners of his mouth lowering while he swallowed from the anxiety.

"For now, after you graduate, you're not going to join a squad."

"What? That's bull-" the loud smack of a hand slamming a desk rung throughout the room as his brother stood up.

"My decision is final! For now on, I'll be taking a more personal supervision over you. Before you graduate I will make you regret putting your hands on another student outside of class. Now go, it's almost time to begin instruction."



”It's an incredibly gifted class this year, so many bright young minds and pupils to lead the village one day." the voice spoke mysteriously from a small lookout overhead, the window hardly large enough to see the full field and no where near large enough to see anyone within from outside. A small nod in agreement came and some other muttering among familiar voices of the school sensei after the fact, much more formal and seemingly projected than they were yelling at the academy's students to keep them in line. ”How many do you think will graduate out of this bunch here?” the voice spoke down overhead of a group of students that began to line up at one end of the field with various wooden boxes that were neatly organized with practice kunai and shuriken.

A small pause and from next to the voice a new one rang out sounding like the principle of their academy, "We're not entirely sure, though, most of them show incredibly promise so we expect a very high graduation rate." A small chuckle came from the first voice and a nod along with it, ”Good, I'll be looking forward to see how they progress then.” the voice cut off and crossed his arms as he looked out over their practice, taking in the view and a slight memory of the training he'd done as well when he was younger.



Akame glared at the lookout above as he accompanied the rest of the students over to the already forming lineup. Today was going to be them practicing with kunai and shuriken, and he wasn't looking forward to it at all. Out of the classes that they had, throwing practice was perhaps the young Senju's worst subject.

Looking around, he observed the targets; Typical targets of varying shapes and sizes, circular bulls-eyes, dummies, marks on trees, boxes. Whatever can be used as a target was available now for the students to use, but was annoying was how they're making a spectacle of it all already. While it made sense for them to be observed during the exam, Akame didn't personally feel like they were even needed right now.

He was snapped back to the task at hand when one of the chuunin instructors began calling out to the group. "Alright! We're doing shuriken practice in anticipation of your graduation exam! In order to pass you'll be expected to throw accurately and with great form! Treat this practice as a practice exam that you will be graded on!" So that's why there are here. They were essentially here purely to have it be a practice exam. He guessed it made enough sense with the context, but still felt like it wasn't really needed for a practice exam.

"You need to land 5 objects within the second rung of the targets to pass today's assignment! Split up into groups for each of the targets and trade off partners and targets so you get practice on both types!" Upon command, Akame would grab a kunai and a shuriken, holding them in both hands as he looked around, seeing people already splitting up into groups. Thankfully, he didn't know whether or not there was a limit to a group size, but he could see three others already at the target, so hopefully they would allow a fourth. Seeing only the back of their heads, Akame would go ahead and just stand to the right of them, listening to what the blonde was saying to the other two.

“Hey! You two! You want to be a good team, so I will happily offer my presence! No need to thank me, just don’t make me look bad!” He could hear the blonde one say to the two, though he didn't pay much attention to. He leaned forward and was pleased by something else entirely.

"Kyoshi, is that you? Can I join you guys?" A smile curled on his face. His seemingly bad day just got slightly better.

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Post by Tetsuji on Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:24 pm

Tetsuji's kunai weighed in his hand as everyone seemed to spread out and collapse on varying areas all at the same time. Small bits of conversation began to fill the air but a first voice stuck out nearby Tetsuji as he turned to recognize the face that carried along with it. His comment led to a small snort as Tetsuji let his guard slide a bit and the kunai rest calmly in his hand.

"Yeah, go right ahead." the smile carried on for a brief moment as Tetsuji reached in for a second and third kunai knife and placed the three in his right hand together. At the moment though a moving figure caught the corner of his eye and Tetsuji stepped back to give some room to the other boy who appeared out of nowhere.

Tetsuji's eyes would gaze a bit confused as he had announced his presence 'offered his presence' to their team or whatever this would end up being. It was the final words that left Tetsuji a bit speechless in his request to not make him look bad. Tetsuji's face would hold a bit barren, his eyes slightly widened and his pupils just marginally dilated in his confusion as he'd wait to see if he were serious or just trying to make a joke or not.

Still not enough time to really respond or offer anything else as a third voice appeared but this time familiar again as an equally familiar face leaned in and addressed Kyoshi. Tetsuji held back to the side of the group and let the rings of the kunai weigh in his hand as he had more questions than anything. Mainly, what was actually happening around him? Part of him wanting to just casually ignore the bravado of the one kid and recognize the others and the other part of him... well, felt like showing off a bit.

"I don't mind any of you working over here," he stepped up a bit and smirked as he tossed a kunai from his right hand to his left while facing them and letting the blade rotate in the air a bit so that it would float from pointing downwards to pointing up in the air. Grabbing the blade quickly into his hand and wrapping his fingers around the hilt of the kunai tightly he would bring his arm slightly towards his chest before turning his shoulder back a bit and launching his arm forwards. During the act, his torso would rotate and his eyes would turn towards the target as he planted his foot to the ground in the windup and applied a great deal of force into his arm as his eyes focused in on the bulls-eye of the target. With a snap of his arm and a final flick of his wrist he let the single kunai fly off the tips of his fingers and pointed directly at the target as it began to cut through the air as quickly as he could manage it to.

A small smirk would grow on Tetsuji's lips as he watched it and tried to trace its immediate path onto the target. It was one of his better throws and the kunai would plant itself into the second ring, just inside the outer edge and land firmly in the material of the board. Tetsuji's smirk would hold as he would straighten himself back up and turn his head backs towards the loud and overly proud kid as he would speak directly to him, "But I'm not worried about making any of you look bad."

Tetsuji's pride swelled for a moment until a brief second after his kunai landed and a shout from the end of the group off the edge yelled out to his attention, "Tetsuji! Watch where you're throwing kunai! They're incredibly dangerous!!" The words held for a moment in the air as the voice felt like it was yelled right down his neck it was so loud and pointed right at him.

Tetsuji would wince a bit at the sound, interrupting his small moment of pride and strutting around their group. But that didn't matter, he'd pretend not to hear it and hold himself, trying to keep the point he just made until any of them would respond or not.


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Post by Kyoshi on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:06 pm

Kyoshi was greeted with a smile from the young Uchiha, and he nodded with appreciation when Tetsuji told him that he could join him at the target. Kyoshi had not interacted with Tetsuji Uchiha very much, despite the fact that they were in the same class. Even so, Kyoshi had a great deal of respect for the boy’s family name, considering it was his clan along side the Senju clan who had come together to form the Village Hidden in the Leaves that Kyoshi had been raised to love so much. Sure, their clans may have clashed in the past, but so did many of the great ninja families in the time of the Warring States Period. Plus, Kyoshi was way to young to remember any of that, so why should he hold it against this classmate of his?

Of course, the answer was very clear to Kyoshi that he should not be worried at all about this boy’s beginnings and ancestry, but instead he should be focused on what they could learn from each other. After all, their strength would come from the bonds that they formed now, not from any training they could do on their own. The young Sarutobi was about to voice this opinion when he was interrupted by another student pushing between the pair and announcing himself to the two shinobi in training. “Hey! You two! You want to be a good team, so I will happily offer my presence! No need to thank me, just don’t make me look bad!” Kyoshi only smiled weakly in response. Aka had proven himself to be a boisterous, confident member of their class in any and all subjects that were on the practical side of things. His confidence was not without reason though, considering how well he usually did at these types of things, but even so it could get annoying.

Instead of allowing himself to be distracted and annoyed by Aka, Kyoshi turned away for a moment when he heard a familiar voice speak to him from just behind the angry young man. "Kyoshi, is that you? Can I join you guys?" A smile curled on to the face of the newest person to stride over to their target, and Kyoshi could not help but return the smile when his friend Akame approached him. “Hey Akame, of course you can! We’re just taking turns for now.” He stepped closer to the boy and chuckled before whispering in his ear. “Be careful not to tick of Aka though. You know how he gets...” With his warning passed on, Kyoshi smiled and stepped over to where Tetsuji was in the middle of throwing a kunai. The weapon flew through the air and struck true in the target, not hitting the bull’s eye, but still getting to where it needed to go. “Nice throw!” Kyoshi exclaimed as he stepped up with his own kunai. Planting his feet before Aka could take the position away from him, Kyoshi flipped the kunai in his hand a couple more times before pulling back, and letting the weapon fly with all of his might.

The weapon flew true, though it dropped a little sooner than Kyoshi had hoped. Regardless, it had traveled far enough before dropping to land within the second ring, meaning that Kyoshi was still passing, for now. He clapped once before spinning around. “That’s two of us on target, who’s next?” He glanced over to Akame, hoping that the boy would step up next, though something told the young Sarutobi that Aka would not want to wait any longer before showing everyone up. After all, he was “the best.”

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Post by Aka on Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:32 pm

Not long after he skidded in and gave his bravado demonstration, another student joined the group, ignoring Aka completely – much to the Itazura’s chagrin. The black haired individual spoke up first, declaring he was fine with others joining. Before he could act, Aka found himself sitting on the side lines and watching as the same black haired person stepped forth, holding a kunai ready to go enact the throwing assessment they had. The effort put into the throw was apparent, and begrudgingly inside his mind, Aka thought it was a decent enough throw. Of course, in reality, he’d just stand there and not do anything, with no shift in expression. Then, shortly before getting… Lectured, the boy with black hair had begun to state his pride. Still, Aka was silently happy that he wasn’t the only one that the adults thought of as a trouble maker.

Next, one of the other two that was there before, someone that Aka noted had a fairly elongated, almost elegant facial structure, also ignored him. Well, at least the first guy acknowledged him as being there. The elongated face boy seemed to know the new arrival, as the two had a private whisper session. And then, before Aka could step up to the plate once more, this guy took over the reins. He did his throw, and as with the previous student, his aim was true enough.

Aka glanced to the new arrival, shaking his head and not even waiting to hear the red head ask who was up next – Aka immediately sprang into action, stepping forth with a large amount of weight into his forward, leading foot. His grip vicelike on the kunai, Aka leaned backwards, shifting his weight, and kept his throwing arm far back as he then, as if pitching a fast throw of a ball, propelled his arm as fast forward as he could muster, shouting at the top of his lungs as he did a single word, a determined expression upon his face. “DIE!!!!!

The kunai flew fast, with next to no delay of the flight – yet also, minimal aim, as the kunai quickly embedded itself into the target at the top of the second rung. Still, Aka was rather confident in how he did, turning with his nose up at his peers, a smug grin to himself as he muttered, more to himself than anyone else, that he “fucking nailed it.

Then, out of their group of four, only one remained that had yet to throw. Turning with an inquisitive eyebrow raised, the Itazura boy smirked, and gestured to the target. “Three for three. Pressure’s on uh…” at this, he paused, as if inspecting the boy to try to determine any defining features. Anything he could use to try remember the person, who had yet to leave an impression upon him. Finally, after a couple seconds of pause, he puts his fist in his palm as if coming to a realisation, speaking up as he determined the name: “Bed head!

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Post by Akame on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:11 pm

Hearing both Tetsuji and Kyoshi's acceptance of Akame into their group was a breath of relief for him. He was able to actually be with both of his friends for this activity, and while he didn't know the blonde boy that was there as well, he was more than happy with the fact that at least two of the others he had gotten better acquainted with are in the group.

“Be careful not to tick off Aka though. You know how he gets...” Kyoshi would whisper to him as a form of a friendly warning. 'How he gets? Is he like Hiro..?' The young Senju looked towards Aka or but a few short moments, giving a wary look before returning his gaze back towards Tetsuji, watching the kunai hit the target. It struck the second ring, a good shot overall.

"But I'm not worried about making any of you look bad."

'A challenge?' The young Senju already felt the desire to try to do better than what he had assumed he was previously going to be. The prideful boast from the Uchiha made him want to knock it down a peg, to show him that he's not hot stuff. His focus on the boast could've almost been mistaken for that of a spiteful glare, one of which Akame realized he was making and immediately tried erasing it from his face. He already knew that in order to not completely ruin his chances to actually stay on level with these other students he would have to instead keep an eye on Kyoshi and see how he throws his own kunai. if Akame can see how it's done, then in theory as long as he recalls how the technique's done, he should be able to do it himself.

He watched his friend and rival with a winning score pull back his arm, throwing the weapon with what seemed to be all of his might, though it dropped enough for it to land within the second ring. 'If I aim a little higher, maybe I can get a better result..' The young Senju would tighten his grip around one of his kunai, testing the weight of it as he watched Kyoshi essentially clap and spin around.

Before his friend even spoke a word, the blonde one; Aka, stepped forth to do his turn. He could hear Kyoshi ask who's next, though look towards Akame when he said it, but Aka was already up there, it was already decided. Akame didn't mind though as it gave him the chance to see how Aka had done it as well. It seemed the older boy leaned back and brought his throwing arm back. Akame actually pulled out his kunai, performing the same motion, though not as exaggerated. As he watched Aka propel his arm forward, Akame somewhat did the same, but didn't release his weapon.

DIE!!!!!

Thank the Sage that he had a tight enough grip on his weapon as that ear-bleeding screech almost caused him to throw it for real. The sheer sound of it made him flinch, and as he opened his eyes after that split-second of closing them, he could see that Aka's kunai also hit the second ring, though at the top. 'I just need to not put as much force into it.' Akame mused to himself as he stopped mimicking the motions right as the blondie turned around, expressing a smug grin and turning his nose up at the rest of them in such a way that he oozed arrogance.

fucking nailed it.

What surprised Akame about the expression though was that Aka then gestured towards the target.

Three for three. Pressure’s on uh… Bed head!

"Bedhea- oh." He nearly wondered who the older boy was speaking to, but quickly realized he meant him. He felt the top of his head for a few moments, almost wondering to himself if the spiky black hair did look like a bedhead, though he decided that it didn't matter much. He would walk to where Aka and Kyoshi both once stood, kunai held in his right hand. He was going over the comparisons between both of their throws, and almost regretted not keeping a closer attention on Tetsuji's initially, since it would've been really helpful to him as well. From what he can gather, both threw their weapons as hard as they could, both brought their arms back, and even though he flinched with Aka, Tetsuji at least from what he did see seemed to have flicked his wrist. He made a mental note on top of that to use Kyoshi's method more, thinking of how easier it would be to aim higher than it would be trying to aim lower.

Standing in place, he would shift into position. Leaning backwards, though less than Aka, he brought his arm back all the way. His eyes planted themselves upon the target. 'That's where I want to throw it.' He nearly began trying to work through how much force it would take to cover that distance in his mind, but thankfully he stopped himself before he would start looking like a statue. He knew instead that he would have to go with his gut on this one.

Immediately, he forced his arm forwards as hard as he could, hoping that an ever so slightly higher angle than Kyoshi would help him not end up too far off, and as the kunai soared, his heart soared, and as it began to drop, so did his heart.

KUNK

Right in the wood just above where Kyoshi's had struck, within the second ring. Akame could laugh out of pure happiness that his cheap imitation worked, but instead he would settle for a shit-faced grin as he turned around and went back into line. "Right in second with Kyoshi, Tetsuji, and the porcupine!" He happily exclaimed as he waited to see he would come up next.

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Post by Ayame on Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:27 pm



”It's an incredibly gifted class this year, so many bright young minds and pupils to lead the village one day." the voice spoke mysteriously from a small lookout overhead, the window hardly large enough to see the full field and no where near large enough to see anyone within from outside. A small nod in agreement came and some other muttering among familiar voices of the school sensei after the fact, much more formal and seemingly projected than they were yelling at the academy's students to keep them in line. ”How many do you think will graduate out of this bunch here?” the voice spoke down overhead of a group of students that began to line up at one end of the field with various wooden boxes that were neatly organized with practice kunai and shuriken.

A small pause and from next to the voice a new one rang out sounding like the principle of their academy, "We're not entirely sure, though, most of them show incredibly promise so we expect a very high graduation rate." A small chuckle came from the first voice and a nod along with it, ”Good, I'll be looking forward to see how they progress then.” the voice cut off and crossed his arms as he looked out over their practice, taking in the view and a slight memory of the training he'd done as well when he was younger.



Academy students rushed about below the look out, attempting to get gathered up at the command of the two Chunin Sensei, Ayame had grown accustomed too at her time at Konoha's Ninja Academy. The two Chunin wanted the Soon-To-Be Genin to line up for one reason or another. Ayame wasn't really one to question what her Sensei(s) wanted her to do. She was here to learn how to be a ninja for the village hidden in the leaf, and they were here to teach her just that very thing, and so if they wanted her to do something or train something because they thought it was important, that it was likely important to the her survival as a ninja in Konoha's Forces. This would of course mean she lined up with everyone else when she was asked too. She would also wait patiently as the instructors began going over what the class would be doing for their assignment today. "Alright!" One began to yell out.  "We're doing shuriken practice in anticipation of your graduation exam! In order to pass you'll be expected to throw accurately and with great form! Treat this practice as a practice exam that you will be graded on!" He continued on. 'Shuriken Practice?!?' Ayame thought to herself. She knew she wasn't terribly great at throwing shuriken. In fact she she would probably label it as one of her worst skills in the academy. Being much more adept in things such as chakra control, and taijutsu techniques rather than shuriken. In fact it seemed to be a running theme that Ayame began to struggle more and more the further something out was. Still she knew that being able to handle weaponry was a core fundamental almost any shinobi should be able to do. AT the very least throwing things like Kunai and Shuriken should be second-nature. But the instructors weren't done.

"You need to land 5 objects within the second rung of the targets to pass today's assignment! Split up into groups for each of the targets and trade off partners and targets so you get practice on both types!" As he finished up his statement, the mostly eager students would begin splitting off and pairing up, making sure to grab some kunai and shuriken on their way. Ayame managed to accomplish the latter, but the former she found herself stuck in. Ayame wasn't really a social butterfly. In fact she had hardly talked to anyone in the class, or even really made eye contact with them. And so, the girl merely stood there, kunai and shuriken in hand awaiting a group to need an extra person, or someone to invite her into a group however she would find no such luck, and the longer she waited the more she found herself rooted to her spot. She was going to have to ask a group. Most if not all of the groups had already formed up in groups of 4 and 5, and there wasn't really any groups that had 3 people still, so she was kind of stuck.

This persisted for a small while as groups began to form up, and some even began to start practicing despite there being no official signal for practice having been issued. Though it seemed that the instructors were mostly fine with this. And fortunately enough for Ayame, it seemed that she wasn't completely alone in the situation. As she heard a familiar voice behind her. "Ayame!" the voice called out softly just below the hum of chatter from the other students, but loud enough she could hear it. She turned to face the voice. It was one of the instructors. "Yes Sensei?" she would reply as she approached her. This particular instructor had always been rather nice to Ayame, likely noticing her particular shy and well behaved nature. "You know he need to find a group to practice with right?" he would say cracking a bit of a smile. Ayame would shuffle her feet a little bit and look down, only to be met with a small chuckle from the instructor. After he finished chuckling he crouch down to be on the girls level and say "Hey, look, if you having trouble finding a group, my recommendation is ask that noisy bunch over there." He would say pointing towards one of the groups of four. It was a group that Ayame recognized most of the members of. They all stood out in some way or another, but the one Ayame noticed most was the black haired one who seemed a bit more groomed than the rest of them. If Ayame recalled correctly he was top of the class in most subjects, if not rather close. The wasn't to sell any of the rest of them short, they were all remarkable in their own way, though Ayame wasn't too sure about the blonde one with spiky hair. She really only knew him as trouble. Still she could see what her Sensei was saying.  "While all their yelling and screaming might not suit you all that much, they are some of the best students in your class, and I bet you could learn a thing or two from them." he would say patting the small girls head. he would then hold his finger up to his lips and say "But shhh, don't tell anyone I said that... Especially them. It'll get to all of their heads." Ayame would give a bit of nod and wander over to the group, being careful not to distract them while they were throwing.

Ayame would arrive behind the right as the last one was throwing his kunai. It seemed that the others were mostly intent on proving themselves to the others, as well as focused on this final ones throw. Ayame would watch it sail forwards as well, landing just underneath a previous person's throw. Ayame looked towards the board in wonder. Each of them had made it into the second ring on their first try. Though, none had gotten any closer to the bulls-eye than that, it was still impressive to say the least.

After all the hype from the previous throw would settle down for but a mere moment, Ayame would speak up, albeit a bit quieter than she likely should have, and say "W-would you guys mind if I joined your group?" Ayame would say, gripping her kunai and shuriken rather close and trying not to really look any of them in eye.


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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Tetsuji on Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:06 pm

Tetsuji finished and took a step back from the targeted area, even after being yelled at about his own inattention the others that had appeared around the target began taking their turns one by one to throw a kunai at the target. The first one after didn't even hesitate in his throw, going from compliment to throwing motion, leaving Tetsuji taking a step back as he watched him also hit the target.

The loudmouthed boy followed after with a yell of threat at the board let his own kunai go at the target with equal force and pride to match after it landed. As the fourth went and his own kunai also landed into the board he returned the complimentary insult afterwards and left their group four for four on their target practice. The two kunai that held in Tetsuji's hand rolled around between his fingers as he remained towards the back of their group and preparing to take the stage again and make his second throw.

Tetsuji sighed a bit as he looked around at each of them, thinking on if he should join each of them in coming up with nicknames based on their appearance or not but... it didn't seem a reasonable thing to do. Instead, Tetsuji would quietly step back in front of the target and let a kunai jump from one hand to his other before scratching the side of his head with the fingers free from the kunai.

"You guys are all kinda dumb, aren't you?" he would leave off and let his hand hold for a second as he simply chuckled at each of them. It wasn't meant to be completely insulting but maybe it would be enough, probably would be enough, to unsettle at least some of them a bit. Maybe it would set him as their current enemy but that was alright enough with Tetsuji as he would let his hand fall back down and ignore any of their commentary as he would turn his body and let his left foot grind against the field underneath until it were parallel.

But before Tetsuji could throw his second kunai, as it sat in his hand and he breathed out to focus himself on the target, a voice chimed in behind him some steps away. The voice was quite but higher pitched, obviously a girls but it didn't end up as anything more than a high-pitched humming to Tetsuji as he was far more focused on the preparation for his own throw. With his head turned to find another one of his classmates standing off from their group, Tetsuji would try to be the first to chime up in response with a singular, "Huh?" the word would fall as his eyes would turn and he would leave his face to match his own inquisitive words.

Following soon after and not leaving much time for interpretation, Tetsuji would continue on immediately, "Are you talking to us?" Tetsuji's voice would come to a halt as his posture would relax and he would look directly towards her as he awaited a response, if he ended up being the one to direct the questions. Still, he'd stand still waiting for a reply from her, or any of the others and stalling his turn to throw for the moment.


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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Kyoshi on Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:45 pm

Much as Kyoshi had expected, Aka was the next to stride up to the position in front of the target. What Kyoshi had not expected was the violent way that he would throw his ninja tool at the target. Aka threw his weight forward and pitched the kunai with all of his might, a feat which seemed to be much strong than Kyoshi would be able to muster. The war cry of “DIE!!!!!” that was shouted at the target was made with such emotion that for a moment, the young Sarutobi expected the kunai to draw blood from the target. It struck true, halting in pace within the second ring, just like his other peers, though it was closer to missing than the other two that had landed on point thus far. The smug grin on the blonde boy’s face was enough to tell just how he felt about his efforts, as did the comment he made as he stepped back toward Akame. “Three for three. Pressure’s on uh…” at this, he paused, as if inspecting the boy for a moment before concluding his thought. “Bed head!”

Kyoshi stifled a chuckle as he looked over at Akame’s hair. Sure, it was a little messy, but for Aka to not even both asking his name seemed hilarious to the Sarutobi for reasons unbeknownst to him. Smiling to his friend as Akame stepped up to the position that the three previous boys had taken. “You’ve got this Akame.” It took a few seconds for the young Senju to shift in place with his kunai in his hand. He leaned back and brought his arm back further still, readying to throw the tool with as much accuracy as he could muster. He held the position for a moment longer before launching the weapon forward. It flew through the air and began to drop, but not any sooner than Kyoshi’s had. There was a satisfying KUNK as the kunai drove itself into the wood, and the grin on his friend’s face was almost as smug as Aka’s had been. Once again, Kyoshi found himself stifling a chuckle while Akame returned Aka’s name calling. "Right in second with Kyoshi, Tetsuji, and the porcupine!”

Though Kyoshi did not think that Aka would take the comment lightly, he let his gaze wander over to Tetsuji, who would be next to go assuming the group was going to keep any sort of order to their madness. "You guys are all kinda dumb, aren't you?" was the comment that came from the young Uchiha. It was not the nicest way of joking around with the group, but Kyoshi was sure that Tetsuji didn’t mean it. After all, if he wanted to piss of Aka even more, the young Sarutobi figured that there would be hell to pay. As Tetsuji stepped up into place and began to get ready for his next throw, Kyoshi heard a voice from behind the group. It was a girl’s voice, and spinning to see who it was, Kyoshi recognized her, though he could not place her name. From what he could remember, she had always been a really quiet member of the class; so much so that Kyoshi was not even sure that he had ever heard her speak before. Her long, pinkish blonde hair that fell way down her back was the most distinguishing feature about her, and truly it was the only reason the young Sarutobi remembered her at all.

"W-would you guys mind if I joined your group?" She said tentatively, gripping her ninja tools close and keeping her eyes facing the ground. Tetsuji was the first to respond, as he had obviously been distracted from his throw by the newcomer. As he addressed her, Kyoshi could not help but sigh. “Well of course she’s talking to us Tetsuji! Do you see anyone else around?” He laughed as he ran up to where the young Uchiha was standing, pulling out one of the practice shuriken for his next throw as he did so. He took very little time, planting his feet for only a moment before he let the weapon fly. It arced through the air slightly, which worried Kyoshi since he had intended for it to fly straight. Nevertheless, the arc was small enough that it still landed within the second rung of the target and making it a valid throw. Turning around, he smiled at the rest of the group. “You’ve gotta keep your focus or I’ll take your spot in the order Tetsuji!” He then directed his comments toward the newcomer, “Of course you can join us! There’s plenty of space on the target for all of us. Just make sure you don’t make Aka look bad.” He winked jokingly as he pointed his thumb over his shoulder at their blonde haired peer, who was undoubtedly steaming at this point.

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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Aka on Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:23 am

Aka watched as the newcomer took his own shot, landing once more within the second rung. A decent enough throw, and the aggressive boy wasn’t quite arrogant enough to not admit otherwise. Although, he also wasn’t humble enough to say that thought out loud, especially when the boy declared him to be a porcupine. He felt his eye twitch at the name. Was this extra trying to mock him? Yet before he could step forward, the sound of the first one to throw rung through Aka’s ears. “You guys are all kinda dumb, aren’t you?” These other people, Aka couldn’t say or comment on. But, to include Aka within that comment was just enough to frustrate him, Aka tightening his grip on the shuriken as he stared. Yet once more, his thoughts were cut off, words erupting throughout the place. A quiet, meek voice. Aka raised an eyebrow, paying no attention to Tetsuji’s lack of a throw as he watched first the stretched chin individual speak up, reprimanding the asshole that had mocked Aka… Although for the wrong reasons, instead reprimanding him for his unawareness of the context with which the girl asked to join.

Said person then stepped up next, throwing with a decent enough accuracy, once more within the second rung. Thinking, and now silent, Aka stepped up to the plate to take Kyoshi’s position, not turning around as, once more loud as he raised his voice, he shouted out. “If you’re going to join, pinky, then get in line, and don’t screw around like asshole over there!” he declared, pointing the shuriken at Tetsuji for a moment before stepping forward with his left foot, mind replicating the times he would aggressively throw stones over the lakes and ponds. As if mimicking the motion, Aka purposefully threw it as if skipping a stone, leaning his right arm outwards as he flicking his wrist, the shuriken releasing from his hand and flying in a relatively straight line, with a minimal amount of drop. With a loud thunk, the bladed star stabbed satisfyingly into the wooden target, and much to Aka’s delight, landed on the line dividing the first and second rung.

A smug attitude rising to his throat, Aka turned to face Tetsuji, pointing a finger to the side of his head as he leaned forwards, grinning and loudly proclaiming his thoughts. “Who’s dumb now, asshole?! If you want to talk big, then don’t miss your own turn because someone else showed up!

Not yet done talking, most likely out of a love of his own voice, he then spun on his heel, pointing at the two newer arrivals. “Bed head! Pinky! I don’t care who, but one of you at least show that guy some manners and fucking nail the tar-“ but, his words were cut off, as one of the instructors shouted out. “Itazura, Aka! Watch your language, as this is a public training area! Any further foul language will result in disqualification!

Ouch. There goes his pride at that moment, as among everyone he was singled out and reprimanded. Begrudgingly, and falling silent, he simply stepped aside, gesturing to the target and leaning on a crate, watching.

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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Akame on Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:01 am

"You guys are all kinda dumb, aren't you?"

Akame immediately payed full attention to Tetsuji, holding his gaze onto the older male for a few moments as he tried analyzing his friend. His hopes that his friend was joking was immediately confirmed by his chuckling, at least that was how the young Senju interpreted it, causing him to smile towards the Uchiha before looking towards Kyoshi and the others. 'This is what having friends is like.' It was just banter among friends, nothing more.

The next round of throwing would begin soon enough, though before Tetsujii threw that second kunai he wields, though before he threw it a feminine voice rang out like a bell, immediately catching his attention. "W-would you guys mind if I joined your group?"

Akame looked directly towards the girl that had addressed them, noticing first off her oddly colored pink hair which flowed longer than most, and secondly, after peeling his eyes off of the color, would plant their orange hues directly upon her own eyes, seeing how she's not looking at them. 'Nervous, just like how I was at first.' He mused to himself as he offered his attempt at a friendly smile towards her as well, hearing Tetsuji's asking her if she's talking to them firsthand before Kyoshi stepped in almost right away.

“Well of course she’s talking to us Tetsuji! Do you see anyone else around?”

The pace picked up this time around, with his laughing friend wasting no time at all in pulling out his shuriken, planting his feet and immediately letting the weapon fly out of his hand and towards the second ring, landing right in the same ring as the first time around. “You’ve gotta keep your focus or I’ll take your spot in the order Tetsuji! Of course you can join us! There’s plenty of space on the target for all of us. Just make sure you don’t make Aka look bad.” Oh crap, that's right. Akame directed his gaze directly towards Aka, his smile fading to a somewhat concerned expression. He knew that if others were warning newcomers about him the young Senju would feel some other way about it, so he could feel slowly growing air of tension as he would be quickly reminded of what is happening between them and the older male.

If you’re going to join, pinky, then get in line, and don’t screw around like asshole over there!” Thankfully, that declaration didn't express anything more than more banter for him, even if a little more on the same level as Tetsuji in jabs. He would watch as Aka seemingly had the most ease in throwing these tools, immediately just tossing it like anything else, the tool itself flying easily farther in than the rest of theirs. He already knew he wouldn't be able to cheat off of that this time around, the movements are being too fluid. With a near-sickening thunk, the weapon would nearly hit the inside of the target.

It was then that his acquaintance turned around, pointing a finger to the side of his head as he clearly was responding to Tetsuji. “Who’s dumb now, asshole?! If you want to talk big, then don’t miss your own turn because someone else showed up!” The act alone with that smug grin on top nearly made the young Senju laugh, though thankfully he stifled it just in time before a peep could escape. Granted, it didn't help that the somewhat intimidating older male then pointed at both himself and the new person. “Bed head! Pinky! I don’t care who, but one of you at least show that guy some manners and fucking nail the tar-

The message rung out loud and clear despite one of the instructors interrupting him, and Akame already acknowledged that he wouldn't be able to do that sort of thing. He'll just leave it for another to hit the bulls-eye, as he himself already knew that if he threw it for the target, he'll more than likely either hit the third ring, or just miss. Instead, he had a different idea after initially seeing how the pink-haired girl was nervous. If it's anything similar to him, she most likely is intimidated by the success so far of the group. Screw it, he wasn't going to try to please Aka, but he's also not going to just give up either on it. His general inaccuracy can find a middle ground out of this.

Stepping forward, Akame would ready his shuriken, though as he walked towards where the others stood his right foot tripped over his left, knocking off one of his wooden sandals and causing him to fall on his side, "conveniently" swinging his arm, throwing his shuriken past the rest of the group and towards the general direction of the instructor, where it whizzed by a few meters behind him, falling to the ground a small distance away.

“Which of you brats threw that?!” He could hear the instructor declare, almost directly glaring towards their group before he heard the snickering of a couple other students closer by, where he immediately stormed over there, looking for someone to reprimand for that throw. Akame himself scrambled back up onto his feet, dusting himself up before putting his other sandal back on, only glancing at Aka for a few moments. "I tripped." As he returned to his spot next to the pink-haired girl, his gaze switched from him to her. "Your turn. No pressure, you can't do much worse than that." He'd say with a small smile as he checked on the remaining tools of his, knowing full well that trouble will come soon when he inevitably has to go and pick it up. Chances are that it'll add on more detention for his near future, but hey, if a goal to beat is set, then a rock bottom should be in place too, right?

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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Ayame on Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:28 am

"Huh? Are you talking to us?" The words from the black haired ones voice would ring out. Ayame's face would begin to go red in response. She had been trying to talk to them, yes, but apparently it wasn't loud enough and now she made herself look the fool. Or at least these were the thoughts going through her head until the next person spoke. “Well of course she’s talking to us Tetsuji! Do you see anyone else around?” Ayame kind of stopped feeling embarrassed in that moment and looked up to the boy defending her. Ayame would then watch him as he threw his kunai, taking his turn before the boy with black hair could, and subsequently landing it squarely within the second circle. After he gave his warning to the boy whom Ayame now knew as Tetsuji, he would turn back to her and say “Of course you can join us! There’s plenty of space on the target for all of us. Just make sure you don’t make Aka look bad.” He would say, giving the girl a wink and pointing over to the boy with rather spiky hair. He seemed to be rather enjoying himself in upsetting this other boy as much as he could. Though, Ayame couldn't really say she minded, it's not like this was the first time the class was meeting, and it was pretty easy to know who the loud mouthed spiky haired boy was. In fact it was almost something Ayame would join in on if she wasn't worried about being seen as picking on him, and getting in trouble with the teachers. Or if she wasn't worried about the spiky haired boy having a witty comeback and making her look like a fool. Not that he seemed to have many, just that it would be her whom he could find one against.

Either way, now that the ice had been somewhat broken, she began to survey each of the other ones in what she figured she could now call her group, and what she was met with somewhat surprised her. First there was the other boy who's hair looked somewhat spiky, but more nappy than anything, greeting her with a smile. And Aka, the one she expect to get sass from, simply told her to get in line like the rest of them, and it was that which she would done. Though, not quite comfortable enough to take her hands away from her chest just yet. She would then watch Aka throw, landing what was possibly the best throw out of all of them, and them him yelling at her and the other boy to show... someone? manners? Ayame wasn't really quite sure Aka was talking about, as before he really had time to specify or finish his sentence, his loud cursing had caught the attention of one of the teachers. This prompted the teacher to respond in a way that shut Aka up almost immediately. And in fact, was almost surprising for Ayame. She was sure that Aka would have a problem with any kind of authority, and that his ego would get in the way of him respecting any command he was given. Ayame would tilt her head a bit and watch Aka as he would shift and fall silent for the first time in what seemed like at least days. Ayame wasn't sure what to do with this information. The Aka she expected when she got here, and the Aka she's witnessing first hand weren't quite the same. Sure he was annoying, loud mouthed, and egotistical, with a superiority complex to match a Daimyo. But seeing this up close and personal, it seemed almost... Flawed. As if it wasn't who the boy truly was, but maybe a circumstance of his upbringing, or something akin to that of a "tough guy" act. Either way, it had peaked Ayame's interest to say the least. She'd need to keep her eye on him for a while to see if she could notice any other cracks in Aka's walls.

With that said, the next boy was 'Up to bat'. Ayame watched as he stepped up and appeared to trip, flinging his kunai off into the distance towards the teacher that had just screamed at Aka. The landed face first, and before anyone could do anything, Ayame would daintily run over to him, and assist the boy in standing up in whatever way she could. He would then look at Aka, telling him he tripped. Ayame would watch Aka's Response before turning to the boy once more, who would say "Your turn. No pressure, you can't do much worse than that." as he smiled at her once more.

The strawberry blonde haired girl would then watch as he settled back into line, checking over his remaining tools, as she stood there where all the others had stood, and turned to face the target. The girl let a small sigh, with a knot in her stomach, knowing the entire groups eyes were on her. the girl would stand there for a few moments. Probably, a bit longer than she should have before she would finally raise her hand and throw the kunai letting out a "Nnnnghhh" as she did so. And to those paying attention to her form, it was all sorts of off. her left hand was raised, her eyes were closed as she threw, she put too much weight into the top half of her body instead of the throw, she threw on one foot. And the results spoke for themselves as the kunai landed squared just outside and to the left of the third ring. Ayame would slowly open one eye to check her results and her shoulders would noticeably sink when she saw where the kunai had landed. The knot in her stomach expanded, and seized her throat too, before the girl would turn around, doing her best to avoid eye contact with just about everyone, before settling in behind the rest of the group.


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Re: The Odds and Ends of Shuriken Training [Open to Academy Students Only]

Post by Tetsuji on Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:14 pm

Tetsuji's request to clarify was answered in turn not by the voice he addressed it to but by Kyoshi as he seemingly sprang up and in one motion didn't hesitate to take his turn at throwing his own shuriken. He quickly stepped up and threw his shuriken away as Tetsuji blinked in the throw and turned his head to watch it move. Kyoshi finished up with a taunt afterwards? Maybe not so much but in the same breath it was to a degree taunting him for taking his time around the target.

With a small step back from Tetsuji that hardly shifted his center of gravity and a focused glance that held around Kyoshi as he stepped around the area, his turn seemed to vanish further into thin air as the one with a lot of anger stepped up and took command of the situation next. Tetsuji's grip around his kunai tightened a bit as he sighed internally, almost to the point of exhaling it and watched as Aka planted his kunai just a bit further inside, yelling back at Tetsuji for his own commentary about their group.

Tetsuji blinked for a moment as he started yelling, everything in his body holding him back from replying simply with the commentary of, still you... but instead he just watched as Aka strutted past and began to command the others, Tetsuji finding a chuckle rise in his throat as he was cut off mid-sentence and reprimanded for his actions. Doubting that being called out for it would much stop the spiky-headed load of anger from running off again in a moment, Tetsuji relented his nearby position and headed over to the box of materials, trading in his single kunai for a couple of shuriken and feeling the weight in his hand for a moment.

Tetsuji's eyes would glance over as he watched Akame step forward with his shuriken in hand and... falling over. The kunai flying off in some direction, Tetsuji's eyes curiously tracked it ahead of its position past the instructor who promptly turned to yell it off. What Tetsuji couldn't catch though, was whether he had done it on purpose or not to ease the tension that Aka had created for their new arrival. Tripping was no big deal but his words after seemed more... kind and caring as to draw attention away from her rather than to hide his own embarrassment after such a mistake. What Tetsuji would adamantly try to drown out would be Aka's own, most likely, anger-fueled response to a member of their target group absolutely whiffing the target and making them 'look bad'.

Tetsuji approached just a few steps behind the girl as she began to prepare, his fingers toying about with the shuriken in his hand, using individual fingers to spin them about as he waited for his turn. As she put in the same effort into her throw, drawing from the pit of her stomach, the weapon flew on target but it was... bad. Her form was off and the kunai didn't even make it inside the targeted area itself. Tetsuji just watched a bit curiously as she became dismayed and shrunk back away from the front of the group. His face was rather blank, not jeering at her failure and in the same breath not reassuring either, he just held his own weapons in his hand as she walked by. His eyes followed her path but his head didn't really move as she avoided any contact with each of them, almost sure that Kyoshi and Akame would offer reassurance where Aka would probably explode, or maybe implode, at the failures of two of their group members at once.

Tetsuji cleared his throat though and stepped up as he held both shuriken between his thumb and pointer finger, relaxing his body a bit and letting his foot slide forward in front of him. He wasted no time and no effort to make his point to the rest of the group after having skipped them. His arm began to move fluently and his body followed after, the momentum building up from his legs and pressing off the ground and shifting through his hips and torso as his arm flicked quickly forwards. The sound that came in that moment of calm and collection was quite, almost nothing more than moving wind and being cut so cleanly that as his arm traveled in one direction upwards across his chest he let one shuriken go and then immediately brought it back down in the same diagonal and released the second shuriken in almost the same position. The sound of the air was hardly that wooshing of air followed momentarily by two distinct and pointed thuds against the target as his weapons landed on point.

The first one, landed prominently in the second rung to the right of the target and his second, released in the front swing, landed in the lower half of the first ring just below the bulls-eye. Tetsuji felt... cool, in that moment, not like he were the coolest kid in the class for getting so close but cool in a sense of calm. That was three out of five projectiles within the rings for him but he didn't care much for passing their pseudo-test as he turned around and spoke up to Aka without looking directly at him, "I'm not worried about missing my turn to someone else... I'd be more worried about keeping up than pointing out someone falling behind." He walked past Aka directly and almost jeered, his own inner-vanity nearly screaming at how happy he would be to poke a few holes into Aka at the moment at the cost of his own ego.

Tetsuji sighed finally as he stepped back just behind them, not knowing whether he should slow down with his own targets to keep pace with the group or if he could just hurry and finish to sit in the back of the group and wait things out or, if he'd have more fun poking at Aka in this challenge their group created out of their test. Either way, he was enjoying himself for the moment.


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[OOC: Sorry about the delay, I've been working and being lazy aside. Hopefully this post suffices and as I adjust, I'll be better about keeping on my posts.]

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