|Role-Play Name: For Graduation|
Rock Me Baby
Nine o' clock (Human world time) AM, the peak of the morning at the start of class at the Shin'ō Academy, specifically the advanced class. Izaya Nishimura, the teacher of the advanced class, stood in front of his classroom and looking over each and every one of his students. As his eyes shifted from one side of the room to the other, his glasses slide down his nose which he had to push back up using his index finger.
"Good morning, my students." He finally spoke. His hand still etched up against the frame of his glasses to prevent them from falling down even more. Perhaps it was time for him to invest in a new pair. Just where did all of his kan go?
"In the past three months, you lot have shown tremendous results. I have some good news pertaining to one of your now former classmates." Removing his hand from his face, he then stood to his feet and used his palms to perch himself up against the table as if his arms where beams for support. "Your classmate Kazuki Kawahiru has recently been admitted into the Eleventh Division, headed by Captain Yoshirou Yamakage. It is also the division I come from."
His glasses slid down his face once again, resting on the tip of his nose. "For now..." Placing his thumb against the frame of his glasses, he pushed them back up to his nose. "I want to ask you, which of the three spiritual combat arts, do you prefer and why? In this class, there is a ton of variety, each of you uses a primary method of combat. Why do you choose this method? What makes it stand out among the rest?"
Izaya looked across his class, students meeting his eyes at each point he paused. All of them sitting attentively in their seats, waiting for Izaya's next words. "Yuu." He paused, holding the frame of the classes even tighter than before. "Which do you prefer?"
Yuu sat there for a moment, all to aware that all eyes were upon him for a moment. He didn't particularly like the spotlight, but it was the teacher's right to ask the question. "I honestly prefer a balance of all three sir. Sure, all of them have their perks, but combined I think they are better than they would be apart. If I had to choose I would pick Hakuda, due to it coming easily to me, but I would prefer all 3."
"Oh." Izaya was surprised at Yuu's initial statement. Yes, he'd expected him to have chosen Hakuda right off the bat but did not think he'd have preferred a balance of all three. His origin, build, and overall being was primarily meant for someone who could do the job with his fist. Then you take into account the Rukongai district he was from, you'd truly believe Yuu to be a behemoth.
Even then, the in-training soul was one of his star students. The only thing holding Yuu back was probably his own wanting to stay in the academy for more of its curriculum. Returning to reality, Izaya pushed up on his glasses, moving them closer to his face. "That was unexpected. Though, I guess you learn something every day."
Izaya looked across his class once more, then his eyes stopped, fixating themselves on a white-skinned girl sitting towards the back of the class. "Hikaru, tell me which of the three do you feel is most vital of the three spiritual arts."
At the heed of Izaya's inquiry, Hikaru stood up from her chair attentively.
"I'm not entirely certain, Izaya-sensei," she replied causally. "I don't think I have enough experience with all four arts to have a proper opinion, but....I would say that I enjoy Kidō more than the other forms."
Hikaru gestured to herself. "You see, I'm smaller than most other Shinigami, which makes Zanjutsu and Hakuda difficult for me. I lack the physical strength to utilize them effectively, but with Kidō, all I need is concentration and conviction. My body doesn't hold me back."
Another Shinigami-in-training looked at the girl as she spoke. His attention was undivided as he listened to her words, doing the same for her as he did the teacher. He paid attention and respect to others as to not be viewed entirely as some bum from the Rukongai.
As she finished speaking, Kamui turned towards their instructor and raised his hand. "Much like her, I too prefer Kidō. They are versatile abilities that allow the user to accomplish much. I also wish to enhance my Shunpō, as speed in a battle can best even those stronger than myself."
The young man placed his hand back down, looking around at his fellow students to receive affirmation they heard what he said. As he turned back towards Izaya, he prepared to listen to the next brave soul to speak their beliefs.