Albert Jiang transfers into TAPC in the middle of the year.
Has very short dark grey-blue hair and white-turqoise eyes. The shortest of the guys, being only a few inches taller than Erica and Kaira.
Winter Uniform: Open gakuran with the sleeves rolled up, over a printed T-shirt.
Winter Casual: Blue zipped up hooded jacket/turtleneck
Summer Uniform: Male Uniform, untucked shirt.
Summer Casual: Shorts and socks with sandals *shudder*
Previously an infamous bully, until he was forced to move to China after his parents divorce. After he got bullied for language barriers he focused his energy on studying and managed to get a scholarship to TAPC, to live back with his mother.
ALBERT BASICALLY STARTED OFF AS A "GENIUS" KID AND HE DID EVERYTHING BECAUSE LOOK AT ME IM GENIUS I AM ELITE
AND HIS PARENTS WERE BASICALLY NEVER HOME SO HE BUILLED OTHER KIDS TO ATTEMPT TO KILL BOREDOM AND BAD FEELS
HIS THING IS BASICALLY
HOW SHITTY IT IS FOR EVERYONE TO CALL U A GENIUS AND THEREFORE HAVE ELEVATED EXPECTATIONS OF YOU WHEN REALLY YOU'RE JUST KINDA ABOVE AVERAGE AT BEST AND EVEN THEN YOU GOTTA WERK
IT'S SOMETHING AERYN PICKS UP ON REALLY QUICKLY AND SHE USES IT TO BE A BIG JERK TO HIM
HE STOPPED BULLYING BECAUSE EVENTUALLY HE COULDN'T REACH HIS PARENTS EXPECATIONS ANYMORE AND THOUGHT HE WAS JUST UNWORTHY
SO HE SHIPPED HIMSELF OFF TO TAPC SO HE COULD HAVE A NEW START WHERE HE CAN HAVE
~FRIENDS~ AND ~ROMANCE~
BUT HE'S SO SHITTY AT SOCIAL INTERACTION HE'S JUST UNCOMFORTABLY AWKWARD AND ANGRY 99% OF THE TIME
Gaming with Friends
After he transfers in, the teacher asks Kaira to show him around the school and does so reluctantly, insisting he can figure things out by himself. Kaira forcefully brings into the group.
His shadow is embarassingly sincere and eager to make friends and somewhat clingy, showing his desire to belong with the group.
Albert reluctantly agrees to play Sgrub with the group, eager to make some friends. The drama and weirdness of being in clubs with Erica and Matthew freaks him out a bit. The very first thing that happens when everyone exits the game is him yelling and storming out.
Personality and Traits
Albert is, at first, distant and aloof. Despite getting bullied in China, he still tries to upkeep a holier-than-thou attitude to strangers, while in reality, he's pretty inexperienced for actual social interaction. Once you get to know him, he might loop back to tsundere, where he might attempt to push you away, because he's still unsure if having people close is a good or bad thing. Or rather, he's not sure if keeping YOU around is a good idea. When all is said and done, if you prove yourself trustworthy, he'll be just as loyal to you as a friend.
Despite him pouring hours into grinding mmos that are pretty much "raise your numbers to beat this other guy's numbers", he's pretty in shape due to consistant running off, and is decent at any sport that does not require specific equipment.
Once you do hand him anything he has to hold though, his skills immediately drop to 0 and he loses all coordination.
Became enamored with losing himself into novels and poetry while living with his dad, and secretly writes his own in his spare time. (A romanticist at heart, he wouldn't really mind a relationship.) None of these things are very good for his cool guy persona, but he earnestly does want to try to become an English teacher in foreign countries. English is the most spoken language after all!
He wants to make up for what he's done in the past, and refresh his karma. He's pretty paranoid when it comes to his past and hopes nobody recognizes him...
Aeryn: Finds her really stupid and annoying, initially. Albert eventually realizes that she's just mercilessly trolling him for giggles and he reassesses his opinion of her as really smart and annoying. After Sgrub, they have an awkward friendship moment, with Aeryn for once being sombre enough to stop teasing him.
Chiaki: he admires chiyo for being ACTUAL prince which is dumb ecause chiyo is far from actual prince
Kaira: They are intensely competitive and intensely angry at each other. But Kaira actually ends up inspiring him to improve himself, to a degree.
also he has like
a weird crush/admiration thing for kaira bc WOW SHES SO PUT TOGETHER AND PERF and has dumb day dreams about her constantly
albert would probably shit himself if kaira said yes to a date
Matsuri: Another annoyingly chipper and idealistic person. He isn't aware of it himself, but others notice that Albert doesn't really yell at Matsuri, not as loudly or as frequently. She's still annoying as heck, but at least her intentions are good.
Matthew: bad end waiting to happen
Reiichi: They more or less avoid each other.