"I have never considered myself a prodigy. Others have used that term, but I never bought in to it and neither should you. You are told that you are truly exceptional, something the world has never seen but what happens when you are put in a place where you are surrounded by people just like you. Skilled shinobi and kunoichi who are said to have the most potential in their village, just like you. See here we are all exceptional meaning none of us are. Accept that and advance or don't and fail. Welcome to Gakuinkisai."
Gakuinkisai (学院奇才, Literal English: Institute of Prodigies) is a special academy created by the Shichibukai, with the hopes of gathering the top prodigies throughout the shinobi world in one place to access their true hidden talents, fight against other prodigies and train under the best of teachers.