Five Great FanFics

I think I might’ve mentioned this, but I read a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean too much. People say that you can never read too much, but that’s total bullshit. Reading can be a disease, taking over your life until all you do is sit in a corner day after day until your eyes begin to roll back into your skull and you fall out of your comfy-chair in convulsions.

The melodramatic is just too delicious to pass up.

Anyway, many of my fictional journeys have been in the company of fanfiction. I don’t want to admit how much I’ve actually read, but let’s just leave it at too much…again. I’ve come across a few that are particularly amazing, and while they have a handful of hiccups, they’re absolutely worth the read.  I’m not going to list all of my favorites, but I figure I’ll at least throw five out to you.

Warning: Most of these contain at least a dash of romance.

Movies

  1. Nowhere to Remain
    Summary
    : Obi-Wan was the perfect Jedi Knight: dignified, detached, possessing an almost courtly sense of propriety. But you would be wrong, if you thought he never loved – in secret, in his heart, he loved a love to move the stars. Sabe/Obi-Wan.
    (Star Wars – Rated: T – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 16 – Words: 56,771 – Reviews: 62 – Updated: 5-27-11 – Published: 7-19-08 – Obi-Wan K. & Handmaidens – Complete)

    Review: This is one of those fic’s that could have actually happened. Carryon14 captures the characters of Star Wars and that of her own take on Sabe perfectly, and when I say perfectly, I mean it. She paints Sabe in all sorts of colors that, in the movies, she was totally without (but she was a side-character, so what do you expect?). She’s portrayed as strong-willed, particularly wise, and utterly adorable handmaiden. The plot doesn’t revolve around romance, but hints at it a few times in between the major events that play out in the first movie. The ending, while somber, is realistic and relatively happy.Link: Nowhere to Remain

  2. All My Heroes
    Summary: After collecting a bounty, Boba Fett is confronted with the only person to ever stow away aboard Slave I, and soon is caught up in much more than he bargained for… Pre Ep. IV.
    (Star Wars – Rated: T – English – Sci-Fi/Adventure – Chapters: 12 – Words: 39,105 – Reviews: 82 – Updated: 4-16-10 – Published: 1-11-10 – Boba Fett – Complete)

    Review: Unlike the others, this has no romance whatsoever. This, just like NTR, captures the Star Wars characters very well, though the only one of worthy mention is Boba Fett. The plot involves a little girl who’s running from the Empire because of who her parents are, and ends up forming a rather interesting and realistic bond with the bounty hunter. The fic is pretty short, there are 3 short but engaging climaxes, and the ending is perfect. I’m a total sucker for Fett, so any Boba Fett lovers should definitely read this.Link: All My Heroes

  3. Once Upon a Time
    Summary: Wolves in human skin. A Beast and a lost maiden. A sanctuary in an oncoming storm. A prince of Elven blood. Sacrifices, debts, honor, and oaths. Ten long, beautiful years, and all the stories that fall within them.
    (Hellboy – Rated: M – English – Romance/Fantasy – Chapters: 50 – Words: 570,048 – Reviews: 436 – Updated: 12-24-11 – Published: 6-23-09 – Prince Nuada)

    Review: Holy shit, this fic is long. It is reallylong…but worth it, especially if you’re into detail-overloads and dark romance. The plot is deeper than Dostoevsky, the characters LA Knight has created are spectacular and uber creative, and often overlooked, this story actually takes time for small interactions that develop the characters and their relationships. LA Knight takes extreme care in establishing Nuada and the OC’s feelings for each other, as well as listing all the references at the end of each chapter. She uses a butt-ton of fairytale-related references, including both folktales and modern novels (such as Tithe by Holly Black), so expect to get a lesson in Lore-101.  Some criticism: sometimes the descriptions become repetitive and overplayed, as do the emotions that simmer between the OC and Nuada. There is some aspect of religion, which is strangely refreshing at times, that might irritate some readers, depending on your own sensitivity.Link: Once Upon a Time

    Anime

  4. Vespertine
    Summary: Two enemies strike a bargain to save what they both hold dear. He will reveal a truth that shakes her beliefs, drawing her into a web of lies and betrayal. She will offer the redemption for which he never hoped and show him how to be human again. ItaSaku.
    (Naruto – Rated: M – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 15 – Words: 125,064 – Reviews: 1910 – Updated: 2-22-10 – Published: 3-25-09 – Itachi U. & Sakura H. – Complete)

    Review: You know, the only fics I would read were ones with OCs until I read this. It’s all romance, but very real romance. It’s really surprising how well Cynchick captured Itachi’s personality, as is how she developed the plot out of completely believable circumstances. This is by far the best romance for any anime fic I’ve ever read: the writing is mature as are the facets of the preexisting characters Cynchick reveals. Just check out her bio, it basically screams BAMF.Link: Vespertine

  5. Silver Lining
    Summary: Sequel to Perception. Eight years ago they said goodbye forever. Now, when they have both lost everything, fate has thrown them together again in the most unlikely of ways. DeiSaku.
    (Naruto – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 15 – Words: 126,010 – Reviews: 1368 – Updated: 2-19-08 – Published: 10-5-07 – Deidara & Sakura H. – Complete)

    Review: I didn’t like the prequel to this (Perception). You gotta read it to understand this sequel, and while I like the way she portrays both Sakura and Deidara (and especially Kisame) in this, I really didn’t like her Itachi. It was to be expected that he was characterized the way he was considering where she lead the plot, but the first installment just isn’t one of my favorites. However, Silver Liningis a fun read, I didn’t stop until I finished with the epilogue. I sorta get the feeling that Cynchick is the Nora Roberts of Fanfiction, minus the overwhelming amount of smut Roberts usually plops into most of her books (though, there is some sexual content). Well, there is this one series by her that’s completely awesome…but I’ll save that for another post.Link:
    Perception
    Silver Lining

    Anyway, that’s it for now. There’s only so much blogging I can do before my ass starts to go numb.

    Cheers.

Using Up My Instant Oatmeal: Instant Oatmeal Bread

Instant Oatmeal Bread

So I had a crazy amount of instant oatmeal lying around, and after eating it for dinner 4 days in a row, I’d had enough (what can I say? It’s college). So instead of shoving it under my bed along with the instant grits, Ramen, and piles among piles of Nilla cookies, I looked up a recipe to make something out of it after a friend mentioned a bread she made once using instant oatmeal.

Thinking I’m Princess Fatass of Fatassia right about now? Well you’d be right. I’m lucky I inherited my mother’s crazy fast metabolism.

Anyway-the recipe. This is the one I ended up using, and it came out quite nice:

Ingredients

* 5 packets instant oatmeal (I use Better Oats Apples and Cinnamon)
* 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 tsp baking powder
* dash salt
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 eggs
*peanut butter (optional)
* 1.5 mashed bananas

Directions

Combine all ingredients, pour into sprayed loaf pan, put into preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Drizzle with peanut butter, if desired.

Source: Fitsugar.com

 

 

The First of Many: Anime Reccomendations

I hate blogs. I like reading them but anytime I start one I never end up updating after the second post.

So no promises.

Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get onto business, shall we? The topic of today’s post will be a splash of what I consider decent anime that’s worth watching. Before I go any further, I guess you’re probably thinking What the hell does she know about anime?

Unfortunately, a lot. I don’t know whether I should be proud or ashamed to say I’ve watched approximately 78% of anything you can throw at me. Of course I haven’t watched everything, but I’ve seen my fair share. And I would like to believe I have a relatively mature and well-seasoned opinion in regards to plot development, character structure, dialogue, OST, etc.

With that in mind, I’m going to go ahead and provide you with a short list of my ultimate favorites, a few details about them, and a picture so you can determine whether or not you like the animation. There is no order to them, so don’t assume that just because something comes after the number one, that it means it’s the absolute best.

  1. Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Exorcist

Genre: Action, comedy, drama, supernatural
Alternative title: Blue Exorcist
Themes: Demons
OST: 9/10
Status: COMPLETE

Plot summary: Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist (Source: Anime Network).

Review: The anime, I think, is a lot better than the manga. Of course, that’s accounting to the fact that I haven’t read much of the manga, so that’s not a very apt comparison. The plot of the anime trails away from that of the manga, so don’t expect them to reflect one another. I enjoyed it, my attention was kept until the second before last episode. I don’t particularly care for the ending; however, that’s because it’s not really the ending. The anime is similar to that of Skip Beat, meaning that it only holds a portion of the true plot and deviates for the sake of standing on its own as a television show. The one thing about this anime is its OST (Original Sound Track). It is absolutely amazing.

Sample of OST:
(Hopefully that video won’t be removed)

2. Mononoke

Mononoke

Genre: Mystery, supernatural
Themes: Demons
OST: 10/10
Status: COMPLETE

Plot Summary: “Mononoke” continues the story of the medicine seller from the “Bakeneko” arc of “Ayakashi,” as he continues to face various dangerous spirits (Source: Anime Network).

Review: This is by far my favorite anime of all time. The animation is so unique, sort of watercolor-esque. The plot is definitely interesting: it covers the protagonist’s (Kusuriuri aka “Medicine Seller”) journey from supernatural event to supernatural event. The anime is composed of 12 episodes, each 2-3 episodes dedicated to singular cases, each with their own unique story. I never get enough of it, especially when each time I re-watch it I find myself discovering more about the medicine seller. I say this because there is absolutely nothing revealed about him. Nothing about his past, his real name, or if he’s a mononoke himself (which is debatable). His character is to die for, and so is the OST.

Here’s a list of some of the cases Kusuriuri takes on:

  • A pregnant woman who runs to an inn for shelter…was it always an inn?
  • A nice boat ride on a first class ship…only through the haunted waters of a terrifying part of the sea.
  • A woman is sentenced to death for the murder of her husband’s family….but did she have help from something beyond the ordinary?
  • A contest among experts to win the heart of an heiress…only, there’s something wrong with this picture (ha, I made a pun).
  • Deja vu?

I suggest watching the pilot from Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales.

Sample of OST:

3. Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e

Noein

Genre: Adventure, drama, psychological, romance, sci-fi
Themes: Parallel Universe, quantum physics, time travel
OST: 7/10
Status: COMPLETE

Plot Summary: Fifteen years in the future, by high-level scientific power, a violent battle takes place between Lacrima, that protects humanity, and Shangri-La, that plans the annihilation of all space-time. The key to stopping Shangri-La’s invasion is a mysterious object known as “the Dragon’s Torque.” A group known as the Dragon Cavalry is being sent through space and time to find it. In the present, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they meet a member of the Dragon Cavalry named Karasu (Crow). He believes that Haruka has the Dragon’s Torque and claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future (Source: Anime Network).

Review: It took me a while to watch this, I had to do it in spurts. But I really liked the plot, it certainly gripped my attention and posed a few thought-provoking theories. Not much else to say, other than it had a happy ending that wasn’t too cliche and made for an enjoyable watch. The OST had some good points, but it didn’t overly wow me besides one or two songs.

Sample of OST:

4. Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

Genre: Adventure, drama, comedy, fantasy, horror, supernatural
Theme: Demons
OST: 8/10
Status: COMPLETE

Plot Summary: Devil May Cry follows the adventures of the demon hunter Dante who himself is half demon and half human. Dante is hired through his own business named “Devil May Cry”. The characters are based off of the popular capcom playstation 2 games (Source: Anime Network).

Review: You know, I was surprised how much I liked this. The animators did a kick-ass job of personifying Dante from his game-self, and it’s one of the few animes that has an awesome English dub. There’s an underlying plot that honestly took me by surprise, and although the final climax falls short of the dramatic I was hoping for, I have to admit that I like the ending. The OST has its high points, I find it worthy of downloading (not that that really means anything). It’s not awe-inspiring, but it is fun.

Sample of OST:

That’s it for now. I’m brain-dead.

Cheers.