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- Prince of Tennis - His by trixie_chick - This is my second time trying to write this rec because I want to do it properly, as I've sort of been falling down on that aspect lately. It's difficult to put into words why I liked this story, because just simplying saying that it had a lot of little details of the Japanese festival clothing or the charms or the snacks Fuji would buy, but it all fit together wonderfully so that I got this three-dimensional sense to the story. There was a background fully formed in my head. But it was also that I loved, loved, loved her take on Yumiko, the way you can feel her emotions as she watches her little brother with Tezuka without having to actually specifically state them. I also love trixie's style of writing, it almost reminds me of music somehow. Everything has this lovely smooth quality to it, even in such a short little piece, I get a sense of real satisfaction. I mean, I was predisposed to like this fic, it has two of my favorite pairings in it, but... yeah, trixie did a lovely job here. And this rec still didn't quite hit the notes I wanted. Boo. Just go read. (Tezuka/Fuji, one-sided Tezuka/Yumiko.)


- Prince of Tennis - Lessons Well Learned by aki_omoi - I admit, I usually hesitate over anything labelled with multiple pairings (I'm such a dippy fangirl), but I enjoyed the two previous fics by the author, I found her style to be a really refreshing fit with the series from as of late in the fandom, so I gave this one a shot. I'm very glad I did, because I get such a strong sense of... there's something to this writing, a fluidity or an understanding of the characters, a certain style that melts away all my frustration with the fandom because, yes, this is what I wanted to read. It's subtle and has this delicate elegancy to the writing that I've been seeing for many fandoms lately (Bleach has been getting a good amount of it, honestly), something that just hits me. Each scene with Tezuka fits with the depth of his character, of even those small little meaningful moments with Fuji or Ryoma, it's... I mean, what sends me into a flailing fit is that this is the Tezuka I recognize and you have no idea how rare that is in fandom. How could I not be happy with a story that starts out like this? Things Tezuka has learned, he passes on. Not vocally, for heís always felt words are cheap and superfluous things, that a thousand pretty words canít quite compare with one successful action - so he teaches through each every carefully planned movement. Within each serve and step, he places what words could not say, these precious lessons, these things heís learned. I know it's a lot to quote but... yes. This is the fic I wanted to read. (Gen. But hints of Tezuka/Fuji and Tezuka/Ryoma if you want to see them.)


- Prince of Tennis - Scenic Route by Lys ap Adin - Admittedly, the writing of this fic was a little stiff in places, which surprised me as the author's previous fic had worked better for me, but the characterization of Saeki and Yuuta, once the fic got rolling, was adorable and really strode the line between making them very much young boys, but without going over the line about it. The thing I really liked about the fic, though, was the sense of... boys to it, walking through a park at night, climbing fences, lying back in the grass while they banter back and forth, the way I had absolutely no trouble picturing the entire thing in my head. This fic hit all the notes that reminded me of just why I'm a SaeYuu fan in the first place. Yuuta is so adorable and Saeki is such a difficult character to write, not too flippant or too sarcastic or too anything, but still always with a quip. Very nice. <3 (Saeki/Yuuta.)


- Prince of Tennis - lackadaisy by W175N57 - There was something that was just... really well-done about this story. I mean, obviously, I like the author's work a lot, but there was something that was very subtle, yet very impactful about Saeki's feelings for Fuji here, the way all these little details that are so normal, things that are a part of every day life, yet they each mean so much in their own way. The characterization of Saeki is lovely here, there's a real depth to the character, as well as a real sense of wanting someone he can't have, someone that he was so close to having, yet it's all believable, I didn't have to stretch to hear his voice or see him thinking any of these things. This was just... yes, lovely. *__* (Saeki/Fuji.)


- Prince of Tennis - Irregular by Branch - I... did not realize how badly I was craving Rikkai D2 fic until I read this and just sparkled over the way Emily wrote the characters, especially considering that she wrote in language geekery and had it mesh brilliantly with the characters. That's the thing I love about her writing, that it's actually intelligent, yet not pretentious, that it works in things like Marui working out how Romance Languages conjugate and it's just so perfect. And with this story, it's also that you can see why Jackal and Marui work so well together, the way their quirks mesh with each other and there's real affection there, that it's fun as they're bantering or Marui's working at problem and Jackal's content to let him or Jackal's distracting him or they're just simply talking/flirting. Well, and the really very nice smut that's all grace and beautiful imagery together that somehow works for these two... ...what I mean by that is it's the little mentions of Jackal's dark skin on Marui's paler or the graceful moves each of them has that just made me go *___* over this fic. (Jackal/Marui, graphic conent.)


- Prince of Tennis - Twenty Feelings Experienced By Tezuka Kunimitsu by blackjacks - This fic has a stronger take on Tezuka than I usually find, there were one or two moments I might have quibbled, but there were a lot more moments that I thought had a particularily good turn of phrase or a really good insight (#7 is particularily hard-hitting in a rather brilliant way) and the writing itself is quite lovely. The author also makes it very coherent, it could have just been random moments scattered all over the place, but she does a really nice job of getting across feelings, of making Tezuka human without ruining the character or his role as GOD in the series. Also? Yeah, I liked the hints of TezukaxAtobe that weren't glaring, but were woven nicely underneath. (Some Tezuka/Atobe, but it's not the point really.)


- Prince of Tennis - 20 Random Facts About Kikumaru Eiji by Aishuu - Okay. So Aishuu writes lovely fic, I tend to enjoy the hell out of anything I read from her and, okay, sometimes I slack a little because it's Eiji and I'm all Tezukatezukatezukatezuka, but I've been trying to branch out a teeny bit and I read a few Tenipuri fics this morning and said, hey, I wanted to read Aishuu's one, too, and thus I did. Which is a long-winded way of getting to the point, but. I'm sort of in that mood where I've read a fic that makes me all bouncy and excited because it hit me, it wasn't quite what I expected, instead it was something fresher, something more crisp and, damn, did I enjoy it. Aishuu's choices for the twenty things about Eiji were fabulous, each of them added to the whole, each of them showed off a piece of a character that had real depth here. It's so easy to fall into the traps of making Eiji act like he's five, but he's not. He's wonderfully recognizable here while still being three-dimensional and realistic (as much as a character from Tenipuri can be) and each of these things I could actually believe, they actually focus on a variety of things, it's amazing what she managed to pack into this fic. I want to comment on each and everyone, it feels like. That's the great thing about this story, there's a sharp sense of canon here which is all too often forgotten in this fandom, but this reminds me exactly of why I keep coming back to her fics. And look. There. I didn't even mention that #18 sent me into orbit. *__* ....shut up, I vaguely like the idea and, oh, man, it worked here. (References to het and yaoi, but it's mostly gen.)


- Prince of Tennis - untitled? by Lynnmonster - I never quite know what to expect when clicking on a link for Shinji/Ryoma fic, but I was curious to see how it worked and I remember thinking the author was good, so I'd give it a shot. And somehow... this just utterly worked! A lot of it was that Shinji's mumblings were perfect, they actually rambled, but in a very natural sort of way, the kind where it didn't feel forced and that deftness with the writing bled over into the rest of the fic so that there are all these little moments while Shinji is talking and Ryoma is not really listening in that Ryoma type of way and they're great. Especially when Ryoma gets the grip tape out and it's actually a sparkling, clever moment with it, rather than cliche or that forced feeling. And, man, I bought the chemistry here, they were perfect together and the whole thing was just... such love. ♥ (Ryoma/Shinji.)


- Prince of Tennis - untitled? by Chrissie - As always, I have such love for the way Chrissie writes, there is beautiful quality to her prose, something that reminds me of water somehow, which is always brilliant for a story (or a set of 20 things about him) about Fuji. She's one of those writers that I can click onto her fic and just sink right into her Fuji characterization, it's so brilliant and right and rings so true that I remember everything about why I fell in love with this crazy, complicated character. And I adore, adore her Fuji family dynamics, the way I could feel the heat or the way they sprayed each other with the hoses in the ficlets and the sheer... tension between all the characters. She should definitely write more. ♥ (It's labelled 'Fujicest', but it's closer to gen, I'd say.)


- Prince of Tennis - Kings of the Mountain by Pengie - I laughed the entire way through this fic. Out loud, even. While this is nothing new for a story by Pengie, it's still true that she's got the magic of the old-school style random whackiness. So many authors these days just can't pull that off, but Pengie makes these things work and I don't even know how to comment on this fic without giving the jokes away. It's just... Jackal... Yanagi... Sanada... all of Rikkai... knitting... the insanity... the purpose behind Yanagi's insanity... only Pengie can make these things brilliant. Only she can have Marui crooning at his cup of Swiss Miss chocolate and have me doubled over with wheezing laughter. Only she can make KNITTING come back to TENNIS and have me turning away from the computer because I have to have room to laugh hysterically. The styles of knitting and the way each of them have their own way and just... even just thinking about the fic makes me start giggling again. (A little Jackal/Marui, Sanada/Yukimura, but.)


- Prince of Tennis - Unexpected by Lys ap Adin - I have been waiting for years for this fic. No, seriously. Years. I like other Yuuta pairings (Yuuta/Mizuki, Saeki/Yuuta), but there's a part of me that will always believe Yuuta is straight and such an utter boy that Ann would be perfect for him. In a way, I was almost hesitant to read this fic, because years of expectation can build something up in your mind too much, but I bounced and squeaked the entire way through this story. The chemistry is utterly fabulous, the little touches of characterization, the way they came together, the way Ann is bold and confident without being a bitch, the way Yuuta is a little bowled over sometimes, but not a doormat, the way he treats her so well, the way she treats him so well, they're one of those matches that just make me squee. And, god, I think I just about hurt something when Yuuta came face to face with Tachibana for the first time or when he first asked her out properly or just... a million things. This fic is both satisfying and leaves me wanting more, because it was perfect the way it was and yet now I'm more in love withthe pairing than ever. ♥ (Yuuta/Ann.)


- Prince of Tennis - i died in a car crash by Charlotte - "Where am I?" Ryoma's voice rang from a corner. "Why does that sound like the monkey king?" And that is where I officially lost it with this fic. I mean, I have no idea how the hell to describe/classify something like this other than to say that it hit me exactly right and I was doing that sort of repressed laughter that brought a light sheen to my eyes and if the fic had gone on much longer, I may have been crying. It's just... it's such a beautiful little parody, with enough touches of humor and gentle mocking of the characters blended with lovely writing that I love it. LOVE IT. Heeheehee. (....um. Sort of OT5 fic, sort of not.)


- Prince of Tennis - Lessons Well Learned by aki_omoi - I admit, I usually hesitate over anything labelled with multiple pairings (I'm such a dippy fangirl), but I enjoyed the two previous fics by the author, I found her style to be a really refreshing fit with the series from as of late in the fandom, so I gave this one a shot. I'm very glad I did, because I get such a strong sense of... there's something to this writing, a fluidity or an understanding of the characters, a certain style that melts away all my frustration with the fandom because, yes, this is what I wanted to read. It's subtle and has this delicate elegancy to the writing that I've been seeing for many fandoms lately (Bleach has been getting a good amount of it, honestly), something that just hits me. Each scene with Tezuka fits with the depth of his character, of even those small little meaningful moments with Fuji or Ryoma, it's... I mean, what sends me into a flailing fit is that this is the Tezuka I recognize and you have no idea how rare that is in fandom. How could I not be happy with a story that starts out like this? Things Tezuka has learned, he passes on. Not vocally, for heís always felt words are cheap and superfluous things, that a thousand pretty words canít quite compare with one successful action - so he teaches through each every carefully planned movement. Within each serve and step, he places what words could not say, these precious lessons, these things heís learned. I know it's a lot to quote but... yes. This is the fic I wanted to read. (Gen. But hints of Tezuka/Fuji and Tezuka/Ryoma if you want to see them.)


- Prince of Tennis - Silences by Dim Genesis - There is not nearly enough fic with Yuuta and Mizuki in the world, certainly not where Mizuki is written with real depth, yet still Mizuki and not being over the top about it. He's a difficult character to get right, I imagine, especially in his relationship with Yuuta, yet the author pulls it off very nicely in this fic. I love that Yuuta is such a boy here, too, being stubborn in little ways, not admitting that his wrist hurts or that he might miss home, the way the author was subtle about it, it was simply in the background, rather than being pushed too hard on the reader. I really liked her imagery as well, the quiet atsmophere where something was a little different between them, about Mizuki, but not so far different that it broke the spell of characterization or that they became unrecognizable. I liked that I could almost hear Mizuki's music in the background, the way that... nothing quite happens in the fic, yet so much happens without being said. It's always neat when a fic can capture that. <3 (Mizuki/Yuuta.)


- Prince of Tennis - Neon by asahii - I probably wouldn't have managed to get around to reading this fic if I hadn't liked the author's Kakashi/Iruka fic so much, because the characters are ones I ship together, but not with an intense passion. And yet... this fic does such a fantastic job of capturing their relationship, the cuteness of Gakuto, the seemingly lazy drawl of Oshitari's attitude that's not really lazy at all. Yet there's almost something normal about Oshitari here and I find that I rather like him this way. It helps that the writing is also lovely, the way it's told in snippets and has so many details that bring the narration to life is really fabulous. The way the relationship is slowly built and it's almost sort of sweet and you wouldn't think it would be possible for Oshitari or Gakuto to be sweet, but it works here and makes me fond of the pair all over again. (Oshitari/Gakuto, some R-rated content.)


- Prince of Tennis - Translated: At First Sight by Branch - I was a little wary of this fic (it's second in the author's samurai retelling) because of the Sakuno/Ryoma aspects, but... the longer I'm a fan of the series, the more that pairing doesn't really bother me and Sakuno's feelings WERE rather undeniably romantic in the beginning. The way the author works in the first time she sees him is cute and I like the characterization of her and Tomoka here and I like that it doesn't feel awkward or weird transporting the series to this kind of story. (A little Ryoma/Sakuno, but it's one-sided here.)


- Prince of Tennis - untitled & untitled by Pengie - What? Tenipuri fic rec that's not TezuFuji? How can this be! But, well, yes. My love for Pengie could have epic poems written about it. So much so that I'll read Hyoutei fic for her (not that I have anything against Hyoutei fic, I like Hyoutei fic!) and whine, cry, and weep for more. Because she is brilliant at group dynamics and there were at least three places in the Hyoutei fic that had me literally shoving my hand or a pillow against my face to muffle the laughter. Her comedic timing hits me just right (I think Hyoshi may have been my favorite part of that, just... asldfkjalsdfkja, hahahahahaha, so funny XD) and I mentioned the whole loving her thing, right? Also, her Rikkai fic rules and she's about the only person who can write them in corsets and I'm going, "YES. THAT IS A FABULOUS IDEA." Because it is. (No Hyoutei pairings really, a little SanaYuki--SHOCKING!--in the Rikkai one.)


- Prince of Tennis - shook by trixie - I've long had a soft spot for the idea of Kentarou/Ryoma in the animeverse because they were just so damned cute together and I totally wanted snuggly boy love with them. So trixie wrote this fic and I had to go read and, god, it was just SO DAMNED CUTE. Kentarou was bouncy but not a complete idiot. Ryoma was frowny-faced but not a bitchy little brat. And their date was adorable, especially the way Kentarou had such quicksilver moods while still feeling natural for that. And I genuinely felt the chemistry here and it was SO DAMNED CUTE and, yes, shut up, I'm squeeing because they're adorable. ♥ (Kentarou/Ryoma.)


- Prince of Tennis - riptide by measuringlife - Saeki and Fuji is a pairing that I often like, but rarely find fic that manages to slip into that small space I see for them, rarely manages to vibe with my feelings on them. This is a quiet, short piece, but it uses such lovely imagery, it conveys such a pretty scene and sensation, that I really liked it a lot. The sense of a moment in time that will soon pass, but will come around again... the author did a lovely job of it. (Saeki/Fuji.)


- Prince of Tennis - Sidelines by Aishuu - I've always sort of liked the idea of Sakaki and Hanamura, but I never really sought much out because I doubted I'd find much. Then I was combing around Aishuu's archives for stuff of hers that I'd missed and saw she'd written this and I had to read. And, yikes, this was perfect for them. The flirtation and control they both show, the way it's played out through watching their best students play each other, the way Sakaki's characterization is just so spot on. I could easily picture the two of them, I could easily see each and every one of these thoughts in his head. And it's so fascinating to watch them under Aishuu's hand. I would totally encourage more of this if I thought I could get away with it. XD (Sakaki/Hanamura.)


- Prince of Tennis - Eyes by Shiraume - It's a rather common thing to mock pairing shippers by doing the whole "Omg, they were standing next to each other OTP!!" and, yeah, I get why that's kind of a dumb reason to ship two characters. Except. I'm willing to make some exceptions, especially for characters who aren't naturally prone to letting people stand inside their personal space and this fic does a really very lovely job of showing why those little touches can mean so much. It's set from Yuuta's POV, how he's such a straight-forward character trying to think through his own reactions towards his brother, most of it he can justify, but there's that little touch during the Hyoutei matches that he can't quite let go of. And that is so much of what TezuFuji is to me, which is why this fic hit me right, it did that aspect of them so well. Add in that the Mizuki/Yuuta was nicely woven together with everything else going on in Yuuta's life, so that I could believe these circumstances with this Yuuta, and it was a nice way to kick off my new Tenipuri hunt. (Mizuki/Yuuta with at least an R rating, implications of Tezuka/Fuji and the focus is one-sided Fujicest.)


- Prince of Tennis - So a Funny Thing Happened on the Way Home by cinamaroll - It seems like it's been forever that I've been wanting just one really good Bane/Davide fic to fill that urge for them. And, god, this fic was so fantastically fun and perfect for them, right down to the terrible puns and spot-on characterization. They're such boys, both of them, they're so very clearly Rokkaku boys who love tennis (I love that they really do love tennis, I love that even when they're doing other stuff, you can still feel that) and have a special friendship that works in its own way and it's never over the top or anything but flail-inducingly perfect. I can't even write a decent rec for this one, I'm just so damn flaily over how every inch of it was perfect. Just. This is what Prince of Tennis fic should be. Right from the beginning, right from Rokkaku kicking the crap out of Hyoutei's non-regulars in an informal match, they're just so perfectly them that I both want a million more Rokkaku fics and never need another one again now that I've read this one, both at the same time. And I mentioned that the puns were awesome? Because they were. (Bane/Davide.)


Prince of Tennis: Serendipity by Lys ap Adin - You know, I've been in such a Prince of Tennis mood again lately. It's been kind of nice. But what's even better is finding Yuuta/An fic, because it's... well, not one that's based strongly on canon, so I understand why it could sort of be a crack pairing, except I loved the idea for ages now because they feel like they would get each other. Just enough in common to connect and they'd understand each other, like how this fic shows them just falling into step together, even when they're really meeting for the first time here, how they just sort of work together, right from the start. They're adorable and spunky and fun and I really like the author's An voice, she's so... well, An. ♥ I am happy with fandom again. (Yuuta/An.)


Prince of Tennis: How to Talk to Girls, and Other Life Lessons by Lys ap Adin - Saeki/Yuuta is one of those pairings that I've always had a soft spot for, but was never really sure how I saw them, so seeking out fic was kind of difficult since I didn't know what kind of take I wanted to read about. But I really like this author's work, so I gave it a shot and asl;dfkjaslkj this was so, so much fun. I love the Fuji family, I love both brothers and their friendship with Saeki and I love her Saeki and I love how clueless he was yet without having to give him a lobotomy to do it and I love the Saeki/Yuuta friendship because they are SUCH BOYS together and I love how much fun Fuji was having at his baby brother's expense and just. a;'aklsdfjlsj yes, this is what Tenipuri fic should be. (Saeki/Yuuta.)


Prince of Tennis: Unfinished Business by Lys ap Adin - This was an interesting fic, set in the future for Yuuta and Mizuki, the two of them running into each other years after the canon ended and I like what the author has created for them here, both the future that they each found for themselves and the way they look at each other and interact with each other now. My favorite thing about this was definitely that I liked this Yuuta and Mizuki together (not that I don't always like them together, but they're tricky sometimes) and how much Mizuki genuinely thought well of Yuuta. It was a very nice read today. (Mizuki/Yuuta, maybe not quite SFW.)








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