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- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - building bonds by surestsmile - This is another piece of the Ryohei/Hibari series of fics that continues to build up a tone for their relationship, except this time it's shown more through the eyes of Tsuna instead of theirs. It's really interesting for that, the sense of frustration Tsuna must go through every day having two members like that in his family, the way he sees their relationship (whatever you want to describe it as) coming along, and the little bit of relief when they settle into a routine because at least you can minimize the damage to everywhere else that way. I think that was one of my favorite bits of the delightful little piece--that Tsuna would be glad, even while feeling a little guilty for feeling glad, because at least he could add some extra insulation there. XD (This is gen, but Ryohei/Hibari fans might enjoy it as well.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Twenty Facts About Rokudou Mukuro by kasugai gummie - Well, I was certainly enjoying this fic a lot. But it was right around the time of #12 that I was especially gone with this fic: Though The Little Prince had refused to divulge in any information concerning one Sawada Tsunayoshi, Mukuro did manage to eventually wear his captive down enough to discover that, in the mafia world, he was the number one ranked illusionist, the third most cunning, and second only to the Varia’s Lussuria in terms of “fruitiness.” It's full of funny little moments while not forgetting the lethal danger that is Mukuro, which fits the REBORN! series so well. Plus, the little moments are actually clever and I love that half of the time you're not really sure if the things said about Mukuro are true or not, which also fits so well with the character. XD (No warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - KUSO Fairytales 4.0 The Long Haired Princess, Story 3 by hehe_05 - This one is a very short entry in the fairytales series, but it has really lovely art (I'm still utterly charmed by the artist's style, it combines a manga-esque style with a fairytale style so well, it reminds me a lot of the Okami game and its ilk, which I adored so much) and it's still just as cute and fun as ever. Plus, there's a SUPER ADORABLE Dino comic at the end (with both Dino/Squalo and Dino/Hibari) that made me smile. <3 Plus, it's got the LONGCHAMP FAMILY. A++++ for working them in. XDb (Potential implications of pairings in the extras, but not enough to really warn for.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - This House of Ours by teapoit - You know, with most REBORN! characters, I don't care for angsty pasts, but with Gokudera... he's so interesting because he's so screwed up, the spazzy behavior really hides so much hurt and pain that he's lived through. This fic does a beautiful job of making me feel for him all over again, using short scenes and flashes and insights into the characters to really show how tough his life was without being whiny about it. It really fits together so well and is heartbreaking in all the right ways. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Juliet's Prayer by teapoit - Fairy tales and Gokudera aren't two things that I would usually associate with each other, but this author somehow makes them work here. The use of little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and little Gokudera and the awfulness of that house that he grew up in are effective here and I especially love Bianchi's view on everything, it fits so well with how I see her. The relationship between them is complicated, but she obviously still loves her little brother a lot, I love that that came through here. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - You Come In Burned by benizakura - One of the things that's kept me going through the slower, dragging parts of the Millefiore arc has been the bits and pieces we've gotten of the Arcobaleno and what happened to them and getting to meet this Lal Mirch, so a fic that plays on all that and really intrigues me. I like what the author has set up here, the characterization she has for Verde and Lal Mirch feels very on-target to me. It's almost a teaser for something bigger or a sketch of a missing scene, but I like it for that, the author's style works well for what she's built here. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Straight Through It by benizakura - I'm not sure what I think of the Byakuran/Shouchi relationship yet (though, I lean towards actively shipping it, I think) and this was a different take than what I usually see, but... it was interesting. Shouichi's characterization is really interesting here, the determination even when he really doesn't want to go through basic training, and the hints of something larger going on with the Millefiore family and then Byakuran's creepy creepy creepiness, which Shouichi can't help but see every time he looks at him. Definitely an interesting look at their characters. (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Idiot Proof + To What End by bellumina - There are two fics here, the first one is just a short little Nana piece that's utterly perfect for her character and her reaction to having these little babies suddenly in her house. The second is another Verde speculation piece and it's really interesting to read the author's take on him. Since we know so little of him at this moment in time, authors can make up just about whatever they want, and I like what this fic did with his character, he's a little creepy and I find the the take on him rather plausbile here. The writing is smooth and clean, it sails right by and has enough detail to nicely fill out the scenes between the pages of canon so far. Very, very intriguing. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The New Routine by izkariote - This fic isn't precisely Dino/Hibari, but I was attracted here because of the list of characters (Hibari, Dino, Romario and Kusakabe) and I think D18 fans would enjoy it, too, but it's actually about something even kinda cooler--a look at Romario and Kusakabe's views on their bosses and the way they clash against each other and how they support their bosses in their own ways. I love the sense of... something so very like routine with them, even when things get so very crazy with those two. XDDD (This is gen, but Dino/Hibari fans may enjoy it as well.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Good monsters by stitchedophelia - This is just a very short little piece about complaints re: Hibird and talking to Kusakabe about them. It's one of those little pieces that's just the right length and the ending line made me grin, not needing anything more or less than exactly what it was. (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The Frog and the Crown (part 1) by ej_neko - I swear. What this fandom does to me. Fairy tale AU fics are something I routinely avoid in other fandoms, yet will totally hit up when it comes to the REBORN! fandom. But it gets me fics like this, which I initially read for the Xanxus/Squalo but wound up enjoying for the whole Varia-as-a-kingdom storyline because the author has a great sense of humor about the whole thing. Squalo's characterization (or descriptions of him at least) are hilariously on target and his relationship with Xanxus is even funnier, and I just. I love the whole of the Varia. Plus, the inclusion of Bel (which had me laughing out loud at a couple of points, especially Xanxus' take on the whole thing) was fantastic. I'm totally looking forward to finding part 2 of this. (Some Xanxus/Squalo, it's only half the point.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: In god's country by nonartisan - Every once in awhile there's an author that hits on the Mukuro/Hibari dynamic in exactly the right way and I'm left kind of a little bit more in love than ever, there's such a sharp, intense edge to this whole piece, as Hibari breaks Mukuro out of jail for his own purposes and the writing has this... almost placid, tranquil sort of feeling, except that's not it at all. It's so easy to see this Hibari, as he calmly (and yet so dangerously) walks through the plot, as he makes his way through enemy after enemy to get to Mukuro, what he does when he gets there. It's a beautifully written piece. (Eh. It's sort of Mukuro/Hibari, sort of gen.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Innocence lost by tredecaphobia - I think the author's view on Hibari and my own view of the character differ a little, given the ending, which implies what the title says--innocence long lost in Hibari and that it saddens Dino, whereas I tend to think Hibari probably just turned out that way naturally with no sad past whatsoever. But that's one small thing, one small personal preference thing even!, amonst a larger fic that I really liked. The author nicely kept the way Hibari just keeps going and going, even when he's half dead and still unrelenting, even when it's not really out of anger, that it's just the way Hibari is. I liked that it was easy enough to picture this fic in my mind's eye, the way Hibari acted in it. ....and, okay, I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the image of Dino trying to get an unconcious Hibari into the shower and thinking he looked so young and fragile while unconscious, yet at the same time never losing that undercurrent of what a scary bastard Hibari actually is. XD (Dino/Hibari sort of, sort of not. It's gen, but if you want to....)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: A day to live and die by stitchedophelia - I'm not sure what made me decide to read this fic. It's not that I have any objection to Hibari/Tsuna, it's just that I rarely seek it out since I like them with other people. But I was saving the author's other fic (a Dino/Hibari one, I think) for after and thought, eh, what the hell, I'll read this one, too. And I really like the take on Hibari and the events between the current timeline and the TYL timeline, there's something so... Hibari about his role (or lack thereof in some ways) in the events that led to Tsuna's death and the way no one would ever really know (as mentioned in the opening lines) because of "twists and turns of a rewritable future" is somehow... just perfect for a Hibari/Tsuna fic. (This could be gen, it could be Hibari/Tsuna, whichever way you want to see it, I think?)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The Ultimate Self-Made Man – 21 Facts on Hibari Kyouya by The Dream Whisperer - You know, this isn't the usual take I have on Hibari, I tend to favor the idea that he probably had an incredibly normal upbringing and just turned out the way he did anyway, but I actually really like what the author did here, he's just. Always been that way and always been dangerous and lethal and eventually the world stopped trying to chain him down and he's not precisely like Mukuro, but he's not unlike Mukuro in some ways and the author takes 21 different scenes and molds this really intriguing look at the character. He's so very violent and dangerous, that all comes through so well here, and he's given depth without softening him. I especially liked the scene with Dino (well, I would, wouldn't I? XD) but mostly I just really like the author's incredibly intense take on Hibari's character. It was a really good read. *__* (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: It's In to be in pieces, didn't you know? colon_d - Omg, a genfic?? With Tsuna and Ryohei and Hibari?? And no Dino in sight? What am I coming to? :< W-well, I'll admit that I was intrigued enough to click on this for Hibari, but I actually wound up enjoying the whole thing, because Ryohei and Hibari fighting over Tsuna (for detention versus boxing practice) could have been so painfully bad, but this author totally does it in the style of the daily life arc so I was just LOL the whole way through it. I really kind of love her Tsuna voice, especially as he looks between Ryohei and Hibari, whose arguing is a thing of beauty. This was kind of great. XDb (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Education by eigwayne - I clicked on the link to this fic because I have a fascination with the idea of Hibari and Chrome interacting, but what I got instead was a really interesting Chrome piece, set after she becomes one of the Vongola Guardians and how she and Ken and Chikusa are slowly brought into the fold and maybe aren't quite trusted, but there is a connection there, at least between Tsuna and Chrome. Which was just as interesting as the interaction with Hibari (which was at the end and more about Mukuro than anything, as it should be in this fic) because you can tell how much he wants to genuinely get to know Chrome and I like that this fic... doesn't try to separate her character out from Mukuro, but still focuses on who she is. The author's take is really interesting, I like that there's still that sense of being passive about most of her life, yet determination in certain places, and her connection with Mukuro was fantastic. It was a really intriguing read for her character and I like what the author came up with a lot! (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The Art and Absolute Pitch of Healing by arttype - I'd read the author's Yamamoto/Tsuna fic before I spotted this one, which you'd think I'd have seen this one first, wouldn't you? But I'm kind of glad I saw this one second because it's breathtaking in how beautiful it is. It's set in the TYL timeframe and it's centered around a piano room that Tsuna had built for Gokudera, who hasn't played in a long time, and every inch of this fic is about sadness and loss and still carrying on and not letting others' efforts go to waste. The way the author ties everything together, the way she writes both characters, the way she writes a turn of phrase, it's all lovely and one of the best pieces I've read about these characters. Honestly, it deserves a better rec than this, but I'm just sort of incoherent about it right now. It hits every note it's reaching for beautifully and that's no small thing. *__* (Implied Gokudera/Tsuna, but it could really be gen/on the level of canon just about.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Sonatina by vicious_lullaby - This is an interesting take on Chrome's character, I really like the almost passive sort of tone it takes even while she's almost sort of straining to do something. The use of language is very pretty, but what I liked the most was her attitude towards Mukuro, especially this line: she does not see him as overbearing but all-encompassing. Her view of Chikusa and Ken are very nicely done as well. (Implied Mukuro/Chrome if you want to see it that way.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Simplicity by vicious_lullaby - This is another really short piece, barely more than 250 words, but it's a lovely one about Haru and Kyouko in the future, their roles in things and how it can be hard to feel like you're useless and a drag. I like that they don't have to be super-powered to be awesome, I like that they can just be normal girls and I adore their friendship, this was a very sweet piece for that. (No real warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Simplicity by vicious_lullaby - Oh, man. As much as I can sympathize with anyone who is frustrated by the REBORN! girls or understand criticisms of them, I still adore them anyway. And I have adored Haru and Kyouko's friendship so much since they were tossed into the TYL timeline and this fic does a gorgeous job of showing what's so lovely about them in the future. I love how it focuses on the girls of the series, how they do what they can and Bianchi's hardcore awesomeness even in the background and just. as;ldfkjaslkj I loved this. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: A Day in the Life of Hibari Kyouya by readerofasaph - So, Hibari is easily my favorite REBORN! character, which I imagine is fairly hard to miss. And I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I picked up this fic, I was expecting more of a Mukuro/Hibari story than a Hibari-focused story, but I think the author balanced the two really well. It is more of a Hibari story and it was so great for that, she just really nailed that casual violence and straightforward, direct lethal attitude that is Hibari. Pretty much the entire time I was reading this, I kind of wanted to keyboard mash over how much I loved Hibari and how easily I could see him in this fic and a;lksjef;lakjs the fight scenes and Hibari's thought process (which is not always an easy thing, but I loved it here) and his interactions with the rest of the characters. The conflicts with Mukuro, the brief thoughts of Dino, his reactions to the rest of Tsuna's gang. a;sldkfja;lkjsl SO GREAT A READ. The insights into Hibari's character are kind of super, super fabulous here. (This is entirely gen, but if you like Mukuro/Hibari you may enjoy this, too.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: tenfold by surestsmile - asldkfja;sljk why am I willing to read deathfic for REBORN!'s fandom so much? Because there's some really damn fine fics that kill a character off (well, and we get character death in canon, too) and I'm weak to well-written D18. Which this fic isn't quite, it could be entirely gen, but you'll enjoy it if you like the characters, I think. It's almost understated, the way Hibari reacts to Dino's funeral, the way he slips away from the crowd and does his own thing, restless, but not antsy, which the author did a fantastic job of. The wine at the gravestone and the short conversation with the new Cavallone heir were also perfect and so, so Hibari. I loved this, despite that Dino was dead in it. ;__;<3 (This is entirely gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari in it, you'll like this. Deathfic.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: A Study of Why Hibari Kyouya Is the Way He Is by cliched_words - One of the things I've always had a fondness for in the REBORN! fandom with Hibari's character is that he grew up in a totally normal household and just turned out the way he is anyway, because that fits with Hibari's level of awesome. So, a fic where his family owned a pet store and his parents were perfectly normal and little baby Kyouya just turned out to be a scary little demon anyway? Yes plz. It was a cute fic that I liked the concept of a lot, the way nothing was really wrong with his surroundings, it was all Hibari himself. I'd like to see more like this. XD (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Rationales by vicious_lullaby - Oh, man, yes. This is only 200 words and it's painful (as many fics that focus on Gokudera's reaction to the events of the future) but it's lovely at the same time and the way he denies Lal's words at first, then comes to understand her and his rationales fall apart... it's beautifully done. There are two moments that I really wanted to quote because they were just so pretty and right on for Gokudera. (Implied Gokudera/Tsuna and Colonnello/Lal, but it could be gen, too.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The truth of it is by demoerin - You know what I don't get to read enough of in the REBORN! fandom? Bianchi and Gokudera. I don't look for it that often, but I don't see it pop up all that often, either, which is a shame because I love the siblings. And this was a solid story about the events of TYL, about how Bianchi reacted when finding out that Reborn was dead and how Gokudera handled that and how painful it was for both of them. I like it because Bianchi kind of got shafted by the Millefiore/TYL storyline and I'd like to see more of what she went through in that time, so this fic filled a little bit of that lack nicely. (A little implied Reborn/Bianchi, but on the level of canon. It's not really the point.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Know The Other, Know The Self. by allira_dream - I continue to have this fascination with Hibari/Chrome. I'm not sure why. They just intrigue me. And that interest in them continues to grow every time I read something like this, where Hibari and Chrome don't precisely hit it off so much as they don't antagonize each other, they are both comfortable with the silence they both have. I love how lethal they both are here, how dangerous and yet beautiful the situation around them is here, the words are lovely to read. And the way Hibari reacts to her is just. as;ldkfjaslkj yes. A beautiful little fic. (This is purely gen, but if you like Hibari/Chrome, you may like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: On the Night Before Birth by readerofasaph - ARCOBALENO FIC OMG YES. At the time this fic was written/this rec was written, we've still gotten hardly anything on them (which I have bitched rather endlessly about, that Amano is a fucking cocktease over them) and thus I'm gratified that I'm not the only one (after reading the comments) but mostly this is a really awesome fic. I liked the take on the mood the night before the curse hits them, I really like the little bits of personality each of them let show here, and I really like Lal Mirch's narrative for the whole piece. It's just a really cool fic and makes total sense with what little we know for now. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Things I will regret. by stitchedophelia - This is just a small moment in time fic, Hibari in the hospital after a mission, while Dino visits him, and what makes me really like this fic is the way the fight played out and how Dino reacted to it, which we see while he watches the medication take affect in Hibari. That Dino may have dropped everything when Hibari was in a tough spot, still young enough to get into them, but didn't go to help him because Hibari doesn't need help. And he really doesn't. I liked the bittersweet feel of this piece, how much was going on without really being said, it was a nice fic to round out my day with. (This is gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari, you might like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Missione: Impossibile by pekori - This was a really cute little fic with the girls of REBORN! (and Lambo), sort of an ordinary day in admist all the chaos they would find themselves in. Just a simple idea of the girls working together to make a cake for Bianchi for her birthday, but it was sweet and gentle and just adorable for it. I love fics that focus on the girls like this, even better because it's not about excluding the boys, it's just... the girls' turn for the focus here. <3 (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Idealism of Children by readerofasaph - The more I read from this author, the more I think I'm falling in love with her style and characterization. Hibari is so dangerous here, so determined and lethal, yet there are still things he doesn't understand that Dino does. And I love the look into Dino's head here, the way he sees Hibari and why he keeps coming back and how hard this life is on him, but how much he still keeps fighting because it's the right thing to do. Plus, the hints of the fight between them are also lovely, Dino can hold his own against Hibari, even if it tires him out and I love how much you can tell it frustrates Hibari, even while he keeps going and going and going. a;sldkfjals;kj ♥ (This is entirely gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari, you might like this as well.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled by actualize - a;lsdkfjalskj wow, this is a gorgeous Lancia piece. It's surreal and creepy and beautifully written and it's impossible to tell what really happened and what's just in his mind and I do not blame him one bit for getting nightmares from Mukuro. The hate he has for the kid, the powerlessness he feels against him, the fear that he constantly lives with, the smile that's always on Mukuro's face, it's all beautifully done here. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: when she stared at the world by trinities - This is a really gorgeous Chrome fic. It's all about the lies and the truths that she lives in, the illusions that are nearly impossible to separate from the realities, the way she and Mukuro are sometimes the same person, the way they're not the same person. It's a little hard to follow along sometimes, but that's perfect for a character like Chrome and the writing of this is really, really lovely. I love how she's so quiet and so passive in some ways, yet that's not really all that makes up who she is. This fic does a really lovely job of getting inside her head, both for her part as one of the Vongola and with her connection to Mukuro, her role as a hero versus not a hero. I'm explaining it badly, so just go read it. XD (This is entirely gen, but if you like Mukuro/Chrome, you may like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled? by actualize - This is another Chrome piece, one that... it sort of gets inside her head to show insights into her character and yet sort of doesn't, it's sort of surreal and yet sort of vague, all things that really work for Chrome fic. I really like the way the author writes her and her relationship with Mukuro, it's just a short piece, but it feels very much like them. (I think this is gen, but if you like Mukuro/Chrome, you might like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: A Comedy of Menace - Part One by actualize - This is the beginning of a very interesting AU for the REBORN! series, some things are similar and some things are completely different. The writing is lovely as always and what I really liked about this was the way it took a handful of characters and put them into scenes with other characters they don't often interact with--Chrome with Ryouhei, Dino with Bel--but sometimes just put two characters who were familiar with each other (Lancia and Mukuro) into a completely new situation. Even in these new situations, they're still quite themselves, which is lovely. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: A Comedy of Menace - Part Two by actualize - Another three scenes, another three different scenarios, another three times something feels a little off or feels surprisingly like a natural fit or feels like a ghost of something from somewhere that they can't quite pinpoint. I especially loved Gokudera's scene with the piano, I love that bit about him (such a foul-mouthed, abrasive character who plays the piano, I never get tired of that) and I love that something is always just a little off for him, something about the sound of the piano, except that's not it. The scene with Nagi and Yamamoto was total sweetness and I adored that. But aslkdfjaslkj Mukuro with the Varia. Mukuro with Xanxus. And the scene totally lived up to the promise of that meeting, both in characterization and in awesome. (No warnings/pairing.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Like a Sharp Knife. by allira_dream - How could I resist a fic with a summary like this? When they're done, there's blood everywhere. Up in the walls, down on the floor, on their clothes. None of the blood is theirs, of course. I've been going through a lot of REBORN! doujinshi lately, which includes a bit of 8018 in it, so this came at a really good time and as;ldkfjaslkj wow, violence shouldn't be this hot, but. It really kind of is. And I love that Yamamoto is still cheerful and laughing, yet there's something about him, some darker edge that I could totally believe would come out around Hibari and, man, I kind of wish fandom would play with that more. *__* This was a really great little fic, though. (This is mostly gen, but if you like Hibari/Yamamoto, you should like this. Not quite SFW for violence.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled? by piecrumbs - This fic is about the Kokuyou gang pre-series, not long after they've escaped from their Families and are out on their own and I think it's a really interesting look at what shaped them into the characters they eventually became. I like the main fic itself the most, but some of the comment ficlets are pretty interesting, too. They're a rather grim and harsh look at what these kids had to go through from even a young age, how they are protective of their own, and how that makes them more interesting villains. The writing is lovely and I especially liked the look in Chikusa's head here. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Axis by vicious_lullaby - I know this is only 200 words and probably not really long enough to justify a rec, but. It's a really intriguing and lovely look at Reborn's point of view, a character that seeems (to me) difficult to get inside his head. But this ficlet did a lovely job of it. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Negatives by vicious_lullaby - You know, Longcham was never particularly endearing to me while I was reading the manga, but something about this short little fic just left me grinning the entire time I was reading and an urge to kind of keyboard mash a little bit by the time it was done. It's hilarious and spot on and just. So, so easy to picture and a delight to read. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Pretexts by vicious_lullaby - You know, for all that I get wrapped up in the pairings of this series, sometimes I let it slip by me how much I really just love the characters for themselves. I am very fond of Tsuna and this fic really brought out that affection I have for his character, how much I want to let him have a vacation for awhile and not stress so much, despite that this was a really cute fic! Actually, I smiled my way through the whole thing, at everything he's "learned", has "yet to learn", and everything he has "mastered". For all that I want to give him a vacation, Tsuna's crazy life is great. XD (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Eminence by vicious_lullaby - I meant to move on from REBORN! fic this morning (just to concentrate on some other fandoms for awhile) but then I saw this one and it was Bel and Squalo, which I am very, very weak to. So, it was a short piece and Bel could have almost been talking to anyone, but I liked the choice of Squalo because there's an antagonistic dynamic there and there's a great line about Bel's crown in this one. XD (This is gen, but if you like Bel/Squalo, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The Picture Book. by ranty_rie - Oh, this was a wonderful little Tsuna fic. The previous Tsuna fic I read the other day got me back into a mood for his character because I really do adore him and how hard he tries and how much he's growing as a person, even when he's still a little bit "no good Tsuna" because he's not there yet. This fic does a lovely job of showing how all these people in his life have changed it and getting all of their characterizations down in such great little snippets, the pictures that Tsuna takes of them are great, I would totally browse through that photobook. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Lasciate Ogne Speranza by Belladonna - So, being a total nerd for Hibari's character makes me both prone to wanting to read as much about him as I can, but also wary of reading fic that doesn't agree with the way I see him, but this was... this was actually really lovely. There's a coldness to the tone of the piece that isn't precisely icy and not entirely uncaring in a Hibari-like way, but it's not overdone emo, either. It's hard to describe. But it's really pretty writing and I can totally see Hibari like this, the background story of the cat he had as a pet when younger felt pretty spot-on to me. I really like the voice for Hibari here, too, and asd;flkjas the ending, man. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Duet by Belladonna - as;ldkfjaslkjs Hibariiiiiiii, omg I am so ridiculously in love with his character, but it's hard to feel all that embarrassed about it when it means I get to be delighted over little fics like this one, ones that have action scenes in them. The fight between Mukuro and Hibari is gorgeous here, it's vicious and dangerous and intense and powerful, both of them such lethal opponents. I love the Hibari characterization here, I love that he's so dangerous and I wouldn't want to cross him in a dark alley, even as Mukuro is probably letting him win. And a;sldkfjasl;jk Hibari's reaction is spot-on. (This is entirely gen, but if you like Mukuro/Hibari you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Legato in Cioccolato Minor by Belladonna - This was a really lovely look at Mukuro's character, I really liked the tone of it, there was something almost light and maybe a touch whimsical, while being layered over something very lethal. Even in such a quick piece, the author really nails his voice, and I really liked the comparison of the various Vongola to different types of desserts or drinks, which really worked nicely. Also, omg, so hungry now. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: A Funeral Procession by Belladonna - You know what there's not enough of in fandom? Or at least not in the places I've looked, which is admittedly not as varied as I should. Fic that gets into Reborn's head, that gets into his life as a hitman, not just Tsuna's tutor. The fic doesn't delve deeply into the details, it's more about Reborn's philosphy on life as he's dying, but that's what I really wanted from the fic and it's a really cool take on the character, I can see this fitting him with him really well. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Garage Kits by botling - Perhaps I shouldn't be recommending this fic, it's very short, after all. But fandom is kind of giving me an interest in a possible Spanner and Shouichi dynamic and... well, I have to admit. There was something really amusing about this little snapshot of the two of them working together. XD XD XD (This is gen, but if you like Spanner/Shouichi, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The Beauty of Obligation by Branch - This is an interesting look at Dino and Hibari, built around their interactions just before the fights against the Varia, taking canon and expanding it a little. What I really liked is that the antagonism at that point in time felt right, the sense of... something a little like respect, something like genuine aggrevation, something maybe in between, the way Dino wasn't fighting Hibari at full power and probably never entirely did. Which is something I feel gets lost in fandom sometimes, which is part of the reason Dino was able to catch Hibari's attention and turn him towards accepting the Vongola ring, because he was stronger than Hibari. The dynamic here is really interesting and it's a very sharp, pointed read, which I really like with these characters. (This is entirely gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Once Upon a Time, Aboard a Metal Pumpkin Carriage by Belladonna - You wouldn't necessarily think that REBORN! and fairy tales would go together, but there's something about Mukuro and Chrome with Tsuna that lends to them really rather beautifully. At least in this fic, with this author. The quiet scene, the way Chrome is so quiet and proper (if that's the word for it) yet Mukuro is obviously lurking on the edges, the use of various elements of different fairy tales worked into Tsuna's narrative here, the way the little details (of Ken's driving, of Chrome's clothing, of Tsuna's thoughts of the other Guardians) was all very lovely. <3 (This is mostly gen, but maybe a very faint hint of Mukuro/Tsuna?)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Innocence lost by tredecaphobia - I'm not sure that I fully agree with the ending of this fic (in the sense that it's my personal opinion, not that I feel the author is wrong, just that we landed on slightly different opinions!) that Hibari should have the description "innocence lost" on him or that one should feel sorry for him, because I kind of suspect that he came out of the womb just exactly as he is now and there is absolutely nothing that Hibari lacks... but it's just a brief mention at the end of the fic and the rest of it is really interesting. What I liked about the fic was the way it started out, with Hibari unconscious and he does look really frail and thin and almost weak. I love that contrast, I love that the tiny little stick is the strongest of the Vongola Guardians by far, that the frail-looking one is the monster in strength. I love that it's Hibari's attitude that makes him a scary little bastard and I love that he is IC here, where he doesn't really care about much, that he's not secretly upset or spastic, he just. Doesn't care. Plus the writing is nice and I really did honestly enjoy this fic a lot. (This is entirely gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari you might like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Champion Shots by botling - This is just a short piece, but... I dunno, for as much as Longchamp didn't grab me in the manga, somehow he comes across much better in fic. (Or else I've just matured in taste, who knows. XD) And this is an AU, but you don't really need to know the details of it, it's just a short scene where they go out drinking and it's fun to read, a nice treat this afternoon. (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Downfalls by vicious_lullaby - Oh, I know it's short, but. It's Dino fic, where he wants Leon for his own! And it's really kind of adorable and WHAT I WOULD NOT GIVE FOR A REBORN!-STYLE SNOWFIGHT. And a;lsdkfjalsjk ahahahaha I love Dino's next plan of attack for getting Leon, he's a smart one, that Dino. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The Fear That You'll Fall by botling - Ooh, more Bel/Squalo. Though, really, this is probably more gen than any actual pairing, but I like genfic in the fandom, too. There's still that fascination I have with their interaction because Bel gets under Squalo's skin the way few people do, because a good Bel piece is somewhat difficult to find in this fandom. I love the harsh edges of their conversation, the egos on both of them, the dangerous undercurrent to Bel pondering the idea of taking Squalo out so that he'll be the leader of the Varia instead. This fits right in between the pages of canon and I loved it for that. (This is gen, but if you like Bel/Squalo, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Breaking of the Day by Branch - You know, I haven't really stumbled over a lot of fic in fandom that deals with Tsuna's role as Boss of the Vongola family, at least not as he's transitioning into it. This was a cool little read for that, Tsuna's nervousness and yet you can see the strength of his character that's starting to shine through. And I especially loved the interaction with Xanxus, who still wants to kill him, but each encounter crumbles away a little at his strength when facing off against Tsuna, who is just simply himself. I love that it actually got into the plot of REBORN! and it was nice to see Tsuna's character developed this way. (....well, this is gen, really, but sort of Tsuna/Xanxus interaction, I guess?)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Breaking of the Day: Omake by Branch - [Note: This fic is a sequel to Break of the Day, it'll make more sense if you've read that one first.] Even while this is an extra little omake thing, I'm reminded here--as well as I was in the previous fic--of how much I actually kind of like Xanxus as a character. I wasn't particularly entranced with him during the Varia storyline, but as he's folded back into the rest of the background Vongola family storyline, I find him fascinating, especially with all the rough edges he has and the interaction with Tsuna. This is a humorous little thing, meant for fun, but it does spark that same feeling of interest from me. XD (....well, this is gen, really, but sort of Tsuna/Xanxus interaction, I guess?)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!/xxxHOLiC: the silver branch, the small white flower by vicious_lullaby - Sometimes I still have that moment of pause, that moment where I think two series just can't possibly be crossed over as well as I would hope for them to be, not even if it's HOLiC. And yet. This one works so well, the way Watanuki and Tsuna connect, the sadness that Tsuna struggles with while he's dead, the things he says and doesn't say, the really wonderful Watanuki POV, the lovely insights and comparisons between the two series. And I loved the feel of this one, there was something bittersweet and quiet about it, something gentle and soft even when things were painful and impossible. That's what the best HOLiC stories should be. ♥ (Some Gokudera/Tsuna, it's only half the point.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled? by pyrenamon - You know, as much as I like Kyouko, it does still take a particular kind of author to pull me into a fic of hers, especially to give her character maturity and depth while still keeping her connected to who she is in the manga. This fic did a really lovely job of it, she's naive in so many ways, but when the truth is spilling out in front of her, even if she's scared, she deals with in a surprisingly strong manner and I love her character a lot for all the emotional strength and support she shows here. The writing is lovely and it fits her characters so well. Plus, the Tsuna/Kyouko is adorable. <3 (Some Tsuna/Kyouko, it's only half the point.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: procyon by pyrenamon - I read this fic without really paying attention to the summary (Samsara. And a lot of ridiculously vague nonsense.) and it's one of those that clicks into place a bit more when looking back, but even while I was reading it, there was a really lovely, if bittersweet, atmosphere to the piece that it was worth reading for alone. I really love the image of Kyouko that the author painted here, graceful and sweet even now. Just. Really pretty. (No real warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: hitokotonusi by pyrenamon - Also. Another thing. As much as I focus on other characters in the series, Gokudera is still one of my favorite characters, if not my ultimate favorite in the series. So, when I come across a particularly good fic about him, it's a special treat that I just adore ridiculously, even when it's kind of bittersweet and a little sad. But it's also so fucking cute and I love kidfic (though, not Gokudera's kid XD) especially when the kid is so mature and yet so little and so adorable. Kidfic can come across really badly, but this one was done beautifully and I love Gokudera's narration and the insights into his character. Lovely. (There's some background het, but I'd label this one with no real warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled? by stitchedophelia - I was actually attracted to this fic because of the use of an OC (Dino's son) because--from the fics that I've read, anyway--fandom has done well with giving Dino kids because eventually the Cavallone family will need heirs. So, I was intrigued and hopeful that it would be interesting and maybe a little D18 if I were lucky. And then. asd;lfkjaslkjsljk jesus, I could not put this fic down, it was so fantastic and so brilliantly done. Nico (Dino's firstborn kid) is a fabulous OC, his narrative in this fic made him instantly likeable and interesting to read about, so like his dad in some ways and yet still so much his own character and I would love, love, love more about him. But the best part. His godfather Hibari Kyouya and how he feels he's the unlucky kid in that respect until it turns out he's the luckiest one ever. And omfg do you know how much I love fics where Hibari is truly a scary little motherfucker? Because jesus christ he's fucking terrifying and this is one of the best fics I've read for that. And-- oh, man, I want to do a better rec than this, because it's one of my new favoritest fics just about ever, both for setting up a future that intrigues me, original characters that intrigue me, fantastic sharp writing, and just-- asl;kjfs everything I could want from a fic. *__* And OMG THE ENDING. SO MUCH LOVE. (Implied background Dino/Hibari, but it's not entirely the point.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: What Lasts Forever by botling - The more I read of Byakuran, the more I become further fascinated with his character and the potential there, to the point that, okay, maybe the Millefiore arc might be ultimately worth it to give us a character like him. His thoughts, as he approaches Tsuna's funeral coffin, the almost cheerful yet that's not quite it and still so very deadly grace of his thoughts, it really felt spot on to me, this was a gorgeous little piece. (No real warnings/pairings aside from some background het.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Searching for the future + There'll be no end to the rock 'n roll. + Clouds of witness by stitchedophelia - The first two ficlets in this series are short little things, one of Dino looking at Tsuna as he first becomes the boss of the Vongola, the second about the way Gokudera fights, both of them really lovely ltitle character insight pieces. But it's the third one, the slightly longer piece on Dino, the one that's a little bittersweet and gets into the things Dino keeps hidden from most of the world (which you can catch glimpses of now and again even in the manga, but he hides them well), the harshness of what it took from him to become the Bucking Horse and it's a really beautiful piece. Not sad per se, but... really beautifully bittersweet. (No real warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Babysitter Lancia-san! by lividlillies - I don't think I stopped laughing pretty much the entire way through this fic. BABYSITTER LANCIA. It sounds like it might be the bad kind of crack, but the author actually does a really good, balanced job of it, no one is too far over the top or too silly, instead it feels a lot like the whole Daily Life arc era. I love Lambo and I-Pin as kids and Lancia's POV on the craziness of the Vongola family is both hilarious and kind of sweet. There were moments when I was just totally cracking the hell up and a;sdlkfjaslkj it's so delightful to read fics like this in the fandom! ADORABLE. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Welcome to Your Life by tredecaphobia - I definitely have a fondness for stories set during the time when Tsuna first starts to be properly integrated into the Vongola family as its new boss, so this one was a fun piece to read today. It's all about Tsuna's nerves and the wariness he has at being in the same room as the Varia again and had a bunch of fun little interesting moments. ....well, I say "fun", but. XDDD (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Passing Notes by kilowattage - Okay, the writing itself of this short piece is really cute and totally great for a character like Ryohei and I love that it's one of those that you could just see him doing, but I also loved it for the format it was put in--the font on the letter was A+ and the writing was great, not too over the top, but still... well, Ryohei. Totally cute and fun. <3 (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: The Perfect Christmas With You. by allira_dream - asd;lfkjas;lkjal I've liked this author's work for so many other series (and how the hell she can write so many, I don't even know, but bless her for it) so seeing her write Dino and Hibari was delightful for me. And this was a wonderful little piece, something that totally fit the mood I was in, since it had been snowing all day and it's getting close to Christmas and I've been starved for this pairing. (Anything less than a ton of them every single day is starved for me, okay. :|) I adored the descriptions of Hibari in the first few paragraphs, of course Dino would think of him like that, yet the fic never forgets that Hibari is a strong little fucker. And this. This really was just the perfect Christmas for them. ♥ (This is pretty gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: life's design moves around white lies by allira_dream - There is a small but decent selection of fic that features the REBORN! girls, but every time I find a new piece like this, it's still such a treat because I adore them a lot. And this is a really pretty, wonderful, lovely Kyoko fic that shows how strong she is emotionally, even if she's weak physically. How much of a lovely person she is, how she knows there's something more going on with everyone, but doesn't focus on it because she knows they're trying to protect her and, yet, she's stronger than that in her own way. It's just. I adore this Kyoko, she feels spot on with canon for me. Plus, the writing is just so pretty. *__* (No warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Seconds Late & Ten Years too early by Nerrin - Oh, man, do I ever have a soft spot for Dino/Mukuro scenes, especially when they're just so good like this one is, all too easy to see this happening at some point between current canon and TYL, both of them with their own style of grace and danger. I really adore this Dino, who doesn't push too hard, but sees so much more of Mukuro than most, I adore this Mukuro, who wants everything but is still somehow aloof, and then thought of Hibari drawing them together, but not all that binds them. Also, the details! Dino and his math skillz! Not a major mention, just something implied by the fic and I love it when authors remember that. And, mmmm, I would definitely like to see more of this storyline, to see the D1869+Vongola storyline it could become--though, it stands quite well on its own, too. *__* (This is gen, but I guess you could read Dino/Mukuro or D18/6918 into this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: When all else fails. + Felony is a gift to men who have everything to lose. by stitchedophelia - This is another collection of short ficlets, just two of them this time, but a little longer, and they're really interesting, really well-written. The first one is a Spanner/Shouichi fic and it's writing like this that makes me kind of more and more interested in both characters and the idea of something between them or at least on Spanner's side. The way it ties into his reasons for helping the Vongola in his own way was really nice. The second is a series of four short scenes from various characters that all tie together with the theme of "knights" and it's a really great look and a;sklfjal;skj this is why I keep reading KHR fic. *__* (One-sided Spanner/Shouichi in the first, no real warnings/pairings in the second.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled? by Nerrin - I very nearly skipped over this fic, because the author's link to her fic said that there was a lot of OOC here and, well. I run into that often enough without meaning to, no need to go seeking it out. But it was Dino and Hibari and I was curious. I was pleasantly surprised by how non-cracky it was, actually, and the label was kind of misleading, so I almost missed a little fic I liked a lot. It's set, as many fics are, during the time Dino is training Hibari and it's about what's going through Dino's head at the time, this thin boy in front of him with the murderous expression and so much potential. There's a sharp edge to it, something that feels very much like they did in canon. And I like that there could be more here, but it might just be platonic, too. (This is pretty gen, but if you like Dino/Hibari, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: For I offer my worship only to you. + Ctrl + Alt + Del + Foul, fetid, fuming, foggy... filthy. by stitchedophelia - This is another series of short ficlets/drabbles but I really like the way the author puts them together in a theme, how these are all centered on the Kokuyou characters and the writing of each of them is lovely and painful and harsh and just the right tone for everything they've been through. In some ways, as a reader, it's easy to forget everything they've been through because it hasn't been brought up in awhile, but these ficlets are a good reminder of just what they've lived through, all wrapped up in pretty writing. (No real warnings/pairings.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Crossing swords. by stitchedophelia - as;ldkfjaslkj this fandom is seriously giving me a real weakness for Byakuran/Hibari fic, whether it's in a sexual way or not--though, Hibari is one of those characters that kind of exudes that vibe, even though he's kind of actually asexual at the same time, one of the mysteries that is Hibari--which this fic wasn't, but was no less hot for it. I love this Hibari, intense and somehow still intimidating even with the small little bird on his shoulder, this Byakuran almost lazy except so, so dangerous and you can feel that from both of them. Just. as;ldkfjasl;kj delicious. (This is gen, but if you like Byakuran/Hibari, you should like this.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Disconnect by giving_ground - Between all my other obsessions lately, I haven't been reading much KHR fic. I thought, when I went back, I would start with Dino/Hibari fic like I usually do, but something about this one caught my attention. It's not a long fic, but it's beautifully written and captures this quality that Mukuro has, there's a distance between him and the others, except maybe that's not precisely the way to put it. The sense of Hibari being a toy of his that was taken away, yet the casual tone of this, it works for their dynamic and especially as an interesting look into Mukuro's head. (This could be gen, but it could also be Mukuro/Hibari.)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Worth by starkissed - So. My interest in Hibari with pretty much anyone leads me down a strange path again. But how was I to resist the call of Hibari and Kyouko? It was too off the wall for me to even pretend I wasn't curious. And I'm really glad I did because somehow the author really makes this work, she has a great grasp on both their characters, making this AU really easy to see, how Kyouko's just a little bit different here, but still so recognizable. I love the dynamic between her and Hibari here, I love the laid-back cheerful way she has around him, the way he doesn't say much but doesn't hate her presence. The writing is lovely and makes this piece just work. (This is gen, but could be sort of Hibari/Kyouko?)

Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Caring by starkissed - This is the second Hibari/Kyouko fic on this post (I'm recommending them separately for the usual reasons I do that) and I like that it's moving slightly more towards pairing, but could still almost be gen. I like that it's the same lovely writing full of laid-back cheerfulness and gentle teasing and Hibari being annoyed but not shoving her away, I like how well they continue to work in this author's hands. I would have thought that Hibari being a smoker like this wouldn't work for me and yet... the author makes that work for me as well. <3 (This sort of skirts the edge between gen and Hibari/Kyouko, I think?)

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