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- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Hi-tch Hi-ker's Guide by kasugai_gummie - Oh, my god, this is my new favorite fic in the fandom, totally. It's hard to explain why, other than that it's a crack concept pulled off brilliantly, so that it was actually funny instead of being flat or too over the top, I was totally just about crying with laughter at the mental image by the end. Just. Every little implication of this fic is beautiful, every little moment with both Hibird and Fukurou (Mukuro's owl) is perfect and a;sdlfkjalskjdljkas there is an accompanying sketch that is also the most brilliant thing I have seen all day. I just. I dissolved laughter, okay? And every time I think about the image at the end again. ♥ (....um. Mukuowl+Hibird counts as a pairing, I think?)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Motivated Grocery Shopping by Vikki - So. This is one of those fics where it's a relatively simple concept--Tsuna runs into Hibari at the grocery store--but it's so full of that Reborn!-style humor that I just... I think I cracked the hell up two or three times because it's just so perfect. Hibari is so... Hibari, even when Tsuna only runs into him for a minute. And Tsuna is delightful here, the whole cast is delightful, really, and crazy. Mustn't forget that they're all so very, very crazy. Plus, the item Hibari was shopping for totally made me LOL when it dawned on me why he was buying it. That's. That's beautiful. (No real warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The Legend of Hibari Kyouya by shinigamikender - The gang muses on Hibari's origins and... as;dflkajslkjlakjsdflaj AHAHAHAHAHA, it was as great as the summary made it sound, it totally lived up to the potential of the idea. It's not just the idea behind Hibari's origins (that I must now take as being true until otherwise directly contradicted), it's in the execution of the fic, the way the little details lend themselves so perfect to the Reborn! universe, the way the little details of the way they sit and talk or people make gestures that had me picturing it perfectly. It could so easily slip between the pages of canon. And just. So hilarious. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Twenty Facts About Hibari Kyouya by kasugai_gummie - When I started with Reborn! fanfic, I wanted certain pairings and I was largely uninterested in expanding beyond that. And it didn't really seem like there was a whole lot of gen in the fandom, so I might as well stay with my pairings, right? But slowly I've found pieces that I liked that aren't about pairings, especially as I grow to love the characters even more just for themselves. And these little snippets on Hibari that may or may not be true, some hilarious and some kind of creepy, are delightful. They're so... almost light-hearted in that violent sort of way that Hibari has. This was a delight to read. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Ten Shots (or more) by kasugai_gummie - I love stories set in the format of ten little snippets on various characters that contribute to a greater whole, that paint a picture of the Reborn! universe future where things are just as hilarious and cracky and awesome as ever. I can't count the number of times that this fic got me to grin or even just outright laugh aloud because they were perfect. I honestly wouldn't pick a favorite, I couldn't pick between what Mukuro does to a dinner party or the betting pool on what Yamamoto's next scar is going to look like or Ryouhei's attitude on life or the way I-Pin's come out of her shell in the future or the absolutely killer last line. I still giggle thinking about it. Awesome Reborn! fic, one of those that defines the fandom, I suspect. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by kasugai_gummie - And if I'm growing fonder of Mukuro/Hibari, it only makes it that much more intriguing when it's a combination of Dino/Hibari/Mukuro. I love this Hibari, I love how... almost routine it is to fight against Mukuro, to almost have a schedule for it and when Dino is waiting to bandage him up, and then maybe turn it the other way around. And yet it never loses that quality of being unable to be tamed that Hibari has, that stubborn, violent nature he has. Very nice. (....maybe a little Mukuro/Hibari and Dino/Hibari, but it could be almost gen, too.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Discovery Channel by kasugai_gummie - ....yeah, okay, I'm clearly going through the post and recommending each of these seperately (which is not entirely unmotivated by my desire to not have to label one rec with a bajillion different pairings/warnings, but also because they do stand on their own) but it's so worth it because asd;lfkjas;dlasldka AHAHAHAHAHA MUKURO WITH THE ANIMALS. Oh, god, I love the animals in this fandom and I love how people use them all and this was so, so hilarious. I love how cheerful Mukuro is about the whole thing, especially when the rest of the scene unfolds, and then a;dflkjasdlkjasla;j the ending. I lol'd. (....Hibird, Mukuowl, Enzio, Leon, and Falco. N-not what you're thinking.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The Thing About Pants by Enkidu - I clicked on this fic because I was curious to read a fic with Tsuna/Kyouko, since I always thought they were cute, and they are adorable here, but it's more on the level of what you'd find in canon. Except... ads;lfkalkajsdflkajs ahahahaha Gokudera is my favorite for reasons exactly like this, no matter how much I love other characters or focus on them, this is why I love Gokudera. Because he doesn't even think twice about it. Also, the ending (and the potential for what else Gokudera may very well have been capable of) are total LOL and I could just about see this coming right out of the manga itself. (Some Tsuna/Kyouko on the level of canon and Gokudera/Tsuna fans might enjoy as well.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Awkward Situations by kasugai_gummie - You know, for a character that often annoys the shit out of me while reading the manga, I am strangely fond of Lambo fic. Perhaps because much of fandom shares my annoyance with his younger self and likes to be mean to him in ways that would fit so well between the pages of canon. Especially given child Lambo's tendency to... ah... cling... suggestively... to just about whatever happens to be handy. This short series of various mishaps that result from that and the 10-year-bazooka are pretty damn hilarious. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - filling in the spaces by forochel - So, I was browsing Mei's Reborn! pimp post (which she posted a few months ago and I mourn that I didn't get to flail at her over it, because it was great fun) and she had linked this fic and, oh, hey, it was a Dino/Hibari fic I hadn't yet read! Not that it was actually Dino/Hibari, it was UST at most, something that could have happened in the manga itself, which is actually what I liked about it. The characterizations were lovely, Dino is both capable mafia boss and grinning idiot, Hibari is both blood-thirsty violent little bastard and something else, and they fight each other and Hibari almost respects Dino and Dino is clearly fond of Hibari and it's just... yessss. Dino/Hibari bloody fight in an alley right before the fights for the rings start. I'll probably not get tired of that for a long time yet. (Dino/Hibari, except it could be totally gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - INTO THE FUTURE-! by forochel - It took me a minute to get the ending of this one, but once I did, it was really kind of great. This is just a short little scene, set in the future and Hibari is training Tsuna--which is so much fun for Tsuna, really, but his mental thought process while he's trying to dodge Hibari's attacks are fun--a short moment in time, but when Dino shows up, it gets even more delightful. There are several good lines in this one and I had a lot of fun reading it. (....not really any pairings? But you could read Dino/Hibari into it?)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Five Times Hibari Tried to get Rid of Ryohei Permanently by Pero - The fic is pretty much exactly as the title states and, the longer I'm in fandom, the more I kinda like the idea of Ryouhei/Hibari, so I was in the right frame of mind to read this and... as;dflkjasdlkj AHAHAHAHA SO HILARIOUS. Her Ryouhei is totally and utterly fantastic and spot-on in his dense enthusiasm and her Hibari is also totally spot on in his casually violent attempts to get rid of the annoying pest. It's a great use of putting someone so cheerful together with someone like Hibari and Pero puts in all these little details that make me able to just picture the whole thing perfectly. I LOL'd. (This is mostly pretty gen? But you can read Ryouhei/Hibari into it if you want.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Mother's Kisses by midnightdiddle - Right after reading a happy, hilarious Dino/Hibari fic, I scrolled back up to read this fic and... a;sdflkajslkjlkas ouch. It's not that I want this to happen to Gokudera, I most emphatically do not want him dead, but the image of Bianchi bringing her wrath to everyone and everything around her like this is greatly intriguing. Gokudera is the type of character who so badly wants affection, so to see the evidence how deeply she cared about her little brother was fascinating. And painful. The author does a fantastic job of showing Bianchi in a cold rage here, as much as the fic hurt, it was also fantastic. (No real pairings, death of a major character warning.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Prestissimo by midnightdiddle - And, then, immediately after I read a Gokudera deathfic, then I read an interesting little AU where he never joined the Vongola family, instead focused on his piano playing and I still would have thought it'd be too early for me to read AUs, but this one was interesting. It was a look at what Gokudera might have become without Tsuna and his family, the author doing a lovely job of showing his emotions beneath the surface, the sense of running and running and running from his father and that side of his own family. The ending is particularly interesting as well, a very cool little read. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Seven Squared by half_sleeping - This is a really interesting look at the idea of comparing the seven Varia against the seven Vongola family members, all compared to the seven deadly sins/virtues. Each section has a short drabble on the Varia and then their Vongola counterpart, each one a really beautifully done insight into the personality and attitude of each character. It's really cool to see how each one is tied to their various attribute and the ending is fantastic. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The Fall after the Pride of Vongola by unlock - Hibari/Chrome is one of those pairings that... it seems like crack, like something I would only want to see in fanart, but... well, this fandom may have given me OTPs, but it's also made me open to a lot of different things. And, sure, this fic has implied death of major characters, but... I like Hibari. I'll ship him with anyone. So, I read. And I'm glad I did because it wasn't really so much a ship as it was interaction, a beautiful one at that. Chrome and Hibari are two characters that are both very... direct and matter-of-fact, the author wrote them beautifully in the way that Hibari managed to comfort her in his own way, the only way she would have accepted, and the writing was lovely for it. I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series of ficlets. (This is gen, but those who like Hibari/Chrome might like this, too.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by kiyoshi-mitarai - This story does sort of throw you into the middle of the action without explaining much, but that makes more sense when you realize it came from a meme and I can put it into better mental context that way. It's a funny little slice of life in what's probably a typical day in the Vongola family and I liked it because anything that puts Ryohei and Hibari in the same room together--especially with I-Pin and Tsuna involved in this mess somehow, too--is usually good for some hilarity. And you totally have to feel Tsuna's pain at the whole thing. XD (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by kiyoshi-mitarai - This is another story that benefits from realizing that it came as part of a meme, but tends to stand better on its own, I think. It's a sort of simple piece, Ryohei in the middle of a dream where he's dying in a rather spectacular way and it's not the first time and it's interesting. His reactions, the almost calm attitude about dying in this dream, the surreal atmosphere even as he's still part of the dream, etc. But mostly I like it for the interaction between him and Mukuro, that's sort of really interesting and full of potential. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Air Castle by sinistera - I wouldn't have thought I'd have enjoyed a story about the Varia characters as kids quite this much (since I'm more focused on the Vongola family), but this was just such a perfect little ficlet between Bel and Squalo playing as kids and being such little brats to each other. Bel's attitude throughout the whole fic--as well as the expressions that you could just see on Squalo's face--and the ending line by Xanxus, all of it was utterly fabulous. ♥ (No real warnings/pairings, not enough to count.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - KO KU YOU by vermultitude - I've been journalhopping a lot today and so glad for it, because I've found several pieces that I'd never seen links to previously, things like this fic about the Kokuyou trio and it's... it's not quite a look into their past, but a series of short scenes, set probably early on when they'd just come to Japan, so not that long pre-series, and there are so many little touches that are so fabulous here. The way that they're almost playful with each other, yet so violent and bloody and terrible at the same time, the way there's something very real in the affection here, even when they're such dangerous, harsh characters. It says so much about the characters without having to state it outright, it just feels right. I loved that about this fic. (Maybe some implications, but I'm not going to count anything.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Dollhouse by piecrumbs - This is an incredible Bel piece, the sense of something very much like whimsy, almost sort of like a fairytale gone bad, everything that Bel was in the manga is here in the fic. It's set from Bel's perspective, which isn't always an easy thing to do, especially to get across the almost childlike sense of playfulness and yet the violent murderer that he is, both at the same time, never breaking stride with it. The way things almost sort of roll right off of Bel, even as it must be utter chaos and trauma around him, the way everything still feels light and cheerful and like a playtime adventure with a child... it's beautifully written and really kinda creepy. Excellent for Bel. (No real warnings/pairings, aside from the ones you'll always get with Bel.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Dinner conversation by vermultitude - I love this fandom and it's penchant for taking two characters who don't interact that much and weaving something breathtaking out of it. Dino and Mukuro aren't two characters that I would have put together in the same room (unless Hibari was involved, but that's just my retarded brain ♥), much less have woven something as gorgeous as this out of it. But somehow... the way the author writes it, it has this natural flow and grace, it just makes perfect sense as the story moves along. I could hardly get up from my chair as I read this, read Dino trying to understand what makes Mukuro tick and how to get him to respond, frustrated by the lack of response from him. Mukuro is brilliantly written here, all insincere smiles and mysterious motivations and playing seeming to be playing a game that no one but he is aware of, while Dino smiles and isn't sure if he's making headway or not. The characterization of them both, the language of the piece itself, all of this is just. Gorgeous. Now, I'm kind of fascinated by the idea. (Dino/Mukuro, except it could really be gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - SONNET (& quite possibly devoid of everything which makes it so) by vermultitude - It isn't precisely that I have been waiting for this defining Mukuro/Hibari fic so much as that I knew it would come eventually and I would find it and be able to read it eventually, I just wasn't quite expecting it to be so long or so brilliant as it was. It's one of those pieces that I barely let my breath out while reading because it has such an intense tension that doesn't let up the entire time the story is being told, each meeting between Mukuro and Hibari is fully worthy of these two incredible characters. The fight scenes are gorgeous, they're almost poetic in the beauty of the imagery the author uses, except they're too sharp and painful and violent to quite be that. It's so easy to picture the expressions on their faces, almost even to feel the pain they inflict on each other, to almost feel lik you're there with them. There are so many little details that are perfect in this fic that I can hardly even begin to give it a proper rec. Just. It's a beautiful piece for these two. (Mukuro/Hibari, except it could probably be gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by vermultitude - This is just sort of a quiet, not quite introspective piece about Dino, who thinks about Mukuro and then about Squalo, and it's not so much that he makes much progress as it's an insightful look on these characters, the world that the manga has built in the background that we don't always get much more than flashing glimpses of. The writing is lovely here as well and I kinda continue to be interested in Dino's take on Mukuro especially, for all that the focus of this is slightly more on the Dino/Squalo parts. (Maybe some implications of Dino/Mukuro and Dino/Squalo, but it's really just gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - dandelion seeds by vermultitude - This is a really beautiful look at Chrome's character, there's something almost surreal or maybe dreamy about her here, something that just sort of floats along or doesn't quite seem to understand or care about the world around her, except that's not right either. But it's a certain something that I felt in the original manga as well, and the imagery the author uses, the pretty use of words and turns of phrase are lovely to read about her here. (No real warnings/pairings, maybe some potential Mukuro/Chrome, but.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - A capella by actualize - This is another lovely Chrome piece that's got that same almost dreamy quality to (or maybe languid would be a better way to describe it), something that fits so well for a story about this character. The pieces of Nagi's childhood that you get in this fic, the brief thoughts to reading an anatomy book in school or when she skinned her knee as a child, they tell so much about her and what made her into the person she is now. Very lovely and just creepy/tragic enough to fit her wonderfully. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by actualize and picnicbird - This is a collection of various short little ficlets for the REBORN! characters (focusing often times on Hibari and Mukuro and Dino and Chrome and Lanchia and Xanxus) and the connections between them, whether they're all in the same timeline/universe or all seperate stories that work together to set an overall mood, I don't think it really matters. There is something about this loose set of characters that inspires a vague sort of writing, something that's heavy in imagery and beautifully written violence and smiles that are difficult to read, a style that wouldn't necessarily work for the other characters in this universe, but those that have such a deep history (or are quickly becoming tangled up in all of the history), it works. It's a very satisfying fic because it covers so many moments between these characters, shares so many tiny little insights, and I could hardly look away once I started reading. (I'd call this mostly gen, but you can find implications of several pairings, most notably Mukuro/Hibari, Dino/Hibari, Mukuro/Chrome, and maybe Xanxus/Mukuro.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - KUSO Fairytales 4.0 The Long Haired Princess, Prologue by hehe_05 - While the previous post from the author contained a lot more fanart in it, this one is closer to a more traditional fanfic, with added illustrations put in, so it gets recommended as a fanfic instead. And I love what this author is doing, the illustrations continue to be both adorable and really beautiful to look at, they combined the REBORN! feel and what could have come out of a fairy tale book. There's humor woven into the retelling of Squalo's history, along with a whole lot of adorableness. The really great thing--aside from the characters all being kind of seriously awesome--is the way the author/artist takes the backgrounds of these characters and tells fairy tales out of them. So great. ♥ (Dino/Squalo, Xanxus/Squalo, though you could almost squint at see it as gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by actualize - This is another amazing Bel piece from this author and it still impresses me how incredibly well this character is written here--those different moods of Bel's, the way they're almost mercurial and one can tip into the other so easily, but there's almost something like... like maybe you could almost understand him, but not quite. The use of an almost childlike view of the world, something that's a bit like an old fairy tale or maybe an old nursery rhyme in everything that Bel does, even when it's horrible and violent, and the way the rest of the Varia react (or don't react as they don't pay much attention to Bel anyway) and Squalo in particular... it's all amazingly done. I-- I could grow to be rather fascinated with this pairing, I suspect. (Some Bel/Squalo, but it's really more gen than anything.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The Story of the Snake, the Bird, and the Rather Stupid but Extremely Nice Small Boy by half_sleeping - There is something about the REBORN! fandom that makes me delight in these sorts of fairy tales, especially when the characters are so spot on, when the author can remain true to who they are. Mukuro as a snake and Hibari as a bird and Tsuna as himself and it's really kind of adorable and, yet still shows why people flock to Tsuna, even when you wouldn't think them the type. The animosity between the snake and the bird is also a lovely touch to the fic and it, too, shows how people who wouldn't otherwise get along at all can find some way to co-exist with Tsuna. Excellent fic! And the ending line is total LOL. ♥ (Mukuro/Tsuna/Hibari, except it's really sort of gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - KUSO Fairytales 4.0 The Long Haired Princess, Story 2 by hehe_05 - Oh, god, I love this fic so much so far. Everything I've said about previous chapters is still true about this fic--the fairy tale narrative that retells the characters' stories is so wonderfully done and so charming and you know how things will turn out, but the way the author does it is brilliant. Also, the art continues to be brilliantly done for an illustrated fairy tale-style fanfic, I love it so much. But one of the best things about this chapter, of course, is that it's about Bel, whom fandom has given me such an interest in. He could have been such a stereotypical character and hell if I know what makes him genuinely interesting for me/takes him away from that stereotype, but whatever does... the author does it beautifully in this fic, too. ♥ (Some Xanxus/Squalo in the extra, maybe possibly some other stuff in the fic, but this is QUITE GEN, honestly.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - all eyes on him by surestsmile - You know, part of me still marvels that I'm reading Ryohei/Hibari fic and enjoying it without reservation as much as I do. I ♥ this fandom so hard. And this one was such a delight as well, showing how Hibari most firmly Does Not Work Well With Others and why trying to get him to work with the other Vongola isn't always bad, but doesn't really work out either. And then he's forced to pair up with Ryohei and somehow it's hilariously annoying to Hibari and yet works this time around. I also really liked the author's take on Ryohei, especially as they get older, he's still very EXTREME but there's also an actual brain going on in there. (This is gen, but Ryohei/Hibari fans might enjoy it as well.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Fit For Kings (prologue) by cerepan - What is it about REBORN! that makes me perfectly willing to read mideval AUs fic for it? It's not something I usually go for, so I'm not sure what's different about this series that makes me okay with it. Intrigued by the idea, even. I suppose it's partly because I'm desperate for fic, but there's still something about these characters and these families that make it interestig. Plus, I like this author a lot and this fic is interesting because it doesn't do what I expected--instead, it mixed things around a little. While the heads of the families are still the heads of their kingdoms here, the dynamics between them aren't the same at all. Byakuran and Mukuro getting along, the way Xanxus and Bianchi are on good terms, and so forth. The spirits of the characters remain the same, which gives it a feeling of... maybe in another lifetime, things could have gone this way. I'm intrigued. (I assume eventual pairings, but for now this is largely gen with some Byakuran/Mukuro.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - untitled by pumpkinonastick - I continue to feel that there is not nearly enough Yamamoto/Squalo in the fandom, so little fics like these go a long way. I actually like the format of them, two little scenes based on a prompt/keyword, just little scenes from their lives, little character moments or interactions that are intriguing. I like the author's take on them, how she doesn't forget that edge of competition there, how these could be gen, or they could potentially be more, it fits well with how I saw them in canon, too. (Some Yamamoto/Squalo that's really entirely gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Take What You Will by mikken - Ooh. You know, I keep saying this a lot, but it's still true. It surprises me how much I like reading about all of the REBORN! characters, even the villains. Possibly because they're so woven into the overall storyline, instead of just being throwaway villains that came out of nowhere and disappeared just as fast. And this is a really well-written take on the Varia, starting with Xanxus and Squalo, establishing themselves and slowly gaining new members to the Varia. The little details, the use of what we know in canon, the way the characters are really kinda creepy, it's all beautifully woven together here. (No real warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - Armi Della Famiglia by mikken - Somewhere along the way, my love for Gokudera got a little eclipsed by other characters, as well as how there wasn't enough of the fic I wanted to read, but every once in awhile... every once in awhile, along comes a fic like this, which is just a short piece, but it's got this rough edge and sharp intelligence that fits so well with Gokudera's character. The author's use of dynamite, how it's made, how Gokudera treats it, is lightly woven into this fic, making it part of him, together with clean, smooth writing that reminds me of just why I loved Gokudera so much right from the beginning. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - the end of innocence by surestsmile - One of the things that's interesting about REBORN!'s version of the mafia is that... I'm curious about how Tsuna's family would handle having to kill people, considering the kind of person their boss is and that it's a shounen manga. So, I really liked this author's take on Ryohei's reaction after the first time he's killed someone, how he's not stupid about it, but he's still Ryohei. Even if he's hurting and upset and Hibari intrudes on that, in his own Hibari-like way. The relationship the author is slowly building between these two is so interesting and reminds me of why I like them so much, too. Again. XD (This is purely gen, but Ryohei/Hibari fans should enjoy it, too.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - coercive incentives by surestsmile - I continue to like the relationship that's slowly building between Ryohei and Hibari in this author's hands, the way it's not about finding little moments of connection, so much as it is... something else. An antagonism that isn't that important (at least not yet), it's almost more about other people (like Tsuna) at the beginning, but something that still slowly means something. Hibari's direct threats to motivate Ryohei in his own special way is just perfect and it really fits with everything we've seen of their relationship, even ten years into the future. (This is completely gen, but Ryohei/Hibari fans might enjoy it as well.)


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