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Friday, June 2nd, 2006
5:37 pm
[nayami]
Week 6-7
THE KEYMASTER

Title: Major and Minor
Author: shoiryu
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Demyx-centric, Organization XIII
Genre: General
Reason: Yay for more Demyx fiction that views him as something other than everyone's personal joke. This fiction more or less works with the idea that music is a way to express the soul so what happens when the musician no longer has one? I love seeing how different Organization members react to Demyx's music in this fiction, as well as Demyx's utter love for his art. I also like the idea of having Namine be able to bring the music to life for Demyx, a reflection of the power of her own art.

For more Organization fiction, come play in the cut.Collapse )


THE NOBODY

Title: Half-life
Author: krillia
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Axel-centric, scene at Betwixt and Between, spoilers
Genre: General
Reason: If you get past the baby-eating jokes in the center, this fiction presents a twilight-hued look at Axel's thoughts during Betwixt and Between. The notion of Nobodies as leading half-lives is a powerful and plausible one. Almost as powerful as the realization that only the Organization members retain enough of their original selves to understand the incompletion in their existance while the rest of the Nobodies simply rage against it without purpose. Having Axel see Roxas as their/his chance to escape this empty existence is equally moving, especially when Axel continues to struggle about whether his feelings are an illusion. My final props go out to the last paragraph of this fiction. A real kicker.

THE HEARTLESS

Title: Singed Feelings
Author: devicing
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Genre: Fluff
Reason: What's better than subtle Axel/Roxas fiction? When it includes the rest of the Twilight Gang. I always forget about them when pursuing Roxas fiction. I just adore the entire premise of this fiction, with the gang hanging out and being kids at the local fair. Everyone is so well portrayed too; Hayner would have to be my favorite. Olette reminds me a bit of Anzu from Yugioh with her friendship kick in this, but I don't mind. We even get a bit of Axel/Namine interaction at the end.

And now onto your regularly scheduled Sora/Riku lovefestCollapse )
Friday, May 19th, 2006
10:03 pm
[nayami]
Lost Recs Pt. 3 - The Finale
THE KEYMASTER

Title: Bartleby in Flight
Author: refracting
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Organization XIII drabble
Genre: Fluff
Reason: Because this is just a drabble, I probably can't write as much about it as I did with my other Keymaster selections. But after looking over my remaining fiction choices, this one had to be given this title because it just does so much with what small space it has to work with. Another version of Roxas' initial introduction to the Organization, with some hilarity tossed in. I'm amazed at how much of the characters this fiction manages to show since it's hardly more than a drabble. It's still golden. The touch of Axel/Roxas interaction at the end makes it all the sweeter.

If you enjoyed this week's Keymaster, Nayami also recommends another one of her writingsCollapse )


THE NOBODY

Title: You Aren't My Light
Author: luvlustblood
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Axel/Riku
Genre: Dark
Reason: The very rare Axel/Riku fanfiction. Popular with Japanese fanartists but not so much with English writers. I like this fiction's notion that the two would be using each other since they can't really have what they want. I do wince at how weak Axel can sound at times, thus why this fiction is classified as this week's Nobody. But as said before, this is probably the only decent Axel/Riku I will ever find and I can still fawn over its potential and premise. Riku is also well written and touch vicious.


THE HEARTLESS

Title: Blurry Eyes
Author: masakados
Game: Kingdom Hearts I Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts II
Description: OrgxRiku non-con, R just in case, spoilers too I guess
Genre: Dark
Reason: Do not ask me what it is with this idea because I do not know. All I know is that it's so damn sinister that I'm drawn to it like a train wreck. The general premise is a darker aftermath for Deep Dive and are based on art by rubyd. What I like about this one compared with others I've seen is Roxas' role. No, he is not involved in the orgy just in case some of you were already traumatized. But the way the whole Sora thing is forced in Riku's face...OW. Yes, these fictions are evil. This one is also slightly less smutty than others of its kind.

In case you, like me, are terribly screwed up and crave more violently wrong Organization fiction, Nayami also recommends these.Collapse )

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Now that I'm done horrifying you with the fucked-up side of Organization XIII, let's explore some recommendations of its less disturbing aspects. Yeah yeah most deal with Axel, Roxas or both. I'm predictable like that.Collapse )


Again, next week we will return back to our regularly scheduled three special selections and a handful of recs.
9:22 pm
[nayami]
Lost Recs Pt. 2
THE KEYMASTER

Title: Untitled
Author: knowing_shadows
Game: Post-Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Riku/Sora, AntiSora
Genre: Dark
Reason: Aftering stumbling across my first AntiSora fic, Antithesis (rec'd on Week 2), I've been aching for more, and this fiction more than provides, answering the question what would a person as familiar with Darkness as Riku think of AntiSora. I could say more about how amazing this fiction is and how grippingly true the characterization is, but half of the responders in this post PWNED me bad so I leave the floor to them.

THE NOBODY

Title: Gin & Sin
Author: cordyceps
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Axel/Roxas AU, ongoing
Genre: Dark
Reason: I've said before I am no fan of AUs, especially AUs that practically throw the characters into the world of Hot Topic and drugs. I can forgive this fiction the act of being so warped an AU if only for the consistent twists and turns it offers every chapter so that I never know what to make of it. I'm still iffy about the whole making Disney characters into people though. I think I'm most interested in just what the hell is up with Axel since his personality shifts every time he shows up. I'm recommending it mostly because it's intriguing and I'm curious to see where it goes. It gets this classification because I'm not sure how to react to the changing characterization. Not to say it's not worth a read for interpretations of your own.

If you enjoyed this week's Nobody, Nayami also recommends some more of this writer's best crackCollapse )



THE HEARTLESS

Title: Something for Nothing
Author: imadra_blue
Game: Post-Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Riku/Sora, not what it seems, spoilers
Genre: Dark
Reason: Wow, is this fiction dark. This is probably the only time that I think something truly deserves the title of Heartless. Because it totally ripped mine out and laughed at me. What if the end of KH2 wasn't as bright as it appeared? What if the Organization members didn't just disappear? What if Riku could never truly get what he wanted. This fiction almost gave me nightmares; it's that beautifully evil and told with such an emotionless style. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


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In honor of a Riku/Sora fiction being declared this week's Keymaster, the following Riku/Sora-centric fictions are also recommendedCollapse )
8:47 pm
[nayami]
Lost Recs Pt. 1
Ok, since this journal was kinda dying for the past three weeks, mostly due to extended jet lag from Acen, I've decided to revamp the formula slightly. In this new version, the reviews will be considerable shorter, but there will be more, provided that's what the fandom produces. The three major categories will still remain and will feature slightly more extensive reviews but probably nothing bigger than a paragraph else I'll get intimidated by keeping this up again. I will also be classifying recs as fluff, crack, dark or general (meaing none of the other three).

The next three posts will basically be all the fics I've missed over the past two months or so.

THE KEYMASTER

Title: Nowhere Man
Author: moonsheen
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Axel/Roxas, Organization XIII
Genre: General
Reasons: This fiction analyzes Organization XIII, paying extra attention to the tense relationship between Roxas and Axel but also allowing time for other characters such as Luxord and Larxene. What you really go to this fiction for is the unique characterization and dialogue of Axel, one completely different from anything else I've encountered. Is he teasing, is he serious, is he out of his rabid-assed mind? Who knows? Possibly Roxas. It's defnitely an Axel you won't soon forget. The confusing banter between Axel and Roxas is also worth a second look just to see if you can figure out what Axel's really trying to say.

If you enjoyed this week's Keymaster, Nayami also suggests these fics from the same writerCollapse )


THE NOBODY

Title: Whispered Despicable
Author:
salmon_pink
Game: Kingdom Hearts I
Description: Riku-centric, RikuSora implied
Genre: Dark
Reasons: I don't really know what it is that draws me to this fiction, possibly the dark loss of innocence displayed by Riku, who just wants so desperately for Sora to understand his needs. The constant repetition of "It wasn't a joke" really gets to me. But the obvious resentment Riku harbors toward Kairi prevents this from being a completely awesome fiction. In all other aspects, Riku's frustrated Darkness is well presented and the characterization seems very plausible for the Riku we see in KH1. Well worth the read just to see how twisted Riku can be behind the scenes.


THE HEARTLESS

Title: Quiet
Author: hanae0711
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: AxelxRoxas smut, NC-17 people
Genre: General
Reasons: This is probably one of the few pure KH smut fictions you will see me recommend since smut is generally not my cup of tea. Also one of the few AxelxRoxas you will ever see me show much attention to since we know my preference when it comes to that. But this fiction won me over with the writer's ability to portray so much with only the barest amount of dialogue. Since the whole thing is done through Roxas' perspective, this makes it all the more powerful. So for you smut lovers, this is your recommendation. Enjoy.

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Also from Week 2's Keymaster, Nayami recommends these fics:Collapse )
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
2:28 am
[nayami]
Week 2
THE KEYMASTER

Title: With Dignity
Author: unedited
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: genfic with Roxas, Demyx and Axel
Reasons: Insight on Demyx and layered characterization for Roxas

ReviewCollapse )


THE NOBODY

Title: A Light in the Dark
Author: semi_slashable
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: AkuRoku merged with RikuSora
Reasons: Dark take on the post-game relationship of the fan favorites with only a few details missing
Spoilers

ReviewCollapse )


THE HEARTLESS

Title: Bonds that Break
Author: levikitty
Game: Kingdom Hearts
Description: First part of Hallow Bastion through Donald's perspective
Reasons: Focus on Disney characters, which I'm not always keen of in KH fanfiction, but it works!

ReviewCollapse )

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Nayami recommends:
1. Incompletion: AkuRoku, RikuSora, Spoilers
2. Antithesis: Focus on Anti-Sora
3. Here is Okay: RikuSora Spoilers
4. Goal: Axel-centric
5. Hate: Saix-centric Spoilers
Because 5 is only a drabble, this week we have a bonus rec.
6. Madness: Luxord/Saix
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
9:50 pm
[nayami]
Week 1
THE KEYMASTER

Title: Stalemates
Author: surestsmile
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: hint of AkuRoku, genfic with Demyx, Axel and Roxas
Reasons: Rare characterization of Roxas

ReviewCollapse )


THE NOBODY

Title: Good Imagination
Author: checkmatey
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: Sora sees a new side of Riku
Reasons: Potential for a great canon-manip but falls short with lack of explanation or details
Spoilers

ReviewCollapse )


THE HEARTLESS

Title: Medorthophobia
Author: loser_no_jutsu
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Description: AU about problems in Riku and Sora's sex life, also includes Axel and Roxas as their best buds
Reasons: It's an AU that mentions "penis" frequently and I LIKE it.

ReviewCollapse )

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Nayami recommends:
Every one of these contains spoilers for KH2.
1. Jericho and Smile: More AkuRoku from this week's Keymaster.
2. Beautiful Broken Boys: Riku/Sora/Kairi genfic from this week's Keymaster.
3. Fairy Tale Stuff: Demyx-centric
4. Hard Hot Home: Riku/Sora
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