Friday, February 28, 2014

One of the only Fate/Stay Night fanfics I have ever read.

Path of the King

"With swords that aren't yours, with skills that aren't yours, for dreams that aren't yours. Your entire existences is a lie!" - "Then I'll show you that even fake dreams can become reality." A different choice, a different path, a different FATE.

So, what can I say about Path of the King? Well, for starters it is one of only two Fate/Stay Night fanfics I have ever read, the other being Promises of a Wandering Hero. Both fanfics were made by Neoalfa, who is a rather impressive writer from what I have seen of both these stories.

The story starts off as a rather standard "what if Main Protagonist A started off in a better position before the canon takes place" type of story.

Anyone who has ever seen the Fate/Stay Night anime or played the visual novel knows the tale of Shirou Emiya. I myself have never watched the anime or played the novel, but I know enough to know that Shirou was rescued by Kiritugu Emiya at the end of the Holy Grail War. From his adoptive father (who, ironically enough was the cause of the fire that nearly killed Shirou), Emiya gains his desire to become a hero. This leaves him with a very bad Hero complex that borders on and maybe even is a full-blown Martyr Without a Cause, which causes him to put himself in harms way for the sake of others even when those others neither need nor want his aid.

This fanfic takes a different turn from the canon right at the very beginning. According to the Author's Notes left by Neoalfa, in the canon, Shirou Emiya never actually tried to become a Hero in spite of saying that was his dream/goal, and that he never worked towards becoming a hero until the Fourth Holy Grail War. In the third chapter of this fanfic, we see the difference when Rin Tohsaka has a run in with Archer, an infamous vigilante who's been protecting the citizens of Fuyuki city.

Kinda reminds you of a certain big, black, bat, doesn't he?

Naturally, this "Archer" is in fact Shirou Emiya, who has decided to use his considerable skills with a bow, some martial arts he learned from his teacher (which he did not have in canon), and a bit of well-concealed magic to defend the innocent in his attempt at achieving his dream of being a Hero. We see right off the bat that Shirou is in a better position in this fanfic than his canon counterpart. Not only does he use his skills with a bow, he was already trained in martial combat, and his magic lessons from his father were apparently a bit better than what they were in canon (he knows how to properly open up his circuits and doesn't create a circuit via his nerves).

Stories like this are a dime a dozen, however, where this story differs from your average "let's make the Main Protagonist better because we want him to be better" stories lies within Neoalfa's ability to tell it better than other people. Unlike a good deal of stories with this kind of plotline, Neoalfa has better grammar, better English, a better ability to weave a good tale, and is not afraid of diverging from canon for the sake of his story.

What's more, the fanfiction contains enough canonical information that even someone like myself, who has never in watched, read or played Fate/Stay Night, has gained a decent grasp of the Nasuverse's background and the basic science behind it's magic.

This fanfiction is not actually complete. Truth be told, it looks like it's a long way from completion, but for those who don't mind waiting for the next chapter to come out, I would recommend reading it if you haven't already. I give this fanfiction an 8.5/10 only because there are still a few English mistakes that detract from the overall story, otherwise it would be a 9/10.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7657235/1/Path-of-the-King

Monday, February 24, 2014

An Assassin, A Sweeper, and a Black Cat

An anime filled with action and comedy to your hearts content!


Originally a Shonen Jump manga written by Kentaro Yabuki (the guy who also created To Love Ru), Black Cat was adapted into a 24 episode anime series by Gonzo Studio. 

The story starts off by introducing the Main Protagonist and one of the Hero's of our story, Train Heartnet, aka Black Cat, an assassin who works for an Organization dedicated to maintaining world peace known as Chronos. During the first five episodes, which is sort of an opening arc that gives us some background about the world in which Black Cat takes place, Train meets Saya Minatsuki, a Sweeper who opens Train's eyes and helps him see that he doesn't have to be a cold-blooded killer if he doesn't want too. Deciding that he wants to be free, Train leaves Chronos, but Creed Diskenth, one of the villains of this tale and another member of Chronos, resents the changes Train undergoes thanks to Saya and murders the female Sweeper in cold blood.

Two years later, Train is a Sweeper traveling with his partners, Sven Vollfeid and Eve. The story follows them catching bounties and keeping each other safe. However, trouble soon arrives for them when Creed Diskenth shows up again and Train's desire to take revenge for Saya's murder comes back.

Train Heartnet is the Main Protagonist of the story. In the beginning of the series he is always seen wearing a long, black trench coat, black dress shirt and black pants. It was due in part to this outfit that he was given his underground name of Black Cat, as well as the fact that he caused misfortune to all those who met him (naturally, because they all died). At first, train was the very definition of a killer, he never failed a mission and always managed to kill his targets without remorse. It was this side of him that Creed Diskenth admired. After giving up his life as an Eraser for Chronos, his personality undergoes an almost complete reversal and he acts very lighthearted, carefree and even somewhat foolish. Overall, I have to admit that he is one of my favorite anime heroes.

Sven Vollfied is Train's partner and fellow Sweeper after Train leaves Chronos. Sven often considers himself to be a gentleman and is always respectful to women and children, though dangerous women do not seem to apply here. He is often tortured by Train's capricious personality, which often gets him (and Train and Eve) into a lot of trouble...and drags him even further into debt. Before becoming a Sweeper, Sven was a member of the Bureau of Investigation. 



Eve is the third member of this little party. I'm sure this girl looks familiar to some of you. Perhaps she reminds you of a certain Yami-Yami (Golden Darkness) from To Love Ru? That's because  Kentaro Yabuki, the creator for both Black Cat and To Love Ru molded Eve and Golden Darkness from the same cloth. In fact, you could almost say Eve was Golden Darkness' predecessor, which is funny because Golden Darkness' real name is also Eve. They even have the same power to morph parts of their bodies into anything they want. Eve is a genetically modified clone of Tearju Lunatique, and her powers are due to the nanotechnology inside of her. Eve was originally created to be a genetically engineered Bio-weapon.

As far as villains go, Creed Diskenth is definitely one of my favorites. The dude is completely bat-shit crazy and has an obsession with Train Heartnet. I believe the guys got a major boy-crush on our Main Protagonist. In fact, Train is the only person in the entire world that he respects, and his dearest wish is to rule the world with Train by his side. Definitely a boy crush. Did I neglect to mention that he's also delusional to the point where he'll fabricate absurd explanations when things don't go his way, deeply narcissistic (he thinks he's a god. Can't narc much more than that), and is one of the biggest megalomaniacs I've ever seen in anime. But then, that's why he makes such a nice villain. There's no "Oh, he's not evil, he just turned to evil because he's misunderstood." No, he's just plain evil, which may have had something to do with his shitty childhood, but whatever.

Chronos is an underground organization that controls one-third of the world's economy. It is commanded by the Council of Elders, who regularly sends out its elite assassins on missions...to kill people. Naturally, they do this because their goals are to maintain global peace, and what better way is there to maintain peace than to kill people off? Perhaps this is why a good deal of people who know about the existence of Chronos question their tactics and actions.

The elite assassins of Chronos are known as Chronos Numbers (a very original name if I do say so myself). Train, before he left, was number thirteen. Each member of Chronos will have their number tattooed somewhere on their body (Train's is near his collar bone). They are the most elite assassin force in the world and their numbers range from one to twelve. Train's admittance into the Numbers was a very special case. He was just so damn good at killing they couldn't not let him join.

Overall, I would rate this anime an 8.5/10 and recommend it to any anime fan. The only reason it's not a 10/10 is because the anime is lacking in romance, which I do so love to see in an anime. For those of you who like action, adventure, comedy, and a deep story driven plot, I would highly suggest watching this anime.

First Opening


Second Opening


First Ending


Second Ending




Sunday, February 23, 2014

How to Write a Sex Scene

I just posted my Writing Tips on how to write a sex scene for all those who are interested in writing about people doing the horizontal mambo and 25 other positions without making it seem like you're a teenage pervert who simply wants to write about sex. Have fun! (^_^)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Artist Sandara

Hades and Perephone


If you didn't catch on to who these two are from the title of the painting, this is a depiction of Hades and Persephone from Greek Mythology. I chose this as my first review because the artwork is simply amazing and stuck out at me when I saw it. I'm not much of a color theorist, but I love the contrasting of light and dark colors between Hades and Persephone. It does a very accurate job of depicting them: Hades, who is the lord of the dead and ruler of the underworld, and Persephone, the innocent young goddess he tricked into staying with him. It also has a different depiction of how we normally see Hades. Most of the time, Hades is often shown as a person who looks like death warmed over. This guy's sort of like a Dark-elf version of a Bishounen pretty-boy...in armor.

You can find this image on Deviantart: http://sandara.deviantart.com/art/hades-and-persephone-2-210920648 and I believe the artist is selling this image on: http://society6.com/sandara/Hades-and-Persephone-s41_Laptop-Skin#2=51 in various forms such as a laptop skin, iphone and ipod cases, cards, prints and coffee mugs.

I have come across the WORST anime ever!!!

The biggest waste of forty-eight minutes in the history of EVER!

Gift of the Eternal Rainbow is a story that is set in a town where an eternal rainbow hangs over its denizens. This rainbow grants them the gift of magic where any wish can come true, but only under one condition: the two hearts must be one...does this story sound like a bad cliche already, or is it just me?

The story starts with Amaumi Haruhiko, a high school student attending Shimano Academy in a town called Narasakicho. As a child, Haruhiki has been close with his childhood friend, Kirino, until he obtains a non-blood related sister called Riko. He develops a strong relationship with Riko until they are separated due to Haruhiko's father no longer being able to support them both.

Riko eventually returns to Narasakicho, and along with Kirino, attends Shimano Academy with Haruhiko. The series revolves around the relationship among these three and slowly reveals the story behind both Gift and Rainbow.

Can you feel the cliche yet?

The problem with Gift of the Eternal Rainbow isn't the story itself, but the fact that it brings nothing new to the table. It has everything that has already been done in a harem anime, and it's all been done worse than all those other animes. Not only is the story itself about as generic as you can get, the comedy is incredibly lacking. Anime like To Love Ru, Princess Lover, Cat Planet Cuties have the same, or similar, use of tropes and scenarios, but the comedy often taken so over the top that the story is actually interesting even though these stories are almost all the same.

This story not only doesn't have that over the top comedy, but is riddled with so many harem cliche's that it's enough to make one sick. It was so bad that I was only able to finish two episodes before being forced to throw in the towel. Not even my OCD need to finish everything I watch could make me continue watching this anime.

Overall I would rate it a 3/10, and that's only because I liked the art-style.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Press Release article on Sakura Index!

I would like to thank Althaea on this blog post for writing an amazing article about my novel. Here is the link to my novel's press release.

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http://www.sakuraindex.jp/novel/foxs-love-english-anime-inspired-release-march/

Fullmetal Shinobi Review!

Uzumaki Naruto with an Automail Arm!

 

For my first fanfiction review, I have decided to go old school. Sort of. Anyway, I wanted to review a story that was actually complete, and the first fanfic that came to mind was Fullmetal Shinobi by Kenchi618. As the man who got me motivated to begin writing my own fanfiction, I felt it was only appropriate.

What is there to say about Fullmetal Shinobi? Well, it was the first fanfic Kenchi618 ever wrote, as such it's not nearly as good as his later works, but still tends to be a cut above the rest. It was well-written, like with all his works Kenchi makes few grammatical mistakes. It was also an interesting enough story; as the fanfic that started Kenchi's fanfiction writing it tends to follow more cliche's than is normal for work from him. I feel this is acceptable as it was not only his first fanfic ever written, but it was written well enough that the cliche's didn't bother me much.

The story itself is about Uzumaki Naruto--of course, who else would it be about?--who loses an arm when a mob comes to "kill the demon!" Cliche, I know, but it gets better. He is discovered and saved by the fortunate arrival of Jushiro who, upon realizing that there's a boy MISSING HIS ARM, takes Naruto to the hospital. To make a long story short Naruto is given an Auto-mail arm...yes, it's the same arm that Edward Elric has, or close enough. Jushiro also decides to stay in Konoha and becomes a shinobi in order to take care of his new "brother"...and he teaches Naruto alchemy.

Can you feel the cliche yet?

Despite how generic the story starts, it's actually a pretty good read. Most of the fanfic tends to follow a more canon plot, with only a few small changes here and there...like Naruto having a metal arm and learning alchemy from Jushiro the OC, along with a few other differences. The story doesn't really start to change until after the Chunin Exams, which is when we go into more original territory.

On a side note, I believe it was around this time that Kenchi started writing his "The Sealed Kunai" fanfic, which may explain how the story managed to make such significant progress from "mostly generic canon plot" to "almost completely original story content."

In either case, the story deviates completely from canon after the Chunin Exams and brings a healthy dose of originality to the table. Combine with Kenchi's sarcastic writing tone and you've got an entertaining read. I would rate this story with a 9/10 due mainly to the lack of originality at the beginning. If you haven't read this one already, I suggest you do.

Fullmetal Shinobi

Monday, February 17, 2014

Dog Days!


A Cute Anime that'll have your Inner "Fanboy" or "Fangirl" Squealing "KAWAII!"

I just got finished watching both seasons of Dog Days last night, and I was very surprised by how good it was. The first season was a marvelously cute anime that managed to combine plot, adorable characters, and surprisingly (or maybe not, this is anime after all), ecchi fanservices.

And now that I've gotten your attention with the picture above, let's talk about the anime itself.

Dog Days is about a young boy named Shinku Izumi who is summoned to the world of Flognarde by the ever adorable Princess of the Kingdom of Biscotti, Millhiore Firianno Biscotti. Flognarde is an alternate world in which "war" is being waged between two nations, the Biscotti Republic and Gallete Lion Territory. Of course, I say war, but it's more like "war games" as opposed to actual war. These wars are waged with special rules and no casualties can occur during them. In many ways, they are similar to a sorts competition on earth with the purpose to raise funds for the Kingdoms involved, where the winner faction claims a larger sum than the losing side.

Princess Millhiore, who often goes by the nickname Millhi by her friends, has summoned Shinku to help her win the war against the Gallete Lion Territory. Shinku agrees, and with his help the Biscotti Republic wins it's first victory over Gallete. Of course, after the battle he learns that those who are summoned to Flognard can never return home. Fortunately for him, the scientists of Biscotti have promised to find a way for him to return him in 16 days, which is when school starts up again.

Shinku Izumi is, naturally, the main protagonist of this series. He's a very bright and cheerful half-Japanese, half-British, 13 year old middle school student from Cornwall. He is summoned to the alternate world of Flognard by Princess Millhiore to become the Biscotti Republic's "Hero." Shinku is the Japanese word for Crimson, which is most likely a reference to the opening theme to Dog Days season 1, Scarlet Knight.

Princess Millhiore Firianno Biscotti of the Biscotti Republic is the Heroine of this story. She is the one who summons Shinku from earth to Flognard in order to help her fight against the Gallete army during the war games that are taking place. Like Shinku she is only 13 years old, and also the ruler of a nation (anime logic, the younger you are the better you are at ruling others). She's very hardworking and has a kind and gentle personality. She's also absolutely adorable, with pink hair, big purple eyes, and the cutest little ears and tail you'll ever see.

The first season of this anime centers around Shinku's summons to the world of Flognard and the subsequent war games against Gallete as Rico, a tiny and adorable scientists who looks like she can't be older than 9 or 10, tries to find a way to send him back home within 16 days. The plot, while a little childish and not containing much in the way of "drama" or "tension" that anime such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece or, heaven forbid Basilisk and Hellsing have, is still a wonderful show that manages to keep the viewers attention with the right combination of cuteness and fanservice. I would rate Dog Days Season 1 with a 8/10 and suggest anyone who has not seen it to watch it when they can.

The second season...not so much. Unfortunately, while the first season was beautifully done, the second season lacks the luster that made the first one so popular. It still contains a good deal of adorableness and ecchi fanservice, maybe even more so than the first one, but it lacks a plot and really just seems like filler episodes without there being any purpose for them. I would say that, if you enjoyed the first season, then you will probably enjoy the second one; just be prepared because it's pretty much all mindless fun and fanservices from here on out.

                   

Sunday, February 16, 2014

When is it Appropriate to Write a Sex Scene.

Bet that title caught your attention, huh? For those who are curious, that title means that the first of what looks to be another longer than average string of tips has been posting in my Writing Tips section. This particular tip is about when in your story you should write a sex scene.

I have some other news for you guys as well. I've decided that, since my novel is so close to being published, I should update as many chapters as possible to let people know. My goal is to have 4 to 6 chapters ready to be posted by the time my novel is published. I haven't decided on all the stories I want to post for yet, but I plan on having a chapter for Shifts in Life, Ashikabi no Shinobi, New Demon King, Devil Ninja, and possibly Gaia's Sennin. That means you guys will be getting mass updates in the next three or four weeks.

My next blog post will be tomorrow. I've decided that for my first review I'll be doing a review of an anime I should be finished watching today.

Hope you guys have a great day!

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Have an Idea!

It's Friday, which means it's time to post something!

Something...

What? That wasn't good enough? Alright, let me think of something else.

Right! I know. News. The next chapter for Namikaze's Return has been posted, something that should excite all those people who have been waiting months for me to update. You'll also be getting another Writing tip either tomorrow or Sunday. I've decided to help people who want to write a tasteful sex-scene, which is ironic because writing a sex-scene isn't really all that tasteful to begin with, but I think you all understand what I mean, right? Right.

Also, I've had another idea and I want your guys' opinion on it. Right now most of what I'm doing on this blog is writing about my own stories and posting my own thoughts, but how would you like it if I were to write a review about other people's fanfics? It would be sort of like a movie review except about fanfiction. Would that interest any of you? And is there anything else you'd like to see on this site? Artwork? Videos? Anime reviews/suggestions? Don't hesitate to let me know what you want to see. You guys are the reason I made this blog, after all.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Precious Little Time

I find myself lacking in time these days, with all that's going on I'm extremely busy, which is why I was unable to update yesterday. Anyway, the point of me telling you this is to explain how things are going to go down on this blog.

Starting this week, I won't be posting every single day anymore. I'm sure you guys are getting bored reading blog posts that serve no purpose anyway. From now on, my major posts, meaning Writing Tips and any Q&As will be posted on Weekends. Normal posts for up to date information on my stories will be Mondays and Fridays. So every Monday and Friday you guys will get information about my stories, where I am with them and how projected updates. Saturdays and Sundays will be for Writing Tips and Q&A (if I have one during that weekend). Make sense? Awesome.

Now, all this being said, I am curious about something. My next Writing Tip, what do you guys want it to be about? Would you like me to continue along and talk more about writing fight scenes? Maybe something about using various super powers? Or is there something else you'd like me to write about?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hand to Hand Combat Updated!

The Writing Tips section has finally been updated with my lesson on how to write an awesome hand to hand combat scene. If any of you have any questions after reading it be sure to ask me here and I'll do my best to answer. If you feel I missed something you were hoping to see in this section, kindly let me know and I'll do my best to add it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Harry Potter Q&A has been posted!

I just posted the Q&A for Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin for those who are interested in reading my answers to the questions people ask in their reviews. Tomorrow will be my post for writing a hand to hand combat fight scene within the Writing Tips section. This particular "How to" guide is going to be a lot more specific than what I had in my last one and will actually explain in much greater detail how to write a fight scene. Please look forward to it.

And as a gift for today, I will leave you guys with some more covers I made for my fanfics. Let me know what you think:




Friday, February 7, 2014

Updates! Finally!...wait, what do you mean they'll be tomorrow!

Okay, so I'm finally going to be giving you guys more than just "everything's going on schedule." Tomorrow. Why? Because it's a weekend and those are the only times I'm really free due to not working on weekends. That being said, the updates will be as follows:

Saturday: Q&A for Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin, chapter 19.

Sunday: Hand to Hand Combat, Martial Arts, Taijutsu and Whatever the Hell else you Wanna Call it! Which is just a really long way of me saying "How to write an awesome martial arts scene" for my Writing Tips section.

I hope you guys are looking forward to this weekend!

Also, I just created another cover for one of my stories: Namikaze's Return. Let me know what you think!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sorry I didn't post yesterday.

Yo everyone. I apologize for not posting yesterday. To be honest, I've been super busy trying to promote my book and helping others with their own writing. I must have spent all night on the computer just searching through dozens of websites to help me find a company or group that I could interview with to help me promote my book. It's been so crazy that I am thinking of cutting down on doing certain things, like only going on facebook and twitter every few days or something.

Anyways, you didn't come here to listen to me complain. You want news. Let's see, I finally finished writing the rough draft of Namikaze's Return's next chapter. It definitely won't be finished in time to post this Friday, but it will be finished by next Friday.

I don't have much else to add right now, so I'll lave you guys here for now. Have an awesome day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Not as much news.

I don't have a whole lot to tell you right now. I updated my American Kitsune page. If you're interested in seeing a little more of what you can expect from my novel there is a small excerpt from Chapter 1 in there for you to read. Other than that Namikaze's Return is progressing nicely. It won't be getting published this weak, but I will publish it next week.

Well, I think that's it for now. Let me know if you have any questions for me.

Cao!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Just a quick update.

The next chapter to Namikaze's Return is almost done. I just have one more scene to go and the first draft is finished. I am also working on the "How to Write an Awesome Hand to Hand Combat Scene" for my Writing Tips page. That one is going to take a bit of time, there's a lot of ground to cover and I don't want to miss anything or give you guys half-assed advice. I suspect by the end of this coming week, the "How to" will be finished.

There's not a whole lot left for me to tell you. Oh! I did make two covers for my fanfics: Shifts in Life and Devil Ninja! Let me know what you think!



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chapter 4 Q&A for Devil Ninja has been posted!

I just figured I would let you all know that the Q&A for the fourth chapter of Devil Ninja has been posted. If you are curious to see what lies within the mind of one insane Brandon "The Engulfing Silence/Pokemaster12" Varnell when he is writing this fanfic go check it out. Just don't come crying to me if you lose your sanity in the process.

...Just kidding...maybe.

Anyway, the next thing to be updated for this blog will be Writing Tips "How to Write an Awesome Hand-to-Hand Fight Scene" which will go into intricate detail about how to write a fight scene, the do's and don'ts of writing a close combat scene, and how to combine descriptive details with fast-paced action to create an incredible and hooking scene that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.

And now, let us all end this post with an excerpt from "The Book of Log."

Log excerpt number 437: Use of the log in a situation that clearly could be avoided using a variety of other methods or techniques is looked down upon. In order to repent for such actions, the following steps should be taken:
For every dent caused by your replacement you shall plant one sapling.
For every stab wound caused by your replacement you shall plant five
saplings.
For every hole in the log caused by your replacement you shall plant ten
saplings.
For every detached piece of the log caused by your replacement you shall
plant one sapling per square inch of detached log.
For a destroyed and unusable log caused by your replacement you shall plant
twenty-five saplings.