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[ Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy XIII, Glee, Naruto, Sailor Moon, Tales of Vesperia ]
daredevil - handsome wounded duck nerd
tomomichi
SHARING TIME:
    ღ - Same warnings as before! Pixiv needs an account, don't be an asshole about fanart.
    ღ - ....so, I caught up on Glee. I have ~*feelings*~ about this show again. And a new ship that is only going to hurt me and yet I can't stop. Whyyyyyyy. orz

AND ONTO THE RECS:
    Glee - 8 Fanfics
    Fire Emblem - 2 Fanart
    Final Fantasy XIII - 1 Fanart
    Naruto - 2 Fanart
    Sailor Moon - 1 Fanart
    Tales of Vesperia - 1 Fanart


Glee: It Means No Worries by miggy - I was a little hesitant to click on this link, I'm not sure why, because I usually love oddball match-ups, maybe I just didn't think I was in the right headspace for Kurt and Brittany fic. But then I read it. And it's this gorgeous piece with the two of them and their odd sort of friendship, how the author plays with gender stereotypes just a little bit, but mostly writes two kids finding a connection with each other that you wouldn't maybe expect, which is one of the best things about this show, when it's on its game. But it's also how the author just nailed both their voices, how the serious moments were serious, how the funny moments were funny, how everything was perfectly timed. Fic like this is why I want to read more about Brittany forever. And why I want to read more about Kurt forever. And, also? A beautiful ending, which is the kind of ending that made me fall back in love with this whole show. And wish Kurt and Brittany's lasting friendship was totally real. ♥ (No real warnings/pairings.)

Glee: In Which Dave Karofsky Doesn't Come Out by SaltwaterGarden - I've been kind of teetering on the edge of what Kurt ship I land on, especially this one, because I'm not sure I trust the show, and yet... something kind of pulled at me a little. And then I stumbled over this fic. Which is a gorgeous look at Dave Karofsky that gives him this incredible depth of character without excusing his behavior, yet still taking him beyond it. It's a gorgeous look at his secret coming apart at the seams, no matter how hard he's tried to keep it together, and the people who are and aren't there for him as it happens. The voices are fantastic, they're spot-on to the characters and it's amazingly easy to see this playing out (if I trusted the show to do it this well, which I don't) and is that one fic that... you know how you can have that one fic that really convinces you of a ship and it kind of ruins you for any other take on the character that's not in that vague direction? This is one of those fics for me. I'm a little wary of how it's going to turn out (since it's only seven chapters so far) but it's so well-written and so gut-wrenching in all the right places and it's so damn engaging that I could not put it down this morning. Shit, I think this might be my ship. I am so doomed. And yet. This fic was totally, totally worth it. (This could be sort of gen, in a sense, but it could also be Karofsky/Kurt.)

Glee: Browser History by cruiscin_lan - I have missed Puck/Rachel (well, stealth Puck/Rachel) fic like this, even if it's a bit softer on Puck than maybe pre-series should have been, it's excellent for the way he shows that maybe he likes someone. By tormenting people who are kind of total creepers. I mean, any fic that has this line: He was, like, gay for Rachel Berry, or whatever. is automatically getting a gold star in my book. :Db (Puck/Rachel.)

Glee: living on lollipops and crisps by cruiscin_lan - This was a short piece, about Kurt getting the lead solo for once and practicing at home and the connection with his dad and his mother that's just. It's a beautiful little piece that says a lot without having to directly say it. It's a lovely look at Kurt and a snapshot of his every day life and his relationship with his father and music. It's just. A really nice little fic. (No warnings/pairings.)

Glee: FML by emocezi - So, I'm starting to fall for the Karofsky/Kurt ship (even when I know that canon is probably going to disappoint me on this) and then along comes this fic that's still a little awkward between them and hesitant and unsure of what precisely is going on here, but... there's potential between them. And Karofsky's kind of on the fence about it and wants to know if he has a shot and just. *handflail* I think this fic pushed me that much closer to wanting this. (Karofsky/Kurt.)

Glee: The Model Minority (Stereotype A) by lookninjas - So, I've been in love with the idea of Mike/Tina for ages. And then the show actually went there! And it was way more amazing and adorable than I could have ever hoped for! And then I read this fic! And it was pretty much the best thing ever. Mike Chang is a character that has only recently started getting some focus, so this fic adds even more depth to his character in a really fantastic way. I love the way it deals with him being an Asian kid at a school like WMHS and how hard he works to fit in and how the glee club sort of makes him want to be himself again. It's a brilliant look at the character on that level, but it's also a brilliant look at a normal teenager and a brilliant look at Mike Chang in particular, not to mention it's adorable and funny and, oh, the magic between Mike and Tina is amazing here. I actually had one of those kind of happy-flail moments at the end because they're so darling here and I love them so much and the writing was just so good. Each scene is lovely and perfect, each little moment of connection he has with various people (and I really liked the author's Matt as well) is fantastic. I can be happy with the state of Mike/Tina fic now. (Mike/Tina.)

Glee: untitled - part 1 + part 2 by anonmyous - Okay, I don't usually do anonfics for recs, but... well, I have a shiny new ship in this fandom and this was just too gorgeous a look at Dave Karofsky as a character and what I am pining for the show to do with him. It doesn't really make excuses for his behavior or have him be blind to how he knows Kurt will react or even why people react to him the way they do (which is especially lovely because it's not lingered on, but you get it) and yet also gives him depth and all these pent-up feelings and longing. And it kind of breaks my heart in the way it was designed to do so. (Karofsky/Kurt.)

Glee: Sing it Out by hoboshorts - I originally found this on the meme and, okay, so, apparently I'm still on the various memes because, goddammit, I'm deep enough into this ship that I needed porn. Or, well, I was willing to click on the link when I stumbled across it on delicious because porn sounded pretty good. And, boy, was it. (But then I found it on the comm! \o/) The image of Karofsky fucking Kurt at the ice rink while they both really want this and there's still that back and forth banter? That was something I never knew I needed as much as I did until I read this fic. And I love that it's about the hard porn, but it's also about how they interact as characters, and even a little about the potential for something deeper with Karofsky. But mostly it's about the super hot porn. And the one line that had me forced to pause in my reading because I was laughing too hard at its utter perfection. (Karofsky/Kurt, NC-17.)




  - Fire Emblem - [ Pixiv Account ] - I admit, I had to go look up who Xane was after seeing art of him with Marth on this artist's account, but it wasn't hard to figure out and the art here is so pretty! The most current FE image of Xane and Marth is probably my favorite for those two, but the Abel/Cain image is pretty aces as well--the detail on it is kind of seriously amazing. *__* All of the art here is gorgeous, though, and reminds me just how much I loved that set of characters. ♥ (Maybe some Marth/Xane or Abel/Cain, but it could be pretty gen, too.)

  - Fire Emblem - [ Pixiv Account ] - I must admit that I've forgotten a lot of the names of the characters from this series/game, but, honestly, I mostly came here for the pretty Abel/Cain art. Seriously, there's even NSFW doujinshi samples and Abel/Cain in the grass and, okay, there's art of a lot of other characters as well, which is very nicely done as well. Hell, I wouldn't even say the focus is on either of them, just... they're what I came here for and what I was extremely happy to find here. I feel a little better about FE fandom after this. :D (Some Abel/Cain, some other.)

  - Final Fantasy XIII - [ Pixiv Account ] - I am frequently weak to a lot of things. Two of those are soft, almost pastel colors with the right characters and then adding adorable holiday art (Halloween in this case) on top of that. Sure, I came here for the super pretty Hope/Lightning art, which the artist provides very nicely, but I wound up liking absolutely everything here, pretty much. Even if I could have done without the pornier stuff of Vanille, there's also adorable Snow/Serah! I really enjoyed this artist's appreciation for the red/pink-haired characters, you can tell how much fun it was to color those images in particular, but, yeah. I'm totally going to be over the moon for the Hope/Lightning parts of the gallery. ♥ (Some Hope/Lightning, some gen. A little NSFW on some images.)

  - Naruto - [ deviantART Account ] - I was browsing devART the other day and stumbled over this artist and their kind of amazing collection of Naruto Invince cards, which is a series of card images of the various characters (as well as an Akatsuki collection, too) all in various battle-ready poses and with some really amazing looking weapons, armor, and even summons/jutsu affects sometimes. The Kurenai one is one of my favorites for the really vivid, bright colors, but also the level of detail on it is kind of amazing. This artist... what I like is partly that each image looks fantastic, but as a collection of so many of them, it becomes even better. I love just HOW MANY this artist has done and how cool that makes it as an overall project! *___* (No real warnings/pairings.)

  - Naruto - [ Pixiv Account ] - I first came here for the gorgeous underwater Sasuke/Naruto image, but wound up staying for the awesome family art with Naruto and his parents, but also the fantastic Minato/Kushina art as well. Since I've been catching up on the manga, I've been falling back towards Naruto and Sasuke's dynamic and this artist provided me a nice fix for that, but also gave me a little variety on the other things I like in this fandom. It was one of those artist who might not have a lot of art in their gallery, but what's here is really interesting or really pretty and I would love to see more from them. *__* (Maybe some Sasuke/Naruto? Also some Minato/Kushina and some gen.)

  - Sailor Moon - [ Pixiv Account ] - I'm sure I've seen some of this artist's work before, I've followed the Sailor Moon art on Pixiv long enough to be aware of most major SM artists, but this one came to my attention all over again for the beautiful Sailor Venus image that's sort of an homage/reference to/parody of Panty from Panty & Stocking w/Garterbelt, which makes it kind of hilarious to go along with how beautiful it is. The rest of the artist's work is really cute, adorable stuff like Sailor Chibi Moon or cute little Hotaru or Chibi Moon and Black Lady, all of which is just really charming and really cute. The focus is definitely on Chibi-Usa with some bonus Minako and Hotaru, but there's occasionally other characters as well. But I like how the artist's use of lighter, almost pastel colors suits the characters she likes to draw, making for a really fun little artist to stumble over again. <3 (No real warnings/pairings.)

&nbps; - Tales of Vesperia - [ Pixiv Account ] - Man, sometimes I'm a total sucker for Yuri/Estelle art. I mean, look how cute they are! And there's even one of Estelle wrapping a scarf around his neck and I am totally weak to cute stuff like that. The art might not be for everyone, but I really like the artist's soft colors, the pinks of Estelle's hair and dress especially work well with the artist's shiny coloring. Plus, there's cuteness and the kind of art that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, that's more than enough for me. ♥ (Yuri/Estelle.)

How much do I love you for having the same Karofsky/Kurt feelings and concerns but at the same time being kind of curious about the fandom and then taking it one step further and being brave and finding stuff to rec?

You're great. And thank you for your recent Sherlock recs too.

It's going to cause us nothing but pain, I fear. Getting invested in any Glee ship--whether it happens on-screen or not--is likely going to cause a person nothing but pain. And I'm not certain at all where they're going with Karofsky.

But I am fervently glad to not be alone and even more so to not be alone with conflicted feelings--he's a dick! But I want him to be more than a dick! Without excusing away his dick behavior! (I feel I should like Blaine/Kurt more than I do. And I do like it because holy cow is Blaine a total dreamboat, but. Karofsky calls to me with his complicated hot mess of denial and clear longing.)

....goodness, I do go on. But you're very welcome and bless you for being on the same boat. ♥

*jumping in the middle* You're definitely not alone in the way you feel. You expressed my opinions about Karofsky so much better than I could have.

I'm also wanting to see more exploration of the relationship between these two (even in a gen way), but I suspect fandom will do it much better than the show. The show has such a great opportunity with Karofsky, but I don't trust them to take the time with the character to make him three dimensional.

*brightens* I am delighted to know we have another in this boat!

That's my biggest frustration with Glee--they have all this amazing potential (that fandom capitalizes on really well) that feels like it just gets wasted because they don't really know where they want to go with anything or they're just not together enough to write anything coherent. (Especially if the three writers have differing takes on a character.)

And yet. I want to believe they might do something good with it because it's captured my heart and I think the actors had amazing chemistry in that scene. (At least we'll always have fandom, though? Even if I totally get why a lot of people don't want to ship it/found that scene too uncomfortable.)

I'm here with y'all too, and was just wailing about NEEDING fic about Karofsky.

The kiss shocked me, but i didnt fall for the ship until that look they exchanged this past ep. Karofsky's face was longing/anguish/confusion, and it made me flap my hands. I'm not sure yet i want to ship it on screen...if that makes sense, but i am so so glad others are exploring it in fic.

also, i need Kurt icons.

I am in exactly that same place! I'm not sure I want to ship it on-screen (because I really don't trust the writers to do well with it) but in fandom? Where I can trust fic writers? MOAR DEALING WITH HIS COMING OUT, PLZ. Or the troubles in getting him there, even if Karofsky doesn't actually come out.

On-screen, while I can't say I'm clawing at the walls for it, if Blaine/Kurt happens, I think I'll be okay with it. It'll be nice to see Kurt actually happy for once, you know? He's been put through so much crap for so long that seeing him actually happy during Dalton Academy's song was kind of amazing.

(The only ship I want to actually happen on-screen is Mike/Tina because they are SOMEHOW not totally fucking it up! I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, but I'm willing to go with it! Otherwise, almost every ship they have actually going? Has turned into something GOD-AWFUL.)

Though, I really hope Max Adler sticks around. Seriously, you don't notice his acting abilities because you're dismissing him as a typical dick jock, but when you see the layers that Karofsky's working so hard to hide? Adler's actually kind of fantastic. I really want to see him play off Chris Colfer more in those really intense scenes where they can't hide behind their usual attitudes.

I know exactly what you mean, particularly about Blaine and his dreamboatiness. I wonder if part of it isn't that Chris Colfer and Max Adler acted the hell out of that scene, which isn't something I've seen Darren Criss do (bless his gorgeous heart and face), and maybe all the subsequent bubbling conflicted feelings and tension makes it more interesting. Also, I think I've always expected Kurt's first boyfriend to be a dumb jock like Finn.

But like you said: Karofsky is pretty much a dick.

I've got a few tabs open, so I hope to get some reading done this weekend! Thanks again!

I think you nailed it there. Darren Criss is a total dreamboat and I wouldn't be mad if the show went in his direction because it would be nice to see him stick around. I do want Kurt to find someone who makes him happy!

It's just. That scene. Where both Max Adler and Chris Colfer said so very much with just these fleeting intense expressions and short, aborted body movements and took what could have been an uncomfortable, awkward scene and put so much emotion into it, so much depth into it that I want that explored more than anything.

(Also, the makeouts would be so, so superhot omg.)

Wow, the Naruto art and the Sailormoon and the Final Fantasy... Awesome recs! *_* (Hi, new here. Long time stalker of your homepage. >_> *waves*)

Hello! ♥ It's always lovely to see new people, especially ones who are into Naruto and Sailor Moon and Final Fantasy! I have special places in my heart for all of those. Especially-- Well, ALL OF THEM. ♥

They're really lovely, aren't they? ^_^ Sailormoon was my first real anime obsession and Final Fantasy my first video game obsession, so... Yeah. ^^

Sailor Moon is one of those series that I love no matter how many other more "serious" anime/manga I see or read, because it's actually genuinely good once you get past the silly premise! And Final Fantasy just. Totally sucked me into gaming. No matter how out of touch I am with gaming, I will always come back for the FF games. (And the amazing FF fanart. *___*)

Yeah, whenever I watch Sailormoon, I get this waff feeling... *_* (True, I get the same one, if not more, when watching Prince of Tennis. ^^) And the FF games are just love. My favorite is XII. ♥

OMG YAY ANOTHER ONE WHO'S FAVORITE IS XII? I mean, granted, it was my first real FF game (I played VII and VIII for, like, two hours each and got distracted, so they don't really count) and so I'm bound to be partial to it, but.

And, honestly, I love all the FF games I've played but XII is still my favorite. It's not perfect, but I loved the combat and I loved the characters, so it's my favorite pretty much forever. ♥

... You know, one day, you're gonna end up breaking through my lazy personality and make me go through the trouble of getting a Pixiv account so I can see all this pretty fanart properly. But today is not that day.

Instead, you've gotten me intrigued with the Sailor Moon fandom and canon thanks to your in-depth posts about Rei and Usagi a while back (also, you're gonna get me into Odin Sphere one day too, but I digress).

So, I'm gonna rec a couple of Sailor Moon fics I've been reading back at you:

Third Time's the Charm by reighost
In a world where the fight against Galaxia didn't end quite so well Tsukino Usagi in a fit of desperation uses the Ginzuisho in a way she hadn't for almost two years… and wakes up fourteen years old... again...
('Cause I'm a sucker for time travel fics of all types from all fandoms and it's written really well.)

Lunar Expedition by Amber Evans Potter
Life on Earth is normal, despite the numerous battles the Senshi have fought. A new discovery on the moon, however, just might shatter that peace. Was the Moon Kingdom meant to be found?
(Read the summary and was immediately like 'YES. YES. FOREVER.' because I'm a dork like that but the concept is just so fascinating. I can't wait until the sequel posted next month.)

On that day, I am going to laugh and laugh and laugh. Mostly because the signing up for Pixiv is the easy part. The hard part is when you get sucked into it and browse around for three hours and feel like you're further behind than when you started because there's so much pretty to see. It'll be AWESOME. :D :D :D

.....but maybe I'll take my cackling back if you're going to provide Sailor Moon fic links. TIME TRAVEL FIC, I LOVE TIME TRAVEL FIC SO MUCH. And you've made me really curious about the second one as well, which I am totally saving to put on my reader immediately. (I love SM fic, but it's so hard for me to find longer epics that really fit my view of the characters. SO I LIKE IT WHEN PEOPLE GIVE ME THINGS, THANK YOU. :D :D :D)