|[Tokyo Babylon] Reversal
||[Dec. 16th, 2004|11:05 pm]
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Series: Tokyo Babylon/X
Author: Kouri Arashi
Characterization: ...Dude, where'd she hide my Seishirou?
General Impressions: Hey, this is pretty cool.
Length: Ten chapters plus an epilogue
By the way, if the fic link doesn't work, just use the author one. I had to kind of guess since I saved it all offline then deleted the first chapter once I was done with it...
Kouri Arashi has an almost legendary status among X and Yami no Matsuei fans. Not only is she a prolific writer (yay! or boo! depending on if you like her or not), but her plots are unique and well carried out.
Her characterization however... Well, to each his/her own, I suppose.
When I was on an X kick a few years ago, I read this and fell in love (especially with the sequel, Loyalties), but when I read it just last night...yeah, some parts were still kick-ass cool, like this part: Subaru was devoted to preventing the misuse of omnyoujitsu. Seishirou was the misuse of omnyoujitsu. Talk about a match made in Hell., but I noticed for the first time what others had criticized her on.
OMFG it's adolescent!Seishirou! Only not.
Anyway. The plot is good and the fic takes you in up until the last few parts because then...it just kind of gets lame or something. Don't get me wrong, I really like the fic, but the end, with the beginning and middle being so awesome...
The plot? Oh. In the beginning, Subaru decides that his bet with Seishirou wasn't over yet, and in the middle he tries to get Seishirou to love him. Then in the end, Seishirou does love him, but his emotions are bound to a tree so Subaru has to go and save him. And then have
hot and steamy man sex with him. Subaru, though, does something evil (and good. I was cheering for him all the way!). But then it works out okay and ends, paving the way for the more awesome Loyalties.
...But had been Seishirou when Subaru got himself shot in a last-ditch attempt to make him love him, I wouldn't have let Subaru off so easily! That was dirty and underhanded, not to mention dangerous, Subaru!
Seishirou: WTF bitch?
Yeah, but no. He was all, he almost got himself killed for me...awww, how sweet. I think I'll tell him I love him!
Or, you know, maybe instead of Seishirou being ruled by that Evil Tree, how about, you know, he just had a screwed up childhood with a screwed up mother and just kind of ended up like that?
It's a good read if you're on a kick for a long story that has Subaru and Seishirou getting together Happily Ever After in the end, to, you know, soothe the Angst of the series. But beware, it'll take a couple of hours to read, and you won't have even realized those hours have passed...
This is random, but I liked Atropos (the X/Yami no Matsuei crossover she has). I think I'll go read it again...