[Fanfiction]: Enough

[Title]: Enough
[Author]: jfiacrez
[Category]: General, M/M
[Rating]:  General
[Fandom]: Run with the Wind (Anime) | 風が強く吹いている | Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru & Haikyuu
[Characters]: Kurahara Kakeru, Akane “Prince” Kashiwazaki, Kageyama Tobio & Haiji Kiyose
[Status]: Completed 
Part 3 of the “Of Stilted Conversations and RBF’s” series.

Kakeru has an epiphany in Paris with the help of Prince, Kageyama, and the Mona Lisa.

I was curious what I’d find in the Run With the Wind fandom of fanfiction, and it is pretty bare boned. But I had to check out at least one of the ships. To be honest, I haven’t really thought about ‘shipping any of our boys in Run just because this show really screams mentorship and brotherhood to me more than anything. But if I did ‘ship anyone it would be Kakeru and Haiji.

The context appears that this happens way after college a few years after the Hakone Ekiden. In this short one-shot, Kakeru comes to terms (belatedly) that he’s in love with Haiji. Prince has dropped hints on this odd trip of theirs to Paris.

Also an odd addition is Kageyama Tobio from the Haikyuu series as Kurahara’s step-brother. I think it’s funny that the author would have these two be step-siblings because they’re so similar in looks and personality – but who hasn’t made that parallel?

I know my notes above say Part 3 of a series, but I feel like these could be read as standalones.

Without giving away too much, I thought this was a short cute one-shot about Kakeru’s awkwardness and slow realization of having feelings for someone else because he’s always been too focused on running to think about anything else.

[Fanfiction] My Hero Academia | What He Left Behind

[Title]: What He Left Behind
[Author]: Ive_Ben_Writing
[Category]: General
[Rating]:  Teen & Up
[Fandom]: My Hero Academia | Boku no Hero Academia
[Characters]: Bakugou Katsuki + Class 1-A
[Status]: Completed 

Two weeks after Midoriya “Deku” Izuku defeated the dreadful successor of All for One and disappeared, the Hero Class of 1A tries their best to cope with their sudden loss. And just when the weight of their grief proved to be too much, they discovered that Deku lives on in a manner they didn’t expect.

Angst, angst angst. So. Much. Angst.

Ive_Ben_Writing writes a 7 chapter story on how everyone copes with the loss of Deku in their lives. They’re all still students in this fanfic, and if you’re not caught up with the manga, there’s a slight spoiler as there’s a character that is new and they’re a prominent figure who is deeply affected by Deku’s death and does not cope well.

We all know that Deku and Kacchan have known each other since they were kids, and we all know that Deku believes in Kacchan. They have a special bond, but their layers of miscommunication and misunderstandings have left their relationship in tatters. We also know that they’re trying to rectify the chasm between them and trying to restore some kind of relationship. These things are evident in the show and the manga.

What He Left Behind is a heart wrenching story that literally had me crying in every chapter. This story mostly comes from Katsuki’s point of view, and how he copes and deals with his newfound role in the wake of Deku’s death.

We see the effect that Deku had on each of their classmates, and how each of them are coping with the loss of their friend. They use his death as self-reflection and as a source of inspiration. The fact that he is able to move each of his classmates souls in a way no one else could post-mortem, is really mind blowing, and god, this just really pulls on your heartstings. And for those who aren’t coping or grieving as they should, well, you can only guess who’s there helping them along the way, because at the end of the day, what would Deku do?

This fic is such a ride, especially with Kacchan as the lead. Tasked with being the support, because a certain nerd believes in him, was the most emotional part for me. How he deals with being there for his “friends” and classmates, and as a stand-in for Deku is a great exploration of his character.

I seriously hope you guys give this one a read. It’s fic’s like this that make me understand and love Kacchan’s character and the potential that he has.

[Fanfiction]: Hakuouki | Kimi no Tameni

[Title]:Kimi no Tameni
[Author]: TheStarsHaveAligned
[Category]: M/F
[Rating]:  Teen & Up
[Fandom]: Hakuouki
[Relationship]: Souji Okita/ Chizuru Yukimura
[Status]: Completed 

“No matter how many times I am reborn, I’ll go to the place filled with sunlight that seeps through the trees where you are.”

image via source

I hadn’t considered reading fanfiction based on an otome before. That is, until, I played Hakuouki: Kyoto Winds and had chosen Susumu Yamazaki as my first bachelor. I had gotten so invested in his story line, I actually wrote a first person POV fanfiction for this series.

However, due to my own piece I decided to check out the some other fanfiction’s in the fandom. There aren’t as many (only 496 as of today!) compared to more popular series like Haikyuu!!, Free!, and My Hero Academia, but there was one that really struck a chord with me, and that was Kimi no Tameni.

Before Yamazaki stole my heart, Okita Souji was one of my favorites from the original Hakuouki, so I thought he would be a safe bet to start with in fanfiction.

TheStarsHaveAligned has created a beautifully heartbreaking story regarding Okita and Chizuru.  Much like his otome and real-life counterpart, Okita is dying of tuberculosis and this story focuses on that and the bitter impact of impending death that strains their relationship.

What would you do to save a loved one? How much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice? How far are you willing to go? If you were given the chance to save them from dying, would you do it?

The story explores various snippets and events that occur between Okita and Yukimura. The Point of View changes from Chizuru’s to Okita’s and it’s rather painful to read from Okita’s POV sometimes, because the reader already knows what that odd deja vu feeling that Okita is experiencing.

If you love angst, and drama then I highly recommend this one. I was in tears for a lot of this fanfic, so if you’re also in need of a good cry, by all means this is probably a good one for that if you’re into heartbreaking romance.

This is supposed to be Part 1 of a series, but can be read as a standalone piece. I’m not sure if the author will continue, as in a previous note to me – seems to be rather nervous about their interpretation of Okita. Even though I found it fantastic like many other readers, I don’t blame her.  It’s the reason why a lot of my own fanfic stays as personal projects shared amongst friends.

Hopefully you guys will give this one a chance! Shoujo and I have discussed this particular one before as we’re both Hakuouki fangirls.  And maybe I’ll get around to posting my first person POV post sometime soon.

Bear in mind, a lot of the fanfics I’ll be suggesting will probably have a lot of angst, and have seriously brought on major bouts of crying. I love emotionally gripping stories. Like said in my introduction post to this segment – fanfics have become a source of catharsis for me, whether in reading or writing it.

History & Segment Introduction

Welcome to Zel’s Hideout! As all of you have noticed, I’ve had a massive drop in terms of posts, and while real life stuff has taken over majority of the day, I can’t deny that I’ve fallen into the deep deep void known as fanfiction.

Truth be told, I thought last year was the year I was introduced to this medium; but the more I thought about it, the more I realized. I’ve been involved with fanfiction since I was 12 years oldHow? At such a young age? is probably what you’re wondering. And no, I wasn’t reading the explicit stuff at that age.

I’m definitely giving away my age by talking about this; but back in the mid- to late 90’s several things had occurred in my 12 year old world. 1. The internet became accessible via dial-up and the rise of AOL. 2. I was introduced to the world of Anime via Sailor Moon. Now, how are these two things exclusively interrelated to fanfiction?

With the rise of the internet came the creation of free personal websites (thanks angelfire!). Also with the internet, anime became just a bit more accessible than what I saw on TV. So in love with the Sailor Moon series, I researched for images endlessly to create my own personal online shrine via html coding. (I had dreams to be a website designer at that young age lol). But as I searched the internet for anything closely related to Sailor Moon, I embarked on a website (I’m not sure the name anymore) that featured a story about Queen Serenity and King Endymion and I was hooked. It was a beautiful heartbreaking romance from what little I can remember. I already knew it wasn’t entirely canon aside from the characters and the setting, the story didn’t fit with what we knew of the actual story.

From there, I ended up writing my first fanfic at 13.  I struggled with my feelings towards my (guy) best friend at the time. I had written it using Serena and Darien, influenced by that fic I had stumbled upon. It really was an angsty drama; he and I were filled with unresolved feelings, miscommunications and misunderstandings. I wrote that story to convey how it felt like falling in love with my best friend. Yep, I’ve been a hopeless romantic since the beginning, and nope we did not end up together. It took one misunderstanding for our entire relationship to be obliterated in high school the next few years. I guess, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to cross the line, or maybe afraid of losing the friendship we had built over the years. Needless to say, that fanfic was abandoned (and it was handwritten too!)

I forgot about fanfiction after that brief stint in it, and it wasn’t till I met Mel, Jill and Naja in 2016 and our lovely LINE groupchat where we supported Jill in her endeavor in writing Haikyuu fanfiction (A/B/O Omegaverse AU) that I embarked on reading more of the medium. Eventually I started to feel inspired to write again. It’s been a snowball effect since then.

Writing in general has been a form of catharsis for me, and the same can be said about reading. Escaping into fantasy, sighing at romance have always been the biggest draws for me. I’ve come to terms that I write very emotionally in a lot of my posts, and have since extended that into my own forms of fanfiction. Expressing my own feelings via characters, or even interpreting a character’s demeanor, thought processes, and personality through dialogue, interaction and situations, has been stress-relieving to say the least.

So yeah, like the title of this segment suggests; I’ve literally been hiding out and holed up reading all kinds of crazy fanfics. It’s where I go when I’m not on social media and not active on the blog; you can find me either reading or writing fanfic.

I figure, there’s so many great fanfics I’ve come across, that have really spoken to me, whether in angst, drama, fluff or the NSFW types. Why not share and review the ones that I really love? Since I have so many under my belt, this could quickly be a series that is easy, and honestly it’s a great counterpart to Mel’s weekly doujinshi posts. (yeah, I had to plug her. LOL) Also, I may even share my own fanfic’s in this segment.

Stay tuned; I’ll start sharing in the next post! Till next time!

❤ Zel