A request from Cadenceheart117, last seen giving a revenge review and then furiously backpedalling. Not sure what prompted the change of heart, but here we go anyway.
To jump fandoms for a moment…
“If I built, and designed, a beautiful mansion and it collapses down a sinkhole the whole world will know.”
Edit: A new revenge review snuck in at the last minute!
“I run over to the Poké Ball and grab it. I could feel rumbling inside, probably the failed efforts of the Timburr trying to escape. Now I know this adventure will be a blast.” But in better news, there is also an XY novelization with actual good writing and characterization.
Anime count: 11, plus a lot more by the same author I didn’t cover. I took a week off and now suddenly there is a ton of untagged anime fic. Probably a coincidence, but still interesting.
“I couldn’t care less how you feel about my grammar use. I’m having fun and that’s what matters.”
And another author insists that I’m doing reviewing wrong without providing anything new.
One pokescrewing fic that manages to be only regular romance levels of creepy, and one that does not. More positively, a fic about N that is decent but still too equivocal about the subjugation of pokemon.
Anime count: 5
“As I am not a professional I will ask you to keep in mind that I am learning by doing this. So although your feedback made some points which I could learn about.. the way in which you said it wasn’t nice or encouraging.“
A supposedly shippy fic about Nanu being nasty to Guzma, and a stupid Pokemonization of Beauty and the Beast that completely misses the point of both the original myth and the characters it pigeonholes into the roles.
Anime count: 4
“So just because most things arent capitalized means it cant be read? Thats really stupid. Its basically saying how you cant read texting bc nothing is capitalized or something. But fine ill just capitalize all of that if people cant read one name or something not capitalize!!!”
Fantasy story about Arceus’ chosen one; and several mad science pokemorph fics, one of which was decently-written but had the most questionable science.
Anime count: 5
In Mownt: For Peace you guide an insect-like creature through multiple lives in a quest for peace. Despite the interesting premise, I found the game unremarkable. The gameplay is utterly meaningless; you can outheal almost every enemy, so battles are a foregone conclusion. The story is actually pretty linear; it’s clear you’re expected to do the endings in a specific order, and the game doesn’t even try to hide this fact. After a while, they get very predictable; the PC is never allowed to find peace, and the plot creates increasingly contrived diabolus ex machina to railroad you onto the next ending.
(Spoilers within, might want to play the game yourself first. It’s very short and can be finished in 1-2 hours.)
Leah Bobet’s An Inheritance of Ashes is one of those YA books where everyone assumes the worst of the protagonist in every situation no matter how absurd, everyone treats her like shit, and no one is capable of human conversation. It was phenomenally frustrating to read, and by the end I hated everyone involved.
It’s also not very well written, although I suspect this is less because the author is a particularly bad writer and more that she just wasn’t a good enough one to do what she was trying to do.
This was also one of those where the longer I’ve sat on it, the more I’ve disliked it. Right after I was done it wasn’t that bad, and it’s gotten worse and worse over the past few days.
Korrasami 88 continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Other people are generally polite.
A grimdarkification of Red/Blue that looks like it may be decent, and an OC-Ash fic with a decent premise that’s too poorly-written to get into. Otherwise cookie-cutter journey and anime fic, plus some academy fics.
Anime count: 6
“On a side note, the first paragraph of your review does seem to be rather familiar, though I must certainly be mistaken on such observations since you are *clearly* a person of such detail and would never think to lead anyone to believe that any form of plagiarism is to be seen within your reviews.”