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Title: lay down my sword and shield.
Author: [ profile] yassan
Fandom: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Warnings: Violence, language
Summary: Five times Yamamoto failed.
Commentary: This is beautifully written, mining many facets of Yamamoto's character, his innocence and capabilities, and of the other characters.

Yamamoto Takeshi dies on April 21
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Title: Crazy!Ed verse (link goes to In Defiance of Reason)

Author: [personal profile] metisket[personal profile] metisket 

Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist (the manga)

Warnings: Violence, fairly dark themes, spoilers for all of the manga (although comprehensible to someone only familiar with the first anime). Not nearly as dark as it could have been.

Summary: So. In response to the question, "What would it look like if Edward Elric were as crazy as Allen Walker?" I said, well. CLEARLY I MUST WRITE THAT FIC.

It's a mad AU. And I don't think Ed would handle being crazy with anything like Allen's grace. Besides which, it's possible that I wrote him even crazier.

Commentary: This is perhaps the best FMA fic I've ever read. Ed is terrifyingly and wonderfully insane, while still remaining true to his canon self. He refuses to drink milk, helps people, and probably rescues small animals from wells; he also murders large numbers of people in gruesome and painful ways.

This is also quite possibly the best Roy-and-Hughes fic you'll ever find -- mostly Hughes, since he's the usual viewpoint character, but the portrayal of their friendship is fantastic. Roy is just the right amount of I'm-going-to-save-the-country and oh-fuck-I-screwed-up, and Hughes is brilliantly, frenetically cheery and clever. He goes around investigating and trying to fix Ed and leaving the alchemists alone for appropriate spans of time to do their thing and plotting war and giving everyone hugs. If you ever thought you even kind of liked Hughes, this is the fic for you, and here is a line to prove it:

Also, Maes wished he had a picture of Roy’s face right now, because if he did, he would treasure it forever and preserve it among the Elicia pictures and show it to absolutely everyone.

(Incidentally, the plot isn't just 'canon with bits of crazy!ed tacked on'. Things are different -- but not too different.)
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Title: Embers
Author: Vathara
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Warnings: Author does not use warnings; no major warnings needed.
Summary: Dragon's fire is not so easily extinguished; when Zuko rediscovers a lost firebending technique, shifting flames can shift the world... Follows 'Theft Absolute'.
Commentary: If fanfiction were sex, I would be the one moaning "Baby, cultural conflict me harder! Ah, yeah, actions-with-consequences just like that. . . ." Luckily, fanfiction is not sex, and I don't have to fight everyone else to read this fic over and over again. Everything that happens here builds naturally off the world and the characters, and it is beautiful. I'm almost not willing to say more than that, since part of the beauty is the surprise when you realise all the things you've been convinced of that simply were not there in canon.

I love when a fic has good OCs. This fic has the best OCs. I'd say I want fic just about them, but I really don't think anything else would manage to stand up to what Vathara's written already.

One more note: Even if you're not very familiar with A:TLA (which I still kind of am not, having seen only about four episodes in total) I'd suggest you read this fic. Not just suggest -- I would beg you to. Whatever your alley is, this is exactly up it.


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