|Reviews for Grey Hour Dreams|
| Grace 9/17/12 . chapter 1
Aw. That's so SWEET. Love this. Great work! :)
| OrangeKiss 11/26/11 . chapter 1
This is breathtaking.. So sweet. Brilliantly written. I really feel sorry for Izumi and Yuka. Their story is just so... sad, yet full of love. I love it. :")
Keep it up! I also hope you write more IzumixYuka fics, or even ShikixYuka. Maybe with a happier ending, for a change.
You rock. :bd
| Anna 10/2/11 . chapter 1
Your writing is the best
| Jasmini 9/20/11 . chapter 1
I finally got the chance to sit down and read this! Okay, first off this is brilliant. One of the most beautiful things about Gakuen Alice is Izumi and Yuka and their tragic love story and all the hope that was there for the two of them only to be crushed by ESP. Their storyline is important because it has the potential to be Natusme and mikan's story as well, and I think you captured that beautifully. Great job, and once again you have made me tear up. geeez
| Kara Nightingale 8/13/11 . chapter 1
Wow... I think out of all the fics you've written, this is by far my favourite now (and truth be told, I love reading all your fics). I don't really know why, but when I read this fic, it really got to me. I loved how everything played out, the sweet moments and the sad moments. Heck, I was crying by the end of the fic and I don't normally full out cry over a fic, it happens but it's rare.
Sure, in the manga, we got to read about Izumi's life and while it was great and all, I personally think if this fic was thrown into the manga itself, it would have totally blended in. Even with the tiny changes you made here and there, you still managed to make it all seem so real, like it really did happen in the manga.
Its kind of hard to properly explain how I feel about it but all I can say is that this really is a great fic, amazing!
| MiladyQueenMab 8/12/11 . chapter 1
This story is so genius, it’s probably going to take a while to absorb all of the writing into my brain before I write this.
Bleh. I feel so undeserving of this masterpiece that you half-dedicated to me. I don't even know what made it so entirely beautiful, it just spoke to me.
So I'm going to separate this review into different sections. Like an essay, because I'm going to make the longest review you've ever laid your eyes on; so long, that it would make your eyes hurt to think about it.
There is no way that you didn't exceed expectations on the characterization part.
You created an Izumi that no one had ever thought up before. The bad boy turned good, with the bike and all. For what it's worth, I fell for it right away. Although it does have a NatsumexMikan parallel with the turning good part, I like how it wasn't conventional, and as far as I'm concerned, he was actually turned good because of his brother.
Which leads me to the KazuxIzumi relationship that you showed here. I loved how Kazu seemed so keen on making sure that Izumi kept his hands off of the underage girls, and no matter how many times Izumi talked about how he was only interested in the female colleagues that he would have the opportunity to meet, in the end he fell for Yuka, a student. Kazu's worst fears coming true, really.
Oh, and he called Izumi a manwhore. So yeah. LOL.
The most important thing that you did here that struck me as great was how you took this man who was already introduced into the manga as a teacher, and gave more depth to his character by giving him some context. In the beginning of this piece, no one could ever tell that he was going to be a teacher. Even he didn't know.
But soon, as the story progressed, it just created a whole other side to him that no one knew, and yet still he managed to turn into the Izumi that we are familiar with today. In fact, I fell in love with the idea that Yuka gave him the purpose to want to teach well. After all, it's realistic that he needed a driving force to really get him to teach. It was sweet that it was Yuka.
For some reason, I loved Seiji. (There's my love for side characters emerging again.) He had a really humorous atmosphere. A great addition to an already perfect story.
Already, the form of this review is falling apart. But I'm not going to turn back, and I will finish this. :)
There's a sort of way you wrote that gave this sense of realism to the piece. With the use of emotive language, you were able to get me to feel happy when Izumi was happy (like the morning after... sigh...) and feel extremely vexatious when it came to his end, that he wasn't able to fulfill the promise he made to Yuka.
I loved how you cut it up. Each part of the piece contributed to his character or the plot development as a whole, and although I could probably say a lot more on this component, I'm just going to stop myself before I rant on and on.
And the dialogue that was shared (even if it was only little) was so true to their characters. I especially loved the dialogue between Kazu and Izumi, because I can already picture Kazu saying those things to Izumi and the other way around. Some of the witty remarks they threw at each other really got to me, and I loved reading it so much.
There's a good contrast between the happy components of his life, and the sad. Just as the scene of Yuka and Izumi together was overwhelmingly light and heartwarming, the death scene was really well done, with descriptions that nearly took my breath away. It is really interesting to note that no one has ever given a try to write how it felt to experience death. Life flashing before your eyes, the life that you weren't able to live, you were able to convey it so well that it sent shivers down my spine.
It's so sad that he had to die before really fulfilling the dream that both Yuka and he had. Even if I knew how it was going to end, my heart sunk to read the last part.
The last line was genius. Somehow, it denoted a lonely sensation, and even hopeless, which really made me on the verge of tears. I never get very affected by stories, and yet this was the exception. I suspect that it was because of how great of a character Izumi had developed into, only to have it suddenly taken away. But until the very last line, you stayed true to his character, and I appreciate that.
I think that you're the only person who gave Izumi this kind of light. And I commend you for it, too.
What was that, like 5500 characters or something? Either way, I've written for way too long. I'm starting to become redundant.
If you've reached until this point, Anna, I just want to let you know that this whole idea of a story is great. The only reason why not many people have reviewed it yet is because of the rating, which makes it hard to find on the archives.
I suppose this is where my ranting ends. Anyways, whether you choose to make another multi-chaptered story or not, with this and STCIT, you would have ended your time here in the best possible way.
Haha. Keep it up!
| IndigoGrapefruit 8/11/11 . chapter 1
Yay! You dedicated something to me. :D At first I was like hey when did I ever say that? And then I remembered. It's all good, all good. (:
Thrills and excites are the same thing aren't they?
This is so awks! When I read Yuri, the first person that popped into my mind is Yuri from Gakuen Alice, with the female pheromone Alice. But she isn't even born yet at this time!
Aww. I love Kazu "you cannot do anything inappropriate to the younger females. If you do, I will kill you, Izumi." He totally jinxed it. Totally.
You totally should have rated this tragedy. Izumi's thoughts as he was dying are so bittersweet and heartbreaking. Now I feel like revisiting the chapters of GA where Mikan and Co. went back to see the past.
Beautiful but not quite sure if this is deserving of an M rate. I guess you could leave it just to be safe though. (: I don't think most people would assume MHR would write porn. AHAHAH.
| SakuraS41 8/11/11 . chapter 1
Nice story... Every time you started with Izumi on his back, I kept thinking that it's the part where he was dying already... Never thought there would be so many scenes... Thx for the great story
| QueenTiria 8/11/11 . chapter 1
It may be strange to say, but Izumi has always remained a complete utter mystery to me because not only does he get no character development in the manga, I have never read a fic with him alive/interacting with people. (He probably wins the most-killed-off-already award in the GA universe) XD
So with that, I can -FINALLY- understand his character, feelings, peer inside his head for a bit- and it's really really touching. No wonder Yuka fell for him D
| Romantically Loveless 8/10/11 . chapter 1
Man, this was really...different? Not quite the word I'm searching to use, but a good enough place holder for now.
I like how it's about Izumi because right now it's mainly about Mikan and Z/ESP in the manga (which is updating painfully slow) and this was a fresh breath of air.
The essence of the Izumi in my mind was portrayed spot-on here, with a few more details that definitely make sense. Good job.
Can't wait to read more... 'ya dinger. ;)
| pwenie 8/10/11 . chapter 1
Wow.. So deep
| CrazyQuills 8/10/11 . chapter 1
lol When I got the alert for this I was wondering if the M rating was a mistake. You don't usually write M stuff. they're always T. I think this could still fit in the T rating because it's not a real lemon and it's not smutty at all right?
Character death doesn't have to be M right?
This was really nice. You really know how to write. I was kind of confused at the beginning because it sounded really AU but I guess that's because I didn't really pay much attention to the manga, but this was really well written. I really, really liked it!
Izumi seems like a really fun character to write. Too bad he's dead.