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Author has written 2 stories for Dragon Ball Z.
I'd like to begin by saying that this profile is quite organized. By organized, I do mean organized. I've divided my profile into many sections that should help readers/writers understand my words more clearly. I hope that reading this profile is informative and suits your purpose of visiting; if it doesn't, I more than encourage you to PM me.
Back to my profile, I'll give you the Easy Navigation below:
II: Reviewing Policy and Reviewing System.
III: Recommended Readings.
IV: Top Ten Characters of the Dragon Ball Franchise.
V: Favourite Themes.
VI: Information as a Writer.
VII: Thoughts on DBGT.
IX: Favourite Fights and Scenes in Dragon Ball History.
X: Dragon Ball Multiverse 2(DBM2)
XI: Updating Schedule.
XII: Neo Z-Fighters.
XIII: My Writing.
Now that we have that out of the way, I suppose my readers deserve to know more about me than just my penname.
My name is Chad, and if you're going to address me in a PM, forum, or some other means of communication, I would prefer if you call me Chad, Rott, or Tarott Cake. Yes, Tarott Cake. You read that correctly.
I'm a male, 19 years of age. I attend a well-known college in the US(Ivy League; I'm proud all my hard work has culminated into enrolling in this university) and am of Canadian and American descent(dual citizenship.) Unfortunately, being in college does limit my ability to write, but I do my best to bring quality and consistent updates to my readers. However, due to my passion for acting as a hobby and engineering as a major in college, I may not be able to do that every time.
I consider the commodities in life to be intelligent conversation, gaining knowledge, and simply enjoying life. My dislikes are arrogance, overconfidence, unnecessary stress/drama, and segregation(whether it be in the form of an interest in hobby or some other means).
My persona mainly dictates that I'm always respectful and considerate until I'm given a reason to do otherwise. Even then, I will most likely not respond to said person unless we're able to reconcile our differences. As I said before, I am all for an intelligible debate. I won't be bothered or perturbed if you point out a grammatical error or find something you want to discuss. In fact, I would heavily appreciate you doing so. I honestly consider grammar to be the highest point of my writing, and I'd rather it be kept that way.
If you met me, I'd probably be that guy who is proper and respectful, but has a fun side to him. I'm one of those people who can manage a conversation with anyone, but I generally like to keep a few close friends instead of being in large crowds. I've never smoked, never tasted a sip of an alcohol beverage, and I intend to keep it that way. All I need is a bottle of fresh water and I'm set.
I find it is unnecessary for me to give out where I live, but I will at least allow you to know that I live on the East Coast, and I adhere to Eastern Standard Time(EST). I've given this information to allow you to comprehend when I respond to PM's or forum replies or anything of the sort.
Now, as I said before, I attend college. I organise my classes so that I'm usually free of the school day by 5:00 EST at the absolute latest; 3:00 EST being the absolute earliest. I will do my best to be contactable any time after that.
I'd like to direct your attention to my current projects, Sins of the Father and Guardian. These two are most likely the projects I'll be working on for the year of 2013 and perhaps early/mid 2014. Their receptions have been quite excellent; I thank each and every one of my readers from the bottom of my heart.
Guardian has also been inducted into DBM2; I'm truly honoured that I have a chance to work with some fantastic authors on this project. If it was not obvious, I'm quite the fan of DBM. It's the best fancomic ever drawn(in my opinion). If you are not an avid fan of Dragon Ball Multiverse, I strongly encourage you check it out.
In addition to reading Sins of the Father and Guardian, I would also heavily appreciate you reading The Saiyan's Cascade, a collaboration between myself and I-Am-So-Original. The story can be found on his profile(which is easily accessible from my favourites page), and from what we have in store, I believe it'll be worth your time.
I hope that you will not only review my fanfiction if you get the time, but to also review any author you may read a story upon in the future. I'm very big on reviews, mainly because they help people to improve and feel good about their work.
I'm always open for communication; don't hesitate to PM me. I'm willing to discuss anything with a fellow author, whether it be the world today, Dragon Ball Z, politics, music, and so on. I'm always up for a good chat or a conversation.
II. Reviewing Policy and Reviewing System.
We all love reviews. Seriously, how can you not? They allow you to both hear constructive criticism and praise in your writings. I personally take each review with optimism--save for the reviews that say something like:
"Great job" or "update soon."
The reviews above are not helpful in any way. While I obviously appreciate the fact that you enjoyed the chapter and want me to update soon, these kinds of comments do not help me improve in any way. While I know that this comment will most likely not stop these kinds of reviews, I will be satisfied with at least one person seeing this and changing their ways.
Now, onto my reviewing policy:
I used to review every story I read. However, I find that some reviews I leave can come off as overly critical(in a constructive manner, of course). Therefore, I will only review when a story meets one of my two requirements:
I. I read your fic and come to the internal conclusion(based on how you carry yourself on your profile and in your fanfiction) that you are willing to listen to constructive criticism and praise. I won't sugarcoat anything I say. If I like something, you will hear about it. If I don't, you will hear my honest thoughts.
II. I am asked by a fellow author to read and review their fic.
To any readers who would like a review: As fair recompense, I will desire a review on either Sins of the Father or Guardian, my current project.
Now, how does my system work? Simple. Let's say person A reviews my fic; I will be sure to review theirs. Afterwards, person A and I will start a review-for-review basis on our stories. Of course, the review submitted by person A would have to be more elaborate than "update soon" or "great job." A comment/question that proves to me you actually read the chapter will suffice.
My reviewing style differs from each person.
What do I mean by this?
It means that I will cover as much content as you do. I've made a reviewing deal with a person whom I gave extremely elaborate reviews to; they reciprocated with a one-liner that didn't even address the story. Therefore, I will be conducting my reviews in the same style you do. For example, let's use the Person A example.
Person A's review: Good chapter bro. Hope you update soon.
My review: Excellent chapter. I enjoyed it a lot.
Now, let's use a more elaborate review as an example.
Person A: Wow! Great plot twist! Piccolo's actions in this chapter really threw me for a loop; Goku's new ascension was also really unique and original! I did notice a grammatical error in the Vegeta scene, however. I think you misspelled a few things when he's boasting about his pride. All in all, a great chapter. I look forward to reading the next.
My review: Good work with this chapter. Gohan's actions stood out to me in this chapter; you did a magnificent job with delving deep into his psyche. There were minor grammatical errors in this chapter, but it didn't prove detrimental to my enjoyment of the chapter. I really feel that this was one of your better chapters, and I can't wait to see it keep up in future chapters. Good luck!
As you can tell from the examples above, a review exchange with me is like a mirror; what you give is what you get. I will always review each chapter as long as the favour is returned. Please feel free to PM me for a review exchange.
Now, you're probably wondering; "How will he review if he decides to do so on his own?" Simple. I have 6-7 arcs of my reviews, which are below:
Introduction: Here, I'll introduce myself and say hello. I'll address the overall 'tone' I hope to set with this review, and then I'll jump into the content of said review.
Grammar/Formatting: In this section of my review, I'll point out any flaws I see reoccurring in the story. For example: Did you use the semi-colon properly? Do you need to use a different punctuation mark? Homophone errors? Misspellings? That and more is covered in this section of my review. I will also discuss how your story 'flows,' so to speak. Do you use one-sentence paragraphs too often? Does a sentence run on? That sort of thing.
Formerly, I had two sections that covered these aspects, Grammar and Formatting/Syntax. However, I find that sometimes they can really go hand-in-hand, hence my reasoning for combining the two.
Characterization: Exactly how it sounds. This is my strongest point, so you can probably expect some criticism here if your characters are OOC. However, if the main goal is to make a character different, my Characterization section will then assess exactly how this character changed. Did the character go through the relative hardships he/she had to face to be a different way; did you even show a catalyst for this change at all? Since I have stated this is my strength as a writer, you will hear a LOT from me on this aspect.
Plot: I'd like to think this is my second strength. This is where I can generally give some support and praise; many authors have a great plot, yet their writing makes it tough to convey. However, don't be fooled: I will critique you just the same. I merely state that I find it easier to give praise here than in other subjects. I will discuss the plot and what happened in the chapter; was it an intriguing read? Did it further the story? Plot is essential in a story, and I will expect it to be shown.
Description: Exactly how it sounds. DBZ is all about the scenery-- it's the impressive flare of the Galick Gun or the Kamehameha wave that first drew us in; was it not? It was those unique kinds of kicks and blows that drew us to the television. Anyone can write a battle saying that Goku punched Vegeta and then Vegeta hit him back, but is that really what DBZ is? No. Here's a little batch of DBZ below:
Rushing forward with his pulsing blue aura shining in the wind, Goku buried his fist in the Prince's midsection; the latter doubling over and spewing blood from his mouth. Quickly regaining his composure, Vegeta ignored the pain in his abdomen and slammed down his balled fists, sending the orange-clad fighter spiraling down to the ground where he met the cold, rocky ground with a painful TTTTTTTHHHHAAAAACCCCCK.
It's about HOW it was done, not what happened. For example, when Goku fires a Kamehameha wave, does he always do so from the same position? Absolutely not. If you just say something like "Super Saiyan Goku fired a Kamehameha wave at his opponent to finish them off," it is quite probable I will criticize you for it. Here's what I would write in the exact same situation:
Moving his hands to near his left hip, Goku shifted his body slightly to take fire at his opponent. "Ka... me..."
His opponent tried to stand, but their weight simply gave out on them; their strength at last diminished. The battle had already been won--but Goku knew it was too dangerous to keep his foe alive. There were no second chances for the atrocities this monster had conducted so willingly. It was, at last, retribution.
"Ha...me..." A shimmering aura began to dance around the warrior of legend as pulsing blue energy began to hum faintly around his palms.
His foe gave one last hateful sneer as they tried to stand; tried to escape--at last, his body collapsed to the cold, unforgiving ground.
The sparkling blue beam of energy rocketed out of Goku's hands, arcing through the air as it made its way to devour its opponent in one last attack. Brief crackles of azure energy crackled around the outside of the beam as Goku poured more power into his attack. This is it... it's all or nothing!
The body of Goku's enemy was lifted into the air by the beam as it was completely consumed by the Super Saiyan's wrath and unrelenting fury.
Notice how in my writing, Goku tilted his body to the left. He usually does so to the right; it changes how everything is viewed. I did that rather quickly, but I do feel it's superior to simply saying "Goku won with a Kamehameha wave."
Granted, I realize some endings in battles are supposed to be quick and shocking. For example, let's take the scene where Frieza shoots a Death Beam through Vegeta's chest. I'm going to attempt to write the description of Vegeta having such an ending. First, I'll try to write this scene dramatically.
"He is... the Legendary Super Saiyan..."
Vegeta's pestering had finally broken past Frieza's cool and classy demeanor; when would he realize that this so-called Super Saiyan never existed? Frieza felt the need to shut him up now more than ever.
His finger raised lazily, a magenta thin beam shot forth from the Arcosian's appendage that dashed through the air at a speed Goku couldn't even detect. Everything seemed to move in slow motion as Frieza watched Vegeta stutter over his words of the 'Super Saiyan;' it was truly a good laugh for the Arcosian to see the Prince's dreams finally shatter.
At last, the narrow through Vegeta's organs and finally laid him to rest. If that pitiful monkey hadn't died out already, Frieza predicted he'd finally fall in a matter of moments.
Frieza smirked as the Prince shuddered in pain; the messy-haired warrior's eyes darting over to his fellow Saiyan. "Vegeta!"
The pale-skinned warrior lowered his index finger with a sneer towards the orange-clad warrior. "You have no idea how much I hate those who repeat themselves."
The scene below is my attempt to write a quick and unsuspecting ending for Vegeta. I personally am better at writing more dramatic endings, but we all need to learn both ways in order to change things up.
"He is... the Legendary Super Saiyan..."
Cause and effect. When one action happens, another must follow. In this case, the elevation of Frieza's right index finger caused the final blow to pierce through Vegeta's heart.
Gaping at the sudden damage, the Saiyan's eyes glanced to look at the fallen warrior. "Vegeta!"
The Unsealed Arcosian dropped his finger back down to his side. "You have no idea how much I hate those who repeat themselves."
The examples above are things I'm going to be searching for in your writing. Lack of it or barely any description at all will be brought up in my review.
Now, let's talk about a personal pet peeve of mine: Description of Clothing.
I find it important to be able to visualize a character's outfit and description completely. Some people(including myself) are incredibly lucky and have received fanart that shows how a character looks. Regardless of whether your story has fanart or not, I'm going to critique you on how well you describe your character. If I'm not able to visualize your character during the first paragraph you take to describe him, it may just be me. I'm okay with that. However, I will be searching for other clues as to how your character looks. For example, if you say that "Vegeta was clothed in a magma-red armour," I'm going to expect it being mentioned again in the future. Simply saying "refer back to Chapter blank" isn't going to cut it. If your story's Cell is a different colour(let's say his alternate outfit of blue in most games) I recommend you actually refer to the fact that he is blue again. While the story and characters and how they all look is crystal clear in your head, us readers are still going to need these descriptions from time to time.
Whew, that finally concludes everything of description. Back to the end of my system.
Writing Style: I'll give my opinion on your writing; did it improve, did it regress, etc.
General Plot/Theme: I'll give my thoughts on the story as a whole and discuss how this chapter affected it.
Conclusion: This is where I'll reiterate my previous points and tie everything up. I'll probably give my opinion of what you can do to improve here as well.
As you can see, I put a LOT of my time into my reviews and my reviewing system; they are not just handed out willy-nilly. Therefore, I'm going to ask that if I do review your story on my own accord, you will not take it as an offense if I state my opinion. Frankly, if I review your story on my own accord, it means I think it has heaps of potential; I want to assist in bringing it out as much as possible.
Also, please don't misinterpret the above comment as me acting like a big-shot; that is honestly the farthest from my intentions. While I don't consider myself to be the best writer, I do think I'm fairly decent and can assist in some way. We are all here to better ourselves and to promote the growth of other writers; that is exactly what I set out to do with my reviews. I can only hope that others feel the way I do.
If you understand my system and desire a review from me, I strongly encourage you to send me a PM or a review saying you would like to set up a review-for-review basis. I am also willing to adapt to another system via request; I have two backup systems I can use if needed. I will add more reviewing systems I feel I can mimic to this list. If not requested for a certain system, I am liable to use any system I feel would work best--this also counts for any story I review on my own accord.
The Sandwich Review:
I will construct an opening paragraph describing how I felt overall about the chapter; how it flowed, etc. I will then move into my first body paragraph; this body paragraph will describe the things I personally didn't enjoy or feel need to be cleaned up--also known as constructive criticism. My next body paragraph will be composed of the things I did like about the chapter; what stood out to me, etc. I will then end my review with a finishing paragraph giving my recommendations of what I think you could use to improve for your next chapter and reiterate the techniques and skills I liked your use of in aforementioned chapter. I will be writing these paragraphs while reading the chapter; this will allow me to put down my immediate thoughts after reading a scene. I know that some people may forget certain things when they are writing up their reviews, so I will be writing this kind of review as I read to make sure the material I am writing about is 100% fresh in my mind to ensure I critique a scene to the best of my ability. My body paragraphs may be a little unorganized because they are written as I read, but I definitely like this system.
The Scene-By-Scene Review:
In this type of review, I will go over each scene individually and target the strengths and weaknesses of each. I will have a mini-paragraph describing the strength and weakness of each scene. Like in the Sandwich Review idea, I will be having an introductory and conclusion paragraph. It's basically The Sandwich Review(in a condensed manner) but it focuses less on the writing quality and more on the plotline.
Please note that if you do not apply my criticism(or can explain why you feel it is best to keep things as they are), I shall not review in a detailed format. I give such extensive reviews to assist my fellow writers in said writing--not so it can be ignored. This doesn't mean I'm a big-shot, but I feel it's important to try to accept help(or explain why it isn't needed) from(to) a fellow author. I take the time to talk about each and every one of my reviews, and I personally think it's assisted me greatly in my writing endeavors. I implore you to do so as well; you never know how much you'll improve by doing so.
III. Recommended Readings.
There are heaps of magnificent stories on this site; this section of my profile will be used to guide you to recommended readings and my notes on them.
Personal Top 4 Fanfictions:
Break Through the Limit by Captain Space: The fic utilizes another unnoticed character. Raditz takes the spot as main protagonist in this awesome fic. The story also focuses in on Goku; the Earth-raised Saiyan actually shares the spotlight with Raditz in a believable way that doesn't make either of them overpowered. With amazing plot twists, a great writing style, and a unique idea, BTtL is a fic that I'll be following to the very end. Should it continue past the Buu arc, it will be in a sequel titled Even Further Beyond.
Piccolo's Choice by Saucemonkey: This fic is about Piccolo kidnapping Gohan, but instead of Piccolo changing to the side of good, Gohan changes to the side of evil.
What's interesting about PC is that it indirectly stars Gohan; his struggle through being Piccolo's servant is quite painful and dark. A great read for anyone. This fic inspired my own; it's definitely a fic you should read.
Honor Trip by American Vigor: The tale that inspired many fics(including my own, indirectly; it inspired Piccolo's Choice, which then inspired me) is one that is of high-quality. American Vigor writes such an amazing fic that stars a noble Cell; it has earned all of its praise. This fic is one that you should already know about. The editor of HT is Genescritor; Ruga-Rell and Roketto are artists for the story.
Dragon Ball A-Z by Arcane Hurricane: A-Z is known as 'After Z.' Arcane does an amazing job creating a universe that fans would find a quality continuation of the DB series. While slow in the beginning, I think it really picks up and becomes one of the best stories to grace this site. Highly recommended.
Appule's Insurrection by Pointer39: This fic delves into the character known as... Appule. Yes, Appule. I'm not kidding with you. Pointer has taken a barely known character and created a fantastic universe in which Appule betrays Frieza and makes a run at the Dragon Balls.
While the story is written mostly in 1st person POV, it's definitely a great read; I recommend this brilliant fanfiction to anyone looking for a good adventure story with unique twists and turns. It will eventually lead into a short sequel that follows Cooler(he will be collaborating with the author Mr. Arkham for the Cooler fic) before returning back to Appule's story. Definitely something you should be finding on your favourites list. While you may find the first few chapters to be a little slow, it's a universe that is full of action and an awesome story.
Dysfunctional Ties by FireStorm1991: This fic is...different. What do I mean by this? It's not an adventure story at all. I'm more of an Action/Adventure reader, but this fluff story has drawn me in. Basically, Bulma is Kakarot's(Goku's) sister, she was taken by Bunny Briefs after divorcing Bardock. Her adopted family(including her mother) were cruel to her and slightly abusive. Therefore, when she meets a man named Vegeta, she finds that he and Kakarot are best friends. While she finds it difficult to talk with Kakarot, she finds it easy to open up to his best friend.
Atrox Saga by LucifVegeta: A story revolving around a Saiyan hybrid that holds the key to power..this causes people--bad people-- to be in search of him...
Earthling Chronicles by FinalFlashX: A beautifully written story that revolves around the humans instead of the Saiyans. This story goes through the whole DBZ setting changing things around for the humans to shine.
The story is one that is a quick read, but is one that leaves you wanting so much more. It's probably the only non action-packed story full of fluff I will ever follow in my FF career. I highly recommend reading this fic.
Bringer of Death by npberryhill and davidstarlingm: This fic revolves around Vegeta after he ascends to the legendary status of Super Saiyan to defeat Frieza on Namek. While the idea is quite frequently used(we all wanted Vegeta to avenge his people), the BoD duo prove themselves capable of making an excellent fanfic that sets itself apart from the whole 'Vegeta being the first Super Saiyan' crowd.
What makes the fic that awesome is that BoD doesn't just give Vegeta the spotlight(although it is primarily the Prince's fic); Goku and the others play a pivotal role as well. BoD presents a tale with interesting plot twists that even made King Cold a star. Yes, King Cold. It was arguably my favourite saga from them. The way they also use Goku is also great; he and Vegeta have a realistic rivalry that stays true to the foundation of DBZ. In many Vegeta fics, he's able to easily bat Kakarott to the side--in BoD, the duo keep surpassing each other. AT was never a fan of Vegeta; he always used him to show how powerful the enemy is-- the BoD team still use Goku to keep the story going. In my opinion, this is one of the best DBZ fanfictions out there.
The Majin Legacy by Ledgic: This fic stars the most unlikely character to ever be utlized; Uub. Vegeta is the one who will play the role as Uub's trainer and will eventually pass the torch to the unlikely hero.
This fic, just starting out, has heaps of potential and is one that deserves attention. Definitely one to be found on any reader's favourites/alerts.
Cognitive Dissonance by The Forgotten Phoenix: A generic story that has Raditz kidnap Gohan.
The comment above could not be farther from the truth. Phoenix presents an amazing tale of Gohan's introduction to the harsh life of a soldier, and incorporates many unique ideas not seen anywhere else.
My only qualm with other readers enjoying it is the fact that the story is its brutal and gory descriptions. Honestly, if you're not a person who likes dark stuff and gory themes, I strongly don't recommend you reading it. For everyone else, this fic DEMANDS reviews. That good of a fanfiction.
The Genetic Bridge by I-Am-So-Original: A DBZ/Yu Yu Hakusho crossover that details the idea of Cell being reincarnated into a stronger, superior android named Genetic who must preserve the peace after the natural passing of the Z-Warriors.
Justice Enforcer by KaiserNight: A quality OC-centric story that stars Son Let, son of Goten and grandson of Goku. He, along with various friends, will guard the Dragon Balls from harm and develop many friendships together.
The fics above are ones I hope you enjoy reading; they are of high-quality and should serve as enjoyable reads.
IV. Top Ten Characters of the Dragon Ball Franchise:
10-- Tien: The guy never stops training--even while significantly outclasses by the Saiyans-- and has an undying devotion to Earth. That says a lot just right there. His unwavering bravery also earns him said slot.
9--Vegeta: While I very much do like the Prince of All Saiyans and his slow transition from villan to hero, his denial at being unable to surpass Kakarott moves him down on this list. While I truly did enjoy Vegeta's sacrifice as a hero, his conscious attempt to return to the "Dark Prince" he once was also brings him down.
8-- Android #16: His outlook on life is truly inspiring and one anyone can benefit from. While not truly living, Sixteen proves to the world that anyone can make a difference; anyone at all--as long as they're willing to stand up for their beliefs.
7-- Fat Majin Buu: His childish, yet playful behavior demonstrates the possibility of what could happen if a young child were granted such amazing powers. I also like him for the development he goes through; he especially has some entertaining moments.
6-- Trunks(Future): He was a great character that exuded the sign of a broken teenager when he returns to the past to meet his mother's childhood friend Son Goku, slowly continuing to develop until he becomes more brazen and confident in himself. Confidently, he stands up to the androids and Cell and finally achieves his well-deserved victory.
5-- Cell: The way he uses each character's personality and his own cunning is something I enjoy seeing in a villain; it gives a new feeling to how DBZ ran. Cell uses his cunning and strategy to gain what he wants. It's villains like him that give you that sense of fear.
4-- Piccolo: His character development from a son birthed into the world only to kill his father's murderer and eventually become the guardian and best friend of his father's murderer's son is something I find truly amazing. Whenever Piccolo is on the screen, you simply either feel fear or a sense of comfort. Being able to make me feel either way earns him this slot.
3-- Gohan: His development from an innocent four year old to a protector of the Earth to a scholar is a tale interesting to see. I was young when I first met Gohan; I was able to see his growth as a child. I suppose that helped me like his character more.
2-- Goku: The lovable protagonist of Dragon Ball is an iconic figure. I always looked up to this character as a kid; he always gave me a sense of comfort and safety when he was on the screen. You knew everything was going to be okay with Goku around; he's like a blanket or a teddy bear to a child. However, when the Earth-raised Saiyan is angry, it's almost as if life itself has been completely disrupted and torn to shreds. The way Goku can find it in his heart to show mercy to tyrants like Frieza even after his best friend was murdered by the aforementioned Arcosian angers many because they feel he is dense, but I see it as a way of truly wanting everything to be peaceful. He is an idealist, even if he is a 'dimwit.'
Think about it, when have you seen Goku kill on his own accord? Besides for a few instances(King Piccolo, Buu) in which he was ABSOLUTELY forced, Goku has always tried to prevent his killing of another.
And now, number one...
...The one you've all been waiting for...
Yes, Frieza is my favourite character in all of DBZ history--though I honestly think it's a tie between him and Goku at times. Now, my reasoning:
Frieza is a tyrant through and through. I personally have to wonder just exactly WHY Frieza became the way he did. An organism is not born with malicious intent; it needs to be instilled in them from an outside source.
Now, many people will cut out the name 'Frieza' and add in the name 'Vegeta.' Why? Because many people enjoy to empathize with Vegeta because we see more of him throughout the series and therefore "is the superior character and #1 in all of DBZ history."
I disagree with this logic.
It is because we DON'T know a lot about Frieza that makes him so interesting.
Here's my explanation:
The Saiyans are known to be ruthless warriors that love to fight. Vegeta does not fall outside of this category; he is quite literally the textbook definition of a Saiyan elite. To be perfectly honest, I believe that Vegeta would turn out to be moreevil if he were to have lived out his life on Planet Vegeta. He was already 'himself' by the age of 5.
Frieza's story is much more different because we don't know anything about his story. My personal opinion is that King Cold corrupted him and molded him into the son he wanted. Then again, perhaps Cold's father wanted that of him himself(King Cold; Frieza's father). It's so interesting because we don't really know.
I also like Frieza's temper and classy wit; it seems almost if he was corrupted by his father. It's so subtle that you really need to sit down and analyze his psyche throughout the many episodes he's featured in before you can tell me my view is illogical.
So, yes. Frieza(Goku being either a tie or a very close second) is my favourite character in all of DBZ history.
V. Favourite Themes.
When I write, I find I work best when listening to music. So, I figured that I'd list the themes I listen to while writing.
Anything of Bruce Faulconer.
Happy Dragonite remix: HG/SS Routes 47/48.
N theme: Black/White.
Ghetsis theme: Black/White and Black 2/White 2.
Colress theme: Black 2/White 2.
Elite Four theme: Black/White/Black 2/White 2.
I'm really getting into the soundtracks from Mystery Dungeon again; Sky Tower in particular. I recommend nearly any remix or just the original to pay homage to this awesome theme.
These are just off the top of my head; I'm sure there's more that I'll be editing in later.
VI. Information as a Writer.
I only review when I'm signed in. That's a promise. If you find yourself flamed by an anon Super Vegetarott, I can assure you it's not me.
I tend to flip between using the British way of spelling(honour and defence) and the American way(honor and defense). Just wanted to let you all know that; I am both Canadian and American after all.
I find my strength as a writer to be able to portray characters accurately as they were in the anime/manga. However, I find myself lacking in the 'fluff' or 'light' scenes unless it has had strong buildup beforehand.
Something I know I will never master is keeping canon Goku IC; the guy is simply too cheerful for me to write, regardless of the fact that he is my favourite character along with Frieza. However, I do think I can write him convincingly-- I just don't think I have a 100% accurate portrayal of him. I think I'm able to write the more 'evil' characters easier; Vegeta and such come naturally to me. I suppose it's why I came up with the idea of SotF Goku acting the way he is.
Speaking of Goku, when I write his 'true name,' so to speak, I will write it as the term "Kakarott." While I recognize that the correct term(according to Wiki and a few other sources) is "Kakarot," I prefer "Kakarott" because:
1) It reflects my nickname(Rott)
2) It looks awesome, in my view.
3) It's paying homage to the Japanese version of Kakarot(Kakarotto), like the BoD duo brought up. It's actually also the French spelling of Kakarot, which is why I enjoy using it; I am from Canada, after all.
I try to keep swearing to a minimum in my writings. However, I can warn you that there will most likely be some cursing in my fanfics--which is why I have my fanfictions always rated T. In my opinion, T is okay for some swearing; it's not like I'm doing so continuously.
I obviously enjoy reviews. Think of it this way; I take the time to publish a fic that you(hopefully) enjoy. The least you, as a reader, can do is write up a review of my own story; it tMosook you perhaps 10 minutes to read? I only ask for 3-4 more minutes of your time to tell me what you liked or disliked.
I also try to incorporate little references in when I can-- such as TFS references or other references.
I always listen to criticism; I'm all for answering why something happened the way it did or if something was misspelled or formatted poorly. I want SotF to be as clear and concise as possible!
Believe it or not, SotF isn't my first fanfiction; I've had many, many more upon a time. However, I only feel as if I have a true direction with SotF, and therefore, it's the only story I've kept. I also have published Guardian, which will also be seen through to the very end.
VII. Thoughts on DBGT.
You may have noticed in my recommended readings I said Dragon Ball A-Z would be an awesome continuation of the DB series. Now, many people would think that I dislike GT because of this. Quite frankly, they would be right; I didn't. It was not up to par with DB, much less DBZ. But that's not to say it didn't have its enjoyable moments. Here, I'll give you my opinion-- meaning that it's not the truth-- on the continuation to the DB series.
The most noteworthy thing GT can claim is the Baby Saga. Frankly, that was my favourite arc in all of GT, and is actually one of my favourites in the whole DB universe. While I feel parts of it could use some cleaning up, I do think they knew what they were doing.
A major fault with it in my opinion was the fact that Vegeta wasn't the one to save the day. I mean, come on; he could've finished what his father started. Quite frankly, this could've been the last saga of DBZ where Vegeta finally becomes the hero of Earth and Goku rides off into the sunset with Uub. I would find this to be a more than satisfactory ending to the DB series. In my opinion, this could've been a catalyst for his character change and ultimately into a true protector of the Earth.
I didn't enjoy the whole Super Seventeen arc, though. The idea of villains returning from hell had been used back in Fusion Reborn; I think King Yemma would've learned from that whole dilemma(rhyme) and set up some sort of failsafe to prevent the mass outbreak. Plus, I just genuinely didn't like Super 17.
The Shadow Dragon Saga was okay; okay meaning that I liked it to an extent. I didn't like how dragged out it was with the other dragons(with all the humour; serious dragons like Nova and Iyce sufficed for me). The whole Syn and Omega Shenron plotline was written well when compared to the Super Android 17 concept, at least.
I didn't like the 'offical' ending, either. I mean, come on. They basically rehashed Goku and Vegeta being protectors of the Earth again. Personally, I feel there could've been something more original than that.
So in short, I enjoyed the Baby Saga and parts of the Syn/Omega Shenron arc. That's just about it, though.
While I'm not as big a fan of Pocket Monsters as I am DBZ, I definitely enjoy the video games. Never watched the anime or read anything though. I just saw it and began playing it. So, this section will cover all of my Pokemon interests. Do I read fanfiction for Pokemon? Not really, no. The only Pokemon fanfiction I enjoy is the whole N and Ghetsis dynamic.
I'm a huge fan of the way the plots are developing in Pokemon nowadays; they're becoming more thought-out and tougher to beat. Therefore, I'm going to share my favourite Pokemon games and my assessment of them.
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald: I like the region and some of the Pokemon. However, Gen III's downfall is the fact that you can't really find anything special until the 6th or 7th gym. By this point in time, it takes hours and hours of training to actually level up that Pokemon to the level you want them to be. For example, I recently trained an Anorith to evolve into Armaldo and become level 47; the process took 6 hours to perform in. Another fault is the lack of any after-story.
Pokemon Fire Red/ Leaf Green: The original region itself; you can't help but love the remakes of the original Pokemon games. The addition of the Sevii Islands improved the games and made it worthy to note.
Pokemon Platinum: Its predecessors(Diamond and Pearl) were definitely awesome, but Platinum exceeds them both by far. The Distortion World is simply awesome. I think a major plus for Platinum is the fact that I actually like all of the Creation Trio, Palkia, Dialga, and Girantina. Plus, it offers a bunch of side-tasks you can complete after the main game ends.
Pokemon Pearl: While lacking compared to Pokemon Platinum, this game is my first Pokemon game ever. I mention it only for being my first Pokemon experience. Therefore, Palkia is one of my favourite legendaries of all time; Infernape also holds a special place in my heart. My very first team was Infernape, Roserade, Quagsire, Palkia, Staraptor, and Zapdos.
How did I obtain this Zapdos? Simple; my friend gave me one when I reached Victory Road. At the time, I'd just started to see the other legendaries, and I came across Zapdos. He was very generous and gave me it from his FireRed as long as I agreed to trade him a Heatran after I caught it. Since I had recently picked up Diamond and knew I could get one there, I agreed.
Pokemon Black/White 2: This is undoubtedly my favourite Pokemon game of all time. Why did I mention Black AND White 2? Simple; I'm the biggest Reshiram fan of all time. Not to say I dislike Zekrom; I just like Reshiram that much more. The whole character of N and the idea of him being manipulated and deceived by Ghetsis is simply amazing and unique. Gen VI is going to have a tough time topping Gen V; I can tell you that right now.
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver: Pure nostalgia. The additions to the games only made it a better gaming experience.
So, if I had to give my preference of Pokemon generations, the list is V, IV(very close), III, I, II. I don't hate Generation II; I just think it wasn't up to par with the others. And yes, remakes are included in the list; HG/SS would count for Gen IV.
I can't really give you a "Top Ten" list of Pokemon I like; I frankly like a lot of them. Therefore, I'm just going to list some of my favourites.
Reshiram(all-time favourite; no doubt.)
I'm sure there's more, but that's it for the moment.
IX. Favourite Scenes and Fights in Dragon Ball history.
I'll be listing my top 5 of each, starting with the scenes. Here you are.
V. Goku's transformation to Super Saiyan against Android 19.
The above scene is one of absolute epic proportions. Goku's transformation, especially with the background theme really just was absolutely awesome. His eyes first turn green and his hair spikes up(but doesn't turn blonde). It is the absolute coolest scene you will ever see in terms of a simple ascension.
IV. Gohan's ascension to Super Saiyan 2 against Cell.
There are just no words that can describe this scene for me. While I'm not a Gohan "fanboy," I certainly like his character, and seeing this amazing ascension to Super Saiyan Two--with such a buildup--just took my breath away.
III. Imperfect Cell revealing himself for the first time.
The way Cell was foreshadowed to in the aftermath of the Vegeta vs. 18 battle and his actual introduction scared the daylights out of me. Such an absolutelu fearful creature, was Imperfect Cell. Silently sizing up Piccolo in his cat-slit eyes, Cell unexpectedly demonstrates his ability of absorption. His first words; "You're next; Demon King Piccolo" were also absolutely horrifying. Come to think of it, all of Imperfect Cell's scenes are ominous if you think about it.
II. Goku's "I Am Speech."
Absolutely iconic. I don't believe I need to justify this one.
I. Goku vs. Vegeta; dialogue before the battle.
The scene, first of all, is absolutely iconic. However, the main reason I enjoyed this scene the most is because it conveys the theme of an uphill struggle for Son Goku; Vegeta was made out to be such an amazing threat that no one could overcome.
Fights are coming soon.
X. Dragon Ball Multiverse 2(DBM2.)
I've been accepted into the awesome project and community known as DBM2. These fellow writers have become my close friends in a very short time, and I'd like to present to you the 20 fics that will be participating in this project.
U1 - Dragon Ball A-Z (Arcane Hurricane A.K.A. Arcane Super Saiyan)
U2 -(Skar-faced Bandit)
U3 - Guardian by Super Vegetarott
U4 - Android 1 (Supersaiyaninfinitygohan)
U5 - Appule's Insurrection by Pointer39
U6 - Shaded Chronicles(Katsuargi A.K.A. Leon)
U7 - Piccolo's Choice(Saucemonkey)
U8 - Roketto's Frieza Fic (Roketto)
U9 - Internal Menace(Foolsgil)
U10 - 1000 Years After(augustus.charlemagne)
U11 - The Majin Legacy(Ledgic)
U12 - Honor Trip Future (Trunks) (American Vigor)
U13 - Bringer of Death(npberryhill & Davidstarlingm)
U14 - Gohan: The Fallen Hero(Gohandominates)
U15 - Turles' Triumph by daughterofrisingsun
U16 - Break Through The Limit (Captain Space A.K.A. Tiencha)
U17 - Honor Trip(American Vigor)
U18 - The Saiyan's Cascade(Kakarotto Ka Power Level Kya Hai? A.K.A. I-Am-So-Original and Super Vegetarott)
U19 - Guardian(Mr.Arkham)
U20 - Legend of Kailery(Crazy Buu)
U1: Dragon Ball A-Z: The direct continuation of the DBZ series.
U2: Viva El Tapion: Comedic Universe.
U3: Guardian: Bardock fanfic.
U4: Android 1: A character who absorbs to gain power.
U5: Appule's Insurrection: Like XXI, Appule doesn't look tough... but he is.
U6: Shaded Chronicles: This fanfic has to do with empires, relating to Bojack's empire.
U7: Piccolo's Choice: Piccolo, like Gast, is an extremely powerful Namekian.
U8: Roketto's Frieza Fic: A fic where Frieza is a main character, much like U8 of DBM where he kills Goku & friends.
U9: Internal Menace: A human-centric story, much like the human warriors of DBM.
U10: 1000 Years After: The fic focuses on the Saiyans, much like the DBM universe of primitive Saiyans.
U11: The Majin Legacy: A fic that focuses on the Majins(Uub).
U12: The future timeline of Honor Trip; it relates to DBM because of it being the canonical Mirai timeline.
U13: Bringer of Death: Vegeta becomes the first Super Saiyan.
U14: Gohan: The Fallen Hero: It has to do with Gero's creations.
U15: Turles' Triumph: It's a far different universe than any of the rest, which is comparable to I'K'L's universe being far different.
U16: Break Through the Limit: Both protagonists(Raditz & Vegetto) have unstable daughters(Break & Bra)
U17: Honor Trip: A universe revolving around Cell.
U18: The Saiyan's Cascade: A universe that is dedicated to presenting all DBZ movies and canon in a logical manner.
U19: Guardian: Kakarot sets up a Galactic Parliament in Guardian, which is relatable to the Heloite warriors.
U20: Legend of Kailery: A story revolving around a female LSSJ.
The DBM2 project is nowhere near done; don't expect it for a long while. We still need to come to an agreement on forms, transformations, power tiers, match-ups, and a plethora of other stuff that I'll keep under my belt. In all honesty, even after we finish agreeing on stuff and working out a general system, we still need to ensure that everyone is on board with the project. THEN we start planning. I wouldn't expect it for another year or two, but please feel free to read the DBM2 project's awesome fanfictions; I would be delighted if you were to read U18 and U3 in particular. I'm sure I don't need to point out why.
XI. Everything or Nothing.
Despite my review on Guardian chapter II, I've decided to treat myself to one last chance. This measure is very drastic, but this should set up a perfect schedule for me. I will not be updating either of my fics until June 2nd, the first Sunday(which will officially be my update day) of aforementioned month. My fics will be alternately updated, but SotF will be the first in the cycle due to it not seeing an update longer than Guardian.
This will allow me to write a lot in advance, be able to edit said chapters, and upload consistently. Thanks for understanding, and I assure you that this new schedule will help us both out! I hope you're looking forward to 6/2/13 as much as I!
XII. Neo Z Fighters.
While I'm an author of the Dragon Ball Multiverse 2 project, that isn't the only 'group of writers' I'm associated with. I am a proud member of the Neo Z-Fighters community & forum.
Here is a full list of all of the members of our family, in alphabetical order, save for the Forum Protectors, located at the top. The Forum Protectors are the ones that are responsible for the forum's safety and control. As such, these 9 (plus the Forum God/Admin) are the people to contact, should you wish to join. You will notice that I am a Forum Protector, so I more than encourage you to contact me if you are interested.
Forum Protectors (in alphabetical order):
The Forgotten Phoenix
The members of our family:
Aron the Ultimate Hero
Kaiser La Britannia
Ultimate Black Ace
Now that that's out of the way, allow me to discuss more about the union itself. We are a forum unlike no other. Why do I say this? Well, while most forums barely get in ten to twenty posts a day, we usually average about four hundred posts a day! The forum is almost always buzzing with activity, whether it be in sports discussion(Neo Z-ESPN) or just general chat(Everyone). What's rather amusing is that we've broken the limit for posts in a topic. That's right, there's a limit for it; twenty thousand posts is the maximum you can post in a topic. We've had to create a topic called the "New Everyone Topic," and that's pretty close to being broken as well. In preparation, I've created the "New New Everyone Topic."
We've gotten into the habit of having a fanfiction family. Mine is as follows:
FireStorm1991(My Fanfiction Mother)
LucifVegeta(My Fanfiction Uncle... who I'm older than.)
Full Power(My Fanfiction Brother)
FinalFlashX(My Fanfiction Cousin)
KaiserNight(My Fanfiction Cousin)
AnimeFreakGTXO(My Fanfiction Son)
I'd like to now discuss the management of the forum itself. You see, while we are a fun and supportive community, not everyone has that prospect in mind. We've been hit by a few trolls over the past few months, and this has led to unnecessary stress and drama on our forum. Since our leader, Kagetoworld, isn't online too often(and by that, I mean not every day; we really are the most active forum in DBZ history), he has entrusted nine of us with his account information; this is the group we call the Forum Protectors.
You may be wondering exactly why we needed the admin here to stop our first troll. Well, that's because, in the past, everyone was given a moderator status. While most of our members are perfectly fine with their moderator status, we had one who tried to abuse the rank he was given. At the time, there were no Forum Protectors, so we were powerless to do anything. He was eventually stopped and banned, but the effects he had on the forum were everlasting. This led to the creation of the Forum Protectors, and the hesitation when it comes to giving moderator statuses out.
Now, we're not strict about moderator statuses at all... honestly, if you can show that you've written a legitimate story or have been a dedicated reader/reviewer for a while, you're all set.
We also have a union account that goes by the name of our forum, the Neo Z-Fighters. We don't do collaborations there(yet), but we do have something called a 'monthly challenge' where an author is randomly selected to write a one-shot/story with an odd plotline. That author would get to select the next author's plot, and it continues. These challenges are posted on the union account.
Speaking of the union account, you can be granted access to said account as long as you've been a dedicated and active member of the NZF union for a while. Of course, there would have to be approval from the Forum Protectors/higher-up members/Administrator, but that's basically it for the most part.
More about the Forum Protector role; it grants the nine of us selected to have the power of banning, creating/deleting moderator statuses, or any other admin choice. However, this does not mean we have superior control over the forum. We only operate under the most extreme of circumstances, such as a troll attack. We usually have meetings on gmail in order to discuss the best course of action, though it should be noted that our admin[Kagetoworld] has the power to override any/all of our decisions.
I've been given the role of Director of Troll Prevention. While this doesn't mean I have any major power over the other Forum Protectors, it does mean that I take this role a lot more than seriously. I love this forum with every fiber of my being, and I refuse to see it being stricken down by some troll.
Despite our past with the trolls, I can assure you that 100% of our members love to be here, and I have no doubt you will as well, should you join us. We've got no discrimination against anyone(save for trolls), so don't feel shy!
If you're interested, I highly advise you to send me a PM my way. I'll immediately contact my fellow Forum Protectors or our Administrator and get back to you as soon as possible!
XIII. My Writing.
I currently have three writing projects, which I'll discuss in further detail soon.
This profile will be updated soon to fill in this section.
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