|Reviews for Descent into Madness|
| TOSoldtimer chapter 16 . 1/23
Wonderful epic tale of heroism and damnation. You write Kenshin so well!
P.S. You might want to add the "complete" designation to your stories. Many fans don't read older, uncompleted FICs for fear they will never find out how they end.
| TOSoldtimer chapter 1 . 1/22
A very impressive beginning!
| Gabi1994 chapter 15 . 3/17/2013
this is beautiful and heartbreaking... because all that lovely fragile hope is so soon to die
| Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet chapter 8 . 11/3/2012
Something I noticed rereading this: Shozo was sent away before Shinzu came back from the munitions trip...so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. ; Unless he had another guy looking out for anyone who might be his friend or something.
| Conspirator chapter 3 . 4/11/2011
To answer Lucifer's Advocate7, I never did use the word "geisha" for the very reasons given, plus the fact that no foot soldier would have been able to afford one. In doing my research, however, I did find that there were three levels of this kind of woman-geisha, concubine, and prostitute, the concubine (for lack of a better word) being a pale imitation of a geisha while actually being a higher class of prostitute. They were bought and sold like geisha, though.
The idea of a family selling the eldest came from my reading of the biography of a geisha, who was an eldest daughter when she was sold. Indeed, she was five when she was sold, but then a concubine would not be going through all that formal training.
| Lucifer's Advocate7 chapter 3 . 4/11/2011
Sorry to say this, but you got the Geisha and Gion part completely wrong.
First error: the oldest child wouldn't be sold. The eldest children were treasured (and could do harder work) - younger would be sold.
Second of all is that in this time period, geisha were expensive and to be a geisha, you had to go through lots of training. Girls would be bonded to a geisha house as very young children (as young as 2 or 3) and would begin their training. They are not prostitutes - what separates geisha from prostitutes is that they were more often entertainers. Also, there would not be as much outward flirting as you demonstrated. It would be more in revealing their wrists or necks, etc.
The misconception that geisha had sex with customers can be attributed to women who styled themselves after true geisha and the Western World then believed geisha and whore were synonymous.
Now, during the Edo period, there were prostitutes. However, true geisha and prostitutes were not the same, even then. While you could argue that Kenshin and Co. went to one of these fake geisha, you said they went to Gion. I shall assume that of all places in Japan, Gion is the one place where you are sure to find true geisha - and thus no sex would have taken place.
Sorry if this seems harsh, I just wanted to make sure you got your facts straight!
| gaap237 chapter 16 . 1/27/2011
Very interesting depiction of Kenshin. It was very deep, showing us the child within. It was done very convincingly, and the end was heartbreaking, even though I knew what was comuing. Having Yoshida in the epilogue and having him tell us definetely added an extra angsty touch because we could feel for Kenshin even though we had no clue of what was really going on in his head. Great job.
| Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet chapter 16 . 11/25/2010
Actually, I'm glad you followed the Manga (the OVA's are good, but the Manga has a power behind it that I don't think the last half of the anime could ever achieve).
I love this story, heartbreaking as it is. I'[m sure you've researched your names and dates and ages, but I always thought Kenshin was 7 when his parents died, 8 when Hiko saved him, 14 when he was scouted to be a Hitokiri, 15 when he and Tomoe left Kyoto and 16 when she died. *scratches head* You had him considerably younger in all but one of those instances. Hmm, guess I'll have to look that up again.
Thank you for writing and completing this. :)
| Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet chapter 10 . 11/24/2010
Your transitions are...gorgeous. Perfectly timed. I'm at such a loss because you have such mastery over the storyline and exactly where you want it to go. I don't often become that impressed.
| Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet chapter 9 . 11/24/2010
That Shizu (or whatever the heck his name is, I tend to forget names of people that tick me off) really isn't one of the smartest cookies in the jar, is he. I mean, "I'm jealous of the new kid who is learning how to KILL people silently and swiftly. Let's aggravate him!"
Fabulous job at bringing these characters to life. As heartbreaking as this story is, I'm thoroughly into it.
| midwinteroasis chapter 16 . 11/8/2010
i haven't reviewed anything in a long time i may as well start now. I loved this story. You wrote really..how to say this..its like, one can feel the emotion Kenshin is feeling from your words, all the pain, disillusionment and all that. Its wonderful how you build up the characters as you go, with your own style. Truly great to read! sorry my reviews are always so short, i haven't really got the hang of this review-ing stuff yet. By the way, you have made me a follower!
| S.Warfield chapter 16 . 1/4/2010
Brilliant story! I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading and even had a good sniffle at the end. Thank you so much for sharing!
| OceanInTheEyes chapter 16 . 5/21/2009
your story is... there are just no words to describe how awfully perfect you described kenshins devellopment..D awesome
| scarylady chapter 1 . 11/22/2008
Just a heads up: an author in this site, , seems to have plagiarized this story. While not a copy-paste plagiarism, it's definitely noticeable: The concept, events, and some sentences have been copied almost directly. And she has not credited you in any way.
| fjords chapter 16 . 2/1/2008