Reviews for The Courtship of Lady Tokio
noukinav018 chapter 35 . 3/29
I've read stories from this section, and yours really is mind boggling, amazing, stunning, breath taking. I laughed, I cried, I felt the desperation or the helplessness in the middle of all the drama.
I absolutely love long chapters and I thank you very much for those side notes. It was very important that you actually specified facts from pure creative license. I was doing some extra reading as I was going through the chapters. The historical accuracy, the character of Saitou Hajime and how you juggle with the rest of people involved was great too. Not only the Wolf of Mibu was your main character, it was not out of character... Not even for those complicated situations. You bent the character as it was possible and it was not far-fetched.
Talking about them, I find that Shinomori is another interesting character besides Saitou from the manga that is not easy portrait either. These two are tricky to get. Between the icicle and the lone Wolf a writer may be sweating to make it believable.
For people who are not entirely familiar with Japanese culture and history the notes do help as well. It's an impressive piece and I am very happy that you shared it. Oh my I see there's a sequel in progress. I sincerely hope you continue with it and make a success such as this one here. My goodness! The next part would go with rurouni timeline then!
Well, I like how you let us see a bit of Kenshin when he was in Battousai mode and then that progressive change in him. This makes it easier to grasp the reason of his unwavering regret/guilt and change. The reason of Hiko's warnings too. He was too young and with a group that did not truly match his ideals in the end. It almost utterly destroyed him. It also let's us see different points of view in the middle of the chaos...Good intentions spread in the middle of different bands, some people used as pawns, others just wanting power and etc.
Of the Shinsengumi I must say I really liked your way of putting Okita on the scenes. Pity he did not live long to see his friend and comrade marry. The parts where you made Saitou and Okita be a headache gave me some laughter attacks Nicely done.
I feel that can be a problem when writing RK fics... Understanding that background is one thing, but explaining thoroughly when you write your story makes it just awesome.
Do keep writing !
L. Casablanca chapter 35 . 6/1/2015
I wept so much during this fic. Even though I knew what was coming, as the Shinsengumi kept dying I just couldn't help but tear up. Especially Okita, why did he have to die like that? T_T Anyway, I spent my weekend reading this when I could, and even my boyfriend is invested on Tokio and Saitou's relationship (which is funny because he doesn't like to read and I will have to remember 30 chapters and historical facts to tell him later). I truly loved this fic. I love the way you write character's interactions, and the way you write scenes that are sad so they are moving but not dramatic. Also, kudos for your perseverance- eight years! It was truly worth the effort. Cheers and all the best!
L. Casablanca chapter 10 . 5/30/2015
OMG, I have to review, even though this fic was published ages ago. This chapter broke my heart. I stayed long into the night to read, and thankfully decided to go to sleep before the letters started, because when I was reading Tokio's letters, I was wondering 'how can he not fall in love with her after this?'. And then... when she breaks off contact because she's getting married...oh, that's so sad! There's so much emotion in both of them and so many things they cannot say, my heart truly broke for them. Truly, that scene killed me. The absence of drama and the heaviness of their situations and feelings really gets me. T_T If I didn't know they'll eventually get together, I'll stop reading, because it's just so sad.

"They're only tears, Tokio-san, let them spill." - me, weeping very hard T_T
ChildlikeEmpress chapter 35 . 5/20/2015
This was glorious...thank you so much for all the time and effort you took in writing it. :)
anOTHER-PERSONality chapter 2 . 5/8/2015
SO AWESOME~! It's amazing how you incorporated many historical events and how you manipulated the plot well according to the main characters itself!
Revellyn chapter 35 . 1/19/2015
I enjoyed it all! Absorbing the atmosphere behind the culture and the turbulent times, the feral loyalty and the almost heartbreakingly sweet love story that rose from the ashes. I'm thankful for the varied cast members, each with their own history and characteristics. Definitely deserves to be on my favourites. You are a wonderful author!
Luna chapter 35 . 12/5/2014
This is among the best novels I have read in print and online in a long time and the best historical I've ever seen online. Congratulations on finishing. You have my highest admiration.
Celebrian no Elrond chapter 35 . 11/13/2014
Bonjour, Tout d'abord, il faut que je précise que je suis française et que mon niveau d'anglais est très mauvais. C'est pourquoi je laisse ce commentaire en français, avec sa traduction en anglais (réalisée par google traduction mais j'espère que tu en comprendra l'essentiel même si la traduction n'est pas géniale). Du coup, c'est aussi avec google traduction que j'ai lu cette fanfiction. Les logiciels de traduction étant ce qu'ils sont, la traduction de The courtship of Lady Tokio que j'ai lu était parfois approximative (mais correcte tout de même). Cependant, cela ne m'a pas empêché d'apprécier la qualité de l'écriture. J'ai été immergée à tel point dans l'histoire que de mardi soir à mercredi soir, à part quelques heures pour dormir et manger, je n'ai rien pu faire d'autre que de continuer ma lecture. Ce matin, j'ai du mal à me dire que c'est fini et j'en voudrai encore. Enfin, je suis bien contente de ne la lire que maintenant, alors qu'elle est terminée. Au moins, je n'aurai pas eu à attendre des mois pour pouvoir lire la suite au fur et à mesure. Par contre, dans la foulée, j'ai lu la suite : Meiji Keikan Romantan, et c'est dur de de voir s'arrêter en pleine course parce qu'elle est toujours en cours d'écriture. Je n'ai plus qu'à relire The Courtship of Lady Tokio, encore une fois.

En fait, je suis tombée sur cette histoire en cherchant des fanarts sur Tokio et Saito. Saito est mon personnage préféré dans Kenshin. C'est un homme fort et droit, et j'ai toujours été curieuse à propos de sa femme Tokio qui n'est que rapidement mentionnée. C'est donc en faisant des recherches (mon intérêt ayant été réveillé par une relecture complète du manga) que j'ai découvert une adaptation dessinée de The Courtship of Lady Tokio. J'ai compris que c'était tiré d'une fanfiction et quand je l'ai trouvée, j'étais très heureuse de voir que d'autres personnes s'intéressaient à ce couple et avaient écrits dessus. Je n'ai pas voulu lire The Courtship of Lady Tokio tout de suite et j'ai lu d'autres fanfictions autour de ce couple. Mais je suis heureuse d'avoir en quelque sorte gardé le meilleur pour la fin. Effectivement, ton histoire est l'une des meilleures fanfictions sur ce couple (j'en ai lu une autre qui est également sympathique : I now pronounce you husband and wife).

Tu développes bien les personnages en respectant (c'est mon avis) le caractère de Saito tel qu'il est montré dans le manga de Watsuki. Tous les sentiments sont décrits de façon crédible. Tu as même inséré les éléments du manga qui se rapportaient à cette période. Même si je suis française et que je ne connais pas très bien l'Histoire du Japon, j'ai bien vu que tu avais fais un gros travail de documentation pour rendre crédible ta fanfiction. C'est donc doublement intéressant à lire, pour l'histoire (la fanfiction) et pour l'Histoire (du Japon).
Ta fanfiction est tour à tour drôle, émouvante (j'ai failli pleurer pour le siège d'Aizu) mais aussi cruelle avec les denriers chapitres (cet idiot de Saito qui pense que Tokio s'est mairée alors qu'elle a promis qu'elle ne le ferait pas... Et Tokio qui perds toutes ces années pour rien, ça fait mal au coeur).

Je voulais donc te remercier car maintenant je peux m'imaginer la vie de ce couple et c'est bien mieux que tout ce que j'aurais pu inventer et écrire. Ce matin j'ai encore du mal à sortir de cette histoire et j'aimerai beaucoup la relire encore et encore. Merci, pendant une journée j'ai été coupée de mon monde et je me suis retrouvée dans cette période troublée de l'Histoire du Japon, et je me suis mise à la place des personnages. C'était une belle expérience. C'était magique.

Celebrìan.

ps: J'espère que tu écriras un jour la suite de Meiji Keikan Romantan. J'ai créé une alerte pour être au courant s'il y a une mise à jour.

pps : Totalement hors sujet : j'espère que les films lives de Kenshin vont enfin être distribués en France (même les allemands et les espagnols ont le 1er en dvd, ce n'est pas juste).

Hello, First of all, I must say that I am French and my English is very bad. That's why I left this comment in French, with an English translation (made by google translation but I hope you understand by most although the translation is not great). So it is also with google translation I read this fanfiction. Translation software being what they are, the translation of The courtship of Lady Tokio I read was sometimes rough (but still correct). However, this did not stop to appreciate the quality of the writing. I was immersed to the point in the story Tuesday night to Wednesday night, with a few hours to sleep and eat, I could not do anything other than continue reading. This morning I have trouble telling me that it's over and I still am. Finally, I am glad I did read it now, when it is completed. At least I would not have had to wait months to be able to read more as you go. By cons, in the process, I read the following: Meiji Keikan Romantan, and it's hard to see stop at full speed because it is still being written. I have just read The Courtship of Lady Tokio again.
In fact, I came across this story by looking for fanart on Tokyo and Saito. Saito is my favorite character in Kenshin. This is a strong and upright man, and I've always been curious about his wife who is only Tokio quickly mentioned. So in doing research (my interest was awakened by a complete replay of the manga) I discovered a comic adaptation of The Courtship of Lady Tokio. I realized that it was taken from a fanfiction and when I found I was very happy to see that other people were interested in this couple and had written on it. I did not want to read The Courtship of Lady Tokio immediately and I read other fanfiction about this couple. But I'm happy to have somehow saved the best for last. Indeed, your story is one of the best fanfiction on this couple (I've read one that is sympathetic: I Now Pronounce you husband and wife).
You develop good characters respecting (in my opinion) the nature of Saito as shown in the manga Watsuki. All feelings are described in a credible way. You even added elements of manga that related to the period. Although I am French and I do not know the history of Japan very well, I saw you were doing a lot of work to make credible documentation of your fanfiction. This is doubly interesting to read for history (fanfiction) and History (Japan).
Your fanfiction is alternately funny, poignant (I almost cry for the seat of Aizu), but also cruel to the denriers chapters (Saito idiot who thinks that Tokio has mairée when she promised that she would not do that ... And Tokio lose all these years for nothing, it hurts the heart).
I wanted to thank you because now I can imagine the life of the couple and it is much better than anything I could invent and write. This morning I'm still struggling to get out of this story and I'd love to read it again and again. Thank you for a day I was cut off from my world and I found myself in this troubled period in the history of Japan, and I put myself in the place of the characters. It was a beautiful experience. It was magical.

Celebrían.

ps: I hope you will write one day after Meiji Keikan Romantan. I created an alert to be aware if there is an update.

pps: Totally off topic: I hope the film lives Kenshin will finally be distributed in France (even the Germans and Spaniards in the first DVD, this is not right).
Tricksterkat209 chapter 35 . 9/30/2014
I have something in my eye. (Again)

Actually, I am quite mad at myself because I would love to sit down and write a long and rambling list about all the things I loved in this story but I can't.
Pretty sure my English would fail me.

The characters were amazing- I have laughed, I have rolled my eyes at their antics, I bit back tears and I am utterly impressed by your hard work. It has paid off and I had such a great time reading your story.

Thank you for sharing with us.
Tricksterkat209 chapter 33 . 9/30/2014
I'm actually really glad that you didn't shy away from it. While I obviously want them to be together, I do enjoy the "drama". (Life is complicated. I'm sorry that they had to face so many obstacles so far but ahh, I do like it. I'm terrible.)

Divorce is a touchy subject but in the end I think it's a good thing. How awful would it be to stay with a person you don't love?

Poor Tokio..ahh, on to the next chapter! Curious as to how Saitou is gonna make it up to her. :D
Tricksterkat209 chapter 32 . 9/30/2014
My first reaction was to groan and silently curse because I just want them to be together already! Apart from that, I am still utterly impressed by this story. The research that must've went into this is amazing (and I'm learning stuff without being bored to tears. I always had the misfortune of having history teachers who weren't interested in making their lessons interesting. ;D)
Tricksterkat209 chapter 30 . 9/30/2014
I won't lie, I cried a little. I'm pretty sure that will happen again in the chapters to come.

..I have loved everything about this story so far and boy, am I sad now. Gonna go cuddle the cat to get rid of those feelings.
Tricksterkat209 chapter 5 . 9/28/2014
I never noticed that tidbit about the Shinsengumi uniform. Then again I never knew anything about the colors because the RK manga was black white and I enver saw the anime. (Plus, the internet wasn't that much a thing back then so it's not like I could just google background info. :D)

Love the story so far and I'm looking forward to reading the rest!
A Midsummer chapter 35 . 9/13/2014
I love how after the end of Bakumatsu and Aizu's struggle for being labeled as Imperial Enemies, the dark angst become a thing of the past and are more of drama and humor laced together. Always loved this fanfic's humor. And the romance. Thank god for Taizou and Sagawa. Souji's sorely missed since he tends to brighten up the atmosphere. That cat collar had been my favorite and memorable scene. And the fundoshi and laundry running gag pffffffffft. Tsk, tsk, not another parallel to the Rurouni he despises so much.

Also, the history! I was bit worried how you were going to incorporate Saitou's first wife in this fic if you ever included her and I'm thankful that you made their divorce less painful than it could have been. Though to what I recall, she had been deceased but then it had been unclear so meh.

“Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us.”
—Squall Leonhart

Shinsengumi had always been tragic and it hurts. The Aizu people even more so because they've lost children and women fighting for their lives because of an unjust label thrust upon them. The teenagers in the Byakkotai, I had a morbid curiosity if they would be mentioned. Unlike the Sekihoutai, I've only recently discovered them.

And until now I've only associated Aizu with Megumi so seeing history in their perspective is a nice and refreshing change. Kenshin's cameo as that red haired youth provides a nice contrast, his sparse interactions with Tokio providing me with wry amusement. Also Saitou and his duel on the rooftop while an earthquake is a foot is hilarious, almost as funny as Nobuhiro Watsuki's reindition of their battle in the Kinema-ban. "Rain dance", pffft.
A Midsummer chapter 17 . 9/12/2014
That is what had crippled Japan in the first place, pride and prejudice ("Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians!"). In thinking they are superior in the World Wars, they had been forced to kneel and accept their fate of being disarmed and vulnerable. Only managing a passive aggressive counter of loopholes to develop a 'civil servant' army (Self Defense Force).

*whistles appreciatively* Definitely Hijikata, that proud man. Must commend Tokio for making him actually stop and listen.
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