|Reviews for Reflections Lost on a Dark Road|
| Sora with an S chapter 49 . 2/7
Now I only wonder... which world are the Jinx-clones going to infiltrate? XCOM? DC? Some other world?
| Sora with an S chapter 29 . 2/3
I would like to point out that in the Manga Rouga did, on one occasion, fail to follow a straight line (the edge of a lake).
| dzk87 chapter 26 . 7/8/2013
Uneven character time slots.
See above; Konatsu was like... 3 lines? As was Mousse... I don't like it.
| dzk87 chapter 1 . 7/7/2013
Well, actually, there IS an answer to how he kills Apostles with it... by fighting off the enemies at night, who CAN be beaten by his sword, it grew magical. That said, I wouldn't honestly call Berserk misogynistic, women are treated the way they were during the middle ages. It feels more accurate then anything else... now Claymore... berserk-lite, except... it's not even CLOSE. Berserk forever..
| Archaia Fengari chapter 49 . 4/11/2013
Alright, I gotta say, I felt mighty dumb pretty soon after posting that last review. TOTALLY did not anticipate that huge turn in events. And now the fic title suddenly makes a lot more sense to me.
I've noticed that this has become more of a crossover with the DC universe in general rather than just Teen Titans, and it was amazing of you guys to pull off an entire space pulled out of your ass (unless I just completely missed the reference there, which is entirely possible) while still keeping it "fan"-fiction. I'm still holding out hope for the XCOM dudes crossing over into the DC universe in a more literal fashion, and I have absolutely no idea how Poison Ivy appeared in this dimension. I'm going out on a limb to assume that this instance, just like the previous hint at XCOM Slade, are just this universe's counterpart of the same people from the other universe, de-meta'd. After all, it only makes sense for characters with extraterrestrial heritage to fail to exist here in the first place.
However, the minimalist author's notes at the beginning of this chapter alarms me. No update on how things are going?
| Archaia Fengari chapter 24 . 4/2/2013
I've been wanting to write a review for DAYS, but I keep forgetting every time I get to the end of a chapter, because I just press the "Next" button too quickly. And then I'm at the top of a new chapter again and don't want to scroll down to the bottom until I'm finished, and on and on it goes.
First off, I really want to say that I REALLY like the writing here. TvTropes also said the writing quality is comparable to the better stuff that gets published as books, and I'm tempted to agree. The amount of research that must have gone into the world-building and sciencey technobabble stuff is even more impressive, since it's less likely to be actively noticed by a reader and often only plays a minor role in the story aspect. I think it greatly contributes to making the story more believable. In addition, if I compare the personalities of any of the characters to canon, it's obvious that there is a huge difference there, but I find that it doesn't bother me because there's been plenty of believable character development within each story, and even more since your original crossover "canons" have merged.
Speaking of which, I really like the balance of humor and drama. Compared to the stories it drew from, the tone seems to have drawn more from the Teen Titans crossover universe than the TRTC one. I personally kind of preferred the more gritty, cynical tone that TRTC took on, but I certainly don't mind the occasional breather. Initially, the brutality that the Titans faced when first dropping into this dimension was kind of uncomfortable to read, and for good reason. Between that first taste of reality (reminiscent of a more exaggerated simulation of what would happen if wacky teenagers with superpowers got dropped into our real-life world). the civil discussions between characters originally from differing dimensions, and the shouting matches the Ryougas get into, and that hard-to-classify argument Titan-Ryouga just had with Shampoo, you've really painted a speculative Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Pessimism in action. It's interesting to think about, on a meta level. And now that the possibility of the XCOM Nerima crew actually visiting the far more chaotic Teen Titans crossover universe has come up, I'm particularly curious how that might play out. Of course, all that can go wrong will go wrong, in any well-crafted story, or the story would have far less intrigue.
This is probably my favorite massive crossover I've read to date. At present, since I'm still in the middle of reading this part, I have no idea how finished it is, but I really hope I get to see the conclusion someday.
And now, because I hate to leave reviews excessively jammed with glowing, saccharine praise, I feel compelled to point out some minor annoyances. Ignoring the typos, since those can happen to anyone, there are quite a few instances of misuse of words, and excessive use of phrases. I think it's "make do", not "make due." Other such word replacement things I can't recall off the top of my head. And while about half of the instances of the normally rarely seen word "droll" make sense, the placement of the other half seem more questionable. (It DOES mean curious or unusual, that PROVOKES dry amusement. I've seen it used in place of dry amusement itself.) The most petty of all is probably "lidded eyes," though. It's probably not a usage thing, or any kind of actual problem at all. I assume that characters that stare at each other through "lidded eyes" are meant to be making that adorable "not amused" facial expression. But I just can't shake the silly mental image I'm getting of seductive eyelid fluttering. Every time someone in this story deadpans, it takes me like 5 entire seconds to remind myself that they're merely snarking, not making bedroom eyes at each other.
| Ganheim chapter 49 . 2/11/2013
Chapter 49 (47)
All thoughts and all minds were in concert within The Mind, and like a grand symphony, all instruments had their notes and chords to play.
[I wonder why I’ve never seen a race or group with a true organization like this in literature or media – perhaps humans can’t really fathom a truly collectivist hive-mind sort of entity]
that snapped broke the bonds
[Were you planning on either ‘snapped’ or ‘broke’? Because either fits, but together it looks too repetitious]
not needing to explain how he had acquired it. Mundane details like that didn't matter.
[That explains hammerspace…]
There was no motivation like self-motivation!
[That’s Tatewaki, to be sure]
Yet, as Raven stare up
"Heh, so that's what it sounds like when a computer tells a joke?"
[No, this is what it sounds like when a computer tells a joke:
“I enjoy the sight of humans on their knees…that was a joke.”]
acting Major to notcome bursting back in a second later, plasma rifle blazing away
[They don’t have ID lock, and similar remote-controlled locks? I know MSG4 wasn’t the first story to present the idea]
I have never met a leader who strived so hard to pass on that mantle to another."
[Interesting point. Probably where “some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them” comes from]
had been forcedto ignore
"Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ryouga? Really?
[I’ll admit surprise about the choice]
except that it looked kind of like a mix between a circuit board and a golden chocolate bar
[‘Cause she’s got a golden ticket…]
Suffering is a form of medicine, too."
[Because that which does not kill you should at least hurt enough for you to know better next time]
she was the one who had truly saved him from a life of misery and abuse at the hands of his step-family
[Unfortunately, just for her own brand of abuse…]
because the Nav as burned
a math equation…? Yeah, I can only imagine the trauma they suffered. I still have quadratic equations burned into my mind
[Yeah, even having gone past Differential Equations, I hold a special hate for quadratics. Not sure if it’s more than antidifferentiation, because that was likely more hating the teacher]
it was hard to reconcile how he felt with what he knew.
[Always a difficulty. Good here, especially through the banter. I’ve seen some authors skip to saying this and avoid the descriptors, but you have both well put]
The problem is that the act of dismissing a senior officer falls on a junior officer and only a junior officer
[Convenient, no? I’ve had the displeasure of having to see/be in such a situation. Not pretty, a lot of egos flying around]
Things have come back to a sort of recognizeable base setting, though what’s going to happen is left remarkably up in the air. I’ll be interested to see the ripple effects of events before, like the modification of the dimensional drive, and fallout from Ukyo's and Starfire's behavior.
| Guest chapter 49 . 2/10/2013
AWESOME to see an update for this. I truly hope it gets picked back up and resumed. Very much so appreciative for the steps towards closure, but would love to see this story all the way through to a full completion. Please continue writing!
| Hat O' Doom chapter 49 . 1/26/2013
An update at last. Worth the wait I think. Keep up the great work!
| sandcrawlr chapter 49 . 1/2/2013
Great chapter. Glad to see they made it home (or at least it appears they did). Great to see an update too. Was afraid it was going on permanent hiatus. Keep up the writing!
| R.T.Stephens chapter 49 . 12/28/2012
And you're back! I was wondering when this would get an update. I may not comment much but I do keep track of this story.
Looks like much of the action has been taken care of (for now) and the slow road to recover will begin. After the ups and downs from the pocket dimension, it will be interesting how the characters deal with each other after all that's happened. Feelings are on the line and I see that some relationships are not going to be the same ever again.
Wonderful work! Keep at it!
| AngelForm chapter 49 . 12/27/2012
An update. At long, long last.
| skywiseskychan chapter 49 . 12/26/2012
Wow, okay first, its great to see your writing again. Second its been far too long. Third I had to reread the last chapter just to remember exactly what was going on. Wow this are bleak and bad. Now on to the show!
Eeek, an Army of Jinx!
I’m curious that Ryouga doesn’t bring up the option of discussing Kuno’s injuries with Raven.
I wonder if anyone is going to realize that Raven of them all was not removed from duty for psychological reasons. So in theory she cold get back in charge once healed.
I’m sort of glad and sort of terrified to see Akari and Jinx reunited, in a manner of speaking once more. Especially with the oddness going on with the captured Akari.
| Shinzochi chapter 49 . 12/26/2012
WOW! didnt see ANY of that coming, specifically Jinx getting replicated into the MIND, trespasser getting dusted, Poison Ivy becoming a trenchard, Cyborg upsurping command especially when he technically was the second to become a traitor which would mean he shouldn't logically let himself do what he did with the command at minum, i also was surprised with Rea's plan but most of all i was surprised with how Rea and Ranma blindsided trespasser and i agree with Ryoga about Ranma wanting to do that his whole life, lol, so i am looking forward to what happens next
| ijpowers92 chapter 49 . 12/25/2012
I realize I've said this before but this is a really long crossover isn't it?
Anyway, I'm not complaining. It's great to see a new chapter.
I still have so many questions though.
Who/what is Ranma-R? How will the Titans get home? What will happen next? What effects will these events have on both universes after the crossover ends?
...hmmm less questions than I thought. At any rate this remains one of my favorite fics, the fact its on my fav list not counting.