|Reviews for To the Stars|
| Faust91x chapter 4 . 1h ago
Wow that was such a beautiful execution of the story and a really awesome movie plot! Liked it even more than Rebellion XD
Poor Homura, going to the depths of space and suffering for Madoka. Reminds me of Darth Revan from Star Wars that was a legend and had to go to the depths of space in search of the truth.
Took me a long time to start this due to the size and my lack of time but I'm glad to have read it. Good job!
| edao chapter 30 . 3/2
They're 'inceptioning'? Interesting…
"Besides, it was just an interview, how badly could things go?" *groans*. She had to invoke Murphy, didn't she? Let's read further…
Okay. Ryouko is even brasher than usual. Interrupting Clarisse, who ought to be a friend, interrupting Mami, her superior officer, interrupting Arisu, her (kind of) medical officer.
What are NIM lenses? Negative Index Metamaterials? I gather the principles behind those, and can fathom applications, so this is just you dropping a technology shout-out?
And Mami makes Chair. Huh. Not entirely unexpected, from a narrative standpoint, but a bit surprising from an in-universe perspective, I think.
The next chapter will presumably feature Asami again, I think, and would be a decent finish to the current book. We'll see…
| Angela chapter 30 . 2/27
I've been lurking for a long time. I love this story! Your world building works well, and if you ever do an original fic, I'd love to be informed, because I would buy it in a heartbeat!
| Ancestor's Dragon chapter 30 . 2/24
Looks like Mami finally managed to "get ahead", against all odds. Well, good job with this chapter, I look forward to reading the next.
| KajitaniEizan chapter 30 . 2/23
Another interesting chapter. The story has been great thus far!
One question I'd like to ask: how exactly do you envision this security clearance thing working? Do AIs actively scan content posted online to censor protected information unless you have the appropriate clearance? Do the writers self-censor? I imagined that the Infopedia entries were carefully edited and had some government/magical girl editors to add or manage protected content or something, but how is it that some random guy's personal blog is including Level 2 protected information? How does he know that information? Who is censoring it, he or some censorship AI? If the latter, does he realize as he is writing it that it will be censored, and at what level of clearance? If the former, is this common in the future, that people writing current event blog articles will carefully weave optional security clearance content into the article? Are there commonly-used underground methods for either unlocking the information without the appropriate clearance or transmitting protected information without it being censored? Is the general populace aware of this censoring? Do people with level 1 clearance know when they are looking at a censored document with level 2 or above information in it, or how many levels there are?
It's an interesting concept and it probably works as-is, if the future is supposed to be even more alien to us than it initially seems (and that's saying a lot). Just curious and wondering if you intended that.
| Aiur chapter 30 . 2/22
I'm really excited that the story is progressing so quickly now! The lead up to the battle took a little long, but I was pleased by how you wrote the battle overall. The different perspectives from Godoka's visions to Ryouko were great tools for showing all of the layers of the conflict.
What really has impressed me so far, however, was what you have done with Mami's character. She retains her motherly personality and we still get the sense that even after centuries of life, she still doesn't think she's qualified for what she does and feels forced to do the best she can because no one else wants to take the responsibility off her hands. I was a little bit heartbroken this chapter when she thinks that she is unsuited for love, when only a few chapters ago she had acknowledged to herself the mutual feelings between herself and Erwynmark. So yeah, really good character development.
Erwynmark's death as a whole was probably the saddest I've been for an OC death in a piece of fanfiction, too. You just made him so dang likeable, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who really wants Mami to find somebody to make her happy... Especially if she is to meet her fate as in the original.
Anyway, thanks for the regular updates lately. I hope they keep coming!
| The Revenge of the Mask chapter 30 . 2/21
Magnificent, as always. Aside from a few typos and such that other reviewers have already pointed out.
Can't wait to see more sexual tension between Ryouko and Asami. Muh Yuri feels.
Looking forward to the next chapter of "Magical Spess Lesbians!"
| DayDreamer9 chapter 30 . 2/21
So, Mami's basically in charge of the military, Ryouko is a hero and soon to be the center of a big media craze, the humans scored a big win in the war, and Madoka likely knows more than she's telling. Whew! Hopefully Maki and Asami will be okay, and the others who lost their bodies in the Wormhole Raid. This chapter was definitely worth the wait :)
| Therl chapter 30 . 2/21
Another excellent chapter.
| Fleija chapter 30 . 2/21
Fascinating, well-written, and delightful, as usual. Yet for this particular chapter...I hate to say it, but it seems to be mostly filler. I understand every chapter shouldn't be constantly about action, that there needs to be a cooldown, a transition phase. You've humanized, developed more your characters, yet I feel...slightly unimpressed. The plot points were important but for the most part, predictable. At times, the sci fi feels a bit forced, especially with the addition of the lucid dream interview. Was it really that necessary? Unusually, the backstory articles seem to be just that: backstory without too much relevance to the chapter. No stance on that, just noticing. I'm not quite sure where this is going to go now, after the first confrontation, but I can guess. Going to Asami's funeral, grandmother's funeral, more characterization, some sci fi addition (which may or may not be contrived), and either a lead into the next steps of the journey or a wrap up of volume 2 (seems to be about that time).
Following this story for sure. Don't forget about Kyouko though!
| Psykoakuma chapter 30 . 2/21
These AI are starting to show a little more sass than usual. I like that!
Wow! Busy times for Ryouko-chan lately. The dream sequence is very interesting! I'm a bit surprised Arisu couldn't tell that nightmare came from Mami though. Speaking of Mami, I enjoyed her memories from way back and how she changed over time. As impressive as this large collection of original characters is, it's always good to see material detailing the series' characters. So there was something like a one-sided romantic relationship between Mami and Kyouko? I generally assume this to be the case, although the actual extent of their relationship is a bit ambiguous.
Funerals involving MGs sound like they incur a sizable grief cube overhead. But I suppose it's best to confront that kind of grief head on rather than letting it fester unaddressed. I wonder if part for the reason the Cult promotes a more celebratory atmosphere is to minimize the risk to surviving girls. I guess they are putting the 'fun' in funerals! um... eheh. And now I'm trying to picture what Sayaka's funeral was like. If she had one.
Aww! I want to read the Ryouko/Asami scene so bad! I mean I REALLY want to see it!
The word 'seem' appears so much in the opening, it even appears where there should be a 'seen'!
| Black Noise47 chapter 30 . 2/21
Interesting as usual.
So are witch barriers like dreams in that they make perfect sense to the witch while being the traditional psychedelic horror show for everyone else?
Mami so needs therapy..
Editing wise, a few awkward phrasings like for example:
"but for now the Armed Forces seem to still be deciding"
And a lot of speech getting interrupted..
Anyway, looking forward for the rest of the aftermath
| mabawabawa chapter 30 . 2/21
Yo dawg, I haven't read the latest chapter yet, but the fact that you updated now just happened to show me how wonderful today is. You deserve cinnamon rolls and good coffee, and if I knew you and we hung out I woukd buy you those things and we would talk about stuff. Because, on the real, you rock and are a skilled and thoughtful writer in a way that probably reflects being an interesting and good person unlike some creative writing professors I may have met and could name but won't because the Intertubes are scary.
| Explosion Ninja chapter 30 . 2/21
Ah yes! Another great update. This one obviously needs a few little fixes here and there for typos and the such, but I can't say I'm disappointed with this chapter. It obviously had less action and excitement than the last chapter, but I'm now quite eager to see what happens when she returns to Earth and sees Asami again. Also, thank you for releasing this update so quickly! I wasn't expecting it until later today. Thanks for writing this amazing fic. ／人 ‿‿ 人＼
| Bart chapter 29 . 2/17
I've really enjoyed this story. Chapter 29 has been a great chapter to "enter" the story on - I started chapter one a few days ago, on a recommendation from the reddit /rational group, read everything, and am now "caught up". I can't imagine what it would have been like to come in on the previous chapter, but I'm glad I came in after the climax. I'm excited to see where this story eventually goes. :)