|Reviews for The Dark Lords Ascendant|
| antvasima chapter 4 . 4/3/2013
I really like what you have done with the story so far, especially the more mentally realistic type of tychoon villain that you opted for this time.
Although, a norseman named Davidson... Is that a nod in my direction.
| Helafol chapter 4 . 4/2/2013
I have to say, your Dark Lords saga is some of the best fanfiction I have ever read. It is not only interesting but at times moved me emotionally when most only arrive at wry amusement. So I say, a very good job and I look forward to more.
| Rexnos chapter 4 . 4/2/2013
I feel like this story is quickly heading towards its end. It almost reads more like a single episode of a manga or anime rather than the full story that the beginning of this AU was. While I'm typically a bigger fan of longer more complex stories with superfluous amounts of character development, I've really been enjoying this story. It feels like there hasn't been even a single wasted scene. Every moment of the story has built to the next, every scene has been integral to the next. It has excellent pacing and is very well written.
I'm really looking forward to the big fight too. More so than any other aspect of your stories, I appreciate the fight scenes. They walk the fine lines between being too technique ridden, too bland, too short and too long very, very carefully. I've rarely read stories with such impressively thought out and written action sequences.
| Zhor chapter 4 . 4/1/2013
I'm liking where this is going...
| Zeroeye chapter 4 . 4/1/2013
Omg omg omg, so sorry I forgot about this. Love it sosososos much, and followed to never miss an update.
| Rowan Seven chapter 4 . 3/31/2013
Heh. For some reason it's strangely amusing to think that no matter what Ranma did _something_ would conspire to ensure that his meeting with the Sailor Senshi would go horribly wrong. For all his brilliance when it comes to martial arts his luck when it comes to planning is terrible, though at least he has his incredible adaptability to compensate.
Anyway, excellent job this chapter. It was fun to watch Ranma and the Sailor Senshi interact with each other again, and Ranma's POV description of Luna as a scheming, vicious beast just waiting for the opportunity to leap up and maul him was hilarious. I also enjoyed seeing Konatsu get involved. I haven't read many fan fics that use his considerable martial arts talent, and there's potential for hilarity if/when the Sailor Senshi and Tuxedo Kamen discover his true gender.
The focus on Kodachi was compelling, and while I'm surprised to see her memory issue resolved this early in the story (I had assumed it would be a lingering subplot involving Mousse) I am glad that she seems to be in a healthier state of mind now. It should be interesting to see where she goes from here. I also feel you nailed Sailor Moon's character during the healing scene, with her willing to endure any amount of pain and take great risks to help someone else even when that person is trying to kill her.
As for the return of the apparent primary antagonists of this story, I liked them more this time around than in the first chapter. Now that Kazuo's past the introduction point and interacting with a larger cast, he's demonstrating more personality. He and his organization do have a somewhat generic feel to them, but you're compensating for that with a powerful portrayal of the villainous archetypes. What struck me first and foremost about Kazuo this chapter is his utter sense of confidence. He's pragmatically cautious but believes he has everything under control and that victory will inevitably be his if he's patient and prudent. Considering Ranma's great ability to throw the best laid plans into complete chaos, it should be interesting to see how Kazuo reacts once the "Dark Lords of Nerima" become a bigger thorn in his side than he envisioned.
I also find myself wondering just how much of Kazuo's confidence is warranted. He appears to be in a position of fearsome strength and control, but it's too early yet for the reader to know how firm his grip on power truly is. Sailor Moon villains have a penchant for in-fighting and backstabbing, and I get the sense that Kazuo's view of the world is something that someone sufficiently intelligent enough could use to manipulate him by deliberately conforming to expectations. Perhaps Ekim is playing the part of over-arrogant mystic and is fully aware of the "leash" he's on? Or maybe Zhang isn't the loyal number 2 he first appears to be?
Also, interesting introduction for Ekim. His depiction immediately brought to mind an image of a proto-Wiseman, and I found myself mentally assigning both characters the same voice. Whether he is a past version of Wiseman or has other ties to the Doom Phantom remains to be seen, but it adds another element of intriguing uncertainty to the story with the possible introduction of another time travel element.
As for criticisms, I don't have much to say. The prose, dialogue, and characterizations were all great, and this chapter did a great job of blending humor with drama and further advancing/complicating the plot. The action was also well written, and I liked the back-to-back jumps from Tuxedo Kamen's perspective to Konatsu's. If the Inner Senshi have been to Ucchan's before, though, wouldn't they have recognized Konatsu? He's Ukyo's sole waitering staff. Also, the Senshi came across as slightly underwhelming vis-a-vis Ranma and Konatsu; the way I read the fight, I got the impression of those two dominating until the Senshi switched tactics and then easily retreating, and then most of the Senshi were easily immobilized by one of Kodachi's paralysis packets. Granted, Ranma and company had the element of surprise, and now that the Senshi have a better idea of what they're up against I expect they'll be much tougher in future engagements. Still, it seemed like a bit of a weak showing on their part up front.
Anyway, thanks again for the update and for sharing this story. I'm definitely looking forward to more.
| knockout chapter 4 . 3/30/2013
I am currious will this be a one on one fight or all out frenzy lets be honest we do not expect this little debacle to b an orderly one
Man it is good to have you back
| Pasencore chapter 4 . 3/30/2013
Great serie! I really enjoy how you keep most characters to their standards and Ranma 1/2 style of story (misunderstandings after misunderstandings). I never quite expect the directions you take or the way they manages to escape those situations. Great work and thank you for this wonderfull serie.
| FranticHamster chapter 4 . 3/28/2013
great chapter i can't wait to read about the big fight in the next chapter. I love how twisted the plot is in this story each chapter is worth the long wait for updates
| Guest chapter 4 . 3/28/2013
I just hope they can work things out
man this new big bad is kinda badass
| Guest chapter 4 . 3/28/2013
Ranma is going to need a hell of a convincing argument to get his friends to beat up a bunch of girls who haven't done anything wrong and are in fact card-carrying Good Guys.
Not that I think this is a problem with the story, it fits Ranma to a T. "Violence is what I'm best at, how can fighting solve this?" Hopefully someone will call him out on what an idiotic plan this is, because if not, I can't imagine Akane, Ryoga, Ukyo or Mousse wanting anything to do with it. It'll make coming up with a decent six fighter roster rather difficult.
| shademaster chapter 4 . 3/27/2013
Great chapter that's what I like about your ranma stories. Even in a crossover you keep a ranma feel to everything.
misunderstandings, things not going right and chaos galore
| Lord Wrath chapter 4 . 3/27/2013
| Maximara chapter 3 . 3/27/2013
While in the anime the TIme Gates don't have a scan feature time in the Sailor Moon universe seems to follows plastic time with high resistance (see Twilight Zone's _Back There_ for an example) with HUGE plot Grandfather's Paradoxes as a result when you tinker with events (like what happened to the Outers so that WIseman was able to do anything in the 30th century?)
Due to this the moment the Outers of the Present met the 'Dark Lords' Pluto's memories of her conversation would change and she would know of them.
| mountainelements chapter 4 . 3/26/2013
It looks like Ranma is being a bit too optimistic. :) Here's hoping that the challenge results in at least a bit more understanding of, or at least confusion about, Ranma's group's motives. Thanks for the update!
By the way, I didn't get the alert for this chapter so some of your other readers might not have received it either.