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Author has written 7 stories for Black Lagoon, and Naruto.
Update @ November 26th, 2015:
Hm. Been a while, hasn't it? I doubt there are many more ways now in which I can be described as a bastard. Writing is going slow, out-of-internet life is taking over me, and I also have an 'other-half' to dole attention upon. Yes, I am whipped.
Want another fresh kick in the balls? I've looked back on that first chapter of SMBH and have died a little inside. Guess what? I want to rewrite it...again...for the second time.
As an apology to those who are still waiting out on me, for what little of you remain at least, I want to try and get some chapters, be it updates or new ones out by the end of the year. But seeing as how every time I say that not much happens, how can you trust me?
MoS' Random Blurb: I might be in the middle of fleshing out and conceptualising an...interesting story. Naruto-based, but I have a feeling that its nature will require me to upload it under a different alias should it be brought down by Rule Faggots.
On the subject of the Naruto manga finishing
Firstly I wish to give my congratulations to Kishimoto-san for his hard work and dedication to both his work and his fans for the past 1.5 decades. While I only got into Naruto barely 5 years ago (hardly a third of its total manga time), I am glad to have followed such a compelling story, though to see one of the big 3 alongside Bleach and One Piece finally end feels...weird, to say the least. Even then, Bleach will be following soon, too.
But no doubt I'm sure people wish to hear/read my thoughts on the matter of the final pairings.
Now I could see Kishi's moral in the sense of the three 'warring pairings' (NarSak/NarHin/SasSak). That moral would be 'good things to those who wait and persist' (Hin->Nar/Nar->Sak/Sak->Sas). While simple to understand, the execution in the manga is so flawed that it defies human reason. Sakura got the guy she wanted...yet she endured two attempted murders, a knock-out, a murder in a genjutsu and numerous put downs to get there.
I don't call that love. I call that Battered Person Syndrome. I would go so far as to say that Sakura does in fact appear to have some sort of mental dysfunction in not seeing how much Sasuke made her suffer.
Naruto, meanwhile, never once admitted feelings of love for Hinata to any character at all despite her sacrifice against Yahiko-Pein and sharing of his nindo. This simply tells me that Hinata became a fallback, a simple resolution. It degrades Naruto's character for deciding to settle with a supposed second best and it heavily dilutes Hinata's previous build-ups in character integrity for allowing Naruto to consider her as such, and then still deciding to have his kids and live Habbilee Ebur Avdurr.
I remain in a peculiar situation, given my personal pairing preferences, but I can say with true honesty that by chapter 670 I could tell those two pairings were decided. When it actually happened, I wasn't particularly surprised. The only thing that surprised me was the cop-out epilogue.
My official stance on the ending is thus: "I recognise the pairings as Kishi's canon, but I will not be acknowledging them."
Let's list the parents:
Naruto and Hinata
This right here is what concluded it for me. The third pairing I can easily fathom. The first one I can barely look at with a straight face. The rest, though...
The reasons for my non-acknowledgment of Sasuke and Sakura is that fact that still, after all she must have gone through to get her man, Sakura finds herself left in Konoha with their child while Sasuke goes about travelling the world in his selfish ways. What, he returns to the village, gives Sakura a child, and then leaves her to do the rest? That actually seems like the most in-character portrayal of Sasuke yet. I can almost see him as not giving a single damn.
Ino and Sai is not something I can acknowledge based on the way in which, once more, it demeans both of their characters. Ino is thus portrayed as a shallow woman with lack of emotional depth, a conclusion drawn from her admiration of Sai based, much like she did with Sasuke, on only the guy's looks. Sai, conversely, is still an emotionally retarded tool because I can simply forsee Ino's need for a Trophy Husband playing on Sai's inability to read into romance. Ino would court him, and Sai would have no idea he was being used. Perhaps they're actually good for each other, two people completely oblivious to depth and only interested in the superficial. Well done, Kishi, you destroyed another 2 characters there in the space of one chapter.
And finally, Choji and Karui. The literal curveball. I actually have no idea where to start with this other than the fact that absolutely no development bridged the two of them at all. This slash pairing seems to be a literal moment in which Kishi says, 'Meh, just because', and doesn't give it any real thought.
It is mostly because of that one pairing, and the apparent lack of forethought that went into it, that I cannot take these pairings seriously. If Choji somehow ended up with Tenten or someone of the like then I'd understand and would give the ending much more credit, but in the end the official tangent has only added one last lethal tarnishing mark on Kishi's ability to develop character relations. He threw them in a melting pot and got a pile of molten slag, expecting people to be okay with it.
So to repeat my stance, I recognise those pairings as that of Kishi's choice and do not deny their place in the official Naruto storyline. If a NaruHina fan were to gloat at me, "Hurrdurr NARHIN canon fugget git mad", then I would simply say "Yes, it is, I read the ending, too, it's nothing that I'm mad about". I see no point in sticking my fingers in my ears and pretending it didn't happen when it's on the very pages that were printed for Shonen Jump.
I will not, however, in my mind of reason, acknowledge the final pairings as correct due to their smearing of the characters involved and a general lack of common sense.
Aside from all that, in being a NaruIno/Naruto x Anyone-That-Isn't-Hinata-Or-Male fag, I was expecting to be disappointed, just not to this degree.
To follow on, in light of the Naruto saga ending, many were fearing that this would mean the end of many fanfics.
ON THE CONTRARY
The ending of the official story actually opens up plenty of avenues for people to expand on the universe with original ideas. I can actually see this as a set-up for new and imaginative storylines that continue on the legacy. It says at the top of the website, 'Unleash Your Imagination', and that's what people should be doing in light of such a series drawing to a close.
As for me personally, seeing that travesty of a pairing jumble at the end has only stoked my fic-writing fire even more. I'm far from ready to give up on writing Naruto fics. As many of you know I have new ones on the agenda. I'm fully prepared to look at certain scenes and characters in canon, realise that they can be executed differently, and then put one of those infinitely different scenarios to the keyboard. One of the things that had been previously holding me back was the fact that the actual canon kept changing things over time, this is one of the reasons for why I've held off SMBH for so long. I had an idea for where I wanted to take its first 'arc', but the war arc in the manga kept on ruining my rhythm and my plans. Now that there is no longer an update in canon to throw all my plans to pot, I can write fully knowing my artistic license momentum won't get screwed up by character developments, plot twists and other deus ex machinas/talk no jutsus that Kishi loved to throw at anyone that had the tiniest piece of importance.
List of Fan Fictions:
(Written in the form of 'Series - Title - Rating - Pairing (if any) - Notes (if any))
Naruto - 'Just Reward' - 'M' - Naruto, Ino & Sakura - Three-shot; Lemon in Chapter 2 (Why on Earth did I write this? OH GOD MY EYES THEY BURN XD)
Naruto - 'Post Training Relief' - 'M' - Naruto & Sakura - One-shot; Implied Lemon
Works In Progress:
Naruto - 'Face The Music' - 'M' - Naruto & Ino - High School AU with music emphasis - 3 Chapters Thus Far
Naruto - 'Shattered Masks and Broken Hearts' - 'T' (Subject to change in future chapters) - Naruto & Sakura - 1 Chapter Thus Far
Naruto - 'She Made Him Wait' - 'M' - Naruto & Ino - 3 Chapters Thus Far
Black Lagoon - 'The Diary of an Ex Businessman' - 'M' - 10 Chapters Thus Far
Works written as The Ace Combatant :
Ace Combat - 'A Thank You To An Unknown' - 'K' - More or less a challenge fic in response to a little 'non-competitive competition' amongst the people in my favoured online community.
Need For Speed - 'The Seacrest Files' - 'T' - I wrote this because I love the NFS Hot Pursuit game. I thought it'd be cool to bring the action of Seacrest into a more 'in-your-face' nature. Yes, somehow it is possible to get more 'in-your-face' than a Criterion game.
On The Way:
Naruto - 'Just Reward: Voluptuous Violet' (NaruIno) & 'Just Reward: Carnal Carnation' (NaruSaku) - 'M' - Naruto, Sakura & Ino - 'Just Reward' Spinoffs x 2; one is a NaruSaku lemon one-shot, the other is a NaruIno lemon one-shot. [Due to my being an idiot, I've accidentally deleted all the work I had for Carnal Carnation. And so...my motivation to redo it has died because I'm so ridiculously pissed off.]
Naruto - 'Wandering' - 'M' - Naruto & Samui - Basic Summary: When a mission to assassinate a nuke-nin goes horribly awry, Samui, the busty jounin of Kumogakure, finds herself exiled from the village she calls home. Somehow, fate may have something better than a life of lone venturing in store for the kunoichi, all thanks to a run in with an aloof stranger. (Almost 7000 words written)
In Concept Phase:
Naruto - [Title To Be Confirmed] - 'M' - Naruto, Ino, Sakura & Temari - 'Just Reward' Extension/Sequel. Temari is the third woman by result of reader poll.
Naruto - 'Post Training Disbelief' - 'M' - Naruto & Sakura - One-shot told from Naruto's point of view. Takes place partially during and immediately after 'Post Training Relief', and will show just what actually happened when Sakura found Naruto at the training ground.
Naruto - 'Once The Woman; Twice The Model' - 'T' - Naruto & Ino - Namikaze Naruto, a freelance 3D artist in his late 20s, is struggling to make ends meet in the house he once shared with his now ex-wife. Working late one night, he plays the good samaritan for a pretty woman in need. Discovering a certain fact after the event, Naruto acts after becoming compelled by a feeling he long thought lost, and he inadvertently creates a path for himself into a world that many desire to join but few make a reality. How is the woman in need linked with all of this? (Hint: The title is a massive giveaway XD) - Somehow, I have 5000 words of this written now...
I think I've been around this site long enough to quit the simpering 'Hi, I'm etc etc.' intro.
Many of you know me as either 'that NaruIno fag' or 'that bastard that never updates'. Both statements are true. I try to update, but my life outside the internet has to take priority. It doesn't help that I can't just start writing something amazing the moment I sit down at my computer. It takes a while for me to get back in to the writing mindset; but when I eventually do, things tend to go swimmingly.
As a lemon writer, it goes without saying I have super-Jiraiya perversion.
I'm one of those people that tends to favour the protagonist, and the same courtesy extends to my writings. As such I'm pretty much in support of any Naruto x Female pairing...except for NaruHina...that shit never sat well with me.
Here's an obligatory list:
MoS' Top 10 Pairings (in no particular order after the #1 that is NaruIno):
NaruIno (Twice the Libra, twice the blond, twice the hot sex.)
NaruSaku (Admittedly at times I hate this pairing, yet at the same time the poor lad's been chasing the girl half of his life, why shouldn't he have her?)
NaruSamui (One of those niche pairings. I mostly pander to it because TITS. There's certainly potential with their contrasting personalities, but it's mostly about TITS.)
NaruTsunade (Many people hate this pairing because of the whole pseudo-filial relationship they share. From my perspective, that just accounts to wincest. Also TITS.)
NaruKushina (Proper wincest. Sometimes the sheer taboo of such an act can make it all the more steamy.)
NaruShizuka (Dat marriage arrangement and need for procreation. Naahmsayin'? Oh yeah, also has TITS)
NaruHana (Naruto can bring a whole new meaning to 'dog obedience'. Plus that Jounin vest cleavage doesn't leave much to the imagination.)
NaruMei (Got to give the older ladies some loving, really. Just imagine the DIPLOMACY that can be grasped. Also TITS.)
NaruAnko (Not afraid to get freaky and kinky, yet also misunderstood. Open to WAFF and dom alike. Not to mention dat fishnet.)
NaruTemari (With an attitude much like Ino's, the mix of her and Naruto can certainly create sparks both off and on the bed.)
There used to be a massive rant in this space, but I feel it's kind of outdated and immature. So all I'll say in this space is the following: I'm a Grammar Nazi. Yup yup.
MoS' Rules of Fan Fiction:
Let me make something clear. Because of the content of the old rant above, I shall tell you that I expect to see proper attempts at grammar in any fiction I read.
Scenario: You, as an author, have the desire to show your skill to the wider community. Great! Good on you. However, because you are letting your stuff get publicly viewed, it means you should have some respect for your target audience by making your fic READABLE. If there's one thing I hate, it's people who never proof read their work, or those who find it okay to ignore their spell checkers and write grammatically incorrect pieces.
Things I like to see in a fic:
1. SPELLING, SPELLING, SPELLING!!!
Follow these rules, and I shall be a reader who enjoys your work.
Random Milestones of Potential Interest (2013):
January 10th - 'She Made Him Wait' reaches 200 alerts