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Welcome, readers, to Super Vegetarott's profile! I take a lot of pride in my profile and how it's constructed, so hopefully it proves to be informative to you. I'd like to begin by saying that I hope this profile suits your purpose of visiting; if it doesn't, I more than encourage you to PM me. I'm always up for a conversation, no matter the subject(as long as it's civil).
As for the content of my profile itself, I tried to keep it as tidy as possible in regards to all these topics. I'm proud to see that some other authors have done this as well, as it really helps the reader not to get trapped in a sea of topics. In addition, if there's a section or any additional information you think I should add in my profile, don't hesitate to let me know. I'm always looking for ways to improve my profile.
II: Reviewing Policy and Reviewing System.
III: Recommended Readings.
IV: Top Ten Characters of the Dragon Ball Franchise.
V: Favourite Themes.
VI: Information as a Writer.
VII: Thoughts on DBGT.
IX: Favourite Scenes in Dragon Ball History.
X: Dragon Ball Multiverse 2(DBM2)
XI: Neo Z-Fighters.
XII: Movie Reviews.
XIV. My Writing.
XV. Chapter Progress.
XXI. Fanfiction Career.
Now that we have that out of the way, I suppose my readers deserve to know more about me than just my penname as a kind reward for reading my tales of alternative DBZ universes.
My name is Chad, and if you're going to address me in a PM, forum, or some other means of communication, I would prefer if you call me by the simple names of Chad or Rott.
As for personal information, I'm a male that is 20 years of age. My birthday is on the first of December. I attend a well-known college in the US(Ivy League; I'm proud all my hard work has culminated into enrolling in this university) and am of Canadian and American descent. Unfortunately, being in college does limit my ability to write, but I do my best to bring quality and consistent updates to my readers. However, due to having a girlfriend and working in the engineering field as a major in college, I may not be able to do that every time. For those of who've had a significant other, you understand that a lot of time is devoted to them and that they become the focus of your life - I do quite care for my girlfriend, and I want to make the relationship work, so... that's sort of a dip into my writing time there. Additionally, while I hate to say it, my workload can vary at any time nowadays - I have a younger brother and sister, and sometimes the two require my help as well. As such, my writing time is sporadic, but I will ALWAYS do my best to make it all work.
I consider the commodities in life to be intelligent conversation, gaining knowledge, and simply enjoying life. My dislikes are arrogance, overconfidence, unnecessary stress/drama, and segregation(whether it be in the form of an interest in hobby or some other means).
My persona mainly dictates that I'm always respectful and considerate until I'm given a reason to do otherwise. Even then, I will most likely not respond to said person unless we're able to reconcile our differences. I don't tolerate those who like to cause or pick fights, so if you are to troll me, please don't expect any sort of response on the matter. However, if you're genuinely interested in talking with me, please feel free to do so!
As I've said before, I am all for an intelligible debate. I won't be bothered or perturbed if you point out a grammatical error or find something you want to discuss; in fact, I would heavily appreciate you doing so. I honestly cherish the connection I have between myself and my readers, and so long as you can provide a logical argument/claim you'd like to make, you will always have my full attention.
If you met me, I'd probably be that guy who is proper and respectful, but has a fun side to him. I'm one of those people who can manage a conversation with anyone, but I generally like to keep a few close friends instead of being in large crowds. I've never smoked, never tasted a sip of an alcohol beverage, and I intend to keep it that way. All I need is a bottle of fresh water and I'm set.
I find it is unnecessary for me to give out where I live, but I will at least allow you to know that I live on the East Coast, and I adhere to Eastern Standard Time(EST). I've given this information to allow you to comprehend when I respond to PM's or forum replies or anything of the sort.
Now, as I said before, I attend college. I organise my classes so that I'm usually free of the school day by 5:00 EST at the absolute latest; 3:00 EST being the absolute earliest. I will do my best to be contactable any time after that.
I'd like to direct your attention to my current project, which is simply known as Turbulence. It is the story of baby Kakarot landing on Planet Namek and being raised as a Namekian, drastically altering the DBZ universe due to just one small case of turbulence within Kakarot's attack ball.
II. Reviewing Policy and Reviewing System.
We all love reviews. Seriously, how can you not? They allow you to both hear constructive criticism and praise in your writings. I personally take each review with optimism--save for the reviews that say something like:
"Great job" or "update soon."
The reviews above are not helpful in any way. While I obviously appreciate the fact that you enjoyed the chapter and want me to update soon, these kinds of comments do not help me improve in any way. While I know that this comment will most likely not stop these kinds of reviews, I will be satisfied with at least one person seeing this and changing their ways.
Now, onto my reviewing policy:
I used to review every story I read. However, I find that some reviews I leave can come off as overly critical(in a constructive manner, of course). Therefore, I will only review when a story meets one of my two requirements:
I. I read your fic and come to the internal conclusion(based on how you carry yourself on your profile and in your fanfiction) that you are willing to listen to constructive criticism and praise. I won't sugarcoat anything I say. If I like something, you will hear about it. If I don't, you will hear my honest thoughts.
II. I am asked by a fellow author to read and review their fic.
To any readers who would like a review: As fair recompense, I will desire a review on one of my fics.
I'm a pretty easygoing person in real life, but if I'm asked to give a full review, my system is extremely methodical and precise. I have 6-7 arcs of my reviews, which are below:
Introduction: Here, I'll introduce myself and say hello. I'll address the overall 'tone' I hope to set with this review, and then I'll jump into the content of said review.
Grammar/Formatting: In this section of my review, I'll point out any flaws I see reoccurring in the story. For example: Did you use the semi-colon properly? Do you need to use a different punctuation mark? Homophone errors? Misspellings? That and more is covered in this section of my review. I will also discuss how your story 'flows,' so to speak. Do you use one-sentence paragraphs too often? Does a sentence run on? That sort of thing.
Formerly, I had two sections that covered these aspects, Grammar and Formatting/Syntax. However, I find that sometimes they can really go hand-in-hand, hence my reasoning for combining the two.
Characterization: Exactly how it sounds. This is my strongest point, so you can probably expect some criticism here if your characters are OOC. However, if the main goal is to make a character different, my Characterization section will then assess exactly how this character changed. Did the character go through the relative hardships he/she had to face to be a different way; did you even show a catalyst for this change at all? Since I have stated this is my strength as a writer, you will hear a LOT from me on this aspect.
Plot: I'd like to think this is my second strength. This is where I can generally give some support and praise; many authors have a great plot, yet their writing makes it tough to convey. However, don't be fooled: I will critique you just the same. I merely state that I find it easier to give praise here than in other subjects. I will discuss the plot and what happened in the chapter; was it an intriguing read? Did it further the story? Plot is essential in a story, and I will expect it to be shown.
Description: Exactly how it sounds. DBZ is all about the scenery-- it's the impressive flare of the Galick Gun or the Kamehameha wave that first drew us in, was it not? It was those unique kinds of kicks and blows that drew us to the television. Anyone can write a battle saying that Goku punched Vegeta and then Vegeta hit him back, but is that really what DBZ is? No. Here's a little batch of DBZ below:
Rushing forward with his pulsing blue aura shining in the wind, Goku buried his fist in the Prince's midsection; the latter doubling over and spewing blood from his mouth. Quickly regaining his composure, Vegeta ignored the pain in his abdomen and slammed down his balled fists, sending the orange-clad fighter spiraling down to the ground where he met the cold, rocky ground with a painful TTTTTTTHHHHAAAAACCCCCK.
It's about HOW it was done, not what happened. For example, when Goku fires a Kamehameha wave, does he always do so from the same position? Absolutely not. If you just say something like "Super Saiyan Goku fired a Kamehameha wave at his opponent to finish them off," it is quite probable I will criticize you for it. Here's what I would write in the exact same situation:
Moving his hands to near his left hip, Goku shifted his body slightly to take fire at his opponent. "Ka... me..."
His opponent tried to stand, but their weight simply gave out on them, their strength at last diminished. The battle had already been won--but Goku knew it was too dangerous to keep his foe alive. There were no second chances for the atrocities this monster had conducted so willingly. It was, at last, time for retribution.
"Ha...me..." A shimmering aura began to dance around the warrior of legend as pulsing blue energy began to hum faintly around his palms.
His foe gave one last hateful sneer as they tried to stand; tried to escape--at last, his body collapsed to the cold, unforgiving ground.
The sparkling blue beam of energy rocketed out of Goku's hands, arcing through the air as it made its way to devour its opponent in one last attack. Brief crackles of azure energy crackled around the outside of the beam as Goku poured more power into his attack. This is it... it's all or nothing!
The body of Goku's enemy was lifted into the air by the beam as it was completely consumed by the Super Saiyan's wrath and unrelenting fury.
Notice how in my writing, Goku tilted his body to the left. He usually does so to the right; it changes how everything is viewed. I did that rather quickly, but I do feel it's superior to simply saying "Goku won with a Kamehameha wave."
Granted, I realize some endings in battles are supposed to be quick and shocking. For example, let's take the scene where Frieza shoots a Death Beam through Vegeta's chest. I'm going to attempt to write the description of Vegeta having such an ending. First, I'll try to write this scene dramatically.
"He is... the Legendary Super Saiyan..."
Vegeta's pestering had finally broken past Frieza's cool and classy demeanor; when would he realize that this so-called Super Saiyan never existed? Frieza felt the need to shut him up now more than ever.
His finger raised lazily, a magenta thin beam shot forth from the Arcosian's appendage that dashed through the air at a speed Goku couldn't even detect. Everything seemed to move in slow motion as Frieza watched Vegeta stutter over his words of the 'Super Saiyan;' it was truly a good laugh for the Arcosian to see the Prince's dreams finally shatter.
At last, the narrow through Vegeta's organs and finally laid him to rest. If that pitiful monkey hadn't died out already, Frieza predicted he'd finally fall in a matter of moments.
Frieza smirked as the Prince shuddered in pain; the messy-haired warrior's eyes darting over to his fellow Saiyan. "Vegeta!"
The pale-skinned warrior lowered his index finger with a sneer towards the orange-clad warrior. "You have no idea how much I hate those who repeat themselves."
The scene below is my attempt to write a quick and unsuspecting ending for Vegeta. I personally am better at writing more dramatic endings, but we all need to learn both ways in order to change things up.
"He is... the Legendary Super Saiyan..."
Cause and effect. When one action happens, another must follow. In this case, the elevation of Frieza's right index finger caused the final blow to pierce through Vegeta's heart.
Gaping at the sudden damage, the Saiyan's eyes glanced to look at the fallen warrior. "Vegeta!"
The unsealed Arcosian dropped his finger back down to his side. "You have no idea how much I hate those who repeat themselves."
The examples above are things I'm going to be searching for in your writing. Lack of it or barely any description at all will be brought up in my review.
Now, let's talk about a personal pet peeve of mine: description of clothing.
I find it important to be able to visualize a character's outfit and description completely. Some people(including myself) are incredibly lucky and have received fanart that shows how a character looks. Regardless of whether your story has fanart or not, I'm going to critique you on how well you describe your character. If I'm not able to visualize your character during the first paragraph you take to describe him, it may just be me. I'm okay with that. However, I will be searching for other clues as to how your character looks. For example, if you say that "Vegeta was clothed in a magma-red armour," I'm going to expect it being mentioned again in the future. Simply saying "refer back to Chapter blank" isn't going to cut it. If your story's Cell is a different colour(let's say his alternate outfit of blue in most games) I recommend you actually refer to the fact that he is blue again. While the story and characters and how they all look is crystal clear in your head, us readers are still going to need these descriptions from time to time.
Whew, that finally concludes everything of description. Back to the end of my system.
Writing Style: I'll give my opinion on your writing; did it improve, did it regress, etc.
General Plot/Theme: I'll give my thoughts on the story as a whole and discuss how this chapter affected it.
Conclusion: This is where I'll reiterate my previous points and tie everything up. I'll probably give my opinion of what you can do to improve here as well.
As you can see, I put a LOT of my time into my reviews and my reviewing system; they are not just handed out willy-nilly. Therefore, I'm going to ask that if I do review your story on my own accord, you will not take it as an offense if I state my opinion. Frankly, if I review your story on my own accord, it means I think it has heaps of potential; I want to assist in bringing it out as much as possible.
Also, please don't misinterpret the above comment as me acting like a big-shot; that is honestly the farthest from my intentions. While I don't consider myself to be the best writer, I do think I'm fairly decent and can assist in some way. We are all here to better ourselves and to promote the growth of other writers; that is exactly what I set out to do with my reviews. I can only hope that others feel the way I do.
If you understand my system and desire a review from me, I strongly encourage you to send me a PM or a review saying you would like to set up a review-for-review basis. I am also willing to adapt to another system via request; I have two backup systems I can use if needed. I will add more reviewing systems I feel I can mimic to this list. If not requested for a certain system, I am liable to use any system I feel would work best--this also counts for any story I review on my own accord.
The Sandwich Review:
I will construct an opening paragraph describing how I felt overall about the chapter, how it flowed, etc. I will then move into my first body paragraph; this body paragraph will describe the things I personally didn't enjoy or feel need to be cleaned up--also known as constructive criticism. My next body paragraph will be composed of the things I did like about the chapter, what stood out to me, etc. I will then end my review with a finishing paragraph; I'll give my recommendations of what I think you could use to improve for your next chapter, and also reiterate the techniques and skills I liked your use of in aforementioned chapter. I will be writing these paragraphs while reading the chapter; this will allow me to put down my immediate thoughts after reading a scene. I know that some people may forget certain things when they are writing up their reviews, so I will be writing this kind of review as I read to make sure the material I am writing about is 100% fresh in my mind to ensure I critique a scene to the best of my ability. My body paragraphs may be a little unorganized because they are written as I read, but I definitely like this system.
The Scene-By-Scene Review:
In this type of review, I will go over each scene individually and target the strengths and weaknesses of each. I will have a mini-paragraph describing the strength and weakness of each scene. Like in the Sandwich Review idea, I will be having an introductory and conclusion paragraph. It's basically The Sandwich Review(in a condensed manner) but it focuses less on the writing quality and more on the plotline.
Please note that if you do not apply my criticism(or can explain why you feel it is best to keep things as they are), I shall not review in a detailed format. I give such extensive reviews to assist my fellow writers in said writing--not so it can be ignored. This doesn't mean I'm a big-shot, but I feel it's important to try to accept help(or explain why it isn't needed) from(to) a fellow author. I take the time to talk about each and every one of my reviews, and I personally think it's assisted me greatly in my writing endeavors. I implore you to do so as well; you never know how much you'll improve by reading your fellow writer's advice.
Now, that being said, I'd like to reiterate the point of reviews: they are constructive criticisms/praise, not a method of bashing or flaming. I always avoid doing the latter, and I encourage you to do so as well.
Reviews aren't meant to be the sole reason of writing, but they are fuel to help motivate a writer. Heck, if you stripped away all the reviews I've gotten over the two yearsf I've been here, I honestly think I'd keep writing - it's just something I love to do.
III. Recommended Readings.
There are heaps of magnificent stories on this site; this section of my profile will be used to guide you to recommended readings and my notes on them.
Personal Top 4 Fanfictions:
Break Through the Limit by Captain Space: The fic utilizes another unnoticed character. Raditz takes the spot as main protagonist in this awesome fic. The story also focuses in on Goku; the Earth-raised Saiyan actually shares the spotlight with Raditz in a believable way that doesn't make either of them overpowered. With amazing plot twists, a great writing style, and a unique idea, BTtL is a fic that I'll be following to the very end. Should it continue past the Buu arc, it will be in a sequel titled Even Further Beyond(which has, since this message, been confirmed by the author).
Piccolo's Choice by Saucemonkey: This fic is about Piccolo kidnapping Gohan, but instead of Piccolo changing to the side of good, Gohan changes to the side of evil.
What's interesting about PC is that it indirectly stars Gohan: his struggle through being Piccolo's servant is quite painful and dark. A great read for anyone. This fic inspired one of my own. It's definitely a fic you should read.
Honor Trip by American Vigor: The tale that inspired many fics(including my own, indirectly; it inspired Piccolo's Choice, which then inspired me) is one that is of high-quality. American Vigor writes such an amazing fic that stars a noble Cell. It has earned all of its praise. This fic is one that you should already know about. The editor of HT is Genescritor; Ruga-Rell and Roketto are artists for the story.
Dragon Ball A-Z by Arcane Hurricane: A-Z is known as 'After Z.' Arcane does an amazing job creating a universe that fans would find a quality continuation of the DB series. While slow in the beginning, I think it really picks up and becomes one of the best stories to grace this site. Highly recommended.
(to be added later)
The Majin Legacy by SpiderLedgic: This fic stars the most unlikely character to ever be utlized: Uub. Vegeta is the one who will play the role as Uub's trainer and will eventually pass the torch to the unlikely hero.
This fic, just starting out, has heaps of potential and is one that deserves attention. Definitely one to be found on any reader's favourites/alerts.
The fics above are ones I hope you enjoy reading; they are of high-quality and should serve as enjoyable reads.
IV. Top Ten Characters of the Dragon Ball Franchise:
10-- Krillin: His unwavering loyalty to his friends, no matter how perilous the situation, is extremely noteworthy. I've heard that Akira Toriyama intended for Krillin to be the "comical guy;" while he certainly played such role, he also became one of the characters that I truly respect as an individual. He is the textbook example of loyal and genuinely kind. He is also one of the most realistic and down-to-earth characters in the entire series; he doesn't want strength, he wants a family.
9-- Fat Majin Buu: His childish, yet playful behavior demonstrates the possibility of what could happen if a young child were granted such amazing powers. I also like him for the development he goes through; he especially has some entertaining moments.
8-- Android #16: His outlook on life is truly inspiring and one anyone can benefit from. While not truly living, Sixteen proves to the world that anyone can make a difference: anyone at all--as long as they're willing to stand up for their beliefs.
7-- Raditz: Having been written off early in the series, we don't know much about him. However, his reputation as being the most cowardly Saiyan can result in many different scenarios for the Saiyan. I personally love his switch between arrogance and cowardice, because, to me, it's apparent that he WANTS to be like Nappa and Vegeta... but he doesn't have their pride. This leads to a lot of speculation about what Raditz COULD'VE been, and results in an awesome character.
6-- Trunks(Future): He was a great character that exuded the sign of a broken teenager when he returns to the past to meet his mother's childhood friend, Son Goku, slowly continuing to develop until he becomes more brazen and confident in himself. Confidently, he stands up to the androids and Cell and finally achieves his well-deserved victory and everlasting peace.
5-- Cell: The way he uses each character's personality and his own cunning is something I enjoy seeing in a villain; it gives a new feeling to DBZ. Cell uses his cunning and strategy to gain what he wants. It's villains like him that give you that sense of fear.
4-- Piccolo: His character development from a son birthed into the world only to kill his father's murderer and eventually become the guardian and best friend of his father's murderer's son is something I find truly amazing. Whenever Piccolo is on the screen, you simply either feel fear or a sense of comfort. Being able to make me feel either way earns him this slot.
3-- Gohan: His development from an innocent four year old to a protector of the Earth to a scholar is a tale interesting to see. I was young when I first met Gohan; I was able to see his growth as a child. I suppose that helped me like his character more.
2-- Goku: The lovable protagonist of Dragon Ball is an iconic figure. I always looked up to this character as a kid; he always gave me a sense of comfort and safety when he was on the screen. You knew everything was going to be okay with Goku around, he's like a blanket or a teddy bear to a child. However, when the Earth-raised Saiyan is angry, it's almost as if life itself has been completely disrupted and torn to shreds. The way Goku can find it in his heart to show mercy to tyrants like Frieza even after his best friend was murdered by the aforementioned Arcosian angers many because they feel he is dense, but I see it as a way of truly wanting everything to be peaceful. He is an idealist, even if he is a 'dimwit.'
Think about it, when have you seen Goku kill on his own accord? Besides for a few instances(King Piccolo, Buu) in which he was ABSOLUTELY forced, Goku has always tried to prevent his killing of another.
And now, number one...
...The one you've all been waiting for...
Yes, Frieza is my favourite character in all of DBZ history--though I honestly think it's a tie between him and Goku at times. Now, my reasoning:
Frieza is a tyrant through and through. I personally have to wonder just exactly WHY Frieza became the way he did. An organism is not born with malicious intent; it needs to be instilled in them from an outside source.
Now, many people will cut out the name 'Frieza' and add in the name 'Vegeta.' Why? Because many people enjoy to empathize with Vegeta because we see more of him throughout the series and therefore "is the superior character and #1 in all of DBZ history."
I disagree with this logic.
It is because we DON'T know a lot about Frieza that makes him so interesting.
Here's my explanation:
The Saiyans are known to be ruthless warriors that love to fight. Vegeta does not fall outside of this category; he is quite literally the textbook definition of a Saiyan elite. To be perfectly honest, I believe that Vegeta would turn out to be more evil if he were to have lived out his life on Planet Vegeta. He was already 'himself' by the age of 5.
Frieza's story is much more different because we don't know anything about his story. My personal opinion is that King Cold corrupted him and molded him into the son he wanted. Then again, perhaps Cold's father wanted that of him himself(King Cold; Frieza's father). It's so interesting because we don't really know.
I also like Frieza's temper and classy wit; it seems almost if he wascorrupted by his father. It's so subtle that you really need to sit down and analyze his psyche throughout the many episodes he's featured in before you can tell me my view is illogical.
So, yes. Frieza(Goku being either a tie or a veryclose second) is my favourite character in all of DBZ history.
V. Favourite Themes.
When I write, I find I work best when listening to music. So, I figured that I'd list the themes I listen to while writing.
- Bruce Faulconer tracks
- Particular Kai tracks
- All Hans Zimmer tracks
More shall be added later.
VI. Information as a Writer.
I only review when I'm signed in. That's a promise. If you find yourself flamed by an anonymous Super Vegetarott, I can assure you it's not me. However, there are exceptions to that rule, but I will notify you if I am to do so.
I tend to flip between using the British way of spelling(honour and defence) and the American way(honor and defense). Just wanted to let you all know that; I am both Canadian and American after all.
I find my strength as a writer to be able to portray characters accurately as they were in the anime/manga. However, I find myself lacking in the 'fluff' or 'light' scenes unless it has had strong buildup beforehand.
I try to keep swearing to a minimum in my writings. However, I can warn you that there will most likely be some cursing in my fanfics--which is why I have my fanfictions always rated T. In my opinion, T is okay for some swearing; it's not like I'm doing so continuously.
I obviously enjoy reviews. Think of it this way: I take the time to publish a fic that you(hopefully) enjoy. The least you, as a reader, can do is write up a review of my own story--it took you perhaps 10 minutes to read? I only ask for 3-4 more minutes of your time to tell me what you liked or disliked.
I also try to incorporate little references in when I can-- such as TFS references or other references.
I always listen to criticism; I'm all for answering why something happened the way it did or if something was misspelled or formatted poorly. I want my fics to be as clear and concise as possible!
Believe it or not, SotF isn't my first fanfiction; I've had many, many more upon a time. However, I only feel as if I have a true direction with SotF and the fics I've started after, and therefore, it's the only story I've kept.
VII. Thoughts on DBGT.
You may have noticed in my recommended readings I said Dragon Ball A-Z would be an awesome continuation of the DB series. Now, many people would think that I dislike GT because of this. Quite frankly, they would be right; I didn't. It was not up to par with DB, much less DBZ. But that's not to say it didn't have its enjoyable moments. Here, I'll give you my opinion-- meaning that it's not the truth-- on the continuation to the DB series.
The most noteworthy thing GT can claim to fame is the Baby Saga. Frankly, that was my favourite arc in all of GT, and is actually one of my favourites in the whole DB universe. While I feel parts of it could use some cleaning up, I do think they knew what they were doing.
A major fault with it in my opinion was the fact that Vegeta wasn't the one to save the day. I mean, come on; he could've finished what his father started. Quite frankly, this could've been the last saga of DBZ where Vegeta finally becomes the hero of Earth and Goku rides off into the sunset with Uub. I would find this to be a more than satisfactory ending to the DB series. In my opinion, this could've been a catalyst for his character change and ultimately into a true protector of the Earth. That being said, I still liked the arc as a whole and give it a thumbs up.
I didn't enjoy the whole Super Seventeen arc, though. The idea of villains returning from hell had been used back in Fusion Reborn; I think King Yemma would've learned from that whole dilemma(rhyme) and set up some sort of failsafe to prevent the mass outbreak. Plus, I just genuinely didn't like Super 17.
The Shadow Dragon Saga was okay-- okay meaning that I liked it to an extent. I didn't like how dragged out it was with the other dragons(with all the humour; serious dragons like Nova and Iyce sufficed for me). The whole Syn and Omega Shenron plotline was written well when compared to the Super Android 17 concept, at least.
I didn't like the 'offical' ending, either. I mean, come on. They basically rehashed Goku and Vegeta being protectors of the Earth again. Personally, I feel there could've been something more original than that.
So in short, I enjoyed the Baby Saga and parts of the Syn/Omega Shenron arc. That's just about it, though.
While I'm not as big a fan of Pocket Monsters as I am DBZ, I definitely enjoy the video games. Never watched the anime or read anything, though; I just saw it and began playing it. So, this section will cover all of my Pokemon interests. Do I read fanfiction for Pokemon? Not really, no. The only Pokemon fanfiction I enjoy is the whole N and Ghetsis dynamic.
I'm a huge fan of the way the plots are developing in Pokemon nowadays; they're becoming more thought-out and tougher to beat. Therefore, I'm going to share my favourite Pokemon games and my assessment of them.
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald: I like the region and some of the Pokemon. However, Gen III's downfall is the fact that you can't really find anything special until the 6th or 7th gym. By this point in time, it takes hours and hours of training to actually level up that Pokemon to the level you want them to be. For example, I recently trained an Anorith to evolve into Armaldo and become level 47; the process took 6 hours to perform in. Another fault is the lack of any after-story.
Pokemon Fire Red/ Leaf Green: The original region itself; you can't help but love the remakes of the original Pokemon games. The addition of the Sevii Islands improved the games and made it worthy to note.
Pokemon Platinum: Its predecessors(Diamond and Pearl) were definitely awesome, but Platinum exceeds them both by far. The Distortion World is simply awesome. I think a major plus for Platinum is the fact that I actually like all of the Creation Trio, Palkia, Dialga, and Girantina. Plus, it offers a bunch of side-tasks you can complete after the main game ends.
Pokemon Pearl: While lacking compared to Pokemon Platinum, this game is my first Pokemon game ever. I mention it only for being my first Pokemon experience. Therefore, Palkia is one of my favourite legendaries of all time; Infernape also holds a special place in my heart. My very first team was Infernape, Roserade, Quagsire, Palkia, Staraptor, and Zapdos.
How did I obtain this Zapdos? Simple; my friend gave me one when I reached Victory Road. At the time, I'd just started to see the other legendaries, and I came across Zapdos. He was very generous and gave me it from his FireRed as long as I agreed to trade him a Heatran after I caught it. Since I had recently picked up Diamond and knew I could get one there, I agreed.
Pokemon Black/White 2: This is undoubtedly my favourite Pokemon game of all time. Why did I mention Black AND White 2? Simple; I'm the biggest Reshiram fan of all time. Not to say I dislike Zekrom; I just like Reshiram that much more. The whole character of N and the idea of him being manipulated and deceived by Ghetsis is simply amazing and unique. Gen VI is going to have a tough time topping Gen V; I can tell you that right now.
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver: Pure nostalgia. The additions to the games only made it a better gaming experience.
So, if I had to give my preference of Pokemon generations, the list is V, IV(very close), III, I, II. I don't hate Generation II; I just think it wasn't up to par with the others. And yes, remakes are included in the list; HG/SS would count for Gen IV.
[X and Y review coming soon.]
IX. Favourite Scenes in Dragon Ball history.
I'll be listing my top 5 of each, starting with the scenes. Here you are.
V. Goku's transformation to Super Saiyan against Android 19.
The above scene is one of absolute epic proportions. Goku's transformation, especially with the background theme really just was absolutely awesome. His eyes first turn green and his hair spikes up(but doesn't turn blonde). It is the absolute coolest scene you will ever see in terms of a simple ascension.
IV. Gohan's ascension to Super Saiyan 2 against Cell.
There are just no words that can describe this scene for me. While I'm not a Gohan "fanboy," I certainly like his character, and seeing this amazing ascension to Super Saiyan Two--with such a buildup--just took my breath away.
III. Imperfect Cell revealing himself for the first time.
The way Cell was foreshadowed to in the aftermath of the Vegeta vs. 18 battle and his actual introduction scared the daylights out of me. Such an absolutely fearful creature, was Imperfect Cell. Silently sizing up Piccolo in his cat-slit eyes, Cell unexpectedly demonstrates his ability of absorption. His first words; "You're next... Demon King Piccolo..." were also absolutely horrifying. Come to think of it, all of Imperfect Cell's scenes are ominous if you think about it.
II. Goku's "I Am Speech."
Absolutely iconic. I don't believe I need to justify this one.
I. Goku vs. Vegeta; dialogue before the battle.
The scene, first of all, is absolutely iconic. However, the main reason I enjoyed this scene the most is because it conveyed the theme of an uphill struggle for Son Goku; Vegeta was made out to be such an amazing threat that no one could overcome.
X. Dragon Ball Multiverse 2(DBM2.)
I've been accepted into the awesome project and community known as DBM2. These fellow writers have become my close friends in a very short time, and I'd like to present to you the 20 fics that will be participating in this project.
U1 - Dragon Ball A-Z (Arcane Hurricane A.K.A. Arcane Super Saiyan)
U2 - Viva la Tapion(Skar-faced Bandit)
U3 -Sins of the Father (Super Vegetarott)
U4 -Android 1 (Supersaiyaninfinitygohan)
U5 - Appule's Insurrection by (pointer39)
U6 - Shaded Chronicles(Katsuargi A.K.A. Leon)
U7 - Piccolo's Choice(Saucemonkey)
U8 - Savior of Demons (Roketto)
U9 - Internal Menace(Foolsgil)
U10 - 1000 Years After(augustus.charlemagne)
U11 - The Majin Legacy(Ledgic)
U12 - Honor Trip Future (Trunks) (American Vigor)
U13 - Bringer of Death(npberryhill & Davidstarlingm)
U14 - Gohan: The Fallen Hero(Gohandominates)
U15 - Turles' Triumph (daughterofrisingsun)
U16 - Break Through The Limit (Captain Space A.K.A. Tiencha)
U17 - Honor Trip(American Vigor)
U18 - The Saiyan's Cascade(Kakarotto Ka Power Level Kya Hai? A.K.A. I-Am-So-Original and Super Vegetarott)
U19 - Guardian(Mr.Arkham)
U20 - Legend of Kailery(CrazyBuu)
U1: Dragon Ball A-Z: The direct continuation of the DBZ series.
U2: Viva El Tapion: Comedic Universe.
U3: Sins of the Father: In the original DBM, Raichi slaughters the Saiyans. In this, however, the Saiyans will be separated in an entirely different way.
U4: Android 1: A character who absorbs to gain power.
U5: Appule's Insurrection: Like XXI, Appule doesn't look tough... but he is.
U6: Shaded Chronicles: This fanfic has to do with empires, relating to Bojack's empire.
U7: Piccolo's Choice: Piccolo, like Gast, is an extremely powerful Namekian.
U8: Roketto's Frieza Fic: A fic where Frieza is a main character, much like U8 of DBM where he kills Goku & friends.
U9: Internal Menace: A human-centric story, much like the human warriors of DBM.
U10: 1000 Years After: The fic focuses on the Saiyans, much like the DBM universe of primitive Saiyans.
U11: The Majin Legacy: A fic that focuses on the Majins(Uub).
U12: The future timeline of Honor Trip; it relates to DBM because of it being the canonical Mirai timeline.
U13: Bringer of Death: Vegeta becomes the first Super Saiyan.
U14: Gohan: The Fallen Hero: It has to do with Gero's creations.
U15: Turles' Triumph: It's a far different universe than any of the rest, which is comparable to I'K'L's universe being far different.
U16: Break Through the Limit: Both protagonists(Raditz & Vegetto) have unstable daughters(Break & Bra)
U17: Honor Trip: A universe revolving around Cell.
U18: The Saiyan's Cascade: A universe that is dedicated to presenting all DBZ movies and canon in a logical manner.
U19: Guardian: Kakarot sets up a Galactic Parliament in Guardian, which is relatable to the Heloite warriors.
U20: Legend of Kailery: A story revolving around a female LSSJ.
The DBM2 project is nowhere near done, don't expect it for a long while. We still need to come to an agreement on forms, transformations, power tiers, match-ups, and a plethora of other stuff that I'll keep under my belt. In all honesty, even after we finish agreeing on stuff and working out a general system, we still need to ensure that everyone is on board with the project. THEN we start planning. I wouldn't expect it for another year or two, but please feel free to read the DBM2 project's awesome fanfictions; I would be delighted if you were to read U18 and U3 in particular. I'm sure I don't need to point out why.
XI. Neo Z Fighters.
While I'm an author of the Dragon Ball Multiverse 2 project, that isn't the only 'group of writers' I'm associated with. I am a proud member of the Neo Z-Fighters community & forum.
The members of the Neo Z-Fighters:
Aron the Ultimate Hero
Kaiser La Britannia
My Little Lolita
The Forgotten Phoenix
Ultimate Black Ace
XII. Movie Reviews.
Here, I shall give my thoughts on each DBZ movie and give my overall assessment of them.
I. Dead Zone:
Being honest, this wasn't well-executed. I guess I'm just not a fan of Garlic Junior--his concept, his persona; they just don't click with me. I found him to be rather boring. Plus, there's a noticeable plot hole within the movie: this has to have taken place before the Raditz battle, and Krillin knows Gohan. He, along with everyone else, is stunned to find out that Goku has a son, so this is a rather significant plot hole.
Now, I know that the movies aren't made to be 100% canonical. I do understand that. However, I think it's important to discuss why there are plot holes within them, so I shall continue to do so.
II. World's Strongest.
I wasn't a real fan of this movie, either. The concept seemed cool, but I found the actual fighting to be rather boring and unappealing.
Again, there's a plot hole with Goku knowing the Kaioken. There's no particular point in time when this could happen without inconsistency, so yeah. That's problematic.
III. Tree of Might.
I was a huge fan of Tree of Might. The concept, the villains, it was all awesome. The ending was a bit generic(Goku winning with the Spirit Bomb), but hey, Turles was able to DEFLECT a previous Spirit Bomb. That's pretty cool, in my opinion. Plus, the henchmen(especially Cacao) were well-designed and interesting.
Of course, like the other movies, this one can't be pieced into the canonical timeline.
IV. Lord Slug.
I'll be honest: this movie had its good parts and its bad parts. For a good part, I was intrigued by Slug. He was a cool villain that I rather enjoyed. The plot... not so much. I wasn't satisfied with False Super Saiyan, either. I feel like there could've been something better to be a deciding factor--and even then, it didn't really contribute to the end of the movie.
Unfortunately, this movie can't fit into the canonical timeline either.
V. Cooler's Revenge.
Absolutely loved this movie. Though the plot was somewhat weak with Goku being out of commission for the good majority of the movie, I thought the henchmen were awesome, Cooler was epic, and the fighting animation was off the charts.
Of course, I would've liked if Goku had been able to attain his Super Saiyan form earlier, but I see why it was done the way it was.
This is the first movie we can put into the canonical timeline: during the three year gap between the androids. It makes sense that Vegeta wasn't present for it, as he was most likely training in space to become a Super Saiyan.
VI. The Return of Cooler.
Also another spectacular movie. Meta-Cooler was an awesome concept, and the fighting was stunningly vivid. I couldn't enjoy this movie any more if I tried to.
This, sadly, can't be in the canonical timeline due to Dende being Guardian of Earth.
VII. Super Android #13.
This movie was pretty good. I liked the androids featured, though I think it would've been awesome to see #17 and #18 make an appearance to help the Z-Fighters. The only thing that could bring it down, in my opinion, would be the way it ended.
Super Android #13 can be thought to occur in the timeline where Cell doesn't appear, as the androids would've been deactivated by the Z-Fighters, and subsequently, Gohan has not entered the time chamber(which would've made him his teen incarnation).
VIII. Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan.
This movie isn't one I consider to be good, but I will say this: I enjoyed the fighting. The rest of it -- Broly's rampage -- is rather repetitive and stale.
Broly's movie can take place during the 10 day wait for the Cell Games.
IX. Bojack Unbound:
I enjoyed this movie, but it wasn't as good as it could've been for the same reason as Cooler's Revenge: Gohan should've been able to transform into SSJ2 straight off the bat.
This takes place during the 7 year gap between Cell and Buu.
X. Broly: The Second Coming:
I didn't enjoy this movie for the same reason I didn't enjoy Broly's first movie: no real plot behind it. However, this time around, I only found Gohan vs. Broly to be of any relative interest.
This can take place during the 7 year gap between Cell and Buu.
I really disliked this movie. Broly's character was only further downgraded as a clone, and it's not like Goten and Trunks didn't fight him already... even the ending was rather poor.
This has to take place after the Majin Buu Saga.
XII. Fusion Reborn.
Ah, yes, one of the best DBZ movies ever, in my opinion. The nostalgia of having old villains return was absolutely awesome, even if they were defeated rather quickly. Plus, Janemba's concept was awesome, and showed the meaning of absolute pure evil. Gogeta was stunning in terms of both appearance and moveset, although I wish there was a bit more of a struggle.
This movie, sadly, can't be placed in the canonical timeline.
XIII. Wrath of the Dragon.
Words cannot describe how much I loved this movie. For once, the characterization took precedence over the battling. Tapion and Trunks grew to have a heartwarming friendship, and even though Goku saved the day, it really felt as if Trunks and Tapion played a major role in doing so.
This takes place after the Buu Saga, obviously.
XIV. Battle of the Gods.
I rather enjoyed this film for a multitude of reasons, the most prominent being that GOKU LOST. Did you read that correctly? GOKU LOST. Even as a Super Saiyan God, Goku was unable to pull out the victory against Bisuru. Even after he powered down from Super Saiyan God, Goku was still able to utilize the Super Saiyan form and give it meaning. This is a brilliant move by Akira, and I applaud him for re-introducing the importance of the original Super Saiyan transformation.
This, obviously, takes place before the birth of Pan.
This section is a tribute to all of those who I feel have drastically impacted my fanfiction career, and my thanks to them.
The first credit goes to American Vigor, writer of the ever-popular and complex Honor Trip. In addition to being one of the authors who inspired me to write fanfiction, he also has earned this spot for his overwhelming dedication to Honor Trip. You see, he had originally cancelled the series, but then, somehow, found a way to balance it all. AV has my eternal respect as an author for this.
The second, and final, homage shall be paid to Saucemonkey, writer of Piccolo's Choice. I've been following PC for literally two years, watching as young Gohan was slowly driven further and further to insanity while Piccolo attempted to pursue his goals of world domination, and loving every second of it. I've not only had the pleasure of reading his fanfiction, but I've also had the honor of being able to call him a valued friend. Though he may take hiatuses at times, due to his own reasoning, I'll continue to follow his work, and I encourage you to do so as well.
XIV. My Writing.
As a writer, I pride myself on my work. While I may not like every scene I write, I do try and put as much effort as possible into each of them. I do not discriminate against characters; I try to give each character their own moment. For example, I may find Frieza to be my favorite character, but that doesn't mean he's going to become a hero by any means. I may not like Vegeta as much as I do Goku; however, that doesn't mean I'm going to make Vegeta lose every single fight he's in.
Now, as for my update consistency... as of the moment, I have a lot of endeavors I wish to pursue in the near future. As such, I will be dedicating more of my time in order to do so; however, this does not mean I will be an author who abandons my fanfiction. Everything I publish on this site, I intend to finish.
Let's take some time to look at all of my writing projects and what they're about.
Sins of the Father: This is the first fic I've truly taken seriously, and I think the effort's really paid off. The premise is a modified cliche of the "Raditz abducts Gohan" plot; instead of Gohan, it is Son Goku who is kidnapped after losing his memory. The resulting universe explores a stronger bond between Piccolo and Gohan, increased relevancy for the humans, and an interesting dynamic for the Saiyans in space. This story is currently up to the Namek Saga.
Additional note - fanart for Sins of the Father can be located at SinsoftheFatherdbzff, courtesy of my long-time friend, I-Am-So-Original. He has produced official concept art for Goku's armored outfit, and a wallpapered version that is currently the cover of SotF. Check Original's deviantart for amazing fanart of other fanfictions as well!
The Saiyan's Cascade(coauthored by I-Am-So-Original: This is a fic that I decided to write with one of my best friends on Fanfiction, I-Am-So-Original(also known as Kakarotto Ka Power Level Kya Hai? on the Dragon Ball Multiverse comment section), and it details a universe where Goku arrives to fight the Saiyans on time, just barely saving Yamcha from certain death against the Saibamen. This story's goal is to create a believable and logical cascade of events following Vegeta's defeat on Earth that can tie in all the movie villains into it. Right now, we've just finished the Vegeta Saga. Which evildoer will we introduce next? Stay tuned to find out!
In addition to my own fics, I play a hand in the development of several other fics, which are all great reads and ones I recommend. Below, I have listed them and my role in them.
The Majin Legacy by SpiderLedgic: Primary Editor/Consultant
Half Remembered Dream by SpiderLedgic: Primary Editor/Primary Consultant
Piccolo's Choice by Saucemonkey: Editor/Consultant
Always by Ness Frost: Plot and Characterization Consultant/Primary Editor
Dragon Ball Z: Ripple Effect by treeger: Primary Editor
Saiyan Vengeance by Mattix Ultimate: Primary Editor
XV. Chapter Progress.
Here's how this section is going to work. I'm going to list my stories in alphabetical order, then list the chapter number I'm currently working on, its current word count, and then give any additional notes on it. I will not be giving any sort of completion date for it, however, as I don't want to put myself under the pressure of a schedule. With junior year of college will only come more and more work; I don't think I'll have as much time to write as before. I will still strive to bring you quality chapters while still writing for entertainment, and I hope you'll all join me as my stories unravel their plots.
Story: Red Son
Current Chapter: Chapter 2
Current Word Count: 0 words
Additional Notes: Thanks for the early feedback, everyone! I'll see what I can do to get the next chapter ready soon!
Story: Sins of the Father
Current Chapter: Chapter 22
Current Word Count: 349
Additional Notes: Currently on an indefinite hiatus. I hate to do this, but I really cannot even try to get this going again.
Story: The Saiyan's Cascade
Current Chapter: Chapter 7
Current Word Count: 0 words
Additional Notes: Seeing as how Original and I have effectively put this story on a small hiatus, it's going to be a long while before you hear any news about TSC's progress. It's not that we don't want to tell the story, but admittedly things have been quite difficult to manage in terms of real life and various other commitments(I know I seemingly say this every time we update, but it is by no means any less true) and so time to work on this fic has been nigh impossible.
Current Chapter: Chapter 7
Current Word Count: 6,948 words
Additional Notes: I've written a lot this evening - I was able to construct two scenes entirely from scratch and edited the first one to make it flow better. There are likely two or three more scenes to write before this chapter's uploading!
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