Author has written 13 stories for Ib, BioShock, Warhammer, Don't Starve, Witch's House, Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ, Katawa Shoujo, Fate/stay night, and Elfen Lied.
Hello fanfiction.net browsers.
I have been browsing fanfictions for a while now and eventually got around to making my own profile so that I could contribute to the archives.
Currently I am in college so updates to any stories I am working on will probably be sporadic. If something major comes up I'll be sure to let any readers know.
I read all my reviews and private messages, so there's no need to be shy. I'm always willing to listen to other people's input.
I value both good and bad reviews for my work. After all, without criticism how can we improve?
I have a tendency to leave long reviews on most of the stories I read. The way I see it, if an author can spend the time to write a story I can spend the time to let them know how they're doing.
I try not to be too abrasive when something is out of character, but sometimes I can't help myself. I apologize in advance if I leave an impolite, or overly opinionated review. It isn't personal and I don't want to make anyone feel bad.
If anyone is interested, my deviantart page can be found here: discipleofember . deviantart . com
Things I like:
Ib - I didn't expect a game designed by one person to have such a lasting effect on me, but I'm glad that I was proven wrong. This is one of those games that has so much more depth than you would expect if you only played it once. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes creepy survival games, but I would also advise you to keep an open mind when dealing with the characters. There is nothing black and white about it.
Bioshock 1 & 2 - I'm a huge fan of games that have a gritty, survival vs dehumanization, feel to them and very few games pull this off better than Bioshock. The city of Rapture has an atmosphere that just pulls you in and makes you reevaluate what you would do if your life was on the line.
Warhammer 40k - If you're looking for a series that is both in-depth and utterly grim-dark, then there is simply no other choice. Warhammer doesn't bother trying to make anyone look like the 'good guy' because there are none to be found. It is a chaotic universe where every faction is out for themselves, and morality isn't even a factor. The amount of story and the caliber of its telling are just in a league of its own, being far deeper and more sinister than others in the same genera.
Drakengard 2 - Some kids grew up playing COD or Halo. I grew up playing this. Drakengard 2 is the first game that held a serious impact on me. The combat and storyline were fairly generic as far as Japanese action games go, but the characters were done far better than anything else I had played up until that point. They were my first taste of game characters that actually felt human. It also ended up starting my love of difficult boss fights (Angelus took me upwards of four hours).
Elfen Lied- In all honesty, I'm not sure how this became my all time favorite anime. The voice acting is less than impressive, the story-line is meh, and there is far more fanservice moments than I would have liked. Still, it has an emotional impact that hits like a sledgehammer. I thought that Soul Eater was good at making me love the tragic characters, but this just blew it out of the water in that regard. Unfortunately, like Soul Eater, it has a Manga ending that I despise. All in all, it is a very moving and very short series that I would highly recommend to anyone who can stomach high amounts of nudity and violence.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica - I'm probably losing some man points by putting this up here, but screw it. This anime series was recommended to me by a friend, and it is one of the best I've seen in a long time. It's one of those stories that gets you attached to characters only to rip them away without warning and leave you reeling. Its story line is depressing in the extreme and yet it somehow manages to end on a bittersweet note that ties things together in a far better conclusion than I had anticipated.
Deadman Wonderland - Another anime that was recommended to me by a friend, Deadman Wonderland is almost like a mixture between Elfen Lied and a massively corrupt penitentiary. It's one of the only anime series that I've seen which actually follows fairly closely to the Manga story, and while it has plenty of uninspiring moments the overall show/book is very memorable. And then there's Shiro. Shiro is just all kinds of awesome.
Katawa Shoujo - It isn't an anime, but it was also recommended to me by a friend. I'm not usually one to go for strictly romance focused stories, but this is just too well done to pass up. It's a visual novel that focuses on a boy who suffered from a recent heart attack and is sent to a school for others who suffer from debilitating ailments. Given that it's entirely free to play/read I was caught off guard by how well done it is. The characters follow the traditional anime archetypes, but makes them feel so alive while doing so. Just a warning to any who are squeamish, it does include a fair amount of very adult content.
The Fate/series - In a war for the Holy Grail, magi summon up ancient Heroic Spirits to do battle with each other in a seven way free for all. With a creative premise, some very intense action, and extremely memorable characters, this is an awesome series which has been dominating my attention recently. Fate/Zero is by far the best in terms of story and animation quality, but the others can't be discounted either as they have a cast of characters that make the series for me. All, ironically enough, except for the main character who couldn't get any cheesier or more generic if he tried.
Things I don't like:
Bioshock infinite - I have nothing against it personally, it's a good game in its own right. What I dislike is that it simply isn't Bioshock. They took out everything that made the first two what they are, right down to the dark foreboding atmosphere, and replaced them with a fairly uninspiring story-line. It was fun for one play-through, but there was really no reason to go back and try again since there wasn't really anything you could do differently. In my opinion it just didn't live up to its predecessors.
Space Marines - The one thing I don't like about Warhammer 40k. If ever there was a case of Garry-Sue characters in a professional setting, it's these guys. Their basic strategy for everything is almost exclusively 'smash face first into it' and to make matters worse, it works. Every. Single. Time. No thinking involved. They win just about every fight solely based on the fact that they are big and powerful, which is part of why I can't stand them. In my opinion the most powerful characters are also the least interesting, especially when that power is entirely uncontested by anyone else in the entire galaxy.
The unit AI in Dawn Of War Soulstorm - All of my hate. All of it.
Gilgamesh (Fate/series) - There's plenty of reasons not to like this guy including his supreme arrogance, total narcissism, and obsession with getting what he wants at the cost of others. Still, none of that is why he's on this list. I actually enjoyed his shameless attitude during Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night as it made him more interesting. Then I saw Unlimited Blade Works. Suffice to say that after that, I've held nothing but the utmost hatred for the King of Heroes.
Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index/Scientific Railgun) - Don't think I really need to explain this one. A couple good deeds don't outweigh over ten thousand brutal murders no matter how hard the story tries to make him seem pitiable.
Future Diary - I put off watching this anime for way too long. After all, it's one of those things that gets referenced like crazy. At first, I really enjoyed the kind of brutal insanity that went on right up until episode five came along... Suffice to say that brutal hypocrisy is one of my biggest hatreds and has ruined more than one highly acclaimed anime in my eyes. The whole deal with Sixth, especially when compared to the situation with Ninth being let off free, was actually really sickening to me, only topped off by the ironically cruel manner in which she was dispatched. Even if she wasn't a main character, the way she was handled killed this series for me stone dead. I will give the show credit though, it has incredible music. I could listen to that stuff for hours.