Two-Faced Lovers by dexm (G)

  • Sep. 13th, 2015 at 1:12 AM
Title: Two-Faced Lovers
Fandom: Tiger & Bunny
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Music Video
Length: Short (3:08)
Warnings: Epilepsy warning

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: dexm

Summary:

「チャーハンの具にしてやんよ!」 背腸ぬいたれやー。im1400924
お借りしたものは動画内にて

(SNP: No, I don't know what that means, and neither does Google Translate. Sorry.)

Review:

So long story short, MMD is a Japanese dance program that lets you choreograph dances using character models. dexm's video is actually a recreation of another video that uses the same choreography but a different version of the song. (Which makes this rather tenuously a Tiger & Bunny rec.)

As someone who can't understand a lick of Japanese, I find the majority of MMD videos to be briefly interesting, then rather boring. So while I'm certainly no MMD connoisseur, the fact that I can watch this one from start to finish without glazing over is the most poorly framed yet sincere praise I have ever given and will probably ever give. The camera angles constantly draw the eye and dexm introduces new video effects to keep the viewer ooh-ing and ahh-ing right up until the last frame. The color scheme of light and dark greys calls back to the song's original Vocaloid version and its video, but dexm introduces the darker color scheme and the Tiger & Bunny fandom's Dark Tiger to highlight the singer's ambivalence and confusion. Though there may be a great deal that's recycled from previous MMD versions of the song, dexm adapts and improves on the formula in a way that makes their version a must-see.

Visually, it's a delight, and the singer has a great rock and roll type voice that gives the song a certain vibrancy that the Vocaloid version sorely lacks. If you only watch one MMD video in your life, make sure it's this one.

NicoNico: Two-Faced Lovers
Youtube (not the creator's upload!): Two-Faced Lovers
Title: Let's Get Married!
Fandom: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Pairing: Kakyoin Noriaki/Kujo Jotaro
Categories/Genres: Kidfic, Alternate Universe, De-Aged, Fluff
Length: Short (16 pages)
Warnings: N/A

Artist on LJ: N/A
Artist Website: しょうちき
Translator Website: nenatranslates

Summary:

(The summary is in Japanese. Assuming most of epic-recs' patrons don't read/speak Japanese, I won't paste it here.)

Review:

Basically, this comic is an AU version of a canonical fight in Stardust Crusaders, where Jotaro and Kakyoin are transformed into children by Alessi's Stand and left in Josef's care while Polnareff and Abdul battle Alessi. Their characterizations as children are extrapolated from the brief hints that Holly Kujo and Kakyoin himself provide in the canon.

I'm no less a sucker for authors filling in the blanks when it comes to backstory than I've always been, so reccing this, (once I'd discovered the translation!) was a no-brainer. It's difficult to take Holly Kujo's description of a young Jotaro at her word, considering the kind of personality he has as a teen, but the artist writes it straight, depicting Jotaro as an outgoing, empathetic child. In sharp contrast is Kakyoin, whose early emergence of his Stand, and the complications that Kakyoin canonically, if vaguely, implies to have followed, have made him a cynical and angry young boy determined to be alone by choice rather than be hated and left behind.

Interestingly, it's this portrayal of Kakyoin that I can see being enslaved, possibly even willingly, by Dio, who may have been the first person to not only acknowledge, but understand and appreciate Kakyoin's Stand.

Though how Jotaro went from being a sweet child to a stone-faced delinquent is still anyone's guess.

Let's Get Married!
Title: Check, Please! The Musical!: I Need Him on My Line (Reprise)
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Gen(-ish?)
Categories/Genres: Song
Length: Short (4:11)
Warnings: N/A

Composer on LJ: N/A
Composer Website: sailorsun7

Summary:

“Check, Please!” is an amazing webcomic, by the amazing artist Ngozi, about hockey, pie, and friendship. Check it out here: http://omgcheckplease.tumblr.com. It’s also just begging to be a musical (as are most things)! Here’s my take on hockey captain Jack Zimmermann’s big 11 o’clock number, in which he has an “aha moment” about a certain Southern baking boy…

Review:

So to provide a little context, the concept of a Check, Please! musical stems from an AU idea that the comic's creator, Ngozi, tossed up on Twitter one day. To the delight of the fandom, sailorsun7 took the idea and ran with it, unleashing upon the world this marvelous piece of artistry.

If you're a Check, Please! fan, this is not to be missed. If you are not (yet) a Check, Please! fan, fingers crossed that sailorsun7's amazing song is your gateway into the fandom. If you've already listened to it, come join me in my little corner as I simultaneously guffaw and weep about how in character the lyrics are for Jack.

Check, Please! The Musical!: I Need Him on My Line (Reprise)
Title: Choose Well, Choose Wisely, Choose Again
Fandom: Long Live the Queen (video game)
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Repeating time, Drama, Introspection
Length: Short (1578 words)
Warnings: Canonical (repeated) character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tuesdayfic
Author Website: tuesday

Summary:

Elodie knew that a princess had only one chance to rule wisely. Elodie knew wrong.

Review:

Long Live the Queen is a peculiar little simulation game that takes place in a magical kingdom, following the forty weeks leading up to the fifteenth birthday and subsequent coronation of the Princess Elodie. She begins as a sheltered young girl, utterly unprepared for the duties that await her. Over the course of the forty weeks, the player chooses what skills Elodie should learn from her tutors and selects her reactions to events. If the proper skills and responses are chosen, Elodie lives to her fifteenth birthday and becomes Queen. If not, Elodie dies. And dies, and dies, and dies.

Choose Well, Choose Wisely, Choose Again presents an Elodie who becomes conscious of the repetitive nature of the game over the course of her resurrections and subsequent 'playthroughs'. Most interestingly, tuesday incorporates the game's unusual mechanics into the in-universe lore and subtly molds the functionally immortal Elodie into an avatar of the gamer who plays the game again and again in search of perfection.

Choose Well, Choose Wisely, Choose Again
Sorry this is late. I had a family emergency that took me away from the internet for a few days.

Title: Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is there 'In a summoning pentagram'
Fandom: Insurance Company Ads
Pairing: Gen
Categories: AU, Dark, Crack, Humor
Length: Short
Warnings: Dark Verse, Human Sacfrificce

Author on LJ: http://kyraneko.tumblr.com/
Website: N/A

Summary: "Like a good neighbor State Farm is there," we chant, and another agent appears in the pentagram. He screams. The Dark Lord feasts tonight.

Review: This is an awesome short fic that brings all the different insurance commercials together. Tons of world building and characterization even if the fic is very short.

Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is there 'In a summoning pentagram'

Long Way for a Shortcut by Netgirl_y2k (G)

  • Mar. 16th, 2015 at 1:02 PM
Title: Long Way for a Shortcut
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Gen
Genres: AU, Humour, Friendship, Fix-it
Length: Short (1,914 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] netgirl_y2k
Author Website: Netgirl_y2k @ AO3

Author's Summary:
"I'm a human being with the brain of a Time Lord and he's a Time Lord trapped in a human body. Which isn't nearly as kinky as it sounds."

Review:
Donna and the Ten clone steal the TARDIS and go on a romp around the universe together, conveniently fixing their biological problems along the way. Their banter is hilarious and I always love a Donna fix it.

Long Way for a Shortcut

100px To The Right by jedusaur (G)

  • Feb. 14th, 2015 at 11:31 PM
Title: 100px To The Right
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Meta, Humor, Pre-slash, Pining, Alternate Universe(?)
Length: Short (1415 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] jedusaur
Author Website: jedusaur

Summary:

Bitty comes out to Johnson in the Haus kitchen after baking four pies in a row. Bitty bakes when he’s nervous, but he also bakes when he’s happy, when he’s tired, when he’s irritated, and when it’s Tuesday, so it’s hard to draw conclusions. Unless you peeked ahead to the last panel first to check for cliffhangers, but Johnson would never do that.

Review:

Another Check, Please! rec? You bet! So if you haven't read it yet, you better hie your hiney on over, because it's the best thing since standardized time measurement.

I love Johnson the Metaphysical Goalie. I just love the imaginary stuffing out of him, because I never knew tampering with the fourth wall could be taken to such extremes with such grace and skill. Johnson takes the term 'genre savvy' and turns it on its head, because Johnson isn't just savvy, he's enlightened, the Buddha of fictional characters, perfectly cognizant to what he is and why he exists.

jedusaur writes Johnson with a clearly palpable glee, letting him converse with the reader within the context of his and Bitty's chats. Bitty is, quite understandably, thoroughly confused, which is a pretty standard canon reaction from the characters when confronted by Johnson's.... Johnson-ness. But the reader just grins and nods along, nudge and wink, because Johnson isn't just a character in a webcomic. He's us.

100px To The Right


Also, Hananobira has done a podfic of this work, which you'll find here:

[Podfic] 100px To The Right
Title: Cloud on My Tongue
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Zabuza/Haku
Genres: Pre-Canon, Drama
Length: Short (1,315 words)
Warnings: Underage (thoughts, nothing is acted upon.)

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] des_solace
Author Website: desolate butterfly @ FF.net

Author's Summary:
Zabuza's stopped touching Haku, and meeting his eyes. Haku tries to puzzle out why.

Review:
A melancholy little fic outlining Zabuza and Haku's strange co-dependent relationship. It's just as disturbing and unequal and yet somehow sweet as their canon relationship seemed to be.

Cloud on My Tongue

Conversations by JupiterLily (G)

  • Jan. 20th, 2015 at 9:34 AM
Title: Conversations
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Gen
Genres: Humour, Friendship
Length: Short (721 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: JupiterLily @ FF.net

Author's Summary:
3:13 dialogue. "Zuko... you should grow a mustache." Aang and Zuko were stuck in that green stuff for a long time before the Sun Warriors found them.

Review:
A short and sweet fic full of hilarious IC banter between Aang and Zuko as they wait for their rescue.

Conversations
Title: The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Family, Parenthood, Humor, Established Relationship, Domestic
Length: Short (1869 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: the_wordbutler

Summary:

Harold tells John to find a hobby.

John does, just not the kind of hobby Harold'd hoped for.

Review:

John is an ex-special forces, ex-CIA clandestine agent. Harold is a reclusive billionaire programmer who singlehandedly created a nationwide surveillance system and genuine artificial intelligence. Neither subscribes to the socially dictated idea of privacy and the boundaries that go with it. So of course any sort of family they end up creating would be... unconventional.

The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys is an AU fic, but with the feel of canon, as though it might take place in a hypothetical post-canon, or even simultaneous with future canon, if you can suspend your disbelief far enough. Even though their attention isn't focused on saving New York City one victim or perpetrator at a time, there's still a palpable sense of their devotion to the cause of helping these stray kids however they can. Carter and Fusco are inevitably dragged into it, and of course have their own two cents to share. Even Zoe Morgan and Will Ingram, oft ignored in fanfiction, lend their own talents to the odd, (likely illegal), group home. As a result, there's very much a 'it takes a village' vibe to the fic, a group of unlikely co-conspirators working together to help make New York a little better, one runaway at a time.

The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys

War Will Make Soldiers by daftalchemist (G)

  • Oct. 19th, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Title: War Will Make Soldiers
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Family, Drama, Angst
Length: Short (1307 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: daftalchemist

Summary:

The Carlsberg house is full of mysteries and unknowable truths, exactly the kinds of things Tamika needs for her army.

Review:

This fic contains spoilers for Welcome to Night Vale up through episode 53.

Steve Carlsberg. Oh, Steve Carlsberg, how we have learned to love to hate you, can practically hear Cecil's snarl in our ears as we read your name. Steve Carlsberg. Did you hear it, then? I did.

Unfortunately, there's not much I can say about this fic without spoiling a vast swath of Welcome to Night Vale, but if you're caught up, you need to read this Steve Carlsberg-centric fic. It's a fascinating look into the Night Vale that exists outside of Cecil's admittedly broad but broadly biased scope. In it, we see Steve Carlsberg, not through Cecil's eyes, but telling his own story. It, and the September Monologue that it was based on, expose the way Cecil's bias has affected us, the listeners, inculcating us into despising someone we knew nothing about long before we had ever met him.

So if you haven't yet listened to episode 53, do that. Then read this fic. If you're not humbled and shamed and moved by the end of it, well.

War Will Make Soldiers
Title: california girls (we're unforgettable)
Fandom: Teen Wolf/Veronica Mars/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: gen (references to canon pairings)
Categories: angst, crossover, family, friendship
Length: short
Warnings: afterlife, canon character deaths

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: on ao3

Summary: Allison never really believed in an afterlife. But then, she didn't believe in werewolves either until she met one.

Review: I still really haven't accepted Allison's death, but this fic makes it okay. It's a gorgeous little fic about Allison's journey into the afterlife and all the remarkable women she meets there. The tri-crossover works *really* well here, grangerbutstranger captures all the characters beautifully and makes you wish that they had the chance to meet during life (someone ought to write that). It's the best of female friendship and bonding, and the strength forged from fighting for something you believe in.

california girls (we're unforgettable)

Readers' Recs -- Short Fic

  • Sep. 21st, 2014 at 4:56 PM
Our Short Fic theme week has come to an end and we would love to hear from you. Do you have any favorite stories that are less than 2k long? We'd love it if you'd share with us!
  • Recced stories can feature any pairing as long as they match the theme. Fan art, podfic, and fan vid recs are also welcome.
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Title: A Perpendicular Expression
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Humor
Length: Short (950 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] leupagus
Author Website: leupagus

Summary:

Pissing Finch off never actually ends well; usually it ends like this, with John scaring the shit out of her at two in the morning.

Review:

If there's anything I love in a Person of Interest fic, it's an outside POV, especially one that looks in on the ambiguously gay codependent duo of Finch and Reese. A Perpendicular Expression perfectly balances Carter's exasperation with subtle and nuanced impressions of Finch and Reese's partnership. It throws into sharp relief just how un-normal both men are, both in their actions and reactions towards the people they care about, something that often gets lost in the narrative when you're experiencing their relationship from the inside. But considering how serious the show is, it's nice to see a lighter take on it, and for the usually unflappable Carter to be stuck playing the straight man to Finch and Reese's well-intentioned hijinks.

A Perpendicular Expression

'Melange' by geonncanon (E)

  • Sep. 19th, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Title: Melange
Fandom: Sanctuary
Pairing: Helen/John/James
Categories: angst, pwp
Length: short (40 words)
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] geonncanon
Author's Website: on ao3

Summary: "perhaps it's all in his head"

Review It's a testament to an author's skill to be able to fully capture characters and their complicated relationships in so few words. But that's what geonncanon does, in 40 words the broken beauty of this trio is captured in perfection. It's a raw, sexual mess that's both hot and unsettling, but that's what we love about these three. In these forty words, the entire canon relationship between them is expertly summarized, it *is* them.

'Melange'



peach-soft flesh by Supernatasha (Pg-13)

  • Sep. 18th, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Title: peach-soft flesh
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Allison Argent/Scott McCall
Categories: AU, Family
Length: Short (1.7k)
Warnings:

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] supernatasha
Website: Supernatasha

Summary: The woman beside you stares, waiting to see what you'll do, if you'll tell your beautiful child who points earnestly and eagerly at the pink sneakers that he can't have them, to find something in blue, wouldn't he rather have the ones that light up, these aren't in his size, why doesn't he see if there's something else in the next aisle

and you say, "okay," and you buy him the shoes.

Review: I love that this is through the eyes of Ms. McCall. She is such a supportive mother and it really shows through in this fic.

A great little pick-me-up about love and supporting each other.

peach-soft flesh

On Love, In Truth by Lelek (PG-13)

  • Sep. 17th, 2014 at 1:01 AM
Title: On Love, In Truth
Fandom: Swordspoint
Pairing: Richard/Alec
Categories: Romance
Length: Short (1,035)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lelek
Author Website: AO3

Author's Summary:
Languishing in the harsh, brilliant light of an endless summer afternoon, Alec watches Richard practice against the wall of their sweltering room and wants.

Review:
This is just flat out lovely. This takes Alec and Richard and gives you a snapshot of a moment in their lives that is just about perfect. I love Swordspoint. It's beautiful and tragic and ugh, that book, and this little fic does that gem of a book credit. It sounds so perfectly in line with the words of the book it's like reading from one of the pages--it's that good. It's short and sweet and just rich in details and feelings.

As I said, it's nothing more than a moment in Alec and Richard's lives. Not even a particularly important one, but just them being at home. For all of that it's pretty much perfect. Definitely worth the read.

On Love, In Truth
Title: furnace room lullaby
Fandom:  Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler
Pairing:  Sebastian/Ciel
Categories: Vignette, hurt/comfort, horror
Length:  Short (1,658 words)
Warnings: None

Author on AO3:  dustofwarfare

Summary: Sometimes Ciel dreams he died on the sacrificial altar, and wakes up gasping his demon's name. And sometimes, his demon hears.

Review: The Kuroshitsuji fandom has several excellent stories under 2,000 words, but in the end, I decided to rec this newer piece by dustofwarfare. In "furnace room lullaby," Ciel wakes from a nightmare to find Sebastian in his room, summoned by Ciel calling out for him in his sleep. What follows is a wonderfully in-character exchange between demon and master. Like Kuroshitsuji itself, this story is hard to categorize. Sebastian's very presence almost classifies it as horror, but there is also hurt/comfort, as much Sebastian would offer and Ciel would allow. I suppose you could call it a slice-of-life vignette, for all that it emphasizes how delightfully strange and dark Ciel's life is.

All of dustofwarfare's stories portray a Sebastian as mysterious (and occasionally sinister) as he is in canon, a refreshing change from a lot of Kuroshitsuji fic. Sebastian's mask as a devoted servant sometimes hides the demon inside. This story is a reminder of the danger he poses to Ciel, and it leaves me feeling somewhat unsettled, like waking from a nightmare. But the inner fortitude provided by Ciel's point of view keeps "furnace room lullaby" from devolving into pure angst. This is a Ciel who was damaged by his past, but not broken by it, and who doesn't flinch away from who and what Sebastian really is. I love that, while highlighting the threat of their bond, this story also hints at the real affection between Ciel and Sebastian. For those of you who don't read underage, this story is only about as slashy as the anime itself, and could easily be read as pre-slash or gen, depending on how you interpret Sebastian's motivations. This vignette is like a photograph that illustrate everything I love about the relationship between them, however you decide to interpret it.

furnace room lullaby

The Green Prawn by Bard (PG)

  • Sep. 16th, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Title: The Green Prawn
Fandom: District 9
Pairing: Gen
Genres: Post-canon
Length: Short (1,357 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Bard @ AO3

Author's Summary:
Snapshots from the life of a former human being.

Review:
Sick yesterday and forgot to post this rec!

It's short fic week at Epic Recs, and this is a beautiful little fic that takes a melancholy look at the life of Prawn!Wikus as he waits for Christopher to come to back for him. Outsider POV's are used to show us just what a peculiar Prawn Wikus makes, and his interactions with normal humans are both sad and funny and so true to character. It's a lovely day in the life glimpse at him.

The Green Prawn

Three Drabbles

  • Sep. 16th, 2014 at 1:13 AM
Drabbles are hard. That's one reason why I'm a drabble purist; if it isn't exactly 100 words, you're taking the easy way out and I won't be impressed if you claim it's a drabble. You have just enough room to show an idea, set up a punchline or whatever, and making that sound plausible while still keeping to the strict word count is quite a challenge.

In an effort to have less words of review than actual content, I hereby offer you three drabbles from three different authors that I picked off Twisting the Hellmouth. All are PG, gen, and need no warnings. And they're all 100 words long, of course.

Title: The White What?
Author: P.H. Wise
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Dune
Categories: Crack, crossover, eugenics, real family

Summary:
Xander has a powerful magical heritage that he is only beginning to discover...

Review:
"Real families" are a common trope in BtVS crossover fanfic. It offers an easy way into a crossover to declare that someone (usually Xander or Willow) was adopted/kidnapped/hidden, and have them discover or be discovered by their real (crossover) parents. This drabble is the reductio ad absurdam of that idea, and a caution to overly enthusiastic breeding programmes everywhere. The repetition at the end is a little weak, but I'll let it off that for a good idea well expressed.

The White What?


Title: What's in a Name?
Author: Speaker to Customers
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Star Wars
Categories: Crack, crossover, real family

Summary:
An incredibly stupid variation on the 'Character X's Real Father' theme.

Review:
If "The White What?" was a reductio ad absurdam, this little gem is just plain absurd. If you're faster than me you might well see the punchline coming, but enjoy the concise, clear writing anyway.

What's in a Name?


Title: Hiding in Plain Sight II
Author: Marcus L. Rowland
Fandom: Highlander/Top Gear
Categories: Crack, crossover, driving, faked death

Summary:
If Richie Ryan isn't dead, where is he?

Review:
Marcus is one of the most prolific drabble writers I know. I picked this story not because of the surprise idea — if you know anything at all about Highlander and Top Gear you'll have already guessed it — but because it's a great demonstration of how to structure a drabble to read naturally.

Hiding in Plain Sight II

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