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Tales of the Abyss Artwork and Fanfiction Recommendations 
3rd-Dec-2006 09:07 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
This Tales of the Abyss fanart site is utter and total love. I mean, way to go with chibi!Luke and the three cheegles following him for the splash page, but what really won my heart was the Asch-on-Kinoko Road game. Go to the art gallery (Pict-> Abyss section-> #8), or this artwork (but if you go to it directly, please visit the front page here too). You start out as Asch on his Mushroom Road quest, and it is ONE HYSTERICAL ADVENTURE AFTER THE OTHER. The first time I played I ended up with a "Bad End" that made me laugh SO HARD and VERY VERY HAPPY because it had Luke, and anything with Luke is automatic win for me. It is very well done. New art for every stage of the game, and it shows you what amazing work can be done with just HTML and artwork alone. Asch constantly put-upon and cranky and grouchy and also abused by everybody (in a good way! really!) and I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING. The artwork is genuinely charming - the top-down perspective of Kinoko Road Asch, especially.

Also, kurot did great Abyss artwork here. What I've always loved about her style is that it takes the best of Abyss game artwork and incorporates her own unique touch so that you can tell it is both unmistakeably Abyss, and unmistakeably hers. And, she drew me MieuXGuy, what is there not to love.

rheoster actually did a great chibi Asch biting chibi Luke artwork here, which also makes me laugh uncontrollably although I'd be laughing a lot harder if the positions were reversed.

And what really makes me happy is that excellent Abyss fanfiction has been turning up recently. chibimazoku, belserius and meimi have been doing some excellent work.

Gods, all this stuff deserves to be posted uncut, but it'd just kill flists.

I have an especially soft spot for belserius's Rappig Tales - this one in particular because of Mieu and Peony. The second part is cowritten with chibimazoku and has wonderful Guy/Luke hints and had me helpless with laughter. I am a sucker for well written Guy and Luke - note, this means nonslash and slash, and she does it wonderfully. I also liked this Asch and Dist work very much - she does an excellent terse Asch who'd make a deal with the devil (... or Van, maybe), if it means being able to stop what Van intends.

meimi, of course, wrote what I do believe is the first epic-length English Abyss fanfic out there, Nezach. It's the Abyss English novel I never got! It's so hard to pick my favourite installments, but this particular one is one of my favourites - it has Asch and Luke and GET OFF HIM!Jade. And the idea riffs she gets are amazing too - I love this Asch is an international incident one. My favourite Nezach installment that probably is a massive spoiler if you haven't read the rest of the fic is Luke says YOU CAN'T HAVE HIM HE'S MINE. 'He' being Asch. Instant and complete love.

chibimazoku makes me love Van/Guy. And that particular story also has an artwork-complement in ruaki's art. Heartbreaking beauty in my opinon, because I never thought anything could make me like Van/Guy til this. My favourite story of hers is how Guy got his collar, and it's Guy and young!Luke. That one also comes with maiki art (server's down now but it should be up in the near future). And of course. Awesome! tentacle!rappigs!/Guy.

And because I like all my favourites in one place, narugami's endgame Luke and Guy (spoilers!) story was the first lengthy Abyss fanfiction I'd ever read, and to this day, it's my incomparable. If my heart belongs to any story it belongs to narugami's Abyss fanfiction. I just have this complete and utter love for this story - it's the kind of story that I read when I'm down and it knits me back together and makes me feel that all's right with the world. And her Abyss AU story (spoilers) remains my favourite AU of all time because I get young Asch, and young!Luke, and a story I never knew I wanted until it was right before me.

Abyss C2 Community up on FF.net!
3rd-Dec-2006 11:21 am (UTC)
:D OH MY GOD. I AM SO HAPPY I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? *laughs* Usually posts like these were just a bunch of usernames to me, but I KNOW THESE PEOPLE NOW. <3333

I am in love with kurot's art! :D And the icons mitsukiame made from them, with permission!! :D AND HER TEAR IS WONDERFUL AND SEXY. The Guy/Mieu broke my brain though, especially your comment there omg.

:D Do you really like meimi's epic? :) I've been wanting to give it a try!

chibimazoku's and narugami fics make me really happy. :) They're written in a style very similar to most Viggorli authors, I think? It feels like home. <3

... your post makes me wish the KKM fandom had been like this. *g* I'm not sure if the fanfic in the Troy and Viggorli communities was just better or if I became picky after leaving those fandoms, but I never found fanfic in an anime fandom that I liked as much? xD

You forgot to pimp your fic! ;) Your fic counts!
3rd-Dec-2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
XD GOOD. ♥ But seriously, nobody who writes English Abyss fanfiction is just a username to me. If it's there I've read it. All my fanart-searching energies have now been turned to fanfic-searching. The problem is that the best fanfiction is never posted to communities.

Your brain is too fragile! We must do something, like break it more until it is accustomed to breaking. I'm very fond of Mieu, so I'm fond of everything he's in.

But of course, dear. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to read through it in its entirety due to it being exam season, but I manage to glance through sporadically and I bookmark the Asch/Luke installments when I see them. I fell really behind in reading towards the end, because my exams started, but I'll catch up when they're over. Do give it a try, it's completely worth it.

♥ YAY! I'm just glad you like them - I never followed ViggOrli fic so I wouldn't know, but I do know it had some of the best writing.

*thinks* The KKM fandom had lots of fanfiction, but I'm not sure I wish KKM was more like Abyss. We get a lot less fanfiction in Abyss, but the quality of the best Abyss fanfiction is utterly breathtaking. I'm not entirely sure I'd exchange quality for quantity or the other way around.

I wonder if it's a culture-thing, actually. I've never really read fanfiction for non-anime fandoms that I liked as much as anime fanfiction, so maybe it's just a question of our preferences? I find that sometimes non-anime fanfiction tends to value style over substance, and I get a very pretty story with lots of images and symbolism and metaphor, but it's just like cotton candy - amazing experience, but dissolves into nothing when I think about it, and it can be pretty, but empty.

One cannot pimp one's own fic!
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4th-Dec-2006 06:10 am (UTC)
xD Don't worry, I have a resillient brain! ;) It was used to getting broken in other fandoms, it will just take a while to get back into it. *g*

You're welcome. :D
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3rd-Dec-2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
*agreed* It's so hard to find Tales of the Abyss fics... I tried fanfiction.net but meh they don't even have an TOA section :P So thank you so much hehe~

I love how you describe Kurot's art :D TOA goodness + her own unique touch! But that Mieu/Guy... my brain shut down for 3 seconds before I started laughing XD That is too wrong and too priceless XD

Hmmm... reversed position eh? *scratch chin*
3rd-Dec-2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
and I hope you don't mind me stalking... I mean, adding you, hehe.
4th-Dec-2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh! Er, you mean me? Sure! No problem! I just, er, talk about Abyss a lot.
4th-Dec-2006 02:50 am (UTC) - Abyss fanfiction
I made another Abyss fanfiction list here, and the Abyss fanfiction on ff.net is going into the Symphonia section at the moment. Yes, I go to incredible lengths in search of Abyss fanfiction.

*grin* I love Mieu/Guy. But then again I saw Mieu/Asch, so it's all good to me.
4th-Dec-2006 02:45 am (UTC)
*smiles* Thank you so much! ;) Glad to be of help - I wildly encourage Abyss fanfiction, and I'm so glad there's more Abyss fanfiction for me to choose from now. If you want more fanfiction, I made another Abyss fanfiction list here - just in October. I hope I'll be able to find enough fanfiction to make new recommendations every two months. *beams* I'm very happy with this list - they're all stories that make me glow with joy.
4th-Dec-2006 03:56 am (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥♥ I LOVE YOU TOO! Though, I'm utterly crushed to hear that you haven't read it all yet. XD;;;; LOL! Well, I hope you enjoy it completely whenever you have the time~ It is always there for future love~
4th-Dec-2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Omigosh, the C2 community I moderate on FF.net has been noticed! YAYZ!

I'm doing my best to put all the fics in their ASAP. :) (It's pretty much just me doing it, I'm the only staff member!)
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