kristensk: reading (fma bookworm)
I read two of these months to over a year ago. But, the last one is new and reminded me that I should post some recommendations again.

Click for Fic Recs... )
kristensk: smile (fma brothers happy)
So, shortly after watching "Pacific Rim", I had these crossover ideas occur to me. They started with the below contrasting summaries. I was able to write the first idea easily, but the second got stuck. Then, inspiration struck tonight, and here's the set.

Of all the pilot pairings in the Jaeger Program, there had never been a pair of brothers more likely to sync perfectly. (FMA) )


Of all the pilot pairings in the Jaeger Program, there had never been a pair of brothers less likely to sync at all. (AnE) )
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, yes, the SWAT Kat Fanfic Archive has been updated! There are two new chapters of existing stories, and a couple new stories too. It's nice to see the Archive getting more attention lately.

And, I know things are starting to seem all-SWAT Kat, all the time around here, but I do have work for other fandoms going on in the background. In particular, my multi-chapter Ao no/Blue Exorcist project, "Split", which has some previews up on [ profile] mindtwins.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
So, I love the Ao no/Blue Exorcist manga. I really do. I love the main cast and how they interact, I love the way the story has developed everyone, and I even love Kato's tendency to subvert all expectations. But, I've got to say: the current arc is leaving me a little adrift.

Manga Spoilers Ahoy! )
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
So, Ao no/Blue Exorcist's Kyoto Arc was amazing. All the way through. And, even though I'm a bit sad that the inclusion of the Rin and Yukio dialogue from the Kraken Arc likely means we'll never see that animated, it was at least expertly done and flowed naturally off the Kyoto events. Though I hope they find a way to work Shiemi's awesome moments in somewhere else in the future. With Rin and Yukio covered, her role is the only real loss with the Kraken Arc.

At any rate, the amazingness of the animated Kyoto Arc inspired icons:

kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
And, now for some slightly belated fangirling over things I've watched recently:

How can there be only two episodes of Ao no/Blue Exorcist's Kyoto Saga left?! Nooooo! I don't want it to be over yet. It's been such an incredible ride. I loved this arc in the manga, and I love it even more animated.

The last few episodes in particular have been amazing. And, not just because they touched on favorite moments like Yukio's brief display of demon powers and Rin and Suguro cementing their Vitriolic Best Buds status before Rin finally unlocked his sword and awesome happened. (Though those were a treat. Seriously, there's so much win right here.) But, even moments that never really stood out for me in the manga have been given new life through the voice-acting, the music, and the fantastic animation. Toudo dueling Juuzou's squad is a special highlight. That glorious full-body fight animation!

Please, please let this season be a hit so we can get more!

And, in a complete change of pace, I've been re-watching SWAT Kats with [ profile] mintysage. Not all of my old favorites have stood the test of time, but SWAT Kats does. Maybe some of the first season animation is a little... off, but then episodes like "The PastMaster Always Rings Twice" and "Night of the Dark Kat" make up for it. Storywise, each episode still sucks me right in, and it's fun to see it all over again with fresh eyes after putting it away for a few years.
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
Just a random "Ao no/Blue Exorcist" drabble I've been poking at ever since seeing a certain moment animated in the Kyoto Saga. So, this references the Kyoto/Impure King Arc, but is set post-Illuminati Arc.

Uncool (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )
kristensk: reading (fma bookworm)
This is a completely random Fusionverse drabble that started with a passing thought of how the Elrics could help the Okumura twins and bloomed into Ed rambling.

Ignored (FMA/AnE Fusion) )
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
The animated Kyoto/Impure King Arc has started, and it's amazing! Okay, so it's a slow start, but it's nice to see that, with only twelve episodes, they're not rushing. Episode 2 was nothing but character establishment and development, and it gave me all the feels. Special love for the hilarity of Rin's drunken conversation with a panicked Shima.

Also, I can't help wondering if even the official subtitlers are making jokes about how Takara is always just there without contributing anything. (At least, not until much later anyway.) Because when Shura divides the kids up in episode 2, she clearly says his name... but it's not in the subtitles. I laughed at that probably more than I should have.

Simultaneously, the manga has been dropping bombshell after bombshell about the Order's past activities and the origins of the demon kings... while dropping only hints toward the answers we're all waiting for regarding the Okumura twins' birth. Evil, clever Kato.

Spoilery comments behind the cut )

And, all the AnE joy lately has inspired icons:

kristensk: thumbs up (fma ed thumbs up)
And, another [community profile] fandom_stocking is over. I wanted to do a bit more this year, but it just wouldn't come together. Still, I completed a oneshot, another installment in my dragon!Royverse, and two drabbles, all of which I'll be posting over the next few days.

My own stocking was a little bag of happiness. I got a lot of well wishes, gorgeous photo links, Inuyasha fanart, and two lovely fanfic gifts.

First, Wardrobe Adjustment by [personal profile] jordannamorgan, a wonderful Ao no/Blue Exorcist fic featuring all my favorite things - demon!Yukio, anime follow-up, sibling shenanigans, and awesome friendship feels between the twins and Shiemi.

Then, there were even more family/friendship feels plus wintry goodness in First Snow by [personal profile] evil_little_dog, a sweet FMA fic with Ed, Al, and Winry enjoying Al's first snowfall after regaining his body.

Thanks so much to everyone!
kristensk: little kids in the snow (ane little twins)
Just a little drabble for the Okumura twins' birthday, which I've decided to make my official Ao no/Blue Exorcist Day. As often happens, the name may change if I think of something better.

Makeshift (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
I'm supposed to be working on Christmasy things! Or at least things for [community profile] fandom_stocking! But, I happened to listen to "Battle Cry" by Imagine Dragons from the fourth Transformers movie (actually, a good movie after the disappointments of 2 and 3, but that's another matter). And, it reminded me of this snippet I'd written, so I polished it off, and here it is. This is not a complete story. It's a snatch of an idea that I may or may not ever explore further.

Inheritance (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )
kristensk: little kids in the snow (ane little twins)
I've been fighting with this one for a couple weeks, and I'm still not sure if it's complete. I like the current wording, but does it need more? Do I need to spell out the idea more clearly? Any thoughts would be welcomed.

Lessons (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
So, after poking at it for ages on the tablet, I've finally finished this very simple fanart of Rin as a full-fledged exorcist.

Sketch Post

Aug. 7th, 2016 11:18 pm
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
Yes, I still draw sometimes. Just not nearly as much as I should be. At any rate, here are some recent-ish sketches.

I do have one simple color pic nearing completion.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - Yukio (ane yukio)
So, Chapter 80 has me really worried about what Yukio's contemplating. But, that doesn't mean I can't hope for a happier twist ;)

Vision (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
Because they are animating the Impure King Arc of Ao no/Blue Exorcist! *squee* I can't wait to see the climax of that arc animated.
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
So, the official Japanese Ao no/Blue Exorcist website is apparently counting down to something. Per the ANN article, a new stage play has already been announced for August, so it's not likely to be a play. And, I don't think they've done countdowns for things like the card game or manga volume releases.

...So, naturally, I'm hoping for more anime ;) A movie would be good. Another TV series - maybe covering the Kyoto Arc? because I can dream, can't I? - would be great!
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - Yukio (ane yukio)
I've been playing with these for a while and finally have a full set. So, here are some Ao no/Blue Exorcist icons showing off the main cast and their exorcist titles.

And, a few alternates:

kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
I "finished" this a week ago, but it's been waiting for editing that I finally did tonight while still keyed up from a busy day. This was written to poke at some ideas I've had for a while as well as to fill a prompt on the Genprompt bingo card I'm sharing with [personal profile] jordannamorgan. (Although, I haven't decided if I want to use it for "Women in Canon" or "Minor Characters".)

The Offer (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) - It's rare for a student from a non-exorcist family to join the cram school. It's even rarer for a student to leave, marked as they are by temptaint thanks to the ritual on Day 1. And, each of those students is presented with the same offer. )

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