Phantom's Reckoning is a Web Original fiction series by troper Yuki-Akuma, who goes by author name Benny Jay. The titular first story begun in 2013 and kickstarted the series.The Phantom's Reckoning series centres around the eponymous Phantoms, an ancient evil once sealed in a can, ready to wreck havoc on the world and the heroes of the story have to stop them. The upcoming Phantom's Reckoning 3 will serve as an epilogue to the duology, but future stories planned will feature a brand new title and focus on entirely new enemies as well as new protagonists.A list of current works in the series and the dates they were first originally published:
Phantom's Reckoning (June 13, 2013 - February 9, 2014)
Phantom's Reckoning 2 (March 5, 2014 - July 4, 2014)
You can look at the FictionPress.Net version of the first story here.
Infinity+1 Sword: The Phantom Breaker, the sword that was what the Phantoms were sealed under, and the reason the Phantoms are after the Phantom Breaker Gems, Black Death needs them to be able to handle the sword.
Kid Hero: The protagonists are in their late teen years.
Poor Communication Kills: Alice seems to be more keen on rushing into a battle headfirst than actually taking the time to discuss the situation at hand with her opponent. Examples of this are when she first confronts Shinji, who was mistaken into thinking she and Rain were in on the Phantom's plan, and later with Layla, who was tricked into thinking they were her enemies.
Purple Is The New Black: Purple is the colour associated with the Phantoms. The Phantom Mooks are purple, and the Phantoms have purple aura as well as blood.
Sealed Evil in a Can: The Phantoms were sealed deep in a cave within a Phantom Breaker, of which they can only awaken if said sword is pulled. Which is exactly what Layla's brother Noah did prior to the events of the story.
24-Hour Armor: Alice always wears her suit of armour in the story.
Break the Cutie: Kaori twice. The first time was prior to the events of the story when her father died, and the second time is in the present day when she finds out more about his death. The second time it requires Yuki to help comfort her.
Makoto also prior to the events of the story, when her brother was killed by Keiichii.
Broken Bird: All five protagonists have had something sad happen to them in their past which they must confront in the present.
Conflict Ball: Yuki and Shoji have one that dates back to four years before the events of this story, and has cumulated now. Shoji has sworn never to forgive Yuki after (completely accidentally) killing Sora, who was his sister, and he wasn't entirely aware it was against Yuki's will either. They spend most of the story still hostile towards each other before they eventually have to patch things up between them.
Demoted to Extra: Shinji and Layla, the two characters aside from Heartless from part one who return here, were demoted to supporting characters to make way for the new protagonists. Which is justified, seeing as they're, well... dead.
Dream Land: This is where Yuki and, soon later, the others get to interact with Shinji and Layla. It's where they go in their dreams for training and/or information on the Phantoms' next move.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Definitely so for our five main heroes. They start out with a lot of obstacles to overcome emotionally, and have to learn to embrace their friendship with each other in order to help themselves out.