You WILL get sucked in. You will NOT regret it.
Okay, going into this series I was not that impressed. To start with, it's a Rukato story (That's Rika/Takato for those unfamiliar with the slang). I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I am not
a fan of Non-Canon Relationships. To me it's always seemed like the fan fic author blatantly ignoring canon for the sake of his own fantasy. On top of that, the writing was just... awkward. As in really awkward
(Though on reflection that may have been intentional since earlier scenes seem almost to be spoofing the romance genre).
Still, I decided to give the series a fair go and actually found myself becoming rather engaged to the characters. First, there is actually quite a strong chemistry between the two leads. They play off one another quite well, and the scenes with them together are often side splittingly hilarious. There's also something about Takato's feelings for Rika that just seem so... real
. Mainly because he's willing to stand up to her Jerkassness, and still
want to help her. It's incredibly endearing and quickly wins ones sympathy. Rika for her part is one of the biggest Jerkass Woobies
(Who no doubt inspired her characterisation in this story.) and her steadily growing acceptance of Takato is quite heartwarming to watch.
Still, this story is not just romance, there's the whole prophecy
thing going on.
. Those running to headbut the wall should be noted that I called dibs.
But despite the cliche of the base plot, the story is still incredibly fun to read. By keeping things focused on the characters, the author manages to keep our interests high and actually interested in what's happening next. The story utterly averts Romantic Plot Tumor
. Both the Myth Arc
and the Romance Plot
perfectly complement each other.
Characterisation is very strong in this story. Some people accuse Takato about being Out Of Character
in this fic but I strongly
disagree. Takato is almost identical
to his canon counterpart. The same old bumbling, socially awkward Nice Guy
with a hidden core of Bad Ass
. One of the best parts of Tamers Forever is watching Takato's Character Development
as he grows from Butt Monkey
to a full on Bad Ass Ideal Hero
At the end of the day, this book is Fun Personifed