Reviews: Beloved Helpless
If You Never Read Another Fanfic, Read This One
I found this fic about a month after completing both manga and the anime. I wanted to read it because it was labeled "suspense", the first I'd seen in a long time without the label "romance". The story itself is over 150 pages long, solid. You have been warned. It's worth it. The Beloved Helpless is far and away the best fanfiction I have ever read, and dare I say I prefer it to series canon. However, I must also tell you that I cried more in a single chapter of this story than I did for any other full-length film, novel, or anime. It is the single most heart wrenching piece of fiction I have ever come across in my life. The beginning is a bit painful, as we see the more nasty sides of our protagonists, but as the story progresses the characters develop beautifully. Reading Jaokolad's interpretation of many of these characters actually helped me to understand them better in canon. Romance is there, but no plot tumors arise. The plot itself unfolds very quickly, and progresses surprisingly well for, well, a fanfiction. I would recommend this to anyone with a strong stomach. I say that not because of gore, but because of the high death count.
Awesome title eh? Let me throw out a disclaimer here. I am a bi/pansexual female. My parents do not take kindly to that nor do a lot of people in the country I live in. That being said... Warning: This fic is darker than the series. Which when you actually take a step back and look at the series itself, it is very dark. You have been warned. This fanfic is about discrimination at its core (to me anyway), something that resonated with me in a very deep way. I'll admit to crying. Sadly it is unfinished but the characters... well it shows what happens when someone is forced to mature 9001 years in a day. There are many twists and turns in the fic and well... some of them hit very, very hard. Oh and by unfinished? At the time of this review according the AN... it has one chapter left... T_T
The characterization is spot-on, and the idea of Technicians/Meisters being different from humans with humans having a desire to control weapons as well is great, with a ton of great ideas on how to have that happen. Humans Are Bastards and Fantastic Racism are in full effect, and they really work well.