Reviews: Thousand Shinji
The End of All Your Fun
Put simply: Thousand Shinji is a Possession Sue story of the worst kind. Now this isn't unusual on this page. There are stories that could answer to that description that I've written good reviews for. (Shinji and 40k comes to mind.) This is because they did something interesting with the premise, because they knew how to deploy the Holy Shit Quotient for sufficient awesome to keep you interested, they didn't take themselves deadly serious, they didn't depict the reality the author likes as opposed to the reality the characters he likes would create. Thousand Shinji doesn't. The story takes itself deadly seriously, and creates the reality that the author wants rather than the one that his characters would actually make. It doesn't do anything interesting with its premise, and it gets even less interesting the more you read. But most damning, most boring, is that it can't deploy the HSQ in its favor. The victories unroll in a mechanical, foregone fashion, not just failing to create dramatic tension but failing to even look that cool while doing it.
This troper will grant this one a tentative recommendation with the footnote that he greatly prefers S&W40K's execution.
Earth Scorpion's review
In addition to the previous, the fact that it is a) completely awesome, and b) does a much, much better job at merging the settings, rather than just crossing them over, than Shinji and Warhammer 40k.
I'll give Thousand Shinji a thumbs-up, if only because of the final passage, which is an absolutely hilarious riffing of the "summary" that prefaces the Warhammer 40000 books. Though it of course has more merits than just that.