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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Fan Fics, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be Zapped!. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page.

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Full-Circle by Taisi

  • Recommended by: darkemyst
  • Status: Dormant; last updated February 2018
  • Synopsis: Nishimura sees his first yokai. He handles the whole thing about as well as one might expect.
  • Comment: Great characterization on Natsume's schoolmates and a nice exploration of how they feel about being left out of the loop and might react upon learning about the things Natsume has been hiding from them.

The Human Mask by Harunekonya

  • Recommended by: Trachim_brod
  • Status: Dormant. Last updated August 28, 2016 with 116 chapters.
  • Synopsis: Sequel to Worthy of a Name. Natsume slowly learns to deal with life as a god. An inter-connected vignette series. Gen Fic.
  • Comment: This is a well-written fanfiction, with gripping and well-researched storyline. It's one of those few fanfics which actually improve the original story; here the author broadens Natsume's world, adding spiritual laws, secret organizations and famous legends, plus the interesting original characters. And as incredible as it seems, the writer still manages to stay true to the original work while adding character development as the fanfiction progresses. Ah!, and I nearly forgot to mention the awesome crossover (which you don't need to know to enjoy this fic).

The First Law by DarthNickels

  • Recommended by: shukketsumaru
  • Status: Complete (One-Shot)
  • Synopsis: The world of humans is vastly different from the world of the spirits, and sometimes serious miscommunications occur. Naturally, Natsume finds himself directly in the middle of an enormous one.
  • Comment: Read if you enjoy comedic misunderstandings and heart-warming dramas.

An Ordinary Session by volta_arovet

  • Recommended by: Gintama200
  • Status: Complete (One-shot)
  • Synopsis: Takeo has been to many therapists. This session goes a bit differently.
  • Comment: This is a heartwarming story with a plot-twist at the end. Highly recommend it.

jars and jars of jam by adventureboots

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete (One-shot)
  • Synopsis: “Your parents do realize I am a grown man and not, in fact, a college bachelor in need of feeding, right?” Shuuichi asks, cradling the rice like it’s a child and politely ignoring the strange emotional acrobatics Natsume’s face performs on the word parents. “I can and do feed myself. On a daily basis, even.” Natsume stares at him, unreadable. Natsume’s monster cat peeks over his shoulder, ears flat and judgmental. Even Hiiragi, lurking in the kitchen, levels him with her unblinking one-eyed stare.
  • Comment: A great character study on everyone's favorite actor.

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Doubt the Stars Are Fire by TrisakAminawn / Kieron_ODuibhir

  • Recommended by: darkemyst
  • Crossover with: Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Status: Dormant; last updated August 2018
  • Synopsis: Something has come to Natsume's town. Something huge. Something terrible. Something too powerful to exist in the human world. No one has seen it. But every spirit in the forest knows it's there. Meanwhile, Natsume's new gym teacher is a jerk..
  • Comment: This well-written fic told from Natsume's perspective made me interested enough in the character and his related cast to read his manga.

Welcome to the Club by Ver(verloren1983)

  • Recommended by: Gintama200
  • Crossover with: Hikaru no Go
  • Status: Complete (One-Shot)
  • Synopsis: Hikaru starts seeing strange things that he can't explain- you know, the usual. Why does everything have to happen to him? Then he meets someone, finally, who understands.
  • Comment: This is a unique take on a chance encounter between Natsume and a boy who suddenly starts seeing other-worldly things.

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