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’’All My Wishes’’ by chii_kakumei

  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2018
  • Synopsis:
Aoi Zaizen is a magical girl by the name of “Blue Angel” trying to gather up all the scattered Hope Fragments in order to have her wish granted before time runs out. Ema Bessho is a treasure hunter trading in Fragments, which some call the lives of Magicals themselves. She’s the kind of woman that Aoi wants to avoid at all costs… So it’s a shame that Aoi finds herself in her debt.
  • Ships: Ema Bessho/Aoi Zaizen
  • Notes: A really creative AU series where Ema and Aoi (and others) are magical girls. Good world-building and a really intriguing mystery. Only two chapters in but it’s amazing for what little the author’s written so far.

’’Paracusia’’ by Noirwind

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Yusaku is used to being alone, especially in his room. Only, he isn’t intending to sleep before he finishes the software framework of his latest innovation.
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  • Ships: N/a
  • Notes: Focuses on Yusaku and Ai with a really interesting and compelling portrayal of Yusaku.

’’Episode 1: Bust’’ by fsdfsdfasd

  • Status: Part of a series but technically complete.
  • Synopsis:
Despite his youth, Playmaker has been one of Hanoi's best agents for years. Yusaku doesn't take his first failure well.
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: A really imaginative series that deals with different aspects of the idea of Yusaku + co. being involved with Hanoi.

’’Debt (and how to accumulate it over VRAINS)’’ by Qerty_2poynto

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
He obviously had the bigger debt to settle here, but nooooo. Every time he did something for her, she had to repay him, which just made it even more complicated and at this rate, they were going to overload VRAINS with their ridiculous schemes. Clearly, they were the bigger threat to the network than the Knights of Hanoi.Playmaker and Blue Angel are constantly 'shipped' by their fanbases; but the two of them don't see their relationship as something romantic, so much as a constant cycle of one-up-manship. Usually in the form of extravagant favors and gifts. Yeah, in hindsight, the two of them shouldn't have started this in the first place. Oh well!
  • Ships: Yusaku/Aoi
  • Notes: A really hilarious read from the glorious early days of the fandom

’’critical hit’’ by rossettes

  • Status: Dormant; last updated July 2017
  • Synopsis:
Winning the Pokémon League isn't nearly as important when you're running from some weird evil organization that stole half of your memories. Also, the government's corrupt.Yuusaku really should've stayed in Alola.
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: A really, really, REALLY funny Pokémon crossover that’s both thoughtful and yet comedic at the same time.

’’anhedonic’’ by yuusaku

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Aoi's mind is awake and aware, even if the rest of her isn't. People are trying to fix the second part.(she thinks she might want to fix the first)
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: A bittersweet yet dark look at what Aoi might have felt during her time in her coma.
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’’Legend & Lore: the Deep Sea’’ by merryfortune

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Nowadays, they say that you can’t have legends and lore without a little bit of blood and gore.In which the mysterious hacker pursues the mysterious siren that inhabits the patches of corrupted game data known as the deep seas.
  • Ships: Aoi/Yusaku
  • Notes: An AU with an interesting twist. Well thought out and inspired by a beautiful piece of fanart to boot.

’’A Binary World’’ by [[ Esta Jay]]

  • Status: Dormant; last updated August 2017
  • Synopsis:
Playmaker knows three things:1. It is an Artificial Intelligence created by Kusanagi Shoichi2. It was created to combat the Knights of Hanoi3. It is too sentient to be a normal A.I.Ignis knows two things:1. It can't afford to be caught by the Knights of Hanoi2. There is no way that Playmaker is an actual A.I.Shoichi knows one thing: he has to keep Yuusaku alive, even as a collection of ones and zeros.
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: An interesting spin on who Playmaker is. An AU that focuses on the idea of Playmaker being an AI while still aligning him to his canon self.

’’wordless’’ by yuusaku

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
What matters has always been Aoi.
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: Like the title says: wordless.

’’deflect, reflect’’ by izadreamer

  • Status: Dormant; last updated July 2017
  • Synopsis:
In another world, a glitch in Hanoi’s program sends Aoi Zaizen into a coma— and Blue Angel awakens in the heart of Hanoi, unable to log out of the database, a prisoner of the ones who corrupted her in the first place.
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: A beautifully crafted piece that focuses on both Revolver and Blue Angel and to some extent Playmaker. The way the author writes Revolver coupled with their use of Blue Angel in the narrative is absolutely stunning.

’’angels in flight’’ by izadreamer

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Aoi becomes Blue Angel. Her brother doesn't approve, but it's not his approval that she wants—merely his recognition. She is so much stronger than they think.
  • Ships: n/a
  • Notes: Another beautifully written piece by the same author. The focus on Aoi’s growth to maturity is remarkable.

’’Linger’’ by TheTrainTicket

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
“…Hello?”
  • Ships: Yusaku/Ryoken (Revolver)
  • Notes: An interesting dynamic between Yusaku and the Zaizens and, of course, Ryoken himself. Can’t talk much about this one without spoilers but its worth a read all on its own.

’’VR Necromancy’’ by Michevalier

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Revolver went to see his assistant and during that short tea party learned about his quite... singular tastes and worldview.Specter though never considered himself a "weirdo" as he held his "doll" close.
  • Ships: Spectre/OC
  • Notes: An unsettling piece that deals with an AU Spectre. You can relate to Revolver a lot whenever Spectre talks. Don’t let the shipping tag fool you: it holds its own quite well.

’’baby you got me tremolo’in’’ by rossettes

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
who said the bassist couldn't get a date? yuusaku surely said otherwise. go and aoi could only wish they never said anything.in which go, aoi, and yuusaku make up the hottest new band in den city and revolver is a mess of feelings and assholeishness. shoichi just really loves dogs and wants some peace in his life, not a bunch of teens coming to him for love advice.
  • Ships: Yusaku/Ryoken (Revolver)
  • Notes: A well-written and hilarious piece that honestly deserves more comments than its gotten. Don’t be offput by its odd summary – it’s definitely worth your time.

’’A Flower for the Lady’’ by TheAzureFox

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
His mother departs to the afterlife.He's not sure how to feel about that.
  • Ships: N/a
  • Notes: A speculative piece centered around Vyra and Revolver. Very interesting in its AU portrayal and the use of Greek mythology and colors is a nice touch.

’’Heroine’’ by pendulumprince

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
"She was ready to spread her wings. Like any angel, she'd bring her family peace in heaven."
  • Ships: N/a
  • Notes: A role swap AU where-in Aoi is actually the lead character. Does a good job switching the main character narrative to Aoi while still keeping in contact with the core of the VRAINS story.

’’Contract Signed in Stars’’ by tieria

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
When Aoi was six and Akira sixteen, Akira won them a trip to the amusement park.(He didn't expect for the park to steal her away with the sunset.)
  • Ships: Ema/Akira
  • Notes: Honestly a really breath-taking story dealing with an alternate universe. Main characters from the show appear in the background and each new appearance has you wondering at the magic they’re about to show.

Make A Choice by TheAzureFox

  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis:
Her brother. Akira. Her friend. Playmaker. "Choose," she tells herself.
  • Main Characters: Aoi Zaizen, Yusaku Fujiki, Akira Zaizen
  • Ships: Angelmaker
  • Notes: Written before the canon story began (aka, written before the show began and we know everything that we know now). A dark story that, despite the ship attached to its name, is worth a read.

’’Last the Night’’ by chii_kakumei

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Kusanagi treats him with too much kindness. Yusaku downs.
  • Ships: Shoichi/Yusaku
  • Notes: A well-written piece that, while implying rather suggestive things, is quite intoxicating on its own.

’’kizuna’’ by nepentheosileus

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
Life with the man dubbed Revolver is like a game of Russian Roulette;You never know when you'll get shot.
  • Ships: Revolver/Spectre, Revolver/Yusaku
  • Notes: Quite a breath-taking character analysis that really kind of puts you in Spectre’s shoes. Angst-riddled but highly introspective and lends a unique perspective to the characters.

’’three’s a crowd’’ by rangerhitomi

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Akira and Aoi are trying to have a normal family dinner when Ema shows up, unannounced, and eats Akira's food.
  • Ships: Ema/Akira
  • Notes: Utterly, utterly, UTTERLY hilarious beyond comprehension. Highly recommended if you want really get a good laugh.
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