Edits to 11 and 12 are up
Heya. This is my second time reading this one (though it's seen some edits since then, so in some respects it's almost like the first time around, isn't it), but my first time replying to it.
I think the strongest point of this story is the character interactions. Sometimes touching, even heartbreaking--Sai and Atis sharing secrets is the example that immediately comes to mind. (Incidentally that made for a hell of a chapter end. "I am always sick"--goddamn. Talk about a wham line.)
Sometimes funny--Ezrem's to blame for many of these moments, though Kuiora popped off a few as well. (And so of course, those two play of each other pretty darn nicely at times, especially near the end.)
Sometimes... well, indescribable. Actually no, no; there's a word. Enigmatic. A lot of the characters' interactions with Sai, especially early on when so much of his background was still unknown, fall under that category. I think I'd genuinely never read a character like him before, so I could never quite assume what was coming next between him and his gradually growing team, nor did I dare assume his motives.
And while I'm thinking about Sai... his backstory, when it came, was quite the bombshell. By that point it'd begun to be hinted at--at the very least, we knew TR'd been on his case at one point or another--but getting the specifics from Sai himself, when prior to that we'd only been able to experience him in a secondhand way... yeah. Like the instant I saw his name under the chapter header I was like holy ****, is this really happening?.
He's probably my favorite character in this overall, come to think of it. And in a story that's a good 70% or so pokémon pov, and given the fact that I tend to favor said genre, that's saying something. Generally speaking, it's a little harder to get me invested in the human cast members as opposed to the nonhuman cast, and yet here it is. Sai's my favorite character here. Achievement unlocked.
Of course, that's not to say the pokémon were slouches. They were fairly distinct, each with their own foibles and individual outlooks, and a couple of them (hi, Atis; hi, Ezrem) do give Sai a run for the money in the faves department. Ezrem especially, for being a relatively comedic character in spite of having an incredibly dark backstory and legit atrocities to his name--not a combination I see often.
Somewhat related: LaoN becomes a very different beast after having read this, in a good way. I think I've mentioned something to that effect before elsewhere, but yeah. Would definitely recommend readers of either to check out the other if they haven't already.
This has been a fun little trip down memory lane. I'm eager to get into the sequel, as well as to get good and refreshed wrt LaoN.
So I was wandering the fic reviewers thread a week or so ago and stumbled across someone talking about the sequel to this and decided I'd give it a read. *glares at his other authors for not giving him new chapters lately*
I was definitely an awesome story.
It was a very neat style to change the perspective chapter to chapter. It made it so much fun to experience similar events through different eyes, along with seeing everyone's image of Sai and how it changed throughout the entirety.
I had my own theories to Sai's interesting behavior. I first went with a little bit of Autism, but soon figured it was something much different. But I really love how you bring about all these different mental illnesses and such through each Pokemon and characters we meet in here. It's really nice to see.
I didn't quite see the Rocket twist coming as fast as some I suppose. (I don't pick up things like that very easily it seems) But it was very nice to get all that explanation near the end. It really helped tie the whole thing together.
The ending to it was very nice too. Helped us get an idea of what life is becoming for the team and how everyone is kind of dealing with all their battles and flaws. It was definitely a needed catharsis.
I did find a couple typos and missing words and such, but I'm sure it's probably from all the edits to the chapters and everything.
I really enjoyed each character. Senori is prolly my favorite out of everyone. Though Atis is definitely a close second.
All in all it was a very fun read. I can't wait to start on story two.
jirachiman out ;385;
Sai stared at me. Had I done too much by pointing out the obvios? There was a fine line between treating him as if he were stupid and trying to help him with new concepts.