2015-07-12 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh. Reading The Morning Breaks and now we know that everyone knows about Raidou and Ryouma sleeping together, though not everyone knows who knows about this. And I can't help but think that this does SUCH a great job about showing how hard it is to keep a secret around a bunch of ninjas/spys. I feel like I see authors comment upon that fact a lot, but it's more or less just done in the background for sharing information. This is the first time I really feel like I've *seen* it happen. And it's hilarious.
2015-08-31 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hold the Line
Oh my gosh. (wow I say that a lot. I am sorry but I love every update and everything is just so wonderful and--)
I really enjoyed the latest update! I'm finding Shibata more and more interesting! First there was that tidbit from Kakashi's POV during his third trial of Shibata really liking him. And now there's Gemma and Raidou seeing a very interesting side of him. It sounds like Shibata has a very effective way of wielding his reputation and I love it.
I liked this part and I'm really looking forward to the next bits. I'm really interested in Kakashi's reaction for their *lack* of plans for him. And just-- medic!Ryouma is apparently everything everyone wants and I'm just so excited for him and the story for that little plot line to progress. ^_^
Anyways -- whenever I see an update for this story I start cackling with glee so! Excellent work! I love all of you :D :D [[Also the ebook is wonderful! I am a little sad I missed out on the printed copy but even so! I'm looking forward to rereading 'season 1' on my kindle!]]
Thank you so much! I'm loving writing Shibata. He's an interesting character to get into the mind of, and yes, reputation is a very effective weapon for him. Also really glad you enjoyed the thread. It was a lot of fun planning it, and we are also very excited over here to get started on the threads with Ryouma learning medicine from Genma.
About the ebook — we are working on volume 2 of the print book, and will convert it to ebook as soon as we can. I don't know the feasibility of doing a second round print run of volume 1, but if we do we'll announce it on the tumblr.
Thanks for being such a loyal and enthusiastic fan!
2015-10-21 07:12 pm (UTC)
Killing Time Between My Sins
Dawww - this is a really cute chapter. I am loving the bonding times between Katsuko and Kakashi! The cat from hell and Kakashi insisting on Katsuko keeping it in his own way is just... sweet and sad. Them shopping for swords... is probably about as cute and fluffy as those two get. It's just too cute for words. Even if their bonding moments are covered in sarcasm and sass: "I hear responsibility can help people grow... Of course, some people start shorter than others." Kakashi is an adorable little shit and obviously Katsuko deserves him completely as a student with the stories that she's telling of her own stunts as a rookie.
And everyone talking about their goals - it's nice to see that info finally trickling down to everyone. It's really nice to see all of them supporting each other, even if Kakashi's reaction to his notes is adorable "I could — maybe — work on integrating more." They each have their own fault lines and together they work on stabilizing each other and you guys really show that well. Lovely update!!
2016-03-04 12:02 pm (UTC)
What You Don't Know (Will Kill You)
So, I decided to semi-liveblog this one and so the comments a little longer since I actually pick out the pieces that killed me while reading this.
"He smiled, faintly smug. Other people’s teammates didn’t cause mass evacuations." THIS TOTALLY WOULD BE SOMETHING KAKASHI IS UNREASONABLY SMUG OVER, OH MY GOD. "Faintly smug," my ass. Pfffffttt.
Also, the repetition in the "you don’t know where your teammates are" was just wonderfully done and worked really well for me to show his anxiety.
And, oh my god. Poor Katsuko. Somehow, she became the responsible adult when her two minions are "Hatake ‘Ripped Out His Own Chakra System’ Kakashi" and Ryouma. :D That is a lovely moniker for Kakashi. Poor Katsuko. XD And just, I really appreciate here how careful Katsuko is with her teammates. "A shinobi who lost her team’s trust wasn’t worthy of her rank." <3 She is a blessing. Plus she knows exactly how to get into Kakashi's good graces - training. Plus, "alarming sponge" is a nickname that I want to see happen for Kakashi. It's really only used as a descriptor here but it's beautiful.
And just -- I've been waiting so long for Teacher!Katsuko and this does not disappoint. TBH, I just adore stories about training to become better, especially when featuring excellent students like Kakashi :D It's something that when it works well, then works really well for me in particular. So I've just been SO PUMPED for both this and Ryouma training to be a healer. DLSKFJLSDKJ. I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS START!
Plus, what a lovely end to the chapter: "Still laughing softly, she crossed her legs and sat down next to him, watching the sky fill with distant lights, until Kakashi allowed her to haul him up and help him stagger back home." It's just-- they both had rough days. Kakashi since he's laid up and his anxiety is going crazy because he can't sense his team and therefore he can't look out for them. And Katsuko because fucking Kuroda.
(On the subject of fucking Kuroda, I am curious whether the "wispy beard assistant" is going to be featuring a bigger role and who he is. He could just be a minion that's way nicer than Kuroda, or... HRMMMMM.)
But, just, the end shows why they are making such a good team together. They both have shit days, and they both work together to end it on that note. And just-- <3 I LOVE THIS TEAM SO MUCH! SO MANY FEELS :D
Just the perfect balance of angst and struggle melded with healing. <3 <3
2016-03-04 01:08 pm (UTC)
A Loser's Just a Learner on His Way to Better Things
"Genma was tired enough that he considered saying no, but home-cooked sukiyaki was impossible to turn down." -- that is a rough place to be at, but I think I'm still going to settle for disgruntled jealously because I
want home-cooked sukiyaki.
the food in this chapter sounds so good
and was making me so hungry. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through because I'm reading this before I go into work and before I've had breakfast and I just want to eat all the things.
AND WE GOT ALL THE KATSUKO+KAKASHI FEELS IN THE OTHER THREAD AND NOW WE ARE FILLED WITH GENMA+RYOUMA FEELS :D
Their student/teacher dynamic is just so different and I love it. To some degree it was always going to be since Katsuko is more like a peer and Genma is their lieutenant. But-- Just--
"Overwhelming. Frightening. Awe-inspiring. Knowledge, laid out in his lap, given freely just for the asking.
He looked up. "Thank you. I dunno how I'd ever pay you back for this, but I'll try."
;____; Ryouma. Bby. And just-- SO MANY FEELS ;___; Ryouma has such a different perspective towards learning than Kakashi and I'm just so excited to see that explored. Ugh. I adore
Ryouma. And Genma. And Genma being so careful around this delicate subject that lies so close to Ryouma's fault lines.
Also, sending Raidou a note about Hisa :D "And if Kuroda had a problem with it, that was a disciplinary action Genma was willing to face." Fuck yeah. Man. Fucking hell. And then there's: "Except… Seriously, don’t toy with Kuroda. He’s got a lot of ego tied up in being in command." ...which is worrying in more than one ways since they have to work with him... and Genma is actually voicing his worry. D:
Also, I just adore how Genma cares for his team and I adore Ryouma and his barrel full of issues: "It sounded mostly wry, but there was a hint, as there always was with Ryouma, of genuine belief in his inferiority. That was another thing Genma needed to figure out how to deal with, and he didn’t think the key was in any of his scrolls." I just-- SKDFSDKLDSF. YES. Oh mY GOD, YES. I just want to give Ryouma a hug and I am just loving so much how everyone on this team actually takes care of each other and I'm just rolling around in a puddle of feels between this thread and the last one and you guys are going to kill me with this.
Plus, it's just so nice
to see the way you guys are handling Ryouma sever dyslexia. I just-- I feel it so hard even though I didn't have nearly
a hard of time of it as Ryouma does, I still dealt with a much milder form of dyslexia. And it-- I'm having trouble expressing exactly how well this works for me. It's in the, even when Kakashi's being an ass and really too blunt
about his questions, no one on the team thinks less of Ryouma because of it and... I donno. It works really well and it is an issue but it's one they can deal with. It's lovely. (Computers and spellcheck are amazing - I would not do half as well as I do without them)
Also: "And he definitely needed to sign up for that counseling class. Honestly, he was getting the feeling it ought to be mandatory for officers." THIS WOULD 100% BE SO USEFUL. OH MY GOD.
I am not entirely sure if their team just got it super bad, but ALL Anbu teams are going to be made up of people with at least some amount of issues so. YES. PLEASE BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD GENMA.
OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD.
“Ask for stories? Or buy your dad a drink?”
“Either. Both. I mean neither.” Genma buried his face in his hands — if he could feel the flush, Ryouma could undoubtedly see it. “Gods and saints, if he didn’t already think we were dating… Which don’t worry, I’ll set that record straight at dinner.”
"I'm not worried," Ryouma said. He was beginning to enjoy himself. "I got dorayaki out of it." And nobody's parents had ever thought him fit dating material, before. Not that he'd ever met anyone's parents, or wanted to, but—
THEY ARE TOO CUTE. THIS IS ADORABLE. ALERT. ALERT. EMOTIONAL MELTDOWN. AND YUUICHI IS SO ADORABLE. I LOVE HIM WHENEVER HE TURNS UP. OH MY GOD. (//∇//)
Wonderful thread and just-- No words :D
2016-03-04 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: A Loser's Just a Learner on His Way to Better Things
I was thinking that "blunt" wasn't quite the word I wanted to use to describe Kakashi learning about Ryouma's illiteracy, but I couldn't think of the actual word I wanted. Social ineptitude that's what I wanted. Because he's certainly blunt but that doesn't really describe the disaster that conversation was.
(Kakashi probably knows the literal definition of tact but just doesn't understand why someone would use it.)
Also, I read this right before heading out to work and I'm still reeling in feels and I am going to have to deal with this all day. SO MANY FEELS! I'm not sure how I'm supposed to deal with this but I guess I'll just have to power through.
2016-03-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
Down to the Bone (PART 1 BC THIS IS 7800 characters omg)
tfw you're too excited about the new thread that you can't actually focus enough to read it. ╰(✧∇✧╰) I've written like 150 words of this comment without even being able to sit still for long enough to get past the first sentence. Sometimes being too excited for this impeads my ability to actually read it. It's terrible. :3 (I'm pushing the rambly part where I talk about the podfic progress to the end of the comment, lol). AND APPARENTLY THIS IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER LONG REVIEW. SORRY, NOT SORRY.
*takes a deep breath* Okay. I can actually do this.
"Out of the goodness of his heart, he added trunks and pants, too." -- Ryouma is so generous. I feel like if he hadn't Kakashi might have just turned around and walked right back out. It would have been a tough call between remaining unflappable vs being uncomfortable. The poor dear.
"Do you know the kanji for 'dick'?" -- PPFFFTTTT. Kakashi is apparently dedicated to helping Ryouma. (Unsurprisingly, yes, I realize this. You've been building up his character very nicely so it's not shocking how much he's willing to do to help out his friends. It's just he doesn't want anyone to know he cares. Because that would be sooo awful. Plus I'm sure "Dick" is a fairly common kanji in the books that he likes [o h m y g o d, Kakashi plz.]) To be fair, while formal language classes tend to stray away from 'rude' language, every class I have been in has, as soon as the teacher is out of hearing, strayed into what vulgarities people know. It's a wonderful facet of humans.
"(And where had Kakashi learned the characters for 'squirting'? Raidou'd said that book Kakashi was always carrying around was actually porn, but… Really?)" -- I love this about (particularly your) Kakashi. It really r e a l l y out of character at times. Particularly the demi/ace!Kakashi you've been pushing. [not that he's identified as such in text that I've seen but it's been reading that way to me and I've been loving how that plays into the dynamics of the team. Particularly with way more flirty/handsy people like Ryouma. It's a learning experience for them both!] People are complicated. And o h my g o d. I still remember that beautiful moment when Ryouma suggested they go see the IchiIchi movie. (/ω＼)
And then ""You're not actually terrible at this." Ryouma didn't, quite, fumble the cards he was sorting" - DAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW. TEAM BONDING. THIS IS THE CUTEST. AND THEN EVERYTHING ELSE. THIS WHOLE CONVERSATION. I WANT TO JUST PULL ALL OF IT AND SCREAM ABOUT IT BECAUSE JUST-- *w a i l i n g* I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THESE FEELINGS. They are both a little broken (everyone in Anbu is). They both are acknowledging their failings. I JUST WANT TO HUG THEM BOTH. SO MANY FEELS. sdlfajk;sdlkfjas;ldkfjassdlafkjsdlkfjasldkfj. LKTJSTDLKJFLKSDJFLKSDJFLSDK. I CANNOT VERBALIZE THE FEELS. THERE ARE TOO MANY IN THIS PART. BUT IT IS THE BEST! THEY ARE BOTH HOPELESS. SO MANY FEELS. I CANNOT CONTAIN THEM. (this screaming just keeps getting longer every time I tab back over to the actual story and find that OH MY GOD. THEY ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS. Somehow this is even better than a training montage and I was just saying the other week how that was my favorite.
((Also, only bringing the non-porno cards to the office is a good idea. I'm just imagining Kuroda seeing those and LSKDJFLKSD. No.))
((A l s o. OH MY GOD THIS COMMENT IS GETTING SO LONG. @___@ Again, sorry not sorry))
OH MY GOD. KATSUKO'S RANT ON HER SWORD WORK. *swoon* She is so beautiful. Kakashi would be such a little shiiiiit. OH MY GOD. "...he makes the stubborn face at me and says, 'Fine, no viper strike, but if I do a—' and then he says some Earth Country move nonsense and grabs my wrist to show me. And I, foolish Sensei that I am, I stand there and wait patiently for him to show me what he's talking about." SLKDJFSLKDJFLSKD. FLSDKJFLSKDJFLSKDJFLSKD. THIS LITTLE SHIT. AHHHHH. TRAINING MONTOGE IS ONCE AGAIN MY FAVORITE. (this would probably change AS SOON as feels start up again, but oh my god. I'm laughing so hard.)
2016-03-25 09:15 pm (UTC)
Down to the Bone (PART 2 BC THIS IS 7800 characters omg)
(wrt Ryouma showing off his kanji reading skills) TBH, Kakashi being a good teacher is the most surprising thing about this. I think it has come up before... maybe it was in a different fanfic or some tumblr meta or something. Actually, on reflection, I'm pretty sure it was tumblr meta talking about him and Team 7. BUT, the point was that he was a genius that picked up things extraordinarily fast. So trying to explain them and break things down to teach others could be difficult. But it works so well and it just warms my heart and I want to hug EVERYONE in this party.
AND THE KURODA COMES BACK AND RUINS EVERYONE'S DAY. *rips out hair* UGGHHHH. HE IS THE WORST. lksdjflkasjd. I want to know why he was chosen. He's in Anbu. Is he one of Danzo's picks? Is he just better at hiding this around his superiors. He's just such an asshole it seems unbelievable that he's managed to get so far. UGH. ;___; Ryouma was so happy. He's doing so well and fucking Kuroda comes in to shit on everything everyone loves.
"The edited notes from your latest meeting are on your desk. I took the liberty of re-organizing some of them for you. I hope you don't mind." AHAHAHA SUCK IT. Holy hells, you have done an excellent job developing the awfulness that is Kuroda.
And dawwwwwww, Gemna trying to defend Ryouma. He's so wonderful and I just want to give him 10000 hugs. He is the best. He is actually the perfect lieutenant for this team and I just adore him and Ryouma working together. I'm pumped for Gemna+Ryouma times in the stack. It's going to be awesome.
And fuck. Kakashi drawing Kuroda out. Forcing him to give him work. God. "It sounded perfectly respectful, but Ryouma could think of at least three swear words Kakashi could fit into the same number of syllables." Kuroda isn't going to ever win any brownie point from Kakashi, at least after how Kuroda's handled his team.
And AHHHHH. MORE BACKSTORY! I've been wondering so much what's up with Katsuko's and Kakashi's families (I mean, obvs not Sakumo but...). There's been a handful of hints dropped and I've been dying to know more. I adore all the offers to kill people in this chapter. It's just so... *sigh* assassins, man.
"I set him free and send him off into the wide green world to roam where he pleases." -- I'd say Katsuko has the best dialogue but, somehow, they all have the best dialogue. So ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "I'm sure the sociopaths are charming." -- Oh Kakashi.
Also, I have podfic'd the whole of the prologue! It's in the process of being edited but I'm hoping to actually post it soon ;___; I really really want to post it but it still needs some fixes and I have to re-record some lines and blah blah blah. And then I'm really thinking I'm going to just post the whole of what's included in the e-book prologue at the same time so I want to finish all of those threads even though Mama Come Home is basically done. I love this story so much! It's been a whole lot of fun recording. I have to say, I'm really looking forward to get to the main plot of the story. Not that I don't enjoy the oneshot preludes to the story. But once the Anbu Trials start up things just get so intense and I love it and then there is all the snark between e v e r y o n e. The whole team is just one sarcastic pile of adorable killers. It's going to be interesting getting through A Man Who Is Not Afraid without just melting down from too much blushing, lol. (*/ω＼*)
WONDERFUL CHAPTER! There was too much failing and I barely made it through it. But I loved every second!