Let me just preface this by saying that I am a huge fan of Jaken. Well, I basically love everyone in Sesshomaru’s group except for Sesshomaru himself, whom I merely tolerate, but Jaken is my favorite. Unfortunately, there is very little fanfiction about him — except for this one, which is also a complete winner! This is a collection of 30 shorts about different aspects of Jaken’s character and relationships. Each one has a different style and genre. I especially liked Chapter 8, Chapter 15, and Chapter 30, but the story as a whole does an excellent job illustrating everything wonderful about Jaken.
Again, Sesshomaru is not exactly my favorite — I consider canon Sesshomaru one of the most boring and poorly-written characters in the series. Fortunately, fanfiction like this makes him into a much more engaging character. This comedy about his childhood is thoroughly enjoyable, suggesting slightly different motivations for his actions throughout the series, and I honestly consider it better than canon.
A series of unconnected comedy shorts. The second one made me laugh so hard that I died and am now typing this as a ghost. Takes full advantage of the source material’s status as a Rumiko “Screwball Comedy” Takahashi work.
A fantastic science fiction epic in which pastel horses struggle to establish a space program. I’ve seen more than a few “ponies in space” stories, and this is by far the best. Mrakoplaz doesn’t shy away from portraying all the myriad hardships, conflicts, or joys associated with opening new frontiers. The characters’ emotions feel all too real, and the story remains interesting even when treading ground like budget problems that even commercial sci-fi considers boring. One of my all-time favorites, not just in terms of fanfiction, but just plain fiction.
Novel-length ponies + mad science. That alone earns it a spot on this list. Brings to the table excellent writing quality overall, great comedy, interesting worldbuilding, and the unbridled (sorry) fun of Nightmare Scoot and ponies building mass drivers. A massive plot twist near the end made me fall in love with this one. Caveat: I could do without some of the off-color jokes, which seem particularly inappropriate because of the source material, but your mileage may vary.
Another fun romp from Skywriter. I must confess I sympathize greatly with Celestia here, having grown up in a tea-loving family and not being able to stomach the stuff myself. At the outset this is just a silly comedy, but a careful reading reveals it as a contemplative discussion on what it means to be a public figure and the kinds of sacrifices one must make in order to stay in others’ good graces.
A must for lovers of folklore, this story examines what fairy tales might sound like in Equestria, complete with the disturbing violence, nightmare fuel, and barely-concealed racism that permeates most such stories in real life. (My enjoyment of these stories may come from my exceptionally German temperament, idk.) The story of the two sisters and Chaos is especially good.
As with Gobbling, this is a look at the folklore of Equestria, the stories that shape the characters’ culture. This one is interesting because it differs quite a bit from any Märchen on Earth, but is still recognizably mythological and ties neatly into what we see of Equestria’s values. The last chapter is particularly good in this regard.
Blueshift is incredibly hit-and-miss for me — some of his stories are good and some are just so brain-bendingly stupid and awful that I can’t believe he’s the same person. This is one of the former category. It starts out seeming like a cutesy story about spreading gossip or doubting people. Then wham. I can’t really explain more without spoiling it, but despite some slightly awkward writing here and there, at heart it’s a great story about destiny and what it means to be oneself.
Listen, I have no idea why this didn’t win the Nightmare Night Contest. It was easily the scariest of the lot. (Admittedly not saying much, but eh.) I can’t really spoil it, but it’s a very effectively conveyed horror story — a sort of fantasy take on the SCP Foundation, with a dash of Elder Scrolls Books thrown in.
Skywriter does it again. This is the first entry in a longer series; while a bit dark, it manages to squeeze in some very cute moments (mostly by virtue of including a young Twilight Sparkle). It does a more than serviceable job exploring Princess Cadance as a character and what, exactly, she was doing for those thousand years when her Empire was missing. The story also, amazingly, more or less accurately portrayed Princess Celestia — without making her a goddess or a tyrant. There’s some truly spectacular stuff here, although I don’t really want to spoil it.
The 11th Division needs to crash with the 10th for a while, and all Hell breaks loose. Aside from the completely great and amazing comedy, this story succeeded in making me like Hitsugaya and Byakuya, both of whom I find terribly boring in canon. Even Komamura gets a chance to shine! Also the whole bit with Aizen obviously making things up and not really having planned anything is the best ever. I’m a fan.
I read this, but I have honestly have no idea what it is. There were multiple occasions when I did literally ask myself “what the hell am I reading?”. Herein are various To Heart characters, and Filipino pop stars, and all Filipino politicians ever, and also the pop stars have magic. Large portions of the story are presented in the form of turn-based RPG battles. Basically, it’s like a Japanese porn game got stuck in a blender with some early-2000s Filipino newspapers, Saturday morning cartoons, and Final Fantasy. And it’s all played 100% straight. I’m not saying drugs were involved with this story, but they’re a distinct possibility. Still, the author is clearly a nice and honest kid, and I can’t help but feel like stories like this do have a place in the world. After all, it actually is entertaining, which is more than I can say for a lot of fanfics.
It fills me with more delight than can be imagined that someone finally wrote fan fiction about the best character in Harry Potter, i.e. the Muggle Prime Minister from Half-Blood Prince. This story expands on his character and experiences throughout the reign of Voldemort, including his frustration at his inability to help the wizarding world in any meaningful capacity, and the growing dissatisfaction the Muggle public holds towards their seemingly incompetent leader as murder rates rise. In the end, an extremely effective reflection on power, the horrors of war (any war), hope, and the real meaning of leadership. Omega bonus points for an oblique Sugihara Chiune reference midway through.
One of G Gundam’s strengths was that it had immensely likeable side characters, to the point of making viewers cheer for them to defeat the protagonist. This is a brief character study of Allenby and Wong, set before either of them encounter Domon. It makes for a nice explanation of Allenby’s character at the start of season 2 and establishes her as a person, instead of defining her by her relationship with Domon. The usage of tense is a little off, but it’s a more than worthy read that fits cleanly into canon.
Fate tries try to solve a murder. She…eventually succeeds, despite the fact that everyone involved is completely incompetent. It’s terribly funny and I’ve even recommended it to non-Nanoha fans. Reminds me oddly of a few D&D games I’ve played (maybe it’s the maid?).
The only flaw I can see here is that it’s too short. I’m not yet familiar enough with Kamen Rider to pass judgment on the characterization here, but by the gods is it cute. So friggin’ cute that I tagged my local copy with “diabeetus”. There’s some sex but you’ll miss it if you blink.