rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: riku, blindfolded and smiling slightly. (we'll be the darkness)
This fic very much reflects the way I played this game; I completely forgot about everything else and spent hours trying to get all the love hotel scenes.

Kokichi, it turns out, is extremely fun to write.


Title: Close Your Eyes
Fandom: Danganronpa V3
Rating: light R
Pairings: Shuichi/everyone, but especially Shuichi/Kaito
Wordcount: 2,100
Summary: Shuichi develops an unfortunate addiction to the love hotel.
Warnings: Spoilers up to the end of chapter two of Danganronpa V3. Dubcon themes (it's probably not morally great to have sex with someone in a shared dream if they don't know it's a shared dream).


Close Your Eyes )
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: riku, blindfolded and smiling slightly. (we'll be the darkness)
I am obsessed with Danganronpa V3's Love Hotel scenes. These are optional scenes where you and another character have a shared dream in which you play a role in their private fantasy, and you apparently remember it afterwards, but they don't. This raises all sorts of interesting questions, some ethical, some great for fanfiction. How do you deal with having these intimate memories of someone that they don't share? Or, if the player is as determined to get all the Love Hotel scenes as I am, how do you deal with having intimate memories of everyone around you that they don't share?

Below the cut, I'm going to give brief thoughts on all the Love Hotel scenes, because I can. Be warned that some of these scenes are pretty fucked up and a couple of them involve sexual threat. (The fucked-up scenes are my favourites, inevitably.) There are spoilers for the first chapter of Danganronpa V3.

It's pretty clear from these scenes that the protagonist is bisexual, which is pretty neat! A bisexual videogame protagonist isn't something you see every day.


Thoughts on the Love Hotel scenes in Danganronpa V3. )


I have a pre-established tendency to 'ship Dangan Ronpa protagonists with every other character in their games. This mechanic does not help at all.
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)
I've just finished Danganronpa V3.

WOW. This was an incredible, frequently distressing, frequently extremely stupid journey. 'Extremely stupid' is not a criticism. I'm so happy.

This entry alludes a couple of times to Love Hotel scenes. I am going to make a fuller entry about Love Hotel scenes when I've seen all of them, because I can't stop thinking about them. More games should let you take any character in the cast to a love hotel.


Spoilers for the entirety of Danganronpa V3. )


The second game is still my favourite in the series, I think, but this is a worthy addition to my collection of videogames about teenagers being horribly traumatised.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy versus xiii: a young woman at night, her back to you, the moon high above. (nor women neither)
Just finished the fifth chapter of Danganronpa V3!


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter Five of Danganronpa V3. )


One chapter left! Where is this going to go? I'm very nervous.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
Just finished the fourth chapter of Danganronpa V3.


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter Four of Danganronpa V3. )


why do I play these games
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)
Reactions to the third chapter of Danganronpa V3!


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter Three of Danganronpa V3. )


Halfway through! I suspect things are only going to get more distressing.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
(Yes, I'm keeping up the Linkin Park entry title tradition. Yes, 'my friends are fish and they go to school' is absolutely a real Linkin Park lyric.)

I've finished the second chapter of Danganronpa V3! As with my first-chapter entry, you'll be getting my real-time reactions in the form of my messages to a friend while I was playing.


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter Two of Danganronpa V3. )


This game.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xiii: lightning pays intense attention to you. (speak carefully)
Danganronpa V3 is OUT AT LAST and already living up to expectations, by which I mean it's weird as hell and it's making me very unhappy. I've just finished chapter one. Spoilers for everything that's happened so far under the cut!


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter One of Danganronpa V3. )


I don't like ending an entry under a cut, but I'm not sure what I could say outside a cut that wouldn't be a spoiler. Er. I'm not a fan of the Monokubs, but their theme music is pretty great.
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy really brought home to me how tired I am of open-world games. I love the Assassin's Creed series, I love Red Dead Redemption, but I think I'm suffering a sort of open-world fatigue; I'm not really getting anywhere with Horizon Zero Dawn, even though it's staggeringly beautiful, because I'm just exhausted by how much there is to do. It felt so good to pick up Lost Legacy and play through a fast-moving game where you're constantly driving things forward.

One of the many reasons I am looking forward intensely to Danganronpa V3's release at the end of the month. Dangan Ronpa games are ALL PLOT, ALL THE TIME and it's great.

I'm feeling more generous towards Final Fantasy XV than I am towards most open-world games at the moment, because that game isn't really about the plot; it's a game about arsing around with your friends. Of course you should waste time on stupid sidequests; wasting time with people you care about is important!

Wait, maybe the problem isn't open-world games; maybe the problem is games where the protagonist is alone. In Lost Legacy, you spend most of the time hanging out with Nadine; in Final Fantasy XV, you've got three pals with you. I just want constant dialogue! And that's just not something you get in, for example, the Assassin's Creed games. (As much as I love Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, I'm sad that it went, 'Twin protagonists! You can choose which one to play! But the other twin doesn't tag along with you, sorry.' I want Evie and Jacob to snipe at each other while I'm running around London!)


...okay, I wrote the above in part because I was dithering on whether to play Infamous: Second Son, as a means of passing the time before Danganronpa V3's release. On the one hand, it had good reviews and my housemate had it, so it would cost me nothing to try it out. On the other, I was so tired of open-world games, and I'd tried the original Infamous once and hated it instantly.

I needn't have worried. I came to love Infamous: Second Son just as instantly as I'd come to hate Infamous. Turns out that this game is all about siblings who don't really get along but love each other nonetheless, i.e. my ultimate weakness. Almost at the very start of the game (twelve minutes into this walkthrough video), there was the perfect cutscene, cramming about six things I love into fifty seconds, after the protagonist Delsin got extremely stigmatised superpowers.

And it's so fun to play! Delsin can run so fast and can jump so high and has assorted zooming-and-hovering skills, so you can fly from building to building! He sometimes gives a little giddy laugh as he shoots up into the sky, and it's really endearing. It does suffer a little from Videogame Morality, where it's morally fine to kill the occasional civilian so long as you make up for it by stopping some drug dealers later, but I'm not taking it too seriously. I'm pretty used to suspending my moral disbelief in videogames.

This game further supports my 'maybe the issue is a lack of company in open worlds rather than open worlds in themselves' theory, because Delsin and his brother occasionally have little sarcastic phone conversations while you're running around the city, and it's great.

I'm only two hours into the game, so it's possible my opinion will change, but they have been a thoroughly enjoyable two hours.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
There's a demo out for Danganronpa V3! I thought I'd give it a try. I played the first two Dangan Ronpa games with Japanese voices, because those were the voices I'd become used to through Let's Plays, but this one's got a new cast, so I thought I'd try out the English voices. This proved to be a great decision, because one of the characters occasionally just exclaims 'FUCK ALL Y'ALL' and it's delightful.


Thoughts on the Danganronpa V3 demo. )


When the protagonist is trying to reason things out, her thought process is represented through a driving minigame called 'Psyche Taxi'. You get asked a question, and then you're presented with people who represent potential answers, and you have to answer the question by running the correct person over. I can't believe this wasn't a feature in previous Dangan Ronpa games, because it's the most Dangan Ronpa thing I've ever seen in my life.

I'm so excited about the release of this stupid game. One month to go!
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
[personal profile] batman: I've been playing Higurashi: When They Cry! It's about teenagers descending into paranoia and murdering each other and - where are you going?
Steam: Please confirm your purchase.

Higurashi is a game I became vaguely aware of some time ago. I thought 'huh, that sounds potentially interesting, maybe I should check it out' and Googled it and was instantly put off by the character art. But, fortunately for my shallow side (and the worrying side of me that can never resist a story about paranoid, murderous teenagers), there's now an official Steam release where the art has been redrawn!

Maybe 'game' isn't the right word; there doesn't seem to be any actual gameplay. It's a visual novel without narrative choices. (It calls itself a 'sound novel', but there are still graphics and visual novels still have sound, so I have no idea what the difference between a sound novel and a visual novel is.) I'm going to call it a game anyway, for convenience's sake.

I was expecting Higurashi to take a moment to introduce the characters and then jump straight into the horrible things, much like Dangan Ronpa, which wastes no time in going 'here's the cast, here's the horrible situation you're in, here's the horrible thing you'll have to do if you want to get out of it.' But three hours passed, and nothing horrible had happened yet; I'd just been watching Keiichi play silly games with his friends. And at some point, I suddenly realised, I'd shifted from impatient 'when are the murders going to start happening?' to 'oh, no, this is cute, I don't actually want everyone to be miserable.'

Too bad. Four hours in, everything became miserable. I knew exactly what I was signing up for, and yet there was still a part of me going 'MAYBE IT'S FINE, MAYBE IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A CUTE DATING SIM.'

([personal profile] batman pointed out that Keiichi seems to think he's in a dating sim at first, and I immediately felt awful for him. If only!)

I don't know what Keiichi looks like, and for some reason my mental image of him is close to Hajime Hinata of Super Dangan Ronpa 2. I love Hinata, so just that inexplicable mental image automatically doubles my fondness for Keiichi. Enjoy your unearned affection, Keiichi. I'm sure it makes up for all your traumatic experiences.

The Dangan Ronpa series is still the gold standard for visual novels about murderous teenagers, and Higurashi is highly unlikely to seize its crown. If you're looking for a teenage murder mystery on Steam, get Danganronpa instead. (Or there's Danganronpa 1 + 2 Reload, now available for PS4! I swear I don't work for Spike Chunsoft.) But Higurashi is certainly holding my interest. I might make a less vague entry when I've played a little further; right now, things have only just started to go downhill.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I watched the first five episodes of Elementary a few days ago. It's good! I often have trouble getting along with procedurals, but Elementary has genuinely interesting mysteries of the week, which strikes me as unusual. I loved The Mentalist, but I never really cared much about the case of the week; I just enjoyed the characters enough to carry me through it. With Elementary, I'm not hugely invested in the characters yet, but they have potential, and the mysteries are interesting enough to keep me watching until that potential is (hopefully) fulfilled.

I'm also seeing potential for Holmes and Watson to have a really interesting claustrophobic, codependent relationship, but I think Watson might be too well-adjusted for that. Alas!


I've just discovered Koethe Koethe's Life Is Strange fan songs, and they're ridiculously impressive. 'Price', 'Storm' and 'Better Then' are some of my favourites (if you discount 'The Beans Song', which is so good it's unfair to make the other songs compete against it), but they're all pretty great: so well produced, and they all sound like songs that could actually appear in the game. I usually get second-hand embarrassment from fan songs with lyrics, but these really work. They sort of make me want to play it again.

Bit of a disconcerting change from all the Linkin Park I've been listening to lately, though (whoops).


Danganronpa V3, having previously been listed for a June release, now apparently isn't coming out in English until the end of September. Another seven months of dodging spoilers, I suppose!

I love these games so much. I love how well-crafted and interesting most of the murder mysteries are; I love the characters, this collection of weak, flawed, frightened people making horrible mistakes.

I first experienced Dangan Ronpa through orenronen's fan translations, which got up to halfway through the second game before the games were licensed for release in English, so I've only actually played half a game unspoiled. And, as much as I enjoyed reading it in Let's Play form (and as fiddly as some of the minigames are), actually playing it was a much better experience. The trials guide you gently from logical conclusion to logical conclusion, and that process - gradually piecing together what happened yourself, the dawning sense of dread as you realise who the murderer was - works so well.

I'm so excited to play an entire Dangan Ronpa game without knowing what to expect. I just have to make sure I don't run into spoilers!

For... for seven months. And, going by the fact that there are almost four hundred works on AO3 less than two months after the Japanese release, I'd guess that there are plenty of fan translations floating around. This is the sort of series where an entire case or an entire game can be spoiled by a single piece of fanart. Wish me luck.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
I FINISHED THE ALPHABET FICSNIPPETS.

Recent followers will not be aware of how these alphabet ficsnippets have plagued me for the last half-decade. In 2010, I wrote twenty-six little snippets of fanfiction: the first contained one character whose name started with A and one whose name started with B, the second a B and a C, and so on (A to M, N to Z). It was fun! It was relatively quick! It seemed like a good idea to attempt it again, this time with characters that shared an initial!

It has taken a thousand years. I said in the second instalment, back in 2013, that I probably wouldn't be finished until 2015. It was supposed to be a humorous exaggeration.

But here we are at last! If any of the previous character combinations listed strike your fancy, here are links to the other instalments.

First Edition: A, L, M, O, P, X
Obscure Japanese Fandom Edition: D, I, K, R, T, U
'Four Letters? This Took You a Year?' Edition: E, F, H, J(x2)
Disproportionately Dudes Edition: C, N, V(x2), W, Y


A: Blaine Anderson (Glee)/fal'Cie Anima (Final Fantasy XIII)


B: Ffamran ‘Balthier’ Bunansa (Final Fantasy XII)/Joffrey Baratheon (A Song of Ice and Fire)

'You're the smugglers?' Joffrey demands. )


C: Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)/Cissnei (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII)
D: Daisuke Niwa (DN Angel)/Duck (Princess Tutu)
E: Elena Fisher (Uncharted)/Eugene Fitzherbert (Tangled)
F: Lightning Farron (Final Fantasy XIII)/Ffamran ‘Balthier’ Bunansa (Final Fantasy XII)


G: Greg House (House MD)/Will Graham (Hannibal)

'Uh,' Chase says. )


H: Hajime Hinata (Super Dangan Ronpa 2)/Haruka Nanase (Free!)
I: Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)/Hanako Ikezawa (Katawa Shoujo)
J: John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)/Patrick Jane (The Mentalist) and Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)/Jeff Winger (Community)
K: Kyouko Kirigiri (Dangan Ronpa)/Sazh Katzroy (Final Fantasy XIII)
L: Teresa Lisbon (The Mentalist)/Light Yagami (Death Note)
M: Fa Mulan (Mulan)/Bonnie MacFarlane (Red Dead Redemption)
N: Makoto Naegi (Dangan Ronpa)/Nagito Komaeda (Super Dangan Ronpa 2)
O: Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII)/Mondo Oowada (Dangan Ronpa)
P: Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)/Perry the Platypus (Phineas and Ferb)


Q: Quistis Trepe (Final Fantasy VIII)/Quina Quen (Final Fantasy IX)

'Quina,' Quistis says, folding her arms on the desk in front of her. 'We need to talk about your conduct in the field exam.' )


R: Rinoa Heartilly (Final Fantasy VIII)/Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon a Time)


S: Sayaka Miki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)/Sayaka Maizono (Dangan Ronpa)

'What did you wish for?' )


T: Byakuya Togami (Dangan Ronpa)/Takuto Kira (Full Moon wo Sagashite)
U: Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena)/Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
V: Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII)/Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII) and Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII)/Karkat Vantas (Homestuck)
W: Dean Winchester (Supernatural)/Bigby Wolf (The Wolf Among Us)
X: Charles Xavier (X-Men: First Class)/Xion (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)
Y: Yoshiya 'Joshua' Kiryu (The World Ends With You)/Light Yagami (Death Note)


Z: Zell Dincht (Final Fantasy VIII)/Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

'Remember your stance,' Squall says. )


FINISHED AT LAST. This has been an enjoyable exercise, even though it took much, much longer than planned.

Why do I have so many fandoms? Nobody needs this many fandoms.
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
This is not at all the fic I meant to write. Honestly, I was planning to write about Hinata and Kuzuryuu making out. But then the making out caused canon to diverge, and Komaeda somehow seized the focus, and I ended up having to cut out the Hinata/Kuzuryuu entirely because it just felt like an awkward plot device in a fic that had become more about the relationship between Hinata and Komaeda.

Which is a shame, because Hinata/Kuzuryuu is a great pairing. (I've been replaying Super Dangan Ronpa 2, and their relationship has really struck me this time around.) Maybe I'll manage a real Hinata/Kuzuryuu piece eventually.


Title: (Mis)fortune
Fandom: Super Dangan Ronpa 2
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,700
Summary: In which Komaeda's best-laid plans are thwarted by his own luck.


(Mis)fortune )
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)
I haven't officially participated in National Novel Writing Month since 2004, but I've tried to write at least a little every day of every November since 2009. It's an interesting exercise, and it sometimes means I write things I might never have considered otherwise. For example, here's an unexpected second part to Worth Something, which was really supposed to be a one-shot. The first part was Hinata and Koizumi; this part is Hinata and Kuzuryuu. I'm half-tempted to write about Hinata meeting the entire class, but I think I'll probably resist the urge.


Title: Worth Something, Part Two
Fandom: Danganronpa 3 (Despair Arc)
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,300 (this part; 2,700 cumulative)
Summary: Against all advice, Hinata approaches Natsumi Kuzuryuu's brother.

Part One


Worth Something, Part Two )
rionaleonhart: twewy: joshua kiryu is being fabulously obnoxious and he knows it. (is that so?)
About half of the scenes in this have been posted to this journal before, but the other half are brand new! I thought I'd gather together all my old Project Komaeda scenes and fill in the gaps so I could post them to AO3. Komaeda's the worst and I love him.

I was going to say 'this is the worst fic title I've ever had' and then remembered that I named my Pokémon/Merlin crossover 'Gotta Camelotch Them All'.


Title: Nagito Komaeda Makes Everyone Uncomfortable and Possibly Sleeps With Them All
Fandom: Super Dangan Ronpa 2
Rating: R
Pairing: Komaeda/everyone
Wordcount: 6,300
Summary: Komaeda gets very close to a lot of people on the island. Hinata has to see more of it than he'd like.


Nagito Komaeda Makes Everyone Uncomfortable and Possibly Sleeps With Them All )
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I haven't talked about Danganronpa 3 for a while, but I have things to say about the most recent episode (episode 10 of the Despair Arc). This entry also contains spoilers for episode 9 of the Future Arc.


Thoughts on Despair Arc episode 10, Danganronpa 3. )


I always seem drawn to the aggressive, hotheaded arsehole who makes terrible decisions in Dangan Ronpa. Mondo, Kuzuryuu, Sakakura... (I don't love Sakakura as much as I love Mondo or Kuzuryuu, but he's definitely the character introduced in Danganronpa 3 I care about the most. Which is strange, because after the first episode my thoughts were 'well, I haven't seen enough of these new characters to form an opinion on most of them, but SAKAKURA IS TERRIBLE.')

The other Dangan Ronpa character types I'm drawn to are 'good-hearted, relatively normal people in the midst of over-the-top casts' and 'boys in green hoodies who are voiced by Megumi Ogata and talk a lot about hope'. Naegi is at the overlap point for these two types and is therefore the best character.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
The third Despair Arc episode of Danganronpa 3 waved around the prospect of a Hinata-and-Koizumi meeting and then refused to deliver. This is outrageous, frankly, and I have attempted to remedy it through the medium of fanfiction.


Title: Worth Something
Fandom: Danganronpa 3 (Despair Arc)
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,400
Summary: After the Twilight Syndrome events, Hinata tried to speak to Koizumi. Maybe he managed it.


Worth Something )
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
The Danganronpa 3 anime continues! Beneath the cut: very spoilery thoughts on the second and third episodes of both arcs. I wrote these thoughts down after each episode, so some of my notes on the second episodes were later nullified by the third episodes.


Danganronpa 3: second and third episodes of both arcs. )


Why did I ever get into Dangan Ronpa? It's nothing but stress and pain. My nails are in a terrible state and it's all the Future Arc's fault.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
Hey, I wrote something that isn't for Assassin's Creed!

Nobody's reading this on AO3, and I'm weirdly sad about it even though it really shouldn't be a surprise at all. It's a crossover between a niche American sitcom and an obscure Japanese videogame. There's probably not a huge overlap between fans of those two things.


Title: Despair 101
Fandom: Community/Dangan Ronpa
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,200
Summary: Being told to shoot each other with paintball guns ends badly enough at Greendale. Being told to actually kill each other probably isn't going to go much better.


Despair 101 )