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The picture you see for my avatar in reviews and that you see at the top of my profile is my rendition of Sekirei 37, Madoka.
She is the title character of my story "No Game For Old Men". Yes, "title character" means she is no game for old men.
Notes about "No Game For Old Men"
"No Game for Old Men" - (Sekirei\Rated M\Romance-Hurt-Comfort\English) - Not all Ashikabi are young men with blank slate, simple lives. The "Sekirei Plan" does great damage to the lives of Sekirei and Ashikabi alike. This is the story of 37 Madoka, 44 Yosuga, and their Ashikabi.
My one, so far, fanfic. A somewhat AU (though an argument could easily be made that it's really a single point of departure story where that single point of departure had huge consequences) story, inspired by and with fanon influences from “The Game Changer” by Fenschway (no longer on ff dot NET, as of fall 2022 The Game Changer is on AO3).
NGFOM is, sadly, on eternal haitus.
1/23/18 - GAH! GAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!! Yes, still stuck 2/3rds of the way through Ch17. For fucks sake...
5/17/13 - Started drafting the outline.
8/22/13 - A very nice birthday present for me, Fenschway published an excerpt from NGFOM Ch. 40 in the latest The Game Changer update! The first part of NGFOM to actually go up for anyone to read!
1/26/15 - 10 chapters complete, approximately 100,000 words. Another 10 chapters and I'll be comfortable posting each arc not the first 20 chapters here on fanfiction.net. So far the beta reader feedback has been 100% positive, with eight beta readers from the Sekirei list previewing the Intro Arc, chapters 1-4. Very encouraging!
5/7/15 - Finally published Book One, the Intro Arc (story chapters 1-4)! Yay!
5/18/15 - Nicest damn thing anyone has ever said about anything I've ever written. Dude, thanks!
Fenschway's review on Book 1 Ch1 of "No Game For Old Men": The premise that not all potential Ashikabi are, or want to be a participant and/or collateral damage in the Sekirei Plan is a most intriguing one for a Sekirei fanfic story. Then, in a logical means, an author writes a piece trying to explore the many unanswered questions behind the Sekirei existence on Earth, their ancient and recent history as an interstellar specie, the personal histories, rivalry, hatreds and interplay between individual aliens, and not to mention the Whys and Wherefores that made the Sekirei come to Earth in the first place and the effects that has had on human history and development. Few have tackled any of these concepts let alone the in depth and intimate day to day effects of a Sekirei bonding, nor the back stories inherent in them. Ryk's fascinating take on all this makes No Game For Old Men one the MUST reads of Sekirei fanfic. It's just not the same old teen angst/young macho fighter pap seen so often in other stories, but a very thought provoking and entertaining read which is worth the time taken to enjoy NGFOM, especially Gregory's Notes. Keep writing and posting big guy!
6/10/15 - Book 4 (NGFOM Chapters 10-12 or 13) in progress. Chapters 10 and 11 are complete and proofread, Chapter 12 is 2500 words along. Attempting to cut down on word count and increase chapter count, hoping for more 7,500 word chapters and fewer 17,000 word chapters. If I can keep making progress I'd expect Book 4 to be complete before the end of June and posted soon after.
7/9/15 - Book 4 (NGFOM Chapters 10-12) has been posted. Book 5 (chapters 13- through probably 15) is outlined but no writing complete yet.
9/21/15 - Still stalled on writing Book 5 of No Game For Old Men. 1/4th of chapter 13 is written but my muse is just not cooperating.
3/25/16- Stalled out on Chapter 15, Book 5.3 About halfway done with this chapter but it's been there since October and not making progress.
5/25/16- Chapter 16 is up! Now to start on Chapter 17!
9/18/16 - Chapter 17 stuck halfway complete. Not abandoned! Just stuck until I can get authorially unstuck.
11/4/16 - Ch17 still stalled out on. Very frustrating. Every time i try to make progress I get distracted. I bet most of the great works of literature written before the invention of the Internet would never have been completed if their authors had so many things to distract them! Damn you, Madden 17! And GTAV! And Civilization VI! And all the great fanfiction on this site! It's impossible to make progress writing my story when I'm spending all my free time *reading* fanfiction!
3/19/17 - still stuck on Ch 17.
Sekirei Anime Season One and Two Calendar
Sekirei Season One and Season Two Timeline! The dates of every significant event, starting with Season One Episode One on 4/1/2020 through the destruction of MBI's Headquarters in Season Two Episode 12.
It's as close to canon as you can get, from painstakingly examining every episode for every clue to the dates.
4/1/20 Wednesday -
(S1 E1) Minato encounters 88 Musubi and the 11 Hikari and 12 Hibiki, the Lightning Twins. Musubi shelters at Minato's apartment overnight.
4/2/20 Thursday –
Minato takes Musubi to eat burgers. Musubi asks if Minato will be her Ashikabi, but is interrupted by Minato's landlord warning Minato about having guests. Minato encounters the Lightning Twins as they work as maids at a cafe, they chase Musubi in broad daylight, cornering Musubi and leaving her no choice but to Wing Bond with Minato or be terminated. Thursday evening Musubi cooks for Minato, Minato contacts his sister Yukari asking for girls clothes. Thursday evening Hiroto Minaka contacts Minato via Minato's tv and briefs him on the Sekirei Plan.
4/3/20 Friday –
Minato and Musubi spend the day fruitlessly searching for a new apartment. Friday evening - Rain (S1 E2) Friday evening - Minato and Musubi fall into the backyard of Izumo Inn and are welcomed as tenants. They meet 01 Miya, 10 Uzume, and 06 Homura. Evening Mikogami acquires Akitsu in the park.
4/3/20 Friday –
Morning Minato and Musubi move into Izumo Inn. Sahashi Yukari meets them at Minato's old apartment. Sahashi Takami, lead researcher of the Sekirei Plan at MBI, takes 108 Kusano out on a walk outside the MBI Tower. She and Kusano are attacked by 43 Yomi and her Ashikabi, Hayoto Mikogami, in an attempt to kidnap Kusano from MBI's care and forcibly wing Kusano to Mikogami. Sahashi Takami is injured by 43 Yomi's attack, losing an eye. Important Note: In spite of Sahashi Takami being attacked by a Sekirei and having her eye cut out by the Sekirei's scythe, with the Sekirei's Ashikabi standing there watching, there is no negative consequences for Mikogami or Yomi. The Disciplinary Squad nor any other MBI Security Assets are called out to deal with Mikogami for this (assumed) violation of the rules. Pre-dinner bath, Musubi attacks Uzume as soon as Musubi realized Uzume is a Sekirei. Friday evening, text message goes out to Ashikabi about the Green Girl, Seo receives it as he's leaving his construction job. Friday night, 09 Tsukiumi observes the overgrowth in the park caused by 108 Kusano. Friday night, Minato makes telepathic contact with Kusano in his dreams.
4/4/20 Saturday –
(S1 E3) Saturday morning, Musubi begins sparing with Miya. Minato starts a part time construction job. Meets Kaoru Seo who also works at the construction job and Seo reveals he's an Ashikabi too. Saturday afternoon, MBI Security evacuates the immediate vicinity (2km) of the Gardens and puts troops and APC's at the gates of the Gardens. 06 Homura and Scrapped Akitsu fight outside the gates after 43 Yomi kills the MBI Security troops. Important Note: again, no consequences for Mikogami for his Sekirei attacking and killing MBI Security troops. Musubi terminates Yomi via Crest Norito Chant Minato rescues 108 Kusano and wings her that night. (S1 E4) 107 Shiina wipes out the overgrown vegetation in the Botanical Gardens overnight. Sahashi Takami picks up Homura in a limo for a date. Reveals that she is Minato's mother.
4/5/20 Sunday –
Shiina perceives that Kusano is crying, via telepathic connection. Minato attends his construction job, finding out that Seo quit and did not show up that day. Sunday evening, Minato returns from work and sees Seo at Izumo Inn. Sunday evening, Uzume tells Musubi her Ashikabi is not at the Inn but is somewhere else. Sunday night, Kusano is spooked by seeing 02 Matsu in the mirror of the bathroom.
4/6/20 Monday –
The monthly anniversary of Miya’s husband’s death ("this is the day of the month my husband died"). Miya leaves to visit his grave. Shiina, being chased by Mikogami's Sekirei 38 Mitsuha, one of the Whip Twins. He runs into Sahashi Yukari and they run off together. Musubi tells Minato that the last Sekirei remaining "can join with the person they love for eternity". No source for this information is given. Monday evening, Musubi goes out for shopping and 02 Matsu hijacks a sattelite with an MBI logo on it and uses its super laser to repeatedly bombard a Tokyo city street to distract Musubi. Sahashi Yukari takes Shiina to her own rented room. (S1 E5) Monday night, Mikogami's Sekirei 38 Mitsuha and Scrapped Akitsu are shown still searching for 107 Shiina. They encounter 06 Homura who warns them off hunting for Shiina. Monday night, Homura is saved from burning up by 09 Tsukiumi in an alleyway. Monday night, in bed, Minato wings 02 Matsu.
4/7/20 Tuesday –
Minato gets a bit of exposition from his new Sekirei, 02 Matsu, in her cubbyroom. They realize 09 Tsukiumi is reacting to Minato now. Minato and Ku run into Seo who’s chasing a cat. (S1 E6) Seo threatens Tsukiumi with forced winging, to avoid this, Minato wings Tsukiumi, triggering Phase 2 of the Sekirei Plan. Miya tells Minato and his flock that she is aware of the Sekirei Plan due to her husband being a researcher at MBI.
4/8/20 Wednesday – (S1 E7)
Karasuba visits Izumo Inn to see Musubi. Karasuba terminates one of the whip twins. Uzume terminates 72 that night, presumably on orders from Higa of the East.
4/10/20 Friday –
Uzume tries to take out Kumo. Minato and Musubi meet Kumo and Haruka Shigi at his apt.
4/11/20 Saturday –
Uzume and Kazehana wake up with Minato. (S1 E19) Minato gets briefed on Kamakura Island by Matsu. Minato meets Seo at Seo’s place to brief on The Escape Plan. Kumo and Ashikabi come to Izumo Inn at night. (S1 E10)
4/12/20 Sunday –
The Escape happens this night. End of Season One. (S1 E10, E11, E12)
4/30/20 Thursday -
Kazehana is winged by Minato (S2 E3). Minato is admitted to MBI hospital for a concussion Thursday night – 04 Karasuba terminates 19 Ikki in a fit of pique over her plan to get 08 Yume to appear failing.
5/1/20 Friday –
Minato is released from the hospital in the a.m.
5/2/20 Saturday -
10 Uzume leaves Izumo Inn for good.
5/2/20 Saturday -
06 Homura is winged by Minato Sahashi
5/4/20 Monday -
Minato’s flock play a game of Uno for the right to go on a play date with Minato the next day. Note: This game of Uno, and the winner Kusano, sets in motion the entire chain of events that is the focus of the remainder of Season 2. IF this Uno game does not occur, or IF anyone but Kusano wins, then none of the events in the rest of Season 2 occurs, including the death of Uzume, the destruction of the MBI headquarters, the saving of Chiho’s life.
5/7/20 Thursday -
Uzume is terminated in anime canon (S2 E10)
5/7/20 Thursday -
Minato’s mother, Takami, bizarrely refuses to help him save someone’s life from a medical emergency, setting him up to be blackmailed by his father, Hiroto Minaka.
5/9/20 Saturday -
Last episode of Season 2 of the anime, MBI’s HQ is destroyed.
Ryk's #1 Rule About Writing Fanfiction
You have as much right to make up shit as ANYONE else. You especially have as much right to create what you want as the canon writer had to create what THEY wanted.
Never let anyone tell you that you can't make up something for your story. Your story is yours, own it!
And FEAR NOTHING!
Maps of Tokyo with NGFOM locations noted
Because it was requested, here's a link to the GoogleMap of the No Game For Old Men locations. Each Book is its own layer on the map, feel free to explore and get a feel for how immense Tokyo really is.
6/2/13 - Hard to believe that in the one and a half years since I started reading fanfiction on this site I've read over 19 million words of really good fanfiction stories. That's how many are in the 100 stories in my Favorites list as of this date. Mind boggling. THANK YOU to all of the amazing authors who have given me so much entertainment since I started reading here.
Update 5/20/14 - Now up to 43,269,891 words of fanfic just in my Favorites. That's 73 War and Peace's.
HEY, FAN-FICTION REVIEWERS!
My biggest pet peeve with reviewers? Lazy-ass criticism through the use of such terms as "Gary Stu" or "Mary Sue" or "Marty Stu" and so on.
Is Naruto a Gary Stu in Naruto-canon? Is Harry Potter a Gary Stu? (Okay, bad example, an argument can be made that Potter is a grossly Gary Sue character, but does that invalidate the novels?) How about Shirou; is he a Gary Stu in Fate/Stay Night canon?
A fanfiction author has a story they want to tell. Since it's fanfiction the story will have something to do with an existing setting, characters, story. It might just be the setting the author likes, so they tell their story in a setting someone else invented. Maybe they like the canon plot but want to modify it a bit. There's no "right way" or "wrong way" to write fanfiction; it's the authors story to tell. Maybe they tell it well, maybe they tell it poorly, but criticizing an author for daring to tell it at all, well, that's just being a dick.
If someone wants to criticize a fanfiction effort they should criticize it in comparison to the canon writing. If you don't like someone's OC in a Naruto story, don't just call the OC a "Mary Sue" and think you've made some profound observation, because you haven't. Compare your issues with the OC to the canon characters and tell us why the OC is overpowered, too focused on, and so forth. Because unless Naruto, Minato, Harry Potter, Tsukune, and so forth are all Gary Stu characters, criticizing a fanfiction story for having an OC that's central to the tale, that's competent and/or powerful, who makes friends and enemies of the main supporting cast, complaining about a protagonist doing protagonist things is just weak ass butthurt whining.
Yes, it IS possible to write a fanfiction story with original characters that are the center of the story, who are competent, who accomplish great deeds, who romance favorites among the canon characters, and it is possible to have that story BE A GOOD STORY. Judge the story in comparison to the canon material, don't just dismiss someone's work because "Oh, all OC's are Mary Sues".
For god's sake, people DO realize that the canon characters are ALL "OC's", right?
Hey, Fan-fiction Writers!
The word "wary" and the word "weary" are NOT SYNONYMS. If someone is looking around suspiciously they are "casting a wary eye around the room", not a "weary eye". "Weary" means "feeling or showing tiredness". Wary means "feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems". The two words definitions don't mean anything at ALL like the other! Spare us your "weary glance around the room" for your suspicious characters, please!
And for the love of Peter Mark Roget, the proper idiom for "drew someone's interest" would be "piqued their interest". Not "peeked their interest" or "peaked their interest". PIQUED. It means "stimulate (interest or curiosity)". Yes, it's an odd word, and yes, it's only used in that specific idiom phrase (piqued his interest/piqued her curiosity) but it's NEVER "peeked" or "peaked".
Fanfiction Review Template
Here is my template for full reviews. Feel free to use it or modify it for your own reviews. There are 10 categories to make it simple to average out the ratings to establish the Overall Rating.
Be aware you will likely need to post this as two reviews due to character limits in reviews. I usually post the second half to the second-to-last chapter and the first half next, to the last chapter, that way someone reading the reviews will see your first half first and the second half second.
Review of (story title) by (author name) at (Link to story)
Overall Rating (average of the 10 categories below):
Originality of Plot:
Execution of Plot:
Character Authenticity (IC? OOC?):
Quality of character portrayal:
Addressing Canon Stupidities:
Closure vs Antagonists/Satisfying Resolution:
Color, dialogue, feeling:
Thanks and Credit
Big thanks and props to Fenschway, author of several Sekirei stories, including "The Game Changer", which I consider to be the most significant Sekirei story on this site. In the face of fan rage (including a few of my own scorching reviews!) and canon purists, Fenschway had the balls to tell a story that is truly unique and not just another "What if Minato was a Half Drow/Half Demon Professor of Alchemy at Hogwarts while on vacation from his missions with the Avengers!??". His story may not be to everyone's taste, but it does have a great deal of inventiveness and imagination, delving far deeper into the Sekirei setting and premise than the mangaka does in canon, that's for sure.
Fenschway has helped me greatly in collaboration in my story "No Game For Old Men", and that story wouldn't be half as good if I hadn't had his input. His Sekirei/Wolverine-Logan stories get a lot more attention and reviews and favorites, but "The Game Changer" shows great imagination and setting-building!
Even though our writing style is very different, our collaboration over the last two years has been a great help to me and I cannot thank him enough. Working with Fenschway on "No Game For Old Men" and discussing his stories a great deal reminded me anew that though a story might piss you off, it's real people on the other end of the keyboard, doing their best to tell a story.
A good lesson to remember. Criticize, yes. Even criticize harshly, unmercifully. But avoid getting personal; stick to criticizing the work, not the author!
Several people from the Sekirei beta reader list have taken the time and shown the courage to read the opening arc of "No Game For Old Men". Some enjoyed it enough to insist on reading all of the chapters I've written so far! So I'd like to thank Godric Kharg, FintonStack, Yuna the Ninja, ReaperxStalker, Littlest1, and angelofpeaceandwar for their feedback and encouragement.
I am a fan of Sekirei, Rosario, High School of the Dead, Elfen Lied, Canaan, Clannad, Steins;Gate, some others. Enjoying the fanfic more than the anime in many cases. In most cases, actually.
I only recently came into enjoying Anime and Manga, I was scrolling through Netflix streaming catalog and on a whim decided to watch "Spice and Wolf".
Now, I'd seen a few anime that people had highly recommended, before. "Ghost in the Shell", and some of Evangelion. Frankly, they left me cold. I liked the artwork, sure. What's not to like about pretty girls in revealing outfits? But the stories didn't do anything for me. They seemed unnecessarily convoluted, vague, and yet flat at the same time.
But when I was laying there in bed, snacking on Ritz crackers and peanut butter, just relaxing on a weekend evening, watching the first few episodes of "Spice and Wolf" I just really fell in love with the story and the characters. For the first time I "got it" with anime. Watched the first season through entirely, then went and found the subtitled second season and watched it off some crappy streaming website.
Then I found the manga and read through all of it off some other websites. And still wanted more!
There's been several anime that I've watched since then that got me that semi-obsessed. Most of these I've read the manga for after watching the anime.
1. Clannad (and After Story and the Another World spins and the movie)
2. High School of the Dead
3. Elfen Lied
5. Spice and Wolf
10. Dance in the Vampire Bund
13. This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
16. Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero
17. Heaven's Lost Property - hilarious, light-hearted
Stuff I *didn't* like and dropped after a few episodes.
3. Kaze no Stigma
4. Ghost in the Shell
5. Evangelion (any and all of them)
6. Fullmetal Alchemist
Stuff I liked so much that I'm always looking for more fanfic of:
4. Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero
5. Naruto (an example of one that I really dislike the source material, both the manga and the anime but there's so much awesome fanfic written on it that it's on my list to check for new stuff all the time)
My favorite anime? Currently I'd say the original Fate/Stay Night series as well as the light novel. The light novel especially is a serious story with excellent artwork and a well detailed world that wasn't afraid to actually have some sex scenes in it. Too damn rare, imho.
My favorite fanfiction category? I'd say Sekirei. There just aren't enough Sekirei stories, imho, and too many that are here are incomplete and/or poorly written. Eternally grateful to the excellent works in that category by Lord of the Land of Fire, Fenschway, and Gabriel Blessing.