|Reviews for Transcend (Season One)|
| Darth Zannacross chapter 6 . 11/26/2013
Got a bit more in, Sliver Blood looks like they don't mess around, and Lucy sounds intense , in more ways then one.
Sounds like the plot is unfolding at a good pace so, looks like things are kicking off nicely. Till the next time when things explode.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 5 . 11/26/2013
Sorry for the delay, got held up with class work. I like how this is shaping up, Lukas 's past seems interesting so far and the Solblade's seem nifty.
Sounds like this is going to be fun, looking forward to reading more so till next time.
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 27 . 11/17/2013
Red dyed mercury... Is Lukas going to accept the scholorship now? And I really don't see why she could,t have saved her friend from that fall, he would have died otherwise! But other than that this was an excelent story! Now onwards to season 2!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 22 . 11/16/2013
Noyt only has Lukas lost Courtney, the girl he promised so much to, his now going to kill one of his friends and also friend to Courtney who has betrayed them both! How cruel a destiney fate has given them; No Lukas, don't do it!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 20 . 11/16/2013
Why do I get the feeling it's Vennesa that shouldn't be trusted?! And wow is that Kane an erogant ass or what! Can't wait for Lukas to kick that sorry ass of his!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 17 . 11/15/2013
It's a nice change in pace, glad to see Nathan living up to what he said he would do, also that last attack reminded me of when Lukas went beserk!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 16 . 11/15/2013
What the heck happen to the promised guards? Poor Lukas must be furious, not being able to have kept his promise! And what is up wth his eyes? The plot thickens... A great 'episode'!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 14 . 11/14/2013
I did not know Merideth was that devious! She's almost like a teenager! And to think Lukas has such anger in him forcing those Silver Blood guys to talk the way he did.
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 13 . 11/14/2013
Another monster! But why didn't Lukas take it out as quickly this time? And why is Vennessa all of a sudden so suspecting of Merideth...? This really is a great 'manga' - I love it! Oh and Courtney seems be really loving loving Lukas even if she they both shy out of the conversations involving them being together!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 10 . 11/14/2013
It almost seems as if Lukas has no control over his Rai-ki's destructive side and it also takes me back to the first episode on the explanation of how some have soulblades and others don't, but rather a natural fighting abillity, strengt and speed!
Could he have both?
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 9 . 11/14/2013
Shame, both Lukas and Courtney share painful pasts, maybe that is why they have such a good bond_
But to say the truth this is getting more interesting by every word!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 7 . 11/14/2013
So it seems Lukas has a lot of skill in using is Rei-Ki and he doesn't even know it or rather he didn't. Hope he can keep on protecting his friends! And now because of now a new question I don't want to stop reading now - how does Courtney know Kenta?
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 5 . 11/14/2013
Wow... Lukas really know his "Art of War"! But what is his flash backs pointing towards...? And what's with the 'monster'? These questions... I have to read more!
| Rogue Melody Angel chapter 3 . 11/13/2013
Wow Lukas and his friends are strong; Lukas completly dominated the arena as well, I' almost sure he could have done so without his Solblade! This is turning out to be a great 'manga'!
| Y. S. Wong chapter 3 . 11/12/2013
I think I'll take you up on your offer, Ben. I could use some good constructive criticism. (*w*)
Now, I'm gonna be reviewing without looking at others' first to avoid spoilers, so I may very likely repeat some things that have already been said. Plus, this is old prose from you anyways, so there's a good chance that you've already fixed these things later on. But I'll just mention what I see.
Something simple: "The weapon evaporated into brilliant specs of light..." Specks, not specs.
Your dialogue grammar's wrong. Dialogue tags should be connected to the actual dialogue in one sentence.
Ex: "'Ever since being stationed here I barely get to use my Solblade.' The other woman responded giddily."
Correct: "'Ever since being stationed here I barely get to use my Solblade,' the other woman responded giddily."
I have a link to a guide for dialogue tags on the forum if you want a more in-depth look.
I notice you have a tendency to use a lot of semicolons. Even though you use them correctly, I'd recommend cutting down on them for the sake of variety. Just my opinion, but I think semicolons should be used sparingly; the effect I think you're trying to achieve could just as easily be accomplished (and more effectively at that) by splitting the sentences and having a short sentence follow instead. Note: Semicolon used in previous sentence with full irony.
There are also some redundancies in your prose as well as ineffective description.
Ex: "She then fiercely smacked the top of his head, immediately waking him up."
Fiercely is an adjective that doesn't actually add anything to the sentence, as "smacked" (you could even replace it with a stronger verb) already conveys the degree of strength. So that's redundant. Heck, "immediately waking him up" could also be construed as redundant, as Lukas clearly wakes up with a jerk in the next paragraph anyway.
Ex 2: "Zayn tried to think of where to begin with his explanation."
Nothing wrong with this sentence. But stronger description would involve action, like Zayn tapping his finger to his lip to go with that "Hmm..." in the previous sentence. It achieves the same effect but without having to outright tell the audience.
Cue infodump on Ikusa in 3, 2...
I like how you got the info dump over with quickly without interrupting the flow of the story too badly. That's nice efficient work there. Still, you probably could have pulled off an explanation more fluidly by having that conversation take place in the middle of an actual match. Which I'm sure you'll be doing soon enough.
Lukas is just surrounded by tsunderes.
"'If a knight who fights for justice and to protect those around him enjoys battle simply for the thrill of the fight, does his valor and integrity become corrupt?'"
Oh. The Random Philosophy Question that Blatantly Tries to Develop Theme. I'm so guilty of this too. And I love it. Wasn't expecting the philosopheelz to come so soon though.
One random thought: Despite the fact it's been forever and a day since I read the first chapter, I'm not having too much trouble at all remembering anything from there. Now that's the mark of memorable writing.
Lukas is straying into serious Gary Stu territory here. Except I know better and I know you're not using him as a wish-fulfillment fantasy. Probably. But still. Dude needs some realistic flaws and not every girl needs to turn sufficiently lustful in his presence. That development likely comes later, but it needs to be more apparent early.
Oho, headshots. Can Mayoko still fix you if you get your head knocked off?
Speaking of characterization, your other characters have a slight tendency to fall into trope traps as well. They're rather stereotypical and lack depth. But, well, it's early.
Misayo's definitely up to something but Lukas let her off way too easily at the end there. Abrupt end to the chapter too.
I get the feeling you're in this game more for cc on plot, characterization, theme, etc. as opposed to the technical aspects of writing. So let me know if that's what you want so I can stop pointing out typos in the future (though there are a good few) and bothering you with my random thoughts on writing. No idea if I'll get to another chapter, but we'll see. For the time being, though, happy writing!