|Reviews for Ghost Gunslinger
| hazelnutbrew chapter 2 . 1/17
This second chapter did not disappoint. I think the greatest part, the hook of the entire thing, was the fact that there were two embarrassing real life scenarios that the Ghost Gunslinger came up with that could be familiar in anyone’s lives. But the greatest one of them all is the humiliating aspect of him uttering an utter badass line in the middle of confrontation and danger—and forgetting to cock the hammer of the gun. Oh gosh, that humiliation! I felt second-hand embarrassment through that, but still, it was a life or death situation so I guess we could be fair to him and he wasn’t experienced with handling guns, let alone the supernatural kind. Though really, a supernatural gun that depends on the focus of the wielder is really cool, and I liked how he has to partner up with Yagami to shoot and wield it, though I’m curious how he has a somehow telepathic connection with Yagami when it comes to him visualizing...certain things xD LOL. I thought that was hilarious, though omg, I see that Yagami is a Haiiro fangirl as well. He IS adorable, isn’t he? Though I think that the fact that the Ghost Gunslinger was like, WHAT BLASPHEMY IS THIS was one of the most hilarious lines out of this, along with him doing some ‘star-gazing’ when he was knocked out. I thought that was a really clever way of showing your artist repertoire of jokes and wit, and I’m sure you’ll keep the jokes and laughs coming as you write more. But more importantly, I was glad to see character development between Yagami and the Ghost Gunslinger, who seem to be off on a bad start with one another—or maybe he uttered aloud his fantasies towards her while he was out cold ‘star-gazing’. I’m not sure. Or maybe she’s an exorcist and can read the thoughts of ghosts? I don’t know, but it makes sense. But yeah, another great chapter, and you had me on the edge of my seat while the Ghost Gunslinger was figuring out how to use his powers and make use of that epic magical boy transformation as a Gunslinger and defeat Eyemon once and for all! This has exactly the stuff that I like and need in a story, and I’m definitely looking forward to more as I read and review.
Yagami is definitely a tsun tsun dere tsun dere tsun tsun. But yeah I guess she would come across that way, especially since our pervert Gunslinger was basically voicing his erotic fantasies out to her in the middle of danger xD LMFAO. Still I thought that was hilarious, and I love their interaction, and I hope that Haiiro bring them closer together as friends then maybe as...LOVERS? IT IS MEANT 2 BE. LOL. But in all seriousness, I think that Gunslinger and Haiiro have one of the best friendships, not in the ‘BROS BEFORE HOS’ kind of way but more like, the deep bond of ‘nakama’, which is what shounen type stories tend to go for and I LOVE IT AND CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT. FANTASTIC JOB, you did beautifully—also, sorry that this review took a bit to get back at you for reviewing Stardust Apocyrpha, but I really appreciate your thoughts and comments on the story : ) I hope that I’m doing your story justice by reviewing for it here, because it’s a well told shounen story that involves a dash of romance and snark and action! Plus Gunslingers are badass.
Well-played and keep up with the jokes and witty one liners and masterful storytelling ; )
| hazelnutbrew chapter 1 . 1/11
I liked the start, with the hook being that the soup lady is refusing the protagonist’s pass to nirvana by giving them a soup concoction that has the effects of wiping out memories. Memories of previous lives and erasing the identities that they held onto before they became dead. But as we’re lured further into the story, we find that the protagonist not only is dead—he has no memories. I think that I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories—ghosts, supernatural, exorcists, psychic power/magic, shinigami or deatth gods, the afterlife, and of course, reincarnation! Though if we’re in the Buddhist belief or reincarnation and the cycle of samsara, we all would hope to achieve that famed state of nirvana : ) It sounds quite blissful. What I liked the best though, besides the opening hook, is the way that you narrate your story with sharp, clean prose with a certain sardonic wist in the protagonist’s voice that cuts with a rapier wit. Actually, I’m sure that the protagonist doesn’t need to be armed when it comes to disarming his opponents in a battle of wits—his tongue-lashing could just emasculate someone if his Blow Of The One Million Jewels doesn’t do it first ;) Seriously, this is hilarious, heartfelt, and has a bunch of soul to it, a kind of shounen adventure that I like. Reflecting on your older works may make you cringe, but I seriously find that this story has something special to it and I encourage you to edit or work on it some more (though the current iteration that I’m reading right now isn’t bad at all—it’s absolutely wonderful and I think you’ve definitely got a cutting voice and witticism that is one of a kind xD). I liked him calling out names when he was attacking the ghost monster that eats other ghosts, especially the famed Blow Of The One Million Jewels (though turns out Eyemon doesn’t have jewels so...ehe? xD)
Though, besides the protagonist, who firmly stands as best boi Number 1, our challenger approaches, which is Haiiro, the lovable poltergeist! I love him, and even though his name means ‘Grey’ there is certainly nothing dull about him—he is colorful and full of personality and people are endeared to his antics and personality, even though he doesn’t really speak except in ‘moans’. Classic ghost spoopiness, though Haiiro really communicates his emotions through his body language and his poltergeist-emulating activities such as throwing items at the Moritas (though in a nice twist, we find out that Haiiro WASN’T being a nuisance and was actually trying to save the Moritas lives instead of stirring up trouble. What a good ghost boy!). Though the soup lady saying that he has a destiny to fulfill is an interesting thing that we see in other stories, but sometimes familiarity in tropes and subverting them is all about the fun of storytelling. I think that even if the ‘You have a destiny to fulfill’ is quoted in a lot of fantasy and sci-fi works, I think that you’ve done well with this trope and worked it to make it unique yours in a blend of rapier wit, loveable mascots (Haiiro!) exciting plot developments and twists, and of course, well-delineated characterization on each person in the story, whether it’s our mascot-sama Haairo, the soup lady, the exorcist girl, or the nameless protagonist himself. I’m hooked from start to finish, and if this is going to be a love story, count me in because I’m a sucker for a good ship, and I sense that the Ghost Gunslinger (the aforementioned protagonist) and exorcist girl are gonna get very well acquainted with one another. Very well acquainted indeed. And Haiiro is the undead Cupid that brings them together. LOL. I wouldn’t mind a personal Cupid like that, actually, but you can tell that I’m a Haiiro fangirl. Also, the Purification Levels were hilarious, splashing holy water on an entity that just pisses it off. There’s a balance of action, comedy, and drama in this story, along with heartwarming moments of friendship (between protagonist and Haiiro) and I hope to see some good shippin’ between the exorcist girl and the protagonist somewhere along the line : ) Sounds like they would work well together in a battle fighting against rogue ghosts or going on supernatural adventures, which means you went well on the genre goods and gave us a taste of what the story would be like and lured us in like fish, hook, line, and sinker.
Thank you for the read, it was absolutely wondrous.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 29 . 4/22/2022
SO...end of the line for this Ghost Slinger. Sorry, wanted to relook at things to gather my thoughts. We come a long way, nearly 30 chapters and almost a decade, and maybe a change of the end goal in this story and well, its been a intense ride.
When it started I thought this was going to be something like Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, Ji Jutsu Kaisen and all those other ghost hunting kind of stories but it evolved into something a bit more personal.
Keinchi nearly had that Vash that Stamped feel, and I suppose it DID cause like Tri-Gun, a joking hero hid something rather traumatic.
There were hints of something more in the first section, not sure if it was meant to progress in this, world breaking manner all along but, the transition is...plausible.
I enjoyed the likes of Midori and Ryou to...though I admit...if they were just figments of the imagination that takes some of the fun out of it since they never existed or...something...doh.
Well, illusion or not Doliodevis and Yamamoto were both intense enemies, and the Soup Lady was a rather intriguing character.
The balance between humor and drama, even as things ramped up to a very brutal endgame was well done, and hard to say to much more other then I'm glad you were able to finish Ghost Gunslinger Shizumi, and I do hope your ok.
Well, odds might not be that great but I do hope your willing to check out my work some day, if Zilos is to long for you I hope my smaller stories American Tango or Patriots Bloodoath might be possible.
But anyway keep up the great work, and hopefully till next time.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 28 . 4/14/2022
And so the forth wall all but comes crumbling down as we reach the finale of this ghost slinging tale...
The showdown with DoloDevils gets rather brutal, but despite his savage onslaught its brought to a stop by Ryo..but not before we have Miori eaten by the demons in a sad twist of fate.
This leads to the final showdown...as things take a direction from Big O...and everything was a stage? A fake simulation?
Then we see Keichi in the real world, Yurkio was his fling...and he killed her by accident in a argument?
AND...this whole thing was him in some...deal with the devil to repeat his life with her? And, thanks to the Soup Lady she broke the cycle...just as he gets out of jail in the real world?
And...in the end after many years, after singing he finds the real reborn Yurkio? Or someone else? This...this...this is a rather drastic sudden 6th Sense level last second swerve man.
Was this the intent of the story from the start? Er...I'm going to need time to think of my finale review...till next time what ever is going on hope your doing ok man.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 27 . 4/12/2022
SO...the moment of Judgment has come...one way or another...as the 4th wall keeps a cracking...oh boy.
Yuriko gets a last soup filled visit that turns everything around, but first...a rather extremely bitter showdown between Kenichi and Hideaki...but it seems that Yuriko will decide how this fiery dance of death ends.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 26 . 4/11/2022
So...we are breaking the 4th wall rather hard today it seems...ok then.
SO...we have Zordandevis making a move on one end, Ryou making another one, and Kenichi is at the moment of truth...er...yah...this looks like it could get to vintage Eva levels soon...god damn.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 25 . 4/10/2022
Oh...taking a sadistic serial killer approach to this is so not good.
And...Yamamoto going full Roy Mustang on Tetsuo seems not good one way or another just based on where things are going as it seems like the Barbecue is just getting started...ugh, double ugh that Takeshi is going full psychopath and that Yuriko seems out of the game now...not sure if this will help her avoid a bad end or hasten it...only one way to find out as things are heading for a grim conclusion.
| Starart152 chapter 7 . 4/9/2022
It's an interesting turn that Sayuri's wish might never come true, as the girl she has a crush with Midori who is straight.
As for what happened to Midori, it's not clear if there is something liked to the mission of the main character or not for now.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 24 . 4/9/2022
We seen just how bad a hand poor Ryou gotten...hope this won't be how things end for him...but he's hardly the only one having a dire time as Yuriko and Midori ran down the wrong path...better call the Soul Reapers because its Hollow busting time...and...maybe for this Crimson King to...lets hope its not as Messy a showdown as the Crimson King from oh...Steven King's one from Dark Tower...guess we will see soon.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 23 . 4/8/2022
And...things ramped up to 11...000 but even as the world is ending school protocols must be held up even as the world ends.
BUT...Tetsuo is hear to see whatever the hell Kenichi is now...he may have a jokey manner but...its a killer joke now.
| Starart152 chapter 6 . 4/8/2022
This is an interesting chapter. I like the first person description of the event as Kenishi sees it. The details is clear enough that I can imagine some of the little details that Kenishi focus on.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 22 . 4/7/2022
Hidekai overplayed his hand to say the least.
But damn...did not think we were going to hell form here...or that it would lead to a dick joke...good greif.
But god damn...and just like that he lost his memories...this is a troubling turn of events...hope this won't end to the baddest of bad ends...
| Darth Zannacross chapter 21 . 4/6/2022
After how intense things were last time did not expect the tension to be broken by a rubber ducky but...life can be strange at times.
Did not think such formal methods would work but guess...greif and whatnot works in strange ways...at least it was a less bitter conclusion then Sasuke VS Itachi or Dante and Virgil and what not.
| Darth Zannacross chapter 20 . 4/5/2022
Hey there , been a while but saw you finished this tale of the ghosts so figured I'd resolve myself to see this through so lets get back on track.
And we got a red return to say the least...at least it was not a red wedding.
Been a while but Hideaki is still up there on the top psychopath list, not quite makishima but still close lol. Haiiro to.
Still...lets hope this is not the last we see of Yuriko.
| Ckh chapter 31 . 1/23/2022
Sayonara, ghost gunslinger~
It's been a ride. Going from this non-canon crossover, I should acquaint myself with Tsukiko (if only to quietly donut steal some writing tricks from ORCHID with the author none the wiser) but that would have to wait until someday undefined. For now, I'll congratulate you on definitively finishing everything GG related.
May we meet again in another story.