Title: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Author: Mark MacKinnon Rating: M Genre: Drama/Supernatural/Suspense Status: Most likely abandoned Fandom: Nominally a Ranma 1/2 & Sailor Moon crossover, but really, this is so heavily AU that it's more like original fiction with borrowed characters Pairings: Ranma/Minako, Minako/Rei, Usagi/Mamoru, Makoto/OC are the main ones Summary: All roads look the same when you don't know where you're going, and Ranko Saotome travels roads that most people don't even realize exist. Or rather, he did; now he's become trapped in a strange world, one unlike his own. His path takes a strange turn, though, when he encounters a band of sailor girls who believe he is the avatar to armageddon. Ranko will have to fight not only the enemies without, but his own inner demons as well, and the stakes are higher than his battered soul. The truth behind the mysterious crystal key and the dimensional links it commands is waiting to be wrested from the grasp of shadows, but they will not surrender their prize easily. For the time they have been awaiting is at hand. The key has arrived, and with it the last element they require to extend their dominion over all the worlds... Link: http://shadowchronicles.net/ (you gotta deal with the 90's web design and scroll down a bit) This one is probably what one might term a "hard sell". It's the fifth installment in a series of Ranma 1/2 fanfiction called The Shadow Chronicles that was already old in 2001. No news have been heard since 2008, but the author still pays for the domain, so I guess there's a faint hope he might pull a Hearts of Ice some day. Still - hear me out here. I started reading this in... fuck, must've been 2003, and it's stuck with me since then - I still check it for updates occasionally. If you want, you can read the first installment (Cast a Long Shadow) to get the backstory for On A Clear Day, but it's pretty easy to sum up. Ranma (sometimes using the name Ranko) has lost his entire world and everyone he knows to interdimensional demons, and because he can't deal with the PTSD he takes a hyperlink key from them, wandering aimlessly among different worlds and universes for years - but now, when the story starts, he's stuck on a world that doesn't seem to have any ways out of it. The world he ends up on is an almost entirely original creation, where he runs into the Sailor Senshi. This world is... well. It's got ancient vampires, a pantheon of fickle gods, eldritch horrors, ghost ships, very liberated sexuality, werewolves, succubi, an aether realm that is definitely Not For Humans, an Old City that nobody comes back from, and a very long and complex backstory that is the reason it has no ways back out into the multiverse. Exploring that backstory is very important to the plot. The senshi have personalities that are kiiinda like their canon ones, but they're all grown up here and most of them have pretty traumatic backstories, the gradual reveal of which is another pretty important subplot. The world building is definitely the best aspect of the story to me. There's a ton of detail crafted into his original world and trying to guess what happened to cut the hyperlinks off using only the information carefully revealed via the characters is big part of the charm. To add to that, the writing is also really good, both technically and stylistically. All the odd fantasy elements would be kinda ridiculous if he wasn't so good with creating a genuinely unsettling supernatural mood - there are plenty of scenes that still send chills down my spine even a decade and many re-reads later. The characters and their development are also good - again, the sexual plot elements and all the sleeping around would be ridiculous if he wasn't so good at making the characters convincing. Ranma himself is incredibly out of his depth - being from Japan, his views of sexuality really don't mesh well with that of the rest of the author's world, but he's changing and so is everyone else. The only thing that kinda jumps at me as being a bit odd stylistically is the choice of writing Ranma's perspective in first person while everyone else is in third person. I don't really mind, though. Overall, this is really more of an original, tightly plotted thriller with borrowed characters than it is a Ranma/SM fanfic. For me it works, and I really, really like it. 4.5/5, rounded up to 5. (I hope I did this right) edit: nope I did not, the link is not dead, my bad. I can't change it either, can I?