Title: Rurouni Familiar Author: Slavok Rating: T Genre: Adventure/Fantasy Status: In-Progress Library Category: Words: 73,404 Summary: It's a dangerous business, becoming a wanderer. You step onto that road, and there's no telling where you might end up. But for Soujiro, it was never about the destination, it was about finding the truth, and if he finds it in Halkeginia, that's perfectly fine. Link: ff.net It's pretty hard to be into anime fanfiction and not having come across FoZ fanfics as by its very premise, it is something that is almost tailored for crossover fanfiction. The original story, in which a girl living in a medieval magic world, who is considered to be a failure of a mage, who is being crushed by the expectations that her society, her family and she herself have set for her that she is unable to meet, tries to summon a magical familiar and instead summons a regular boy from our world who then proceeds to be the harem protag of the show. The source material is pretty bleh, to be honest. I never read the light novels nor did I watch the anime nor am I ever going to do that but I've read dozens of fanfics. FoZ crossovers are something of a guilty pleasure of mine and are usually decent time wasters. There are thousands of stories in which Louise, the girl, summons a lot of different people. I have seen Shirou, Cell, pokemon, warcraft acolytes and whatnot. You name it and it probably has a crossover somewhere and if not, most likely just a matter of time. The bad thing is, those stories tend to be rather formulaic and run out of steam relatively soon. You thought altpower Taylor Worm fanfics suffer from repetitive elements? They absolutely do but FoZ has been haunted by that for years longer than Worm, so finding good stuff there after a while becomes hard. It's not that this story avoids those usual problems per se, it's that it makes everything such a joy to read by making the summoned character such a delightful one and his every interaction with basically everyone just pure fun. The writing is pretty good, it has a lots of entertaining scenes and memorable conversations. The Soujiro views the world is just utterly fascinating and entertaining. It's not a crack story but it's also not 100% serious either. It's a bit hard to describe, really. Soujiro, as a character, is just such a fresh breath of air, at least to me. He has a very distinct perspective, one that makes him weirdly suited for this story. At the end of his story in Kenshin, he is trying to find meaning and it is at that point that he is summoned, something that he personally doesn't mind, which isn't true for most characters. Usually when someone basically kidnaps you from your world and makes you their servant, most people would object but Soujiro doesn't really, because why not give this a try, maybe he will learn something. You don't really need to know anything about FoZ, I think. Maybe a quick wiki crawl. I do think you need some familiarity with Soujiro though, for his character to make sense but maybe it will work there as well. What he is and can do should be apparent pretty soon anyway. Story is still getting updates and check out the other works of the author as well, particularly the RWBY x Fate Stay Night crossover which was also pretty entertaining. Over all, the author is rather competent in writing light hearted stories with fun dialog but this story was my favorite of his. It's also getting regular updates still, not a weekly schedule or anything but a few times over the year at least. It's not the most amazing story ever and probably more fit for the almost rec section but I am not really sure what that means anymore so, just going to throw it out here. Outside of Soujiro, there isn't that much to the other characters and there are definitely stories out there that did much more with Louise but since this is mostly Soujiro's journey, it's something I can live with. 3.5-4/5, if only for the fact that I must have read it four times or so by now and it has been a blast each and every time, grinning whilst reading it. I'm sure it's not for everyone and there will be flaws when looking closer at it but if you have any interest in the characters, Soujiro in particular or concept, it's a really fun way to spent an afternoon.