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Abandoned The Shining Dark by Triple-Helix - Bleach

Discussion in 'Anime, Cartoons, and Comics' started by CareOtters, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. CareOtters

    CareOtters Dark Lord DLP Supporter

    Jun 8, 2010
    Title: The Shining Dark
    Author: Triple-Helix
    Rating: M
    Genre: Adventure/Sci-Fi
    Status: In-Progress
    Length: 281,883 words; 33 chapters
    Pairings: Ichigo/Rukia
    Summary: AU: Ichigo Kurosaki, talented pilot with a troubled past, and Rukia Kuchiki, covert operative of the G-13, must find a way to work together to face an uncertain, perilous future. Familiar storyline reimagined as an epic sci-fi narrative. 1st of a trilogy.
    Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6023957/1/The-Shining-Dark


    This is a massive AU, but fantastic nonetheless. It's a fusion of Bleach with an original sci-fi space setting which reminds me a little of Mass Effect or Firefly, but more than anything of that cartoon Titan A.E. - Ichigo isn't a fighter, he's a skilled pilot. Elements of Bleach are translated nicely into the new setting: Karakura isn't a town, it's a space station. Ichigo rides a SHN-P0 hoverbike. Hollows aren't demonic monsters; they're biomechanical space-faring aliens.

    Characterisation is all done very well, too. The focus is mainly on Ichigo and Rukia, and there's a fair amount of focus on the pairing, which is tackled with tasteful maturity and a certain degree of emotional warmth which makes it fairly satisfying. Side characters are consistent and vivid in the motivations, and the author keeps plot moving forward at a decent pace.

    The only thing holding it back is that it's the first of a promised trilogy, and hasn't had an update in three years. Still, there's more than a quarter of a million words here. Definitely worth reading what's here so far. Although it's a very loose interpretation of Bleach, I'd still class this as one of the best in the fandom.

  2. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Moderator DLP Supporter

    Apr 28, 2007
    Placeholder for a review later to remind myself. I really liked this fic.
  3. Erandil

    Erandil Minister of Magic

    Jul 27, 2008
    The idea and setting is interesting and the execution okay but even so I was a bit disappointed by the story and its characters. Part of that may be that due to the rather AU take on the story/universe I expected it to be a more self-contained story and instead got a story where without knowledge of Bleach the reader will likely feel lost several times. Without the constant cameos from Bleach characters and my own lingering interest in the fandom this would really be a less than average sci-fi story. I also feel like the pacing of the story is somewhat messed up, Ichigo and Rukia go for example from total strangers who distrust each other to lovers/best friends sharing their deepest secrets in something like two days (and maybe four substantial interactions with each other).

    Ratings wise I will give this a 3/5 stars since despite my misgivings it has an interesting idea and technically solid writing
  4. ThePinkTomato

    ThePinkTomato Prestigious Tomato ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Nov 11, 2009
    High Score:
    I enjoyed this one a fair bit. Cut above most fics in the fandom purely for the familiar characters in a new setting. Action was engaging. One of the foes in the later chapters, I think the Hollow analogues, were quite creepy from what I remember. 4/5.
  5. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Moderator DLP Supporter

    Apr 28, 2007
    I really liked the futuristic setting for this. It was a fresh take on the dynamics of the Bleach Universe. Its well thought out setting based on the canon universe, and its not something I've seen before.

    Too bad it was abandoned. That usually happens with drastically different AU's like this. Just too much work. You might as well write your own story with the amount of planning that you're putting into this.

    Overall 4/5