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01 November 2014 @ 01:54 pm
Sailor Moon, 7 recs, Aino Minako/Kunzite (Venus/Kunzite)  
Sailor Moon Crystal coming out gave me the push to read the manga properly, and I promptly fell head over heels for Kunzite/Minako. I'm always looking for more fic, but in the meantime, here are some of my favourites I've read so far.



Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Aino Minako/Kunzite, with Usagi/Mamoru and Senshi/Shittenou
Fic Title: i'll tell you my sins (and you can sharpen your knife)
Author: winterbones (llavelan)
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2410514
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit (sex, some violence)
WIP?: Complete at 30K words.
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read: I think I should write a book. How Minako Got Her Groove Back.

If I could include a flashing gif that says THE BEST, I absolutely would. This is a reincarnation story, where the Shittenou have returned to life, and Minako is... not actually dealing with it well at all. This is funny, warm, and heart-wrenching in turns, and the sex is scorching hot. The absolute best thing though? Minako's characterisation, in all its glorious complexity as goddess of love, leader, young, exuberant woman, is captured perfectly. The other Senshi, inner and outer, also make appearances, which are delightful and thoughtful, without detracting from the focus of the story.




Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Aino Minako/Kunzite
Fic Title: Tripping Toward the Morn
Author: wickedtrue
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/68775
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
WIP?: Yes
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read:

"Do you ever think about it?"

"It." Rei repeated to herself. She sipped her tea. "Mina-chan, I've told you. I can't read your mind. It's too empty."

"The Silver Millennium." Minako let her head fall back to the table. Rei stayed quiet, letting Minako work out her more specific thoughts. "Our past. Who we were. Were we…do you think we're the same people from before? Are we different? Are…are we going to be the people we were again, once we're older?"


The first story in the series has already been recc'd here before (and rightly so), but my heart belongs to this second part, which is actually a prequel. Here, Minako is getting flashbacks to her life in the Silver Millenium, and it's bleeding into her day-to-day life. The story really gets into Minako's head, is structured so that you experience the same sense of confusion and claustrophobia - but not as strongly as Minako, because the flashbacks and current timeline blend very well. The relationship between the Inner Senshi is glorious in its complexity, friendship and trust, yes, but anger, jealousy, lust. Same with the Silver Millenium/Earth Kingdom setting, which is rendered vividly, beautifully. I absolutely cannot recommend it higly enough.

The story has not been finished, but is well worth a read even so.



Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Sailor Venus/Kunzite
Fic Title: Desire
Author: apsaraqueen
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2068845
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
WIP?: 4.5K oneshot
Recced By:

Why This Must Be Read: Venus and Kunzite, on the last night before the end.

This is one of those stories about Venus and Kunzite as generals, leaders, where it's impossible to forget they are on opposite sides - but they care about each other nonetheless. It's one of the most thoughtful looks at how complex their relationship could be that I've seen in fanfiction. My favourite thing about this story is how much of a presence the setting has - how the pending war between the Earth and the moon permeates every line of the story. It's wonderful.



Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Sailor Venus/Kunzite
Fic Title: Ai no Senshi
Author: Sanalith
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/599342
Rating/Warning(s): All Ages
WIP?: 1K oneshot
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read: Venus is the Soldier of Love, sworn to guard and protect it, but nothing more. Set during the Silver Millennium.

One of the things that appeals to me most about Kunzite/Venus is that, in a sense, they are so similar - the first among protectors, as it were. And I'm a sucker for stories where this is examined... that what could, possibly, draw them together is what could keep them apart too.




Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Aino Minako/Kunzite
Fic Title: Untitled
Author: ifilovedyouless (tosca1390)
Link: Here on tumblr (mobile version)
Rating/Warning(s): All Ages
WIP?: ~500 word ficlet
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read: His voice spills over her like summer sunlight; she feels her spine straighten as she listens to the light step of his boots in the soft riverbanks.

MULAN!AU. If that's not enough of a draw, I don't know what else to say. This is lovely and quiet, and exquisitely written.




Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Aino Minako/Kunzite
Fic Title: Untitled
Author: llavelan (winterbones)
Link: Here on tumblr (mobile version)
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit
WIP?: 1.2K oneshot
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read: Learning what the other person likes sexually.

One of the hottest things I've read, with a particular gift for Minako's bright, dynamic character, and perfect voice.




Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Aino Minako/Kunzite
Fic Title: Regression
Author: dhoney
Link: http://dhoney.livejournal.com/12874.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
WIP?: ~700 word oneshot
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read: The one where they get a second chance, but duty still comes first. This is painful, but I really like the way desire and duty are dealt with here. By which I mean OUCH, of course.

 
 
 
raktajinosraktajinos on November 1st, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
oooooooo excitement!

out of curiosity, how would one start if one wanted to read the manga properly? and by one...I mean me. :D
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: dw: companionsrosaxx50 on November 1st, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
If you mean where to find it online, I'm told Miss Dream has the best translations. Or do you mean, like, the order to read things in?
raktajinosraktajinos on November 1st, 2014 07:12 am (UTC)
both actually. All of it? While being a huge lifelong SM fan, I know almost nothing of the expanded canon beyond the english translations of the 90s anime. But I'd love to get really into it.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: otc: incrediblerosaxx50 on November 1st, 2014 07:41 am (UTC)
Hm, well I'm new to the series myself so I can't say for certain, but personally I read it alongside Codename: Sailor V.

1. Codename: Sailor V (chapter one - actually the first published)
2. Sailor Moon arc 1 (Dark Kingdom arc)
3. Codename: Sailor V (the rest of it)
4. Sailor Moon Artbook 1 - not a story, but some nice commentary of arc 1 of Sailor Moon
5. The rest of the Sailor Moon arcs.
Vicky: [BSSM] Sailor Moonvickysg1 on November 1st, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
Great! I fell back into the Senshi/Shitennou pairings with the new anime, and I've been looking for good fics!
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯rosaxx50 on November 1st, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Enjoy!

I was expecting more a flood of fics than actually materialised, myself.
death_of_dreams: Superman - Smallville - Clois - Lois anddeath_of_dreams on December 10th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm madly in love with you right now.
I'm a huge Senshi/Shittenou shipper and it's hard to find new stuff. Of course I should update my own stuff but either way I always need new stuff to read so thank you!
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯rosaxx50 on December 11th, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
You're welcome. I really expected more fic than has been posted, especially given the turn recent episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal have taken.