Hey there,here, reviewing by on behalf of the Fanon Review Squad.
Femme mystérieuse is yet another one-shot written by our prolific Toph-lover, Fruipit. It bears her signature style (which I am now well acquainted with), and it is certainly an interesting take on her favorite character. It is her first attempt at a femslash fanon, and the pairing in question is Azuloph, a definite departure from the usual. With that exposition out of the way, let's get to the review.
The Good: Once again, I must say how impressive Fruipit’s writing abilities are. Seriously, I can’t find any errors in grammar or spelling, and her style is consistently awesome.
The Bad: One thing that surprised me jumping into this one-shot was the pairing. Azuloph? I was skeptical, to say the least. I wondered if Fruipit would be able to maintain the characters’ respective personalities under such an odd circumstance. Unfortunately, I feel like my initial fears were justified, in that regard. Azula and Toph weren’t, well, themselves. I hardly saw the crafty and slightly insane princess, and I certainly didn’t see the hardened Earthbender. They were both reduced to sexualized shells of their former selves, if that makes any sense.
The Verdict: I cannot take away anything from Fruipit’s incredibly impressive writing ability, but the characters broke this story for me. Toph and Azula were not Toph and Azula, and that is unfortunate. It distracted from the piece more than it helped.