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Fanon Review: It All Ends by Mageddon725

MibuWolf January 27, 2013 User blog:MibuWolf
This review was conducted by the Fanon Review Squad and reflects our best judgment of writing and fanon authorship quality. Please don't take offense if the review wasn't positive. We always give advice!

MibuWolf here a couple days late O_o So I got really into writing the next chapter for my fanon and totally blanked on the review.

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing what may very well be my favorite fanon on this wiki: It All Ends by Mageddon725. Aside from my major crush on Argho, there are a lot of things I think Mage does right in his fanon.

Writing Categories

  • Mistakes/Grammar: 9.5 Generally, the grammar of the fanon was awesome. There were a few hiccups here and there, but for the most part I didn't seem them unless I was looking for them (which I always am, hurhur).
  • General Writing: 9.0 My biggest problem with Mage's writing in his other works was fixed here. All the sentences were varied and make my heart soar with happiness. You might be asking why I didn't give IAE a full ten out of ten, and the answer makes me sad. Every now and again, I found myself making conclusions that I don't feel like I should have to make. It's incredibly picky, but when I mistake a character's gender until I see a picture of him (even if I sometimes skim), I generally see that as a bit of a problem. Other than that, I really enjoyed everything about the writing of this work and could most often tell what was going on.

Writing Score: 9.3... A-

Content Categories

  • Story: 9.4 While it is a continuation of other Mage's other works, the story of IAE works quite well on its own. Overall, I very much appreciate the depth of the work, and modern day Avatar makes me giddy. It was a bit predictable on occasion, but there were enough twists that I never found myself bored~
  • Characters/Character Development: 8.4 For the most part, I thought the characters were excellently developed and thought out. Cookie-cutter protagonists and antagonists were a bit of a turn-off at a first glance, and continued to make me a bit uneasy throughout, however Mage's character development (as I commented on one chapter) is just wonderful. But I just can't get past the fact that for the most part, the characters all seemed like characters I would see in any random Shounen that I pick off the shelf of Japanese store I feel awkward going in because I'm white. It never really feels like any character remarkably stands out of stereotypes, and it's a bit of a disappointment to me.
  • Genre (Adventure): 10.0 My biggest issue with Mage's labeling of genre in S&D was that I never really got the adventure vibe from his fanon, however I absolutely adored the adventure-y travelling parallel story-lines of IAE. If any fanon I've ever read is an adventure, it's this one. It clearly follows the lives of adventures and never seems to fall into a lull of keeping the pace of an adventure.

Content Score: 9.3... A-

Content Quality Categories

  • Creativity: 9.3 Stories about new Avatars are fairly ubiquitous in the writing community, however Mage's incorporation of semi-modern elements really add zest to the creativity of the fanon. I mentioned a large amount of my issues with the creativity of the characters above, and some of the general predictability of some events pull down the score a bit.
  • Believability: 8.8 As Mage incorporated more character development, there were some characters who seemed less and less believable. Their character developments just became a bit... much and as a result the story seemed less sincere, if that makes any sense.

Content Quality Score: 9.1... A-

Overall Score: 9.2... A-

My advice for Mageddon725: I felt like the character development and story in general was just a bit rushed. All of your ideas are excellent, but the character development in particular seems to kind of stumble forward. I'm pointing this out in particular because I sincerely think that your character development ideas are one of the strongest elements of this fanon. If you sit back a bit and take your time more I think that the characters will iron themselves out and not seem like spur-of-the-moment development, which is the vibe that occasionally would come across with some of the bigger development chapters. Other than that, just keep up the good work! I look forward to seeing what happens next, per usual.

What sort of person would enjoy It All Ends? Any person looking for a good adventure following a new Avatar, especially someone who read and even remotely enjoyed Mage's previous fanons ^^

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