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15th-Feb-2012 11:16 am Yu Yu Hakusho/Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin (NC-17)

Title:  History Lessons  by Rose and Julie
Pairing:  Keiko/Kenshin, hints of Keiko/Kurama
Length:  14K-ish
Authors on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] buffybot76 and [livejournal.com profile] whirleeq
Author Website:  Story found at MediaMiner.org

Why this is a must read:

I know I’ve stated somewhere that I’m a sucker for time travel fics.  This one is sort of a time travel with a bit of a twist at the end.  Or maybe a Rip Van Winkle description would be better.  With a twist.  Anyway, Keiko has been studying the Meiji Restoration in history class and gets a chance to meet the greatest assassin of the Ishin Shisi, the feared Hitokiri Battousai.  With a twist.

I loved the way these two authors paced the story.  I found the set up for the two to get together to be sweet with just the right amount of angst and of course the sex was hot, which is a given.  Having a basic knowledge of Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin will help with this fic, as a lot of Kenshin’s early days before and just after he becomes a wanderer is mentioned.

History Lessions

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8th-Nov-2011 01:15 am Lessons by Sekihara Tae (PG13)
Hi, all! I'll be driving the Crack Van for Rurouni Kenshin this November. A lot of my recs are going to be pretty old-school, but I'll try to include some great new stuff as well!

Fandom: RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing: Kenshin/Kaoru, mentions of Yahiko/Tsubame and Sano/Megumi
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sekiharatae
Author Website: The Akabeko
Why this must be read: Let's party like it's 1999! This fic won the RK Reader's Choice Awards that year. It's an extremely funny fic in which Kenshin is strong-armed into giving The Talk to Yahiko, and does so by recounting the way that Hiko gave him his own Talk as a boy. It's also a great fic for getting more of the characters we know and love, since all the characters' personalities and voices are very distinct in this fic.

Lessons
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30th-Sep-2010 07:13 am The Hiko Sandwich by Lexie (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Hiko/Okon/Omasu
Length:  12k
Author on LJ:  n/a
Author's Website:  AdultFanFiction.net
Why this is a must read:

I've had a lot of fun sharing some of my favorite RK authors and their fic this month.  Hopefully my mediocre reviews haven't scared anyone off from the wonderful stories themselves.

Anyway, since I started the month with Hiko, I decided it was fitting that I end the month with him as well.  Poor Hiko.  Up there on that mountain of his, all alone and unappreciated with nothing but an endless supply of sake and his pottery wheel for company.  Luckily for him, the two lovely ladies from the Aoiya decide to show him just how much they appreciated his help when he saved them from the Juppongatana.  What follows is threesome smut at its finest. 

"Hiko-san, you saved our lives," Okon said. "It's the least we could do. We are so grateful to you--if there's anything else we could do, anything at all..." She leaned in to emphasize her words, lips parted and cheeks flushed.

"Oh yes, " Omasu seconded. "Anything, Hiko-san." Her doe-like brown eyes rested on his lips as she spoke, and then began to travel down the rest of his body.


The Hiko Sandwich
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29th-Sep-2010 08:32 am An Unexpected Lesson by Conspirator (PG-13)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  none
Length:  108k
Author on LJ:  n/a
Author's website:  FanFiction.net
Why this is a must read:

I passed this story by for many years until a few months ago.  At first, I just couldn't buy into Hitokiri Battousai being a in a kabuki troupe.  Just too far fetched.  But that's the point of this story.  Conspirator creates a possible transformation from a battle weary assassin to the swirly-eyed wanderer we see in the anime/manga.

A trademark of all of Conspirator's stories is the attention to detail she brings to creating original characters and a story line that you just don't want to ever end.  She brings the action, drama, lots of humor in this one, and just the right amount of angst to keep us reading long after we should have gone to sleep, work, made dinner or whatever.

 

A wee snippet )

An Unexpected Lesson
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27th-Sep-2010 07:19 am Recovery by Hakubaikou (PG-13)
Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Gen Kenshin and Megumi
Length:  41k
Author on LJ:  n/a
Author Website: FanFiction.net
Why this is a must read:

Get ready for a roller coaster ride with this one.  Hakubaikou takes us through Kenshin's grueling recovery after the epic battle with Shishio as Megumi comes to terms with her feelings for the two men in her life.  It's touch and go for quite a while and we get to see just how skilled a doctor Megumi really is.  And if the question of Kenshin's recovery isn't enough, news has reached Kenshin's friends that his life might be in danger from a completely new direction.

Recovery is one of those stories that once you start reading, you won't want to stop.  It could be it's own story arc all by itself as the whole cast, including Hiko, is present and well accounted for.  Hakubaikou was also one of those fanfic authors who could write beautifully descriptive action scenes.

Recovery
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24th-Sep-2010 07:33 am VID REC: RUROUNI KENSHIN - Hurt

Vidder:  VatesAtrum
Musical artist:  Johnny Cash
Pairing:  Kenshin/Tomoe
Vidder on LJ: 
Vidder's website:  YouTube
Why this vid kicks ass: 

I watched a lot of vids before deciding on this one.  To me, it really brings forth all the emotion from the OVA Trust and Betrayal.  All the grief and tragedy in Kenshin's young life.  The timing of the scenes and lyrics is spot on and there's no question as to what's going on or a feeling of where did that come from at all.  And just like the OVA, it brings tears to my eyes everytime I see it.

Hurt
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22nd-Sep-2010 07:44 am Bitter Betrayal, Sweet Surrender by Buffybot76 (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Saitou/Misao
Length:  18k
Author on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] buffybot76 
Author website:  MediaMiner.org
Why this is a must read:

It's a blanket scenario fic!  What's not to love?  Also, this is a rare pairing that at first I didn't think I'd like, but [livejournal.com profile] buffybot76  brought it all together very nicely.  Misao pushes Saitou's buttons nicely and Saitou, sexy, sadistic bastard that he is, stays in character right down to his trademark smirk.

Bitter Betrayal, Sweet Surrender
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20th-Sep-2010 08:02 am Three by Kallipygia (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Saitou/Kaoru/Kenshin
Length:  10k
Author on LiveJournal:  n/a
Author on website:  AdultFanFiction
Why this is a must read:

This fic has it all, or at least most of everything I like in fanfiction when I'm in a certain mood.  Angst, WAFF, yaoi, D/s, the list goes on and on.  Here we have Kenshin involved with both Saitou, for a long time apparently, and Kaoru, in a new and delicate relationship.  The angst starts right off at the beginning when Kaoru walks in on Kenshin and Saitou.  And Saitou, being the sexy, sadistic, instigating bastard that he is stirs thing up in jig time.  Much sex is had by all.

"It's up to Kaoru whether she wants to kiss me or not, isn't it Kenshin?"

"Yes," Kenshin whispered unevenly, as if the word was being forced out of him. He was watching them, his eyes wide, like a mouse who sees the cat coming but can't bring himself to run.

Saitou smoothed his hand up her thigh, over her hip, up along her spine to the base of her neck. Kaoru moaned softly. When he touched her, her body became liquid, and she wanted to pour herself over him.

Saitou leaned forward until his breath fluttered Kaoru's bangs lightly across her forehead.

"Kiss me, Kaoru-chan." He tilted her chin up, bringing his lips to hover a few inches away from her own. "I dare you."


Three
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17th-Sep-2010 07:35 am To Defeat A Hitokiri By FlightofDarkness (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Paring:  Saitoh/Kenshin
Length:  15K
Author on LJ:  n/a
Author Website:  AdultFanFiction.net
Why this is a must read:

Although Kenshin is my favorite character in this fandom, I love Saitoh when he's being a sexy, sadistic bastard.  FlightofDarkness delivers quite nicely on all counts in this fic.  Basically, Saitoh has decided on a different way to settle their final battle and the result is this hot, hot almost PWP story.  I say almost because Saitoh is oh so set on that final encounter, so, yeah, plot-ish.  The fic also has quite a bit of humor thrown in to keep the tone on the lighter side.

I will warn for a few things here.  Kenshin isn't so willing at first, so those who don't like that type of element in their fic might want to pass it by.  The whole thing is Saitoh's dominance over Kenshin including the some light bondage.  And a wee bit of beastiality, but just a quick pass at it, nothing too squicky and if you blink, it's all gone.  Also, this story survived the great AFF crash of, whatever that year was, so there might be some wording/coding jumble mixed in. 

To Defeat A Hitokiri
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15th-Sep-2010 08:10 am RUROUNI KENSHIN / THE LAST SAMURAI (PG)

Title:  A Good Conversation
Author:  Amos Whirly
Length:  3K
Pairing:  none
Author on LJ:  n/a
Author website:  Fanfiction.net profile
Why this is a must read:

I was surprised when I found this fic.  At first it seemed like such an unusual two fandoms to cross, but then I realized they were perfect for each other and I wish there were more.  Nathan Algren meets Himura Kenshin by chance and as the title says, they have a good conversation.

Taka stood beside Algren, still staring in the direction that the young family had gone.

"What did you speak of, you and this hero?" she asked him with a smile.

"Nothing much," he responded. "We simply had a good conversation."

A Good Conversation
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13th-Sep-2010 07:31 am Someone Who Understands by Solaras (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Saitou/Kenshin
Length:  3K
Author on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] solaras 
Author Website:  MediaMiner.org
Why this is a must read:

This one is a short one-shot written from Saitou's point of view.  Saitou reflects back on his relationship with Himura Kenshin over the years and how they have come to be where they are now. 

In the end we were the same really.  The two of us trapped in a time not our own.  We lived by the sword, and if we could have it our way, we would die by the sword.  No, to be honest, our way would have been to die in battle against each other.  An honorable fight to the death in the streets of Kyoto, but it was not to be.  Through some twist in fate we both survived those tumultuous years of revolution.   Now we are caught in a time when the honor of the sword is being erased by progress.  The gun has replaced the sword.  Soldiers with rifles have replaced the samurai.  We are two relics of an age that has past, never to return.  Is it so surprising that we would find solace in each other? 

Someone Who Understands
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10th-Sep-2010 07:57 am Dreams on a Stormy Night by kiesmoon (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Kenshin/Kaoru
Length:  30K
Author on LJ:  n/a
Author Website:  MediaMiner.org
Why this is a must read:

So far, I haven't read the manga but I've watched the series several times as it's one of my favorites.  Except for the ending.  To paraphrase the author's note at the beginning of the fic, there's no payoff for Kenshin and Kaoru and they don't even kiss!  Kiesmoon fixes that right up with this story and then some.  She gives us Kenshin's thoughts on why he won't commit to Kaoru, Sano being an instigator, poor Yahiko always interrupting at the wrong moment and through it all, there's a slow build up of sexual tension that mirrors the spectacular thunderstorms that occur every night.  Overall, this fic supplies us with the ending we wish would have happened.

"Jou-chan? Why is she so violent today?"

 "She didn't get much sleep last night, that she did not." The man answered in typical Kenshin fashion.

 Sano raised his eyebrows suggestively. "Wild night last night?" The man colored slightly and Sano sat up a little straighter. That was not typical Kenshin. "Was it a wild night last night?" He asked, more serious than he had initially asked.

Dreams on a Stormy Night
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8th-Sep-2010 07:39 am Out Of Time by SiriusFan13 (PG)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  None
Length:  98K
Author on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] siriusfan13 
Author Website:  FanFiction.net
Why this is a must read:

This is a time travel fic.  I just love time travel in any fandom so of course, this one sucked me right in.  Through the fertile imagination of [livejournal.com profile] siriusfan13  the story takes current day Kenshin, sends him back in time twelve years, and brings the Battousai into the present.  [livejournal.com profile] siriusfan13   brings the angst as well as some great action scenes that make this story hard to put down.  There's all sorts of great interaction (no yaoi though) between Sanosuke and Battousai as well as a wee little plot twist that really tied it up nicely.


Wee snippet )

Out of Time
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6th-Sep-2010 07:04 am The Battousai Becomes A Man by Lexie (NC-17)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  Kenshin/Tomoe
Length:  Approx 4K
Author on LJ:  N/A
Author Website:  AdultFanFiction.net Profile
Why this is a must read:

A short (for me as I tend to like longer stories) fic about Kenshin and Tomoe and their last days together. It's a sweet and sad little first time fic, just as the title implies.

 He settled back against the blankets with a sigh, eyes wide in wonderment at her boldness and beauty. She looked at him, gave a small smile and said, "Everything I will do to you you can do to me, and I will like it."

The Battousai Becomes A Man


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3rd-Sep-2010 07:14 am Descent Into Madness by Conspirator (PG-13)

Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  None
Length:  85K
Aughor on LJ:  N/A
Author Website:  Fanfiction.net
Why this is a must read:

Here is another fic by Conspirator. She is one of my favorite authors for this fandom and I have a few I’m going to rec this month. 

In Descent Into Madness, Conspirator creates a compelling transformation of the young, idealistic Himura Kenshin straight off his shishou’s mountain into the jaded, cold-blooded Hitokiri Battousai we see at the end of the OVA. Her style of writing in this fic, grips you from the very first pages and even if you know the tragic ending, you find yourself unable to put down until the very last swordfight. You feel everything Kenshin does from his joy in actually making friends his own age to the devastating heartache at the end of the story. There are humorous moments as well as he interacts with a wonderful cast of original characters. The descriptive way she writes fight scenes makes your mind’s eye see every leap and swordstroke. Overall, if there is only one fic you ever read about Kenshin’s early days, this should be it.

Iizuka felt Kenshin's eyes scrutinizing him and found it somewhat disconcerting, so he decided to make more conversation. "Yeah, you know, we tried before just to pick out some of our top swordsmen to be our hitokiri, but it never did work out…."

 "Hitokiri?" Kenshin said before he could stop himself.

 "Yeah, hitokiri—you know, your new job. Anyway, they were just clumsy and tended to talk too much—it didn't work out, so they've got a lot pinned on you and your skills."

Hitokiri. What the men at breakfast had been talking about. 'It's me,' Kenshin realized. 'I'm the hitokiri being billeted here permanently. But I'm no cold-blooded killer….,' and he hoped his new friends would realize this, too.

Descent Into Madness
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1st-Sep-2010 07:19 am A Star Is Born by Conspirator (PG-13)
Hiya all!  RedHedLvr here and I will be driving the Rurouni Kenshin Crackvan for the month of September.  RK is my first true anime love as well as my introduction into the world of fanfiction way back when.  For a nice overview of the main characters, please go here.


Fandom:  RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing:  None, The future Hiko Seijuro the Thirteenth and his master
Length:  10K
Author on LiveJournal:  n/a
Author Website:  Fanfiction.net
Why this is a must read: 

Not much is known about the youth who became the thirteenth Hiten Mitsurugi Ruy master.  In this fic, Conspirator creates a nice back story for young Hiko the Thirteenth and his long suffering shishou.  The story is funny in parts, because let's face it, Hiko didn't just aquire his sarcastic arrogance with the cape.  Conspirator shows us he was born with it!  This story is also very poignant and those familiar with the anime/manga know how the title is earned.

And such a talented boy he had turned out to be! He had learned to read kanji by the time he was five, had a positively magical touch at growing vegetables, and had mastered the pottery wheel in record time. He had even started studying the writings of the Buddha and learned to meditate. The nuns were so thrilled with this boy that they never missed a chance to tell him how wonderful he was, and he had to agree—he truly was wonderful.

A Star Is Born


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24th-Aug-2010 07:51 pm Blades of Blood by Vathara PG-13
Fandom: RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing: Kenshin/Kaoru
Length: 52K
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: FF.net Profile
Why this must be read:

This is an AU of the Rurouni Kenshin 'verse where all the characters and the first couple plot arcs of the RK series are transposed into a modern day urban dark fantasy setting--something a lot like World of Darkness or Underworld.

I really enjoyed this one as a new twist on a series I love. It's very faithful to the original, but at the same time it's completely new because of the wildly different setting. If you're a dark fantasy fan, even if RK isn't something you've watched or read, this one is not to be missed.

Blades of Blood
and it's sequel
Witchy Woman
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15th-Jan-2009 07:24 pm Shadows in Starlight by Vathara (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR WARS/RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing: none
Length: 136,199 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: FF.net Author Page

Why this must be read:

Because this is the BEST CROSSOVER EVER! I know the two 'verses seem like they couldn't possibly work together, but Vathara did it. She didn't just maintain the integrity of both canons, by adding them together the way she did she made both of them stronger. RK-verse works amazingly well as its own planet in a GFFA. And a little samurai philosophy does wonders to flesh out (not rewrite) force user philosophy.

Obi-wan doesn't die on the Death Star, needs a place to recover from the battle, and ends up on a little planet that bears a remarkable resemblance to feudal Japan. Then there's action and intrigue, drama and comedy, all kinds of good stuff about family and honor, as well as some interesting musings on the nature of good and evil vs light and dark.

Shadows in Starlight
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26th-Oct-2008 06:51 pm Broken Pieces by Linay, R
Fandom: RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing: Kaoru/Kenshin
Length: long, chaptered
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] l_i_n_a_y
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/~linay
Why this must be read:

Because it is the ultimate AU. It is wonderful and exciting and wonderful. You get caught up, and involved and you're biting your nails wondering what is going to happen next.

“Kamiya Kaoru!” Battousai announced coldly, “Prepare to meet your death!”

Letting her black hair stream back behind her, the young woman tilted her head back slightly and opened her eyes to stare death in the face.

In that instant, angry amber met peaceful blue.

And time stopped.


Broken Pieces
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19th-Oct-2008 11:23 pm Second Chance by Gillian Middleton (NC-17)
Fandom: RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing: Saitou/Sano
Length: chaptered
Author on LJ: [profile] gillianinoz
Author Website: Gillian
Why this must be read:

Hot, sexy and want. That's what this story is made of, it's beyond worth a read, a read is required.

"And that's what this public display is about?" Saitou drawled. He shook his head again. "Because you thought I wanted you?"

"No," Sano shook his head, staring into those narrow eyes. Evil eyes. "I knew you wanted me."


Second Chance

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6th-Oct-2008 05:16 pm Gamble by Gillian Middleton (NC-17)
Fandom: RUROUNI KENSHIN
Pairing: Saitou/Sano
Length: one-shot
Author on LJ: --
Author Website: Gillian
Why this must be read:

One, if not the top, of my favourite pairings in the Rurouni Kenshin world. This is delightfully hot, and wonderfully in character - at least in the way I envision them. This is the way I picture them and I love it.

Sano curled his toes into the futon and sighed pleasurably. "You are one sick bastard," he murmured fondly.

Saitou bestowed one last lick on the wrinkled scar and looked up. "You're only just now figuring that out?"


Gamble
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3rd-Oct-2008 12:22 am Rurouni Kenshin Overview
Spoilers within.

Rurouni Kenshin )
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