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    Harry Potter has been banged up for ten years in the hellhole brig of Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit, and his traitorous brother, the not-really-boy-who-lived, has royally messed things up. After meeting Fate and Death, Harry is given a second chance to squash Voldemort, dodge a thousand years in prison, and snatch everything his hated brother holds dear. H/Hr/LL/DG/GW.

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    5 Mar 2017

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    This story has some problems with believability, but also has much to recommend it. Despite the problems, it was still usually an engaging read, and I look forward to the next installment (currently only 33 chapters are published).

    The worldbuilding around what is possible with magic, and what a magical world with more sensible institutions would like, is quite interesting. This includes the better Quidditch rules in chapter 22, Harry’s phobia, and the Fidelius shenanigans.

    The plot developments are also surprising and clever. The political maneuverings show depth. And I like the glimpses of the darker, rarely-written-about sides of the wizarding world such as the whorehouse and the lustful ghost.

    The building of the harem is a bit unbelievable, especially in how it starts. How did Harry convince Hermione’s parents to let him tutor her in math behind closed doors for so much time? Why do all these girls like him so much after merely spending time with him, and why are they so happy about him being their “lord” in some cases? Culture could explain some cases and individual personalities could explain others, but there are too many girls for that to be a believable explanation for all of them.

    However, the characters in the harem are all different enough, and eventually have enough interesting stories of their own, that I can forgive these mistakes and still enjoy the story, though the flimsy premise is always in the back of my mind reminding me that it could have been greater.

    Another disappointing element of the story is that the AU elements are not very clear, though that hasn’t been as much of a problem in later chapters. Magical institutions were arbitrarily upgraded just to make them cooler, but only as a side note, which means I can’t predict when one of those differences could affect the plot. Albus being relatively evil is also cliché given that it isn’t the main premise of the story, though a partial explanation has been hinted at that at least ties his actions to one of the original magics of the story, so it’s mostly but not completely out-of-the-blue.

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    The diary of one of the Ancients responsible for designing the original Stargates is discovered. Some things that were previously thought to be fundamental features of wormhole physics turn out not to be. A comedy about the importance of software testing and mass-extinction.

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    8 Jan 2017

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    A somewhat interesting account of fictional software testing. However, since I haven’t watched the show, most of the humorous references fly over my head. And I was disappointed that I didn’t get to read Sam’s reaction to the diary – not know who Sam is, I don’t understand why she would hate what it says.

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    It takes a Village to make a relationship--Or, at least, a bunch of over-reaching grumpy old farts, a military leader with a bit too much to drink, a nosy but well meaning kunoichi, eight ninken, and the power of youth. And a really cranky chakra monster with nine tails and a penchant for swearing.

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    25 Jul 2016

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    This story has some nice fluffy romance. There were some good explanations of dating and genders. But some plot inconsistencies were never addressed, such as two things at the end of the first chapter – Naruto supposedly loving Kakashi from the start, though we see she doesn’t actually, and Kurama talking to Naruto that young. There was also something else about the writing that I didn’t like, though I can’t remember now – maybe too much irrelevant filler?

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    It's droll and tacky of me to inflict yet another 'Naruto has a twin' story upon an unsuspecting world, but I did it anyway. Clearly, I'm an uncontrollable monster, and no one should pay any attention to me.

    This ninja business? It isn't for the faint of heart. Luckily Aiko is far from faint, even if she did get stuck with a ridiculously girly name.

    Definitely an OC story. A SI story depending on your definition-- her knowledge of Naruto as well as other modern things matches mine when I started the story, so I had some sort of basis for her advantages instead of doing research to give her things that would be convenient. (a la, Sure she's a chemist! Why not? She was a martial artist too, and she can build a better camera. There's none of that.). You won't ever see references to her first life: no name, family, or death. Of course, that lack of background comes with its own problems.

    This is largely the same version as what is on fanfiction.net, with the exception of materials from about chapter 70 or so on that start arcs that are noncompliant with their guidelines or lead up to those situations.

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    18 Jul 2016

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    Though this story is really long and doesn’t resolve everything (there’s a sequel), I liked it. The psychology-backed behaviors of characters was interesting, no matter that I don’t know whether it’s accurate. The main character Aiko had some interesting thoughts on the world of Naruto, too. There are more ass-kicking fights than tense fights, but the balance is close enough to make me wonder about most fights. The main character doesn’t use her past-life knowledge nearly as much as she could, but some of this can be excused as her personality, and it’s still a good story despite that. The world has a lot of details that educates what goes into a world and makes the world feel real.

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    Obito became the Jūbi Jinchūriki and consequently got smacked to oblivion and back, with words and Naruto’s fists. He died protecting the hailed boy of prophecy and his bonds, a smile on his face as he went to join Rin and Minato in the afterlife. But, it seems life has more plans for him…

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    19 May 2016

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    Obito’s characterization and thoughts about himself were interesting, and the plot of fixing the future while avoiding suspicion kept me reading. Most elements of the plot were resolved, but not all – I want to know more about Orochimaru and Itachi. Also, I didn’t understand all of the characters and references to events because I haven’t watched all of canon.