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nice monster legging ([personal profile] kuramochi) wrote2017-02-25 06:25 pm
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IHX 2017 Dear Creator

hello hello! i'm mel, you can find me at [tumblr.com profile] cheetahing and [archiveofourown.org profile] revolving. thank you for creating a gift for me!

things i'd particularly love for this exchange: kurata takeshi, who is always the longest of shots. barring that, there are a lot of rarepairs in here.

characters are listed in vague order of priority.

  • i'm generally not into crack fic! shenanigans are ok if they aren't over the top/unrealistic.
  • in terms of canonverse works, i tend to prefer character studies, quiet/intimate moments, and characters trying to figure their ish out. please avoid characters behaving in ways that would actually have pretty huge repercussions for them and their entire teams/schools if caught; high school sports in japan are pretty strict! pls keep this in mind if you choose to go canonverse. in practical terms, this means you shouldn't have teams having wild parties, drinking, etc. stuff that might happen in american high schools but don't reflect the reality of japanese sports culture, basically.
  • in terms of aus, i love future aus, canon divergence, and really most kinds of real world setting aus. i'm extra weak to spies & assassins if that's your thing. fantasy aus are best avoided; scifi aus are good if your worldbuilding is consistent.
  • please do not give me a sex work au; i've literally never seen these handled respectfully and i'd just rather not see them.
  • other things to avoid: infidelity, jealousy as a plot device, abuse, rape, incest, large age gaps, abuse of authority, extreme power imbalances, adult/minor relationships (seriously, especially no teacher/student, please), drug use, dubcon, a/b/o, sex pollen, etc.
  • character death is something you should only do if it's appropriate to the setting/canon and necessary to the story. please don't do it just to make other characters sad.
  • let's avoid terminal illness storylines, please.
  • in general, i don't like gratuitous angst! if it needs to be there for a good reason, that's fine, but i don't like it when things are sad or messed up just for the sake of being sad or messed up.
  • it's fine if you want to do porn, but i'd prefer it not be the focus of the piece, and pls do age the characters up appropriately if applicable. also, pls don't spring anything too exotic on me without checking first.
  • i don't get along with first person pov; second is fine if you're familiar/confident with it; third is probably easiest/best.

in terms of art, i love most things tbh. i like moments of quiet contemplation and bursts dynamic movement, i like kisses, i like handholding, i like characters just lounging around together. i like happy things and i like tension and longing.

things i'm particularly weak to in art: tenderness, creative use of lighting, selective framing, sequential rendering of small gestures or moments, limited palettes.

if you're an artist who got matched to me and would like more specific prompts, feel free to ask!

spoilers: well the manga is on hiatus atm and i'm a bit behind, but not too far. either way, i don't mind spoilers though i doubt any of the most recent chapters involve any of the characters i'm asking for.
priority character: kurata takeshi!!!! alternatively, kawai kazuki

kurata takeshi
so, kurata takeshi, the boy from bijou who traded his integrity for a starting position and lived to regret it. i want so many things, there are so many things i'd like to see explored with him! bijou gen is good, stuff with him and yano-jun or takumi would be welcome too, both pre- and post-summer. i'm also SUPER INTERESTED in what happens to him post-canon, where does he go from here, how does he deal, how does he come to terms with what he's done. does he actually try to talk to takii or does he stay silent, does roka's "how much do you think you're worth" haunt him at night, can he ever look at a baseball diamond again without his chest aching. it doesn't seem like sensei will ever check in with him again and i want to know!!!! is he ok, can he ever be ok again!!!! i have so many feelings, please help me.

kawai kazuki
kazu is my darling, honestly. i sometimes think about him standing in the parking lot of that restaurant, wondering if he'll ever want to play baseball again and i just hurt. i really want basically anything about him picking up where canon leaves off since it's doubtful he'll show up again much if at all. where is he going to college, is he playing baseball or is he trying something else, can he look back and smile again.

optional ship(s): kawai kazuki/takase junta! my main oofuri ship tbh. i prefer them maybe not having had their stuff figured out -- occupying an ambiguous space, thinking they'd have time to deal with it later, and then their last summer together getting cut so short. i'd really like future fic predicated on that honestly, maybe reconnecting years down the line and having all this unfinished business lingering in the air. did kazuki ever play baseball again, how did junta's senior year go, how long before they were able to look at one another and not ache, what does that feel like now.

kawai kazuki & kurata takeshi
THE THING I WANT THE ABSOLUTE MOST i should probably just give up and write it myself eventually but god. anyway, these are two boys who were in some way betrayed by the game they both love, tho in takeshi's case you could argue that he was convinced to betray the game. they're both moving onto college careers, at least one without baseball, they had their confrontation where takeshi was like "sasuga captain", and in some ways kazu was freed by the revelation of how low roka had sunk from the same wound kazu was struggling with. i want to know what could happen if they went to the same college and had to be around each other everyday, would they help one another recover from their respective baseball traumas, would they bond over what a terrible person roka is, tell me. i don't conceptualize this as shippy but if it ends up that way that's fine too.

daiya no ace
spoilers: i've seen the entire anime and read everything available of act I, including epilogues. i'm pretty far behind on act II but honestly i don't really care about spoilers so it's fine if you cover stuff i haven't read yet.
priority character: tanba and/or zaizen.

tanba koichirou
tanba has it really hard in canon, mainly bc he's a) the senpai ace, and b) therefore not the main character. i feel like he gets the short end of the stick in fandom a lot because of that too, and also because he's not one of the "pretty" characters, but i adore him. sometimes i think about first year tanba, struggling to speak clearly and look people in the eye, and i cry.

ANYWAY honestly, just give me tanba-centric things. struggles as a first year? trying to redeem himself in college? any number of what-if aus? yes, thank you, i will take it.

optional ship(s): christanba! i always wonder about that thing tanba says, about how it was chris who caught his elbow injury during second year, and his sort of frustrated longing to form a battery with chris. i also like the idea of them getting to finally play together properly in college, or or or. daiya is generally good for aus too, honestly, so basically any ship au you think of that fits them is fine too. (see also christanbazaizen below)

also, tanbanaka or tanba/manaka or whatever it's called! i love childhood friend ships and i always get stuck on that scene of these two at the beach, mourning the ignoble ends to their high school baseball careers, their broken promise. i always think of manaka saying "i can't give up on baseball like this" and wonder what tanba must be thinking, looking at him, this boy he wanted to become a worthy rival to.

if you want to combine all of those possibilities that's fine too, tanba can have three husbands, he deserves to be pampered.

zaizen naoyuki
MY BITTER ANGRY DARLING. i think a lot about how he was SUCH a monster in jr high that jun is still upset about it in his last year of high school, a minimum of 2.5 years later, how hard he's trying to hold onto something so ephemeral as "talent" but his body won't let him, how he eventually has to give up because there's just no way for him to match his previous self, or at least the version of himself in his own mind.

we don't get a lot of him so honestly, anything? middle school stuff, getting injured, trying to recover, coming to the decision to quit, far future fic etc.

optional ship(s): chriszaizen. they were jr high rivals, they're basically set up as parallels in terms of their injuries but one gets to recover and one doesn't, so that's always interesting to me. i also like happy pro-battery aus, and there was that time terajima literally drew a kingsman au of them for their birthdays, which are literally a day apart (zaizen is 9/30, chris is 10/1). if you want to au and you can translate their backstory to your au setting i'll probably automatically love it.

also, chriszaizentanba... i love this idea bc both their dynamics with chris are very different and zaizen used to be what tanba desperately wants to be but now no longer is or can be... just zaizen and tanba learning to fit together for chris and later themselves is such an interesting idea to me tbh. i love the idea that chris and zaizen are rougher with each other/more prone to bickering but noticeably gentler with tanba, idk. there's so much potential.

harada masatoshi:
I LOVE MASA-SAN. i keep thinking about him talking to tetsu in the stands during the fall yakushi game and talking about the pressures of being the clean-up, so i wonder about that. he's so solid and steady, how did he get there. how did he build up his relationship with mei, who doesn't quite defer to him but listens to him more easily than he does anyone else, how does this translate to his pro career, how's he doing out in hokkaido. just. masa!!! more masa!!!!!

optional ship(s): masamei. how did this happen, is masa nearly as put out as he pretends, mei trusts him with things he doesn't show anyone else in the series, idk!! i also really want future fic for them, playing as pros either together or against one another, just. basically their little dugout talk in S2E26 pressed all my ship feelings buttons at once with how sincere and unguarded mei was with masa there, so more of that side of their relationship would be lovely. they communicate so seamlessly on the field, they seem to finish each other's thoughts, so i always wonder how they got there.

i'm also interested in masa &/ tetsu though i don't have any specific ideas for it because they clearly have such a mutual respect... tetsu even specifically says that he recommended miyuki to succeed him as captain because they "were defeated by a man like that" aka harada masatoshi, captain, catcher, and clean-up.

nagao akira
akira's a cutie patootie and also probably a smartypants since sakurazawa is specifically mentioned as a public school that excels at academics. honestly, the entire sakurazawa team as a whole is really cute and i'd love anything exploring akira and his time there, or like making peace with the death of his dream idk. do i sound like i love pain and suffering in this letter lmfalejkselksel i'm sorry. i'm just really interested in the things that make a person change and grow, that changes their lives, and often it's things that are painful.

optional ship: akimei!! idk man, i really love sakurazawa but mei totally crushes them and especially akira. but then he sort of extends his own brand of comfort, the "you lost to the best team" thing, and how akira sorta totally buys into that when they show up later charms me. the idea of mei bugging akira at a prestigious university cracks me up, and future/what-if aus have a lot of room to move with these two.

masamune hongou
I LOVE THIS GRUMPY CHILD and his horrible grudge, i sincerely can't help it. he doesn't have much screentime so i want all kinds of things, expanding on the flashback we get in canon, what he's doing after spring koshien, how he gets on with the rest of his team, etc.

optional ship(s): furuhon!!! honestly, he's so bent out of shape about furuya, he wouldn't even shake hands, i want to see them have to suss each other out and learn to communicate... running to each other in the hokkaido airport, or having to share a room at a national training camp or something, idk!!

i also like masamune/renji because i'm an easy sell on handler/handled ships and renji is clearly an old hat at dealing with masamune, and they've been a battery for a long time. i actually really wonder how renji feels about masamune's furuya issue, tbh!

kominato ryousuke
my most darling, my small pink hellion. i love him the absolute most, so if you decide to focus on him please be very mindful with your characterization; he's not a one-note sadist. he loves baseball, his family, and being right. he's got complex feelings and motivations, so please don't collapse him down into a caricature. i feel like a lot of fandom characterizations like to forget how much heart he has.

things i would be interested in for him include: how is he doing in college, more about "the lean year" and how he developed, what happened when kuramochi came to seido, this boy with almost effortless athleticism and (by ryousuke's standards) a piss poor work ethic. how did they end up with the level of trust they've got by his last summer, etc.

optional ship(s): kuraryou, the great ship love of my life, the thing you can do if you don't think you can do anything else. i'm always keen on the idea of extrapolating how their field synergy applies to other situations or other areas of their lives. canonverse & future fic is great for them and they are also probably my most au-friendly ship. i really enjoy crime aus for them, honestly.

things to avoid: please don't involve haruichi in their relationship; please don't have ryousuke being insecure abt haruichi & kuramochi; please don't use their relationship as background noise for some other relationship you decided to foreground.

areas of interest: FAKE MARRIED SPIES AU, partners-in-literal-crime aus, pokemon trainer au, ryousuke wearing kuramochi's clothes, etc.

spoilers: i've watched the anime; i'm behind on the manga but generally know what's going on... i'm waiting it out until i know whether suetsugu's gonna break my heart or not to catch up.
priority character: wataya arata; he's all i've asked for.

wataya arata
there is a distinct lack of fan work focusing on arata, which makes me super sad because he's my most beloved. he spends a lot of time offscreen so there's a lot of stuff to mine, all those years alone in fukui, both when he was still corresponding with chihaya and later, when he quit everything after his grandfather died. what is he thinking now, scrambling in his last year of high school to put together a team to play against chihaya's, that one page where he was wondering what happened between chihaya and taichi, thinking "why am i always the one so far away?"

honestly, just talk arata to me, i love him so much and he gets so little attention in fandom.

optional ship(s): chihaya/arata, or chihaya/arata/shinobu. this is not the fandom ot3 of choice but it's mine -- i think their relationships to each other individually have a lot of potential and in combination they are fascinating. i don't have a specific thing i want here tbh, i just want more of this.

arata & gpa, arata & murao, arata & his hs team... karuta is a central feature in most of arata's important relationships and that goes back to his grandfather, whom he was clearly very close to. i think a lot about arata bawling his heart out after his grandfather didn't recognize what a karuta card was, and how he shut down entirely after his grandfather died... we get little pieces of it in canon, but i'm interested in how it interrelates to his other relationships, with murao, who is sort of a mentor to him (who comes back to karuta when he's on the verge of quitting, because he doesn't want arata to end up like suoh, all alone out in the lights because there's no one to challenge him), and with his hs karuta team that arata finds himself mentoring...

lastly, arata &/ taichi. soooo these two are really important to each other? they're much more than romantic rivals or karuta rivals, they're important friends. i always think about the part where they see arata at his first tournament back and taichi thinks that he doesn't want to be happy but he really, really is. i'd like to see something exploring their dynamic, taichi's inferiority complex and arata's sort of almost casual superiority... this could go romo if you want, but only if chihaya isn't either scapegoated or ignored. like, no using each other as a substitute for chihaya or sth. more like, chihaya is married to karuta where does that leave us and our tangled feelings for each other.

spoilers: i'm mostly up to date on the anime, and i don't really read the manga but i keep up on spoilers periodically. basically, it's cool if you include stuff i haven't gotten to yet.
priority character: i really just want kinara tbh.

kinjou shingo
i love kinjou so much, and i really just want future or college fic for him. we know he's at yonan with arakita, and i love that particular dynamic and want to see more of it.

optional ship(s): kinara!! slow burn is always good for these two, canon specifically refers to them as mismatched and i want to see how they're learning to fit together. watanabe said that they're a reversible ace/assist too, so i would love to see something dealing with that, and also: yonan battery au, feat. past captain/catcher kinfuku rivalry.

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