Title: Otaku Four – Skysabre’s Choice
Author: Jared Ornstead
Source: Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, and more
Length: 20 Chapters (Incomplete)
If you read this without reading the reviews (and hopefully the actual fanfics) that come earlier in the series, you may be at risk for confusion, nausea, dizzyness, hearburn, and halitosis.
OK, now that I’ve got the ridiculous disclaimer out of the way, I have to admit that I’ve been wanting someone with previous knowledge of Spells ‘R’ Us to wander into that store for a while. I love what happens. It really smacks of Monty Python if you know what I mean. Following that introduction, it’s another Skysabre adventure. Jared does a good job of keeping the good parts of of each Otaku story and integrating them into the next in an original way.
As always, it has the perfect mix of originality and borrowed elements (not to mention a good storyline but peppered with some humor too) I still find the use of dub-only names annoying but I can tolerate it since the story is good. I got a real chuckle when an Akane who WAS a pervert came into the list of secondary characters. In fact, I’ve been wanting a blatant female pervert in a fanfic for a while now. It’s one of the only character types I haven’t really seen. (Akane didn’t show up enough to satisfy me but…) There are definitely some interesting parts. One part felt vaguely of Star Wars politics.
I can’t really describe it except to say I enjoyed it. The story arc feels almost over but, as with Otaku Three, another one may exist in Jared’s head. I’ll give it a 5.5/6.