Story: The Virus by Space Pirate Hamster (zip-format pack including sidestories by other authors)
I can’t believe I forgot to review this. Anyway, “The Virus” by Space Pirate Hamster (and it’s many sidestories by others) is an addictive and highly amusing mega-crossover with a core of Ranma ½ and Tenchi Muyo. Ok, now that I’ve driven away half of my readers by saying “mega-crossover”, here’s the plot:
- Mihoshi messes up one of Washuu’s experiments (what else is new?)
- Tenchi gets infected by the newly-mutated Juraian cold germ just before going to an inter-school kendo tournament.
- While he’s busy beating Tatewaki Kuno, the germ swaps some DNA and proteins with Ranma.
- Not long after, Tenchi finds himself female, Earth is being quarantined, and Washuu is calling up Dr. Tofu to let him know that, according to her research, the world’s population should be able to switch back to their birth genders in a few weeks.
Of course, it doesn’t end there and the quality is in the details, so you’ll still want to read it. The main story and most of the sidestories are Ranma-style light-hearted stuff with the main story being a series of glimpses into events as the virus spreads. I think you can understand how such a format would work nicely for making well-written mega-crossovers. This has definitely earned it’s 5 out of 5 rating.
Oh, don’t forget to read Wandless Magic by Cloud Dreamer. It’s another good sidestory but, because it’s still very much alive and well, it’s not included in the “vanished fanfic archive” pack I’ve linked to. It explores how Nerimavirus might affect Harry Potter characters.