OK, so I have a boyfriend. A good one. He cooks, he cleans, he enjoys anime and graphic novels, he talks about his feelings, and best of all? He adores me. He thinks the fact that I can debate him on why Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight is neither better nor worse than Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the original Batman movie makes me the bee’s knees. All of this is fine and good (it’s pretty awesome, actually), but it seems to be changing the type of fan fiction I’m reading. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the angsty stuff. However, I’m finding myself hunting for stories that are bit on the fluffy side, which is why I’m loving SilverShine’s “The Girl from Whirlpool” right now.
“Whirlpool” is the story of Minato Namikaze and Kushina Ukimake, and how they came to be a couple. I have to admit that I never really thought about Minato and Kushina in any way other than them being Naruto’s parents. But when you think about it, their backstory is so sad and tragic that the only way to get through it is to give yourself a little shot of fluff. As usual, SilverShine’s writing is superb. Her descriptions of battles are full of action and detail (her explanation of how Minato developed his Flying Thunder God technique is especially good), but of course, it’s the budding romance between the two main characters that takes center stage. Kushina is temperamental and mouthy, but it’s all a cover for the pain she’s had to endure. And Minato. Oh, Minato. SilverShine makes him so sweet and awkward yet thoughtful and strong. You can easily see how their traits and quirks make Naruto who he is. This story is a work in progress so who knows when she’ll actually finish it, but it doesn’t matter. After reading chapter 504 of Naruto Shippuden, you’ll need “The Girl from Whirlpool” to balance the angst.
p.s.: SilverShine gets an extra large glomp for her ability to make all of the side storylines mesh perfectly with Minato and Kushina’s story. Be on the lookout for Orochimaru, Kakashi and Sakumo, and even a little bit of Obito.
The Girl from Whirlpool. Rated T. Grade A.