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05 May 2010 @ 09:01 am
(anime/manga) Everything To Gain  
Title: Everything To Gain
Focus: Ootori Kyouya & Fujioka Haruhi from Ouran Koukou Host Club
Owner: Suzumi (stagnated)
URL: http://kyoharu.tsuyamono.net/

You should visit this shrine because... I've said it before and I'll say it again - there's a decided lack of Ouran Koukou Host Club fan sites online, despite its ongoing popularity. Thankfully, the few available sites are of a standard such as this. "Everything To Gain" is a thoughtfully composed exploration of the relationship between Kyouya and Haruhi. What makes Suzumi's whimsical dedication such a breath of fresh air is the way it embraces the canonical interaction between the characters while still maintaining a solid sense of distance and affection.

"Everything To Gain" is composed primarily of written articles (plus a fanlisting) so those looking for media indulgences won't find them here. This does not however, detract from the strength of the site's written element - nor does it make for a dry visiting experience. Each article has been dutifully composed in an engaging and appreciative manner. You get a real sense of the characters from Suzumi's writing, as well as her own sentiments for them. Thoughtfully placed images and quotes sprinkled throughout the articles help to highlight key relationship points.

If you're interested in reading articles about a relationship that is at once both humorous and endearing, then this is the shrine for you. Suzumi has crafted a thing of beauty in "Everything To Gain" - and not just in its gorgeous visual style! The small collection of articles here explore a fascinating relationship and they never overstay their welcome. This, my friends, is how you make a relationship-focused site.

Highlight: "Friendship", which examines the friendly interaction between Kyouya and Haruhi. It was a tough pick though!

(Unrelated Community Announcement: You can now access all past recs via the handy-dandy http://start.io/rainymonday. Recs are listed under reviewer. I hope this makes our recommended site list a little easier to digest vs. traipsing through a bunch of "back 20" pages here on LJ.)
 
 
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アニー  ⋅  애니: kyoharu ♥ hats off to youstagnated on July 3rd, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
I just found this community, and I must say that your review makes me incredibly happy. :D