You know, I was going to write a longer opinion piece about the Makacoon AU and various ways to approach writing “new generation” fics that pop up so frequently, but instead I’ll keep it straight and simple:
- The Eclipse Moon idea is pretty rad and I love the “Eclipse Monster Senshi” outfits.
- I’m not fond of characters’ kids being exactly like them, whether physically or personality-wise (even in Parallel Moon it bothers me) but the touches on Rin and Venus were pretty good.
- While I do miss Chibiusa, I really appreciate that Mikage reflects a difference in personality in growing up in an alternate environment. Also, that she flat-out states she doesn’t want to help and does what she wants. I think a jaded magical girl is an interesting concept to run with. (Slayers did something similar: Lina’s older sister, Luna, was a more powerful spell-caster than her but never appeared in the show because she chose to be a waitress instead. Lina was absolutely terrified of her.)
- Kanari’s twin, Koito, is a missed opportunity and I’d love more info on him.
Translation-wise, I had to decide how much of Makacoon’s “voice” to keep since they write in a such a casual but still kinda wordy way. Also which spelling/content errors to keep or correct because of it. So it was a bit tougher than usual.
Otherwise though, presenting an AU visually like this is a great way to convey the idea. I enjoyed it and fully encourage other fans to use AU as a fun writing exercise :)