The courtship ritual of the hercules beetle

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Title: to be first, to be best
Author(s): kittebasu (chanyeol)
Date(s): November 2014
Length: 66k+ words
Genre: Future Fic
Fandom: Haikyuu
External Links: on AO3

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the courtship ritual of the hercules beetle by kittebasu is an Iwaoi Haikyuu fanfiction.

Summary: Tooru is pretty sure he could manage the mating habits of a mosquito. It’s the mating habits of people he can’t seem to get right.


As of October 2020 the work has over 6000 kudos and over 2500 bookmarks on AO3. It is considered one of the "classic" Iwaoi fics by fans of the ship to this day.

my number one is def:the courtship ritual of the hercules beetle by kittebasuHello yes Help please. I love this fic !! Love love love!! I also love the other iwaoi one by the author..but Hercules Bettle really kills me!! I love it!!. - Amalasdraws on Tumblr[1]
It's so believably heart-wrenching and you just go on this journey with the characters and when it's done you feel tired but good. The end is so rewarding. - @HeyMellieJellie[2]


  1. ^ Ask by Amalasdraws on Tumblr 10.09.18
  2. ^ tweet by @HeyMellieJellie