Fan Fic: Dreaming Of Sunshine

There was only darkness. I was small and helpless, lost and confused and alone and trapped in a body that would not, could not respond to my helpless panicked thoughts. I could hear a child, a baby, screaming but it wasn't me because I couldn't move, couldn't breathe couldn't do anything but lie still and hope we were hidden and please, please don't notice me…

Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn't get any better from there.

Shikako Nara is an average girl from the Village Hidden in the Leaves. She has friends, a loving family, but there is something different about her, a secret. And she's been keeping it from birth.

Dreaming of Sunshine is a Naruto Fan Fic with a unique approach to the Self Insert genre of fan-fiction, Dreaming of Sunshine itself has attained legendary status among the Self Insert community by avoiding many of the more common pitfalls associated with the poorer examples - and via snappy dialogue and a plot that remains focused on the inner struggles of the protagonist as an observer. Among the Naruto fandom it is often compared favorably to Team8, another legendary fic.

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     Supplementary Fiction, Recursive Fiction, Omakes, ect 
  • Sunshine Sidestories – Sidestories expands upon relevant material not seen through Shikako's eyes.
  • Little Acorn a blind girl with fuzzy memories of a past life. Noteworthy in that she is not related to a major character - her older brother is Yoroi Akado.
  • Distorted Reality, the main character is a branch Hyuuga, and remembers her past life, but knows nothing of the Narutoverse.
  • Hacia el sol ("Towards the sun") is similar, with the varient that the SI is Neji's younger sister.
  • The Cassandra Effect Hiruzen introduces his four-year-old daughter, Nanako, to Danzo, the allegedly-former head of ROOT. At her own insistence.
  • Runner "Mint is extremely invasive. Mint grows and survives, even when starved and poisoned. Better not to plant it at all."
  • Catch Your Breath: Keisuke Gekko and Team Minato grow up as children set to a background of war.
  • DragonflyA girl is born into the Uchiha clan years before the massacre.
     Other Links 
  • Heliocentrism A community on,, compiles basically every story in the Dreaming of Sunshine Universe. This includes sidestories, translations, and spinoffs by fans.
  • We're all Dreaming of Sunshine There's a forum created on for the story called, to discuss the story, plot points, or other things.
  • Dreaming of Sunshine Chapter Guide. A fansite started in July 2012, it serves as a carefully constructed encyclopedia about D.O.S. whilst being highly accessible even to outsiders. Might be considered a tribute to the growing legendary status of the fic amongst internet-goers.
  • dosbysilverqueen A tumblr, which mainly revolves around the weekly podfic posts, but also includes other content such as fanart, fanvids, and music suggestions for "the soundtrack"
Overall, a massive Door Stopper guaranteed to keep you reading for hours.

This fanfiction series contains examples of:

  • Awesome but Impractical/Difficult but Awesome: Shikako notes in the Second Chunnin Exam arc, during her fight with Gaara that fuinjutsu is slow to prepare and very specialized in application, but that it is almost effortless when executed and the effects are often spectacular.
    This was something I could never have done with ninjutsu. I didn't have the chakra, I didn't have the control, and I didn't have the concentration. The cost was too high. But fuinjutsu was different – you paid in time and knowledge instead. That made it less useful in battle where you so rarely had time, but sometimes. Sometimes it was perfect.
  • Almighty Janitor: Delayed Trope. Shikako remains a genin after Tsunade's instatement. She was nearly promoted for her deductive abilities and leadership, but not all of her skills are significantly removed from the average expected from a genin. Later on, as she grinds levels, that changes. She also gains a truly ridiculous mission record.
    • Later lampshaded by Tsunade and the Raikage during the Kusa Chuunin exams with regards to Shikako. "S-RANK?"
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Brought up by Tsunade after the Retrieval Arc - Ukon dies after trying to possess Naruto, leaving his twin brother Sakon to be brought back to the village for interrogation.
    • Also, Toki in the Land of Birds Arc.
  • Author Avatar: Shikako, as per the premise of the fic.
  • Badass Bookworm: Shikako.
  • The Beastmaster: Besides the canon summoners, Ino becomes the new Chameleon Summoner.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shikamaru displays this thrice, first when Sasuke hurt Shikako while under the influence of the curse seal, again when she gets mind raped by Itachi, and finally when she gets possessed by Gelel.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Repeatedly in Chapter 61.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Ino, Shikako and Sakura.
  • Boom, Headshot: The death of Kin Tsuchi and a literal example in the Kusa shinobi that tries to kidnap Shikako after her fight in the second Chunin Exams with Gaara.
  • Braids of Action: Shikako wears her hair in a single long braid. She wins her second match of her second Chuunin Exams by using her hair to strangle her opponent until he passes out.
  • Brandishment Bluff: Shikako will occasionally call out an attack that does not exist or use an extremely misleading name. For example, “Nara Art: The Shadow Devours” isn’t a shadow jutsu but merely a genjutsu. “Lightning Style: Super Beam Cannon” doesn’t exist at all.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Muku does this to Shikako during their match with his chakra-sealing technique.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Lampshaded and justified by Shikako - it helps with mental focus and significantly increases the effectiveness of many jutsu.
  • Child Soldiers: Played straighter than usual, Shikako is enough of a modern person to find the concept offputting. Luckily, Konoha has a careful desensitization program as part of the education system.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Sword of the Thunder God comes in mighty handy during Shikako and Ino's fight against Kidomaru.
    • Way back in Chapter 6, Shikako muses that "You needed light to have shadows but there was a legend that the founder of the clan, many hundreds of years ago, could control the very night itself".
    • Shikako's ability to sense natural chakra is mentioned very early on, and did not become relevant again for almost sixty chapters.
    • Back in Chapter 3, Shikako mentioned training without chakra in order to increase her base stamina. Comes in handy in Chapter 94 when her chakra is sealed away in the middle of a fight, something that completely disables most ninja.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shikako's the moral compass on her Team - despite what she can't fix in the timeline, she's the reason Naruto has more friends from a younger age, and she's helped Sasuke open up to others as well. It frequently gets her in trouble, since she occasionally acts without thinking.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Konoha's Torture and Interrogation Division does not do this, and Konoha takes a very dim view of it for both moral and practical reasons.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Shikako. She prefers to ambush her opponents or take them out with traps whenever possible. Also see the entry for Murder Is the Best Solution.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Noted by Shikako - see In Spite of a Nail below.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Naruto's fight with Neji in the Chunin exams. Neji never even touches the real Naruto.
    • And then by the Sound Four against Ibiki.
    • Shikako vs. Netsui. ends with the former winning without ever touching the latter.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Type I: Karin, although the characters don't know her name. She gets mauled to death by a bear offscreen and they find her body.
    • Type II: The Sound Genin trio die during the Forest of Death.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shikako, occasionally.
  • Demonisation: Strongly averted - Shikako's narrative treats most people sympathetically, averting either Draco in Leather Pants or Ron the Death Eater. The only people depicted badly are the truly repulsive villains, with Kabuto so far getting the worse of it.
  • Demolitions Expert: Shikako learned how to seal by starting with explosive tags. By the finals of her first Chuunin Exams, she's got the explosive seals down to a touch. She's of the opinion that if explosives can't solve your problems, you're not using enough of them.
  • Demoted to Extra: Sakura due to Shikako taking her place on Team Seven (which she feels guilty about). After her team fails to pass their test, she eventually decides to turn towards the Medic Corps, with a little prompting from Shikako and Ino.
  • Dumbass No More: Naruto. He's only a little more powerful than in canon, but his tactics improve considerably, mostly due to Shikako teaching him how to strategize effectively. This earns him a promotion to chuunin.
  • Emotionless Girl: Shikako has an accident while practicing the Nara clan techniques that leaves her completely detached from everything, to the point where she can't even bring herself to care that it isn't her normal state of mind. She recovers after a few days, though.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Land of Grass.
    Land of Grass was pretty much as advertised. Land. And grass.
  • Faux Action Girl: Justified - Ino's been hit by this during the Retrieval Arc, but mostly because she's facing an opponent miles out of her league, against whom her Signature Move is useless because of Orochimaru's seal having affected his psyche and chakra.
  • Fish out of Water: As noted in Chapter 63, Shikako still feels like an outsider due to having previously grown up in a society indoctrinated by different values, particularly regarding the value of life.
  • Follow the Leader / From Clones to Genre: Started a movement in the Naruto Fandom and The Self-Insert genre resulting in dozens of fics with a similar premise. Interestingly, many of these authors try to not copy the same formula, even with this sort of inspiration. See the Supplimentary Fics folder for more.
  • Freakiness Shame: When Team 7 are in Taki, some differing circumstances result in them meeting Fuu, another of the Jinchurikki.
  • Hammerspace: One of the first applications for seals that Shikako makes use of. Also done by Tenten. Interestingly, in Shikako's case, she uses them on her own body frequently, sealing important, useful, or valuable items directly to her person.
  • The Heart: Shikako is the emotional and moral center of Team Seven, and on a larger scale, of the Konoha Twelve. Hinata and Ino are as well, in different ways. Hinata because she is a rallying point for the others, someone they gather around to support. Ino, because she is someone who supports everyone else.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Zabuza and Haku.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Shikako has a mild case of this. For example, when Jiraiya asks her if she had compiled her notes on fuinjutsu in the few months since becoming a genin, she assumed he was criticizing her, when it's fairly clear he was impressed.
  • Hero Killer: The Sound Four - they defeat Ibiki Morino and subsequently prove themselves dangerous enough to threaten Shikako's efforts in preventing Sasuke's canonical Face-Heel Turn. Kimimaro as well, since he nearly kills Naruto!
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Played with. Shikako notes that wearing clothes that are good for stealth is less important than blending in with a civilian population. This makes for a refreshing change from the standard fanfiction rant about how Naruto's orange outfit will get him killed.
  • Improvised Weapon: Sakura knocks out an escaped prisoner with a vase, and Shikako wins a fight by strangling her opponent with her braid until he passes out.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Several things that one might expect to play out differently don't. For example, most of the match ups in the chuunin exams are the same as in the original story despite the fact that Shikako killed the Sound team. Shikako theorizes that the selection of the participants was rigged, and that the finals probably were too. Despite this, a number of things do change – some of which cannot be substituted easily, regardless of the petty whims of fate.
    • Also notable in some other instances because for the most part Shikako has been attempting to avoid changing anything major - after all, the best parts of her inside knowledge depend on some things remaining consistent. At first. Unfortunately she's forgotten some of it.
  • Ironic Nickname: Team 7 as Team Lucky Sevens, as coined by Tsunade.
    Tsunade: *groan* You three are like Lucky Sevens. When you turn up, I just know things are about to go to hell.
  • The Jinx: In Chapter 12 of Sunshine Sidestories, it's shown that the Special Jounin Sasuke patrols with all see him as one of these. Each of the jounin have some kind of horror/traumatizing story from working with him, from impostors and contraband to Aburame giggling about flesh-eating beetles.
  • The Juggernaut: It takes the combined efforts of all the remaining Konoha Genin plus the sand trio to put Kimimaro down after he was blown up at close range, effortlessly defeated Kiba, and almost killed Naruto. Even with Sasuke using his Curse Seal Level 2, Naruto pulling on the Kyuubi, and Gaara pinning him down with sand, it was STILL a close call. Juggernaut, INDEED.
  • Laser Blade: The Sword of the Thunder God. It's similarity to a lightsaber is lampshaded by Shikako.
    I was a ninja. I knew there were jutsu and weapons of every description and ability and more. And yet, some things were so deeply ingrained, like the cultural belief that the coolest weapon in the world was made of light and went zshooshm.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's hard to hide that Shikako replaces Sakura on Team 7, making the latter Demoted to Extra.
  • Limited Advancement Opportunities: Noted by Shikako regarding the Special Jounin as a rank. Justified in that they are valued experts in a specialty, and thus can have difficulty getting promoted out of it.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Somewhat lampshaded by Sasuke after Shikako's fight with Muku.
    Sasuke: (irritated & exasperated) "Shikako! You can't just stand around and have a conversation while your arm bone is sticking out! You have to say something!"
    Shikako: "It's called a humerus. But I don't suppose it's that funny."
  • Meaningful Name: combined with Punny Name, sort of: Shikako could be written as 死歌稿,giving symbolic references to both Death and Writing ( Undead Author ),while also referencing her most lethal techniques,which are written symbols that kill people.
  • Mind Rape: Shikako gets subjected to Tsukuyomi. It was so bad that she kept screaming even after she was knocked unconscious.
    • Ino is subjected to this as well when she gets tangled with the copy of Orochimaru hidden in Kidomaru's seal.
  • Mundane Utility: In chapter 14, Kakashi uses the incredibly powerful water dragon jutsu... to have a water fight with his students.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Shikako kills the genin team from Sound because it was the least risky option available to her. This is a source of some guilt afterwards.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Both Lee and to a lesser extent, Gai, seem to fill a somewhat lighthearted and good-natured riff on this role.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sasuke, after he hit Shikako under the influence of the curse seal.
  • Nice Girl: Shikako herself. She also regards Ino as this, and Choji as the male varient.
  • Noodle Incident: Shikamaru threatens Sasuke after he hurt Shikako while under the effect of the curse seal. We don't get to find out what he said, but it made Sasuke nervous around him.
    • Also, we never find out exactly what earned Shikako her reputation as a Mad Bomber.
  • No Periods, Period: Invoked by Shikako when she mentions why Tsunade is revered by the female population of Konoha.
  • Oh Crap!: Shikako's reaction to finding herself in the Narutoverse.
  • Past-Life Memories: The source of some of Shikako's knowledge.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Invoked. See Fridge Brilliance.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Shikako comes up with several plans to fight Zabuza and Haku. Unfortunately, she forgets to tell them to her teammates. Fortunately, none of them actually die.
  • Precision F-Strike: Shikako delivers one when Itachi corners her and Naruto.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Zabuza and Haku, at least compared to canon where Haku never actually turned and Zabuza simply went out via Taking You with Me.
  • Reincarnation: Shikako obviously.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Kiba promises to invoke this about Shikako's second fight in the Grass Chunin Exams, where she has her chakra sealed, but manages to come out on top by strangling Muku with her hair.
    Shikako: "You don't need to mention it ever again."
    Kiba: "Oh, no. This is never, ever being forgotten."
    Shikako: "It worked."
    Kiba: "That's why it's amazing, and why I'm going to tell this story for the rest of your life."
  • Running Gag: Every C-rank or above mission they go on quickly goes to hell and becomes a higher rank mission.
    • Shikako and explosives.
  • Self Insert: By way of Reincarnation.
  • Shout-Out
  • Ship Tease: Nothing solid just yet - but the one-sided Naru/Hina is definately there. There might be some Shikako Ship Tease in several chapters for those who insist on wearing Shipping Goggles.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shikako has shades of this, especially early on. Nowhere near as bad as Hinata, though.
  • Skewed Priorities: The Director in the Land of Snow arc. Repeatedly. Lampshaded by Shikako. Repeatedly.
    Director: "To film a movie using a real princess… that is something that happens once in a lifetime."
  • Solar and Lunar: Sunlight is often used as a visual metephor, or motif, for when Shikako is content or healing. On the other hand, sad or pivotal scenes usually take place at night. Such as Shikako's big conversation with Kakashi after 'discovering' Naruto is a jinchuriki, and later Shikako convincing Sasuke not to defect.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Pre-timeskip: Zabuza, Haku, and Hayate. Sandayu from the 1st Movie as well. Most recently: Tayuya, Sakon & Jirobou.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: A competing Nin does this on Shikako during the second chunin Exams. It does not work.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Shikako is fond of explosions, which turns into something of a Running Gag.
  • Summon Magic: Ino gets the Chameleon contract after she and Shikako are led to the contract scroll in Kubisaki Castle.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Shikako does this deliberately in order to warn Fuu about the Akatsuki.
  • Taking the Bullet: Shikako uses the replacement technique to protect Sasuke from Itachi's Tsukuyomi, which means she gets hit by it instead.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Shikako after killing the Sound trio; Kiba follows suit when he dispatches a Suna ninja to save Shikako's life.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Followed for the most part, but kept interesting by having the narrator notice the logical inconsistencies of the original work and coming up with plausible explanations for them. Unusually, it includes a number of anime filler episodes.
    • Said fillers, in turn, are utilised in order to expand on the plot, even more than the anime did - for instance, Sunshine Sidestories expands on Kakashi's previous visit to the Land of Snow, while in the main story Shikako, during the mission where Team 7 confronts Aoi Rokusho, manages to wrest the Second Hokage's sword from him rather than destroy it. These are just two examples.
  • The Unfought: So far Shikako has managed to sidestep Kabuto several times.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Shikako's first weapon-of-choice happens to be explosive tags and notes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Since this is a Naruto fanfic, many characters become stronger over time, particularly if they have suffered a bad defeat and have something to make up for. Special note goes to Ino, who starts out the story slightly stronger than her canon counterpart, suffers serious injuries after fighting the Sound Four, and then recovers and becomes a much stronger, more versatile fighter with the aid of her chameleon summons.
  • Tranquil Fury: Sasuke enters this state after Kimimaro nearly kills Naruto.
  • True Companions: Team 7 - the bond here is stronger than in canon thanks to Shikako establishing the traditions of post-fight discussions to critique on another on each others abilities, & post-mission dinner celebrations at the Nara Residence. To a lesser extent, the Rookie Nine are all fairly close friends and acquaintances.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Shikako describes the civilians of the Hidden Villages as this.
  • We Need to Get Proof: One of the reasons Shikako doesn't run around changing things willy-nilly is because no one would ever believe her. Instead she painstakingly begins investigating The Uchiha massacre - after being subjected to Tsukuyomi, and Akatsuki this even makes some sense, since she KNOWS the information is there and will thus notice things someone else would dismiss.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Shikako attempts this on Kimimaro. Either because she's exhausted or because he's a beast, it doesn't work.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Shikako, due to having the memories of a previous life.
  • You Are Not Alone: When Naruto lets slip his status as a jinchuuriki to Shikako, Skikamaru, and Choji, they reassure him that it doesn't matter to them and that they are still his friends. He - and probably the reader too - has to hold back tears.
    • Naruto also says this to Fuu.
    • Shikako has a very emotional moment after she realizes that Gaara has begun to look into Akatsuki too- she is no longer fighting to change the future alone.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Shikako faces off against the Sound genin by herself while concussed, sleep deprived, low on chakra, and nursing several broken ribs and a broken arm from the encounter with Orochimaru - and she kills all three of them.
  • You Monster!: In-universe, Kabuto is the only person Shikako feels enough pure, unadulterated hatred to want to kill with her own bare hands - the only reason she's not doing so is because she realizes he's too strong for her, which frustrates her due to knowing how far his crimes will eventually go.
  • Your Head Asplode: What happens to Shikako's attempted kidnapper.