What Almost Happened (and Executed Brilliantly)
I'm not the biggest Naruto fan, having dropped the series after the conclusion of the Sai and Sasuke Arc due to the fact that I knew that the series would revolve around Sasuke and Naruto and only them and so far I'm right. I have poked around some of the fanfiction archives of Naruto to see if there is anything interesting... and the result was this. All I can say about this is: Oh My God This story shows how one thing could cause a domino effect on everything; I know that Danzo was going to be an asshole when I saw him but man killing the Third Hokage in cold blood and at a playground no less. I did keep tabs on the series' plot using the Naruto Wiki to fill in any gaps that showed up, and it's a good thing I did caus' taking into consideration how far Konoha falls and gets turned into a ruinous police state type of dystopia it helps. The reason for it would have to be the fact that in canon Danzo gets killed by Sasuke before he could get his hands on the office of Hokage, and this world shows what WOULD happen if he had the position. Now something that does help the story would have to be the characters, the Hakumei itself consisting of (original) Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, Hinata, Neji, and Sai who all witness Danzo killing the Third Hokage. Another thing that helps this story is the fact that in his final moments Sarutobi's sacrifice doesn't go in vain, he announces Naruto as his successor and he gives the group a punch of Scrolls containing the village's secrets shows how much he trusted Naruto, goddamn this old man still rocks. As time moved on the main cast gained Gaara (before his uncle turned him pyscho), Haku (before Zabuza found him), and even my favorite one of the Sound Five Kimimaro (literally BEFORE his Clan decided to go out for blood). What adds to things is that they fall under the care of Tsunade and Jiraiya and Hiashi in the beginning actually cares for both Hinata and Neji and he kind of has a good reason for banishing them both from the Hyuga clan... even though it's wrong. Ending Thoughts: I could go on and on about how much I enjoy this fanfiction story, but the main gist of it is that it shows things that the manga needs, a strong and centered cast of characters, a straight and untwisted/misguided storyline, and giving people their chance in the spotlight. FINAL SCORE: A+, IT'S BETTER THEN CANON! BELIEVE IT!