Title: Shinobi: Team 7 Author: Gallyrat Rating: T Genre: Adventure/Friendship Status: WIP Fandom: Naruto Pairings: None yet. Summary: Naruto has always been a pretty average orphan. But when he enrolls in the Shinobi academy alongside Haruno Sakura and Uchiha Sasuke, he realizes that he is anything but ordinary. Massive AU. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9250029/1/Shinobi-Team-7 I was pleasently surprised by this story. It's premise is a 'For Want of a Nail' -- what if, instead of marrying for love, Hashirama married for duty? A simple thing, but the author has made it have far reaching consequences, especially since it stretches out the timeline so that Hashirama was alive 200 years before the start of the story. This has resulted in a world both similar and different from the one we are used to. Most of the changes involve ninja clans and bloodlines. There's a lot of juicy backstory that is only waived at, which is something I like. I hate it when an author comes up with a really interesting history, but just tells it to us straight through unrealistic character interactions. Here, all the characters know this history, so they have no real need to say anything about. Everything comes out in little bits and pieces, and it's up to the reader to piece everything together. There are a few parts where it falters, but for the most part it works, and works well. This story does have a fair amount of Sakura in it, and there is a huge change in regards to Naruto and her that I'll put in spoiler tags. Spoiler Sakura is the one being taught by Jiraiya instead of Naruto. She's currently in the process of learning the Rasengan, while Naruto is the one who is getting taught how to be a medic, though only for himself. I'm personally fine with that change, I actually really, really like it, but I know others are not. The switch works well, and the author does explain it in the contest of the story, but I know some folks are still going to rage at it. Another change I really like is in regards to the Sannin. We don't have the full backstory yet, or what happened to Orochimaru, but shit went down at some point. Tsunade is even more out on here own than in cannon, and as of the most recent chapter: Spoiler Tsunade is being recruited into Akatsuki. As someone who wrote about that forever and a fucking day ago, it warms my heart to see this idea play out in more stories. All said, I give this a 4/5. It's a strong ten chapters in so far, and I really like the world the author has made and how they are introducing it to us.