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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Hatake Kakashi, Sarutobi Asuma, Yuuhi Kurenai, Team 7, Team 10, Team 8
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 2000 words), Humor/Crack

Summary: Kakashi takes a moment to wrap his mind around equating Ino's chest with enemy shinobi while Asuma begins beating his head against the table and groaning about how he didn't sign up for this. Rated for language and the general horror that is puberty

I generally don't come across many memorable Naruto funny-fics, but this one stuck. Aside from the sheer crack of various genin going through puberty and how their jounin-sensei are dealing with it (or not quite dealing in this case), what truly makes this so funny is the way the author describes the whole ordeal. Her choice of words and the metaphors she uses to get the point across is so vividly hilarious - it's a must read if only for some of the very priceless lines within.

Story: Troubling New Developments [Rating: PG-13] - by [fanfiction.net profile] SicTransitGloria 
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Konoha 12, OC future genin, Neji/Sakura, Naruto/Hinata, Shikamaru/Temari, Kiba/Ino
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (7 chapters, approx. 78,000 words), Future fic, slight AU

Author's Summary: Rite of passage. Mark of progress. Things change; adapt or die.

I've always enjoyed future fics that are more than just a couple years down the line, where there's some distance from the canon storyline. This one portrays a lot of what I like about this genre. The characters have matured in a very believable way, almost like it's a natural progression of their canon selves - and I mean this in both their personalities/characteristics and where they are in life, what they've been doing.

But that's only one part of it. Did I just make the story sound a little slice-of-life and mundane? Because it most definitely is not. This is a good example of a story that successfully combines multiple elements: drama, mystery and suspense, action, romance, friendship, family, and even a bit of adventure and politics thrown in. Of course, it definitely helps that it's fabulously written, has an interesting well-conceived plot that just comes together, and then combined with good storytelling.

Story: Examination [Rating: R] - by DrerrRedclaw
(note: rated for violence and gore-ish details, as opposed to smut or anything of the sort)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Uchiha Sasuke, plus Team 7 and a few others. Hints of a possible future Sasuke/Sakura.
Length/Type: One-shot (about 10,000 words), Gen

Author's Summary: Ten visitors to the same hospital room.

Oh, the dynamics. The characters, the interaction, Sasuke's thought process -  it's bristling, touching, heartbreaking, and hopeful in the only way that a well-done Sasuke-returns fic can be. I love how the impact of Sasuke's return is expressed in different ways via different characters, revealing through them all the complicated layers of how his return would affect things/people. And Team Taka wasn't conveniently left out either.

Story: Evidence of What You Cannot See (Repeated Ten Times) [Rating: PG] - by [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11

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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Various, mostly the Rookie 12 with a couple others
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 600 words), Gen

Author's Summary: Missing moments from the time skip.

15 brief glimpses into various characters during the time skip - I love how these little snippets made me pause every so often, imagining all the bits that weren't said. Not all of them are equally thought-provoking (rightly so for some characters), but as a whole, it's like a mini-fic that feels much larger.

Story: 2.5 Years [Rating: PG] - by [personal profile] rilina_fic

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