Tsunade’s Heir by funkmasterjo
Length: 12 Chapters, Ongoing
A common theme in fanfiction is a small change snowballing to fix or at least lessen all of the problems in a series. Done poorly, it’s obvious and not much fun to read… but it can be done well. “Tsunade’s Heir” isn’t perfect, but it’s different enough from all the other fics I’ve seen to be noteworthy.
For example, it provides an interesting explanation for Naruto’s whisker marks, manages to get away with easing some of the Hyuuga-related unhappiness, and doesn’t follow canon events but remains familiar. That’s always a plus.
The basic plot is that, rather than being left in Konoha, Tsunade takes Naruto with her as her adopted son and heir. Don’t expect Kyuubi to come in for a while though. In order to ensure he has enough control to become a medic nin, Naruto gets an additional seal to lock Kyuubi’s chakra away and it’ll take an unexpected event to circumvent that. On the plus side, he does start to train his way towards Tsunade’s monstrous strength.
Of course, what’s probably the most original aspect is Kyuubi’s personality. Kyuubi isn’t an evil brute and he isn’t a caring if somewhat animalistic revenge-driven misunderstood titan… he’s a demon who has never been given a reason to examine what he is and why. Everybody, please welcome Philosophical Kyuubi to the world of fanfiction.
As for the lower-level elements, it’s looking pretty good. It is using the fanon name for the fourth Hokage, but I have noticed no typos or grammatical errors.
Oh, and don’t forget all the funny omake. Definitely don’t forget the omake.