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Sandaime Year 14
Mama Come Home (Genma, Yuuichi) — Two year-old Genma wants the one thing his father can’t give him. Chrysanthemums and incense comfort no one.
Sandaime Year 19
Don't Fear the Dark (Kakashi, Sakumo, Sadayo) — Against the backdrop of a gathering war, Kakashi’s parents try to teach their young son a lesson about masks, demons, and the thin line that separates ninja from wolves.
Sandaime Year 24
Ashes in My Wake (Uchiha Kousuke, Kakashi, Sadayo, Minato, Jiraiya, Orochimaru) — Sakumo’s funeral draws a crowd. Only a few are there to mourn. (Features art from Leia Ham.)
Sandaime Year 26
We Were Giants Once (Ryouma) — Ryouma graduates from the Academy. There are no special privileges for cannon fodder.
Sandaime Year 29
No Old Heroes (Minato, Rin, Kakashi) — Rin brings Kakashi back from Kannabi Bridge, but part of them both burns with Obito.
Burning on the Western Front (Raidou) — In the final days of the war, a nineteen-year-old chuunin Raidou tries his best to not die.
Sandaime Year 30/Yondaime Year 1
Suffer the Children (Genma) — One year after the war’s end, Genma rescues a little girl and unearths a monster in Konoha’s midst.
After the Ending (Minato, Naruto) — Three days after Kushina's death, Naruto's still crying, and all Minato can breathe is smoke.
Secrets That We Keep (Minato, Katsuko) — Katsuko attends Sandaime's funeral, and fails to forgive.
Yondaime Year 4
Short Straw (Genma, Asuma) — Near the end of their rookie year in ANBU, Asuma gets an offer he’s not sure he can refuse. Genma’s a good sounding board.
A Man Who Is Not Afraid (Raidou, Ryouma) — Raidou's back from a hard, bloody mission, and looking for something shiny. Ryouma's about to head off on an A-rank that might kill him, and all he wants is one night with no regrets. NC-17
Yondaime Year 5
From Here On Out (Raidou, Katsuko) — As the ANBU Trials come up, Raidou is slated to be a brand new captain—but where does that leave his old team? Or his teammate, Katsuko, who has her own issues to deal with?
One for the Road (Genma, Katsuko) — Genma breaks up a civilian fight and ruins Katsuko’s fun, but only for a little while. Alcohol and good company are in the offing when she tags along to his cherry blossom viewing party.
Choose Your Blade (Ryouma, Kakashi) — Ryouma and Kakashi meet at the first day of the ANBU Trials, and Ryouma earns bragging rights for a lifetime. Not many people can say they've punched Sharingan no Kakashi and lived.
Field of Daggers (Raidou, Genma) — Following the first ANBU Trials, Raidou meets his shiny new lieutenant, Genma, for lunch and ninja philosophy.
Run Rabbit Run (Minato, Raidou, Genma, Ryouma, Kakashi) — The second day of the ANBU Trials begins in darkness and ends with death.
Gone to Ground (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko) — With Konoha on high alert following the ANBU Trial Incident, three-fifths of Raidou's new team is posted to the wall to watch for an attack. Katsuko has more at stake than most.
Take Me Back to the Start (Minato, Kakashi, Naruto) — Hospital rooms are good places for stabbing yourself with your flaws—but Minato and Naruto are great distractions.
Dangerous Game (Minato, Ryouma, Kakashi) — In the dark hours of the night, two masked ANBU agents summon Ryouma and Kakashi to the third ANBU Trials.
Heaven's Got a Plan for You (Minato, Raidou, Genma) — Raidou and Genma get their team assignments, and a whole host of worries.
Take the Mask (Minato, Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Kakashi and Ryouma take their oaths and confront the reality behind ANBU's dark reputation.
One Minute More (Raidou, Genma) — Genma and Raidou have opinions about the new team.
Take a Number (Rin, Kakashi) — After a disappointing start in ANBU, Kakashi needs a listening ear and a kick in the right direction. Rin is happy to provide both.
After the Tornado (Minato, Raidou, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Konoha's threat level has finally been scaled down, but Raidou still has problems to solve. Ryouma listens. Kakashi doesn't.
MISSION: Into the Breach (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — After a week of waiting, training, and tension, Team Six finally gets their first mission: to investigate the mysterious disappearences in a civilian village.
MISSION: Teeth in the Dark (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Team Six discovers the culprit behind the civilian kidnappings. The day goes downhill from there.
MISSION: When the Reckoning Arrives | Interlude (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Genma and Kakashi find what's left of the civilians inside the mines. Then they find something far worse. On the surface, Raidou, Katsuko, and Ryouma battle the mountain's unexpected killers and try to buy their teammates some time.
Take the Heartland (Asuma) — The Fire Daimyo's palace is burning, and Asuma's world burns with it.
To the Rescue (Minato, Asuma, Kurenai) — Minato answers the Daimyou's plea for aid, and finds a palace of blood and smoke. Asuma needs to grieve, but Minato needs answers first.
MISSION: Suffering Fools (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Sometimes, the trickiest part of a mission is the logistics. With all members injured, including the medic, Team Six has to navigate their way to safety and home, but there's always more bad news.
MISSION: The Way Home (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — With Konoha facing an unknown threat, Team Six's promised rest and backup are smoke on the wind. Riverboat traders offer a way home—but Kakashi's not sure he can wait.
Ain't We All Just Runaways (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi, Naruto) — Mission complete and reports filed, Kakashi and Ryouma trudge back to the barracks and their beds. But when they're waylaid by a small blond whirlwind, plans—and attitudes—change.
As Shadows Grow Long (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko) — For the veterans of Team Six, the mission doesn't end when they reach Konoha's gates. There's paperwork, aftercare, a team medic that doesn't know when to take his own medicine, and Katsuko, who has her own brand of issues.
Done This Dance Before (Genma, Yuuichi) — Genma’s dad Yuuichi has spent his life around ninja—married to one, father to one, living in a ninja village—but he’s still not quite reconciled to the risks that come with the territory.
The Morning Breaks (Raidou, Katsuko) — After the events of last night, Katsuko takes the first step towards piecing herself back together. Raidou's there to let her know she's not alone.
Armor Wearing Thin (Genma, Ryouma) — Following a chance encounter in the Quartermaster's office, Genma offers Ryouma lunch—and an opportunity Ryouma'd never imagined.
We Started Nothing (Katsuko, Kakashi) — Unable to sleep, Kakashi and Katsuko deal with their issues the ninja way—denial and violence.
Leading the Lost Ones (Minato, Asuma, Kakashi, Naruto) — A week after the Guardian Twelve's attempted coup, Minato returns home with more burdens than just bodies.
Breakfast of Champions (Minato, Kakashi, Naruto) — There are no perfect ways to cope. But Minato finds a little comfort with his student and his son, and at Kakashi's insistence, a hot bath.
Shoot the Messenger (Genma, Kakashi) — Kakashi, in a rare communicative mood, delivers good news to Genma.
Diversionary Tactics (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Team Six returns to training with a vengeance, but some are more vengeful than others.
Reunions and Ruminations (Genma, Asuma, Kakashi) — In a year and a half apart, Asuma’s gained and lost a brotherhood, and Genma’s been promoted and stopped smoking (sort of). But nothing important has changed.
MISSION: Grow Teeth and Pursue (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — With a hasty recovery under their belts, Team Six sets out on a real ANBU mission. One that requires them to split up for sanctioned murder in the dark.
MISSION: No Quiet Man’s Descent (Raidou, Katsuko) — Raidou and Katsuko must execute a traitor, his wife, and their two young children. Complications arise, testing even veteran resolve. Graphic Violence
MISSION: Salt the Earth (Genma, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Genma, Kakashi, and Ryouma deliver the Hokage’s justice to another traitor and his family. The mission is brutal, murderous efficiency. The aftermath, involving one of Kirigakure’s most lethal ninja, is a bloodbath. Graphic Violence
MISSION: Guilty Filthy Souls (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Death is done, for now. Recovery is harder. Team Six bottles up in a safehouse to lick their wounds and deal with mission fallout.
MISSION: The High Road (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Kakashi wakes up drugged, injured, and worried by the scent of blood in the safe house. It isn't his.
MISSION: Rest for the Wicked (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Drinking games are surprisingly effective, even without the alcohol. In the quiet tension of a blood-stained bunker, Team Six finds common ground as they wait out the clock for rescue.
MISSION: One of Those Lives (Get Used to It) (Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi, Rin) — Team Six finally makes it home, where the warm arms of hospitals, Intel, and bad news awaits them. At least Kakashi is still too drugged to care, mostly.
Sound the Bells (Kurenai, Raidou, Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma) — Intel debriefers are meant to be calm, cool, and dispassionate. But when it comes to interrogating a dear friend and her commanding officers about the disaster at Tsurugahama, Kurenai finds it hard not to take a side.
Tell You My Sins (So You Can Sharpen Your Knife) (Raidou, Sagara, Kurenai, Genma, Ume, Shun) — With Intel's report collected and filed, Raidou reports to Sagara-sama, ANBU's commander, for her verdict on the mission.
Natural Disaster (Katsuko, Genma, Kakashi, Yuuichi, Ryouma) — Katsuko wakes from nightmares and tries to reassure herself that her team is all right. Genma’s father, Yuuichi, has much the same idea. A mid-morning meeting mostly brings awkwardness.
Little Lion Man (Naruto, Kakashi) — Naruto and his new housekeeper visit Kakashi in the hospital, bringing jello and presents, and dredging up old memories.
When Your World Starts Crashing Down (Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Genma's lost his appetite for delivering bad news, but Team Six still needs to be told about their captain.
Pour Me Something Stronger (Ryouma, Katsuko, Ayane, Hakone) — Barely recovered from the mission and still reeling from the news of Raidou's suspension, Ryouma seeks solace in a beer or five with a pair of fellow ANBU rookies.
Trouble Round My Door (Kurenai, Kakashi, Ryouma, Minato) — When Kakashi's cleared for debriefing, Kurenai volunteers. He's willing to answer her questions, for once — but Ryouma isn't so cooperative.
One of My Kind (Katsuko, Ryouma, Hakone) — Katsuko needs to focus on something besides her missing captain. Ryouma and his friend Hakone offer the perfect distraction.
God Save the Foolish Kings (Raidou, Shibata, Ume, Shun) — Raidou's dreaded appointment with T&I becomes even more terrifying when Shibata Tomohiro, the head of T&I, takes a personal interest in his case.
Bottle of Smoke (Aoba, Asuma, Genma) — Asuma helps Genma home from the hospital, shares a meal, and stays the night, but they don’t fit together the way they once did, and nothing is quite right.
Comfort Trap (Minato, Naruto, Rin, Kakashi) — Minato keeps his promise to spring Kakashi from the hospital—and brings Rin home as well, for their first family dinner since Kakashi joined ANBU.
Devil's Got My Secrets (Minato, Sagara, Shibata, Danzou) — Running a hidden village means making hard calls. Minato meets with two trusted advisers, and one unexpected intruder, to decide on a response to the disaster at Tsurigahama.
Follow My Lead (Genma, Asuma) — Asuma runs into sibling drama. Genma wasn’t planning to play family counselor, but his spur of the moment solution surprises them both.
The Summoning (Raidou, Usagi, Minato, Sagara, Shibata) — The Hokage has made his decision concerning Raidou’s fate. Raidou is called to the Palace to face the consequences of his actions at Tsurugahama.
Hold the Line (Raidou, Genma) — Finally released from limbo, Raidou tracks down Genma to talk over the next steps of his probation, including how Team Six will deal with their interim captain.
Break It Down by the Numbers (Genma, Katsuko, Ryouma, Kakashi) — Genma assembles the team to deliver Raidou’s news and take questions. And then it’s time for performance evaluations. Surprise!
Performance Reviews: Katsuko | Kakashi | Ryouma
Killing Time Between My Sins (Katsuko, Kakashi, Ryouma) — In an effort not to leave Kakashi alone to his own dark devices, Katsuko takes him shopping for sharp edges.
Devil in the Details (Genma, Katsuko, Kakashi, Ryouma, Kuroda) — Team Six finally learns who their interim captain will be. It takes a lot of sugar and caffeine to revive them afterwards, followed by a trip to the hospital.
All This and Heaven Too (Genma, Katsuko, Kakashi, Ryouma, Rin, Hisa) — Team Six is not usually in a position to be thanked, but when the little girl they rescued from the demon mines is recovered and ready to go home, her parents make a special request. (Features art from Leia Ham.)
A Loser's Just a Learner on His Way to Better Things (Genma, Ryouma, Yuuichi) — Ryouma drops by Genma's childhood home to pick up some medical scrolls for his new apprenticeship, and gets a few more things to think about.
What You Don't Know (Will Kill You) (Katsuko, Kuroda, Kakashi) — Katsuko spends her first day as an office lackey heroically not committing murder. Kakashi spends the day spying on his teammates for lack of anything better to do. Predictably, it all ends in violence.
Soldier On (Kurenai, Benihime, Raidou) — Raidou's genjutsu lessons begin. Yuuhi Benihime expects the impossible, but with Kurenai's help, Raidou will do his best to achieve it.
Down to the Bone (Ryouma, Ayane, Kakashi, Genma, Katsuko, Kuroda) — Determined to prove Kuroda wrong, Ryouma begins his basic medic training in earnest. Kakashi provides help--and dirty notes. But when the team regroups, Ryouma isn't the only one in Kuroda's sights.
When the Last Roll is Called (Genma, Kakashi, Katsuko, Ryouma, Raidou) — The active members of ANBU Team Six attend the funeral for their comrades from Team Twelve, and are surprised to find their suspended captain there. Before they can meet up with Raidou, a solemn stranger pulls Katsuko away.
Worth the Pain (Ryouma, Kakashi) — Ryouma and Kakashi go for shave ice and surgery.
The End Is Where We Begin (Genma, Raidou, Katsuko, Ume) — Genma breaks the news to Raidou, and Katsuko breaks both their hearts.
Laws of Gravity (Kakashi, Ryouma, Genma, Raidou) — Katsuko's gone with no one take the blame, leaving her teammates to recover as best they can.
MISSION: Red Sky at Morning (Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma, Kuroda, Raidou) — Three weeks after Katsuko's departure, Team Six gets its next mission. And a much-needed shower.
Dyed in the Wool (Kakashi, Ryouma, Hakone) — It’s not easy being grey.
June 12 - 14
MISSION: Soldiers Take Warning (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma, Kuroda, Kurenai, Usagi, Ginta, Satomi) — The mission to Kirigakure takes its first casualty.
MISSION: Red Sky at Night (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma, Kuroda, Kurenai, Usagi, Ginta, Satomi) — Water Country’s landscape is just as charming as its ninja.
MISSION: Soldiers Take Flight (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — Team Six faces hard choices. The escape from Kirigakure takes a second casualty.
MISSION: Red Seas at Dawn (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — Team Six would kill for a good night's sleep. They get sharks, fevers, and nightmares instead.
MISSION: Soldiers Don't Mourn (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma, Kuroda, Kurenai, Usagi, Ginta, Satomi) — Aboard ship, Team Six faces the consequences of their mission.
MISSION: The Sharpest Lives (Kakashi, Ginta, Kurenai, Ryouma, Genma, Raidou) — In the calm after the storm, Kakashi looks for ways to deal with Kuroda.
Light Me Up (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma, Usagi, Ginta, Kurenai, Hakone) — With the last reports filed, Teams Six and Thirteen meet up for drinks, dancing, and a night without regrets. …Well, two out of three ain't bad.
After the Rhythm and Booze (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — Team Six's version of a hangover cure involves some teeth of the dog.
Hard Came the Rain (Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma, Sagara) — When Genma is summoned before Sagara, his team goes with him.
MISSION: Fire in the Mountains (Kurenai, Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — Intel has another assignment for Team Six. This time, there's an expense account.
MISSION: Blood in the Shadows (Kurenai, Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — Missing sake isn't the only thing wrong in Tanigawa. No one thinks this mission is a cakewalk anymore.
MISSION: Lost in the Dark (Kurenai, Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — After a morning spar goes terribly wrong, a fractured Team Six races to recover.
MISSION: Trapped in Wonderland (Genma) — Meanwhile, tanuki...
MISSION: The Last of the Wine (Kurenai, Raidou, Genma, Kakashi, Ryouma) — Team Six finds Genma — and their mission objective.
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