Reviews for Trial by Ninja
Flight of the Valkyries chapter 5 . 7/27/2012
I think that Sakura should be Tsunade's Apprentice, but I also want to see a different Sakura then the one were usually presented with. Is it possible that Sakura will be able to go on missions with the jutsu theft squad every once in awhile? Anyway, I really like this chapter. Between All 3 members of team 7 being made chuunin and Sakura having to make a tough choice concerning her future, I'm really excited to see what happens next.
Flight of the Valkyries chapter 4 . 7/27/2012
Spectacular Chapter. Sakura has a backbone now, talking back at Sasuke and everything. I especially liked the bit where Sakura said she didn't think she was that far from Sasuke's level now. Also, Sakura's belief in Naruto is actually kind of touching.
Flight of the Valkyries chapter 3 . 7/27/2012
Sakura's fight with Dosu was awesome. Sure It didn't have any "banter" but I liked how realistic the combat was and I think you captured how Sakura fights pretty well. Looking forward to reading your next chapter.
Flight of the Valkyries chapter 2 . 7/27/2012
I like how Sakura and Ino renewed their friendship. In fact, I like everything.
Flight of the Valkyries chapter 1 . 7/27/2012
I like this story so far. I liked how Sakura was able to beat Ino. The fight in canon always seemed a bit unbelievable to me. Sakura gains the motivation escape the technique Ino uses and then the fight ends in a double knockout. I like how motivated Sakura is and how aware of her weaknesses she is.
akeginu chapter 5 . 7/18/2012
This chapter was incredible eventful! More of those great training scenes that I love, and now they seem to be getting more intense with the introduction of medical training and elemental chakra. After doing so well in the exams and invasion, I'm not surprised Sakura was promoted. But the speeches everyone got were great and it was heartwarming to see the whole team pass.

It's a shame Sasuke's good mood didn't last, though. While it's frustrating to see him try to desert again, not much has changed for them in this story so far. Except for wonderful Sakura foiling his plans ;) Might be nice to see him sulking a bit on the jutsu theft squad with Kakashi :P

On that note, I'm really looking forward to seeing Sakura grow. While I do love her growth in the series under Tsuande, I'm also curious about the other options she's been given here. I can't say I'll be disappointed no matter where you go with it, so long as we see what Sakura's rationale was.

Thanks for sharing everything so far and I look forward to the next update! :)
akeginu chapter 4 . 7/18/2012
There were a few lines in this chapter I really liked, like Sakura screaming at Sasuke, and then her (pretty insane thought) that, "He looked, Sakura thought, very manly." I'm glad she got some use out of the burrowing jutsu but it's a shame that it wasn't very effective against Sasuke. Because of the Sharingan, I assume?

The part with the ambush here was neat, too. And I thought it was really realistic earlier how she was still grappling with her first kill.

It'll be a shame to be all caught-up on this soon :(
akeginu chapter 3 . 7/18/2012
I really hadn't expected Sakura to kill him, but wow. It's a reality of being a ninja... and she's right about the absurdity of killing someone just for being in her way, but she's been on this path for awhile already, just hadn't yet come to terms with it.
akeginu chapter 1 . 7/18/2012
This is really interesting, I love these personal growth type stories! It's really satisfying to watch the characters develop, and I appreciate that you're doing it the 'hard' way instead of throwing superpowers out of nowhere.
Wavelet365 chapter 5 . 7/17/2012
So far, this is an excellent story. I'm particularly impressed with your use of Ebisu (who usually gets dismissed out of hand in both fanfiction and the series) and what you have done with Kabuto.

In this chapter, I found Tsunade's reasoning for promoting all of Team Seven to chunin unconvincing, but was otherwise remarkably pleased. The confrontation between Sasuke and Sakura was particularaly well done, as was, as usual, the brief training snippets with both the medical ninja and Ebisu. My only real complaint about the promotions is that Naruto got promoted. He's certainly strong enough, but would you really want pre-timeskip Naruto in charge of anything? While I think he's an excellent team member, I find the idea of him leading any sort of team terrifying, and chunin are supposed to be team leaders.

Regardless of that minor quibble, not only this chapter, but this story as a whole, has been a fantastic read. Your writing and pacing are both excellent, and you seem have a strong grasp of all the characters as well.

Well done, and keep up the good work.

As for Sakura's upcoming choice, I just hope that, whatever choice she makes, her motivation is not "I'm going to join the jutsu theft squad, so that I can be with Sasuke-kun! Shannaro! Love conquers all!"

Hopefully, this is not what you have planned, but I have to admit that it would be in character for Sakura (even as you've developed her here). Sakura's definitely become a better ninja in this story, but shed her Sasuke fangirl tendencies she has not.
Parselmaster chapter 5 . 7/16/2012
Haha, their system posted my review as a guest. Guess I timed out?


This is an incredible original plot with large amounts of potential. I like the more intelligent placement of Kabuto, how Sakura counteracted Sasuke to prevent him from leaving, how Sasuke and Kakashi have been placed on squad that would, at once, strengthen themselves and Konoha.

It is always pleasant to see an original plot.
Guest chapter 5 . 7/16/2012
This is an incredible original plot with large amounts of potential. I like the more intelligent placement of Kabuto, how Sakura counteracted Sasuke to prevent him from leaving, how Sasuke and Kakashi have been placed on squad that would, at once, strengthen themselves and Konoha.

It is always pleasant to see an original plot.
asredwer chapter 5 . 7/14/2012
Very good job with this chapter. I really liked how you did the part where Sasuke tries to leave the village. I also wonder which option Sakura will choose.

The jutsu theft squad would be interesting to read if you do that and not just do a time skip, but I think she will get stronger and be more useful to the team as a whole if she trained with Tsunade. Considering Sakura's low chakra, I don't think that she would even be able to perform most of the jutsu she would encounter on the theft squad, so it wouldn't be very helpful in improving the number of jutsu she can use. Plus she would get behind in her medical training, because I doubt Kakashi will know enough about that field to teach her much.

I look forward to seeing how things turn out in the next chapter.
Andelevion chapter 5 . 7/14/2012
I'm still iffy on Sakura still fangirling Over Sasuke, but this a much better bench scene. Update soon!
Kiireraev chapter 5 . 7/14/2012
I love this story. :D
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