Disclaimer: Naruto was created by Masashi Kishimoto, published in Shonen Jump magazine, and distributed by Aniplex and TV Tokyo, in Japan and Viz Media, in the US. Bleach was created by Tite Kubo, published by Shonen Jump magazine, and distributed by TV Tokyo, in Japan, and Viz Media, in the US. To put it plainly, I don't own any of it. How I wish I did, though...
A/N: Hey everyone, It's Southern Shinigami. I know I've got another fic out there, that hasn't been worked on, but it's cool. It's actually being re-worked, into something better (hopefully). So, that won't be my official return to Fanfiction. This one, on the other hand, will be. This one's on the fly, and I'm not sure how it's gonna work, but read, review, and give me some honest feedback. Anyways, here it is. Hope you enjoy it!!
Universal Switch by Southern Shinigami
Chapter 1: Freaky Friday... without the Friday
The sun shined through the window, as morning crept up on the town. Outside, birds could be heard chirping, people could be heard moving towards their destinations. The hustle and bustle of the morning rush woke up 15 year-old Naruto Uzumaki from his slumber, with a slight headache. "Ohhhh..." he said, rubbing his right temple. "What a night. How'd I get here, dattebayo? Last I remember I was at Ichiraku Ramen with Iruka-sensei. I don't remember anything after that." He opened his eyes, after rubbing them, to see that he was not in his own place. "Huh?" He looked around the room. "This doesn't look like Iruka-sensei's place." He looked to his left to see a stuffed lion on the floor. "And he doesn't have stuffed animals, dattebayo. Where am I?" Suddenly, Naruto's wondering and questioning of where he was was interrupted by the immediately annoying yell of a much older, yet unidentifiable man.
"GOOOOOD MORNNNINGGGGG, ICHIGOOOOOOOO!"
Naruto turned towards the window to see a middle-aged man, wearing blue jeans, a button-down shirt, and a doctor's coat, barreling towards the window, feet first. Oh crap!, he thought. What the hell? Okay, I'll just use a Substitution Jutsu to avoid it. Unfortunately, it didn't work. What? What's happening? Why can't I sub out? He reached for his kunai and shuriken. Fine, I'll just reach for my- Only to find that they weren't there. What? Where are my ninja tools? What's going on here? The man was getting closer, and picking up speed. "Oh, what the hell!!" At the last minute, Naruto moved out of the way, and avoided the insane man's missile drop kick.
The man crashed into a wall, and was bent forward. "Ohhhh..." the man moaned.
"YOU DOBE!" Naruto yelled angrily, as he put his foot on the man's face. "WHO SENT YOU?"
"Sent me? What are you talking about?" The man said. "I was just testing you, my chakunan."
"WHAT IN THE HELL? I'M NOT YOUR SON! AND IF I WERE, WHAT KIND OF PERSON ATTACKS THEIR OWN SON, WHILE THEY'RE STILL IN BED?"
"What? What do you mean you're not my son, Ichigo?"
"Ichigo?" Naruto said, confused. "Who's Ichigo?" Naruto let the man up from the floor.
"You're Ichigo, Ichigo." The man said, as he got up, and pulled a picture out of his wallet. "See? This is you and your family!" He looked at the picture, to see four people in it. The man pointed to the people in the picture. First, to himself, wearing an outfit similar to what he was wearing now. His face had black spiky hair, black eyes, and a five o'clock shadow. "That's me, Isshin Kurosaki, your dad." Then to the little girl, with brown hair and brown eyes, wearing a yellow dress. "These are your shimai, Yuzu," and the to the other girl, with black hair and black eyes, wearing a hat, a white and purple shirt and blue shorts. "and Karin." Finally, he pointed to the young man with orange hair, brown eyes, wearing a grey jacket and grey pants. "And that's you, Ichigo Kurosaki!"
Naruto looked at the man, like he was insane. This guy's nuts! He thought. That looks nothing like me! "Sorry, jiji." He said. "But, that looks nothing like me!"
Isshin looked at Naruto confused. "What are you talking about?" He, then, pulled out a mirror and showed it to him. "You look just like the picture!" Naruto looked in the mirror, to see a wide-eyed version... of the person Isshin had showed him in the picture. What the? What in the world? Isshin was right. Gone was the blond hair, blue eyes, facial whiskers, and Konoha hitai-ate. Instead was everything that Isshin had showed him. That's not me! He thought. This is the fox's doing! It has to be! Hey Fox!, he said to himself. What's goin' on here? What did you do to me? He heard no response. Fox, wake up! You there? Still, no response. Then, he tried to feel for the fox, but felt nothing. Fox? Foooooox? Nothing. Kyubi no Yoko wasn't there. Naruto's eyes, suddenly, showed fear and uncertainty. "What the hell? Wha-what's goin' on here?"
"Ichigo, are you okay?" Isshin said, with concern.
"My-my-my name's not Ichigo... it's-it's-it's Na-" was all he could get out before he fainted, landing on the bed.
"Ichigo, you okay?" Isshin said. "Ichigo? IchiGOOOOOOOO!!"
Meanwhile, in another realm...
"Ohhh man." Ichigo Kurosaki said as he woke up. "My head hurts. Last thing I remember, I was with Chad, Rukia, Inoue, Tatsuki, Ishida, and the others. What did we do last night?" He opened his eyes fully, to see that he was not in his own room. "What the hell? Whose place is this?" It didn't look like anyone's place he recognized. He looked to his right, to see a picture on the end table. He picked up the picture, to see four people: a silver-haired man with one-eye, a black haired, black eyed boy wearing a blue shirt, a pink haired girl wearing a pink dress, and a blond haired, blue eyed boy with whiskers, wearing an orange jumpsuit. They were all wearing the same emblem on their head. They must be some kind of gang or something. He thought. Was I captured by a gang? Geez, those guys really hate my hair. They don't give up! As he got up, suddenly someone came through the window.
"Naruto, what are you doing?" It was an older version of the pretty pink-haired girl from the picture. "You missed practice! Yamato-sensei isn't happy about that."
Ichigo looked at her like she grew two heads. "What did you just call me?" He asked.
"I called you by your name, you dobe." The girl said. "What's up with you today, Naruto?"
"That's my line, first of all." Ichigo replied. "Secondly, who in the hell are you, and more importantly, who the hell is Naruto?"
Now it was the girl's turn to look at him, like he had two heads. "What are you talking about, Naruto? I'm Sakura, remember? Sakura Haruno? We've been teammates for over five years, and known each other, even more."
Ichigo was confused. "What are you talkin' about? I've never seen you around Karakura Town or the Soul Society. Who the hell are you?"
"Karakura Town? Soul Society?" Sakura replied. "Naruto, what are you talking about?"
"And stop callin' me a fishcake." He said. "My name is Ichigo Kurosaki."
"And callin' you a strawberry is a step up, you dobe? You really are nuts." She fired back.
"Now, listen up lady, " he said, making Sakura realize that something was up. Naruto would never snap at her like that, at all. "My name is Ichigo. Not some baka named Naruto."
"Lady?" she said with concern, approaching him. "Don't you know me at all, Naruto?" She picked up the picture next to him. "Look, see the one with the pink hair? That's me, five years ago."
"I figured that out, when you jumped through the window."
She rolled her eyes. "Anyway, the raven-haired one, wearing blue, is Sasuke Uchiha." Sakura hoped that that would jog his memory. I know he won't forget him. But...
"So what? What about him?" He said, with an attitude.
That comment shocked her. Oh my... Naruto would NEVER say that... "Um okay." Then she pointed to the older one in the photo. "The one with the grey hair, looking like a scarecrow, is our Jonin sensei, Kakashi Hatake." Finally, she pointed to him. "And the last one in the picture, with the blond hair and the orange jumpsuit, is you, Naruto Uzumaki."
Ichigo gave her the two-headed look again. "You're insane! That's not me. My hair's orange and my eyes are brown."
Sakura gave him that look back. "No, it isn't. You have blond hair and blue eyes." She pulled him in front of his mirror, and he saw that she was totally right.
What the hell? That's not me!! Ichigo got in closer to her. "What kind of sick joke is this?"
"What?" Sakura said, a little frightened. "W-what are you talking about?"
"Was it Keigo? Huh? Is this payback for not hanging out with him?" He said, freaking out.
"What? Keigo? Who the hell is that?" She yelled back.
"Or was it Renji? I swear, I'll get that teme!!"
"Naruto, who the hell are these people?"
"And stop calling me Naruto, Pinky! It's Ichigo! Ichigo Kurosaki!!"
There it was. Sakura had had enough. "NA-RU-TOOOOOOO!!"
"I told you, that's not-" was all he got out, as she knocked his lights out.
Back at the Kurosaki Clinic/Residence in Karakura Town...
"Is he okay?"
"I don't know. He just fainted."
"He fainted, huh? Did you attack him when he woke up, again?"
"Well... uh... maybe..."
"You really should stop that, you baka."
"It's not his fault Ichigo didn't notice him."
"HA! See Karin? Yuzu agrees!!"
"Guys, shut up. He's waking up."
"He's waking up!"
Naruto, or Ichigo as they see him, woke up from his slumber, holding his head. "Ohhh... my head." His eyes focused to see all of the people from the picture. "AAAAHHHHH!! I'M STILL HERE!!"
"Ichigo! Calm down!" the blond haired girl replied.
"Not you, too!" Naruto/Ichigo replied. "My name's not Ichigo! It's Naruto! NA-RU-TO!" He looked around at surroundings, where he saw a few chairs, a couch, and a television set. On the wall, he saw a large poster of a beautiful woman, with the name, 'Masaki Kurosaki' under them.
"You see? You see?" Isshin said. "He thinks he's some guy named 'Fishcake'!"
The dark-haired little girl, Karin, shook her head in shame of her father. "You moron. It's not a translated name. He claims his name is Naruto."
Naruto/Ichigo grinned. "See? She believes me."
"I never said that, Ichigo."
He facevaulted. "Come on! You just said that-"
"I just said that your name isn't something as ridiculous as 'Fishcake', that's all." Karin replied. "I never agreed with you."
He sighed. "You're killin' me here."
Suddenly, the door opened, and in came a young lady, with black hair and black eyes. As soon as she walked into the room, he felt something from her. Some kind of power. Who is that? And why am I feeling a strange energy from her? That's not chakra, I can say that much. He thought.
"Hello everyone." The woman said. "Am I interrupting anything?"
Isshin turned, looked at her, and smiled. "Ah, hello Rukia!" He replied. "Don't worry, it's nothing. Just trying to talk some sense into Ichigo, here."
"How many times do I have to tell you?!" Naruto/Ichigo said angrily. "My name is Naruto Uzumaki, from Konoha!"
Konoha? Rukia thought. Where have I heard that name before? "Ichigo didn't bump his head, did he?"
"He's physically fine, Rukia." Isshin replied. "He's just thinks he's some guy named Fishcake."
"The name is Naruto, not Fishcake, otousan." Karin, again, reminded him.
Rukia Kuchiki walked up to him and stared at him for a few minutes. Hmmm... She thought. He looks like Ichigo. So, why is he claiming to be- Suddenly, she felt a surge of power. What the? What is this power? This isn't reiatsu? I've never felt this before. What is it?
"Is something wrong, Rukia?" Yuzu asked her.
"No, Yuzu." She replied. I need to figure out what's wrong with Ichigo, and what's this power I'm getting from him. "Everything's okay. Hey,. Kurosaki-San?"
She smiled at him. "Mind if I have a some time alone with Ichigo? Maybe I can jog his memory."
Angrily, Naruto/Ichigo said, "Hey! Is anybody listening to me? I said I'm Naru-"
"Sure, Rukia!" Isshin said, smiling. "Anything for you, dear. Come on, girls!"
"Okay, Father!" Yuzu followed Isshin out of the door. Karin was almost out, when she turned to Rukia. "He'll be okay. Right, Rukia?"
She nodded. "Yes, Karin. He'll be okay. I'll try to jog his memory." Karin smiled, as she walked out of the room, leaving Naruto/Ichigo and Rukia. "Alright, Ichigo. What's going on?"
"What are you talking about?" I'm fine. And my name's not Ichigo, damnit. It's Naruto!"
So, he's sticking to his story, even with me. She thought. "Okay then. If your name is, indeed, Naruto Uzumaki, then tell me this. Where is Ichigo Kurosaki?"
Naruto looked at her, like she made no sense. "Who's that? I've never heard that name here in Konoha."
Konoha. There's that name again. Why does that sound so familiar? "Um, this isn't Konoha."
"What?" he said, hysterically. "Then where am I? Sunagakure no Sato? Yukigakure no Sato ?"
She sighed. "You are in a suburb town of Tokyo, Japan. You are in Karakura Town."
"WHAT?!" He yelled. "This isn't Konohagakure no Sato or Hi no Kuni?"
She looked at him, confused. "Village Hidden in the Leaves? Land of Fire? What in the world are you-" Suddenly, Rukia's Soul Pager went off. "Uh oh."
"What?" Naruto/Ichigo asked.
"We got trouble." She said, as she put on a blue glove, with a flaming skull. At least, Ichigo's soul is the same. "Come on, let's go." Rukia rushed him, with the glove, at his forehead, pushing Ichigo's Shinigami form out of his body.
Or so it should have...
The soul she pushed out wasn't one of a orange-haired, brown eyed, fifteen year-old, wearing a shihakushō, with the zanpakuto, Zangetsu on his back. Instead, it was a blond-haired, blue eyed, sixteen year-old, with facial marks, resembling whiskers, wearing an orange and black jumpsuit. On his forehead, was a hitai-ate, with a metal plate in the middle. In the center of that plate, was a swirling emblem, with an pointed arrow, resembling a leaf.
Oh Kami... Rukia Kuchiki thought, as she came to the realization that... He was telling the truth. That's not Ichigo!!
"What the hell?" Naruto said "What the hell just happened?"
Meanwhile, somewhere else...
Where the hell am I? Am I dead? Did I die, when that pink girl punched me? Ichigo thought. This doesn't look like the Seireitei or the Rukongai area. He wondered around , what seemed like a dark red sewer, for what seemed like hours to him. This time, however, he was in his shihakushō, complete with his Zanpakuto, Zangetsu. Suddenly, he came to a giant gate with a tag on the middle of it, that said "seal". What in the world is this? As he walked up to attempt to touch the cage, a loud roar came from the direction of the cage, and the figure of a giant, demonic-looking fox appeared before him. The fox had a very evil-looking grin.
"Kit? Is that you? Your energy is different." the fox said "What is it that you want?
"'Kit'? What in the hell are you talking about?" A confused Ichigo asked. "Who, or what in the hell are you?"
The fox looked down at the subsitute shinigami. "What? You are not my jailer, Naruto? Who are you, and why are you here?"
Ichigo smirked at the creature, not showing any fear(and he had some, that's for sure). "Isn't it improper to ask someone their name, without telling yours first?"
"Heh heh heh. Such impudence, you remind me of my kit. Very well, then. I am the Kyubi no Yoko. I am the most powerful force in all of the world." the Kyubi remarked. "Now, tell me. Who are you?"
"My name is Ichigo Kurosaki." he replied. "Now, that the introductions are out of the way, tell me what are you, where am I, and how did I get here."
The Kyubi's grin got bigger(if that's at all possible). "Did you not hear me? I am the Kyubi no Yoko. I am a very powerful force. We are in my prison, the body of the child of the Yondaime Hokage, Minato Namikaze. The body of Naruto Uzumaki."
Ichigo was clearly confused. "Okay. Now. How did I get here, and how do I get-"
"SILENCE!! I have a question now." the fox demanded. "You have tremendous power, but it is not Chakra, it's Reiatsu. So, my question is, are you here to take me, Shinigami?"
"What? What are you talking about?" he said, even more confused.
"You are wearing a shihakushō , and your Zanpakuto is released in its Shikai form." Kyubi said. "I can even hear it's name. Zangetsu, is it? You should be informed that that will not defeat me."
Ichigo smirked. "Well then. If that's the case," he said as he pointed his Zanpakuto towards him, "then how about this? BAN-"
It grinned, and interrupted him. "So, you have achieved Bankai, yet you are not a captain. Interesting. I have much to ask you and your Zanpakuto. But, perhaps later."
"What? What do you mean?"
"Because, you are about to rejoin the world of the living."
A/N: So, our two heroes are in each other's dimensions... in each other's bodies! So far, Ichigo's met Sakura and the Kyubi no Yoko, and Naruto's met the Kurosaki clan and Rukia. What in the world can happen next? Who else will Ichigo meet in Konoha? Will he have to fight the enemies of the Leaf? Who else will Naruto meet in Karakura? Will he visit Soul Society? Come on back to find out next week!!
Oh, here's some translations for you:
Kyubi no Yoko: The Nine-Tailed Demon Fox
Hitai-ate: Forehead Protector
shihakushō: Traditional Shinigami outfit
chakunan: Eldest son
Yukigakure no Sato: Village Hidden in the Snow(from Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow)
Jiji: Old man
Anyways, the next episode will be up in a week or so, so read and review. I like criticism and any ideas you might think could work. Don't mind flames either. They only fill up my Power of Youth!! Believe it!