Shinigami of the Four Winds
Hello, and welcome to my first story. This is my first time writing fan fiction, so please go easy on me in your reviews Also, I'd like to give a big shoutout to Rocker1600, probably one of the greatest Naruto/Bleach fan fiction writers on the site. He will be acting as my beta for this story.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto and/or Bleach
Opening Song: "Sign" by Flow (Naruto Shippuden)
Ending Song: "Hōkiboshi" by Younha (Bleach)
Before the Current Story Began…
In the Valley of the End, which bordered the lands of Fire and Sound, a battle was taking place beneath the statues of Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju. The battle was between two genin of Konoha, Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha. Sasuke had decided to leave Konoha and join forces with the vile Orochimaru in order to gain power to kill his brother Itachi, who was responsible for the massacre of the their clan while Naruto, who considered Sasuke his friend despite the way he had treated him, was a part of a squad sent to retrieve Sasuke. However, every other member had been forced to fight off Orochimaru's Sound 5 in order to allow Naruto to continue onwards. When Naruto had finally caught up with Sasuke, he tried to make his friend see the error of his ways, but it was only in vain as Sasuke refused to listen to his pleas. Both ninja fought with all their effort, both determined to defeat each other until, at the climax of the fight, Naruto prepared to use a Rasengan enhanced by the Kyubi's chakra while Sasuke prepared to use his Chidori enhanced by Orochimaru's Cursed Seal of Heaven. The two genin charged at each other, their jutsus colliding. It created a large explosion and shockwave, knocking the two ninja back.
Sasuke survived but was knocked unconscious and severely injured; Naruto, on the other hand, was not so lucky. The Chidori had pierced him straight through his chest, and the shockwave had knocked him into the lake below. To make matters worse, his body was paralyzed by electricity generated by the Chidori. As the darkness claimed him, Naruto decided to accept his fate. He was saddened by the fact that he would be able to fulfill his dream of becoming Hokage, but was glad he was able to stop Sasuke from making the wrong decision, which allowed him to die with a smile.
When he woke up, Naruto found himself in a place called the Soul Society, the home of the Shinigami, who ferried the departed souls into the afterlife. He was reunited with his parents, and was surprised to learn their identities, and several other former shinobi that had come before him. Naruto was also surprised to learn that the Kyubi, whose name turned out to be Kurama, had died with him as the Tailed Beast was now bound to the young genin's soul.
A month after initially reaching the Soul Society, Naruto decided to become a shinigami like his parents and enrolled in the Shino Academy. While at the Academy, he learned that nobody there really cared about him being a jinchuriki, and he did not suffer the prejudices he had to deal with when he was alive. Due to his exceptional growth rate, Naruto was considered to be a prodigy and one of the best students the Shino Academy ever had (which was ironic, considering that he was the dead last of the Konoha Ninja Academy). He was soon able to graduate in half a year's time, and was considered a genius, along the likes of Gin Ichimaru, Toshiro Hitsugaya, and Kaien Shiba.
After graduating, Naruto joined the 13th division of the Gotei 13. He was able to eventually gain Kurama's trust during this time and, with it, full access to his chakra (which had been converted into Reiatsu upon dying). Jushiro Ukitake, the 13th Division Captain who had taken a liking to the boy, decided to make the blonde his lieutenant, a position that had been vacant ever since the death of Kaien Shiba. He became well-liked by his subordinates and became good friends with Rukia Kuchiki, an unseated officer.
Naruto's new life was turned upside down two years later, however, when Rukia lost her powers to a human, and was subsequently arrested because of it; this would cause a chain of events that neither Naruto nor anyone else could've ever predicted…
Chapter 1 - The Calm Before the Storm
[Sokyoku Hill, Seireitei, Soul Society]
Underneath the main execution grounds and physical center of the Soul Society there was a secret underground area; it was a large cavern with several small cliffs and a few dead trees. Two men soon entered the training area; one of them appeared to be a man in his twenties while the other looked like a teenager.
The older man had bright blue eyes and spiky blond hair with two bangs framing his face. He wore a standard shinigami shihakusho with white tabi socks and black opened toed sandals. On his left arm was an armband with a badge that identified him as the lieutenant of the Fifth Division of the Gotei 13. A katana hung from the left side of his waist; it had a pure white sheath was pure and a pale yellow hilt while the tsuba was silver in color with a stylized flame pattern and shaped like a square with the corners cut off.
The teenager also had spiky blond hair and bright blue eyes. An interesting feature that he had were six marks, three on each cheek, which resembled whiskers. He also wore a shinigami shihakusho but with a few modifications. The sleeves of his kosode ended just below his elbows while shihakusho opened up a bit at his chest. He wore black, open toed sandals in place of the standard tabi and waraji and a burnt orange sash in place of the standard white one. He customized his outfit with a headband and necklace. The headband was made of black cloth and had a metal plate with the kanji for "shinigami" sewn on while the necklace consisted of a green crystal on a leather string. On the left side of his sash was a katana. It had a circular tsuba with a spiral pattern on it and a black hilt with burnt orange hilt wrappings. It was kept in an ebony black sheath.
The older man was Minato Namikaze, the former Yondaime Hokage in his past life and the current lieutenant of the Fifth Division, which was under the command Captain Sosuke Aizen while the teenager was Naruto Namikaze-Uzumaki, Minato's son and the lieutenant of the Thirteenth Division, under the command Captain Jushiro Ukitake. The father and son duo were currently at this secret training ground so that younger Namikaze could undergo his bankai training; this would be the first time, and hopefully the last time that Naruto would need to do this training.
As he walked into the training area Naruto let out a long whistle while taking a look around the area.
"I can't believe nobody has ever found this place before, Dad," Naruto said to Minato, who turned around and gave his son a warm smile.
"Well, rumor has it that this training area was created by the former captains of the Second and Twelfth Divisions before they left the Soul Society with nine other shinigami," Minato explained.
Naruto scowled upon hearing his dad's explanation.
"Why do I have a feeling that that snake Aizen was behind their exile?" Naruto asked rhetorically with a hint of venom when he said the Fifth Division Captain's name.
Due to his life back in Konoha Naruto had develpoed into a very empathetic person and, as a result of this, he was able to easily see through the act that Aizen was putting on since he first arrived in the Soul Society three years. He knew that the Sosuke Aizen that everyone else saw, the kind person that treated his subordinates with kindness and compassion, was just a mask he put on and he had a feeling that Aizen was up to something. Naruto had relayed his suspicions to his father and mother, Kushina Uzumaki, the Third seated officer of the Fifth Division, though they also were suspicious of their own Captain well before Naruto arrived. This information was soon disseminated among the other shinobi turned shinigami who, having realized the seriousness of the situation, decided that they should prepare to confront Aizen before he made his move, whatever that move may be.
That move, however, came much sooner than they expected and it struck close to home, so to speak, for Naruto when Rukia Kuchiki, one of the other members of the Thirteenth Division, was arrested in the World of the Living and was sentenced be to be executed by Central 46, the main governing body of the Soul Society. The suspicious nature of Rukia's arrest and punishment left little doubt in the minds of the former shinobi that Aizen had hand in this; the fact that it was Rukia of all people who had to suffer due to Aizen's manipulations was what really got Naruto's blood boiling.
The former shinobi wasted no time in preparing for a confrontation with Aizen but they were now racing against the clock; Naruto and Minato were already stretching their luck as Rukia's execution was to take place eight days from now.
"Alright! Let's get started!" Minato said enthusiastically as he clapped his hands together.
"Since we're pressed for time as it is, I'm giving you a limit of three days to achieve Bankai. You must subjugate your zanpakuto's materialized spirit in those three days. If you can't, then you'll just have to confront Aizen without bankai. Do you understand?" Minato asked as he wanted to make sure his son understood exactly what he was saying
"Don't worry, Dad. I'll achieve Bankai in half that time." Naruto said as he flashed a confident grin.
Minato returned the expression.
"You remind me of your mother so much. Now then, please activate your shikai," Minato instructed.
Naruto nodded and unsheathed his zanpakuto, holding up in the air with his right hand. Concentrating, he took a deep breath and said the release command.
"Break through the storm, Kaze no Moi (Fury of the Winds)," Naruto yelled.
Orange colored spiritual energy suddenly covered the sword which was then overlapped by a small cyclone. The cyclone dissipated, revealing Kaze no Moi's shikai state. It took the form of a chokuto sword with a katana-like hilt. The blade was three feet in length that was silver in color while the hilt was a dark red color. Attached to the base of the hilt was a leather strap with three charms on it. The first charm took the appearance of a red Uzumaki clan symbol, the second charm took the form of the kanji for wind, and the third charm took the form of the kanji for shinobi.
Naruto twirled the sword in his hands before resting it on his shoulder by the flat part of the blade.
"Very good. Now, focus your reiatsu into your sword and have Kaze no Moi materialize," Minato said.
Naruto gave a nod in affirmation and pointed his blade in front of him. He began to focus his reiatsu into the sword until the blade was completely covered in an orange aura. Suddenly, the reiatsu shot out like a bolt of lightning and hit one of the cave's walls, creating a large cloud of dust. The cloud slowly started to dissipate, revealing a silhouette hidden within it.
"Well, well, well… it took long enough to decide to train for bankai; though I'm still surprised that you even had the guts to try, Naruto." the silhouette said; as the dust clouds finally disappeared the manifested spirit of Naruto's zanpakuto, Kaze no Moi (or Kaze for short), was finally visible.
He took the form of a man who looked like he was in his late twenties, just like Minato, with a slightly muscular build. He had spiky, blood red hair that ended midway down his back, with two bangs framing his face, while his emerald green eyes had slit-shaped pupils.
Kaze wore a dark red haori with sleeves that ended midway at the forearms, a black flame pattern along the hemline, and a black spiral on the back. Along with the coat, he wore a mesh armor undershirt, a black hakama with a red sash, and geta-style sandals. He also had a spiral tattoo on his stomach that had two half-circles above the top and bottom of it. Each half circle had four protrusions on it pointing away from the spiral (A/N: think of the Eight Trigrams Sealing Style seal and you get the picture).
In his right hand he held a customized straight blade katana that took the form of his shikai state. The blade was three and a half feet long and was black with a silver edge to it. Unlike the blade Naruto wielded, however, the hilt of the blade Kaze carried was a burnt orange color and had black hilt wrappings. In place of the leather strap there was a thin chain that had one charm on it, the kanji for "wind god". The tsuba was still circular with a spiral pattern on it, but had four protrusions on the top and bottom of the circle.
Naruto gave Kaze a smirk as he held is chokuto in a two handed grip.
"I'll achieve bankai in less a day, you can be sure of that," the young Uzumaki declared.
"Overconfident as always, aren't we?" Kaze replied as he gave Naruto a smirk of his own.
"Don't underestimate me. I'm not cocky and impulsive like I was three years ago," Naruto stated defiantly.
"Yes, but you're still as dense as you've always been," Kaze said in a mocking manner.
The smirk on Kaze's face grew as his insult got his desired reaction out of Naruto if the visible vein that popped out of Naruto's forehead was a sign of anything
"Shut up! I was able to graduate from the Shino Academy in less than a year, for Kami's sake!" Naruto snapped back.
Minato intervened before the insults escalated into something worse.
"Will you two please stop fighting?" the former Hokage kindly asked with no visible sign of irritation in his voice. He knew he had to stop the fight between his son and the materialized spirit of his son's zanpakuto before things got really ugly really.
"Fine. The sooner we're done here the sooner I can go back to pissing off my roommate." Kaze said, referring to Kurama who was just as annoyed by the zanpakuto spirit's taunts as Naruto was, as he lazily held his katana in front of him in a one-handed grip.
"Your challenge is simple enough. You just have to defeat me in armed combat. You can use anything you need to fight me with. Kido spells, zanjutsu, and even shunpo are fair; the only exception to this is Kurama's reiatsu which you cannot use under any circumstances. Do you understand?" the manifested zanpakuto explained.
"Yep," Naruto replied.
"By the way, you'll have to defeat me quickly… because I will kill you if you don't. Are you ready?" Kaze said in a nonchalant manner. Naruto paled slightly at hearing this but soon regained his composure.
"Good. Now then… let's fight!" Kaze yelled out as he charged his master.
Kaze attempted to attack Naruto with a diagonal slash, but Naruto parried the attack and responded with a series of slashes. Both of them locked blades again and then separated themselves by around fifty feet.
Clutching his chokuto in his right hand, Naruto then pointed his left index finger at where the manifested zanpakuto was.
"Hado #4: Byakurai (Pale Lightening)" he said as he generated a concentrated lightning bolt at the tip of his finger which he then fired at Kaze.
The materialized zanpakuto easily got out of the way of the Kido spell; Naruto then flash stepped in front of Kaze with his zanpakuto raised in the air with both hands grasping it.
"Suikawari (Watermelon Splitting)" Naruto yelled out as he attempted to cut Kaze in half.
The zanpakuto spirit simply dodged the attack with graceful ease; Naruto ended up hitting a boulder instead of his zanpakuto's spirit, cutting it through cleanly like a hot knife through butter. As Naruto recovered from his attack, he looked up and saw that Kaze was standing on top of a boulder with his katana resting on his shoulders and had the same smirk still planted on his face.
"Is that all you got? Beginning level Kido spells and a few Zanjutsu techniques? I was expecting much more from you, Naruto," the zanpakuto said in an insulting tone.
"Heh. I'm just getting warmed up!" Naruto shouted as he charged at Kaze, holding his chokuto in a two handed grip.
Minato, meanwhile, had taken position by a few dead trees, and was now watching his son's fight with the manifested Kaze no Moi
"This should certainly be interesting," Minato thought to himself as he watched Naruto parry another one of the zanpakuto spirit's attacks...
11 Hours Later...
Only half a day had passed nto Naruto's three day Bankai Training period and he was already forced onto the defensive. The young Uzumaki has a hard blocking Kaze's fierce and precise attacks; to end the barrage of attacks Naruto and even tried to trap the manifested zanpakuto in one of his mid-level Bakudo spells, but Kaze managed to slip from his master's grasp, if only barely. What annoyed Naruto more than anything else was that Kaze appeared to be simply toying with him.
As he put a few yards between himself and the manifested spirit of his zanpakuto Naruto sighed; he had hoped that he wouldn't have to use this next move but Kaze had now forced his hand.
Naruto sheathed his chokuto into his sash; this surprised of both Minato and Kaze, though Kaze only reacted by raising an eyebrow at this and Minato didn't even visibly react at all.
"That's it? Are you giving up already? I thought you were going to give it your all," Kaze taunted.
"I am not throwing in the towel just yet. I'm just going to try a new technique I've been working on," Naruto said in response.
Before the manifested zanpakuto could question him on this statement, Naruto flash stepped away. Kaze started to look around where his master was only to stop when his master flash stepped in front of him; the zanpakuto by what he saw. Naruto's arms and legs were now covered by what appeared to be a shroud of his reiatsu that both Minato and Kaze noted to be similar to the Shunko technique Soifon used in her last match with Naruto; unlike the one the Captain 2nd Division used, however, Naruto's version took the the form of orange flames instead of white lightning and, in Naruto's case, the orange flames reiatsu shroud was visible.
Before anyone realized what was happening the blonde haired lieutenant suddenly sucker punched Kaze in the face and immediately followed up with a round house kick to his stomach. The force of the punch stunned Kaze while the kick sent the manifested spirit flying into the air. Naruto continued with his assault by flash stepping in front of Kaze and delivering a barrage of punches to his head and torso. Before the zanpakuto spirit could even react to getting hit, Naruto finished his barrage with a right uppercut; the force of the last punch sent Kaze flying up into the air his materialized form spinning like a top.
Realizing that his zanpakuto spirit was finished Naruto flash stepped above where Kaze was as he held his right leg held straight in the air, intending to add insult to Kaze's injury. Using all of his strength Naruto slammed his leg down onto Kaze's stomach which caused the manifested zanpakuto to fall like an anchor and crash into the ground which creating a small crater in the process.
When Kaze regained his senses after several minutes he found that Naruto was standing above him; the shinigami had his foot pressed against Kaze's chest while the tip of his chokuto was now millimeters from manifested zanpakuto's throat. Instead of his usual smirk the manifested Kaze now had a small grin on his face.
"That was a pretty impressive technique you used there. I'm guessing that was Shunko, correct?" he asked.
"Yeah, though it's a special version that I created myself after seeing Soifon using her version; it's so new that I haven't even named it yet. I even helped Soifon some up with the name Shunko before I even began creating this version," Naruto explained
Kaze slowly got up, wincing in pain. He straightened out his mesh shirt and started to dust off his haori, surprising Naruto with his lack of severe injuries. As soon as he was finished dusting off his coat Kaze looked at Naruto and gave him a smile.
"Congratulations, Naruto; you've actually managed to achieve Bankai in less than a day," Kaze said in a mocking tone...
Next Time - The Ryoka
A/N: I plan on having a few OST scenes later in the chapter, beginning with either chapter three or four. Also, here is a listing of the shin obi in the Gotei 13:
2nd Division (Captain Soifon):
Haku Yuki - Lieutenant
Marechiyo Ōmaeda, 3rd Seat
5th Division (Captain Sosuke Aizen):
Minato Namikaze - Lieutenant
Kushina Uzumaki - 3rd Seat
Momo Hinamori - 4th Seat
9th Division (Captain Kaname Tosen):
Fugaku Uchiha - Lieutenant
Shuhei Hisagi - 3rd Seat
Mikoto Uchiha - 4th Seat
11th Division (Captain Kenpachi Zaraki):
Yachiru Kusajishi - Lieutenant
Ikkaku Madarame - 3rd Seat
Zabuza Momochi - 4th Seat
Yumichika Ayasegawa - 5th Seat
13th Division (Captain Jushiro Ukitake)
Naruto Uzumaki - Lieutenant
Kiyone Kotetsu & Sentarō Kotsubaki - 3rd Seat
Rukia Kuchiki - Unseated