ANBU Legacy is a collaborative serial novel based on the world of Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. It follows an alternate timeline, taking place in a Konoha where the Yondaime defeated the Kyuubi — and lived. Set approximately four years after that event, Legacy is focused on the young men and women of ANBU, who took the vow to defend the Hokage and their village at all costs.


Legacy is super queer, imperfectly feminist, and extremely violent. All content should be considered Mature (for readers 18+ only). The world of ANBU Legacy is inherently a darker world than Naruto canon, and the story includes abuse, murder, suicide, explicit sexual content, and graphic violence.

There are giant leeches, mythical beings, Disaster Bisexuals, bureaucracy, politics, and performance reviews. People you like will die, and people you hate will not.

But there’s also hope, healing, talking dogs, excellent food, living parents, and a continuing question of how to be a good person in an amoral world.

Welcome to our Sad Bisexual Murder Adventures!

About the Authors

ANBU Legacy is the creation of three writers, Nezu, Ki, Saunter, and our wonderful editor and writer, Aubrey. We originally had two additional writers, GM and Zuul, who have since gone on to other projects. Each writer handles the POV for several characters, and we all share the load for minor characters.

How ANBU Legacy Came to Be

Contact the ANBU Legacy Writers.


Ki lives in Toronto with her wife Aubrey and their tabby cat, Lynx. She works in legal services. When she’s not toiling over tax law, on ANBU Legacy, or on her original fiction, she enjoys baking, sci-fi and fantasy novels, and Chinese and Korean dramas. She really misses traveling. You can find more of her writing on Archive of Our Own as Kilerkki.

Ki writes Tousaki Ryouma, Namikaze Minato, Uzumaki Naruto, Yuuhi Kurenai, and Nijo Kozue.


Saunter (formerly DK) is a half-British expat who lives with his fiancee, two roommates, four dogs, three cats, a multitude of chickens, and one stray turkey. He’s blond, trans, taller than you, works in an emergency vet clinic by day and attempts ill-advised kitchen experiments by night. His recent hobbies include wedding planning, horror movies, wedding planning, studying to get into vet school, wedding planning, being a cryptid on the internet, and wedding planning. His soul is still blue and smells faintly of cedar. You can find him on AO3 at saunterleftside.

Saunter writes Namiashi Raidou, Hatake Kakashi, Sagara Okiku, Usagi Ikuyo, and Vice Commander Kuroda.


Nezu lives near Portland, Oregon, with four pet ferrets and a glorious view of Mount Hood. He’s trans, queer, feminist, and in very good shape— What? Round is a shape! He’s a wheelchair user with a less-than-factory-standard immune system, so most days managing his health is a full-time job. He misses being a UX designer, but becoming disabled allowed him to become a writer, and that more than makes up for it. When he’s not writing he sings tenor, does the occasional sketch or painting, and collects Japanese woodblock prints, pretty rocks, and large piles of clean laundry that need folding. You can find him on AO3 as nezuko.

Nezu writes Shiranui Genma, Shiranui Yuuichi, Shibata Hakone, Shibata Tomohiro, Sakamoto Ginta, and Jiraiya. He formerly wrote Shimura Danzou.


Aubrey is very petite, very loud, and very Canadian. She spends her weekdays wrangling high school students, and her weekends wrangling Legacy writers – which is a considerably more pleasant task. Aside from editing, she also occasionally writes and commentates on Legacy chapters. She lives in Toronto with Ki and the aforementioned Sweetest Cat Ever. She can be found on AO3 as aubreyli.

Aubrey is our critical and constructive editor. She first contributed dialogue for the tanuki kits and now writes Shimura Danzou, Nohara Rin, and Orochimaru.

Retired Writers


GM rules her small fiefdom of terror in upstate New York. By day, she is a very poor college student. By night, she is still a very poor college student but more exhausted. Her hobbies include stealing other people’s food and challenging inanimate objects to fights. She is on Tumblr as gunmetal-blue.

GM, who has retired from ANBU Legacy, wrote Ueno Katsuko and Nohara Rin.


Zuul’s lifeform resides in the sunshine state, with two lovely ladies, a dog, three cats, and probably 300 dust bunnies. Her hobbies include not following directions, never finishing projects, power tools, and sleeping. Her Tumblr handle is iamtehzuul, because she’s slow about social media and didn’t join early enough to grab her typical username.

Zuul, who has retired from ANBU Legacy, wrote Sarutobi Asuma.

The world of Naruto was created by Kishimoto Masashi; ANBU Legacy is a derivative work.

Original characters, plots, and settings, however, are ours.

ANBU Legacy is an ongoing work, serialized irregularly and freely available online.

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ANBU Legacy © Kilerkki, Nezu, DK, Aubrey, Gunmetal, and Zuul