Alternative universe, or AU, is a popular fanfiction genre among many anime fans. It moves a given series' characters from their canon fictional universe to a radically different setting. And fanfiction sites like Archive of our Own and Fanfiction.net have plenty of amazing AU stories that transport beloved characters to the modern world.
How would the Attack on Titan cast act as regular high school students living in a universe safe from terrifying titans? What would happen if Naruto characters worked as modern-day detectives? If you're looking for a fanfic that places your favorite anime characters in the modern world, this list will provide you with some great reads.
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How Fools Fall In Love
Unemployed, unimpressed and idle Sakata Gintoki got by just fine until a depressing piece of his past decided to make an appearance.
We're The Same
Ichigo is off to college. However, his life is permanently altered when he meets a certain petite, raven-haired Nekojin named Rukia.
Armin was convinced that it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but Eren just saw it as just another chance to fail. Nothing good could possibly come out of an internship in a stuffy office at Survey Corporation. Eren would have been content to sit and watch the remainder of his senior year pass him by. However, after one elevator trip, Eren finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew about life and himself.
Naruto: Soldiers of Fortune
Things aren't as they appear in this world. With a normal life out of reach, can Naruto figure out the mysteries that surround his existence and survive long enough to cash in on the potentially lucrative (and dangerous) career path of the mercenary? Either way it beats actually working for a living.
Click on my Heart
Levi is a well-known, full-time let’s player on YouTube who just so happens to take care of his deceased relative’s child. Content with his punk/gamer life, he did not expect to one day click on a video of fellow YouTuber, QueenPastelEren. He especially did not expect to be so smitten within the first few seconds of watching the pastel goddess with green and gold eyes.
Long Time Coming
Jean spends every summer working at the world's worst camp. And every year there's been this guy - this guy he has never spoken to, nor had any particular desire to. Except this year, instead of getting the pleasure of beautiful Mikasa Ackerman's company, Jean has instead been roped together with Marco Bodt to look after twenty whiny children.
And he's pretty sure it's going to be hell on earth.
The city of Goa has always been a rough place to live. To survive, many chose to join the many gangs that dominate the city. It takes strong bonds and resilience to survive.
Ace is just waiting for his 18th birthday so that he can officially be adopted by Edward Newgate, leader of the Whitebeard gang – but falling in love with the new police chief might put a slight wrench in his plans.
Law and Rosinante have escaped to the city of Goa after a near-death encounter with Doflamingo Donquixote – but are they actually safe or is the clock ticking down until they’re killed off? And is there a point to Law attending high school as if nothing will happen and if Luffy’s joy and happiness wasn’t rubbing off on him?
Steady, As She Goes
Zoro Roronoa is a retired black-ops agent suffering from PTSD; after moving to a small town and getting married in hopes of leaving that life behind him, a chance meeting with a smarmy, blond paramedic changes all of that. Thus ensues a summer of tempestuous desires, heart-wrenching decisions, and unforeseen espionage.
Fairy Tail GO!
Lucy was having fun playing ‘Pokémon Go!’ when she accidentally put herself in harm’s way. Luckily a pink haired boy saved her just in the nick of time. A ‘thank you’ lunch helped spark a new friendship between them, but Lucy got more than she bargained for when she realized the boy she befriended had a complex past full of dark secrets. Fortunately for him, Lucy won’t be scared away so easily.
It’s been years since Killua managed to escape the clutches of his mafia family with Alluka, and since then he’s built up something close to a normal life for both of them. It hasn’t been easy, but they are alive and together, and Killua is grateful for that if nothing else.
But their peace is shattered the moment Gon Freecss crashes into their lives. Gon, a gang member who is as dangerous as he is charming; Gon, who has a single-minded determination to finish the mission he came into town for; Gon, who could unravel Killua and Alluka’s secrets as easily as he smiles—
Gon, who wants Killua for reasons beyond Killua’s understanding, but who might just end up destroying him anyway.
Ciel Phantomhive was a normal young man attending St. Victoria University and studying business to take over his family's company one day. However, he's always had a feeling that everyone knew something he didn't. When strange murders begin to happen and a mysterious Sebastian Michaelis appears; nothing will ever be the same again.
Don't Trust Me
by destinyfalls2nit and DOMinMatrix
Elizabeth is a rookie detective looking for her big break. When a new super-drug with fatal side-effects hits the streets, she takes the case. But, when the investigation hits a dead-end, she teams up with the leader of a rival gang - a man with a dark past and motives of his own. Her job and life are on the line, and nothing is as it seems.
Seven Stages of Love
For about eighteen years Norman had this undeniable crush on his ginger-haired best friend, never thinking they would ever be returned. However, it's to his surprise that his feelings are not only returned but he's able to see Emma in a completely new way.
Alternative Universe where Noremma are simple university students.
To The Beginning
Arturia Pendragon would do anything for the sake of her family. When a time of emergency comes and she desperately needs money to pay for her dying sister's medical expenses, she doesn't hesitate - even if it means tossing her pride aside and accepting the proposal from rich and arrogant Gilgamesh Uruk…
After trying for many years, Asta is finally a main character in a upcoming movie. Being an actor is amazing and all but not when your co-star is a jerk.
shimmer in your shine
A roadtrip at the end of his senior year of college might have been kind of a last minute decision, but Leorio isn't about to let himself, or any of the others regret it. Assuming that they don't kill each other in the first couple of days, that is.
Dance With Me (It Won't Kill Ya)
When Bakugou damages university property, he's forced to take dance lessons with the best dance student at the school, Uraraka. There's no way he'll actually enjoy learning to dance though... right?
When Izuku found his room again, he could hear music behind the door- loud, with lots of screaming and guitars. His heart sunk a little, but he tried not to pass judgement too quickly. The guy inside was alone right now, after all. He’d probably use headphones once he met his new roommate, right? Izuku took a deep breath and twisted the doorknob, pushing it open as casually as he could to hide his nerves. He thought about the greeting he'd rehearsed in the mirror earlier today.
“Hey! I didn’t see you here earlier! It's nice to meet you, I’m--” Izuku froze in the doorway, the other man in the room mirroring him. He was holding up a sweater, clearly in the middle of putting it on a hanger when Izuku had barged in. Izuku had been preparing for a lot of possibilities behind the door, but this was not on his list.
Blond, spiky hair, and eyes like fire with a temperament to match. Katsuki Bakugou, undoubtedly.
by Soawksahm (socawkSAHM)
Lucy is out of luck when her oven breaks right when she has a big order to finish. Thank goodness her friend Levy knows someone who's willing to work for baked goods.
Falling For Your Voice
Norman Minerva is one of the most recognized singer/songwriters of this generation, captivating thousands with his beautiful voice, detailed lyrics, and charming personality. And Ray is in love with him.
81194 is the most popular author of this age with dozens of best sellers to his name, despite fact that no one knows his true identity or anything about the person behind the numbers. And Norman is in love with him.
They live in different worlds. The two of them ever meeting is impossible—just as impossible as both of them falling in love with just a voice.
Agent of the Department of Paranormal Affairs Sasuke Uchiha is going through partners like other people goes through socks. No one can stand being around the moody b*stard for long, and that's just how Sasuke likes it. He has a goal in mind, and he does not need anyone getting in the way of that, least of all his newest partner: rookie agent Naruto Uzumaki.
I'm Right Here
Guren struggles to face the future after a recent divorce. Shinya's desperate to run away from his past. Yuu just wants a family, whereas Mika's absolutely terrified of his. Nothing's as easy as it looks on the surface and all four of them have definitely got issues to face before they can even grasp a semblance of happiness in their lives.
Somehow, a chance meeting at the local supermarket puts into motion a set of events that will finally change their lives. Whether it's for the better or for the worse is another matter entirely.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Obito snatches up the abandoned bottle, jogs three steps, and hurls it with all the force he can manage at the back of the white-haired litterer’s head, snarling, “Hey, a**hole! It’s called recycling!”
Higurashi Kagome is quite happy living alone with her cat Buyo. She enjoys running the most popular spiritual school in Tokyo with her friend Miroku, eating takeout, and drinking beer. She has no desire to be involved with anyone--especially because to do so would mean an end to her spiritual power, and thus, her very successful career.
But then she meets National Police Agency detective Matsushita Inuyasha, and her whole world is turned upside down, especially when she figures out they are soulmates. Will she tell him before her growing desire for him overpowers them both? And when mikos start going missing across the country and turning up dead, will she be safe? Or will she give in to Inuyasha, tell him the truth, and let him protect her?
you think you're the ocean
"Ah here!" she sings, turning the phone towards Giyuu, presenting what she had been working on. The color drains from his face, and he wonders why God continues to find more and more trivial ways to smite him.
The phone screen shows a dating profile, and it takes Giyuu a moment to register that it's his face he's looking at.