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Neji Hyūga
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Hyūga Neji


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Kekkei Genkai

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Team Guy


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Hizashi Hyūga (Father)
Hiashi Hyūga (Uncle)
Hinata Hyūga (Cousin)
Hanabi Hyūga (Cousin)

Manga Debut

Volume 1, Chapter 1

Anime Debut

Episode 1

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Neji Hyūga (日向ネジ, Hyūga Neji) is one of the main characters of the series. He is a jonin-level shinobi from Konohagakure's Hyūga clan as well as a member of Team Guy.


Neji resented his clan's main branch household due to them making his father sacrifice his life to defend the main branch family.

Neji defeats Hinata

Neji defeats Hinata.

Neji took the Chūnin Exams with his team. Neji was matched up with with his cousin and the heiress to his clan, Hinata Hyūga. In the end, Neji was victorious in his match with Hinata. In the finals, Neji battle against Naruto Uzumaki and got defeated. Hiashi Hyūga then came to Neji telling him the truth about his father. After hearing the truth about how his father was willing to sacrifice his life for the clan, Neji changed his personality. Neji is now kinder and now shows great care for his teammates. Neji is also showing great care and respect for his cousin.



Neji cross dress as Nejimi.

Just like how he was potrayed in Naruto Shippudden, Neji is serious and mature. However in this anime, Neji is portrayed in a more comedic light as demonstrated how he was more willing to go along with Lee's antics such as regularly dressing up as a girl in Rock Lee's skits with little resistance. Neji also acts like a stereotypical older brother, being very protective of Hinata and is always trying to prevent Naruto from getting close to Hinata.


  • Neji's full appearance.
  • Neji when he was a genin.

Neji has noticeably long, brown hair. Like the rest of his clan, he has very fair skin and lavender eyes. Neji wheres more traditional Hyūga-like robes: a white shirt with loose sleeves, closed on the right shoulder, with a fastener running down the right part of the chest, matching pants, with a dark navy grey apron tied around his waist and black shinobi sandals.

When Neji was a genin he wore a black forehead protector that he wore snugly over his forehead. He wore a khaki shirt, dark brown shorts, and blue shinobi sandals. He also had bandages wrapped around his right arm, and right leg. His hair reached the middle of his back and was tied back a few inches above the end in a loose ponytail, while two straps attached to a smaller headband underneath his ninja forehead protector frame the sides of his face


From a young age, Neji had been hailed a natural genius even amongst the Hyūga clan. Over the time-skip, when most of the former Konoha 11 genin reached chūnin rank, Neji was the only one to advance to the rank of jōnin.


Neji Byakugan

Neji's Byakugan.

As a member of the Hyūga clan, Neji possessed the Byakugan, a dōjutsu kekkei genkai which granted him near 360-degree vision, along with x-ray vision, and the ability to see chakra networks, amongst other things.


Rotation Neji

Neji using Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven.

Neji's fighting style is the signature style of his clan, the Gentle Fist, which takes advantage of the Byakugan's insight into people's chakra pathway system. The Gentle Fist allows him to cause severe internal trauma with minimal external force into an opponent's chakra pathway system. According to the Naruto series, by using the Gentle Fist, Neji could affect internal organs of an opponent, and is capable of killing the opponent with a single strike should he aim to harm the heart.

Empty Palm

Neji preforming the Eight Trigrams Vacuum Palm.

As a member of the Hyūga clan, Neji specializes in close-range taijutsu combat. Neji had mastered many of his clan's most powerful techniques, such as the Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven, which allows him to repel every attack. He could also use the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms, an extremely strong offensive move with which he's able to rapidly dispatch enemies by striking many of their chakra points in fast succession, making it hard for them to both move and control chakra. He also learned the Eight Trigrams Vacuum Palm, with which he can expel chakra from his palm to attack opponents out of his physical reach. He could also collaborate with another Gentle Fist user to perform the Eight Trigrams Eternal Palms Revolving Heaven.

Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja Chronicles

The Ninja Rock Lee

In Konohagakure, Neji and Tenten are seen complaining about how Lee completed their mission by himself. The team then overhears Guy talking to a few Konoha shinobi about a person needs ninjutsu in order to become a ninja. This surprisingly shocks Lee.

Later, Team Guy are seen training. Neji begins by using his Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven to block Tenten's kunai. Lee then tries to copy Neji's attack to block Tenten's kunai, however his defense failed. Neji and Tenten were then concerned to why Lee would preform such a stunt. Lee responded by saying that he wants Guy's acknowledgement, in which Neji and Tenten agreed to help.

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Neji as Lee's summoning animal.

During the mission, Lee decides to summon a turtle to attack the missing-nin, which Neji helps by dressing up as a turtle, but finds it disturbing as well. Neji then attacks using the Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven. After the event, Neji sees Lee imitating the Sexy Technique, causing him and Tenten to be disgusted. Guy reprimands Lee for mimicking ninjutsu techniques. Lee excuses that Guy wouldn't acknowledge him unless he can do ninjutsu after overhearing his talk with the shinobi, but Guy dismisses him, saying that he beat those who said that. After hearing encouraging words from Guy, they team up and were able to defeat the enemies. In the end, while Guy copies Lee's Sexy Technique and annoying Tenten, Neji is seen by Naruto and Konohamaru in his turtle costume.

The Huge Pitter-Patter Attack Plan of Love!!

Neji victim

Neji after reading Icha Icha Tactics.

After Lee gets shot down by Sakura, Lee goes to Neji and Tenten about how he has found Kakashi's book, Icha Icha and how he has learned to impress women. Neji uses his Byakugan to find out if the book holds the secret to Kakashi's abilites. Neji then falls down shocked to have read what was in the book.

Lee returns back to his teammates in despair, having failed to impress Sakura. The team are then encountered by Kakashi who warns them about missing-nin infiltrating the village. Upon arriving he finds the Icha Icha book Lee found. Neji then asked if its his mask that makes him look so cool, in which Kakashi responds by saying that he wears a mask to cover up the "stuff" that comes out of his nose, which Neji finds pathetic.

Rock Lee vs. Neji Hyūga!!

Lee challenging Neji

Neji accepting Lee's challenge.

When Kusagakure shinobi infiltrate Konohagakure, Lee and Neji fights them off. When Lee was done fighting off his enemies, Neji has finished off a huge Kusagakure shinobi. Later, Neji searches for his team, only to find them in the Third Training Ground. Neji then wonders if the past photo of their team belonged to Tenten. They then reminisce about the time how Neji was arrogant in the past, which Neji laughs at. After Tenten compliments on how Neji has changed, Lee challenges Neji to a match in which he agrees on.

Eight trigrams sixty four palms

Neji fighting Lee.

A week later, Neji is waiting with Tenten for Lee to arrive. When Lee makes his arrival, he appears in a muscular appearance, which surprises both of them, explaining that it was due to the intense training he went through with Guy. Along with Guy's arrival, he appears in a semi-muscular appearance which again shocks both Neji and Tenten. Guy explains that he's experienced only half of the training with Lee. The two then begin their match. As Neji was winning the match, Lee lands a devastating attack on Neji which ends in a draw. As Lee was sulking over the fact that he was unable to defeat Neji, Neji responds by saying that he has truly become a great shinobi. Guy then comes in saying how proud he is of his two students. The next day, Neji appears with a muscular body along with Guy and Lee which shocks Tenten.

Copy Ninja Rock Lee?!

In Konohgakure, Neji is seen climbing on top of a building to meet up with Tenten and Lee. When they all meet, they watch as their team leader, Might Guy, have a match with his rival Kakashi Hatake. The battle starts and Guy is defeated by Kakashi's attack.

After the battle, Kakashi fills-in for Guy as team leader due to his illness. Tenten then discuss how Guy's competitions were annoying, but Lee tries to defend Guy, only to hear that Kakashi has won twenty wins. Knowing this, Lee tries to become more like Kakashi, first wanting to practice his One Thousand Years of Death on Neji, which he refuses.

At the gate entrance, Neji and Tenten wait for Lee and Kakashi. Lee arrives dressed up like Kakashi. Seeing that Kakashi is late, the team leaves to begin the mission. Neji manages to spot the enemy shinobi but Lee exposes himself to them. Lee then tells Neji and Tenten that he has got the situation handle. Lee then begins by revealing his Sharingan. Tenten asked how this was possible in which Lee explains that the Sharingan is actually a contact lens. Neji then tries on the contact lens and actives his Byakugan, saying that he has awaken his Byaku-Sharingan, which Tenten is not amused by. Tenten suggested that they helped Lee as he was in trouble, but the contact lens were irritating Neji's eyes. After Kakashi and Guy arrive to help Lee defeat the enemy, Neji and Tenten watches disturbingly as Lee and Guy embrace each other.

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Episode 1

Rock Lee is a Ninja Who Can't Use Ninjutsu

Neji & Tenten make their appearence

Neji and Tenten make their début.

In Konohagakure, Neji and Tenten are abandon by their team-mate, Rock Lee. They soon found Lee and lecturing him for leaving their side. Mie, the girl that Lee was saving, stepped in and asked for help from the team. Upon entering Mie's house, she finds out that Lee is unable to use ninjutsu and ask them to leave. The debt collectors returns back to kidnap the girl but are intercepted by Lee. Mie is worried that without ninjutsu Lee has no chance of defeating the boss. Neji and Tenten then explains that even without ninjutsu, Lee still has the qualities of a shinobi. After Lee manages to defeat the debt collectors, Lee accidently pulls down Mie's pants which shocks both Neji and Tenten and ends badly for him.

Rock Lee's Rival is Naruto


Neji in one of Lee's skits.

While Neji and Lee are training, they are found by Tenten who tells them about a mission they are assigned to which is to retrieve a baumkuchen. The team then arrives to the department store, seeing that there is a long line of people waiting to get the baumkuchen. As Lee was ready to get the last voucher for the baumkuchen, Naruto suddenly appears wanting the bumkuchen as well. Seeing as both Lee and Naruto want the voucher, they settle who gets the voucher with a race. As Lee begins the race with Naruto, Neji is shocked to see the various fake ninjutsu Lee has been using to distract Naruto. As Lee was about give up, he unleashes a genjutsu, which Neji and Tenten were involved. In the end Naruto falls to the effects of Lee's skit and gives him the voucher. As the team prepare to get the voucher they found out that the baumkuchen was sold out, ending the mission in failure.

Episode 2

Love is a Part of the Springtime of Youth

Lnt 48

Neji dressed as Nejimi in LNT 48.

After getting his heart broken by Sakura, Lee visits his team-mates Neji and Tenten. Lee then asked for advice from the two. Neji tells Lee to act cool, but is reminded that Lee's definition of cool is different from others. Tenten says that its difficult to explain so Lee sets a skit to help her, which Neji finds embarrassing. In the skit, both Neji and Lee come to Tenten, asking her who she would prefer. Tenten reveals that she believes that her significant other should be kind, open, honest, know how to keep her happy and give her gifts, though she wouldn't mind him being forceful every so often. Lee keeps note of Tenten's words and decides to take her advice. As Lee runs back to town, Naruto arrives to warn Tenten and Neji that missing-nin have been appearing. He then asks where Lee is, to which Tenten asks him what he thinks makes a man cool. Naruto answers in predictable fashion, a cool man is someone who treats people to ramen, but he gives a real answer shortly later: Cool people are those who protect people close to them.

Episode 3

A Competition with the Genius Ninja, Neji

When Kusagakure shinobi attack Konohagakure, Lee easily manages to defeat them. However, Lee sees an unharmed Neji standing behind a huge Kusagakure ninja. The group of shinobi flees and Lee feels disappointed, comparing his quantity with Neji's quality and qualifying his achivement as inferior.


Neji accepting Lee's challenge.

Later, Lee finds Tenten searching for something. Tenten reveals that she had lost a photo of their team together and wanted to find it. Lee made finding Tenten's picture a personal goal, but only to find that Neji had already found it shortly after Sakura and Naruto's arrival. After recieving the photo, Tenten and Sakura talk about Neji while Neji returns to his home. This frustrates Naruto and Lee and the two decide to spy on Neji to see his true strength. However, the two are disappointed when they only witness Neji in the restroom. Lee states that he will not admit defeat and challenges Neji to a match.


Lee battling Neji.

A week later, Neji is waiting together with Sakura and Tenten for Lee to come. He then arrives with a really strong, muscular appearence. Naruto also appears with a muscular arm, saying that he only helped Lee with half of his training. They start fighting until Neji attacks Lee with his Eight Trigrams Sixty Four Palms and causes Lee's "muscles" to fade away. So Lee uses his "Byakugan" as a last resource and confuses Neji, and manages to find an opening. He hits Neji with his Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Headbutts and makes Tenten think for a moment Lee had finally won for the first time.

Tenten's Must-Win Battle


Neji and Lee dressing Tenten as a man.

As Neji and Lee were having a sparing match, Lee tells Neji that he has improved over the past few days by proving that he has switched from tidy whites underwear to boxers, which Neji comments on and a result, Tenten whacks both of them with her fan. Tenten then tells them that they should act more gentlemen like towards her, which confuses them.

While on a mission, Tenten fights off a group of bandits. As Tenten is in trouble she asks for support from Neji and Lee, but are seen watching and eating on the side lines. This angers Tenten, causing her to lose her temper and attack both the bandits and her team-mates. Neji and Lee explains that they thought that she got the situation handle. While Tenten responds saying that she wanted more out of them, Neji and Lee are drying themselves after the mission which results in having Tenten attack them with her fan again. The two male then try to act more gentleman like towards Tenten but ends in failure. As a second attempt, the two try to disguise Tenten as a man. However their disguise fails and both wonder what they did wrong.

As Tenten is captured by the bandits, Neji and Lee appear coming to her aid, but in actuality, comes to give her a single pair of underwear thinking this will complete her outfit. This causes the bandits to mock at Tenten. Tenten is then frustrated and attack the bandits. The team then returns back to the village. Neji then comments on how Tenten never once asked them to act like a gentleman towards her. Tenten agrees saying that "it wasn't in their nature". Neji then asked why Tenten wanted them to act more gentleman towards her, in which Lee responds by saying that by Tenten kicking the soccer balls to their groin earlier shows that women are stronger than men, in which Neji understands. This belief causes Tenten to attack the boys once more.

Episode 4

Guy-Sensei's Rival is Kakashi-Sensei

Episode 5

I'm Going to Teach Konohamaru Kempo

Neji helping Lee

Neji helping Lee with his teachings.

Neji and Tenten are asked to assist Lee in helping to teach Konohamaru kempo. Lee starts with the Transformation Technique and has Neji wear many outfits which he is embarrassed about. Neji then sticks around to watch Lee preform the Drunken Fist. While drunk, Lee is holding a box of takeout which Neji exams the contents with his Byakugan. Neji and Tenten then comments on how weird Lee is teaching Naruto and Konohamaru while drunk. Lee then proceeds to teach Konohamaru the Rasenken with his eyebrows out spinning, Neji saying that it resembles a buzz saw.

I Save My Lucky Undies for Physicals

During the Physical Exam, Neji and his comrades begin by giving a chakra sample. Neji and Tenten then goes to their team-mate, Lee, who is nervous for an unspecific reason. Neji reacted in shock thinking that it was something that not even they know about. Lee simply explained that he forgot to bathe previously due to not knowing about the exam. They then move on to the second phase of the exam, which is an Eye Exam. Neji begins by using his Byakugan. Lee and Konohamaru are surprised to see that Neji has missed what was given. Konohamaru explains that Neji must be seeing girl's exam chart in the next room. Guy then tells Neji to read off the Byakugan portion of the exam in which he successfully passes. They then move on to the health portion of the exam where Sakura will be checking them. Before the test begin, two unknown shinobi appear and steals the chakra samples extracted from the first stage of the physical. Neji and Naruto are then winded out due to giving out to much chakra. The shinobi then returned back to the room to find that Lee and Konohamaru came back with the stolen chakra, but only to find that the chakra where smashed together to create a huge lump.

Episode 6

The Leaf Village Sports Meet

Team Guy are competing in the Konoha Sports Meet. Neji and Tenten are in the crowd about to watch Lee make his speech. However, Lee has forgotten the words he was planning to speak, which shocks both team-mates. Lee then finds the words to mustard out, but says the response. Neji and Tenten then try to encourage Lee after his failed attempt. This causes Lee to set a goal for himself by wanting to win all the events in the Sports Meet. Neji and Tenten are then intimated by Lee's determination.

As the Sports Meet begins, Lee loses in all of the events. Neji and Tenten attempts to once again encourage Lee, but to no avail. The Scavenger Hunt event begins and Neji manages to get in the lead. He pulls out his card from the box and finds that he has to search for a "somewhat melancholy ghost." Surprised of the item that he has to find, he doesn't gives up and runs off.

Calvary Battles are Part of the Thrill of Youth

Neji's ghost

Neji returns with his Scavenger Hunt item.

While his team-mates are clashed against Naruto's team, Neji comes back with his scavenger hunt item, a "somewhat melancholy ghost." After seeing the ghost, Lee is frighten and accidently head-butts Naruto, causing him and his team to win the match. During the end of the meet, Neji joins Lee, Guy and a few others on a lap.

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