|Neji and Hinata|
|Romaji||Neji to Hinata|
|← Jumpfest 2012||Tag Match!! →|
Neji and Hinata (ネジとヒナタ Neji to Hinata) is Chapter 9 of the manga.
Mistaking Hinata for Neji, Lee challenges her to a fight, for which he is beaten up by Neji. When Lee tries to challenge the real Neji, the two of them end up hitting Hinata, causing her to run home unhappy, and so the team decides to visit her and apologise. Lee and Guy first attempt to cheer her up, but instead end up freaking her out, causing her to send them both flying. When Tenten asks Neji why he is so determined to help Hinata, he talks about the time he nearly killed Hinata in the Chunin exams, but states that he now wants to help and protect her. At this, Team Guy, along with Kiba, Akamaru and Shino, Hinata's teammates, decide to help her train.
First, Guy tries to give Hinata one of his jumpsuits, but Neji, fearing the changes this would cause in Hinata's personality, destroys it. Then Kiba attempts to move Akamaru before he can relieve himself on the Hyugas' garden, only for him to do so on Hinata's head instead, prompting Neji to attack Akamaru. Shino then decides to help Hinata train with his bugs, but they end up swarming round the urine on her head, and Neji promptly kills them. Lee then decides to help Hinata get over her inability to behave normally around her crush Naruto, and has all the males of the group, except Neji, dress as Naruto in order to do so. Neji intervenes again, but ends up knocking the others into Hinata, causing her to run off again.
A group of missing-nin are shown to be observing everything that has been going on. They disguise themselves as Naruto in order to lure Hinata to them, so they can kidnap her. Neji manages to save her however, and they are joined by the rest of their group, still wearing their Naruto disguises. In the resulting confusion, Neji and Hinata work together to take everyone else down. Shortly afterwards, Hinata runs into the real Naruto, and faints, and Neji beats up Naruto.