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"Neji's Judgment" (ネジの判断, Neji no Handan) is episode 412 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.

Summary

Matsuri offers Team Guy her "Heaven Scroll" in exchange for helping her rescue Gaara from Hōichi, with the Konohagakure team deciding to help her out without a reward. As Neji, with the help of his Byakugan, pinpoints the Kazekage's location, the four decide to go to his aid, even if it would mean defaulting the Chūnin Exams in the process. Meanwhile, Hōichi continues to pull the tailed beast chakra from both and Gaara. In response to her opponent's technique, the girl creates a Cocoon using her Chakra Threads, which delays the chakra absorption caused by the chains. With Gaara informing her that nobody will come to their rescue, Fū tells him not to lose hope, making the boy find her behaviour to be similar to Naruto's. At the same time, Kurenai, Asuma and Guy notice the Kazekage's absence in the village, confirming that their fear of Gaara setting himself as bait to lure out the enemy was fulfilled. The three then notice Yukata and Mikoshi, struggling in the desert. Meanwhile, Matsuri and Team Guy make it to their destination, noticing the cocoon and Hōichi, playing his biwa. As Yōrō and Kegon arrive, looking for their comrade, Neji uses his Byakugan on the cocoon, realising that both Gaara and Fū's tailed beasts are being extracted. The two jōnin ready their weapons against Neji, only for him to convince them to work together. After he devises a plan, Yōro, Kegon, Matsuri and Lee attack Hōichi, only for the priest to block their attacks with his barrier ninjutsu. As Matsuri notes that their attacks aren't helping their current situation, Lee assures the girl that their efforts would buy Neji and Tenten time. At the same time, Neji uses a chakra sword to pierce through the cocoon. After the first attempt failed, the Hyūga uses his Gentle Fist: Tenketsu Needle technique a second time to halt the chains' chakra absorption. When Hōichi notices that the chains are no longer active, he begins fearing that the chains will target him. Failing to stop the technique, Hōichi's chakra gets sealed, only for him to be freed by Neji, due to Gaara's plea. As Gaara and Fū thank Neji and Matsuri for their help, Kurenai, Asuma and Guy arrive, only to note that their help is no longer needed.

Trivia

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Fifth Kazekage: GaaraAkira Ishida石田 彰Ishida AkiraLiam O'Brien
Neji HyūgaKoichi Tochika遠近 孝一Tōchika KōichiSteve Staley
TentenYukari Tamura田村 ゆかりTamura YukariDanielle Judovits
Rock LeeYoichi Masukawa増川 洋一Masukawa YōichiBrian Donovan
Ryoko Shiraishi白石 涼子Shiraishi RyōkoKari Wahlgren
TotchiDaisuke Nakamura中村 太亮Nakamura DaisukeLiam O'Brien
KunSho Okumura奥村 翔Okumura ShōKirk Thornton
HōichiYo Tokinaga時永 洋Tokinaga YōBrian Beacock
MatsuriMaya Sakamoto坂本 真綾Sakamoto MāyaLaura Bailey
Might GuyMasashi Ebara江原 正士Ebara MasashiSkip Stellrecht
Asuma SarutobiJurota Kosugi小杉 十郎太Kosugi JūrōtaDoug Erholtz
Kurenai YūhiRumi Ochiai落合 るみOchiai RumiMary Elizabeth McGlynn
ShukakuHiroshi Iwasaki岩崎 ひろしIwasaki HiroshiKirk Thornton
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