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Character Analysis

Hyuuga Neji


Hyuuga Neji: Destiny's Child
Three words can effectively sum up Neji: calm, cooled and collected.
Hailed as the prodigy of the Hyuuga clan, [an ancient family in the
Hidden Leaf Village] Neji is a genius who has already mastered some of
the most prestigious techniques the clan has to offer, and he is only
a year older than Naruto. Neji carries the Advanced Bloodline of the
"Byakugan" which is said to be one of the oldest advanced bloodline in
the Hidden Leaf and the veritable ancestor of the Uchiha clan. Neji is
notable by his snow-white eyes [which are possessed by the entire
clan]. So with this regal heir, Neji has become quite a haughty boy.
He claims that destiny is the end all for everything and that we as
humans cannot do anything. For such a talented young man that is one
major downfall: his vindictive and bitter attitude towards people is
something to be disliked. As we see from the series this mentality is
passed down from generation to generation.

The Hyuuga family is split into two parts: the Main House and the
Branch House. The reason they are separated is because the Main House
is destined to hold the original blood of the Hyuuga and as such its
heritage must be protected. The Branch house was created to protect
the Main House at all costs thus resulting in the death and suffering
of many a Branch House member. This slighted feeling that the Branch
House possess is not unfounded. The Branch House members are put under
a terrible curse at a young age. A curse seal Jutsu is cast on them
and the symbol of "Bird in the Cage" is marked into their forehead
which will stay there until they die. This brand isn't just to
distinguish the Main House from the Branch House; it is in place so
that the Main House can maintain a level of control to the lower
members of the Hyuuga clan. A simple hand seal inflicts massive amount
of agony into the mind of those who carry the mark and can quite
easily kill them if need be. Neji belongs to the Branch House, and is
marked like his fellow House members and his deceased father before
him. This is where his hatred for the Main House and Hinata [his
cousin] spawned.

When Neji was four years old, a Shinobi from the Cloud Country arrived
in the Leaf Country to sign an alliance treaty because the warring
factions had been at war for some time. All the while, it was the
Hyuuga heir's birthday. The heir was Neji's cousin, Hinata. This would
also be the day Neji had his seal carved into his head. Neji and
Hinata's fathers were twins. Hinata's father Hiashi was the first-born
of the pair and became a member of the Main House; Neji's father
Hizashi was put into the Branch House. It was Hiashi who placed the
seal onto Neji, making him a true Branch House member and he was sworn
to protect the advanced blood for the rest of his life. A few days
after the Shinobi from the Cloud Country had arrived, someone
attempted to kidnap Hinata. Hiashi father quickly disposed of the
assailant and revealed that it was the same Shinobi who had just
signed the alliance agreement. It turned out that the Cloud Country
was one of the many countries out to obtain the secrets of the Hyuuga
and their Byakugan.

Enraged at the death of one of their leaders the Cloud Country
demanded that Hiashi [the man who killed their Shinobi] be sacrificed.
After much contemplation the Leaf Village succumbed to the Cloud's
demands. However, to keep the blood of the Main House alive, Hizashi's
life was sacrificed and his corpse was sent to replace that of his
brother [without letting Cloud know this]. That is the reason Neji
hates the Main House. Without hesitation they sacrificed his father's
life for the betterment of the Main House. Neji directed all of his
hatred of the Main House on Hinata who was their heir, albeit she was
much weaker than Neji and completely incompetent as a Ninja to boot. A
child with the potential to harness the ultimate power of the Hyuuga
to its limit and at the same time is denied the heir is irony that
Neji cannot comprehend. His goal is to surpass the Main House and to
become so strong that nobody can defeat him. It is no doubt that with
the Byakugan in his arsenal such a goal is entirely possible.

Neji's eyes allow him to do a lot of exceptional techniques but they
also give him the comfort of having an absolute defense. One of his
key techniques is the Heavenly Spin. Using the Byakugan to its
potential, Neji can see 359∞ around his body and sense nearly all the
attacks approaching him. Then, using his Hakkeshou, [the Chinese
martial art of gentle fist fighting] Neji unlocks his chakra openings
and unleashes large amounts of chakra to stop the incoming assault. He
then uses his body to spin at high speeds to blast away anything
within range. This technique has been only conquered by the Main House
to date. For Neji to master this technique is extraordinary. Another
example of Neji's attacks is the 64 hands of Hakke. This is a special
technique that blocks every single chakra opening on the opponent's
body. This completely seals the chakra holes in the body [entrances in
which chakra are released] rendering any Jutsus useless. The 64 hands
of Hakke needs an extreme physical capability and for Neji to use it
so facilely indubitably shows his brilliance as a Ninja.

Written By: GeniusChi