edit"Neji's Judgment"
Neji Leading Resue Team
(ネジの判断, Neji no Handan)
Episode data
Previous "The Targeted Tailed Beast"
Episode Naruto: Shippūden #412 (Watch Online)
Next "Hopes Entrusted to the Future"
Arc In Naruto's Footsteps: The Friends' Paths
Opening "Wind (opening)"
Ending "A Promise That Doesn't Need Words"
Japanese May 14, 2015
English October 10, 2017
"Neji's Judgment" (ネジの判断, Neji no Handan) is episode 412 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.


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 When Hōichi notices that the chains are no longer active, he begins fearing that the chains will target him.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.



Role Seiyū
English Japanese Rōmaji English Japanese Rōmaji
Fifth Kazekage: Gaara 五代目風影・我愛羅 Godaime Kazekage: Gaara Akira Ishida 石田 彰 Ishida Akira
Neji Hyūga 日向ネジ Hyūga Neji Kōichi Tōchika 遠近 孝一 Tōchika Kōichi
Tenten テンテン Tenten Yukari Tamura 田村ゆかり Tamura Yukari
Rock Lee ロック・リー Rokku Rī Yōichi Masukawa 増川 洋一 Masukawa Yōichi
フウ Ryōko Shiraishi 白石 涼子 Shiraishi Ryōko
Totchi トッチ Totchi Daisuke Nakamura 中村 太亮 Nakamura Daisuke
Kun クン Kun Shō Okumura 奥村 翔 Okumura Shō
Hōichi ホウイチ Hōichi Yō Tokinaga 時永 洋 Tokinaga Yō
Matsuri マツリ Matsuri Maaya Sakamoto 坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Maaya
Might Guy マイト・ガイ Maito Gai Masashi Ebara 江原 正士 Ebara Masashi
Asuma Sarutobi 猿飛アスマ Sarutobi Asuma Jūrōta Kosugi 小杉十郎太 Kosugi Jūrōta
Kurenai Yūhi 夕日紅 Yūhi Kurenai Rumi Ochiai 落合 るみ Ochiai Rumi
Shukaku 守鶴 Shukaku Hiroshi Iwasaki 岩崎ひろし Iwasaki Hiroshi