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|"Your Opponent is Me!"|
|(お前の相手はこのオレだ!, Omae no Aite wa Kono Ore da!)|
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|Arc||Sasuke Recovery Mission|
|Manga||Naruto Chapter #191, Naruto Chapter #192, Naruto Chapter #193|
|Japanese||December 22, 2004|
|English||November 10, 2007|
When the retrieval team catches up with the Sound Four, they are quickly caught in Kidōmaru's spider webs. As Kidōmaru is about to finish off Naruto, Neji frees himself from the webbing and saves the rest of his team. Deciding to deal with Kidōmaru himself, as his Gentle Fist techniques are the only able to sever Kidōmaru's spider webs, Neji instructs the others to go on without him, and begins to fight his own opponent.
After a series of battle exchanges, Kidōmaru has Neji pinned to a tree with his webs. He recalls what he had heard from Orochimaru about the Gentle Fist and how Neji manages to cut his threads. Kidōmaru then readies another blow with Sticky Spider Thread technique, but before it can hit its target, Neji succeeds in escaping from his trap. He explains to his opponent that chakra points were not only located to his hands, but all over his body as well. Although Kidōmaru soon believes himself to have the advantage, Neji readies his Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms to prove him wrong.