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Chapter 100: "Prepared to Die...!!

" – Naruto decides to stay back and allow his clones to surround and fight Neji. However, all 5 are defeated easily, as Neji preaches about destiny again. Kabuto, meanwhile, takes the disguise of an ANBU member to watch the events. Neji fends off an even bigger round of clones, closing in on the one staying back the most, knowing Naruto’s advantage lies in staying out of range of the Gentle Fist style. As he launches an attack, he discovers that one is also a clone as another two Naruto decoys – or maybe Naruto and a clone – jump out on him. Tenten, watching from the audience, feels tense as Naruto’s fist sails towards Neji... Chapter 101: "The Other...!!" – Naruto connects with a punch, only to have it parried at the last split-second as Neji whirls in a flash of Chakra! Hyuuga Hiashi recognises it as the Kaiten, or Heavenly Spin. Tenten gloats to herself about her teammate’s 360-degree vision and his ability to expel Chakra from every pore on his body. Hiashi remarks how Neji learned a move that he shouldn’t even know the existence of! To shock him even further, Neji pulls out another Main House exclusive, the 64 Divine Hands and totally shuts Naruto’s Chakra flow off. Even now, Hinata is still injured by Neji and is attended to by an ANBU member. As she is led off, Naruto teeters on his feet and questions Neji’s ideology. Neji has no choice but to tell all... Chapter 102: "The Bird in the Cage...!!" – Neji reveals that the Hyuuga Branch Family is branded with a seal that forces them into slavery for the Main House, that the Main House can activate to potentially kill them and destroy the Byakugan as a safety measure. Neji’s own father, Hizashi, was the fall guy in a conspiracy by Hidden Cloud to obtain a Byakugan sample. When their ambassador was killed by Hiashi in an attempt to kidnap Hinata on her 3rd birthday, Hizashi was secretly sent in Hiashi’s place then killed by the seal to prevent Hidden Cloud obtaining Byakugan. Because Hizashi was born after Hiashi, their fates were determined since that day and the notion has been Neji’s view on life. Chapter 103: "Loser!!" – Neji declares Naruto has no right to question his beliefs until he had been in the same situation. Naruto claims the right under being the avatar of the Kyuubi and Neji is a hypocrite, trying to escape the destiny he says is so set in stone. The ANBU member, who treated Hinata heals her although she sleeps, then applies another forced sleep to Kiba and Akamaru. Naruto’s lack of

Chakra flow stops him fighting back, until he reveals his taboo by publicly releasing the Kyuubi’s Chakra, confirming to those who knew and revealing those kept in the dark that he is the living reminder of Yondaime and the Kyuubi. Chapter 104: "The Power to Change...!!" – Revitalised by the Kyuubi, Naruto bounces off another Kaiten unharmed. As the two rush at each other with explosive power, Naruto promises that once he becomes Hokage, he will change the ways of the Hyuugas personally. The two then clash in the middle of the arena and a devastating meeting of Chakra erupts. After the smoke clears, Naruto lays in a pile of gravel while Neji slowly approaches the pit. Suddenly, Neji looks at the ground between them as with one final surge of guts, Naruto claws his way through the earth with bloody fingernails to deliver an uppercut that sends Neji down for the count. After explaining how he masked the hole he dug with a clone, Naruto offers warm advice to Neji in victory. Chapter 105: "The Great Flight!!" – Naruto’s victory is a welcome surprise. The cheers of the crowds take him one step closer to being approved by everyone. Still recovering from his battle, Neji is visited by Hiashi. On his hands and knees, he humbles himself and reveals the truth of the tragedy – Hyuuga Hizashi sacrificed his own life instead of being discarded as a pawn in the way Neji originally thought. It was even against Hiashi’s wishes for Hizashi to die, but to fight destiny, Hizashi willingly became the offering to Hidden Cloud. The two reconcile their differences. Chapter 106: "Sasuke Fails...!?" – The next fight is Gaara VS Sasuke, but nobody knows where he is. The feudal lords and even Kazekage begin to grow impatient, while Shino suspects Sasuke may be saving his own life by not facing Gaara. Gaara himself is suspected by Baki of murdering Sasuke earlier. Kazekage requests the disqualification rules be ignored, as Gaara VS Sasuke is highly anticipated. Instead, Kankurou and Shino’s match is moved down the card. Even so, Kankurou forfeits the match. Temari prepares to face Shikamaru, who promises not to lose to a girl. Chapter 107: "The Guy with No Motivation!!" – Temari seems to be as smart as Shikamaru. As he sits idle, Temari dishes out a huge gust. Shikamaru’s shadow reaches its limit in front of Temari, alerting

her to the weakness. Kurenai worries but Asuma recognises Shikamaru’s thinking posture, telling her that Shikamaru is a practical Einstein of strategy and that his IQ is actually over 200! As he sets up his plan, Temari realises his all-defence strategy is to stall her until he has more shadow area to use, seeing through his plan! Chapter 108: "A Hidden Path to Victory...!?" – Temari once again dodges Shikamaru’s shadow and forces it to maximum length. Suddenly, the shadow gets a boost and almost captures her, thanks to Shikamaru making a mini-parachute from his forehead protector, kunai and jacket! However, Temari once again sees through to the technical side of it and knows the weakness, now planning to take him apart. As she prepares the hand seals, she suddenly becomes helpless – bound by the Shadow Imitation! Shikamaru used the darkness-filled tunnel Naruto dug earlier to gain more length and trapped her, with his previous strategies being mere decoys. However, Shikamaru also realises he is at his limit and gives up, giving Temari the surprise win.

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