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What Episode Does Neji Die?


If you’re looking for where and when Neji Death took place, you’ve come to the right place young shinobis! Today, we are going to reveal you everything there is to know about Neji Hyuga Death and the consequences that it did have on the main plot. 

But first, if you have clicked on this article, it’s because you want to know the what episode does Neji die, isn’t that right?

Well, Neji dies in episode 364 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime called The Ties That Bind” (繋がれるものTsunagareru Mono) killed by the Ten Tailed Beast and saving Naruto and Hinata from a certain death during the 4th Shinobi War.

But for those of you who would like to know more about the real circumstances of his death, you surely have many other questions like:

  • How did Neji die
  • Does Neji die in Naruto Shippuden
  • Does Neji come back to life
  • Is Neji dead

If any of these questions bother you, we’ve written an amazing article explaining everything that happened during all the previous episodes so that you can have all the details on how does did Neji die.

Interested? Great! So let’s find it together!


So, here is a very complete article explaining how does Neji die in the Naruto Shippuden manga.

In Episode 364, the Shinobi Alliance was ready to launch the assault on the trio Madara, Obito and the Ten Tailed Beast after placing them at the bottom of a hole.

Madara and Obito vs Shinobi Alliance

Under the orders of Shikaku Nara and his comrade Inoichi Yamanaka, the soldiers of the alliance were ordered to attack the two enemy protagonists head-on with all the most powerful jutsu techniques that they could use.

ninja alliance vs ten tails

Unfortunately for them, this simple idea did not produce any results. Indeed, Madara Uchiha is an excellent strategist and as he said:

“Taking the enemy’s brain is a fundamental strategy, but for that to work, they would need to take down the Ten Tails first”

As a result, despite the combination of attacks from several hundred Ninjas, Ten Tails managed to get out of this situation without any difficulty and counter-attacked, putting an end to the initial strategy and blowing up lots of ninjas in the process. For the information, the counter-attack was so powerful that Naruto had his shoulder dislocated

As the situation seemed to be becoming critical again, Shikaku discovered a new strategy and contacted Kakashi Hatake to retrieve essential information to confirm what he thought he knew about the current situation.

However, as the Ten Tailed Beast became more powerful and less easy to control, Madara and Obito strengthened their bond with Juubi using Hashirama Senju’s cells. There was no time to lose, if the Ten Tailed Beast became impossible to control, it could disturb their plan.

That is why they decided to take the next step and fully utilize Juubi’s power against the alliance. While Kakashi was transmitting information to Shikaku, he noticed that Ten Tails was preparing to attack with a Tailed Beast Bomb.

Unfortunately, his Kamui would never have been able to teleport such a large chakra mass in such a short period of time.

ten tails tailed beast bomb

Kakashi then asked an ally from the Hidden Stone Village to use an Earth Style Technique to disrupt Juubi’s balance and thus try to redirect the attack.

The ninja executed and managed to deflect the Tailed Beast’s attack at a significant distance from the army. However, the power of the attack released on the impact of the Tailed Beast Bomb was felt all the way to their location. If Kakashi had not reacted in time, they all would probably have perished.

Ten tailed beast bomb

Shikaku and Inoichi Death

Shikaku death

Although Madara and Obito’s plans seemed to be perfect at first glance, Ten Tails seemed to get more and more out of control and began to launch Tailed Beast Bombs all around the battlefield and began to hit many populated areas despite the great distance between them.

This situation made Shikaku Nara realize that Obito and Madara were destroying the motivation of the army soldiers by killing what they were fighting for, and he was right. Moments later, Juubi launched another Tailed Beast Bomb, but this time in the direction of General Headquarter where he was. There was no time to lose.

Inoichi connected Shikaku’s mind to all the ninjas still alive on the battlefield to give them his final instructions, his plan to stop Ten Tails.

Shikaku Plan

Shikaku plan

Shikaku enters in communication with Naruto at the point of the plot, as he shares his great Nara Plan. He explains that he told the entire alliance his plan already to gain some time. However, the entirety of the plan was not completely revealed to the reader just yet. 

The plan of Shikaku is simple, Naruto has to transfer his Tailed Beast chakra to the entire Shinobi Alliance to link every ninja to him. Then Chouji will play the role of tank on the the front line tank while Ino uses her jutsu to take control of Obito and slightly throw off Juubi’s attacks.

Furthermore, Shikamaru and his clan will use the Shadow Paralysing Jutsu technique on Ten Tails to immobilize it. Without forgetting that if anything goes wrong with this strategy, Shikamaru will have to take the lead and come up with the next steps when the time comes. 

In the end, with all the ninjas powered up with Naruto’s chakra, the alliance will try a huge attack on the villains to take them down. Unfortunately for them, the plan won’t go as planned, Obito, Madara, and Ten Tails are too strong to be taken down by the current Shinobi Alliance. That’s when Minato shows up, followed by the other Hokage alongside Sasuke Uchiha.

Why did Neji die?

Neji dies

Neji Hyuga died because he decided to protect Hinata and Naruto while they were about to get killed by Ten Tails’ attack during the 4th Shinobi War.

During the attack against Juubi, Obito and Madara ordered Ten Tails to use Wood Style: Cutting Sprigs Jutsu (木遁・挿し木の術­, Mokuton: Sashiki no Jutsu) against the alliance. This jutsu was powerful and incredibly deadly.

Naruto, whose chakra has almost gone after using too much Futon Rasen shuriken techniques was going to get killed until Neji stood in front of him and suffered from the attack instead of him.

Neji was seriously injured and his life was just about to end. That’s when Neji started to share his confessions to Naruto about the way he changed his life since their fight in Naruto 62 during the Chunin Exam.

Indeed, at that time, Neji explained to Naruto that he was cursed and bore a seal on his forehead, the Hyuga curse mark. This seal is here to force devotion the members of the low ranks branch of the Hyuga clan to the royal family. They have to do everything to protect them at the risk of their lives.

However, Neji always had a very bad experience of not being judged for the genius he was compared to Hinata. The tragic death of his father only strengthened his hatred and resentment until Naruto proved that even a failure could beat a genius by winning his fight against him.

When Naruto asked him why he had chosen to save him, Neji answered magnificently:

“Long ago, your words freed me from the shackles of fate.

By sacrificing himself to save Naruto, Neji felt the same freedom and feeling of relief that his father felt when he decided to sacrifice himself to save his brother’s life. Neji believed in Naruto strength and his ideals and preventing him from dying was his way to help him concretising those ideals, by “choosing to die in order to protect his comrades.” 

Why did Neji had to die?

neji dies

Neji didn’t have to die necessarily, but his sacrifice helped Naruto avoid a tragic death on the battlefield so that the Shinobi Alliance could win the war against Madara and Obito.

Despite the fact that Obito tried to turn the situation to his advantage by reminding Naruto of his words “I’ll never let my friend my friends“. Naruto, at first completely lost, was reassured by Hinata who explained to him that Neji’s death, although awful, should not demoralize him.

Indeed, with his death, Neji showed all the respect and devotion he had for Naruto’s ambitions and dreams and that he would rather perish than let these dreams stay dreams forever.

Thanks to these explanations, Naruto regained confidence in himself and drew all the reserve of Chakra that Kurama was collecting to go back to the assault of Obito and Madara!

Did Neji Die?

neji dying

Yes, Neji Hyuga does die in episode 364 of the Naruto: Shippūden and is still dead currently and won’t be resurrected. 


Neji Funeral

Neji Funeral

Neji Hyuga’s Funeral took place during the episode 479 of Naruto Shippuden called “Naruto Uzumaki!!” (うずまきナルト!!, Uzumaki Naruto!!), just after the end of the 4th Shinobi War.

Back to the village, the priority is to put every aspect of daily life back in order, and to do this, people need to mourn their deads. This is why a common funeral is arranged so that anyone can say its good-bye to his late ones. Shikamaru and Ino to their fathers and Hinata and Naruto to Neji.

Neji tomb

Rest in Piece Neji.