This is the problem I have with Neji’s death. It’s not just because he was “so-called” used to bring Naruto and Hinata together. This is a theme that’s notorious in anime. The creators will kill off the cool, secondary characters to develop the main ones that looked up to them. I hate when they do this. The defense is that the main character
would’ve remained underdeveloped in their presence and that’s why they are killed off.
In the case of Neji, he showed the most promise of all the Hyuga during his lifetime. Not only did he master the teachings of the main family, he also surpassed all of the members of the main family. Had I accomplished all of that, I’d been angry too. When you contrast all that Neji fought through and achieved, his anger and disgust was an
The seal that was placed on Neji was such an insult, that I took it personally as a viewer. All of the power that Neji embodied–the dedication, the discipline, the focus, and then…the imprisonment. When Neji fought Naruto, I was moved, like everyone else, especially after his awakening. The whole thing with the bird in a cage, finally being set free, yeah yeah yeah, all that was very touching. So, the story progresses showcasing that Neji is now free and leaving a life of free will. Fast forward to the war and then BAM! Neji is killed. Hinata touches Naruto’s face, expressing that Neji, freely gave his life for Naruto.
You don’t put a seal on someone, when they’re a child, enslaving them for the rest of their life to serve and protect you, simply because of when they were born and who bore them, threaten activation of the seal which will scramble their brain if they entertain any thought of malice toward you or your offspring (from being enslaved to
begin with) which you caused in the first place, this person (Neji) experiences “genuine awakening” during a match, he lives well into their 20s (having mastered every form of teaching that was thrown at them and hidden from them), you kill them off by sacrificing them for the betterment of someone else and label it as freedom.
What should have happened after Neji lost to Naruto was while he was being bandaged up and Hiashi felt the need to go see him and have a heart to heart and tell him about his father, since Hiashi felt convicted enough to bow in remorse to Neji, what should have followed was Hiashi removing the seal from Neji’s head. That way had Neji chose to continue to serve the main family, it truly would have been his freedom of choice.
When you are a slave, your only choice is death.
What are your thoughts?