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This is an interesting matchup...Neji would easily win in close-range, but then again Shino is great at keeping his distance, stalling and letting his bugs do the job. I'll wait to vote a bit, see what the others have to say.
Why are people assuming that Shino has an endless amount of insects here? Let's not forget that those bugs charging into Neji's Kaiten would most likely kill them then just deflect away.
Since Shino's bugs eat chakra they might just eat Neji's Kaiton,yummy, but they would still be repelled.
People underestimate Shino, he is one of the smartest Rookie 12, especially in sizing up opponents strengths and weaknesses and devising a strategy. Shino drew Kankuro into a stalemate in the chuunin exam and Kankuro is now a Jounin like Neji.
Neji is a generational genius. In most generations he would be a if not the top tier ninja. Neji not only has a bloodline limit but he also possesses the right set of attributes to complement his bloodline limit.
While Neji doesn't meet Shino's knack for strategy, Neji is not far behind in devising and seeing through plans. Neji can afford to be out-smarted in the short term due too his bloodline limit in conjunction with his natural talent.
Neji wins with a few tense moments and eyebrow raising strategies and counters, but no real harm done.
As per usual the numbers will not predict the closeness of this battle, but will accurately predict the outcome.
Two are different types fighters and different range of attacks. Both are tactically sound. Shino might pull it off with his wide variety of long range attacks.
Okay, first, I'm a Shino fan, and even though I'm stating the case that he would win, that doesn't mean I'm just being a typical fanboy (eg you won't be hearing "He wins because he's awesome")
Seems like you all just think Neji wins because of all of the abilities he's been shown to have, and the fact that so many of the characters (*cough* Tenten *cough*) considered him unbeatable up until his defeat by Narutos' hand.
Okay, first, they're both the strongest in their teams (along with Shikamaru... Naruto and Sasuke are somewhat tied)
Now, let's look at their attributes
Neji: Heavenly rotation
Sixty four palms (and Gentle fist)
One body blow
Shino: Insect clone
The insects themselves
High intellect (probably a clan genius in his own right, but let's not go there)
Now, their weaknesses
Neji: Overuse of techniques causes collapse
Heavenly rotation can be stopped by momentum damping/sufficient momentum in the opposite direction
Shino: Weakness to short range fighters
Not known to be particularly strong/energetic/fast (this counts as three points, as each is a noticeable disadvantage)
I'm going to agree Kazu-sama, in that Shinos' best strategy would be to continuously use insect sphere on Neji.
This is a double edged sword for Neji, on the one hand, if he uses Kaiten, he uses up a considerable amount of chakra (it's visible, we all know that visible chakra means there's a lot of it), if he doesn't, the bugs eat his chakra.
Second, Shino seems to have good use of insect clones in battle, I'm not saying he uses these to trick Neji into attacking the wrong target (I'm sure the Byakugan just sees them as insects), however, they can be used to throw various things at Neji, should he choose to go after Shino, giving Shino enough time to relocate. Since clones think for themselves, Shino can just focus on the free insects, coming to attack Neji.
Also, Shino could employ Kidomarus' tactic. By having his bugs fly in the opposite direction around Nejis' heavenly rotation (opposite to the direction he's rotating), he can slow it down, and cause Neji to exert himself more in each attack.
Sure, Neji has a lot of chakra, but eventually he'll crumble, and Shinos' bugs will attack. It'll probably be around this time that Neji uses one body blow, but it'll be too late, and remember, he'll be using Byakugan the whole time, and while it takes a day of fighting for him to get tired enough to keel over, he'll also be forced to use attacks which drain him of his chakra, or else be drained of his chakra by Shinos' bugs.
On the note of Shinos' chakra, I think it's safe to assume he has a decent amount, and his techniques don't use much chakra (much like Sasukes' Kirin directs the lightning, Shino directs his bugs).
About Shinos' bugs being killed by Heavenly rotation, I somewhat doubt this. It's a defensive technique, and nothing in the canon material have been killed/destroyed by it. Except Narutos' kage bunshin, but that was due to blunt force trauma anyway (if it had been some offensive capability of heavenly rotation, they would have said something in the manga). Also, I've never seen Shinos' bugs be killed in the manga, and he breeds them within himself, so I doubt numbers would be a problem.
The only real hope for Neji is that he can somehow exploit Shinos' own physical ability, which he doesn't seem to have much of (I'd love to hear how he plans to do that). That being said, Shino's fairly resilient, seeing as he took an air pressure blast to the face just to set up an attack (also, he came out of that attack fairly unharmed, anyone else think he uses his bugs to dampen impact?). Really anything short of 64 palms (which would leave Neji open to the bugs anyway) would come up short.
So, that's my argument, please read it all before replying. Although I'm sure you've all already voted because you all think Nejis' so much better, without really considering the possibilities. If anyone proposes a good enough counter strategy, I'd be glad to read it, but for now, I think I'm right.
Problem is, we haven't seen much Neji/Shino interaction (well, none at all), so we can't really get to grips on how they'd fight each other.
I've said this before, but we should redo this tournament after Naruto finishes, which shouldn't be too long away.
Also, if I'm convinced Neji could win, I'll vote Neji (ie I haven't voted yet), but it'll have to be damn good, not just "Dude, Neji is a Jonin"
Last edited by MONKEYS; June 14, 2011 at 05:32 AM. Reason: Oops, forgot some points
Shino victory, and not really vey difficult. Why? Neji is an specialized close-range fighter, and will suffer a lot of damage and lose of chakra before he'll face Shino face to face. And in that case, a Shino bug clone, impossible to difference from real, even by Byakugan and the a massive bug attack
As Obi Wan said to Anakin, the range gives a huge advantage
I just re-read Shino vs Zaku.
Noticing the bugs doesn't mean anything. So many posters think just because Sasuke/Neji/whoever can see whatever that they can instantly defend against it. Neji's going to constantly use Kaiten and use up his chakra? Cool.
The amount of bugs Shino is massive. As Kakashi said, the Aburame's strategy is to control a wide area rather than focus on a single target. It doesn't take many bugs to rape Neji's chakra. Once they are on him, I don't see how Kaiten will knock them off (it doesn't knock his clothes off) especially if they go underneath his robes and penetrate his skin. Furthermore, these bugs are fast seeing as they cornered Tobi.
Shino send in his bugs but holds a second wave a decent distance behind the first, expecting the Kaiten. As soon as Neji Kaiten's the first wave, Neji's second wave rush Neji as soon as he stops spinning. Once the bugs get on him, it's all over.
Shino has relied on the female bug to attract the males to his intended target. Neji has super eyes and he's not stupid, so he'd notice the female bug, crush it and move on to attack Shino.
Who told u that he cant? he can just as breathing be natural for him make a huge swarm of bugs to create a Flack-jacket effect beneath its clothes and easily feint being hit, getting out unharmed
U should follow this guys thoughts about the battles i mean he one of the most reasonable guys i have met in these VS Threads Plyr88
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They Not seems so distand anymore, Ok shino is physically weak but, OH LORD! O.O he owns neji in being smarter than him, which in almost all the battles here, shikamaru seems to be god, coz "he is a genius" and in the databook he scores a 5 and he sucks too at physical that puts shino as a demigod of intellectual ninja field
so why people underate shino when he is as skilled as shikamaru?