Neji. Thanks to Byakugan he could avoid any attack of Kimimaro, he would apply a hit and run strategy. One jyuuken hit... bone is growing, retreat, new jyuuken hit... retreat. This would go until Kimis Chakra is blocked and he activates his CS. From then Kimi strikes, but neji blocks with Kaiten or avoid any attacks until Kimi is worn out. Even Sawarabi would hardly hit Neji. But jeah good fight. >.<
The main issue with neji making contact with kimimaru is that every time he would try to land a hit that would be a potential result. Even if neji could see where the bones are coming from it does not mean he can do anything about it, at best he could take his hand away to avoid damage. The problem of getting into a straight fight with kimimaru is like punching a damn porcupine.... You could try but in all odds you are the one getting hurt. Neji's gentle fist would ultimately be no good if every time he tries to land a hit he would be met with bones more than ready to pierce him.
I would compare fighting kimimaru in a straight fight with this:
There simply are too many bones coming out of too many places.... Kimimaru is not the sort that can be taken out in close range for the most part. Even a chakra blade failed to do the trick, IMO only extreme things like a chidori kusanagi blade or perhaps A's or B's sheer strength would work. Neji does not have that sheer strength or the speed to outmatch kimimaru's bones IMO.
This is a great match up, but i dont see Neji winning over Kimimaro. IMO Neji would end up on the defensive for the duration of the battle, his 8 triagrams jutsu would probably be nullified by Kimimaro's dances. Neji's gentle fist style was made for attacking the chakra network throughout the body and around the organs, but not high density bones. That being the case even if Neji were to land a few hits he'd never be able to critically injure Kimimaro, whom would most likely thicken his bones all over and protect his chakra network and organs extremely effectively by doing so.
In turn Kimimaro would not be able to injure Neji because of his spinning defense, so all that said for me this is a contest of endurance, who chakra will deplete first? The answer is Neji. Since Neji will use his spinning defense to aviod Kimimaro's attacks since any other way would be stupid and most likely get him impaled on Kimi's bones, he'll undoubtedly use chakra faster than Kimi, whom still has an ace up his sleeve with the curse mark.
SO KIMIMARO WINS!
I can't believe I overlooked this: Neji can attack vital organs with his empty palm from a distance: No way Neji looses this: Sure, it's probably less effective than the Gentle fist up close, but repeated hits would wear Kimimaro down until he can no longer fight properly.
And to those who say that the bones would block gentle fist: if that was the case it would never be able to injure the thoracic cage since it's protected by the ribs, and yet it does, so actually Jyuuken is the perfect counter for Kimimaro's bones.
Last edited by hakuthehedgehog; July 08, 2011 at 01:34 PM.
And again, can we not treat Kimimaro's bones like regular bones? Gaara's Sabaku Kyuu and Sabaku Taisou have ravaged opponents...Kimimaro came out unscathed. I can kinda see the point if you're just saying that bone can't prevent chakra from passing through, no matter how dense it is, and if that's the argument, I'd have to look up instances in which Jyuuken was blocked other than the time with Kidoumaru; either way though, that's just assumptions on each side.
Last edited by UchihaHunter; July 08, 2011 at 10:55 PM.
Neji loses this one.
Kimimaro's sweat isn't chakra infused: he never stated that: it's a (un)natural substance that he can produce.
Also, Jyuuken passes through chakra, that's how it damages their opponents: by the disturbing the chakra flow and then hitting the vital organs: Kimimaro's bones are just normal bones that were manipulated with chakra: none of that helps against Jyuuken: if chakra could block it, the technique itself wouldn't work because pretty much ever cell in the body has chakra in them and if normal bones helped, it would be impossible to target the thoracic cage's organs.
Last edited by hakuthehedgehog; July 08, 2011 at 04:17 PM.
Again, he manipulates the calcium density in the bones, they aren't simply chakra-imbued. If you're stating that pretty much every cell in the body has chakra, and we know that things created by a technique have chakra, then Kidoumaru's skin probably had chakra in it, yet blocked the Jyuuken. The Jyuuken doesn't immediately destroy anything created with chakra, or else the webbing wouldn't have been able to slow his kaiten either (we saw here that he could emit the chakra from his entire body). There are limitations in the ability of the Jyuuken to destroy/get through anything created with chakra.
Additionally, the rib cage isn't really impenetrable; there are gaps there, I don't think he necessarily has to pass through bone to get to your organs in the first place. If there's a reason why people keep bringing up the rib cage, feel free to show me my ignorance.
Kidoumaru's chakra blocking metal doesn't have chakra: if blocks chakra, how can someone put chakra on it? And also, it was never stated that it was created by chakra, it's a natural fluid that his body produces.
Kimimaro's bones are indeed just bones that were manipulated through the use of chakra, we don't even know if they have chakra or not (which doesn't matter, since Jyuuken would just flow through the chakra in the bones. , regardless, they never shown the ability to block any kind of chakra, especially since they are manipulated through it.
So, Neji's empty palm, which can be fired at mid range, will hit Kimimaro's vital organs until he collapses to the ground.
The web is something he produces as well; it has chakra in it. Hell, Neji blocked Hinata's Jyuuken from actually harming him, right?. It was probably his ability to emit chakra that protected him, no?
Also, do we even know if the chakra emitted by the Jyuuken goes through bones, etc. to damage the organs? Like I said before, the rib cage has gaps. Is there something that was said earlier about the Jyuuken passing through bones?