Inspired by Naruto’s trust in her, Hinata dismisses the fears she had just moments ago. While Neji is surprised by Hinata’s newfound determination, he asserts that Hinata will lose. The two Hyugas begin exchanging Soft Fist strikes, a fighting style that causes internal body damage. Hinata is able to block some of Neji’s attacks and throws a few punches herself. However, Neji reveals that he has been blocking Hinata’s chakra nodes since the beginning of their fight, rendering her attacks ineffective. Despite this, Hinata refuses to give up.