Re: Proof of Kishi thinking ahead.
Yes, reading back on the many chapters, I'm noticing that myself. He might not have planned out every in between detail, but the basic plot, beginning and ending were in his head long before he began chapter 1.
When I looked back on part 1 with Neji, I noticed his death was already foreshadowed. From the letter he read from his father, to the changes he made in his life and saying that being called a genius by certain people made him refuse to lose to Kidomaru (same words to Naruto before he died). Even being promoted to Jounin before the others, which quickly fulfilled his part of the story, leaving him with nothing to do but go on his own missions usually without his team, allowing other characters to develop. Then he died the same way he his father did, finally understanding what he was telling him in that letter.
Originally Posted by laharl81
I'm looking back on other characters now for fun and curiosity, to see how much Kishimoto had planned for them.