Re: It's not about what happened but rather how it happened.
It's kind of the whole theme of Shippuden.
Originally Posted by raziel777
In Part 1, it was the little things that mattered... Oro was the most powerful antagonist, and all that was at stake was Sasuke. So of course the characters who didn't have a bigger role to play were put on the backburner when the big players started coming out.
Now, as Shippuden comes to a close, the people Naruto had grown up with are now dying around him as the result of war. Not every character is entitled to as much "character development" as all the others... but Neji was as developed as he needed to be. The suddenness of his death shows how quickly things can change.