ShikaNeji (シカネジ ShikaNeji), is the term used for the romantic relationship between Shikamaru Nara and Neji Hyuuga, in which Shikamaru plays the dominant role and Neji the submissive. The term for the roles where the roles are reversed is NejiShika.
Both Neji and Shikamaru were assigned to the squad tasked with bringing back Sasuke Uchiha. Despite being older than Shikamaru, Neji soon grew to respect his intelligence and leadership qualities.
Among The FansEdit
ShikaNeji is a fairly popular yaoi couple with a dedicated and hardcore following. Its fandom has produced a large amount of well-regarded fanfiction.
Many fans of the couple point to their similarities with Shikamaru and Neji both being long-haired geniuses who are looked to for leadership roles. While others like the contrast of pairing the lazy, cynical, and snarky Shikamaru with the straight-laced Neji. Their rival couples are ShikaTema, ShikaIno, NejiTen, and NejiHina.