Choji: a large but strong ninja who was good friends with Shikimaru since childhood. Shikimaru was the first of their class to show affection and love while Choji was being teased by his friends.
The team was sent to defeat the AkatsukimembersHidan and Kakazu. Hidan succesfully killed Asuma, leading Shikimaru to vow to kill Hdan. A few episodes later, Shikimaru leads Hdan into the woods and buries him deep into the dirt.