Jujutsu Kaisen has a tendency to shock its fans with unexpected twists that nobody sees coming. One such twist arrived in the last chapter in the form of an unexpected match-up. The person who’ll face Kenjaku in the next chapter is none other than the comic relief Takaba. With the fight coming soon, let’s talk about the man of the hour: Fumihiko Takaba in Jujutsu Kaisen.
But before we begin our discussion, we’ll issue a spoiler alert for those fans of Jujutsu Kaisen who are not caught up with the manga yet. Takaba has yet to appear in the anime, so anime-only fans might not know of him. But manga readers know this character and have probably never imagined that he’d be the one facing Kenjaku after major incidents like Gojo’s death and Sukuna getting his original body back.
Before we talk about Takaba’s powers and abilities and how he will ever survive Kenjaku, we’ll begin by introducing who Takaba is in Jujutsu Kaisen.
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Who Is Fumihiko Takaba in Jujutsu Kaisen?
Fumihiko Takaba is a major character in the Culling Game Arc who eventually becomes an ally of our heroes. He is a normal human who is given the ability to use Cursed Energy by Kenjaku to participate in the Culling Game. Before he inadvertently becomes a jujutsu sorcerer, he was a failing comedian whose jokes are unappreciated by uninterested patrons of a comedy club.
After becoming a jujutsu sorcerer and participating in the Culling Game, he meets Megumi Fushiguro and Yuji Itadori when the former is fighting against Reggie Star and Iori Hazenoki. He helps Megumi by fighting Hazenoki, leaving the teenager to deal with Reggie. Later, he joins our heroes and accompanies them to Tokyo Jujutsu High.
Powers and Abilities
Cursed Technique: Comedian
The best thing about the power system of Jujutsu Kaisen is its variety. Instead of the typical elemental powers, the series offers a wide range of abilities that make the fights in the series all the more intriguing and unpredictable. However, even among such a rich variety, Takaba’s Cursed Technique stands out because of the sheer ridiculousness of it.
As mentioned before, Takaba isn’t a born jujutsu sorcerer. He’s been given the ability to efficiently use his Cursed Energy by Kenjaku, which means that he’s very new to the world of jujutsu. On top of that, he isn’t someone as smart or studious as Higuruma to be able to completely comprehend the power he’s been given.
However, despite all these, Takaba is still theoretically one of the strongest characters in Jujutsu Kaisen and that is because of his wildly overpowered Cursed Technique.
Like Higuruma, Takaba’s Innate Cursed Technique is manifested with a connection to his personality and philosophy. His Cursed Technique is called the Comedian and is one of the most ridiculous and overpowered Cursed Techniques in the series.
The Comedian allows Takaba to manifest anything he considers funny into existence. There seems to be no limit to it as he can do practically anything if he deems it funny. This ability is completely unpredictable as no one knows which Takaba will find funny or how his thoughts are running.
Examples of Takaba’s crazy powers include healing himself from lethal wounds without using the Reverse Cursed Technique, manifesting a paper fan able to reflect back the eyeball bomb aimed towards him, and even increasing his speed to the point that a veteran fighter like Hazenoki cannot see his movements.
It has been explicitly stated in the story that Takaba’s Cursed Technique, the Comedian, has the potential to even beat Satoru Gojo, the strongest jujutsu sorcerer of the modern era.
Takaba vs. Kenjaku
After the Culling Game Arc ended, things have been too intense and high-stakes with major players like Sukuna, Gojo, Megumi, and Yuji that Takaba hasn’t seemed like an important character in the ongoing arc. However, that changes in the recent chapter of Jujutsu Kaisen in which Takaba comes to confront Kenjaku by himself.
While Sukuna and Gojo are fighting in Shinjuku, Kenjaku has been eliminating the remaining Culling Game players. In Iwate, he is confronted by Hazenoki and after a brief fight, kills the curse user. Shortly after Hazenoki dies, Takaba seems to stumble upon Kenjaku, thinking he’s finally in Hakodate.
Kenjaku theorizes that Takaba has come to confront him alone and has been teleported to this place by a spatial Cursed Technique, expectedly belonging to Ui Ui. Initially, Kenjaku is completely disinterested in Takaba, stating that the only awakened jujutsu sorcerer he has any interest in is Hiromi Higuruma.
He attempts to kill Takaba instantly and is shocked to find the comedian effortlessly surviving his lethal attack. The chapter ends with Takaba proclaiming how thrilling it is when the comedian who is meant to be a side-act ends up stealing the whole show, and Kenjaku agreeing with him. In the next chapter of Jujutsu Kaisen, we’ll get to see more of Takaba vs. Kenjaku.
Future Role of Takaba in Jujutsu Kaisen
The ridiculously overpowered Cursed Technique of Takaba provides a lot of possibilities for the future plot points of Jujutsu Kaisen. There is no known limit to his powers as of yet and it’s been clearly stated that theoretically, he is almost as strong as the likes of Gojo, which means that given the opportunity, he can also counter Sukuna.
A section of the fandom believes that Takaba will play a crucial role in dealing with Sukuna who has currently no equal after the death of Gojo and his recovering his original body. But for Takaba to fight against Sukuna, he first has to defeat Kenjaku which will be no small feat at all.
Another section of fans believe that Takaba might use the Comedian to revive Gojo. It isn’t known whether he has the ability to revive the death, but given that he can manifest things into existence out of nowhere and even prevent his own death multiple times without even trying, we cannot throw the theory out the window yet.
Let’s see what Gege has planned for Takaba further down the story in Jujutsu Kaisen.
This is where we conclude our discussion on Fumihiko Takaba in Jujutsu Kaisen. Keep an eye out for the next chapter as Takaba is all set to fight Kenjaku and reveal the extent of his abilities. Find the manga on Manga Plus and Viz Media and for more content on Jujutsu Kaisen, keep reading Otakus’ Notes.
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