Last updated on November 21th, 2023 at 15:00 pm
This article is updated based on new theories and knowledge.
In Jujutsu Kaisen, the world is full of cursed spirits who are born from the accumulated negative emotions of the people. It is the job of the Jujutsu Sorcerers to defeat those spirits and restore peace in the world. The sorcerers use Cursed Techniques, which is a manipulation of Cursed Energy into a certain pattern.
The story revolves around Yuji Itadori, who is plunged into the world of sorcerers and curses after he comes into contact with a cursed object. In order to save Megumi Fushiguro, he ate that cursed object that belonged to the King of Curses Ryomen Sukuna, and gained his powers.
So, he joined the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu High School and became a Jujutsu Sorcerer under the guidance of Satoru Gojo. During his training in being a Jujutsu Sorcerer, Gojo introduced Yuji to a Grade 1 Jujutsu Sorcerer named Kento Nanami.
Note: This post contains spoilers from the Jujutsu Kaisen manga. If you’re not caught up with the manga or only getting into Jujutsu Kaisen anime, be sure to heed our spoiler warning.
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I. Who is Kento Nanami?
Kento Nanami was a Grade 1 Jujutsu Sorcerer who played significant roles in the Vs. Mahito Arc and the Shibuya Incident Arc of Jujutsu Kaisen. He used to be an underclassman of Satoru Gojo, Suguru Geto, and Shoko Ieiri during their time as students at Tokyo Jujutsu High.
Nanami lost faith in the jujutsu world when his classmate Yu Haibara died on a mission together and Gojo was sent to kill the curse after a week of Haibara’s death. After graduating from Tokyo Jujutsu High, he left the jujutsu world and became an ordinary office worker. But after working in that dead-end, money-grabbing job for four years, he realized that if life would be meaningless either way, he’d rather spend it doing something he’s good at and he came back to the jujutsu world.
After the presumed death of Yuji Itadori, when the boy was in hiding, Gojo introduced him to Nanami and the man became something like Yuji’s mentor. During the Vs. Mahito Arc, they fought side by side against Mahito. Yuji was also present when Mahito killed Nanami during the Shibuya Incident Arc.
A particular aspect of Nanami was his stern yet righteous personality and his habit of formalwear. This is because he was a former office worker and thus was always dressed in a business suit.
With a ranking of Grade 1 Sorcerer, it is obvious that Nanami was among the strongest Jujutsu Sorcerers. A Special Grade cursed spirit, Mahito, considered him to be on a whole different level than other Jujutsu Sorcerers. Though not as strong as Gojo, Nanami was still a threat, according to Mahito.
II. Cursed Power and Abilities of Nanami Kento in Jujutsu Kaisen
The second season of Jujutsu Kaisen anime has adapted the Shibuya Incident Arc. This arc is the last arc where Nanami is present physically. Thus, the second season demonstrates the entirety of Nanami’s powers and abilities. And that is what we will discuss today: the power and Cursed Technique of Kento Nanami in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Nanami uses a blunt sword for combat and can defeat the curses very proficiently. When he combines his sword with his Cursed Technique, he can cut through anything.
He wields his blade with balanced striking and extreme precision. He exposed his target’s weak point with his cursed techniques and cut through that.
However, against stronger cursed spirits, he cuts them down by creating multiple weak points until he destroys them. He could also use his sword precision to avoid his enemies’ attacks.
2) Black Flash
It is a technique that immensely multiplies the user’s physical powers. It allows the user to create distortion in space when they apply cursed energy within 0.00001 seconds of a physical hit. When this technique is applied, the user’s curse energy changes to black color, hence the name.
This technique requires such incredible concentration that very few Jujutsu Sorcerers and cursed spirits can use it at will. Nanami’s record was using this technique 4 times in a row during the attack of Geto’s army on Kyoto in Jujutsu Kaisen 0. It was an unprecedented act, yet he claimed that he just got lucky.
During his fight against Sukuna in Shinjuku, Gojo met Nanami’s record and used the Black Flash four times consecutively.
3) Binding Vows
Overtime is Nanami’s signature Binding Vow with himself. He could limit a certain amount of cursed energy that he utilizes during the time he is working for Jujutsu High.
Once his normal shift ended and overtime hours began, his cursed energy increased tremendously.
Another binding vow he made with himself is Showing One’s Cards. It is one of the most common Binding Vows.
By revealing how their cursed technique works, the user can maximize the output of cursed energy in their next attack.
III. Nanami Kento: Cursed Techniques
1) Ratio Technique
Ratio Technique is Nanami’s Innate Cursed Technique divides his target with ten lines and forcibly creates weak spots at the ratio point of seven to three.
Nanami could choose which part to divide, including his target’s head, torso, arms, and legs. He could also apply this technique to non-living objects.
This is literally one of Nanami’s coolest techniques. Collapse is an Expanded Cursed Technique that makes a very large weak point in Nanami’s surrounding environment and allows him to destroy it with just a single blow.
In the manga, Nanami first uses this technique after unleashing both his Binding Vows to trap Mahito in the underground tunnel by destroying it.
IV. Role of Nanami Kento in Jujutsu Kaisen
Vs. Mahito Arc
- Nanami took Yuji under his wing per Satoru’s request since he couldn’t teach Yuji for some time.
- Nanami came into contact with Mahito. The two fought and then got injured. However, Nanami used his technique to injure Mahito’s legs and retreat.
- The next day, Nanami and Yuji fought against Mahito in an intense battle. Mahito managed to escape from them. Nanami tried to cut off his escape route, but he checked up on the injured Yuji and let Mahito escape.
Shibuya Incident Arc
- Nanami, along with Megumi Fushiguro and Takuma Ino, went to save the people who were being attacked by mutated humans.
- Later, Nanami tried to go alone and help Gojo, who had been sealed.
- After Nanami encountered Ichiji stabbed and several managers killed, he began looking for the perpetrator and came across Haruta Shigemo who brutally stabbed Akari Nitta and was fighting Nobara Kugisaki.
- He fought and overwhelmed Shigemo easily, leaving him unconscious before proceeding towards Gojo’s location to steal the Prison Realm from Pseudo-Geto.
- Nanami encountered Naobito and Maki Zenin on his way and joined up with them.
- The three came across a cursed spirit, Dagon, and they fought it. Dagon managed to trap them in his Domain Expansion and hit Nanami with his cursed technique. Toji Fushiguro came through the portal and exorcised Dagon, making Nanami wonder whether Toji was on their side.
- Nanami and Jogo clashed, and Nanami lost.
- Nanami then continued to fight the mutated humans despite his severe injuries. After defeating them, he ran into Mahito.
- Nanami saw Yuji and said he had got it from here, and then Mahito instantly eliminated him, leaving Yuji enraged.
V. Nanami’s Death
The Shibuya Incident Arc was where Nanami met his death. After fighting Shigemo and Dagon, and later being trapped within Dagon’s Domain along with Maki and Naobito Zenin, Nanami was severely injured. The sure-hit effect of Dagon’s Domain wounded Nanami pretty roughly and he, along with Maki and Naobito, found a way to escape the Domain when Megumi invaded it with his own Domain.
But before they could escape from the portal Megumi created, Toji Fushiguro entered Dagon’s Domain through it and the portal closed. After Toji exorcized Dagon, he took Megumi somewhere, and before Nanami could follow them, Jogo appeared.
Nanami was already pretty roughened up and he didn’t stand a chance against Jogo. Jogo took Nanami out pretty easily but he gained consciousness after some time, even though he was already on the brink of death. While proceeding ahead, he saw some humans mutated by Mahito’s Cursed Technique and killed them.
He ultimately encountered Mahito who killed him. Before he died, Nanami saw Haibara who pointed him toward where Yuji was looking horrified as his mentor died in front of him.
That’s all there is to know about the power of Nanami in Jujutsu Kaisen. Fans are highly anticipating the last face-off between Mahito and Nanami in the anime, and believe us, it’s going to be heartbreaking.
It will be an emotional moment for all the fans to witness the last counter between Mahito and Nanami. But, don’t worry, Yuji will also take his revenge on Mahito. He will badly crush him with the help of Todo, and the two of them will become the reason for Mahito’s exorcism. In contrast, Jujutsu Kaisen’s plot is so much incredible.
Presently, let’s sit back and watch the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen anime. In the meantime, keep yourself updated with our website for more articles on Jujutsu Kaisen and other anime.
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