Spoiler Alert: The article contains major spoilers for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime.
Jujutsu Kaisen is a really popular anime show with fans worldwide. It’s currently in the exciting Shibuya arc, featuring intense fights. A recent episode showed Nanami, Maki, and Naobito battling Jogo, resulting in Jogo defeating the jujutsu sorcerers.
It was a sad moment seeing fan-favorite characters suffer grave injuries and meet a sad fate. However, manga readers already know that Nanami and Maki will return, so anime fans can look forward to more from these characters.
Interestingly, only a few fans know that originally, Nanami was meant to be an antagonist in Jujutsu Kaisen.
Jujutsu Kaisen: Nanami was Initially Planned as a Villainous Character
Nanami Kento is a popular character from Jujutsu Kaisen, known for being a former student at Tokyo Jujutsu High. Fans love him for his calm and smart nature. He’s skilled in fighting and often helps the main character, Itadori Yuji, in battles against the evil curses.
In a YouTube video by 2Spooky, it’s shared that the creator, Gege Akutami, initially thought about making Nanami a villain in the story. You can watch the video below:
However, later on, Akutami decided to change Nanami’s role after realizing his importance in certain story scenes. Akutami already mentioned in an interview that originally, Nanami was supposed to team up with Itadori as a sorcerer.
Nanami, a former student at Tokyo Jujutsu High, understood the challenges of the job. His experience as an office worker after leaving Jujutsu High might have made him even more disenchanted with the world. Maybe the stress of his ordinary daily life became too much for him.
But fate turned out differently for Nanami in Jujutsu Kaisen. Instead of becoming a villain, he became a jujutsu sorcerer. Though reserved at first, he grew close to Itadori Yuji and became his mentor. Nanami, a grade 1 sorcerer, is now a beloved character in Jujutsu Kaisen.
What if Nanami was with the bad guys?
If Nanami had turned into a villain in Jujutsu Kaisen, it would have been a big change. People love his usual quiet and serious personality. He could have been a tough enemy because he’s smart and skilled.
It’s interesting to think about this, but Nanami’s current character shows how talented the creator, Akutami, is. Fans really like Nanami because of his complex personality and relationships with other characters. It’s hard to imagine the series without him.
It’s a reminder that great characters sometimes come from unexpected places. Nanami’s development from a potentially darker character shows the power of good storytelling and creative choices in shaping how we see a character.