With the movie, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 coming very soon to Crunchyroll, fans are eager to discuss the anime and its characters! After all, in the movie, we have gotten to see more of the senior Jujutsu Sorcerer students in action: Yuuta, Maki, Inumaki, and Panda. Before the iconic trio of Itadori, Nobara, and Megumi, we have the first four who saved the day.
Maki stood out among the four, mostly because her abilities, techniques, and powers are different. She also has a strong personality. She can also be quite intimidating, as Itadori visibly squirmed when she asked for her broken weapon back. In other words, she can be considered one of the best female characters created for a shounen anime.
So, what exactly is Maki capable of? What are her abilities that make her different?
Maki Has Severely Low Inner Cursed Energy
Jujutsu Sorcerers refer to people who has this inner cursed energy that they can channel outwardly. This inner cursed energy comes from negative feelings such as grief and anger. Every human being experiences negative emotions, but in the case of sorcerers, they will be able to manipulate this inner cursed energy to form their jujutsu. Jujutsu is the set of techniques and skills that they can refine as they undergo training. The more refined it is, the stronger and more powerful they get.
For Maki’s case, she has little to no inner cursed energy. This is why she has experienced discrimination within her own clan, the Zenin family. The Zenin clan is one of the most prominent families in the jujutsu world, boasting of powerful jujutsu from inner cursed energies. Maki’s negative experience with her elders is what motivated her to become a big-shot sorcerer. She wants to prove them wrong. She wants to show that despite having no inner cursed energy, she can still be strong in her own right.
Maki’s glasses do not have the simple purpose of making her see things clearly. She uses them to see curses – particularly cursed spirits. Cursed spirits serve as the antagonists for Jujutsu Kaisen, as they are the physical manifestation of the negative energies from humans. As such, they have the intention of harming humans, which is why Jujutsu Sorcerers are targeting them.
Since Maki has little to no inner cursed energy, she relies on glasses with cursed energy to be able to distinguish cursed spirits.
Cursed Tool User
Since Maki cannot channel inner cursed energy and refine her cursed techniques, she uses cursed weapons and tools instead. These weapons are imbued with cursed energy, which gave her an opportunity to use cursed energy as well. Maki is very dedicated to master wielding different weapons, hence she is quite effortless when she does it. She easily overpowered Miwa Kasumi during a school event by confiscating the latter’s katana.
She can also switch her weapons during battles, which made her the best cursed tool user in her school, Jujutsu High. The weapons she has used so far are the: naginata polearm, Megumi’s black sword, and Playful Cloud, which is a three-staff weapon with a special grade cursed energy.
Since Maki has extremely low inner cursed energy, this was compensated by something called “Heavenly Restriction”. This refers to the superhuman physical abilities Maki has. This explains why she is so strong and effortless during battle scenes. She was able to face against powerful (or rather, special grade) cursed spirits like Hanami.
Having immense strength and physical prowess allowed her to use different cursed weapons with ease. Even if she is technically not qualified to be a Jujutsu Sorcerer for having low cursed energy, she has the physical strength that helped her keep up with others. She also showed impressive speed and agility during her fights.
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Her twin sister, Mai, even noted that Maki’s physical abilities surpassed her own. Take note that Mai is the one who has inherited inner cursed energy, while Maki had not.
Upon first encounter of Maki and other senior students, we get the vibe that she is the leader of their group. This is not surprising as she has a strong personality, as well as a strategic mind. During the Tokyo-Kyoto school event, she was able to determine that the Kyoto students were instructed to assassinate Itadori. She also notably chastised and kicked Itadori when he thought of taking charge of the team in a humorous scene.
She is also able to come out victorious during her fights because of her battle strategies as well. It is not just solely relying on her Heavenly Restriction.
Despite having no cursed energy in herself at all, Maki is still very strong. Anyone can see how admirable she is because of her determination to prove her worth. She did not let the negative experiences with the Zenin clan weigh her down. Instead, it just pushed her to become strong herself so she can spite her family. No wonder why Nobara respected her so much. We feel you, Nobara.