Who is Naobito Zenin in Jujutsu Kaisen? Explained

In Short
  • Naobita Zenin was the 26th head of the Zenin clan and attained the Special Grade 1 rank of a Jujutsu Sorcerer.
  • As revealed by JJK creator, Spanish artist Salvador Dalí served as the inspiration for Naobita Zenin's character design.
  • Naobito Zenin's Projection Sorcery technique was heavily influenced by cameras and videos, letting him split a second into 24 frames.
  • Jogo used his Disaster Flames ability to immolate Naobito to the point of death during the Shibuya Incident arc.

During the Shibuya Incident in Jujutsu Kaisen season 2, we saw the sorcerors step up to take on the curses after Gojo Satoru was sealed in the Prison Realm. There were several star performers in this mind-boggling showdown, but do you remember this drunk old man who put up an incredible fight against special-grade spirits? It’s none other than Naobito Zenin, the head of the Zenin clan in JJK. In this guide, learn about Naobito’s powers, cursed techniques, and more in Jujutsu Kaisen.

Spoilers Warning: This post includes heavy spoilers about Naobita Zenin in Jujutsu Kaisen. So, make sure to watch the anime or read the manga in order to avoid ruining your intended experience.

Naobito Zenin: Head of the Zenin Clan

Naobito Zenin in JJK
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Naobita Zenin is the 26th head of the Zenin clan and his character design is primarily inspired by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. As the leader of a powerful clan, Naobito also achieved the Special Grade 1 rank of a Jujutsu Sorcerer. He is also the father of Naoya Zenin, a character we will meet in the next arc in the Jujutsu Kaisen anime.

He is a man who is always seen wearing traditional Japanese clothing during his missions. It is also mentioned in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga that he has a hobby of watching anime and his cursed technique is technically based on it as well. Naobito held his clan high in his heart and that resulted in the Gojo clan becoming the major cause of stress for him.

Naobito Zenin’s Cursed Technique in JJK

Naobito Zenin's Cursed Technique in JJK
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Naobito Zenin’s cursed technique is called “Projection Sorcery,” which is strongly inspired by video media and cameras, according to the Jujutsu Kaisen Fanbook. Additionally, it is mentioned that it is an inherited technique of the Zenin clan. We have broken down his cursed technique for your better understanding below:

  • Naobito can split a second into 24 frames and then utilize each frame to draft and execute a pre-planned move set within that second.
  • Any object that comes into contact with Naobit’s palm during this technique must follow the 24 frames per second rule.
  • If not, it will be momentarily frozen inside the given frame and give Naobito a massive opening to deal with a powerful strike.

By perfectly making use of his colossal strength and unreal agility, the Projection Sorcery technique was further amplified by the head of Zenin.

Fun Fact: Alongside Gojo Satoru, Naobito Zenin has been recognized as the fastest Jujutsu Sorcerer of this era, thanks to his excellent proficiency in his cursed technique.

Is Naobito Zenin Alive in Jujutsu Kaisen?

Naobito Zenin's death in JJK
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With great strategic thinking and mastery over combat with hands, Naobito dominated the cursed spirits during the Shibuya Incident in JJK Season 2. However, was he able to survive this incident? Is Naobito alive in Jujutsu Kaisen right now? The answer is no!

Even though Naobito Zenin shined bright with his innate cursed technique and escaped imminent danger, it was not enough as Jogo caught him off-guard once again.

Unfortunately, Jogo immolated Naobito to the core with his Disaster Flames technique, creating an unexpected volcanic opening. As Naobito was already quite severely injured in the Shibuya Incident, this potent attack resulted in his death at the hands of Jogo. Even though many fans didn’t like him Naobito Zenin’s death was painful to watch.

That’s everything you need to know about the old man Naobito Zenin. He was regarded as one of the most powerful Jujutsu Kaisen characters for a reason. That said, is he one of your favorite sorcerors in JJK? Let us know in the comments below.

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