- Cursed Techniques in Jujutsu Kaisen are unique to each character, developing around 6 or 7 years of age and manifesting their inner personality and thoughts.
- Inherited Techniques are powerful Cursed Techniques passed down through generations in specific families or clans.
- Different families possess different Inherited Techniques, such as Cursed Speech, Blood Manipulation, Ten Shadows, and Limitless with the Six Eyes.
Cursed Techniques in Jujutsu Kaisen are typically individual-specific abilities unique to each person. These abilities tend to emerge around the age of 6 or 7, reflecting the inner personality and thoughts of the individual. They can be employed for both offensive and defensive purposes. Notably, exceptions exist, as demonstrated by Junpei Yoshino, who acquired his technique at the age of 17.
In addition to these personal techniques, there are inherited techniques that transcend individuality. These techniques have been passed down through the centuries and are universally potent. Unlike the character-specific manifestations, these inherited techniques are not tied to the user's personality. To gain a deeper understanding of these inherited techniques, it is essential to explore their historical origins and the current wielders within the Jujutsu Kaisen setting.
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What are Inherited Techniques?
In the Jujutsu Kaisen universe, Inherited Techniques refer to specific and exceptionally potent Cursed Techniques that are exclusive to certain families or clans. While a majority of these Inherited Techniques are associated with the three great families, exceptions exist, emphasizing that the phenomenon is not confined to these particular groups. These techniques boast a rich history, having been handed down through generations within the respective clan lineages.
What unites all Inherited Techniques is their exceptional strength, making them some of the most formidable techniques in the entire Jujutsu world. The inheritance pattern varies among these techniques; in some cases, it remains uncertain which family member will inherit a particular technique, while others, like the Limitless technique, appear to be passed down to every member of the clan. This unique characteristic allows multiple living members of a family to wield the same Inherited Technique, further emphasizing their significance within the Jujutsu Kaisen narrative.
Inumaki Family: Cursed Speech
Cursed Speech is the Inherited Technique unique to the Inumaki family, which is not one of the 3 great families of Jujutsu Kaisen. The way that it works is that Cursed Speech reinforces the words of the user with cursed energy, making it one of the most versatile and effective techniques as those who come under the influence of these words must act upon what they say. For example, if someone is told to stop in their tracks, they will be forced to do so.
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The practitioners of Cursed Speech in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe require a specialized tool adorned with specific markings and seals. This is exemplified by characters like Yuta and Toge, who display these markings on their tongues and cheeks. Yuta, in particular, utilizes a megaphone embellished with these seals to enhance the potency of his Cursed Speech.
The effectiveness of Cursed Speech is intricately linked to the strength of the user, allowing them to target any living entity. However, wielding this ability is not without consequences. The intensity and complexity of the uttered command directly impact the toll on the user. More challenging commands exact a higher cost, often resulting in a bloodied throat and temporary loss of the ability to speak. This dual nature of the technique, capable of influencing any living being yet demanding a physical toll from the user, adds a layer of complexity and risk to the use of Cursed Speech in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe.
Kamo Family: Blood Manipulation
The Kamo Family, one of the three great families in the Jujutsu Kaisen world, holds significant influence over the events within the Jujutsu realm. Among the notable members are Choso and both individuals named Noritoshi Kamo. The contemporary Noritoshi Kamo possesses the ability of Blood Manipulation, the primary Inherited Technique of the Kamo family. This technique empowers the user to shape and control the flow of blood.
Despite appearing initially limited in application, Blood Manipulation proves to be highly versatile. Users can mold their blood into various shapes and manipulate every aspect, including cells and plasma. The blood can be solidified to form weapons and projectiles, showcasing the technique's adaptability. The most potent application of this ability manifests in the form of Piercing Blood, highlighting its efficiency and lethal potential. The Kamo family's Blood Manipulation adds a layer of intricacy to their arsenal, making them formidable players in the Jujutsu Kaisen narrative.
Piercing Blood takes the blood of the user and compresses it to reach the maximum pressure that it possibly can. By fortifying the blood with Jujutsu and compressing it with their hands, users can shoot the pressurized blood out of their hands at the speed of sound, which makes the attack powerful enough to destroy buildings. This technique was shown in its most powerful form by Sukuna in his fight against Gojo.
Zenin Family: Ten Shadows and Projection Sorcery
The Zenin Family, part of the trio of the 3 great families, stands out in the Jujutsu Kaisen narrative for possessing an extensive array of potent Cursed Techniques. Among their formidable Inherited Techniques is the Ten Shadows wielded by Megumi Fushiguro. This technique enables him to store and deploy ten distinct Shikigami, each endowed with unique strengths and specific applications in combat.
The crowning jewel of these Shikigami is the tenth one, Mahoraga, a force so formidable that no Zenin Clan member in history has successfully tamed it. Notably, the Ten Shadows technique holds immense potential, as revealed by Gojo to Megumi. In a historical conflict between the leaders of the Zenin and Gojo clans, both leaders perished. The head of the Zenin family wielded the Ten Shadows, while the head of the Gojo family possessed the Limitless with the Six Eyes. This historical context underscores the mastery and potential of the Ten Shadows technique, suggesting that if fully mastered, the wielder could ascend to become the strongest sorcerer in the world. The Zenin Family's Ten Shadows technique thus adds a layer of depth to the power dynamics within the Jujutsu Kaisen universe.
Projection Sorcery is another Inherited Technique belonging to the Zenin family. This is an example of a technique belonging to 2 members of the same clan at the same time, as the head of the clan, Naobito along with his son Naoya both use Projection Sorcery. Not only is this one of the most complicated Cursed Techniques in all of Jujutsu Kaisen, but also one of the strongest.
This technique allows for the user to become incredibly fast, as Naobito was considered to be the second fastest sorcerer in the whole world after Gojo and Naoya was able to reach Mach 5 at one point in the Culling Game. This technique allows the sorcerer to see their opponent in frames and predict their moves and positions. If the prediction of its movements is correct, the opponent becomes frozen in time within a frame for one second, in which the sorcerer can inflict a lot of damage.
Gojo Family: Limitless and the Six Eyes
The Gojo Family is considered to be the most powerful of all the great families of Jujutsu Kaisen, mainly because of the strength of their heads. Limitless is the main Inherited Technique of this family and one that is implied to belong to every member of this family. This ability is the ultimate defense of the Jujutsu world, where an invisible forcefield surrounds the sorcerer, perpetually slowing down everything that reaches them to the point where it never actually touches them. Limitless also grants users the offensive Blue, Red, and Purple techniques.
Within the Jujutsu Kaisen narrative, the Gojo clan boasts an exceptional Inherited Gift known as the Six Eyes. This unique ability offers its bearer the most efficient means of utilizing their Cursed Technique and energy. The Six Eyes are particularly crucial for the optimal use of the Limitless technique, ensuring that the user minimizes energy wastage and fully channels it for both offensive and defensive maneuvers. Additionally, those with the Six Eyes possess heightened sensitivity to the cursed energy of others, enhancing their overall awareness in battle.
A distinctive aspect of the Six Eyes is its exclusivity, allowing only one user to exist at any given time. The appearance of the Six Eyes is unpredictable, and Satoru Gojo currently holds the mantle as the bearer of this extraordinary gift. The presence of the Six Eyes within the Gojo clan adds a layer of rarity and significance to their lineage, contributing to the complexity of the power dynamics within the Jujutsu Kaisen universe.
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